Day 25, Edinburgh

Today I really wanted to go see some of the specific things Octavia had mentioned in her journal, namely Calton Hill and Holyrood Palace. We set off after breakfast to walk the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace. From there we had great views of Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park, and then wound our way up Calton Hill via some fortuitously-found footpaths. It was a bit of an uphill trek with the stroller, but Octavia was right, the views from there were amazing. Calton Hill is the site of several monuments and buildings, including the National Monument, the Nelson Monument, the Dugald Stewart Monument, the old Royal High School, the Robert Burns Monument, the Political Martyrs' Monument and the City Observatory.

In the afternoon we walked to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, which was a worthwhile trek away. The exhibition on view was called NOW, and featured work by Nathan Coley, Rivane Neuenschwander, Glasgow-based artist Tessa Lynch, Pete Horobin and a display pairing paintings by Louise Hopkins and Tony Swain.