Edinburgh Tattoo - Hills, Walking

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The Ocean Princess will be docked in Rosyth for the Edinburgh Tattoo. For you who have been to the Tattoo with the ship's excursion - the excursion description mentions an uphill climb to the castle of nearly a mile from the bus drop-off point. How strenuous is the hike? No physically handicapped people here - some of us just aren't in the best physical shape, and I want an idea of what to expect as to the distance, type of road surface and incline. We were in Lisbon last year, and the streets of the Alfama neighborhood, especially, were lovely - but exhausting!
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Originally posted by sunluva7
The Ocean Princess will be docked in Rosyth for the Edinburgh Tattoo. For you who have been to the Tattoo with the ship's excursion - the excursion description mentions an uphill climb to the castle of nearly a mile from the bus drop-off point. How strenuous is the hike? No physically handicapped people here - some of us just aren't in the best physical shape, and I want an idea of what to expect as to the distance, type of road surface and incline. We were in Lisbon last year, and the streets of the Alfama neighborhood, especially, were lovely - but exhausting!
Steep incline to castle; not easy for anyone who is a smoker or has compromised lung capacity.
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When I was there, I took a taxi up to the castle and walked the Royal Mile down. It is a steep incline
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The climb to the castle is a steady incline but not excessively steep it is advised to have sensible walking shoes on. The road surface is made up of cobble stones which are uneven. The sidewalks have flat even surfaces on both sides of the road.
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Thanks everyone. It sounds very similar to the cobblestone lanes we experienced in Lisbon. Is it easy to find a cab at the bottom of the hill?
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We did this a couple years ago and a bit will depend on where your bus parks. Ultimately the castle is at the top of a hill and there will be a bit of a walk. Good thing it's all downhill afterwards : )

The tattoo is a must see however......
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There is a free car service to take you from the bottom of the hill to the castle. Go online for Edinburgh Castle which will explain how to get the car.
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The free cab service did not run on tattoo nights last year. It is quite gradual though steep so it all depend if you can take your time or not. There is a flight of stairs at the end but you can take a walk around if you want
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We went to the Tattoo last August. At the time I was wearing one of those very fashionable 'boots' on my foot as I broke an ankle about a week before the cruise. I was able to walk up the hill, slowly, without too much trouble.
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It all depends on where your bus is parked but it shouldn't be too far away. As others have said it is uphill to the castle but there is usually a queue to get in to the tattoo which shuffles along at a nice steady pace so you won't feel rushed and it is downhill on the way back. Try and keep to the pavements rather than the cobbled road and wear flat shoes. Make sure you also have a waterproof! I hope you enjoy the tattoo.

p.s. My office window looks right on to the Castle- lucky me
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Originally posted by janinetangerine

p.s. My office window looks right on to the Castle- lucky me
Oh good ... How about I just pay you and watch from your office!
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