Bryan Clay Day One

Day One

Visiting Castle Rock

Bryan Clay landed in Edinburgh Thursday morning and wasted no time kicking of his Team USA: Britain Bound adventure. From the airport in the capital city, Clay traveled straight to Edinburgh Castle, the centuries-old landmark that sits high above the city.

The Beijing 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winner took a guided tour of the castle, learning both the history of the structure, the people who lived and visited, and the city below.

Following the  Clay watched his tour partner, Jeremy Campbell jump in the ring at The Edinburgh Boxing Academy before the pair headed back to rest up ahead of a very busy day two.

Today I visited the Edinburgh Castle. It was a great tour, so much history to soak in. It was a neat way to see the city for the first time, and even though I was able to see a lot from the car on the way here, I am excited to tour Edinburgh and see it up close.

I was surprised by the age of the castle. It's amazing to think about how far the structure dates back and how much has occurred on the site.

I am really looking forward to this Team USA: Britain Bound trip. We are here for a week and this itinerary looks great. Can't wait to see and experience it all.

On arrival in Edinburgh, the Capital City of Scotland, Bryan met up with fellow Team USA athlete, Jeremy Campbell, Paralympic pentathlon and discus champion. They set off to explore Edinburgh’s biggest landmark: Edinburgh CastleEdinburgh Castle. Perched on an extinct volcano, this instantly recognizable fortress is a powerful national symbol and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. Human habitation of this site is dated back to 9th century BC.

On their personal tour of the castle, they got up close and personal with Scottish Crown Jewels - 'The Honors of Scotland'. They also enjoyed seeing the cannons and learned that the castle provides the backdrop to the annual Military Tattoo event.

Time to expend a bit of energy, it was off to the Edinburgh Boxing Academy Edinburgh Boxing Academy – an up and coming sports institute with visions of becoming a center of excellence in the boxing world.

Together the guys enjoyed a private boxing lesson, to ensure they stay in tip top shape, while they are away on their adventure.

After the boxing lesson, Bryan was ravenous so he went to explore the Royal Mile, a succession of streets that form the main thoroughfare of the Old Town and are filled with many award winning restaurants. Too many, in fact for him to choose from!

After dinner it was back to the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor SquareHilton Edinburgh Grosvenor Square for a well-deserved rest before another action packed day in Scotland's culture capital.

Located in the West End of Edinburgh’s city center, the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor hotel combines an 1860s listed building with a stylish and modern interior. Just 200 meters from Haymarket Station, the hotel is a short walk from Edinburgh attractions like Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and Murrayfield Stadium.

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