What's a trip to Edinburgh without a visit to the castle, particularly if it's closed to the public for a private banquet? It was there I caught up with an old friend and journalist Peter Steele who has a flat adjoining the castle, overlooking the whole city.
In our pre-Fleet Street days Peter and I used to freelance together at the London High Court, covering civil and divorce cases for the national newspapers. He went on to found a string of successful news agencies in Scotland which he has now sold and is spending more time in Spain.
The castle tour and banquet (for once there was no haggis on the menu) was the culmination of a journalists' Scottish trip organised by the Walt Disney Co. for Pixar's animated movie Brave.
Awash as I am with Disney-supplied Glencadam single malt, I wish the movie every success.