Shearwin's in Europe 2015 travel blog

We all agreed that our motel style accommodation at Belford was not our best, however, our dinner last night at Bamburgh and a reasonable breakfast at the motel has more than made up for it.

The 85 mile drive to Edinburgh was uneventful but for a stop at Haggerston Castle to view a large and impressive caravan/RV park. The layout and facilities were exceptional and included lakes, entertainment centre and a golf course. The castle has all but disappeared with the new development.

We arrived in Edinburgh before our check in time and with directions from reception left our bags and took the very convenient bus service into the centre of the city. A brief coffee break preceded the 1300hrs Hop on Hop off tour of the city. We completed the route once before returning to the Royal Mile ( a road which starts at the gates to Edinburgh Castle - preparation of scaffolding for the Tattoo was in progress at the gate).

We walked the shopping area around the Mile noting the finely made cashmere and tweed products until the already cold and windy weather turned worse forcing us to retire to a warm and cozy pub for a wine. Thankfully when we emerge an hour later the sun was out, the wind had abated but the air was still quite cold.

To complete our check in, we returned to Princes Street and caught a return bus which turned out to be too easy - I just need to remember to carry the correct change.

The check in went relatively smoothly and we have a very nice recently renovated room - the ensuite is very much to Kaye's liking.

A mistaken over payment however has now left us with a credit which we started to offset with a very pleasant early dinner in the hotels restaurant.

Another early night followed in the understanding that we would have an early start in the morning to use the remaining time we have on our Hop on/off ticket to visit Edinburgh Castle - hoping the weather to be at least bearable.

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