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Sep 11, 2019 - Edinburgh

We spent today in Edinburgh. So technically speaking we did a 1 day international trip. Edinburgh is roughly a 2 hour drive from Carlisle. We spent the day wandering the royal mile, seeing The Elephant House (this is where J.K. Rowling wrote a lot of Jarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) and exploring the Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, and is a beautiful old town, which has many old buildings. The city has two main areas called Old Town and New Town. New Town dates back to the 1700's, so it still features a...

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Sep 8, 2019 - Day 26. Sunday. 8/9/2019. Inverness to Edinburgh

Day 26. Sunday. 8/9/2019. Edinburgh Another beautiful sunny day as we travelled by train from Inverness to Edinburgh, a journey lasting nearly 4 hours travelling through beautiful countryside and villages. We were able to check into our hotel on the Royal Mile when we arrived, and then we went and had a snack and a wander, before returning and resting! Scottish dinner tonight - guess that means haggis!!! Will let you know! Wow! What a night! Delicious Scottish meal including Haggis - which I didn’t eat, surprise, surprise!!! We were piped...

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Sep 1, 2019 - Day 19. Sunday. 1/9/2019. Edinburgh.

Day 19. Sunday. 1/9/2019. Edinburgh We had a good sleep in and late breakfast. We walked to Calton Hill, one of Edinburghs first public parks and an important part of the Edinburgh World Heritage Site. In the 1600’s it was the site of Public Executions. Wonderful views of old buildings of Edinburgh, from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to Edinburgh Castle, Parliament House and from the highest point you can see the Firth of Forth to Fife. Old buildings include the National Monument, Nelson’s Monument, City Observatory and Portuguese Cannon. An...

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Aug 31, 2019 - Day 18. Saturday. 31/8/19. Edinburgh

Day 18. Saturday. 31/8/19. Edinburgh We left about 10.30am and wandered through Waverley Railway Station to the Royal Mile. It was swarming with tourists and buskers and although it closed a couple of days ago, there were still many signs advertising the Fringe Festival. It was quite cool, with a cold wind blowing up the Closes, but we were dressed for the cold. We watched a peaceful protest parade pass and walked until our feet were saying ‘no more’. Had some lunch then back to the hotel where I fiddled and finally got some photos attached...

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Aug 31, 2019 - Day 17. Friday. 30/8/19. In air to Zurich to Edinburgh

Day 17. Friday. 30/8/19. In air - Zurich - Edinburgh Had the best sleep I’ve had for nights. Settled down about 10pm and woke 6 hours later. We both had a lot of catching up to do. We arrived on time and it was a long wait at Zurich, and we both struggled to stay awake - the feeling of falling into a deep sleep and missing the next flight is not good! Ian nodded off on the flight to Edinburgh, so I thought I’d close my eyes too. Good little nap, but when Ian woke, he had to pat me on the knee........so I was awake too! These little signs of...

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Jul 7, 2019 - Last days in Scotland

Sun 7th Jul We have breakfast back at Richard and Jo’s, and Margo and Les join us for coffee afterwards. Petra arrives back from her sleep over, and we get talking about ancestry. We walk down to the ponies, and the castle is open for visits, Jo shouts us in. There is a lot to see, but it has to be a quick visit, we need to get the bus back. The ceilings in the castle are stunning, we have never seen such detail before. We are asked to stay another night but as much as that would be great, we need to get sorted for tomorrow. Borders Bus now...

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2019 tour

Jul 2, 2019 - Edinburgh

Tuesday 2nd July An emotional farewell today, it has been great to stay put for a couple of weeks. Carol had an appointment in Inverness, so we got a ride with her, and had a couple of hours to wait for our bus to Edinburgh. Not too bad a price for the bus to Edinburgh, two tickets cost £30/$59 for the 4.5 hour journey. We get in around 6.30pm, and walk down to our hostel, in Blackfriars St, just off High St. We are right on the Royal Mile, near the corner of South Bridge. Edinburgh is very busy, the footpaths are heaving with people, it...

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2019 tour

Jun 20, 2019 - National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Today we checked out of our hotel provided by our tour company and made our way via taxi to our new hotel in city center. We were able to leave our luggage at the reception and set out to go to the National Museum of Scotland, which was about a 20 minute walk. Once there, we learned it had free admission which was a shock, especially once we discovered what a fabulous museum it really is. We made a donation to support their exhibits.) It has exhibits on Scottish history but also on everything from migration from Scotland to rock and fossil...

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Jun 19, 2019 - Full (Long) day in Edinburgh

This morning our group boarded the tour bus and headed into Edinburg from our hotel which was just outside the city. Along the way, we picked up our city guide. She described various points of interest along the way and then we stopped at The palace of Hollyrood house (where the queen stays when she’s in Scotland). After a quick stop there, we boarded the bus and headed up the hills to Edinburg Palace. Although it no longer houses any Royals, it had a tremendous amount of history and lots to see, including the firing of a cannon at 1 PM...

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Oct 5, 2018 - Edinburgh

The train trip from Glasgow was only an hour or so, but I kept my eyes open to the landscape and my diligence was rewarded - TWO CASTLES...just sitting there by the side of the road. I was able to catch the town of where one was located and it turned out to be Linlithgow - where Mary Queen of Scots was born. What can I say about Edinburgh? I fell in love with it the moment we stepped out of the train station. The skyline greeted us and our jaws just dropped. The photo I posted does not do it justice. The antiquity of the city jumped at us...

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UK/Ireland 2018

Sep 4, 2018 - Edinburgh

Tony, Paco, Ruben and I flew into Edinburgh early afternoon. Beautiful weather and beautiful city. Ruben spent a year here learning English. He came for two weeks and stayed a year. I can relate to that. We are coming back to Edinburgh after the tour so more then.

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Aug 26, 2018 - National Museum of Scotland and Departing

A free attraction that is a cross between a natural history museum and a museum of play (probably to attract the younger generation). The layout of the floors and the many dead ends discouraged us to look at everything. We only got to see the first floor with some very nice technology pieces like an early steam engine and printing press. After an hour, we did find the exit after many dead end halls! We headed back to the hotel and began packing for our early morning flight the next day and had a great dinner at 5:15PM at a neat restaurant,...

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