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July 7th 2008
Published: November 10th 2017
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Edinburgh Castle in backgroundEdinburgh Castle in backgroundEdinburgh Castle in background

notice the blue sky, first time we had a mostly sunny day
Geo: 55.8656, -4.25722

Today we left Croftamie and drove to Edinburgh for 2 days. We parked the car in a paid parking lot and took the bus into central Edinburgh. We got tickets for the hop-on hop-off tour bus and headed for the Royal Mile. We walked the whole length, had lunch, walked some more, had dinner at a pub and then back to our car. We then drove to a B&B that we rented for the night. The house was built in 1867. It was very nice. The next day we took the bus back downtown and went to Edinburgh Castle. It is one of the best preserved castles in Scotland. After leaving Edinburgh, we stoppped at Linlithgow Castle for a tour before heading back to Croftamie. The next day we headed to the Falkirk Wheel and Bannockburn battlefield. The Falkirk Wheel replaced 11 locks on the river that connects Edinburgh with Glasgow. It raises or lowers boats 110 feet in 4 minutes. It is an engineering marvel! It is the only one in the world. Bannockburn battlefield is where Robert the Bruce defeated the English in 1314 to help secure Scotlands independence. The next day (July 4) was a partly sunny day. We drove to Lake Mentieth and took a boat over to a small island and toured the Inchmahome Priory. It was built in 1238. It was really cool. We then drove to Loch Lomond and took a boat trip for an hour. Saturday it was raining, so we found a castle, some gardens and a house to tour. The house is called Hill House and was designed by a famous Scottish architect. Today we stayed home, cleaned, did laundry and watched Formula 1.

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Robert -the- McGill!Robert -the- McGill!
Robert -the- McGill!

They had an actor in full Scottish battle dress give a wonderful first person speech about the battle at Bannockburn.
piper in Linlithgow Castlepiper in Linlithgow Castle
piper in Linlithgow Castle

This kid is fourteen and has been playing the pipes since he was seven
The Falkirk WheelThe Falkirk Wheel
The Falkirk Wheel

this picture shows the wheel halfway through its cycle. Inside each circle is a trough with a boat in it.

6th July 2008

6th July 2008

Run for your lives...It's Robert -the-blind!!<br><br>Nice hat, good luck making it through customs.
6th July 2008

9th July 2008

...what the heck is that?
14th July 2008

14th July 2008

home sweet home, gun towers to keep Ricketts out
14th July 2008

You should have had this outfit the last week at work, KING BOBBY Rides again, with his faithfull sidekick MIKIE the BAD.
14th July 2008

Remids me of someone I know, BOBBY the BAD
14th July 2008

I think BOBBY the BAD might get traded for a dude in red.
14th July 2008

Looks like BOBBY the BAD beat out the dude in red
14th July 2008

Awsome sunset

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