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Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh August 6th 2018

Since Edinburgh was a fairly short drive, we were allowed a slow morning. Ironically, we were so well drilled that everyone was assembled on the street before the buses arrived! As we drove through the rolling landscape filled with sheep and grain farms (hay and barley), our new guide informed us that we were looking at relatively poor agricultural land. As we entered the outskirts of Edinburgh, light industrial land uses took over and then residential areas appeared. We drove all the way into the city, which was heaving with the Fringe Festival. St Giles Cathedral, our distinguished performance venue, was in the heart of the Fringe; our bus could drive only so far, and our guide walked us the rest of the distance, not more than five minutes. Entering the magnificent historic url=https://stgilescathedral.org.uk... read more
St Giles nave
My view of St Giles Cathedral
Our first taste of Fringe fever

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh July 11th 2018

This won’t be a regular regurgitation of the day’s minutiae but a sporadic spewing of travel trivia and notable ‘Al’ moments. I would like to reason this is to avoid boring any readers or even due to the infrequency of reliable wifi, but more honestly it will be because I am lazy. Our flights were mercifully uneventful apart from a rude/ignorant man seated in front of me for the 12 hour flight. His chair was broken, (I’m not convinced he didn’t break it) so when he reclined the back he would bounce on it until it hit my knees. As I am only 5ft 2 that’s a hell of a recline. Once tight against my knees he would continue to apply pressure to eek out every micro millimetre of space. His seat ended up nearly double ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh June 24th 2018

Of course the sun is peeping through as we head for our last destination! It was a beautiful morning in Aberdeen and we packed up and got away smartly. Peter did some work downloading offline maps and we plotted our trip with some stops on the way to Edinburgh. I didn’t really mind where we went - just wanted to soak up the rare sunshine and our last drive through the Scottish scenery. The big shock on this trip was the good quality, dual highway that we were on for much of it. We have to say that the roads in Western and Northern Scotland are very narrow and dangerous, often with no lines, nowhere to stop and relax, no services (especially loos!) and require very active driving! The ancient town of Brechin was our first ... read more
Our last BnB, AmarAgua guesthouse, Edinburgh
Reunion with Jean - we met 42 years ago!
Stockholm Boys Choir in St Giles Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh March 6th 2018

We believe we mentioned yesterday that there was snow on the ground in Scotland. Well this morning it's snowing cats and dogs! My god, what have we done. To digress a bit yesterday we were a bit sleepy (okay a lot) so after locating an electrical adaptor and having a very late lunch we returned to our wonderful apartment for the night. BTW for lunch HP had Bangers and Mash-very good, while Bird was equally complimentary of her Haggis, Neeps, and Totties. Of course everything is spelled correctly; how could you ask! As this is being written we are sitting, praying to the weather god to end the snow, while watching Good Morning Britain. At least it's above freezing so the snow isn't sticking. We are now reduced to one day in Edinburgh with determination not ... read more
Edinburgh Castle
St. Margaret's Chapel
Mons Meg

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh February 3rd 2018

A wine before we board ............ just for Duncan :)... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh December 16th 2017

Opening the front door led to sharp intakes of breath from us all as the cold hit us, even with an extra layer on each it seemed far worse than the day before. Woolly says – I had decided on the wise option of wearing all three of my Christmas jumpers, no decisions to make on which one and extra layers of warmth. I’d already kicked Jo as I heard her sniggering about the Michelin man and obviously inferring that I’m am putting on wait, having pointed out that I needed it in these climates I led the way down the path and towards the Ocean Terminal once again. Our first port of call….. go on you’ll get it eventually….. was to the terminal itself and one of Edinburgh’s top tourist attractions. We had all agreed ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh December 15th 2017

I’m not sure where the time has gone but after weeks of sitting and enjoying the sunshine and catching up with friends our bags are ready, and the maps and guide books safely stored for the start of our biggest adventure yet. The warm up weeks, so to speak, would give us a chance to get used to being back in full travel mode again and to make sure we have everything we need. Woolly says – Warm it will not be and everything we need!!!!! There’s a car full of stuff to root through, how the women are going to get it all into two backpacks is beyond me! First though was the highlight of Alayna’s Christmas fun, the Christmas Market, now in it’s eight year it would be my fifth time of going and ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh December 15th 2017

Woolly says – I woke to blueish skies, wet pavements and the cold, the very very cold having added several layers, including one of my Christmas jumpers, I escorted the women towards the Ocean Terminal and the place to catch the bus, better known for a famous attraction, but that wasn’t on today’s list. It was warm onboard and having settled down for the ten minute journey into the city centre I thought it a good idea to tell everyone a little bit about the city itself. Zoe and I sat back as his lecturing voice started, there was not point in trying to stop him unless we wanted a sulking mammoth so better to give in and get it over with. Woolly says – I really do need to consider my staffing situation in the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 22nd 2017

Sorry, absolutely no chance of any blogging last night due to extreme intoxication. The photos were downloaded prior to me going on a 'pub crawl' so here they are.... read more
Us at Hollyroodhouse, no queen.
No it wasn't raining.
I'll just go in here and see if she home!

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh September 20th 2017

It's not a castle, fortress, battlement, cathedral, church, abbey, tomb, cemetery, crypt or even a golf course! In fact I'd be surprised if you've ever seen anything like this. It's one of only two (pretty sure) boat lifting wheels in the world. And it is amazing! And it is big. Spectacular yet very, very effective and efficient. It consumes the equivalent amount of electricity as 8 electric kettles when lifting 250 tons! It's an engineering marvel (and possibly a work of art?) that lifts vessels almost 30 m into the air and deposits them back in the canal ready to continue up or down stream. The photos tell the story but I was particularly impressed and certainly glad we took the time to visit. Next big thing. The Antonine Wall. Well pretty big. It's the poor ... read more
The Falkirk Wheel. It lifts boats 27 m!
The Falkirk Wheel.
On the boat at The Falkirk Wheel.




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