What a relief-no more driving. Dropped the car off at Hertz-very dissapointing experience there to tarnish our last day-will explain below.
Last day of vacation. Full travel day tomorrow.
We left Stirling and made 2 castle stops our way to Edinburgh. We really liked our B&B in Stirling. Perfected situated just outside of town so it was quiet, but just a short walk to the Castle and the downtown restaurants.
As you will see in the photos..it was a SUNNY DAY. Our first in a couple of weeks.
Our first stop today was Linlithgow Castle. This is a shell, but you can climb all over it. For Outlander fans, this is the castle they used it for Wentworth Prison. You can see 5 or 6 stories clearly. Lots of pics below. It is a huge complex. You can easily get lost in there. Dark passages all over the place, a lot of dead ends, but fun exploring. Lots and lots of stairs. After the Castle we went through the church just outside-St Michael's. Took some photos for Marilyn. Once upon a time it was a Catholic church but Cromwell raided all the good stuff and it is
For Outlander fans, this was used as Wentworth Prison
now Presbyterian. The docent in the church must have been bored to death because she kept following us around telling us about the history of the church. Or else we looked like suspicious characters. Apparently, she thought everyone knew this: because it originated as a Catholic Church, that the stained glass windows behind the altar depicted themes of creationism and the windows at the other ended depicted some other theme that I can't remember. Because they were on the East and West walls? That's how we should have known it was originally a Catholic church. Peggy? Marilyn? Any clues?
We ate lunch at a small cafe in Linlithgow called Taste, which was delightful. Tiny little place on the main drag. Delicious sandwiches, homemade bread, mouth-watering desserts. Picture below. By the time we left, it was packed.
Next stop is Blackness Castle. This castle is on the water defending the Forth of Firth. (I have no idea what that is). This Castle was used in Outlander as Fort William. This was also not in use so we could climb all over the place. Lots of pictures below.
That is the end of our tour. We had a wonderful
trip and Dot did a great job planning everything and coordinating logistics. Thanks to all of you for reading along. Highly recommend Scotland.
We headed for the Holiday Inn at the Edinburgh Airport. I dropped Dot off and returned the rental car. So Hertz really disappointed me. When I returned the car, the guy first confirmed what insurance coverage I had purchased. We had purchased the basic damage coverage but didn't bite when they tried to up sell us to get rid of the $1,000 deductible. After he confirmed this, then he walked around the car to look for damage. He found a tiny scratch on the front bumper near the license plate. About 1" scratch. To be honest, I don't think it was on the car when we got it, so it probably occurred while we had the car, though I don't remember bumping anything (except the tire against the curb). So he charged me $132 for the scratch. He acted like it is no big deal and I could turn it into my 3rd party coverage. Well, that's probably a $500 deductible too. I couldn't talk him out of it, and when he gave me my bill,
Castle was 5 or 6 stories high
It is a shell. You can crawl all over it
he added a $35 administrative damage fee. If it was a dent, I would feel differently, but this was a scratch I could barely see. I feel ripped off - it's a rental car -they have many dings and scratches. I think it's a way for them to make extra money on customers who don't buy full damage coverage. I am going to sic Gary on them. Just finished the trip on a sour note.
Will be a long day tomorrow. We connect through Philadelphia with a lengthy layover. Home late Wednesday night.
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