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netnpete’s Travel Diary

Friday, 25 May 2007

Location: Glasgow/Edinburgh, Scotland

Map25th May 2007

Long weekend time so we though we would head up to Bonnie Scotland for a bit of a look around. So Friday night we headed to Kings Cross train station to meet Ness and Andrew and caught the train from London to Glasgow. I thought I was all good booking us seats all together, little did I realise I had booked us onto the 'quiet coach' of the train! So we were a bit worried getting on with our 2 bottles of Pimms and picnic food, to sit in silence for 5 and a half hours!! Well it started out pretty quiet and ended up in loud whispers (If there is such thing!).

Once we arrived in Glasgow we headed straight to our hotel, The Alexander Thompson Hotel - we had a lovely quad room booked which felt a little like a school camp! We arrived quite late so it was an early night the first night. Then it was up early for Ness and I to check out the shops while the boys kept themselves busy just wandering round. Anybody who has been to Glasgow before will know it's not the most exciting place, so we headed for the train station early arvo and caught the train to Edinburgh.

On arrival in Edinburgh, we had a bit of a mission to get to our B & B - the Granville Guesthouse. It was about a 30 minute walk from the city, a quaint little guesthouse and another quad share room! After settling in and taking it easy for a while we headed in to the Royal Mile - one of the main streets of Edinburgh, found an awesome little restaurant and filled up. Had a bit of a wander around town then it was back to bed.

On Sunday we decided to start the day with Edinburgh Castle - god it is massive - we were there for about 4 hours! Andrew and Pete got the historical headsets and Ness and I just wandered - there is so much history in that place its amazing- we even saw the Crown Jewels there! And it has massive views of the whole of Edinburgh.

After the castle we got on the Hop-On Hop-Off bus and did a tour of the town - I just love that in such cold places they actually have topless doubledecker buses!! It is such a pretty little town, there is a nice park at the bottom of the Castle and its beautiful and green - it was good to get some not so polluted fresh air!

That evening Pete and I did the City Of The Dead tour - it basically starts at the Royal Mile and there is a tour guide dressed in a floor length leather coat and he does a good job of filling you in on the gory history of Edinburgh. Then the tour winds its way through the streets towards the Cemetary where it is rumoured that there is a Poltergeist. They do their best to scare the wits out of you by locking everyone in an old Crypt at dusk and telling ghost stories! Then it was off to a bar called Frankensteins!

Monday was spent back on the bus and looking around the shops before boarding the train from Edinburgh back to London Kings Cross. The scenery on the way back was well worth the train trip.