After London, I took a flight to Edinburgh, Scotland! I had no idea what to expect here but people told me it was a beautiful city and a wonderful place to visit. And just taking the bus from the airport to the city centre I could tell! It was much much smaller than London but it seemed very clean, peaceful, and a lot of greenery 🙂
Just walking to my hostel from the city centre I could easily see the biggest tourist attraction of the city, Edinburgh Castle!
My early morning flight had really tired me out though since I hadn’t really slept at night (I was worried I wouldn’t get up for the flight). So I kinda just fell asleep for almost the whole day. I woke up in the evening and set out to explore though. The city at night is also just amazing!
The main tourist street, High Street aka the Royal Mile was cool. It led to the castle on one side and the palace on the other, had the cathedral, restaurants, attractions, of course the latest fashions.
My hostel was nicely located just down the street from it.
Anyhow, so the first thing to check out, the castle! I head there and was right in time for the changing of the guards!
As I was walking around, you’d never guess who I ran into. None other than Mel Gibson!
I did learn that Wallace was from the low lands though and he would never have dressed like this. Also he was a really brutal guy. 6’3 guy that once skinned one of his enemies and made a belt from the skin. Brutal!
One of the other atractions I stopped at was Camera Obscura. A cool place with all sorts of optical illusions and other stuff. It has nothing to do with Edinburgh really, but it was a lot of fun anyhow 😛
Walking to the other side of the Royal Mile (which although they say its a mile, it felt like more) was the parliament.
Now you look at the building and you’re like that looks pretty new. And you’d be correct. The Scotlish parliament is less than 20 years old (I forget exactly, maybe 10-15?). Before that everything was done by the British Government. It was only recently that more local matters were transferred to Scotish parliament.
Across from that is the Palace 🙂
Behind that was this huge hill/mountain. And since it was there, I decided to climb it hehe. I didn’t go all the way to the top cause there were no lights up there and I didn’t want to be stuck there when the sunset. Of course later I realized I shouldn’t have worried cause the sun didn’t set till like 945 or so!
Afterwards back in town I was pretty hungry so I walked around and settled on an all you can eat Chinese restaurant. Omg, one of the worst restaurants I’ve ever been to. Service was fine but the food….blah! I did however notice this on my way out.
The following day I decided, I’m in Scotland I have to go see the Highlands! So off I went!
Now while heading up to the highlands, I’m like…ok I’m here. Why not go try and find the Loch Ness monster!
But Nessie was no where to be found. Ah well, the Loch was still beautiful. We passed by a lot of other great scenary as well.
It was a long long day, but it was fun and I made some cool friends 🙂
My last night in Edinburgh the town was FULL of people! Everywhere, apparently they just totally love their rugby and everyone from everywhere came to town to watch the big match the next day. It was cool to see the crowd and busy streets and restaurants BUT it meant my hostel and everyone other place was full! Ack! Ah well, I spent the day and much of the night strolling around checking out stuff and then went to the airport. I actually slept fairly well taking over an entire bench 🙂
For more Edinburgh pictures, click -> Here.
Next stop, Dublin!