Wow I have been in Dublin and beyond now for over a month, it’s true time does fly while you’re having fun!! In answer to Jaimee’s post below, yes I have gone off track a few times, I like to visit places I have never been, we wouldn’t have been there if I hadn’t gone that way, we wouldn’t have seen that part of the city, we could have missed something really interesting if we didn’t look. Quite simple really!! As for the toilet incident, he was off my bus tour, Jaimee was busy waffling on about something and I thought he was exiting the building, I was distracted, I was just following him for that reason, once again an explanation for everything!!
Ok nuff said, I got myself to Scotland, found my accommodation in Glasgow and Edinburgh by myself with once again Jaimee and Mark ringing in my ear, “Don’t talk to strangers, make sure you send details of where you are going to be, what you are doing”
Glasgow was my first stop, I stayed at the Rennie Macintosh Hotel, pretty central to transport, restaurant’s and shopping. It is a very old hotel, close to Central Station and my room was in the attic, it was lovely and warm and on the fourth floor, 62 steps from reception, I got my daily exercise just climbing those stairs. My first day out was the usual Hop on/off bus. Best way to see the city, get my bearings, cos I don’t want to get lost (someone moves the feckin street signs) and see what is on offer in the way of attractions. I got off at the Glasgow Cathedral, People’s Palace and Riverside Museum and Tall Ship. It was one of the coldest days I had experienced since being over this side so was thankful for a lovely hot meal with a vino and dessert at the Mediterraneo Ristorante. The food was amazing and it topped off a very educational first day. The next day I got to meet one of Jaimee’s friends Colette, (I think Jaimee’s way of checking to see if I was doing ok and hadn’t disappeared) she picked me up at my Hotel and we took the underground to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Colette is one of those people, as soon as you meet her you feel like you have known each other for years, we talked the whole way through the museum and through dinner at the Café Andaluz, for Tapas. They had a special on £14.95 for 3 Tapas and dessert. We decided to pick 6 different dishes between us and thoroughly enjoyed them, so much so that we ordered another three. We then had three desserts to eat and by the time we finished, absolutely stuffed full, we thought it wise to walk it off back to my hotel. It was a lovely day out with great company. The next day I caught the train to Edinburgh. It was great to be able to see another slice of Scotland on the way.
I stayed at the Benmore Guest House in Edinburgh, a bit further out from the city centre but still walking distance if you felt like a good walk. From the Hop on/off bus I stopped off at Edinburgh Castle, I spend quite sometime there. The views over the city were amazing. There was so much to see in just that area. I went around a couple of times and marked some places I knew I could walk from my accommodation. After a big day of sight-seeing I stopped off at Greyfriars Bobby Pub for a much-needed meal before I headed back to put my feet up and an early night. On the Tuesday I was invited to catch up with Jo, Shelley and Neil, I had met them 14 years ago on the internet through a site for Crohn’s sufferers and family. We had more or less stayed in touch through the years and it was a great chance to finally meet them in person while I was staying in Edinburgh. (Jaimee at this time was anxious that I was meeting strangers I had only met through the internet, I had to give her all the details of who they were, where they lived, phone numbers etc, before I left for Edinburgh, I had a laugh about it with the family when we met up) We spent a lovely day catching up on all our goss, lunch and out for a dinner before we headed back to my place.
Jaimee and Mark recommended I do the 12 hour tour with Highland Experience Tours, if I wanted to see some of Scotland while I was there. We left at 8am and travelled through Kilmahog (or many will say Murder my pig), Stirling, William Wallace territory, pass Doune Castle (Winterfell in the first series of Game Of Thrones), many sites where they filmed James Bond, Harry Potter and Outlander, Glen Coe, Loch Linnie, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness (I had hoped to spot Nessie, no such luck), took the boat out to Urquart Castle, through Inverness and Perth and back to Edinburgh. Our guide and bus driver Russell was very good at passing on the history and managed to entertain us the whole tour. I recommend it to those that have limited time and want to see a huge chunk, this is the way to go.
The next few days I did a lot of walking and photographing many of the lovely attractions around Edinburgh. There were still places I didn’t get to this time round. I really should have hired a car to get to the places out of both cities that I wanted to visit. That hopefully will be another trip, (it will also be another thing for Jaimee to stress over) I had to prove that I could survive by myself if I travelled alone. I enjoyed my short stay in Scotland, it is made up of lovely people, amazing attractions and a desire to discover more.
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