Saturday, 23 April 2011

Scotland Tour Day 1 - Edinburgh

After weeks of planning this trip I've finally arrived in Edinburgh. Took the Coach from Bournemouth to London Victoria, the Tube from Victoria Station to Kings Cross and from there the train to Edinburgh.

It wasn't my first time in Edinburgh. I've been there in 2005 and fell in love with it... so I couldn't wait to see it again, even if it was just for a day.

4:30pm - Edinburgh greeted me with rain but I didn't mind so much as long as I could walk and stretch my legs after 5 hours on the train. Getting to the hostel wasn't as straight forward as I thought as I had to pull my 30 kg suitcase up steep Market Street and North Bank Street. (a day later I've noticed that the wheels on my suitcase were stuck and didn't turn anymore... that's why it felt like pulling 100 kg up the hill).

By time I got to the hostel (Budget Backpackers) the rain had stopped and the sun came out. After checking in I had to go explore and take some photos straight away.

The streets were full of people, bearing in mind it was a Saturday on a Easter Weekend. Here are some street scenes and people shots taken in the Old Town.

Girls on a night out. Edinburgh Victoria Street.

View of West Bow from Grassmarket, Edinburgh.

Walker Slater (Scottish Tweed Specialist) shop window and reflection. Victoria Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.
On the corner of George IV Bridge and Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland.

View towards the Royal Mile. Camera Obscura Building on the left and the old Church of Scotland which now houses The Hub. Taken from Castle Esplanade.
Royal Mile looking up towards the Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland.

North Bank Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.

North Bank Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.
View from North Bridge onto Cowgate, Edinburgh, Scotland.
On Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Scotland.
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

On North Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh Royal Mile ~ The punk lady tried to educate tourists about spinning but no one was interested in that. She only gathered a crowd because of her looks. £1 donation for photos was obligatory.
Spinning Punk Lady on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland.

And then she started singing too. Gaelic folk songs. I actually really enjoyed her performance.
Spinning and singing Punk Lady on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland.

They couldn't believe their eyes and ears either.
Horny and Naughty

9.50pm - Night life at the Grassmarket, Edinburgh. 
Night Life in Edinburgh, Grassmarket.
Off to the next bar. Night Life in Edinburgh, Grassmarket.

Links to more info:

Click here to see the map of the whole 8 day tour through the Scottish Highlands I'm planning to do.

Tour Itinerary: Edinburgh – Spittal of Glenshee (Cairngorms) – Nethy Bridge (Cairngorms) – Inverness – Inchnadamph (Sutherland) by Loch Assynt – Ullapool – Torridon – Applecross Peninsula – Loch Ness – Glen Coe – Loch Lomond - Edinburgh

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Hi Dorit, it's nice to see these shots of 'Auld Reekie'. We left Scotland 13 years ago, and I'd quite like a wander round Edinburgh again. I'd probably see plenty of changes among the familiar sights. Used to like to eat upstairs at Byzantium (Victoria St) - was that still there? I was thinking about the Camera Obscura just a few days ago; it's a magic place.

I've already dipped into your Applecross set, but decided to begin at the beginning :)

(Duncanw on RB)

Hi Duncan,
Thanks so much for your comment. I LOVE Scotland! I knew I would before I even visited :)
Not sure about Byzantium, although I've been up and down Victoria Street. I kept looking up so probably missed it. I also found it's easy to walk past "things" in Edinburgh if you don't know about them.
I may be in Edinburgh again in September for a few days. So I'll check it out.
I hope you enjoy your online travel through Scotland. I don't think my photos do it's beauty justice... but I gave it a try.
I hope you are planning a visit home soon. I haven't been to Australia yet, but from what I've seen so far nothing can beat Scotland... especially the Highlands :)
Take care.

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