Back in October Richard and I got the grandparents to doggy sit Seymour whilst we went on our jollydays up north, way, way up north to Edinburgh.
Over a year ago now Richard won 2 first class Virgin rail tickets to anywhere in the UK so we decided to make the most of this and head to the furthest destination possible.
So we started our trip early on a Friday and enjoyed a real treat.
Travelling first class meant 4.5 hours of sitting back, relaxing, extra leg room, wifi, free food and drink…I could get used to that!
It started our holiday off rather well and by the time we got there we were rearing to go so we made our way towards the hotel through the city centre.
On our walk through the city we went into St Giles Cathedral. St Giles being the Saint of Edinburgh, and cripples and lepers… What a beautiful and impressive piece of gothic architecture with its crown steeple dating from 15th century.
Edinburgh Castle is at the top of a long road, The Royal Mile, and either side is shop after shop and restaurant, many repeats and lots for the tourists but its worth a mooch.
Just outside the castle is a Tartan weaving and Mill shop. Plenty to buy there but also to see with many floors of tartans and some of the machinery on display. I was able to buy a ‘Smith’ tartan scalf for my Dad’s birthday which he loved.
We wondered through the streets all the way down the mile to The People’s Story, a museum about social history and working in Edinburgh and then onto Museum of Edinburgh, a vast museum with lots of things to see including actual skeletons! Both museums were free and I thought were excellent! I only wish I hadn’t walked so much before hand as by then my feet were so painful I could only manage a quick walk around.
We did see though the famous Bobby Greyfriars dog bowl and collar in the museum and whilst walking back and forth from the hotel we passed his statue and even saw his grave where people still go to lay flowers! I definitely felt a bit emotional thinking about Seymour.
Another evening meal and another traditional Scottish meal…erm I mean, a Mexican…but it was fantastic and I do love Mexican so why not!
We ended the trip with yet more souvenir buying and a relaxing journey back on the first class train. Though weekend service wasn’t as fancy we had an excellent time still.
Edinburgh is an awesome city to visit for shopping, restaurants, ghost walks, history, architecture, tartan, castles and of course Bobby.