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Day 25 - Stirling

We left Edinburgh for Stirling. Taking the scenic route - aka missing a turn and going over a massive bridge to then wheel around to our destination!!! It was interesting exercise as a new bridge is being built and with interesting engineering they have built the piers and are connected the road sections between the piers. So you see long sections with road in place - equipment, trucks etc and then gaps until the next section appears.

Once again interesting countryside and country lanes. Great views across the country and an interesting mix of industrial areas, farms and small villages. Immaculate dry stone walls for fences in places - amazing!

Arriving in Stirling we went to Stirling Castle and enjoyed an entertaining guided tour. We then wandered around the prison area, kitchens - complete with tableau of realistic looking food of all types - fish, bread, fruit, grains, a peacock, a hogs head and even a sheep being carried in by two men.

A little bit of shopping in the gift shop and Channe bought a book on the life of Mary Queen of Scots.

Then we had another late lunch - at a bistro called Hendersons. THE BEST MEAL EVER as voted by Channe!

Time to book into our last accommodation of the trip - a guest house in a Victorian house built in 1880. It still has many original features and our room has very high ceilings with ornate cornices.

In the afternoon we ventured to the William Wallace memorial where Channe climbed the 246,000 steps to the top of the tower. A medieval knave gave an very funny short history of the William Wallace story with no mention of Mel Gibson. Some Canadians who had obviously enjoyed a liquid lunch made the presentation even funnier.

Back to our digs to repack our bags then we went out to find some dinner - no easy task as most places were closed. Eventually we found an Italian restaurant and had a surprisingly good meal. Channe rated the pasta as better than in Italy.

Tomorrow we have breakfast at our accommodation and the drive to Glasgow. A short time to look around before dropping the car off and starting our journey home.

Country road

Country road

Ceiling in the castle

Ceiling in the castle

King's bed

King's bed

Shining armour

Shining armour

Top of Wallace tower

Top of Wallace tower

Wallace tower view

Wallace tower view

William Wallace's sword

William Wallace's sword

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Day 24 - Royal Day

Today the focus was royalty. We started off at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen's official Scottish residence. We were mightily disappointed that we could not go inside as the Lord High Commissioner was in residence as the Queen's official representative at the Scottish Assembly. Pretty selfish of him not to share the digs! So we took tea in the Royal Tea Rooms and admired the palace from the gates.

We then walked back up the Royal Mile, stopping in at the various shops along the way. We took time to drop back into our apartment and leave behind our purchases (!!!!) before heading off to see the Royal Yacht Britannia. to get there we got a hop on hop off bus (which we heard some Americans in London calling a hoho bus). Through the streets of Edingburgh to the yacht. We had a fantastic tour through all the levels of the yacht from the top to bottom seeing the working parts of the ship and the royal quarters. We were able to enjoy lunch in the Royal Tea Rooms. Back on the bus in the late afternoon we completed the circuit getting a good tour of the city. We walked back to the Royal Mile and had a look around then back to put our feet up at last. After a break it was out for dinner at a fab restaurant down the road. Once again avoiding haggis - though we saw it served at other tables and it looked unspeakable!!!!

Channe is organising her purchases so that will take some considerable time .........

Tomorrow we head off to our last point of call - Stirling.

Queen's single bed

Queen's single bed

Rolls on yacht

Rolls on yacht

Sitting room

Sitting room

Engine room

Engine room

Royal lunch

Royal lunch

Dessert

Dessert

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Day 23 - Edinburgh

After a late start - Channe was out on the town last night!!! - we relocated to our apartment.

Some of Channe's experiences from last night - being asked for ID (for the first times on this trip); a bouncer at Macdonalds; drinks being very expensive; trying to learn how to speak Scottish!!!!

We expected that checkin would be mid afternoon but finding ourselves nearby the apartment we walked over to see what time check in would be and also what the parking arrangements were. The lovely Scottish ladies on check in found that our apartment was ready and even found another one with a washing machine for us which was also ready. So we went got the car out of a shopping centre carpark, dropped off our luggage - with Channe wrangling it to the apartment whilst Jenny went found the carpark associated with the apartment. Crazy with road diversions, narrow roads and the celebration for Hibernian Football (soccer) win at the Scottish Cup FInal - their first win in 114 years. Fans in green were all over the streets.

Channe decided to chill out whilst waiting to make arrangements with Brogan her friend from school days. So Jenny took to the streets and walked all the way up Princes St around the perimeter of Edinburgh Castle, then into the Castle to look around. Then back down the Royal Mile checking out the shops, catching a choral rehearsal at St Giles Cathedral.

Now its off to Mass and then to get dinner at one of the local pubs....... will we try haggis or not!!!!

Out our window

Out our window

Scott memorial

Scott memorial

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Castle views

Castle views

Mons Meg!!!!

Mons Meg!!!!

Graveyard

Graveyard

Laneways

Laneways

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Day 22 - York to Edinburgh

Today we left York and travelled via Carlisle to Edinburgh. We didn't intend to make it all the way but made good time. We came through some of the most beautiful English countryside - Yorkshire, North Pennines and Cumbria and then onto the Scottish Borders and into Edinburgh.

Beautiful countryside, amazing dry stone walls creating tiny paddocks with sheep, horses, cattle and occasionally crops - mainly canola. Lots of black faced sheep with lambs on steep hillsides. The sheep were woolly - long raggedy untidy wool and the lambs along with the mums with long tails. Lots of dirty tail ends but obviously no problems with fly strike.

At Carlisle we had lunch in a local pub and then Jenny went shopping at Linton Tweed Mills.

As we are a day earlier into Edinburgh we have booked into a motel and Channe is meeting up with her school friend Brogan for a night on the town!

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Day 21 - York

We picked up our car at London City Airport - its a Nissan Qashqai - not quite an Xtrail but almost. It is electric start, electric button hand brake and reverse that needs your mouth in the right position for it to engage!

Getting out of London was surprisingly easy - thanks to the in car sat nav. We made our way up the M1 the major freeway north. After travelling for a couple of hours we pulled off at a service centre and had lunch. A massive selection of cafes and restaurants in a food hall which crossed over the freeway.

By now we had had enough of freeway driving so we went bush. Picking out a town to the north east we programmed into the sat nav 'no freeways' and proceeded to wind our way around the countryside and villages. Eventually we decided to head for York to base ourselves tonight and then tomorrow we will make our way across Yorkshire to the Lakes District and end up somewhere close to Edinburgh. It was nice to be out in the countryside, driving and not having to battle crowds.

Not a huge amount of photos taken today - the chief photographer kept having naps in the passenger seat!

At the service centre cafe

At the service centre cafe

Battling the traffic

Battling the traffic

Outside the motel

Outside the motel

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