The trip started off with me going to my Classical Myth in the Renaissance class. Not exactly glamorous start to my enhancement week vacation, but Elizabeth understood that I really liked the class and didn’t want to miss the lecture. I brought my packed duffle bag with me to class so that we could jump on the bus right after my lecture. We made it to our flight just in time and took a short bus ride from the airport to “The Hostel”. After dropping our bags off, we walked across the street to Ryrie’s pub. Great pub with wonderful staff, I highly recommend you go!
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Our first day in Edinburgh we walked up Coats Cres and Shandwick Place until we made it to Prince’s street and wandered into Saint John’s church graveyard.
After having our fair share of graveyard fun on Halloween day, we walked through the park that separates Princes Street and the Royal Mile.
Having seen the castle and taken our pictures of the view, we decided to walk down the Royal Mile to see what we could find. We were not disappointed!
Day two, we started by going down Prince’s Street and walking up Calton Hill. Stunning view, Elizabeth and I got some great photos!
We continued our barrage of picture taking by walking up the hill to the Nelson Monument.
Moving on we took pictures of Dugald Stewart Monument, the National Monument of Scotland, and the other various monuments across the top of the hill.
For the rest of our time in Edinburgh, we walked up and down the Royal Mile visiting various sites that caught our attention. We spent a day in Glasgow but didn’t take many pictures because we went to a movie before getting on our plane to Dublin.
The hostel we stayed at was okay. It was cheap and close to everything we wanted to see. When we visited, the hostel wasn’t offering girls only rooms (or boys only rooms for that matter) so we stayed in a room that just happened to be rented primarily by men. Not that I have an issue to sharing rooms with men, I just didn’t know these strangers. Several of the men weren’t keen on showering and our room smelled strongly of sweat… Lucky for Elizabeth and me, we got a bunk next to the window. The bathroom floor was constantly wet. I was prepared and brought flip flops, but Elizabeth had to borrow mine when I was done. The hostel could be spruced up a lot more, but it wasn’t horrible for how cheap and close it was to everything.
Edinburgh Castle was amazing and I would suggest doing the tour. Elizabeth and I didn’t go on the tour while we were there, but my friend Ben did and loved it. I’m planning to go on the tour when I visit Scotland again, so I’ll write more about it when that happens. I loved Contini ice cream shop just in front of Edinburgh Castle. The staff was very nice! Especially since they had to be dressed up for Christmas on Halloween day. Martone is a great Italian restaurant on the A900 just past Prince’s Street. Also in front of Edinburgh Castle was the Tartan Weaving Mill Experience, it was free to visit and overall a great time.
In celebration of Halloween we took a Halloween tour through Mercat tours! It was a free tour and totally worth it! I would’ve paid for a tour it was that great. I did leave a tip for our guide, and I will take more of their other tours when I visit again.
I had an amazing time in Scotland and I am planning to visit again! Thank you for looking through all the photos. I hope you enjoyed them and I hope you too can visit Scotland!
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