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Day 5 – Tour the Europe

Edinburgh is a cute  and charming town. I didn’t have the luck to absorbs all the cuteness because we had only few hours to spend in Edinburgh.

That’s a shame because you just cant see everything you would like and you  are gonna like this city on a first sight.

What immediately catches the eye is the Edinburgh Castle. It stands at the head of the Old Town.

Edinburgh castle

Edinburgh castle

The Castle is the symbol of Edinburgh and the most popular visitor attraction in Scotland.

Sadly we didn’t have the time to go in, but you can visit the castle if you buy a ticket.

We visited the Greyfriars Kirkyard graveyard. The graveyard is associated with Greyfriars Bobby, the loyal dog who guarded his master’s grave.

He spend 14 years guarding the grave of his owner. The story continues to be well known in Scotland through several books and films.

Greyfriars graveyard

Greyfriars graveyard

Also Thomas Riddell’s grave is believed to be the inspiration for one of the characters in J. K. Rowling´s Harry Potter fantasy series, as the character Lord Voldemort was born as Tom Riddle.

After walking through the city center we got a little hungry so we choose a pub in the center called „The Fiddler’s Arms“ where we had great fish & chips and a pint of beer.

Food was very good and the prices are good also.

Fish & Chips at Fiddlers Arms

Fish & Chips at Fiddlers Arms

The pub is at the end of the Grassmarket in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.

After lunch we walked a little more around the city and it was already time to go.

I hope to go back one day. 🙂

bagpiper in Edingurgh

bagpiper in Edingurgh

 

 

Day 4 – Tour de Europe

After a good night sleep we got up around 8 am and went to our bus that is taking us to a whole day tour.

Our plan – Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Inverness and Stirling.

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond

First we went to Loch Lomond.  It took us around one hour to get there from Glasgow.

Loch Lomond is the largest lake in Scotland with the length of 39 km. It has more than 30 islands.

The Loch is now part of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park which was established in 2002.

When we got there, it was still early and little foggy  but the lake looked  just beautiful.

We stayed at the lake half an hour and then went towards Fort William.

Road from Loch Lomond to Inverness is pure beauty. The scenery is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

Just stunning views of beautiful nature.

Scotland nature

Scotland nature

We stopped in Fort William and had a breakfast, walk around the town and just enjoyed the view.

Fort Augustus was our next stop.

Fort Augustus is a Village at the south west end of Loch Ness.

The canal cuts through the centre of the village.

It is the Caledonian Canal that is connecting Fort William to Inverness.

It  passes through Fort Augustus in a dramatic series of locks stepping down to Loch Ness.

House in Fort Augustus

House in Fort Augustus

The village is compact and picturesque.

We went to see locks and the canal, we bought some souvenirs and take some pictures.

We drove along the Loch Ness and stopped by the Urquhart Castle just for a quick view and photo opportunity.

Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle

Founded in the 13th century, Urquhart played a role in the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century.

The castle overlooking Loch Ness, is one of the largest in Scotland.

Our next destination was Inverness. One of the seven Scotland’s cities.

The city is situated on the river Ness.

We had 2 hours in Inverness and we were very hungry so first we went to find a pub.

Inverness

Inverness

After that we just took a walk around the city centre and we went to see the Inverness castle just from the outside.  The castle itself was not open to the public, only the castle grounds.

Inverness Castle sits on a cliff overlooking the River Ness.

The current Inverness Castle was built in 1836 on the site of the original one.

Stirling was the last stop on our tour and a drive from Inverness to Stirling was also very beautiful with great views.

Unfortunately when we came to Stirling it was already dark so we couldn’t go to the Wallace Monument, we just saw it from parking, as they were closed.

The Wallace Monument is  a tower standing on the summit of Abbey Craig, a hilltop near Stirling.

It commemorates Sir William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish hero.  (We all know him from the movie Braveheart)

William Wallace Monument

William Wallace Monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 – Tour the Europe

To get to UK we took the The Calais – Dover ferry.

Route connects France with England and is currently operated by 2 ferry companies.

We went with The DFDS Seaways.

Sailing duration is around 1 hour 30 minutes.

ferry3

 

The ferry was nice. Good and clean toilets, a Duty free shop, lot of place to sit and relax and a Bar.

We had some tea and enjoyed the ride . You can also go outside – if it’s not too cold.

When we got to Dover we had a whole night drive ahead of us.

We were going to Glasgow.

In the morning  our tour guide told us that we are gonna stop in Liverpool.

bananalamb

So we went for a walk through the City centre and then continued our ride to Glasgow.

We arrived there at 2 PM.  We settled in our hotel and around 5 pm went to the city.

The weather was terrible. It was raining very heavily and it was very cold.

Broomielaw-Tradeston bridge

After little sightseeing we went to a restaurant to have some dinner.

My husband had a Haggis.

Haggis

It’s not my kind of food, but it’s also not very strange to us because we have something similar in my Country.

Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, spices and salt, mixed with stock, traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach though now often in an artificial casing instead.

Haggis is a traditional Scottish food.

We had a beer and after we took a walk to the George Square and  then across the Tradeston Bridge to our hotel to get some proper sleep.

george square

 

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