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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

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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