Today we walked around Edinburgh. There were many sites to see and miles of roads to walk down.
We started off near Edinburgh Castle and walked down the royal mile. It was filled with many old buildings and lots and I mean LOTS of touristy souvenir shops. Most carrying pretty much the same old stuff. Scarves and kilts. Scarves and kilts.. etc.
The churches were amazing. Mammoth compared to our churches back home. The stained glass windows were so colorful.
The wind was super strong today, reports were up to 40 mph gusts. And boy we sure felt those gusts. We’ve sure seen the weather change from summer to fall on this trip. Back in Bristol it was very warm. T-Shirt weather, but in Scotland it’s more like super warm jacket weather. Luckily it did not rain today, we just had to deal with the wind. I’ll take wind over rain any day though.
We found s great pub today called Tolbooth Tavern. We had a beer and hung out for a bit to rest our tired feet.
TOTAL STEPS WALKED 19,103
TOTAL MILES 7.53
We’ve spent the better part of the morning today geocaching around Edinburgh.
Here’s a couple photos of our finds.
So as the day went on we had a little trouble finding wifi and only ended up with two finds today. But hey, at least we can check geocaching in Scotland off of our lists.
We spent another day here in Edinburgh walking aimlessly about.
It was much sunnier today but still quite windy.
We found the Hard Rock Cafe and had a bite to eat with a side of beer.
We also found a couple new places to visit such as St. Andrews Square, where we were unable to find our third geocache attempt and an ice cream shop, where we stopped for a soft serve cone.
Tomorrow we head out to Hadrians Wall and leave this big busy city behind. It’s been nice to visit but I think 2 full days here was a little too long.
TOTAL STEPS WALKED 22,576
TOTAL MILES 8.90
After three nights in the hustle and bustle of Scotland’s capital, it was time to head south back toward and into England.
The morning drive included a nice stop in the borders for a fun photo opp.
Now back in England, we headed toward Hadrian’s Wall. Did you know it’s American English to say toward and UK English to say towards? I already knew that before this trip, by the way. Gabby probably taught me that.
The way’s length was quite amazing as you’d see long stretches of it as you drive between sights.
We stopped at Housestead’s Fort, which has the best preserved fort remnants. Still, it’s all foundation and rubble. Your imagination and help from recreation artists are required just as they are for most of the Roman Forum.
It’s amazing to think about the extended reach of the Roman Empire at its peak.
After poking about the wall for a couple hours, it was off to Durham. Here, there was of course a well known cathedral. It was stunning inside with it’s high bell tower, arched ceiling and stained glass depictions of biblical events.
The town itself was neat but overflowing with drunkards on a Saturday evening. I’d advise hitting this place during the week.
That’s it for now. Two nights in York upcoming then we’re off to finish the trip with three nights in London.