Everything people say or you have read about Scotland is true. The people love whiskey. LOVE whiskey. Some of the friendliest people I’ve encountered. The accents are thicker than the whiskey they love so much. The streets take you back in time to a different era liked with abbeys and cobblestone streets. The fields are green and filled with sheep and hairy cows.
Once you land in the Edinburgh airport walk straight outside and look to the right. You’ll see a huge double-decker blue bus. That bus; the AirLink 100, will take you directly to the city center (the very last stop). It only costs £4.50 for a one-way adult ticket and the journey lasts about 40 minutes. Check into the hostel. Go eat. Sleep.
Arthur’s Seat is the main mountain in Edinburgh and formed from Holyrood Rock; described by Robert Louis Stevenson as “a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design.” The highest point of this mountain is Arthur’s Seat, which happens to be an ancient volcano and gives amazing views of the whole city.
The total hike is about three miles and takes about two and a half hours, so plan accordingly especially in the winter months when the sun sets a lot earlier and darkness falls faster than you think.
Up and at em. Check out today. With a late flight is the perfect chance to spend the morning taking a stroll through the city once more. Morning coffee at the infamous Elephant House, where apparently JK Rowling wrote some of Harry Potter. It’s a tad bit overpriced and not the best coffee in the world but it’s filled to the rim with elephants and the bathroom is graffiti out in dedications to the magic she created.
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