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... is far more beautiful, I don't think my photo's on here do it justice. Soon after we were back on the road, did a little shop at the first food mall we came to which was Asda and then our next stop was in a lay by in the middle of the Scottish Highlands and you could see for miles, just lovely. There was also small amounts of snow blotted every so often so I soon understood the temperature drop. Our next stop then was at a tourist information followed by our first view of the Loch ...
... to get out side and enjoy it though.
We made our way over to Fort William and to try and find Lochie. Megs and I went on an adventure walk along the Great Walkway which was really lovely. Meg brought her sword in case we came across any dragons or wayward lochness monsters. I managed to drag myself out for a couple of runs, so glad I did as it was very beautiful. It is very cool to run the amongst the sharp harsh mountains of ...
... dogs. The most popular area of the castle was the crown jewels. Everyone wanted to see them! We opted for the audio guide tour to get the most out of time. Well worth it at this castle. The castle also offers free guided tours of the castle grounds. We were just leaving the castle as the famous One O'Clock Gun went off. The tradition goes back to 1861 in order to help ships set the maritime clocks needed to navigate the oceans ...
... you put into the machine to get out of the park building. A bit complicated! We have been in two other car parks that have number plate recognition. It takes a photo when you arrive then you type in your number plate and the machine charges for the time you were there - pretty cool and non cheat- able unless you hide your number plate. BTW have I mentioned they have white number plates at the front of the vehicles and yellow at the rear? ...
... rooms for wealthier folk. Great contrast to the ordered grandeur of Charlotte Square.
I also checked out Camera Obscura museum, with a delightful pin camera/periscope contraption from 19th century, showing us the streets of Edinburgh. Lots of magic exhibits including a very disconcerting moving tunnel.
Last trip on the hopon bus round this lovely city, roast beef at the Angel's Share pub, and tomorrow we pick up our car and head west...ish we ...
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Very nice, a wee bit noisy (just a wee bit)
Stayed for one night. The room was small as was the en-suite bathroom - as per British standards - but I slept in the most comfortable bed that I have ever encountered. The room was spotless, had satellite tv and the reasonable rate (65 GBP) included a very grand breakfast. Staff were excellent; very helpful. There was no street noise because it's a quiet neighborhood, but the hotel itself creaked and groaned when someone walked past and the occasional opening and closing of a door was a tumult to behold. Nit-picky, I know, for such a grand old place, but I just thought I'd mention it. I would happily return.
Great boutique hotel
Last week my husband and I visited Edinburgh for the first time. Thankfully, we read tripadvisor before booking our hotel. We chose Channings because they provide free on street parking and nice, clean room. We got what we wanted. The staff was really friendly and seemed to us happy to work. The breakfast was excellent. Even though we had a king size bed, the room was a little small (top floor in this boutique hotel). Apart from that, I would definately recommend it.
The charm & grace of Sir Shackleton's home
During our first, 3 week-visit of Scotland and Ireland, we most happily booked reservations in advance at the former home of Sir Ernest & Emily Shackleton, the famous polar explorer.
This beautiful home, now an inn (B&B), is located a quiet neighborhood overlooking a beautiful park. It is townhouse style and the entire neighborhood is full of character.
I was 'smitten' with the life of Sir Shackleton before going there and was in the middle of reading the voluminous work on his life when I arrived. Living in his home, walking his neighborhood, and studying the sites he saw brought him to life for me.
The staff were attentive and the breakfast amply bountiful and delicious. Finding the inn is a bit tricky even with the best of maps; we finally parked nearby while lost and asked a local resident who told us we were after all just 1 block away!
I cannot tell you what a wonderful find this was for our 3-nights stay in Edinburgh. As an inn, apart from the whole Shackleton connections, (not everyone may be so intrigued by this character -- DO see the Brannagh performance now on DVD if you go, in advance), you will surely love it.
If I am so fortunate to visit Scotland again, the Channings Hotel will definitely be on my schedule. Note: all fine hotels & B&Bs in Edinburgh are pricey, but this one, booked through a U.K. online discount service provided us with quite a reasonable rate compared to other posh hotels. The Channings is not as huge as some which adds to its charm in my opinion and if you can avail yourself of a similar booking arrangement/discount price, you will know what a great value you have indeed!
We didnt stay at the hotel (although we wished we had) but went for dinner on Saturday evening. We sampled the 7 course tasting menu in the main restaurant. What a treat - lobster, scallops and foie gras to name 4 courses. Although there were few diners that evening the staff were so friendly and chatted to us throughout the meal. We had our wines selected for us and even had an extra wine tasting after dinner. We arrived at 8pm and left at 1am. The whole evening was superb, thank you Philip the restaurant manager - we will be back!
We recently spent 2 nights at the Channings during a trip through Scotland, and it was definitely our favorite hotel. Our room was nice and spacious and the bed was perhaps the most comfortable bed in which I have ever slept! I would highly recommend the hotel to anyone.
We recently stayed at Channings for 3 nights for our wedding anniversary. The setting is very peaceful yet only a 15 minute walk from Princes Street. The room was spotless and very spacious, including the enormous bath-for-2!! The staff were friendly and helpful, the breakfasts were excellent and I cannot recommend the Channings Restaurant highly enough. They offered a 7-course gourmet dinner including a different wine with each course. The food was exquisite and the service impeccable, with the overall experience being exciting as well as educational! Edinburgh is a beautiful city and our visit was made all the more enjoyable for staying at Channings.
Lovely hotel - great breakfast and great service!
Live in Edinburgh but stayed in this hotel as a treat when 'between flats'. Lovely hotel, room was a little on the small side but seemed individually decorated. Very clean bathroom. Nothing bare at all about the decor. Cosy bed ! (Delicious) Breakfast was included in rate and only a tray charge (at the time UKú5) to have delivered to room, worth it for Breakfast in bed. Not as inconvenient for city ctr as you would think looking at the maps, worth the extra few mins walk.
Fine style in classy Edinburgh
Channings is situated in a quiet street yet is only a fifteen minute walk to Princes Street. Our room overlooked pretty gardens at the back of the hotel and was luxurious in every way. Lovely furnishings, king size bed, cosy lighting and lots of wardrobe and drawer space.
Excellent bathroom. The hotel reception was beautifully appointed with large comfortable sofas. fire, lovely drapes and vases of flowers.
Staff were very friendly and service excellent. We ate in the Ochre Vita restaurant - Mediterranean style menu which was very enjoyable.
Overall great value for money and so nice to be in a quiet street yet so near the heart of the city.
My husband & I have recently spent 3 nights at Channings - it was a very pleasant stay. Rooms were clean and comfortable, staff were professional and co-operative and the location is a nice 15-20 minute walk from Princes St. The breakfast was nice and plentiful and room service superb. I would definitely recommend the hotel to my friends.
Family Loved Channings Hotel
Our family took a driving tour of Scotland over the summer of 2002. Our first night in Scotland, and two subsequent nights, was spent at the Channings Hotel. I would rate the hotel, service and dining as outstanding. Our family includes a daughter (19, college student) and son (12). We had two beautifully appointed, clean rooms which were next to one another. The meals, of which we took both breakfast and supper, were excellent with wonderfully suggested wine, cigars and scotch. In fact, the nightly scotch discussion and decision became an education that was valuable throughout our Scotland travel. A small rooftop garden was a joy in which to sit and enjoy the essence of the Edinburgh evening. Located in a very quite and safe neighborhood, the Channings is a definite stay-over destination. Other families with smaller children were also guests but we found all the children to be well-mannered in the public areas. Parking can be tight but worth it.