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It was our last day in Scotland on this trip, but unfortunately there weren't any great plans. Whilst it had been great not living out a backpack for the last 9 days, it was time to pack them again in preparation for our flight to Finland tomorrow.
It wasn't going to be as simple as just repacking what we arrived with though. We had left a reasonably large box of stuff at David's parent's house whilst ...
We walked down to the village to have look around shops in Melrose, looking once again for Christmas gifts. There were even fewer shops in Melrose and what there were seemed to focus their business on the rich English expats who now live in the area. Prices seemed to be ridiculously expensive for what they were selling.
Our next port of call was the post office to enquire about ...
We had a lazy morning, and got a lift into Galashiels after lunch to try our luck again with the Christmas shopping. David knew it was a long shot hoping to find something there. Shops are thin on the ground, a huge amount of locals work in Edinburgh and have access to shops there while those working locally have very little money. There are a couple of supermarkets selling 'everything' and a few 'poundsaver' shops so we were kind of stuck again.
We had planned to go ...
... the end. Once out of the tunnel everything was fine again. He did try it another couple of times to see if experience made any difference, it didn't - only closing your eyes seemed to.
With the fun and games behind us, we were back to the tourist trail on the Royal Mile. We had a look inside St Giles Cathedral, it's a very ornate building with lots of interesting stone carvings. Inside the Thistle Chapel it was even more so, lots ...
... distilleries are. Fortunately there was one just a short drive outside Edinburgh in the rolling farmland of East Lothian. Glenkinchie is known as the home of Edinburgh Malt.
We arrived just in time for the last distillery tour of the day. John, our guide, took us through the premises explaining the process of making the whisky from start to finish.
The only part of the process that is no longer carried out onsite is the 'Malting' stage. This ...