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We left Edinburgh 8.45 am. We were off to Glasgow today with stops along the way while heading into the Highlands. First we went To the National Wallace Monument which is a tower standing on the summit of Abbey Craig, a hilltop near Stirling in Scotland. It commemorates Sir William Wallace, the 13th century Scottish hero. Wallace was said to have watched the gathering of the army of King Edward I of England from Abbey Craig just before the Battle of Stirling ...
... time and intend on staying there for a few months until I meet up with Judy in Stockholm some time in February. Why Edinburgh I hear you ask?
- Well I'm already in Scotland and it's only 1hr by train between Glasgow and Edinburgh
- It's coming up to Winter in the Northern Hemisphere - yay for me, and sorry to hear about all the soaring temps in Aus and the bushfires - so good time to hibernate
- So while hibernating get a job - and I already ...
... ringing around to see who had vacancies... It was like Glasgow all over again! Except this time it wasn't Robbie Williams, it was the school holidays!! Just can't win! So after hanging around the tourist centre for probably an hour or more, and calling a bunch of places, we decided maybe we'd just stay in Balloch. The lady there found a B&B up the road with vacancies, and even bartered him down a bit, so we could get ...
... some of it back at the hotel when we picked up our bags.
Got on the train and set off. First stop Belfast Central. It had been stopped at Belfast Central for a while when they announced that it was broken and would be replaced at the next stop.
All piled off and waited for maybe 15 minutes before a new train pulled in and away we went. Amazingly, the train had a five speed gearbox. You could hear it change up and down as it pulled in ...
... is 22 years old. We need to take it easy on her.
Drive to Glasgow was good - main roads on the way. When near Glasgow tried to call Jim but his phone went to message bank all the time. So as we couldn't make contact we needed to find accommodation.
Youth Hostel was the answer - boy what a nice one. Needed to sleep in separate sex dorms but a lovely old building. Leon went out and took a few photos and then sleep.