Exploring Edinburgh

Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2009

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Andy's Flat

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Though I arrived in Edinburgh yesterday from Stratford-upon-Avon, I really only spent time with my host, Andy - so today was really my first day around the city. I went on a free walking tour and the guide was one of the most entertaining ones that I have had so far! (A group called New World does free tours in most of the major cities of Europe and I have done them in a few other cities...) The tour was quite entertaining and I am really glad that I went.
After the tour, I went up to the Castle on the top of the hill with one of the guys that was on the tour. It was nice enough - great views, fantastic exhibits, and the Scottish crown jewels (which can hardly compare to the English ones that I had seen just last week in London) - but for the steep admission of 13, I'd have to say that I don't know if it's really worth all that much. At least the hike up Arthur's Seat and the museums are free and I can make up for it with that tomorrow and Friday, if I am not able to take a coach tour that I am going to try to go on if they have a no-show in the morning. We'll see...
Other than that, I am planning on going on a coach tour around the Highlands and Loch Ness on Saturday before heading to Ireland on Sunday.
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