Dark City (Edinburgh to the Border)

Trip Start Dec 07, 2008
Trip End Jan 02, 2009

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Our first priority when we hit Edinburgh the next morning was to find a hostel. It may have only been a couple of days since our last hostel stay but in the city it was too difficult to stay in the car. It would be the second and last night in a hostel for the trip.

We joined a walking tour organised by our hostel to get a feel for the city. It was good to get a little history of the different places around the city. We started out in Greyfriars Churchyard, which was behind the hostel and wound around the city and over the other side of the railway lines. It was freezing in Edinburgh, and it would rain on off throughout the day. I was beginning to really like the city though.

Later in the afternoon, Hamlin and I attempted to climb Arthur's Seat. We developed a habit while traveling around Europe of climbing to the highest point of a new city to see all of the city from above. We managed to make it about halfway up when the torrential rain started to fall. There was no shelter and no point continuing up further so we trudged back down through the rain getting soaked. Despite this, the view of the city was great and who needs to be warm and dry really.

That evening I went out to a few local bars with some people from the hostel. After so many early nights in the car it was nice to be able to do something different in the evening. Edinburgh has a great nightlife, it was a fantastic time and I really don't think I even scratched the surface.

Back being tourists the next morning, we visited Calton Hill, Calton Graveyard and walked around Edinburgh Castle. As far as cities go, Edinburgh has to be one of my favourites. Like London it has an interesting and dark history and brilliant architecture. But unlike London it feels like a much smaller city and there's an incredible culture that makes the people really friendly.

The final place we visited after leaving Edinburgh, but before leaving Scotland, was Melrose Abbey. The weather had turned again, it was so bad that Ham stayed in the car. It was worth a look though. The most complete of the ruined abbeys that I had seen in Scotland, it was an impressive site. I walked around it in the rain. It was kind of a fitting way to end my time in Scotland. In a couple of hours I would be back across the border into England.

We made it to Liverpool by around five in the afternoon, it was dark so we had dinner and took a walk around the city and the waterfront. It was a Friday night and there were so many people out in the streets. It was a shame that we didn't have any daylight hours to spend there.
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