Dark City (Edinburgh to the Border)
Trip Start Dec 07, 2008
7Trip End Jan 02, 2009
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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
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.