Edinburgh and The Boarders
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November 9th, 2007 – by: mszoey
Well, just want to put some comments down, the trip was not as expected for several reasons. But The Balmoral was listed in the 1000 Places to See Before You Die. It was a gorgeous old hotel and the staff was great, rooms (and bath tub) luxurious. All a great place to stay and rest your head. Arrived in town late and really only had dinner that night and walk the Royal Mile a bit. Dinner was great, at a place called Jackson's on the Royal Mile.
The next morning we woke up to hit the Castle. Got there at opening time and while they had headset tours available, we decided on the guided tour, always a bit more interactive and fun in my opinion.
From there was the 2 hour drive down to The Boarders. Well that was not as expected, basically off tourist season, nothing was open and it was just really dead ;-(. Went and climbed over a fence to see my ancestors castle that was closed for the winter. Just wanted to get closer and walk around the outside, fence was not too big ;-). Stayed at a lovely B&B and the next day, had to head back up to Edinburgh, nothing we wanted to see or do was open in November ;-(.
The last day I went to the Royal Botanical Garden, it was so cold and frost was everywhere, the garden must be great during the summer, but not much color during the winter, grounds are pretty, just not so exciting. I did go into the GlassHouses, they had some good stuff in those.
I also went on the Mary's Close tour. Basically takes you underground (off the Royal Mile) down into the old Closes. The guide in costume and acting in time gave a great tour and it was for sure worth doing.
There was so much more to do, but for other reasons they did not happen. I did do a partial city bus tour, the guide was super hard to understand ;-(.
Burr, it was cold!!!!
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