Scotland - aye!
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After enjoying the delights of northern England (well, some), we skipped the border into Scotland. En-route we stopped at a tiny town to catch the Man U vs Arsenal game in a pub.
We spent a couple of days in Edinburgh, a city that has always been on Brent's "to go to" list. We visited a church on the Sunday (admittedly it was partly so we enjoy listening to people speak/sing in Scottish!). It was very friendly, and we did get our dose of Scottish, for example "Wir starndin on the rueck!" (trans: "We're standing on the rock"). We also checked out Edinburgh castle, a massive monument to royal and military history.
From Edinburgh we head northwest, taking a couple of days to get to Oban on the west coast.
After exploring some of the coast we head back east to Stirling, mainly to visit Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. Both were interesting and very windy! At the Wallace Monument (tribute to William Wallace) we were literally tossed about by the velocity of the wind and at Stirling Castle Jill's hair went crazy charo and reached for the heavens.
We spent our night in Stirling in a Scottish pub, with a classic manager/landlady who would chatter away in her rich Scottish accent and then leave us half way through a sentence to commence a conversation with someone else. She described our lodging as a "wee room", which sounds quite disconcerting until you remember that Scots put "wee" in front of everything. For example, at the supermarket we were asked "Would you like a wee bag for that?". What do you say?!