Edinburgh Travel Blog› entry 6 of 6 › view all entries
Ok, I've been getting way too much feedback that I'm too positive and cheesy in my blogs. Deal with it!! I'm still absolutely loving it.
Dim and I arrived on Monday into Glasgow and caught a taxi to the place that Steff had booked for us in Glasgow - really nice! We met up with him in a really cool bar in Glasgow - as I walked in, knew I'd like it. It was an old art deco style place with venetian blinds, red lighting (I'm making it sound kinda seedy but it wasnt) and they were playing Nouvelle Vague to boot. It really doesnt get much better than that. Oh, but it did. We gave them our patronage for a few hours and were well happy by then.
The next day, we took the train to Dumfries which was just over an hour and a half. Russ told us to go to the pub there - The Waverly Hotel. Another typical pub in the pouring rain! Seen a lot of that.
Kari looked gorgeous!! A beautiful blue/green dress to highlight the colours in Russ' kilt. They had a lovely celtic ceremony held within a quiet room in the back of the castle complete with an inside water well and candles surrounding it. A perfect ceremony. We were led around by the celebrant (in scottish gear) and the bagpipe player (rather cute!!). Have found that I actually like the bagpipes - I think that must be something that I inherited from my pop, sorry Nan. The ceremony was perfect in my eyes. They involved all of their friends and family who were there. I was shocked (and very nervous) to be called out to tie a piece of tartan around their arms (one of 6 in the ceremony) and then say a few words.
Afterwards, we had the best meal that we've had all trip - dont worry, photos attached!! It was great and we finished the night off with a few more drinks in the bar at the castle. This castle was the real thing - hundreds of years old and, like I said, set on gorgeous grounds. A perfect spot for a wedding. Large wooden bannister lined staircases and a knight in shining armour everywhere you look - now that's more like it! Open fireplaces and, no castle would be complete without it, a ghost. All in all, a great night - thanks Russ and Kari for the invite and for letting me a part of this special night.
The next day, Tony kindly gave us a lift into Edinburgh.
I wont talk too much about the hostel (dont want to bring down the tone of the blog too much) except to say that it stank to high heaven. Not the whole hostel - just our room. Luckily we were down the end near the window which stayed open! It gets chilly at night in Scotland. There were snorers, farters and (my favourite of all) those who liked to come in at 3am and re-arrange their backpacks - and turn the bloody lights on!!! Suffice to say I think I'm getting too old for dorm style hostels. I fancy myself as more a Sheraton type of girl. Give me a bathroom with little shampoos and conditioners anyday.
We hit Edinburgh the next day to rain. Getting used to it now, not much you can do about it really. It doesn't make for great photos and we all know it makes my hair curly (which is much worse) but it kinda suits the place and I dont think it would be the same if it was really hot here.
After that we hit our favourite pub. A really nice pub with a backpackers menu. They have spirits for £1.50 and meals for £2. And, yummy too! Sorry, for want of showing you pictures of Edinburgh, no pics of these. After lunch, Steff hit the sack for a nanna nap (not a fan of the 3am re-shuffling of luggage either) and Dim and I took to the Auld Reekie Tour of the underground. This is a tour run by hard core goths. Morticia look alikes with piercings everywhere - I'm talking the corset up the back piercings. Our tour was only an hour long but good value. She took us ( a small group of about 7 ) down to the levels below the streets of Edinburgh. We were in the tunnels underground where people used to live.
Dinner time and where else to dine but the old faithful. At such cheap meals, we ate and drank ourselves silly for £9 each. Being only 4 doors down from the hostel was handy that night. The alcohol intake didnt really help the sleep though - all of the other people sharing the dorm had the same idea - get drunk and noisy too. Yay.
So, today we leave Edinburgh - a little sleep deprived but all the more happier for seeing this great town. It really is a pretty city with loads of history and overly friendly locals - in a good way. We catch the 3pm train to Glasgow for a night there (and back to my favourite beer pulling pub) before heading out the next day on the 7.30am flight from Glasgow home. Yep, I love a good 5am checkin.
Lastly - to Emma, Katie and Nicky - you guys are awesome. Business Achievers Award winners!!! What a fantastic surprise. I got the call from an excited Katie whilst in the car with Tony, Steff and Dim leaving the castle to head for Edinburgh. I think I hurt everyone's ears. It was great news and I felt so proud. Had to wait till we hit the city to celebrate with some half pints (just cant do the fully's) but celebrate I did.