Arthur's Seat and Whiskey!
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My last day already! The past two days flew away so fast, but they were stocked so full of activities that it feels like a week has passed since I arrived in Edinburgh. That is what I love about travelling. Even a single day can give you an overload of memories. So too this day. Compared to days one and two, this third day may not be as exciting, but as traveldays go this one was still amazing.
Edinburgh has a park, and in this park there is a mountain! How freaking awesome is it to have a mountain inside you city?? (Pity mountainless Holland) So I had to climb it. Robbert was still troubled by his foot so he didn’t join me, but was happy shopping for videogames. This mountain you can see from the city center. There is a stony ridge visible in the distance named the Salisbury Crags, and behind that there is a mountaintop named Arthur’s Seat.
On my way to Arthur’s Seat I passed the Holyrood Palace, seat of the monarch of Scotland (Queen Elizabeth II, at the moment). There was a military parade going on. Soldiers were marching in front of the palace and later on on the streets before the palace, just marching up and down and that was it. They were accompanied by bagpipers playing that well-known Scottish anthem. As I climbed the Salisbury Crags the soldiers exited the palace a few more times and from above I could see the whole palace and parade.
I was happily climbing the Crags, confident that I was nearing the top, when suddenly the path went down again to the road before the mountain! Arthur’s Seat suddenly loomed before me and I was back where I started! I had taken the wrong road somehow and I was still at its foot, but I was tired already (not to mention, I had a little bit of a hangover and had no water with me and the sun was shining hard). But I didn’t give up. I remembered the days when I climbed the Inka Trail and I too a sprint and run to the top.
That afternoon we went to the Scottish Whiskey Experience. I didn’t know anything about whiskey but hey, it is part of the Scottish culture so I had to try. The Experience is quite fun. We had to sit in a little car and took a ride like in an entertainment park attraction, and along the way a projection of a victorian gentleman explains about the process of making whiskey.
At the end of the tour there is a whiskey tasting experience. It was the first time in my life that I really noticed differences between whiskeys (a new world opening up, wow!). They first let us smell the strong smells of different whiskeys and then we could choose one of them to taste them and so try to recognise the flavours we just smelt. I think I finally found a whiskey that I liked, a lowland one. Robbert gave preference to a real strong smokey one but I thought it was repulsive. The Whiskey Experience building also houses the world’s biggest privately owned whiskey collection, with 3400 different whiskeys. The collection was originally owned by a Brazilian but he sold it to the Experience. They also have some very rare and pricey whiskeys.
We ended our Scotland experience with a fun night out and quantities of ale.