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Arthur's Seat

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  • Day17

    Oh, the festivity!

    August 14, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    The bus ride to Edinburgh took nine hours, which is about the amount sleep I got throughout my three nights at the snoring-infested hostel room. But the capital of Scotland was restless itself as the monthlong Fringe Festival lured so many tourists onto the streets that even the sidewalks became congested. Still, my visit to Edinburgh came with two highlights: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and hillwalking up to Arthur's Seat in Holyrood Park. This needed to be celebrated with some fine Scottish cuisine: a deep-fried Mars bar!Read more

  • Day14

    Edinburgh

    March 16 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    *it’s pronounced Edinbra*
    It is soooo beautiful here! The old town, that’s also where me hostel is located, is full of fancy old buildings right out of some vintage movie! My hostel is amazing and so I met two german girls yesterday and we went out for a drink and some life music.
    This morning my body told me to get up at six, maybe because I knew that there’ll be sun and blue sky until 1pm. So I started my day at 7:30am and hiked up the hill to ‘Arthurs seat’ to have the best view over the city. After a lot of walking around and enjoying the weather and the area I decided to visit the National museum with free entry because of an recommendation of the two Germans. And it was indeed pretty cool, but at some point my feet told me to rest, so I’ll spend the rest of the evening in bed with some good reads.
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  • Day3

    Oder doch eher schottischer Herbst?

    August 4 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Weiter geht es für uns nach Edinburgh, wir wollen uns die Stadt ansehen und den Arthurs Seat (251 m) erklimmen. Schon auf dem Parkplatz treffen wir eine Familie die uns enthusiastisch anspricht, alles wissen will und festlegt, dass wir uns mit dem Bruder des Mannes treffen müssen. Der Bruder ist nämlich selbst sehr reisebegeistert. In der Zeit des Gesprächs bin ich im Regen durch meine Fleecejacke schon durchweicht.
    Trotzdem können wir uns den Arthurs Seat nicht nehmen lassen und ziehen mit Wanderschuhen und Regenmantel auf in Richtung Gipfel. Mit so viel Regen und Sturm haben wir aber doch nicht gerechnet, oben muss man sich eigentlich festhalten und der Wanderweg nach unten hat sich in einen Fluss verwandelt. Unsere Jacken und meine Schuhe sind mittlerweile auch durchnässt. Bevor wir zurück am Parkplatz sind, befindet sich unsere Moral am dritten Tag schon auf dem Tiefpunkt. Irgendwie muss ja alles wieder trocken werden, ein Regenende ist nämlich nicht in Sicht. Also vielleicht in einem Schwimmbad wieder aufwärmen? Das war zumindest der Plan, mit Corona haben wir da schon wieder nicht gerechnet. In Schottland hat nämlich alles noch geschlossen.
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  • Day4

    Edinburgh

    December 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Heute sind wir zu einem Ausflug nach Edinburgh aufgebrochen.
    Neben den schönen Straßen mit den alten Steinhäusern gab es auch jede Menge Touristen, Souvenierläden und einen überteuerten Weihnachtsmarkt.

    Nachdem wir bei "Oink" zum Mittag Pulled Pork Burger gegessen haben, sind wir jetzt wieder nach Livingston mit der Bahn aufgebrochen.
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  • Day4

    Schottische Natur

    December 29, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 10 °C

    Auf matschigen und Feuchten Wegen, haben wir mit Starken Gegenwind einen kleinen Hügel bei Edinburgh bestiegen. Oben angekommen hatten wir eine schöne Sicht auf die Stadt.

    Das Wetter hat auch zum Teil mitgespielt. Wir hatten schönen Sonnenschein, angenehme Temperatur leider bloß etwas viel Wind.Read more

  • Day9

    Back at the Scotsman

    April 23, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    After all of our train, bus riding and walking and walking we are back at the Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh. We have a different room but it feels like “home”. After we get a bite to eat we settle in to finish the blog and pack.Read more

  • Day124

    Day 124: More Edinburgh

    June 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Not quite as busy today, but still a lot happening! Out of the house fairly early again, heading directly for the castle this time and without Schnitzel in tow. Rather than do the 30-40 minute walk, we opted for a bus instead which was fairly quick and painless.

    Very busy at the castle even though we arrived within 20 minutes of opening, lots of groups and a long queue at the ticket office (30 minutes!). After going in we did a free guided walk around the castle since it covers a fairly large area and has quite a few different bits to check out - good to get an overview first.

    Great views across the city and a good sense of history, though most of the buildings again aren't that old. Mostly from the 15th century although a fort has existed there in some shape or another since essentially the bronze age. Visited most of the stuff up there, including the Scottish War Memorial, the (Scottish) Crown Jewels including the Stone of Scone, the smallest room in the palace where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to King James VI (later James I of England, who inherited his throne from his aunt Queen Elizabeth I).

    Also checked out the dungeons, the Dragoon Guards museum and a couple of other things as well. But around lunchtime we decided we'd mostly exhausted the place, and it was very crowded which didn't help. Lots of shuffling through rooms in a long queue. Headed down the hill back towards the bus stop, where we grabbed some sandwiches at the Marks & Spencer food hall and ate in one of the parks. Lots of parkland in this area which is nice!

    Hopped on a bus back to our apartment where we chilled out for a couple of hours then headed out again, this time with Schnitzel. Our destination this time was Arthur's Seat, a rocky outcrop above the city with fantastic views, and conveniently located not far from our apartment. It's only 250m high and a 60 minute walk, but it was still reasonably tough going what with the constant climbing.

    Eventually we made it, and were rewarded with great views of Edinburgh and a bunch of noisy Spanish schoolchildren. Finally they left and we were left in peace to take some photos and finish filming, though wind noise made it very difficult.

    Back down to our apartment where we grabbed 2-for-1 pizzas at the nearby pub and then headed home, ready to head into the countryside of Scotland!
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