Aberdeen to Edinburgh
09.04.2011 - 30.04.2011
Good Friday today. Surprisingly, everything in Scotland is open. Not so in Australia. Good Friday and Christmas Day are the two days that nothing is open. Newspapers aren't even printed on these two religious holidays.
Toured Glamis Castle, the home of The Queen Mother. Just lovely.
Then onto St Andrews for lunch. What a great little town St Andrews is. We spent quite a few hours here and we had lunch in a fabulous place with golf memorabilia all over it. I just loved it. The weather got really cold when the haar (mist) rolled in. We could hardly see a thing in front of us.
Being the mad, keen golfer that I am, we wandered around St Andrews - the Royal and Ancient Golf Course. When we first arrived at St Andrews, our tour guide said that for a small price we could do some putting on the putting green, but I decided it was more important for Peter to wander around the town and see a bit of it, rather than get stuck on the putting green with me. Turns out, that there is a 9 hole pitch and putt course at St Andrews, especially for the tourists. Imagine how cranky I was when I realised that, with about five minutes to go before we had to get on the bus. It is every golfers dream to say that they have "played" at St Andrews!
We arrived in Edinburgh which is a very nice city. All Scottish cities are dark and grey and imposing but that's what you imagine they should be, and they are. This was the first time on the whole tour that they gave Peter and I a double bed. It took ages for the bed to be changed and our luggage got a bit lost, going to the original room, so consequently we couldn't change for dinner. Also, the lift wasn't working, so we had to climb several flights of stairs and would always encounter people huffing and puffing in the stair well.
The view from our room
The bus drove us down to the Port of Leith for dinner at an Italian Restaurant, via the old and new city of Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a very lovely city but we couldn't see much because of the haar. It's all very Scottish.
After dinner, Peggy noticed that I had broken a blood vessel in my eye! Looks yukky. Must be from all the coughing.
The hotel is quite nice but our room was on the fourth floor and as the lift remained broken for our entire stay, we were knackered by the time we climbed all the stairs to our room.