Thursday, June 28, 2012

Scotland road trip Aberdeen to Edinburgh - Part 4


Part 1 - of this series covers a walking tour of Aberdeen city and shopping. Part 2 -  is about the highland tourist route and driving. Last week in - Part 3 - I spoke about our road trip via Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park to Edinburgh.  

Royal Mile Edinburgh
After a French style breakfast we hit the ground running. We had one day to see all of Edinburgh on foot. The must-sees I planned for us (grouped together by location) are: -


  • Start walking down the Royal Mile plus museums along the way such as - The Peoples Museum.
Scottish Parliament

  • Elephant house on George IV Bridge where Harry Potter was written for a quick bite, Greyfriars Kirk, and down Candlemakers Row to Grassmarket area.




Holyrood Palace
  • Finally Charlotte Square, a UNESCO site and we wandered back along Princes, George and Rose Street. We had a late lunch at Hendersons, a vegetarian restaurant in Hanover street.


Greyfriars Kirk
We never made the Dynamic Earth centre but we still squeezed in a visit to Real Foods in Broughton Street for a health food shop-up. By now I was tired. We headed back past the theatre area to our hotel in Pilrig Street. It was a long day yet somehow my friend still

 mustered up more energy to go for a run up Calton Hill. I have walked it before and highly recommend it for breathtaking views across the city. I was just too tired to join him. If you have more time you can look at - this itinerary -  for a more leisurely visit to Edinburgh.

Elephant House where Harry Potter was written
I thought I had lost him as he took forever to return but he did eventually, and after a quick shower and a change of clothes we went back into town and ended up at Q Bar for supper. The food was OK but they had great music blaring out and we ended up having far too much fun before walking back to the hotel and sleeping like the dead. A meal out for two with two glasses of wine and a tip costs around £40.

The next day wasn't even half a day as my friend flew out at 11.05am and had to be at Edinburgh Airport with time in hand. The lengthy queues at the check-in counter meant he grabbed a coffee and sandwich and the next thing he was gone!

Candlemakers Row
Much as I enjoyed Edinburgh, my favourite city in Scotland is still Glasgow, which we sadly never got to see. Edinburgh is

predictable and pretty. Glasgow is sassy. I love, love the vibrant and loud art and music scene in Glasgow. The architecture is full of Charles Rennie Mackintosh art deco influences. There is a disproportionate amount of fun going on in Glasgow.

Edinburgh Castle
Glasgow also has far more shopping options. And the best bit? The extra, ultra friendly Glaswegians. No need to fear asking directions from a Glaswegian, they love to chat and help. Only thing is, I can't understand a word they say. They have the thickest, broadest accent called Glaswegian patter which is incomprehensible to most English speakers. I love listening to them anyway.

Although Scotland is part of the United Kingdom they have their own parliament, their own currency and their school and work holidays are not the same as those in England. It's cheaper to hire a car from Scotland than from England. We've used Enterprise Car Hire so many times and have been happy with their service. Just make sure you triple check the car for chips and chinks coz if they find any when you return the car, you are liable for them.

Princes Street Gardens
For more on Scotland visit - here.

For more on my other destinations and a few travel horror stories go to the Travel Archive Page.