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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

[Amaya Travels] Edinburgh, Scotland Part 2

My previous post on Scotland was back in April...? Once a month updating on my travels seems about right at the rate I travel, I guess xD

This post is again a mix of food places and tourist destinations, because I really cannot remember how we went to all these places xD I'll try to post my future trips in chronological order if I can :P

Peter's Yard
27 Simpson Loan, Edinburgh EH3 9GG, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 131 228 5876

This is one of the places we had identified for a hearty breakfast, and it was definitely a good one! C and I could order one big breakfast platter to share between the two of us. =]

Set for one, but we found it more than enough for two (:
They also sell ice cream, but we never found a chance to purchase.

Edinburgh Castle
Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom

One of the definite must-go places! We decided to explore this one on our own as there was a walking tour provided inside at regular intervals.

Up the hill to the castle!

Free whisky here!

Near the entrance. There was a makeshift stadium, possibly for a football match?

A mixture of old and not-so-old structures that were repaired over the years due to war or wear and tear.

Think this was the church. You could book it for your wedding, but it sits less than 25 people?

Having fun with the cannons

View from the top of the castle!
Rosslyn Chapel
Chapel Loan, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9PU, United Kingdom

Rosslyn Chapel, formally known as the Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew, is a 15th-century chapel located at the village of Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland.

This was the farthest from where we lived, I think! We stopped by a museum before walking to Rosslyn Chapel. Student tickets ftw!

Arthur's Seat

Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, United Kingdom which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design".

It offers a very good view!
There are a few routes to get up to the top of the hill: the fast and steep, and the slow and meandering. Our hostel told us the meandering route, but we got lost somehow and ended up climbing a much steeper route via Google Maps. xD
We were on the right track until we started going up the hill xD

Some people arranged rocks to spell messages in the area!

SANDEMANs Free Walking Tour (and other randoms!)

Don't we all love things free :P The tour guides are paid based on whatever tips the people in the tour give.

Yay for Lolita-wearing tour guide! 

Apparently when there was a big announcement to be made, it would be made from here.

People spat (and still spit) on this heart. Scottish people had their own brand of sarcasm.
My favourite part of the tour! Looking at their architecture! People of the olden days had an extra step built in to warn them of thieves (only residents would know where the extra step was!)

School that Hogwarts was based off?

Look at their interesting buildings!

View of Edinburgh Castle from the Princes Street Gardens

Left: you could rub his toe for good luck! You can see it has been rubbed very often; the paint has peeled off. XD

Would love to come back to visit this place!

Scotland is a wonderful, magical place. A lot of names in this place tend to have a whimsical, magical quality to it. I definitely wish to be back in UK some day! (つ◕౪◕)つ━☆゚.*・。゚

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