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Two short days in Scotland
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Katie Erickson

Two very short days at the end of a 2 week cruise in the Baltic Sea were spent in the wonderful city of Edinburgh and a short trip north.  The cruise took us first to Helsinki, then to St Petersburg, then to Tallinn in Estonia, Gdansk in Poland, up to Stockholm, down to Copenhagen, then on to 2 stops in Norway.  The first photo is our ship being humbled by the fjords at Gudvengen, Norway. Our ship being humbled by the fjords at Gudvengen, Norway
On July 27, 1996 we arrived in Leith, Scotland.  We had a bus tour of Edinburgh, with a stop at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, then Holyrood Abbey ruins.

Holyrood Abbey ruins

Gates of Holyrood house
We were dropped off to tour Edinburgh Castle. The view from the castle looking northeast (I think) with a view of Princes St, middle left in photo.  In the afternoon we checked into our hotel, the beautiful old Caledonia Hotel on Lothian Road, near Princes St.  I loved it.  The ceilings in the rooms are very high, the bathrooms are huge as is the furniture. My sister & I left our bathroom window open and on our return we saw that a pigeon had visited us!!  The hotel served a very nice continental breakfast.

View from castle looking over princess street

Sunday morning my sister and I woke early to have an early stroll in the city north of our hotel.  We were out by 6 am & the town seemed to still be sleeping.  For the business during the day, the early Sunday morning was very quiet & added somewhat to the age old feeling.  Later in the morning we had a hired car & driver take us north to St Andrews.  My father being with us, and an avid golfer, wanted to show us the golf course!!  Our driver was quite a character, entertaining us with tales, although he admitted to being Irish!!  We drove through a town where we had to stop for a group of pipers passing by who were opening the Highland Games the next day pipers.jpg (161838 bytes)
We stopped in the quaint old town of Falkland, where our driver must have had a connection with the owner of Kind Kyttocks Kitchen where we were treated to a wonderful tea & scones!!  We walked around there a bit where I saw the street I'd love to live on.

Onward to St Andrews, where we saw the impressive sight of the golf course.

St Andrews golf course

Cobbled street in Falkland
We got back to Edinburgh in the afternoon, then strolled along Princes St, did a little shopping, then we walked down around the castle to that end of The Royal Mile.  Needless to say, our stay in Edinburgh and Scotland was too short.  But it whetted my appetite for a much longer stay. 

Edinburgh castle

We left early Monday morning to visit some friends in Godelming, England & a few days in London. It was a very wonderful trip, one I would recommend to anyone!!

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