For one of our school trips we went to Edinburgh, Scotland and it was beautiful! The train ride was super long, but we were all together which was super fun. Most of us slept or listened to music.
We arrived in Scotland around 4 pm and immediately headed toward our lovely hostel. Once we arrived, we had time to drop off our things, get sort of settled and then headed out for a ghost tour. Our guide was rather interesting looking with a full black trench coat and a thick Scottish accent.
After learning a bunch of… interesting facts about Edinburgh, we went on to discuss these creepy crypts that people would live in for years in the dark and damp with crazy cereal killers and other criminals. Actually being in these dark and damp rooms was beyond creepy. I felt like there was someone watching me and there was practically no light to be found, to top it all off he was talking about such wholesome things as torture and death devices. All in all, I would not like to relive that experience.
We then all went out to get some grub and ended up eating at this American joint call the “Filling Station”. It was quite yummy actually. It was just lovely to hang out with my Mom and Da. We then went out to a little pub to listen to some traditional music, only it didn’t start until way later, so I kind of pooped out and headed back to the hostel to watch a movie (Paul) before passing out.
The next morning we had to be up decently early for our day trip out to Loch Ness. That’s right, I said Loch Ness. Like home to the greatest monster of all time—Nessie. As you can tell, I was already pretty pumped to go. This only intensified when our guide met us in a kilt and shirt that said “Wild and Sexy Tour Scotland”. We then found out that the bus also said these words. Fantastic!
On the way up we stopped at so many different places to take these beautiful and breathtaking photos! (See my Facebook) We stopped at the castle where they filmed Mighty Python, we stopped to view the 3 sisters mountains, and many many more. I honestly don’t even know how many times we stopped.
There was also this amazing creature there… it went by the name of “Wooly Coo”. And you know what? It looked an awful lot like Ashley Stewart and I’s Sheep Cow! Who knows, maybe it was his cousin?
The day was super windy but also just breathtakingly beautiful wherever we went. Honestly I have to go back to Scotland before I die. There is just so much I didn’t see. But I saw so much in such a short time as well.
My favorite place we stopped was of course Loch Ness, which was just gorgeous! I didn’t see Nessie (other than the plush version of her everywhere in the tourist shops), but that doesn’t mean I’m not a believer.
The bus ride itself was just a blast! The driver was funny and a little crude, but super sweet, he would play us old music for us to sing to, and tell us jokes. He was just a really super nice guy, especially for dealing with all 28 or so of us all day.
Once we got home we were pretty zonked, but we got some food at Hard Rock (I know… really Scotland-y), and then kind of walked about town. Edinburgh is actually quite small—much smaller than you would expect, but still really interesting and beautiful. We headed back to our hostel and passed out in anticipation for our last day in Scotland.
We woke up that next morning and headed straight for Edinburgh Castle, which offered not only a lot of history but a fantastic view of Edinburgh below. We toured around in all the little nooks and crannies that the castle offered and took a ton of really fun and hilarious photos and then headed around Edinburgh. We first went to the little restaurant that JK Rowling would frequent often while writing the first few Harry Potter books and got ourselves some lunch (and tea!).
Then we went to the Museum of Edinburgh, which literally had anything you could think of! It was super interesting and the best thing about it was the kid sections that had all these outfits where you could dress up like people from various time periods or classes. I had so much fun! We saw all these stuffed animals, and skeletons, and recreations of a bunch of cool things. Inventions from forever ago and odds and ends that really didn’t make much sense but were cool anyway. We spent quite awhile in there, but I could’ve spent longer.
We then headed toward this supposedly amazing view of Edinburgh from this “seat”. But by the time we got there we realized that we didn’t have much time left before we had to go to the train station to head home, so Taylor, Chucky and I just headed toward the train station and meandered around town, while Hunter and Ryan literally sprinted to the top of this mountain to see the view.
We all arrived at the train station and then, we headed home. Honestly I kind of hated leaving because I had had so much fun in this little city, with all of these wonderful people that I’ve grown to love so much. Plus I got to spend time with my Mom and Da, and that was just lovely. I am super blessed that they could come.
But anyways, we all headed home, discussing all the things we did in our free time, some of us sleeping, others listening to music and all of us, super excited to get started on our spring break adventures.