Edinburgh, Scotland

When we checked in to the hotel yesterday we were given a room with twin beds but as we were running late decided we would move room first thing today. The staff apologised and promised we would have a new room after more people had checked out. We decided to have breakfast in the restaurant and this proved to be a good decision with a full buffet on offer and great views over the entire city.

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After breakfast we returned to Winton Castle to collect a car then returned to Costorphine to say our goodbyes as we would return to Glasgow the following morning. When we returned to the hotel we were allocated a new room which was far superior to the previous single bed room and all our positions had been transferred.
Finally we get time to head in to the city for some sightseeing. Outside the hotel is a bus stop which takes us straight in to Princess Street and the heart of Edinburgh.

It’s great to see the city so busy with heaps of people around on what is a pretty chilly night. Princess Street gardens have the Diwali festival on with lots of music and dancing going on. From here there is a great view of the castle which towers over the entire city and in the fading light looks spectacular. We walk up to the Royal Mile and visit some tartan tat shops then on to the castle ramparts and see the city lit up and fire works going off from the festival.

Rose Street is a fabulous street famous for its bars and pubs.

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We walk the entire street checking out menus and decide on the Auld Hundred pub.

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It’s nice to get inside to the warm and having ordered some wine we scan the menu, I go for mussels with cream and garlic to start followed by a classic Scottish steak pie which was delicious. Kaz went for the Pate followed by the same pie and again it was delicious. The staff here were also very good and nothing was a problem to them. Fed and watered we stroll back to Princess Street, board the bus, get back to the hotel and turn in knackered again.

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