One thing I learned in the past few days is – wifi (and ideally free or cheap) is not as readily available at hotels as it may seem in England and Scotland… Yes – most coffee shops, pubs and restaurants offer free wifi – but for me to write a blog or talk to family is just not the same if done in such a public place – so no updates for a while.
The other thing we discovered is – bus travel has it’s ups and downs – will I do it again? Hmmmm – not any time soon for sure! Being on a guided bus tour with 47 others is at the best of times challenging but when basically every Nationality is on that bus it becomes rather interesting.
However – I did find nice things to on this trip – the Scottish Landscape is simply stunning – in particular the Glencoe Region in the Highlands. The crazy thing was all those runners who ran the whole valley – now I know they have a Glencoe Challenge (a ultra marathon) and also a Ben Nevis Race each year – not for me!
Well before Scotland however we explored London (only half a day and only Greenwich) and already on the bus trip Cambridge and York – amazing towns (or in Yorks case city) and then of course another highlight – Edinburgh – a whole day there and I can truly say we made most of our £3.50 public transport ticket.
We’ve been to Edinburgh Castle and also to Holyrood Palace – and criss cross everywhere else. I will upload some photos once I get them off the camera and have a bit more time but being on a guided bus trip has major disadvantages – no time.. but I have to admit that the Palace was better value for money by a long shot. The castle was so overrun with tourists (even very early after opening) that it made a good look around very hard.
After leaving Edinburgh we had a long day on and off the coach in the Scottish highlands – with a visit to Loch Ness (sorry no Nessie) and the Ben Nevis Distillery and finally a stay at a Victorian Hotel – right next to another Loch.
Ok – that much today – I will write in a little more detail when I get more time and also more photo’s but I thought a short update would be order.
The next few days still hold Shakespeare, Cardiff and of course Stonehenge – and a few days London for good measure – there again a museum visit – can’t wait for that one!