Wow what a whirl wind trip! We just spent the night in Edinburgh and are packing up to jump on the train to London. We have seen so much and traveled a lot of miles – yes, I said miles ☺. Did you know that in Scotland they use the metric system for most measurements except for miles and weight? I think I would fit right in as I pretty much do the same.
Does this castle look familiar? You probably know it as Winterfell Castle in Game of Thrones or from scenes of Monty Python And The Holy Grail!
Since I last posted we have been through most of the Highlands. Internet is pretty limited up there so if you are looking to unplug this could be the country for you! We visited castles, met the Duke of Argyll, walked on battlefields and had many stories told to us. I would highly recommend that you do have a guide when you decide to visit Scotland, unless you are a historian. We were given multiple history lessons every day. We found out that just about everything that we thought was Scottish is not. From kilts, bagpipes and shortbread they did not originate in Scotland, curling yes. Did you know that the xray, ultrasound and penicillin did originate in Scotland though?
For more of Correna’s photos from her time in Scotland, and photos from our other agents’ trips too check out our Instagram @UniglobeYXE!
March 7 2017
My plane finally appeared through the blizzard at YXE
What a stormy winter day, I am guessing that Mother Nature didn’t know that I was supposed to be leaving this morning for Scotland. My flight was scheduled for 11:20 but since they were concerned with planes landing because of the wind we were delayed about an hour.
The flight from Saskatoon to Toronto was pretty uneventful. I have never flown out of Toronto before for an international flight so I did walk around a bit before heading to the Maple Leaf Lounge. By the way the tomato red pepper soup was delish!
This was a huge trip for me as I have never been across the Atlantic. With all my traveling it just hasn’t happened before. My flight from Toronto to London Heathrow wasn’t too bad; we did have quite a bit of turbulence but just shut your eyes and hang on. I did get a bit of sleep which made the flight much better. Since I have never been to the UK before, I had to get myself around Heathrow Airport. It was nowhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be. I had to transfer from terminal 2 to 5 but there were signs everywhere and I have no problems asking for help if I need it. The flight from Heathrow to Glasgow was another story. There was a problem with the fuel gauge so it took them just about an hour to get the all clear. Since the flight was sold out, I had the lovely middle seat and we just sat and waited for the hour to get going. Oh, I just about forgot that there was a footy team on our flight so it was like peddle to the metal to get them to Glasgow to get to their game. Again turbulence and not a happy tummy, on the bright side my ear problems weren’t an issue at all!
Of course I had to stop at the Harry Potter Shop in London Heathrow Airport!
The last 2 days have been very busy and chilly. Once we arrived in York we had a walking tour around the city. What a cute little city with lots of boutiques and restaurants. The Christmas market was on so we wandered through it. We had the choice tonight to attend a traditional Yorkshire dinner at a local pub. It was delicious!!
On Nov 22 we departed by bus for Edinburgh, Scotland. The bus ride is about 4 hours. We stopped a few times so the ride didn’t seem too long. Once we crossed the Scottish border we hit snow. We drove through a snow storm for about 1 hour. The drive is very curvy and it is like a roller coaster. Yuck! I turned a few shades of green on that ride. We arrived in Edinburgh around 4 pm. Edinburgh is a beautiful city and the hotel we are staying at is right in the centre of the city. There are lots of shops and restaurants in the area. We toured the Holyrood Palace and the Edinburgh Castle. Both were amazing!! The rest of the afternoon and evening was free so we wandered around the city and did a bit of shopping. We toured the old city and the new city across the bridge by foot. We also wandered through the Christmas market here and sampled some traditional mulled cider to keep warm. Tomorrow we are off two Ruthin, Wales to spend the night in a castle!!
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