Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Scotland ... Part 2

Scotland continued....

Day 6 -
Pitlochry to Edinburgh - 29th December, 2008

First stop Tullibardine Whisky Distillery. This was a small independent distillery. Well whisky is certainly not my or Clint's drink of choice, but it was interesting to see how it was all made....smell was rank though!

The coolest thing was that we met a man there and it was his job to check if the whiskys were ready to bottle!!! He had been doing the job for something like 50 years or more. One of the pictures is of a barrell that has been there since '52. Amazing!


Then we hopped back on the bus and headed to St Andrews - the home of Golf and Scotlands oldest university.

Here's some pictures-



Then it was off to Edinburgh. Once we arrived we settled into our 16 bed dorm (way to many people over New Years, let me tell you!) and got ready for the opening ceremony of Hogmany!

For the opening, basically people walk with huge wax candles down Royal Mile in old edinburgh to new Edinburgh up on a hill (cant remember the name of it). This was such a beautiful scene as it was dark and all that you could see infront and behind you was candlelight!

Once we got to the top of the hill, there was some great fireworks! It was such a nice night.



Day 7 - Edinburgh - 30th December, 2008

The next day we decided to do some sight seeing around Edinburgh and got on one of the open top tour buses. It was a cold miserable day so wasnt able to take any photos from the bus.

Then we went to Edinburgh castle....was huge! Some more pictures.


Day 8 - Hogmany Edinburgh New Years Eve - 31st December, 2008


We took today a bit easier as we knew the big night we had infront of us at the street party. The whole street in new edinburgh is basically cut off for the street party. There was food, bands and music from like 6pm or 7pm onwards. It was a funny night - lots of happy people around!


Day 9 - New Years Day Edinburgh - 1st January, 2009

Got up and decided to go for a walk as it would be our last chance to see Edinburgh before leaving the next day.

Thought this was a cool name for a pub!

Greyfriars Bobby was a terrier who became known to the people of Scotland when he guarded the grave of his owner for something like 14 years! Meant to be one of the most photographed statues in Scotland.


On this night we said our farewells to everyone we were still touring with and left early the next morning to the station to head back to London. We had a great time, certainly a christmas and new year we wont forget!!




2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Raquel, love the photo's of scotland. It has to be my favourite place that you have taken us to so far. Keep on enjoying yourselves & try not to freeze. Lots of love aunty rhonda & gang.

Anonymous said...

You will have a great memory of Scotland Especially New Years Eve. It brought back memories of when we toured there in1985. Nothing has changed much. Take care. Love Grandma.