Here is a short report on our trip to Edinburgh:

 

 

Evenings in Edinburgh are full of life and activity.
Countless numbers of bars, pubs and restaurants serving specialities such as haggis, smoked haddock, Scottish cheeses, home brewed Scottish beer and, of course, whisky galore.

The finest food temple is The Dome, a magnificent converted bank in the “new town” where there were many fine shops and cafes. Although always fully booked out we could squeeze into a corner for afternoon tea or to drink a cocktail in the evening. The pubs were full of people and live music, The Conan Doyle from Sherlock Holmes fame or the Elephant where JK Rowlings wrote some of Harry Potter were the best but there were too many to mention.

Our second day was spent driving by coach with Margaret our guide to the Lowlands over the Firth of Forth. First to Dundee to see the sailing ship Discovery used by Robert Falcon Scott to reach the Antarctic, then on to Glamis Castle the family home of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and already mentioned in Macbeth by William Shakespeare. Here we had an extra special guided tour. We were taken around this stunning fairy tale castle dating back to the 11th century with hundreds of towers and turrets by Tommy, a close friend of Lord Glamis. Tommy had worked for Andrew LLoyd Weber for years and was very much like Sean Connery. In his dramatic style he told us stories of seeing ghosts, skate boarding with a stuffed bear, being told off by the Queen Mother when he was a child. And he played some of the Queen Mother’s favourite Scottish songs on the grand piano. An unforgettable day!

The absolute highlight of the trip was a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith Harbour on the last day. The Yacht belongs to a trust since 1997 so that at last you do not have to be a Royal to visit it. Named and furnished by the Queen herself it was her home abroad since 1954 and the interior style is still completely in the 1950’s. No gold taps and crystal glass, simple but stylish and full of personal memories of the royal family. This was a chance to look into the very personal living areas including the Royal bedrooms with narrow single beds. Only one suite had a still very narrow English size double bed which Prince Charles bought for his honeymoon trip with Lady Diana.

The tour ended with a special Royal Britannia lunch in the Sun Deck Restaurant, Scottish smoked salmon and leek soup, followed by Scottish cheese and pickles, delicious!

Then goodbye Scotland, back to Germany.

Well, next year we will be off again,.
This time to North Wales and to do a Beatles Tour in Liverpool, also very exciting
!

The absolute highlight of the trip was a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith Harbour on the last day. The Yacht belongs to a trust since 1997 so that at last you do not have to be a Royal to visit it. Named and furnished by the Queen herself it was her home abroad since 1954 and the interior style is still completely in the 1950’s. No gold taps and crystal glass, simple but stylish and full of personal memories of the royal family. This was a chance to look into the very personal living areas including the Royal bedrooms with narrow single beds. Only one suite had a still very narrow English size double bed which Prince Charles bought for his honeymoon trip with Lady Diana.

The tour ended with a special Royal Britannia lunch in the Sun Deck Restaurant, Scottish smoked salmon and leek soup, followed by Scottish cheese and pickles, delicious!

Then goodbye Scotland, back to Germany.

Well, next year we will be off again,.
This time to North Wales and to do a Beatles Tour in Liverpool, also very exciting
!


 

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Janet Reuter

(B.A.Hons)

 

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