BRITAIN FROM THE NORTH, PART IV

EdinburghCastle-Behind

After spending lovely couple of days wondering around Loch Ness, we set off for Edinburgh. We left very early in the morning so we could have time to visit some places on route to Edinburgh. We decided to stop at Blair Atholl for a cup of tea at the Water Mill Tea Rooms opposite the Blair Atholl Castle.

BlairAtholl-watermill

Then we headed to the distillery, owned by Bell’s, to learn about whisky. We learned a lot about how whisky’s made, and the difference between smoky and unsmoky whiskies. The whisky produced here doesn’t have a smoky taste.

BlairAtholl-Bells

After the whiskey lesson we stopped to have a look at the UK’s tallest tree (I’m not sure if it’s true). It a lovely forest with lots of huge trees. I also took along some nuts and expecting to feed some red squirrels, but unfortunately we didn’t see any :-((

BlairAtholl-tallest-tree

At noon we finally arrived at the Forth Rail and Forth Road bridges in Edinburgh, and then Edinburgh City itself. It’s so beautiful and full of historical buildings. The city has an Eastern European feeling to it.

edinburgh

edinburgh-cafeRoyal

On the first night we decided to go for dinner at the Cafe Royal (recommended by the  Best Beer Guide 2008).  Not only do they sell lots of drinks and whiskies, but lots of good food too! The place is decorated in French-style. I had mussels in white wine sauce and it was very yummy. While my friends had oysters follow by haggis and whisky cream pie.

CafeRoyal-food

The next day we spent time around town, did some shopping and sightseeing. The main attraction is Edinburgh Castle. We learned some history about Scotland and England. I think the ticket is a bit pricy, but it’s once in a life time, hey?

Edinburgh-Castle

And for our next stops we will visit some other small towns on the way down to Manchester. C U!

Edinburgh-StGilesCathedral

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