Grand Tour of Scotland: Day 2 – Exploring Edinburgh Part 6/20

Good day everyone, sorry I have been a bit busy with studies and work over the past few weeks. But I hope to make it up to you today.

Where were we? Oh yes turning into the very busy Princess Street…

As we turned I immediately saw the street entertainer with his accordion. I did some window shopping as well. I just love all the Willie Statues all over Edinburgh and later on our travels we will encounter much more… Princess Street was extremely busy and it was difficult capturing the beautiful buildings through the crowds and all the buses and trams passing by. Hopefully next time I will have much more time to explore and take more detailed photos.

I was looking for a Vodashop when we turned into Princess street. I had to get a data sim card. At this stage of our visit we were just winging it. I had no idea where all the buildings and statues was that I wanted to capture and visit. We lost a lot of time wandering around but we also saw much more than I have bargained for.

Well let’s get back to Princess Street… I heard bagpipes and dad also heard it well I must say dad’s hearing is not that great these days, but he loves bagpipes and of course he heard it also over the hustle and bustle of Princess street. Then we spotted him across the road another street entertainer in his traditional Scottish outfit and playing the bagpipes….

I found a Vodashop and took out a 40 Gig contract for our remaining 17 Days in Scotland. We spend about 1 hour in the shop, but not due to bad service just the opposite. The salesman who helped me was supper friendly and he helped me to set up a hot spot on my extra phone so that I can still use my SA number. He also told me about his favorite places to visit and I made notes on my phone of course. Had to make sure we see everything we can fit into our Grand Tour of Scotland When we walked out of the store I saw Edinburgh Castle in all his glory….. Wow what a sight. I could not believe that I missed it while walking down Princess Street. Okay maybe I can I was so focused on that Vodashop I think I missed a lot more….

Around the corner there were a market with Stalls and dad bought his first gifts to bring back home to South Africa… I got so excited when I saw an exhibit on Wildlife and of course Puffins I asked the man where is the best place to spot Puffins and he gave me some very bad news…. “Sorry mam you have just missed them they start migrating end of July.” I was devastated, I was so looking forward to capturing these beautiful birds…

Dad thought it was a big joke and told me to take a photo of the stuffed Puffin at least I will have one photo of one…. Even the Willie statue looked liked it was laughing extra hard at my misfortune….

Thank you for joining us on our walk, we are not yet finished with Princess Street. Up next we will cross the street to Princess Gardens…

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand Tour of Scotland: Day 2 – Exploring Edinburgh Part 2/20

Next on our Itinerary was the famous Circus Lane but first we stopped for a little break and there we discovered St Vincent’s Chapel and St Stephen’s in Stockbridge. Along the way I captured some beautiful Lilies and of course some more buildings and streets or Lanes.

St Vincent’s Chapel is such a beautiful building and I just love the red doors. When I visit Edinburgh again I am definitively going to stay longer than one day. Due to our tight schedule and sooo many places to see we could not go into all the chapels and museums we wanted to. I am already planning our next trip and this time we are taking our time to explore properly.

St Stephen’s Church is no longer used for Sunday services, currently it is used for community events, a daycare, performances, and private and commercial events. The best of all I had St Stephen’s Church on my list but when I could not find it I did not tick it off. Only while doing my research on the places I photographed I was shockingly surprised that I did see it. One of our hosts on holiday told us that many churches and chapels have been sold and some even used as pubs… On our journey we did see that a lot. It is sad if you think about it but on the other hand at least the buildings are getting used and some even restored. They are given a new lease on life…

When I did my planning for our trip I went on Instagram and search anything to do with Edinburgh and the other towns we were going to visit. Circus Lane was the one place I just had to go and see for myself and I was not disappointed. It is magical. All the detail and oh my word all the flowers I just could not stop clicking away….

Thank you for taking the time to walk through the streets of Edinburgh with us. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Our next stop Water of Leith Walkway…

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand Tour of Scotland: Day 2 – Exploring Edinburgh Part 1/20

Dad and I slept like logs. I woke up around 5:00 AM long before my alarm. I got dressed looked out of the window and was very happy to see that it stopped raining. I then woke up my dad around 6:15 AM so that he could get ready.

While waiting for dad I made us a cup of coffee and took some photos of the birds in the garden through our bedroom window.

Breakfast was only served at 8:00 AM and dad and I was finished and ready by 7:05. So we decided to go outside and take some photos of our surroundings before we went for breakfast. There were a slight breeze and a bit cold outside but we soon warmed up from all the exploring.

We went down stairs to the cozy dining room and sat down at a table in the corner. We both started with a cup of coffee and then a bowl of porridge. In South Africa we also eat porridge but we prepare it different and I must be totally honest with you I prefer the Scottish method. The porridge is so creamy and with the honey it is even better. Dad ordered a Scottish breakfast consisting of Eggs, Bacon and Sausage and I ordered Pancakes with Bacon, Banana and Syrup. It was absolutely divine.

After Breakfast we got our “Goody bag” from Nordic Visitor with all our holiday arrangements and also a map of Edinburgh. For the first part of the day I had to navigate our way around Edinburgh with a map the old fashioned way. Only later in the day did I went to a Vodashop to buy a data contract so that I can use my google maps with our pre-programmed routes.

We left the Guesthouse around 8:45 AM on our way to our first stop on our list of places to visit Mansfield Traquair. As you will see I could not get enough photos of the beautiful flowers and the Architecture.

Our first place of interest was Mansfield Traquair. A beautiful chapel and Wedding Venue. Due to our tight schedule I could not go inside. For more information on the Mansfield Traquair please visit their website.

As we walked to our next stop on our itinerary I capture some of our surroundings…

Thank you for exploring Edinburgh with us. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Have a look out for part 2

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand Tour of Scotland 17 August 2019: Day 7 – Exploring Orkney

I have been struggling with uploading to my blog the past few days. Please let me know if you can’t see the photos. The photos are random and not in order of how our day went.

Today dad and I drove all over exploring Orkney Island from north to south and east to west. We tried to cover as much as we could.

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ll the photos was taken with my Huawei P10 cellphone.Thank you for taking the time to discover Scotland with us.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand Tour of Scotland 16 August 2019: Day 6 – Inverness to Orkney Island

Good evening everyone,

Today dad and I drove Inverness along the coast to Scrabster where we got on a ferry to Orkney Island.

We had rain, strong wind, fog and sunshine all in one day….

All photos taken with my Huawei P10 cellphone.

Thank you for taking the time to discover Scotland with us.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand Tour of Scotland 14 August 2019: Day 4 – St Andrews to Aberdeen

Good day everyone,

We drove from St Andrews along the coast to Aberdeen.

It was hectic, we got lost, gps took us round and round. We lost alot of time and ended up not doing half the places on our itinerary.

The positive side is I saw a lot of places not on our itinerary…

I did not capture that much on my phone. But here are some random photos.

All the photos were taken with my Huawei P10 phone.

Thank you for taking the time to discover Scotland with us.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand Tour of Scotland 15 August 2019: Day 5 – Aberdeen to Inverness

Good evening everyone,Yesterday we drove from Aberdeen inland through to Inverness. I did not take a lot photo’s while driving. The roads were very busy.Here are some random photos of our day.

My breakfast

Dad’s breakfast

All the photos were taken with my Huawei P10 phone.Thank you for taking the time to discover Scotland with us.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand Tour of Scotland 13 August 2019: Day 3 – Edinburgh to St Andrews

Good evening everyone,Today we drove from Edinburgh along the coast to St Andrews.Here are just some random photos. More detail about our day when I post the edited photos.All the photos were taken with my Huawei P10 phone.Thank you for taking the time to discover Scotland with us.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand Tour of Scotland 12 August 2019: Day 2 – Exploring Edinburgh

Good evening everyone,Today Dad and I walked 21 kilometers in total….Sorry I did not post last night but we only got to the guest house just before midnight. We where tired and cold.I did not take a lot of photos with my phone due to the fact that we had to fit in the previous days route also. When we got to the Royal Mile we could not even walk up to the castle. Royal mile was closed for a festival so we decided to do it the day we return to Edinburgh.Also dad had a hard time with all the steps and uphills. So we had to take it slow. More about our day when I post my edited photos. Here are just some random photos.

Oats with honey
Bacon, sausage, egg and toast for Dad
Pancake with bacon, banana and syrup for me
Eleven o’clock tea
All the photos were taken with my Huawei P10 phone.Thank you for taking the time to discover Scotland with us.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Grand Tour of Scotland 11 August 2019: Day 1 – From Cape Town to Edinburgh

Good evening everyone,

Well from the word go things did not go according to the schedule of our trip.

We got to Cape Town International just after 16h00 yesterday afternoon. Everything went smooth till we had to go through security… I was called aside and they patted me down… I am innocent but at that moment I felt guilty of whatever they thought I did wrong…

Dad and I went to drink some coffee and juice before we boarded. After boarding we waited for 19:30 but nothing happened the pilot then made an announcement that there was some technical issues with the plane and they are working on it…. In the end we took of at 20:27 an hour late.

The flight was not very comfortable it was hot for an international flight the space are not much. I developed a headache of the heat and short bursts of sleep.

We landed at Heathrow and the bus took us to terminal 5. The driver drove like a maniac. I must say the staff at Heathrow is not very friendly and they have no respect for tourists. It is a shame that my first encounter with them were not that great. Here in South Africa we don’t have all the technology that they have and they expect you to know what to do and when. That in my books are not on.

You are tired after a 12 hour flight and then they give you attitude when you ask them for help.

Dad and I had some breakfast at Wetherspoon and walked around for a bit before we went to security.

Oh and the best of all I got called aside again… This time I had to stand in a cubicle while they exrayed you or something. The best of all only woman on the big side had to go through. While standing there not one man was called to go through it.

Then to top it all our flight got delayed for 20 minutes….

Luckily not all was bad. When we arrived in Edinburgh everything went smooth we got our luggage and our driver was waiting pasiently for us. It was raining cats and dogs outside when he took us to Ben Cruachan Guesthouse.

He realy went the extra mile and showed us around telling us a bit of Edinburgh and its buildings. He also gave me some driving tips.

Dad and I wanted to cover the 8 km exploring of today but it was not very enjoyable. We ended up having dinner at a restaurant. We will try to fit todays route in with tomorrow’s. And if I have to I will fit it in when we return to Edinburgh at the end of our trip.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney