Edinburgh Cathedral
Edinburgh Cathedral

The third day of our Scottish road trip was another action packed day of sightseeing.  We started by heading to Roslyn Chapel, made famous by the movie – The Da Vinci Code.  However, paying the entrance fee for a brief visit of a small castle was a little less appealing (especially at $20) so we sought out an alternative view.  Around the back of the castle we were able to sneak a free view of this beautiful chapel.

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Next stop on the trip was Edinburgh castle, and we basked in the glory and magnificence of the castle that dates back to the second century and was used as a fortress for the city.

Scotch Tasting in style

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Scotch Tasting in style

Our trip to Edinburgh was capped off by the busker that we saw playing the bagpipes, so cliché, so touristic but nonetheless it was amazing to hear this traditional music on the streets of the Scottish capital.

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Stirling Castle was the next stop on our trip, a beautiful castle overlooking the hills – there are more than 3,000 castles throughout Scotland and I think we did quite well visiting some of the biggest, and most spectacular – undoubtedly the best way to see this magnificent country is to do it yourself, and hire a car.

Roslyn Chapel

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Roslyn Chapel

Another well known Scottish institution is the famous whiskey.  Any trip to Scotland is not complete without visiting a distillery – for us it was the Glengoyne distillery – about 30 minutes from Glasgow.  This family distillery has been operating since 1833 (licensed) but for a few generations prior, they operated illegally.

The distillery

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The distillery

The scotch was brilliant – but the best part was, after a couple of sips we could take the remainder with us in jars, that looked a little bit too suss to hold alcohol, especially scotch but allowed us to enjoy them later while we watched what turned out to be a miserable AFL game when we arrived back in Glasgow.

Stirling Castle
Stirling Castle

That night we decided to have a quiet night, venture out to watch some soccer and find some live music – we got around to a couple of bars enjoying a few quiet drinks, but it is remarkable how quickly that will turn into a bigger than expected night, dancing the night away in an Australian bar with questionable authenticity – I am skeptical of anywhere that calls themselves an Australian bar and serves Fosters – that might just be me.

2016-04-30 10.16.11Both of us had an early morning flight back – mine was back to London for a day to sort out my Visa – fortunately I had done that last week, so I guess that I will be able to go out and celebrate May Day in London – the sacrifices one makes.

Scotland was, like so many cities on this trip amazing, a different experience to the partying of Asia, but spectacular.  Never have I seen scenery like this before and, coupled with an extremely friendly people I would recommend this to everyone to visit – once at the very least.

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