|The entrance to get your tickets for Holyrood House|
|Abbey and grounds|
|Inner courtyard of the Palace|
|St. Margaret's Chapel|
|Robert the Bruce|
|Inside of the old part of Dunfermline's church|
|St. Andrews cathedral and St. Rule's Tower|
Finally arriving at Loch Ness, it miraculously cleared up outside. Sunlight sparkled on the loch the wet stone of Urquhardt Castle. We climbed through the ruins as the weather went back to being schizophrenic. 10 minutes of sun, 10 minutes of storm. Back and forth it went while we waited to get on a boat and cruise down the loch in the hopes of seeing Nessie. We didn't get to see her but to our delight we discovered they serve alcohol on board. YAY!
Melrose Abbey is built in natural rose colored sandstone and didn't even need to be painted. Even hundreds of years later, the pretty color still shines through. I happened to climb one of the very narrow twisty staircases for a picture over the area. People are also still burying their dead in the consecrated grounds surrounding the abbey, so it has an very interesting mix of grave stones over the past few centuries.
|Me at the top of the Abbey|
|Remains of Melrose Abbey|
|Housteads, along Hadrian's Wall|
Scotland offers a lot of things to do for a wide range of travelers. Family friendly, adventurous, cozy cottages for romantic holidays, and lots of things for the history geeks. Did I mention they also have great burgers since its the home of Angus beef? YAY! I recommend also doing a tasting at a Scotch distillery (This I have done even though I hate whiskey), and try the local Scottish beers. Cruise down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and check out all the street performers from bagpipers to the Guinness record holder of the most tattoos and piercings. For those, like me, who like a good scare and creepy fun, take a tour of Mary King's Close or the Covenanter's Prison in Greyfriar's Kirkyard. They're both haunted, and having been to both, I can say the Convenanter's Prison creeped me out more since there was an incident there and a few of us were locked in. Now how much is this going to cost you? Well, the UK's currency (GBP pound sterling) is worth both more than the euro and the US dollar. I would suggest staying in the one of the B&B's since they're a little less expensive. Food isn't that expensive, but some of the tours are. You'll most likely be flying through Heathrow in London from the US because Edinburgh's airport isn't that big.
Remember, bring your jackets and sweaters. ALWAYS bring an umbrella, since it rains quite often. And most of all, bring a sense of humor. The Scots are wickedly sarcastic with a low ball mockery that will make you laugh your butt off!