Scotland 2015 #1 – long flights, Loch Lomond, Godly Play, Edinburgh Castle … and hay fever 

Well, we’re relaxing at our marvelous airbnb just a stone’s throw from one end of the famed Edinburgh Royal Mile. We’re just two minutes walk from Holyrood House and Scotland’s Parliament House.

Anyhow, we flew out from Brisbane on Wednesday morning at the unearthly hour of 2.3o pm – three 7 hour+ legs ahead of us. I wasn’t looking forward to that. However the Emirates service was great, and even without my C-Pap machine I managed about 2 hours sleep on each leg. A first! We accessed Emirates airline lounge in Dubai (massive airport) – the shower was great, then headed onto Glasgow arriving around 8 pm and soon heading to the Glasgow Airport Ramada. A close and comfortable choice.

We managed reasonable sleep and after a delicious buffet breakfast (our week on Iona won’t provide that) we checked out early, picked up our hire car and headed off – impromptu decision to Luss, on the “Bonny, Bonny, banks of Loch Lomond”. Dale sighted a 90 minute cruise so we went for it. Truly lovely and so peaceful.


Tick to Loch Lomond then off to Edinburgh and our airbnb. Ordinary late lunch on the way at a BP Wild Bean Cafe and we , aided by our trusty own Garmin GPS, get to our lodgings. Joanne and Dave are great hosts and our room is fine. Time to check out the Royal Mile. It’s well and truly a mile. We feel it by the time we reach the other end just beneath Edinburgh Castle. Along the way Dale’s search for a bagpipe chanter reed proves fruitless, we manage a so-so dinner at a little cafe off the Mile called Circus, I sidle up to statues of Sir Walter Scott and John Knox, peer our heads 1/5 way (hardly) through the Holyrood House gates and spend time in St Giles Cathedral. Oh, my hay fever has started; “tap” running! All said and done, great day.

Despite the discomfort of my hay fever, we sleep soundly and head off after breakfast to the lovely Clarinda’s Tea House for breakfast part 2!

Dale is a teacher in Godly Play, so, pre-arranged we spend a delightful 2 hours at the HQ of Godly Play Scotland.

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Then, as we like to do, we, hop on one of the many hop on – hop off buses and see some impressive Old Town and New Town sights, before alighting just beneath Edinburgh Castle – surely a “must do” and surely a “glad we did”! So much history there going back 1700 years … and excellent weather today.


Castle done, we head to the National Museum, of Scotland. Dale takes some time out to do some journaling while I check out some Scottish history there. The hay fever has turned into a not-pretty waterfall ny now, so Sudafed in hand and Italian restaurant pizza and soup in tummies, it’s back to our airbnb and a nice hot shower. Oh – to blog this and pack the car. We’ve got a 3.5 hour drive tomorrow at 7 am to Oban on the west coast – ferry to Mull, drive across island then short ferry ride to Iona.

Cheers – David


1 Response to “Scotland 2015 #1 – long flights, Loch Lomond, Godly Play, Edinburgh Castle … and hay fever ”

  1. 1 Elaine Rae September 19, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Brings back lots of memories. Last trip that direction we went to Skye which we loved.

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