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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2012
Active RetireesTM | 19 TRAVEL INTERNATIONAL W e congratulated ourselves on our wise decision to not drive in Scotland as we looked out the windows of our cosy coach at the swirling mist. And that was just the first of all four seasons that appeared on the first day. Spring in Scotland – a tad unpredictable. We Scotland novices signed up for a coach trip that would introduce us to the country and let us view the best it had within a week’s touring. We knew we couldn’t see everything but our itinerary covered much and gave us a wonderful insight. We were in good company with like-minded travellers and enjoyed good food and digs along the way. What a wonderful country and wonderful trip we had. Our journey began in Edinburgh, in the Lowlands. The tour included an introductory trip around the Granite City on our first day. The grey, cool, drizzly day showed off the city to great advantage; the greys and slate colours all looked splendid in the monotone day. All the buildings have a defensive air to them, a ‘don’t mess with the Scots’ architectural attitude. Edinburgh Castle dominates the skyline and it’s an excellent vantage point to see how the city’s grid system works, separating the old city and the new. In the castle there are the Crown Jewels and the oldest building in the city, St Margaret’s Chapel, and in the cafe there is the finest Victoria sponge to enjoy with a cup of tea. We fought a cruel breeze as we trudged the Royal Mile – four streets that lead from the castle to the Royal Palace. This precinct is home to museums, churches, tearooms and pubs. The area is the ‘new town’ and has given Edinburgh status as one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities. We had dinner one night at the South Queensferry on the Firth of Forth’s (try saying that quickly!) southern bank. Here is the magnificent Forth Rail Bridge, a brilliant monument to Victorian engineering. All of Scotland’s cities display marvellous feats of » A coach tour through Scotland’s beautiful countryside, lively cities and majestic castles reveals a rich, gutsy and sometimes bloody history to Joan Morgan. Coach ’n’ castles !William Wallace stands at the entrance of Edinburgh Castle.
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