You can catch up on our adventures in Edinburgh here and here and here! After we finished with lunch at the Tolbooth Tavern, the Scott Monument. It was a little bit of a far walk from where we had lunch but it seemed rather iconic for Edinburgh so we decided the hike was worth it.
The Scott Monument is dedicated to Sir Walter Scott, the Edinburgh-born writer. As an English nerd, I was excited to see the monument!
The Scott Monument is that really tall dark spire! It was model after Roslyn chapel!
The monument itself was situated beside a lovely little park, which we took a quick walk through before heading over to the monument.
There were daffodils everywhere which made us all think of springtime in the states! So, I had to stop and get a quick picture with them since at the time there was still snow in my native PA.
As I’m sure you can see, the monument was under construction. We couldn’t get very close, and we also weren’t able to go up inside, which made me a little sad, but we got to take some pictures of the outside so it ended up being okay.
After we were done at the Scott Monument, we remembered that we had bought tickets to go into the Edinburgh Dungeons! We then left the monument, guided by my excellent sense of direction, to attempt to find the dungeons.
Once we got super lost (and I mean super lost! We had to stop and ask directions like four times, because as it turns out Edinburgh is a little (lot) bit confusing. It had a lot of little side streets), but we got to see a lot more of the city so it made up for it!
Eventually, we did find our way to the dungeons, only to realize that it was more of a haunted house scenario. The Edinburgh Dungeon takes you through some of the scary, and weird moments of Edinburgh’s history. It focused on serial killer/ cannibal Sawney Bean and his family who lived in caves and ate people. And explored the more gruesome sides of surgery and living conditions of Edinburgh at the time.
This is our photo waiting to go on our tour! As you can see, it’s freaking dark! And I am a total pansy so I refused to go anywhere first!
The tour starts with a judge and a courtroom, sentencing you to prison. The ride featured real people acting out the parts, like in a haunted house. The tour moves to a torturer and we get the story of Sawney Bean. After that you went on a boat ride, and it was a legit boat ride through the caves looking for Sawney Bean. I disliked this part cause I don’t do boats.
Eventually, you catch up with Sawney Bean and some of his children. This part scared the crap out of all of us, as they had a tendency to pop up out of nowhere. After that, you went and watched a “surgery” before moving out into a graveyard with the grave diggers Burke and Hare. From there you go out into the streets of Edinburgh to see the condition of the city. The actor in this part scared the shit out of me!
Next you moved into the room of The Green Lady. This room was terrifying because the benches and furniture would move, and then the freaking Green Lady would just pop out at you. She got Naomi pretty good at one point.
From there, you move to meet the hangman, and take a drop ride where you get “hung.” From there you move into a mirror labyrinth before being set free into the gift shop.
It was actually a really good time! I didn’t think it was going to be as fun as it was. I’m one of those people that gets scared, and then screams shrilly, before realizing its fact and starting to laugh. I think Naomi’s poor mom had a rough time with it, but the rest of us really enjoyed it!
Once we had caught our breath after the dungeon, we headed back towards the hostel, taking the long way so we could get some more views of the city as it was our last day.
That’s the back end of the Writer’s Museum!
Edinburgh truly is a stunning city! And I absolutely fell in love with it! I really can’t wait for an opportunity to go back and see it all again.
We ended up going back to our favorite pub again for dinner, The Ensign Ewart. WE had gone there the night before, and decided to come back because we loved the food and the atmosphere!
I saw that they had Bulmers Pear, so naturally, I had to give it a try. It was also really delicious!
And then I tried this cider from New Zealand, which I have found nowhere else but this pub since. It is a gift from God is how good it is!
We started the night off with some cheesy garlic bread…
and moved on to a venison casserole that was delicious! And I don’t even like venison so that’s really saying something!
We made a bit of a mess!
As we were eating dinner, a band came in and starting playing that were beyond fabulous! Scottish music and Irish music sound rather similar (Sorry if that offends anyone) so I felt right at home sitting and listening!
After dinner, we decided we wanted one last look at the Castle, before heading back to the hostel and calling it a night!
We think there was some type of fancy shindig going on at the Castle that night because there were a ton of fancy cars parked out front. And I’m talking like FANCY cars! You can kind of see them of the corner in this picture!
We found a phone booth, so of course, I had to take the stereotypical phone booth photo!
I snapped a pic of our hostel sign, and then we decided to call it a night!
One more pic of Castle Rock.
We all went right to bed, as we had to wake up at 3 a.m. to catch our 5 a.m. flight back to Ireland. This didn’t sound so bad in theory, but it absolutely sucked the day of.
I forgot to mention before that all the rooms in Castle Rock are based off of a movie, and ours was Star Wars. I had gotten to sleep in the Yoda bunk while we were there! I snapped a few pics of the room so I’d remember before we headed out really early that morning!
We got to the bus station really early, and had to wait a while for it to get there and take us to the airport. But it gave me a chance to snap one last pic of Edinburgh!
We hopped our flight back to Ireland, and got stuck in the airport there for a long time waiting for our bus to take us back to Dungarvan. Apparently the travels of the day really took it out of me and Naomi…
So, that concludes our trip to Scotland! Stay tuned to hear about my adventures around Dungarvan, and into Galway!