So, we got back from Paris, and school started again as usual! I learned I had a new talent: photography! See some of my photos here! We also celebrated Easter in Ireland. You can read all about how I spent my Easter here! We got to do some more exploring in Ireland, and on a very cold, rainy, and windy day explored Lismore, Ardmore, and Youghal! You can read all about that day here!
Right after Easter, my roomie Naomi’s mom decided to come and visit us over in Ireland! I love her mom (who is a total hippy in the best way), and while she was staying on our side of the pond, we had talked about going to Scotland for a little while to check it out!
So, with very little planning ahead of time (and I like to plan my stuff down to the minute to try and pack everything in), we hopped on a plane to Edinburgh, Scotland.
We left really late in the afternoon, and almost missed our plane (luckily, the Dublin Airport is not confusing at all, she says sarcastically!)!
The sun was setting when we finally took off, and it would be night when we landed in Edinburgh. We would then have to find our way to our hostel in the dark, relying on my master navigational skills to get us there!
(For those of you new to this story, I’m batting about 50/50 on my navigating in foreign cities. I’ve never gotten us hopelessly lost, but I have lead us in the wrong direction, so my roommates would probably disagree when I say master.)
We hopped a bus from the airport that dropped us off as close at it could to the hostel. From there, I lead us as best I could towards the hostel.
Luckily, we did find it! And I think this is my favorite hostel of all the ones we stayed in. It’s called Castle Rock, and was right at the foot of Edinburgh Castle. This, of course, meant it was medieval themed, which I loved!
Our hostel room, while small (it was literally two bunk beds and 4 lockers), it was tucked up into the eaves of the old building the hostel was in. And our view was incredible!
We ran downstairs for some breakfast, in the Great Hall (seriously loved this place!) before setting off for the day!
We started off the morning at Edinburgh Castle, where Queen Mary once lived (where my Reign fans at?)!
Seeing the Castle, and getting to go inside, was one of the things I really wanted to do in Edinburgh, so I’m really glad we started the day off there. Also, because we got there so early, there were basically no people, so, yay, no lines!
So in one of the battlements, they still had a big old cannon. And guess what its name is?
Since my name is Meg, this was a very cool coincidence! I have a cannon named after me! Be very jealous!
When you entered the Castle, it gave you a history lesson on Scottish royalty which was very enlightening. It was actually set up in very cool displays!
In this room, you were not allowed to take pictures in here, but the jewels were lovely! This room also held the Stone of Destiny, of which, you were really not supposed to take pictures…
The inside portions of the Castle were lovely! I didn’t get very many good pictures since the light was funky and my camera was acting up, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!
Next, we went across the courtyard to the Great Hall!
After that, we went and explored the dungeons of the Castle!
So, we left the Castle, and headed back into the city, headed off to find the Writer’s Museum!
We, natuarally, got distracted by the like eight floor high gift shop on the way out of the Castle. When we stopped in, we saw that they had a real Tartan mill, where they make high-end kilts, where you could actually watch them work!
While that sounds kind of boring, I found ways to make it entertaining!
It was actually cool to see the time and effort that goes into making their kilts. And they had an awesome gift shop there. I actually ended up bringing some real tartan material home for my crafty younger sister!
And while we were exploring this giant gift shop, Naomi’s mother noticed one of those places were you can dress up in the traditional garb and take a picture. She really insisted that she wanted to take pictures there, so we kitled up and got our pictures taken!
I’ll leave you with that lovely parting image! Be sure to check back to see what else we got up to our first day in Edinburgh!