So I'm really not good at the whole "keep the blog updated" thing... Sorry. I am still alive, and there will be two posts today since I've been bad and as far as you know I am in Edinburgh.
Edinburgh was awesome. It is a very lively city, with lots of bagpipers who, according to a local, play the same song all day. I arrived on a Saturday night and got to the hostel at about 10:45pm. It was right by Edinburgh castle, and was decorated with a castle theme, which was cool. I then got food poisoning, as I think I mentioned. The next day I went on the "Book Lover's Walking Tour", which was two hours with a delightful old Scottish man. He took us to the medical school where Conan Doyle came up with Sherlock and Watson, and told us about the people that inspired the characters, and showed us the cafe where JK Rowling wrote part of the first Harry Potter. I'm sure none of you will be surprised to here that I went back and had brunch there. I went up a big hill where the national monument is and took a bunch of pictures that afternoon. The next day I hiked up to Arthur's Seat and stood at the top trying not to get blown away. There are pretty amazing views from up there. I went to go into Edinburgh castle, but they charged an ungodly amount of money to go inside, so I just took pictures of the outside. I wandered around the Royal Mile for a while (which the book tour man called "the tartan ghetto") and looked at probably a billion scarves. I caved eventually and bought one... It was just so soft!
From Edinburgh I took the train to Inverness. The countryside is beautiful, but in Inverness itself there's not much to do. I found a bunch of incredible day tours, but all of them needed advance notice for booking. I especially wanted to do the one that went to the fairy pools on the Isle of Skye. I'll have to go back at some point on a trip that is more planned out.
I took the train from Inverness to Aberdeen on March 25th, and then flew to Dublin. I will report on that shortly.