|Just another pub on Princes Street|
I didn't get to Loch Lomond (another reason to go back)! But I simply must include this video of the Song "Loch Lomond" which include the lyrics "Ye'll take the high road and I'll take the low road". I've always loved to sing this song. This version is performed by John McDermott (a Scottish-Canadian) with a magnificent voice! The video is captioned with a lot of interesting facts about the area.
Our first evening in Edinburgh we took a bus from our B&B down to Princes Street and spent the evening seeing the sights on the Royal Mile. That is a succession of streets connecting Edinburgh castle to Holyrood Abbey (one of which is called High Street.) It is very picturesque, there are lots of pubs and restaurants and great places to shop.
|The Royal Mile|
|An old clock tower|
|Sunset on the Royal Mile|
|We didn't eat here, but I couldn't resist taking a picture of this cafe.|
|The view from our restaurant window.|
The beginning and end of our luscious meal!
|Pint and half pint of ale|
|Sticky toffee pudding|
|Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
We had a lovely meal (I wish I could remember what it was!) But what I do remember is that after we ate, my husband decided to try the local whisky. We have not ever been big on drinking Scotch whisky but when in Scotland.... we were ready for anything! So my husband casually asks for a list of their "Scotch". Now in Canada -- or probably anywhere in North America -- this would be a perfectly understandable request. Except that it would be a very short list, if there even was a list! However here, the waitress looked a bit perplexed. After a bit more explanation, she said, "Oh yes, you want to see a list of our malt whisky!" This is when it ocurred to me that of course in Scotland -- everything is Scotch! (Duh!) As I explained to my husband, in France they don't call them "french" fries either! And in Canada, what Americans might call Canadian whisky we just call Rye. This is why travel is such a mind expanding exercise! By the way, the list was very long, but our waitress was very knowledgeable and gave us a great recommendation. Long story short -- we are now officially admirers of good Scotch whisky.
|Oops! How did that picture get in here? Oh yes... Isn't that Richard Armitage drinking some whisky?|
(This picture is from Agatha Christie's Miss Marple series: Ordeal By Innocence)
I have lots more to say about Scotland...so stay tuned for further posts!