We loved the train trip from London to Edinburgh. It took 4.5 hours, but there was so much to see. We followed along the North Sea for a while (it looks just like the ocean in Oregon, maybe with smaller waves), and went through many small villages and a few larger cities. Saw tons of sheep, some cows and Shetland ponies, as well as farms, nuclear power plants, canals and so much more. Northern England and Scotland seem even greener than Oregon, if that’s possible.
After arriving in Edinburgh, where the train station is right in the middle of town, we walked a few blocks to our hotel, checked in, then caught a bus out to the harbor where the Royal Yacht Britannia is moored. We took the excellent audio tour, and I especially loved exploring the ship on which Prince Charles and Diana honeymooned.
After the yacht we shopped in the area, and talked for a long time with a very knowledgeable guy in a whiskey shop. Everyone here is so friendly. We got a little lost finding our hotel, and an older man walked with us for a couple blocks to help us find our way. We are staying at another Hotel Indigo (like the one in London) and there are free snacks in the mini-bar. These seemed very appropriate to Scotland:
Posting this just after breakfast on Tuesday morning, and before we head out to see more of Edinburgh on our only full day here. We had the “Full Scottish Breakfast” this morning, and I chose vegetarian haggis, which was surprisingly good!