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29 April 10 Day Scotland Tour

Hey mates. What is everyone doing afternoon of 29th before we have to be back to Bonham for 4 pm pre-tour meet. Roslyn Chapel, Royal Yacht, museums? Mike & Chris from Florida.

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Hi mwillison,

We’re on that tour, as are edgefield, TeriL and kathy on this forum. We don’t have a definite plan yet. Our son has been in Edinburgh since early January spending a semester studying at the university. We’re arriving on the 28th and will be connecting with him. We have been thinking the royal yacht might be something we want to do with him. We’re also spending two extra nights at the Bonham after the tour. If there’s an opportunity to get together with you pre- or post-tour, I’m willing.

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Hi Mike and Chris,
I’m still doing some thinking on this! I am arriving on the 27th evening, so will have the 28th and 29th to fill. Would like to go to the Royal Yacht, Holyroodhouse Palace, walk Edinburgh side streets, walk along the Leith, and maybe the Botanical Garden and Gladstone’s Land. We’ll see what seems fun when I get there! I found a “Pocket Edinburgh” small book by Lonely Planet at my travel store which gives small maps of sections of Edinburgh and walk and attraction ideas (and easy to carry).
It will be so fun to meet you all! Terri

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We will be arriving the day before. Thus far, I have Georgian House, possibly Gladstone Land (yay or nay from those that have been?), definetly the National Museum and maybe the National Gallery on the list. And I need a good neighborhood pub to sample the local brews!

Look forward to meeting you, Mike and Chris.

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Hi all- y’all will love Scotland tour. We were there same time in 2018. Go see the yacht. One of our mates liked it. We did not come early because we stayed the extra day in Dublin. We did back to back 7 day heart of Ireland then on to 10 Scotland, then left the last day. You will have fun no matter what! Our guide was James mcletchie. He was fantastic! Do you have your guide yet? Or is it too early? I want to go back again but I am partial since I have Scottish blood and Irish too! Oh ... we went to dirty dicks pub , rose street brewery and guildford arms. Our hotel was the Parliament House hotel. Nice hotel on Calton hill. Go up to calton.

Have a great trip!
Kim

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No guide name yet, Kim. Nice to hear you still so enthusiastic about the trip!

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Edgefield and hubby ( Donna and Mike) are waiting on the final itinerary. We have booked a Scottish Whiskey Experience tour Monday morning (we get in Sunday morning). Holyrood House, Rosslyn Chapel and National Museum all possibilities based on the final schedule. Will be hunting a Crossfit box for souvenir t-shirt for a daughter. A friend suggested Jacob's ladder that connects Old town and New Town--- it's a historic walk that has just been reopened after renovations https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com look under Jacobs Ladder. The route was used for burial processions in the days before Regent Bridge connected the early 18th century Calton Burial Ground with the city centre. The staircase is comprised of 140 stone steps carved into the volcanic rock. Looking forward to the trip and meeting all the new tourmates (had a great time with the first group in Ireland in 2017!)

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I should have mentioned that we're Kelly and Laura from Illinois. On our 2017 VFR tour, it turned out the guy I sat next to at our first group meeting was also named Kelly (which these days is automatically assumed to be a female-only name). Needless to say, the two guys named Kelly had to be tour buddies.

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I think Oban is where we stay in 2 separate hotels. We have the Glenburnie House as our hotel.

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The four of us on this tour from Madison, Indiana, arrive on the morning of April 26th. We plan on taking the Tram to Glasgow on the 27th as we have a walking tour scheduled that morning. Then we will be hanging out all that day in Glasgow, as that is not on the RS tour. We are still talking about what we will do on the 28th and the 29th.

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Edgefield: We’re also at the Glenburnie in Oban. Happened to meet someone who’d been on the tour a few years ago and raved about seafood at Ee-usk restaurant in Oban. Kim from Oklahoma also said she liked Cuan Mor in Oban even more than Ee-usk. Those happen to be the first two listed under places to eat in Oban in the RS guidebook.

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We FaceTimed this morning with our son, who's enjoying this week's beautiful Scottish weather (near 70 F today). He said he took the Real Mary King's Close tour last night and found it very enjoyable and interesting. Tour was about an hour and he said the guide was quite good. So I've added that to our list of potential things to do in Edinburgh free time.

Edited to fix the name I butchered.

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I was looking at the Mary’s Close tour and was wondering if it was too “kitschy.” Happy to hear your son enjoyed it. We are at the Glenburnie House in Oban, too. Time for some serious packing!

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Kathy: Rick says the Mary King's Close tour has it's share of goofy ghost stuff, but also some serious history.

My stuff is spread out all over the bed today as I debate about shirts that fit nicely a couple of months ago, but for some mysterious reason are feeling a bit snug now. Sigh.