This report is far longer than I expected it be. I’ll apologize now if I bore you to death, but I didn’t want to pare it down any further. If nothing else, it’s a good memoir for me to refer back to. We arrived in Scotland on May 30th and flew home June 15th. For those that don’t read the books or watch the TV series, Jamie Fraser is the heart-throb lead character in Outlander; about a woman who finds herself sent back in time prior to the Jacobite rebellion and battle of Culloden in 1746. My wife Carla is a huge fan of the show, the books and the hunky Jamie played by Sam Heughan. I swear she has more photos of him on her phone than she has of me. She insists she’s always wanted to go to Scotland, but I don’t think I’d ever heard her mention it in the pre-Outlander days. However, it was the inspiration for the trip, and we built an itinerary around it that dove into a significant period in Scotland’s history.
We flew into Glasgow and then took the train to Edinburgh. I love the Glasgow airport; it’s compact and from the time the plane’s doors opened to when we hopped on the airport shuttle to get us to the train station was less than 15 minutes and we arrived at our hotel in Edinburgh in a bit less than 2 hours-I should mention we were travelling with carry-on only. The airport shuttle https://www.firstbus.co.uk/greater-glasgow/routes-and-maps/glasgow-airport-express is efficient and easy to use and a return ticket was £14 per person.
In hindsight, we’re glad we did this trip while we’re young and able. I can’t imagine how people with mobility issues navigate through many of the sites we visited, and that includes the tourist zone of Edinburgh. As the old joke goes about your parents walking to school, uphill, both ways….that’s Edinburgh. As an added bonus, after leaving the train station and climbing about 100 steps to our hotel https://www.frasershospitality.com/en/united-kingdom/edinburgh/fraser-suites-edinburgh/, we were told the elevator was down for maintenance for our entire stay. Not a big deal for us but it meant 4 flights of steps at least twice a day. The location didn’t disappoint as we were half a block off the Royal Mile and about a 5-minute walk to the castle and it had a mini fridge which saved us a bundle on breakfast. It also had laundry facilities, in the subbasement, 6 flights from our room. I do question the hotel’s claim of being a 4-star hotel, we’re happy with our choice but I’d classify it as slightly above average in room quality and service.
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