Spent the day touring around Edinburgh. It is a very old looking city that is built upon the tops of old volcano's and rock formations. The city is connected by bridges that are built over top of other buildings so you feel a bit like you are in a maze. The city feels very regal yet darker than I would have expected. We've been out both nights here and I must say that it is a very different feeling place here at night. Very dark, not much in terms of lighting and the people, while nice, are a bit rougher around the edges. Must be from getting your asses conquered for centuries.
Toured Edinburgh castle which is impressive from the size and prominence that it holds over the city. From the top you can see for miles and out towards the Channel. Really to much details to go into about it but a must see for a visitor. I'll post pictures of the view one day. Walked around most of the day, saw two street(?) girls scrapping. Actually pulling hair and kicking while the crowd gathered and the police showed up. Walked by ourselves through a graveyard that supposed is the burial site for Adam Smith and poet Robert Fergusson (a close friend of Robert Burns). Failed to see the graves as most of the markers were worn away or toppled. Leanne looked for the grave site of the inventor of the crossword. It was supposed to be 2 down and 4 across but she couldn't find it.:) They have probably the stupidest looking Parliament Building here. Looks like a really bad art gallery. Took a ghost tour tonight of the cavarns under a bridge. Very weird how they built things. There are, in parts, three levels under the bridge made of bricks that you would never notice on the outside. Apparently this is where they would make various items and store goods. Then they became a den for bootleggers, criminals, prostitutes and grave diggers. Unfortunately no ghosts showed up though I'm sure one guy on tour was about to soil his drawers.
One thing that really strikes me as I learn about Irish and Scottish history is how miserable some of the people lives would have been and how all these wars were all about power, religion and greed. Only the civil wars seemed to have any meaning and cause that would benefit the average citizen. Clans fighting other clans, French invading, English invading, on and on. It seems like the only things that improved where the size of the castles. I'm not sure if I would be proud or sad about my country's history in this regard.
Our B&B is great with great breakfasts. Nice to sleep in a good bed. Off to the Isle of Skye tomorrow.