We woke up this morning around 9 so we could pack up our bags and check out of our first room of this stay (1 of 3...booking this hostel was a pain in the butt) by 10. After we checked out and locked our bags up in storage we headed off for the day...again in the rain. The first thing on our agenda was to go to the Rosslyn Chapel. We walked across the bridge to New Town and jumped on the number 15 bus which, after about 45 minutes, dropped us off about 500 yards from the Chapel. Luckily the rain had slowed down so it wasn't too bad walking there. When we reached the chapel, like everything else in Europe, scaffolding was everywhere. It was okay though becuase the inside...although it didn't look like it did in the Da Vinci Code...was still beautiful. The entire chapel was carved; it was easy to see that the Masons were working very hard on this "masterpiece." After we explored the chapel for a little while we jumped back on the bus and headed back into town.
Since we hadn't eaten breakfast yet, or lunch for that matter, we decided to come back to the hostel and eat some "pub grub" (cheap and not too bad!). By the time we finished eating it was time for us to check into our next room, a much smaller room than we stayed in the previous nights but still nice. We settled ourselves into the room and headed out again. We walked up the huge hill behind our hostel to the Royal Mile where we began our shopping. There are some cool shops along the Royal Mile. After some brief shopping we headed up towards Edinburgh Castle, but before we got there we were drawn to watch a street performer...he reminded us a lot of Robin Williams...it was a very entertaining show. When the show was over we continued our trek up towards the Castle. We were constantly drawn to little shops and turned what should have been a 15 minute walk into a 2 hour walk up to the castle. It was okay though because we enjoyed it. Up near the Castle we wandered into what looked like a little shop that turned out to be a huge shop where they had an exhibition on how to make kilts and traditional Scottish dress. It was very interesting...also we were able to look up some information about the MacFarlane Clan (Leigh's mom's maiden name). It turns out there is not a whole lot of information about them, but they are one of the oldest clans in Scotland's history. Another interesting bit of information we learned was that the different colored kilts depicted the different clans...the MacFarlane clan is Red. Once we got out of that store we finally made it to the castle...but it was closed. Apparently there are concerts going on so they closed the Castle early...oh well, we'll just go first thing tomorrow morning.
After our trip up to the castle we walked back down the Royal Mile to the cemetary we visited last night on our Ghost Tour...it was a lot less creepy in broad daylight. After a short walk through the cemetary we headed back towards the hostel to take some much needed showers!! Following our showers we came down to the bar to use the internet and hopefully get some more pub grub...but the kitchen is closed so we're going to have to find somewhere else to eat. We only have tomorrow night and Monday night left then we come home...we'll be home around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon...it's a very sad thought. But we'll see everyone soon. Have a good night!