Interesting things to do near Edinburgh

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So I’ve been doing a few random things around Edinburgh and the surrounding region.  Here’s a few of the more interesting things I’ve done:

Soccer (or should I say football) – Glasgow

I have finally been to a european football match (soccer for those in Australia)!  Oh boy! Was it different to the AFL and rugby matches I have been to at home!

First off, the fans are separated! I think this might just be a Scottish football thing but I could be wrong.  There is a small section for the away team fans which is sectioned off by rows of unsold seats and surrounded by security and when the away team scored and 1 person attempted to jump the barrier to the field, another 12 or so security ran over! It’s not that the fans can’t be trusted but they haven proven they can’t be trusted in the past.

You can’t drink alcohol at the match! I’m not a huge drinker but I definitely enjoy a few beers when attending AFL games back in Australia.  This is only at football matches, rugby fans are apparently a lot more trust worthy and responsible.
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Besides these few differences, the atmosphere is still amazing and definitely worth going at least once even if you are not a football fan.

Oh yea and the final score for anyone wanting to know – Rangers came back from behind to beat Motherwell 2 – 1.

Greyfriars Bobby – Edinburgh

The most famous dog in Scotland’s history and if you want to know the full story you can find it here but long story short (TL:DR): in 1858 Bobby’s owner died and was buried in the greyfriars churchyard.  Bobby remained loyal to his owner and stayed by the grave, refusing to leave even though dogs were not allowed at the grave site and he was constantly sent away by the caretaker.

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Popularity for Bobby began to grow and people rallied for the dog to stay at the gravesite and Bobby stayed there, leaving only for food, for 14 years until he died.

Wallace Monument – Stirling

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This big tower thing << is known as the Wallace monument.  Locating in Stirling, Scotland which is about a 45 minute drive from Edinburgh.

I’ve been told you can get pretty spectacular views from the top of the tower but not when it is snowing.

There is 246 steps to the top. Yes we did count them.  Yes we did lose count and have to ask how many steps there were but that is not important.

There’s three different chambers in the tower which contain information on the monument and Sir William Wallace.  If like me you are not super into history, these chambers make good rest stops on the way up!

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First stop Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Castle

Legend has it that if a student visits Edinburgh Castle they will end up failing their final exams.  Good thing I’m no longer a student, Ryan however, decided to throw caution to the wind and show me the castle despite being in his final semester at uni.

We decided to take a guided tour of the castle as I find those audio headsets they rent out to to be extremely boring although informative.  Our tour guide Lesley was amazing! She was highly entertaining as she showed us around the castle grounds and managed to teach us a few things.

  • The land that can be seen across the Firth of Forth is in fact Scotland.  We already knew this but you would be surprised at what people have previously asked, with many thinking it is England, France, Finland, Norway and even America.
  • St Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest building in Scotland and was the only building remaining that was not destroyed by Robert the Bruce as he thought it was wrong to destroy a place of god
  • For those Star Wars fans out there, one of the stained glass windows in the chapel looks like Obi-wan Kenobi obi wan kenobi, stained glass window

The castle has been used to house prisoners of war.  The water surrounding the castle was unsafe to drink so the prisoners were given beer and cider as part of their rationsEdinburgh castle, prisoners of warOink

A short walk from the castle is a shop called oink.  Everyday they roast an entire Scottish hog from their own farms and serve it on rolls with your choice of stuffing  and sauces and it is definitely worth a visit – I made Ryan take me back for another roll a few hours later!

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It may not look like much but it is delicious!

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