First stop Edinburgh

Scotland, Castle, couple

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!

It may not look like much but it is delicious!

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