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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