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This was first trip that we did not organize at all, our friends did all organisation things. We come to Edinburg from London by train, and our friends waited already with car for us on the train station.


Thanks for Natasha & Sasha for the video.

1Edinburgh

Tips: It is nice city, however I think half or one day enough to explorer all the interesting points of the city.

2Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD), although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603. From the 15th century the castle’s residential role declined, and by the 17th century, it was principally used as military barracks with a large garrison. Its importance as a part of Scotland’s national heritage was recognised increasingly from the early 19th century onwards, and various restoration programmes have been carried out over the past century and a half. As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. It has been besieged, both successfully and unsuccessfully, on several occasions.

Source:Wikipedia

3Holyrood Park

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Holyrood Park is a royal park in central Edinburgh, Scotland about a mile to the east of Edinburgh Castle. It has an array of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs, and patches of whin (gorse) providing a remarkably wild piece of highland landscape within its 650-acre (260 ha) area. The park is associated with the royal palace of Holyroodhouse and was formerly a 12th-century royal hunting estate. The park was created in 1541 when James V had the ground “circulit about Arthurs Sett, Salisborie and Duddingston craggis” enclosed by a stone wall.[1] Holyrood Park is now publicly accessible. Arthur’s Seat, the highest point in Edinburgh, is at the centre of the park, with the cliffs of Salisbury Crags to the west. There are three lochs; St Margaret’s Loch, Dunsapie Loch, and Duddingston Loch. The ruined St Anthony’s Chapel stands above St Margaret’s Loch. Queen’s Drive is the main route through the Park and is partly closed on Sundays to motor vehicles.[2] St Margaret’s Well and St Anthony’s Well are both natural springs within the park. Holyrood Park is located to the south-east of the Old Town, at the edge of the city centre. Abbeyhill is to the north and Duddingston village to the east. The University of Edinburgh’s Pollock Halls of Residence are to the south-west, and Dumbiedykes is to the west.

Source:Wikipedia

4The Royal Mile (street)

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The Royal Mile is the name given to a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland. The name was first used in W M Gilbert’s Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century (1901) and was further popularised as the title of a guidebook, published in 1920.

Source:Wikipedia

Tips: There lot of street performances on the street. Most of performances are advertisings for local theatres. I think this is must visit Edinburg attraction. You can see one of the street performances on a clip beginning on the down of the page.

5Lanark medieval festival

Lanark medieval festival
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As the largest re-enactment and living history festival in the country, Scotland’s Festival of History captures 2,000 years of history and Scottish heritage through battles, music, song, dance, jesters, hands on activities for children of all ages, historic and modern craft market and ‘a walk through time’, the chance to see how people lived from the Picts, Romans, Vikings, Medieval, through to World War II.

Source:Official site

Tips: We had a really good time and enjoyed it a lot. The festival is not exactlly in the Lanark city but several miles outside.

Photos:Photo Gallery

6Loch Ness

Tips: The lake has very outstanding lanskape views, however we did not find something outstanding that make the lake different from other beutifull lakes, except of the story about loch ness monster (We did not see it).

7Track from Drumnadrochit to Urquhart Castle

Urquhart Castle
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Tips: We found the track on local tourist information stand. It was difficul to find the start point of the track. At the end we started the track from some point and we still don’t know if the point was the start point of the track 🙂
I put on the map bellow the start point where we start the track.

Grade: bootboot
Distance: 2.5miles
Route shape: One way
Terrain: Some steep slopes, gravel paths
Route type: Hill


Source:Official PDF

8Bearnock Loch Ness Hostel

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Address: Bearnock Country Centre, Glen Urquhart, Drumnadrochit IV63 6TN, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 7780 603045
Site: Official site

9Isle of Skye

10Track: Old Man of Storr

Old Man of Storr
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This is properly the most famous walk on the Island and definitely the busiest. The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around. As part of the Trotternish ridge the Storr was created by a massive ancient landside, leaving one of the most photographed landscapes in the world.

Source:Isleofskye

Grade: bootbootboot
Distance: 5 miles
Route shape: Circular
Terrain: Mostly good paths, with a couple of steep rocky sections
Route type: Hill

Source:Walkhighlands

11Uig

12B&B Uig Camping Skye

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Address: Uig Bay Campsite, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV51 9XU
Phone: +44 (0)1470 542 714
Email: lisa.madigan@btopenworld.com
Site: Official site

13Track: Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen
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A bizarre and delightful miniature landscape of grassy, cone-shaped hills, the Fairy Glen (sometimes spelt Faerie Glen) is a beautiful spot on a sunny summer’s day.

Grade: boot
Distance: 0.75 miles
Route shape: Circular
Terrain: Mostly dry, grassy walking.
Route type: Flat

Source:Walkhighlands

14Chase the wild goose hostel

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Address: Banavie, Fort William PH33 7LZ, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1397 772531
Site: Official site

15Track: Ring of Steall

Ring of Steall
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The Ring of Steall is a real classic mountain route combining the traverse of four Munros with scrambling along narrow, rocky aretes. The route takes in An Gearanach, Stob Choire a Chairn, Am Bodach and then follows the Devils Ridge to Sgurr a’Mhaim.

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Distance: 10 miles
Time: 9-12 hours
Route shape: Circular
Terrain: Well defined path for almost all the route, but there are many sections of easy scrambling on rough rocks with exposure.
Route type: Mountains

Source:Walkhighlands

16Hotel: Tigh na Cheo

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Address: Garbhein Road, Kinlochleven PH50 4SE, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1855 831434
Site: Official site

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