» Scotland, Edinburgh – A Walkthrough of Britannia Royal Yacht
Scotland, Edinburgh – A Walkthrough of Britannia Royal Yacht
Edinburgh is a Scottish city with a radiant atmosphere from Harry Potter movies. Scotch whiskey and history must not be missed here. If you are already in Edinburgh, be sure not to miss a visit to the famous Royal Yacht Britannia. It is interesting to see how not only the royal family lived on the ship. Admission £ 17 per person is worth every penny, plus the audio guide's interpretation is in Czech.
The sailboat was launched as the last of the royal vessels in 1953. After its service, it has been moored on the shores of Edinburgh since 1997. The entrance is via the shopping center on the third floor. The tour is interesting, starting on the captain's bridge, you descend the decks from the upper to deep into the ship.
It is impossible not to notice that we are accompanied by plush dogs in almost every cabin and room of the ship. Queen Elizabeth II is an animal lover. During her reign, she had so far over thirty Corgis dogs. The queen also bred a new breed called "dorgi", which is a cross between the Corgis breed and her sister Margaret's dachshund. In front of the ship are the cabins for the crew, in the rear of the ship are the cabins of His Royal Majesty. The interiors have been tastefully designed and furnished so that this "floating palace" resembles a country house and makes members of the royal family feel comfortable.
History breathes on you from all parts of the ship. You can look into the royal family's private bedrooms, the queen's study, the reception room for visitors, the dining room, the galley or the infirmary with an operating room, as well as the laundry room and the engine room. In the display cases, you can admire the gifts from all over the world that the family has received. The service on the table is carefully prepared, just settle down. On the walls of other rooms are photographs of the royal family. During the tour we will learn a lot of interesting information. For example, that in the large reception room with a fireplace, the queen wanted a real fire, but according to maritime regulations, a lifeguard with a bucket full of sand would have to stand by the fireplace during heating. And so the queen was finally satisfied with the electric fireplace. There is even room on board for the Royal Rolls-Royce. It is common knowledge that Prince Charles also spent his honeymoon on the yacht and Princess Diana walked with him and sailed on the Mediterranean Sea. At the stern you can admire the ship's bell.
In the end, a nice surprise awaits us in the restaurant, which is part of the ship. After a two-hour tour, we order coffee and serve it to us in an original way with a picture of the ship directly on the foam. It is also worth mentioning the souvenir shop, where you can buy a variety of gifts, toys or clothes with a nautical theme.
GPS: 55°58'57.1"N 3°10'36.4"W
Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová
Early in the morning we set out to explore the beautiful Scotish island of Skye. Today, we are about to expect the rain whole day. We are disappointed by that because the place is beautiful. However, as rains are quite common around here it is nothing easy to plan your trip accordingly.
After we leaved the beautiful island of Skye we go back onto the land. We travel over 100 miles to the east to Aviemore summer resort where we would spend two nights.
Upon our walk around Loch an Eilein lake, we return to have quick lunch in Aviemore village. Then we set out back to snow covered Scotish nature. This time we walk through a 5 kilometer trail in Ellan Wood, close to Carrbridge village which itself is situated about 20 minutes of car ride from Aviemore.
The Hogwarts School of Magic is located somewhere in the Highlands, so it's no wonder the landscape is literally interwoven with references to Harry Potter books. J. K. Rowling, who wrote the books, was inspired mainly in the streets of Edinburgh, where she lived at that time. On every corner you can find some unobtrusive reminder from the books, be it street names that look strangely reminiscent of the names of the key characters, or the places where the books themselves were written.
In connection with Scotland, everyone will surely recall the fierce people fighting for independence throughout the history of this wild country, be it the Norman and Viking raiders, or the English and Irish usurpers. For the first time, however, the Romans attempted to penetrate the area at that time inhabited by the wild tribes of the Picts and the quieter Britons under the command of Agricola. However, they soon found that the land was not profitable enough for the long-term stay of the soldiers, so they decided to leave the north of Great Britain again and leave the newly built roads, fortresses and ramparts lying fallow.
We leave the Aviemore summer resort and travel down to the south to Perth. There we intend to spend our last night in Scotland. We are about to travel for hour two hours by car.
On this day we set off to central Scotland, to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Loch Lomond is the largest Scotish lake with the area of 71 square kilometers, the maximal depth of the lake is192 meters. There are over 30 small islands and we strive for visiting one of them.
When I first went out into the world at 18, it was Scotland. I still remember the moon in it, when I almost traced it all to this day. For 7 years I wanted to go back and finally it was time. I got on a motorbike in Prague and set off for about 2000 kilometers long way to the northwest.
It is time to leave the landscape of lakes, mountains, and long valleys in the center of Scotland and head through the inhospitable wasteland to the north to Thurso in sight of the Orkney islands. Instead of the highway A9, leading along the coast, I also chose deserted roads through endless moors and wetlands.
My visit to Scotland was coming to an end, but I still had about 2,000 kilometers to go home. But Scotland is beautiful, so why hurry? So I stopped at several places on the Isle of Skye and gradually reached the highest mountain of Ben Nevis.
In the long valley between Fort William and Pitlochry in the middle of Scotland lies a large heath and in the middle of it one of the most deserted train stations. Surrounded only by lakes and heathland, you can still have tea inside it.
Near the famous Lake Ness, there lies at the mouth of the river of the same name into the sea and the ancient city of Inverness. Today it serves as a natural center for the entire Highlands of Scotland. But the city itself is worth a stop and a little exploration.
Our Slovenian adventure full of knowledge continues. After visiting the Kranjska Gora, which is surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, we move on to another natural gem - the Vintgar Gorge (Blejski Vintgar, Vintgar Sotesque).
If I could only return to Scotland in one place, it would be either a remote and deserted mountainous island of Harriss, or justified by Skye. And the more I think about it, the more Skye wins.
After a whole day in the wetlands in the north of Scotland, I headed west along the coast to get back to the mountains. They are much lower than those in the center of the country, but it does not detract from their beauty. Because of the harsh climates, heather and grass are often not kept on them, often leaving only majestic gray rocks.
The mountains in the north-west of Scotland rarely exceed 800 meters and roads usually run along rivers or coasts. Therefore, I would not expect here to be as beautiful and high as Applecross pass. Let's go to there!
Today, we visit one of the four countries creating the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is Scotland which is situated in the north of the island. The Atlantic Ocean creates its boundaries on the north and the North Sea in the east.
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