» Scotland: Edinburgh - Bòidheach Prìomh-bhaile (A Beautiful Capital) II.
Scotland: Edinburgh - Bòidheach Prìomh-bhaile (A Beautiful Capital) II.
So what next you should miss when in Edinburg? For example Royal Yacht Britannia that traveled astonishing 1 million naval miles in its existence, it is as if the yacht traveled around the world for 40 times. In 1997 it was put out of service and today it is opened to the public.
They yacht is berthed at Leith, a port quite far from the city center. However, it is easy to get there by public transportation. At yacht, you may visit its engine rooms, helmsman’s room, crew rooms and also you may visit a cabin where Princess Diana slept. There is one big pro of tour at Britannia, they will lend you an audio guide (with surprising possibility of listening in the Czech language).
A tourist coming from the Czech Republic would appreciate a pub named Pivo (a beer in Czech). There you may choose from a variety of traditional Czech beer brand. A Czech native would be so happy about the fact he can taste home that he would probably forgive beers there are terrible. A sign above the entrance saying that drink can only customers “above 18 years of age” would make you sure the pub doesn’t own Czech owner.
Near city there is the town of Roslin. Mysteries go around local chapel, which is a popular place and its small interiors are always full of curious tourists and treasure hunters. Treasure hunters for one legend says there is a Templar treasure in Roslin chapel. Tuto romantickou představu však historikové nemilosrdně zavrhují. However, it is a obvious fame. In the first half of the 18th century, Sir William Saint-Clair was elected a Scottish Freemasons’ grandmaster. This was the beginning of Freemasons in Scotland and his family tried to prove their Irish and English brothers that he deserved it. This led them to make up a story that Sir William Saint-Clair built the chapel and also he was a member of the Jerusalem Knights order. From the perspective of history it is barely possible for he lived 200 after the order ceased its existence. However, a repeated lie becomes truth one day, thus one Rosslyn Chapel appeared also in famous novel The Da Vinci Code and instantly became even more famous. Rebirth of a legend inspired several expert to make new research. Even this time no evidence suggesting some hidden treasure were found. We just have to deal with the fact that Sir Saint-Clair was just a pious citizen who built the chapel as his thanks to God, without any hidden secrets.
I would continue on and on about sights. Everyone would find something interesting in Edinburgh, even those who don’t prefer large city and feel better in nature. People who love nature would enjoy ascent to the highest spot at Holyrood Park. The most beautiful view is during dawn it seems as mountains, city and sea emerges only to feast your eyes.
Text/photo: Lucie Mařasová
When one is in Scotland he/she should’t miss Edinburgh, its capital. This city located near the sea is worth at least several day stay. Still, you should bear on mind that you wouldn’t see everything.
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.
In the morning, we set out to beautiful Highlands situated in the northwest. On our way, we pass snow-caped mountains veiled in morning mist. This tempts us to stop and take a beautiful picture. This time we are heading to a place to what we are looking forward the most to – Skye island. A road bloc complicates our travels. It absolutely confuses our GPS which frighten us a bit. We are running of fuel while gaining kilometers and there are not many gas stations around. Eventually, everything works out well and we continue in our journey.
Autumn is an unusual time of the year to travel. For a long time, we were thinking if to even set out despite less dayilight time, winter, often rains yet Scotland captured us with its beauty and we would eventually buy our flight tickets. There is a regular connection between Prague and Edinburgh. Glasgow is about an hour of car ride from Edinburgh. Yet first we would travel bit further to the west and make a trek in the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.
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.
The Scottish referendum is popular topic in world media. Even if the Scots decided not to get out of three hundred year long relationship with England. It is almost certain that London would loosen its tight to Scotland. It is a question how would Scotland do as an independent country and how its would fare on international level.
Today, we get to the last part of the series of articles on rough yet magical Scotland.
Fortunately, in south part of Lewis there are hills that flawlessly continue to Harris. Islanders also need wood so they planted there a small forest. Now I lay in a warm sleeping bag, in a tent attached to three trees, I listen to an ugly sound of drops constantly hiting my tent. Well, I have to get up eventually. After all I come here to learn about the islands, not to lay all day long.
I have almost no water, no battery in my cell left, thus I travel to Mallaig, a port town from where ferries heading to Skye, Rum, Uist and other, smaller, islands depart. Right next to the port, there is a small train station. Its loading platform has not been used for a long time, obviously. It has two platforms.
Again, I woke up cold. This time it was not on the Orkneys. It was about half the way between Inverness and Perth, close to A9 road. Islands on the north, I had left 19 hours ago. Strong wind is blowing outside. Fortunately, it does not rain.
Cold and raindrops hitting a side of my tent wake me up. It would be better if there was no thermometer for knowing that it is just 1 degree above zero is not very encouraging. Fortunately, the wind got better. I quickly pack my tent hoping that my hands will not freeze.
After a half-an-hour ride I get off in Aberdour, a fishermen town in the Forth Bay. I have no idea where to go so I just follow arrows of the Fife Coastal Path. The reason is perhaps that it goes along the railway (and thus along the coastline as well).
Already in the summer of 2011, I was in Scotland for a few days visit. But this time it was different. And maybe even a little crazy. At this time I was a fresh adult student, only with a flight ticket to home, about three hundred pounds in his pocket and an overnight stay for the first night.
The last part of our visit of the islands we spent on Mainland and neighboring island on the south. These islands are interconnected with the so-called Churchill barriers.
We continued along the coastline to east and we were amazed with a beautiful road without holes and patches. There are just three main roads on Mainland, however, unlike ours they were in splendid condition.
Near the village is Yesnaby, perhaps the most popular cliffs we just had to visit. A look from above on wild waves made took one’s breath. After we explored the surroundings we headed to mysterious stones.
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.
The Orkney Islands are located on massive cliffs north of Scottish shore. There are 70 islands and only on about 20 there is some permanent settlement.
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