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Visit to Edinburgh

Updated: Sep 10, 2023


I'd only been in England a few days, but it was time to depart for Edinburgh, Scotland. The mission: to meet up with my friend Cheryl, who very impressively is about to embark on a 10-day hiking trip all over northern Scotland. I grabbed the chance to fly to Edinburgh to sightsee and spend time with her before the hiking commenced.


I flew from one of London's airports I'd never heard of: Luton. It's closest to our house in Oxfordshire and smaller than Heathrow and Gatwick, yet still a major international airport and very busy. It was an hours-long project to drive to the airport, pass through security, walk to gates, etc. despite being only a 50-minute flight. To our surprise Luton also charges £5 to pick up or drop off a passenger at the curb! The cost of flights isn't too bad, but the time involved has me re-thinking how many destinations we want to fly to during our sabbatical. Maybe we'll get more out of each day sticking closer to home?


But I'm glad I had the opportunity to visit Edinburgh with Cheryl. We had warm sunny weather and everyone we met was very friendly. That makes a big difference to the experience of a visitor. The tourist areas were crowded, but I enjoyed seeing the sights, sampling the cuisine, and learning a bit more about Scotland and its history. Robin and I are excited about an upcoming road trip we have planned to Scotland's Isle of Skye in October.


Next up: we turn in our rental car and pick up our one-year lease car in Sheffield. It's been weirdly difficult to find a car for just a year, and we have to drive a few hours' round trip to Sheffield to obtain it, but we'll make a day of it with Gin and Bentley riding along.





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Susan Messinger
Susan Messinger
Sep 09, 2023

Isle of Skye is my favorite place on earth. Bob and I stayed there when we were newly married. I remember the most beautiful vistas. Brings back lovely memories. I love seeing where you are going and hearing about your sabbatical.

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kgilman11
Sep 10, 2023
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Ah Susie we can't wait to visit Skye!

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Guest
Sep 09, 2023

I visited Edinburgh a few years ago and the Lake District in England. Loved it all and thanks for letting me relive a little of it! What wonderful adventure you are on!! So glad for you!!

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kgilman11
Sep 10, 2023
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Thank you Dear Guest, let me know your identity if you can 😄.

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