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The Last Two Days

Rothiemurchus and Edinburgh

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Hello friends,
I have time for only a very quick update. Yesterday was a very full (and epic) day of mountain biking on some of the trails in the Rothiemurchus Estate that is part of the Cairngorms National Park. At the end of the 17-18 mile day, I discovered that I had come down with a cold-- one that I've been feeling coming on for the last several days. I felt pretty miserable, so rested before we went off to get something to eat. So, no blog writing.

This morning, we caught a train from Aviemore to Edinburgh. We arrived at our hotel just after our tour guide did. We had just about enough time to drop our bags in our room before we set off on a long, but informative, tour of Edinburgh.

We are now back at the hotel, but have about ten minutes before it's time for dinner. Yikes. I'm going to need a vacation after all of this traveling.

I'm including a few photos below. Unfortunately, the Rothiemurchus and Edinburgh photos were uploaded in one order, but assembled on the blog in a completely mixed up order (and I can't figure out how to change that, in a quick and easy way). But, you may be interested in knowing:
Photo #1: It's Edinburgh Castle, but if you look very closely at the lower part of the photo, you may be able to make out the large tent in which an Elvis impersonator is performing.
Next to the "Thistle do Nicely" photo: The ruins of the Loch an Eilein Castle in the Rothimurchus Estate.
For Outlander fans, a photo of "The World's End," a pub on the Royal Mile mentioned in Book 3.
For Harry Potter fans, the grave stone for "Thomas Riddell," who may have served as inspiration for J.K. Rowling, who wrote Harry Potter in a cafe not far away from this particular Edinburgh cemetery.

Slainte! And we are looking forward to seeing you!


Posted by ORWAT 10:50 Archived in Scotland Tagged edinburgh aviemore cairngorms rothiemurchus

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