Ghostly goings-on in Edinburgh

We had such an enjoyable time catching up with Ian and Sarah. Thank you both again for a lovely weekend.

We left Borgue mid-morning to head to Edinburgh. It took us a couple of hours to get to the caravan/motorhome site at Silverknowes on the city outskirts. We have been to this site a few times as its location is very convenient for getting to the city centre. The site itself is very clean and tidy and has good facilities. Once we had “set up” we decided to take the No. 16 bus into the centre of the city. The bus stop is only a 10 minutes walk from the site. Having got off the bus near John Lewis it seemed almost rude not to pop in for a coffee and scone. 🙂

After having a look round some of the shops, we went to Deacon Brodies (pub near the Castle) for a drink and then headed to Pizza Express for a “2 for 1” pizza deal (remember we are now unwaged!). As usual the pizzas were excellent.

Being Halloween many people were dressed up (well I hope this was not their usual attire!!). As we headed back to the bus stop we noticed a huge crowd assembled outside St Giles Cathedral. It turned out that there was a pagan performance about to start so we mingled with the crowd. We got speaking to a witch and to Count Dracula who made us laugh so much especially with the antics between the Count and another guy dressed in a black outfit wearing a gas mask (you had to be there to appreciate the funny side!). The performance was very entertaining particularly the “drum band” whose arms must have ached afterwards as they drummed for almost the whole performance of nearly two hours. The costumes were also amazing. We finally got back to our van after midnight. All in all it was a great first day back in Edinburgh.

About Elaine Speirs

Elaine comes from Hamilton near Glasgow and her interests in the outdoor scene began at University. She is a keen mountaineer, climber, cyclist and skier. Her first mountaineering exploit was going up the North Face of Ben Nevis after which she was “hooked” on the mountains. She has also climbed outside of the UK, particularly in the Dolomites, Chamonix and Majorca.
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