Visit to Edinburgh

Last week we took the ‘van to get its annual service but we had to visit Inverness for the engine service and then Perth the next day for the habitation service. A bit of a trek but at least it’s now done. 

The pipes, drums and brass bands from many military regiments at the Edinburgh Tattoo

We left the ‘van at the Perth service centre for a few days while we visited our nephew and niece, Dowell and Jo, and their family, Megan and Lucy, in Broxburn – West Lothian. Dowell once again treated us to one of his fantastic lamb curries with a side serving of chillies and tomatoes freshly picked from his garden. Not for the faint hearted! The next evening we all went to “The Boathouse” restaurant in South Queensferry. The food and service were excellent and the views looking out across the Forth Rail Bridge were stunning. Cameron had strategically sat beside Lucy and his plan paid off as Lucy kindly offered the leftovers of her meal to him!

The final procession of all the bands at the Edinburgh Tattoo

On Saturday (13 August) Cameron and I headed into Edinburgh to see the Military Tattoo (at Edinburgh castle). We have seen the event many times on the television but this was the first time we had ever attended the show and it certainly lived up to our expectations. It was quite a spectacle with drum, brass and pipe bands from many different countries – the colours of the various uniforms and tartans were stunning. There were a couple of light showers during the performance but they didn’t spoil our enjoyment. The show finished just after 9pm and it took us over 20mins to leave the castle. There was just a sea of people heading down the Royal Mile, but the atmosphere was brilliant. Dowell and Jo met up with us after the show and we went for a few drinks. The city was also packed with people attending shows for the Edinburgh Fringe, something we would also like to do next time. We had had a great few days – thanks to the MacGregor clan for putting up with us ?. On Sunday we headed back to Perth to pick up the ‘van before heading to Fort William to prepare for our visit to the Isle of Mull on Tuesday.

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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