Day 15 - Thursday, 22 May
Blair castle was surrounded by a lovely woods. In the center is a
statue of the goddess Diana. The duke who lives here still has his own army of
100 men. I copied a sign from the entrance to the castle grounds:
"Resemble not the slimy snails, that with their filth record
their trails. Let it be said where you have been, you leave the face of nature
We arrived in Edinburgh in early afternoon and wandered a bit in
confusion. We decided that we do much better out in the country than we do in
the cities. We tend to lose our way when surrounded by buildings. We finally
found our B&B just south of Edinburgh. After putting our bags in the room
we caught a bus back into town, leaving our car securely in the parking space.
We ate a late lunch and rode a Lothian Tour bus ride around the city.
The next day we took a Guide Friday tour bus, and covered much of
the same territory, but the stories were different. We began to realize that
the quality of the tour depended a great deal on the knowledge and personality
of the tour guide.