The city tour starts from Waverley bridge right next to the train station and after 1 hour it drops you back at the same spot. I would have loved to explore this city by walk, but due to limited time in hand we had to settle for the bus ride. After a brief walk around the station area, we reach the station at 8pm and wait for our train back to London which is scheduled for 10pm. It was again an overnight journey for us and we reach London at 6am the next morning.
Old Man of HoyOld Man of Hoy is a sea stack and measures around 450 feet in height. It can be seen on the Scrabster-Stromness Ferry route but we wanted a much better and a closer view. So, we decided to walk. The Sun was out and we got some fantastic views along the way.It's a 5.75 miles (9.25 km) walk and it took us 3.5 hrs including photo stops and a half an hour break at the cliff top. It's a fairly moderate walk. Be sure to carry enough supplies as there are no shops or anything around even at the starting point.We were told by the villagers that they are visited by serious rock climbers who actually climb the 'Old Man of Hoy'. Sounds adventurous and definitely not for me!
Close to the University of Glasgow on West End and off the main Byers Street, Ashton Lane is a hub for restaurants, bars and cafè giving away a bohemian fee to the place. Know for their street parties, upcoming bands playing in the bars and the lively vibe is very popular with students and residents like wise. Very close to the Glasgow subway Ashton lane is a well kept secret of the city away from the bustling street and high rises; it always felt like we were entering a different world altogether. Definitely go to the Governor’s Café known as the Ubiquitous Chip for some Scottish cuisine and the best bloody mary’s in town.
During the last trip to Scotland, we had a lot of really classic fare from pubs and chips shops. Our lunch at Earthy was a really unusual peek into the organic, farm-to-table movement that’s happening in Scotland I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Their salads were some of the best I’ve had anywhere and a nice local cider paired well with the side of soup I also had. On a cold day, it’s the perfect place for a really hearty but healthy meal. I bet it’s a gem in the summer as well.