Alas, we had come to the end of our Scotland road trip. No more isles and no more being in the Highlands. We were now in the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh. And a funny thing happened, after being such a city person and being in shock over certain things I took for granted as an American (by that I mean air conditioning, elevators, restaurants open all day…stuff like that) being in a big city again rendered me momentarily “uncomfortable”.
The restaurants still had limited hours but there were a couple within walking distance of our modern big chain hotel that were open all hours but I found having AC again to be cold and it was soooooo crowded. I had gotten very comfortable with open spaces and fewer people. Who knew!
A view of the busy every day Royal Mile, the tourism center of Edinburgh.
Billy had to adjust as well as there were no open fields to graze in and the ones we did see I advised him not to as many were public parks and I told him his nibbling might be frowned upon. That brought his spirits down a bit and he was afraid he might get lost in the big city. Then, one day when he ventured out with me onto the Royal Mile, he wanted to help a local busker by batting his big coo eyes at the crowd to help him make a few pounds.
Billy was missing the Highlands and his kin but he did come out every morning at breakfast for his bowl of oats and enjoyed visiting the other sites in the city where movies had been filmed like Waverly Train station here on the right where they filmed a bit of Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity war.
And Victoria Street which was the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley. You haven’t had a good chuckle until you’ve seen a coo try to wave a stick as a wand and say abracadabra!
The day before we were scheduled to come home Billy surprised me with a new friend. Nessie! He said he found her “lost” in the city and asked if he could keep her. I made him promise to take care of her and feed her so ever since there has been a Nessie in the house.
She’s a musical wee beastie!
We hope you have enjoyed Billy’s travels through Scotland. Hopefully one day soonish he will have a new travel journal to share.
Mar sin leat – Teri and Billy