We finally managed to get to our hotel in Edinburgh at around half five. We showered and relaxed before heading back into the city for our evening meal. The Mussel Inn is one of the best sea food restaurants in Edinburgh and was up to its usually high standards. I then went for a little walk up and down Princes Street to get some photos of the castle.
Driving towards Edinburgh on the scenic route was very long but interesting. We decided to get out of the car and stretch out legs at the town of Melrose. I saw some ruins of what looked like a castle in near the car-park and went to investigate. It was going to be £3.50 for me to go in, I originally decided not to go in but I’m glad I did because as soon as I did recognized the Abbey. Melrose Abbey was founded in 1136 by Cistercian Monks. The guided audio tour was surprisingly good and informative and I would definitely recommend it as one of the top places to see in Scotland.
We set off early this morning for Scotland, this is the second time I have travelled up by car and also stopped at the Westmoorland Hotel, just of the M6 motorway at Tebay in the Lake District. The full English buffet breakfast was delicious and good value for money. I would certainly recommend this when traveling up north. We didn’t stay the night at the hotel just enjoyed the breakfast. The photo below shows the view out of the window of the restaurant.
Kagyu Samye Ling is a very interesting Buddhist Community and Retreat about 12 miles north of Lockerbie across the boarders of Scotland. The Temple was really interesting both architecturally and spiritually. I was quite surprised to find this centre which is in the middle of the lowland countryside of Scotland. It was extremely peaceful and had a warm friendly atmosphere. The photograph is of the main temple but the other statues and monuments around the centre were also very interesting.