Get up and had breakfast after we were walking towards the train station (Glasgow Queen Street Rail), the day is beautiful and we take the train to Edinburgh (50 minutes journey). The train running across the Scottish countryside in the eyes stand out just two details, lots of sheep and lots of greenery as well as countries in the Scottish style. Once in Edinburgh, and leave the station take a bus tour of the 4 lines of: What are close by. We start to see the city and the first stop we decide to do is to 'Edinburgh Castle. Once off we go to 'entrance to the castle and seeing how many people there waiting to make the ticket we decide to change the program. Go back on the bus and decide to see the city doing the rounds without ever stooping. Once you arrive at the terminus of the tour most of the tourists come down, then we will go upstairs to take advantage of the bus, because you have a better view of the city.Starts again with the tour, armed with camera and start taking pictures here and there. The bus runs through the streets narrow and uphill. Pass the Grassmarket, where there is a pub called "The Last Drop", which was where the prisoners drank the 'last drop of whiskey before going to
scaffold. Another monument of note is the "Greyfriars Bobby" is located at the top of Candlemaker Row. It 'a symbol of Edinburgh and is the bronze statue of a Skye Terrier, this dog belonged to a farmer who dined regularly in Greyfriars Place. After the death of his master, the loyal Bobby for 14 years went to sleep on his grave, but always came back for dinner always in the pie-shop. The bus passes in front of John Knox House, the oldest house in Edinburgh (1490) overlooking the Royal Mile. The bus also passes in front of the Scottish Parliament (a modern building) and opposite is the mountain called Arthur's Seat or the throne of Arthur, whose legend tells that King Arthur was crowned here. There is located near the Calton Hill, where tourists, going on foot, they can see the panorama of the city. The journey continues to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. This castle towers round is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II in Scotland, so it can happen that during the vacancy of the Queen has not visited the castle. After resuming the bus we arrived at the end of our first day in Edinburgh, we take the train back to Glasgow tomorrow because we expect the tour of the tour: the Highlands. Finally came the day of the tour to the Scottish Highlands.Departure is at 8:20 am from George Square, the weather forecast says cloudy and threatening rain and patches of blue sky in the afternoon. The first stop is at Loch Lomond, this lake is the largest in Scotland and the wonderful landscapes. After the lake, the road begins to climb and enter the realm of the Highlands where silence reigns. The dominant color is green fields, sometimes you see the typical houses in the Highlands, lakes, lots of sheep and cows with long horns, and the long coat to cover his eyes. Then we arrive in 'rugged valley to the pass of Glencoe, here' is a stop of 10 minutes to take pictures (the place is fascinating and beautiful). Climb in the minibus to arrive, after about half an hour to Fort William where he makes a break of 1 hour to eat something. Fort William is the largest town in the Highlands and is located near the highest mountain Ben Nevis, Britain, 1343 meters high. The area is well known here because 'of the famous films were shot (Rob Roy, Highlander, Braveheart). We share with the minibus, the next stop is Loch Ness. Once at the lake we stop to see what remains of 'Urquhart Castle. Loch Ness is famous for the legend that says that there is a monster that lives there called "Nessie". L 'driver asks who wants to make the 30-minute cruise on the lake and we decide to do it (the price of the cruise is not included). The boat takes us close to the 'Urquhart Castle and then turn around and go back, to' there's a bar inside the boat and sonar to scan the bottom of the search for Nessie. After returning to earth we go to the visitor center for shopping where we expect the 'driver. We share and we spend the next city without stopping and Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. But first there is the Caledonian Canal, a canal that connects the east coast of Scotland with the west. The Caledonian Canal was designed by James Watt in 1767. The plan was to cross the 'whole of Scotland from coast to coast, connecting the lakes of the Great Glen. 'S start with the work share' from Fort William in 1803 and during the 19 years of building four aqueducts were built, a dam on Loch Lochy and the diversion of rivers and Oich Lochy. During the twentieth century, the canal risked being closed for lack of funds, but in 1996 the government is providing £ 20 million to finish the channel. The 'last stop before returning to Glasgow and Pitlochry, during the journey, the road is a succession of hills, the purple color of many plants of heather and grand views. This town is a popular holiday destination since the nineteenth century and is very nice to see. When we arrived in Glasgow (about 19:45 hours) before returning to the hotel we stopped to eat at the usual place. The next morning when we wake up as usual it's raining outside, (to say the weather forecast at 12). So we decide to calmly prepare to leave and go back by train to Edinburgh to see the castle that is the symbol of the city. When we arrived in Edinburgh around 12 noon the sun begins to sprout. Outside the station, take a tourist bus, but this time, we take even the entrance ticket for the castle, so we avoid queuing at the ticket office. Arriving at the castle, take a 'audio guide in Italian, which helps to know the main points of the castle. Just go through the gate of entry, we are fortunate to witness the firing of a cannon shot of the One o'Clock Gun, a cannon of 25 pounds of World War II, firing (blanks of course) precisely to 'one in the afternoon. This custom has been in place since 1861 and you'll wonder, why fire a cannon shot to the 'one instead of twelve noon? Because doing so saves bullets. The castle has a tiered structure, and one of them home to the St. Margaret's Chapel, which is the simplest and most ancient structure of the twelfth century and was dedicated by King David I to the mother which later became St Margaret of Scotland. The chapel is very small and has a single nave very simple and pretty. All 'outside the chapel is an enormous cannon called Mons Meg, given to James II in 1457 by the Duke of Burgundy. Has a range of 4 km and fired cannon balls of stone that weighed 150 pounds, so that the 'enormous weight in 1681 to blow up for his own cane. Still climbing there are several buildings including the 'hospital and the Scottish National War Museum where there are several relics, uniforms, insignia and numerous weapons. There is also near the National War Memorial, this building is the most modern of Castle Rock. Designed by Sir Lorimer in 1923-28 to honor the 150,000 Scots soldiers who died during the First World War. All 'entry, imposing, there is a lion and a unicorn made of stone, all' inner walls are coated in dark stone and each of the 12 Scottish regiments is commemorated in the Hall of Honour. In an open room in the middle of 'building check the top of the' hill on which stands the castle, a volcanic rock dating back 70 million years ago, carved in the form of altar. Then enter the Crown Room (Room of the Crown) who is on the first floor of the Royal Palace and at the end of a path set up, you get to the real treasures (so valuable that there is even a policeman on guard). The Honour of Scotland including the Crown, the Sceptre and the Sword. The crown, dating from 1540, is made of gold and stones of the Scottish Cairngorms. There is also the Stone of Destiny (Stone of Destiny), which was the stone upon which Scottish kings are crowned. Near the Royal Palace there is the 'Half Moon Battery is a battery of cannons aimed to defend the castle, shaped like a half moon. Obviously it is the castle perched on its pedestal of volcanic rock is in a commanding position above the town, offers magnificent views to the sea (the Firth of Forth). Once out of the castle we decided to see the shops along the Royal Mile, here we also perform a lot of street performers. After that we take the bus that takes us to the station. Here we decide to visit the park which is located near the station where there is the Scott Monument, which is a Gothic pinnacle of sandstone and 61 meters high from the top, there is a magnica view of the city. Then we rest a bit on a bench and we enjoy for the last time (for now) the city. Take the train journey back to Glasgow, and once you are in our back room 'hotel, alas we begin to prepare the case. On the morning before taking the bus to go all 'let's airport around the shops of Buchanan Street. The trip was exciting despite the rain has affected us a little

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