The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Friday 22 May 2009

200 feet and 6 inches above Edinburgh

With an hour and a half between trains in Edinburgh I thought we would briefly be tourists.

The first touristy thing that we stumbled across (diffcult to miss, really) was the Scott Monument - and if there's a tall structure of that nature with public access then I like to climb it.

The £3 entrance fee seemed reasonable and the chap taking money was happy for us to leave our packs in his tiny area, so up we went.

As much as I like going up towers and such, it's always about a minute into the climb that I remember that spiral staircases make me silly-dizzy.

The views from the four viewing platforms were superb and the structure of the monument itself magnificent.

Staggering with dizziness we reached ground a good while later happy to have found a worthwhile way of stretching our legs and lungs whilst getting a bird's eye view of the city - and all within three minutes of the station.

Only two more trains and a bus now before home is reached.

1 comment:

  1. Well done, you two! I'm at Peebles having a layover day. The sun's shining and the forecast for the weekend is good. To be honest, I think I'm in a "parallel universe" Scotland to the one you were in. Rain is usually forecast but, for example, yesterday, I had a passing shower which lasted all of thirty seconds. So far, I've only had three days of non-stop rain in 45 days walking - not bad. The sun shines on the righteous??