Some goodies we brought back home from our Edinburgh trip!

Let’s start with some of the local beer:

Edinburgh souvernirs

 

Some of the small bottles of whisky that I tried out:

Edinburgh souvernirs

 

… and the winner I brought home (for this time) was Glen Scotia Single Malt Scotch Aged 15 Years. My new favourite!

Edinburgh souvernirs

 

Edinburgh Castle Rock Whisky:

Edinburgh souvernirs

 

Bought at “City of the Dead” Giftshop after the tour:

Edinburgh souvernirs

 

Not far from the hotel we found a music/DVD shop called “Fopp”…

Edinburgh souvernirs

…where I found some vinyls and CD’s:

Edinburgh souvernirs

Vinyls: Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare (Purple Gatefold Vinyl, reissue) & Killer (Gatefold, reissue) / Ghost: Meliora & Prequelle (Splatter Vinyl) / Morbid Angel: Blessed Are the Sick (Gatefold) / Rob Zombie: Astro-Creep 2000 Live (Gatefold)

Edinburgh souvernirs

Cd’s: Autopsy: Macabre Eternal / Coroner: R.I.P. (reissue) / Ghost: Opus Eponymous, Meliora & Prequelle (with 3d cover) / Dark Fortress: Tales From Eternal Dusk (reissue) / Marduk: Dark Endless (25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) / Ministry: Amerikkkant / Moonspell: 1755

 

Fudge!

Edinburgh souvernirs

 

Some cool tees for the lady. There was a nice shop in the shopping mall close to the hotel, where Vanja found some clothes. She’s always told me how difficult it can be for women to shop clothes since the sizes can vary so much, depending on the brand. This time I got to see this for myself.. she shopped clothes there and most of them in size Medium, but one t-shirt had to be bought in Small, and one had to be bought in Large. The photo below displays a t-shirt size Small (to the left) and the one to the right is Large (and it’s even smaller than the Small one! Yikes). I’ve experienced some slight differences in clothing sizes for men too (especially when I shop online), but not anything like this. Makes you wonder why the heck a certain size can’t have a universal standard.

Edinburgh souvernirs

Edinburgh souvernirs

Edinburgh souvernirs

 

Other stuff:

Edinburgh souvernirs

Edinburgh souvernirs

Edinburgh souvernirs

Edinburgh souvernirs

Edinburgh souvernirs

Edinburgh souvernirs

Edinburgh souvernirs

Edinburgh souvernirs

 

And we found a big Totoro pillow in an anime shop in the mall by the hotel! We just had to bring him home with us, of course.

Edinburgh souvernirs

 

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In the haunted capital of Scotland there’s several ghost-related tours. During this visit we checked out two of them. The Ghost Bus and City of the Dead tour. And we loved them both!

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

 

That’s cute! Look at the last three digits on the phone number.

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

 

The tour guide and the bus driver. The guide did a fantastic job to conduct the tour. His acting reminded me about Johnny Depp, so no wonder the guy loved it. The driver wasn’t bad, either. Fun!

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

 

The St Cuthbert’s Cemetery and church, one of the haunted spots in Edinburgh that the bus stopped by. The place is said to be haunted by “a little girl” (a demon, in other words). We’ll explore this place further in our next visit (because yeah, we’ll definitely go back to the place!). The Ghost Bus Tour took drove by several places while the guide told us it’s stories (and added a bit of fun comedy along the ride, probably to ease the tension a bit). The bus had two floors (we were on the upper floor) so he would go up and down on each of them in order to put on a show to everyone (plus, you could see his face on a screen while he was talking).

A really enjoyable ride and highly recommended if you should ever visit Edinburgh and is into ghost stories and such.

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

Edinburgh Ghost Bus Tours

 

The Vaults / The Caves (City of the Dead Tour)

The City of the Dead tour is the only one where you will get access to the famous Edinburgh Vaults (or, at least parts of it) and the Covenanter’s prison. The tour’s starting post was at Mercat Cross in Royal Mile. We attended with the latest one, 10 pm.

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

 

The alley where you find the entry to the vaults. Niddry Street South is about 150 metres from the Royal Mile. (These pictures were taken the day after.)

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

 

And yeah.. Sally was apperently here. What a funny coinsidence.

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

 

The last door to the right (or left in the picture). The entrance to the Niddry Street Vaults felt kind of surreal…you went through this backyard of a pub/club, and then you were suddenly at the entrance of a part of the Edinburgh Vaults. Weird.

While inside, the tour guide told us stories about the place, and explained the skeletons under the stairs which were placed there just for show (there was even a spider skeleton there, which of course makes no sense at all). Further inside the vaults the guide held a candle, and we would stand inside the complete darkness when he blew it out as this could “make the ghosts contact us”. Nothing happened, though.

The tour also took us to Greyfriars, and into the famous Covenanter’s prison. The guide did an excellent job on telling the background stories, and made a really great atmosphere. Highly recommended!

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

 

The narrow hallway that leads to the Vaults.

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

Edinburgh City of the Living Dead Tours

 

See also:

To be continued…

Next stop: Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle seen from St Cuthbert’s Cemetery. These pictures were taken during the Ghost Bus Tour (which I will speak more of in the next post).

Edinburgh Castle

 

The Great Hall.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

 

The soldiers dog cemetery.

Edinburgh Castle

 

One of the cannons, pointing straight to our hotel.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburghh Castle

 

Camera Obscura

Not far from the castle we found a fun place called Camera Obscura, which is a kind of a museum with all kinds of weird stuff. I recorded most of it and down below is some screenshots.

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

 

The view from the Obscura’s roof terrace.

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

 

The top of the Royal Mile.

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

 

The blackened tower of St Columba’s Free Church.

Camera Obscura Edinburgh

 

See also:

To be continued…

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