After returning to Belfast from the Isle of Man, I flew to Edinburgh; a Scottish border city on the North Sea. I stayed near the heart of Midlothian and close St Giles Cathedral.  The city has a sharp contrast between its medieval Old Town and the Georgian splendor of New Town, which makes for a stunning experience.  I wandered up the Royal Mile to Edinburgh castle and watched the locals eat seemingly anything that had been baked into a pie.

I rode down to Glasgow, and then spent the day in the highlands breathing in the pure, fresh mountain air.  We rode past medieval buildings, splendid mansions, picturesque villages, abbeys, impressive castles, and country houses. We went to Loch (lake) Lomand, though the Trossachs National Park and passed over the Grampian Mountains.  Before stopping in Perth for dinner, I took a boat ride in Loch Ness where we searched for Nessie.

Trying to describe the landscape is nigh on impossible, so here are a few pictures form scenic Scotland.

Here is a map of this part of my journey…

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