06.07.2012 - 13.07.2012
So with a week to kill before George arrive I made a last minute decision to do a 5 day tour in the Scotland highlands with Haggis tours. I arrived in Edinburgh and found my way to St Christopher’s Hostel. This was my first experience of staying in a hostel and really the first time I felt like I was travelling solo. I didn’t really know what to expect but all went well apart from the rain leaking into the room and the lack of sleep (I guess it takes a little time getting use to sleeping in a room with 10 other people)! I met a nice American girl and we went to the Castle together and had dinner that night so I thought I’d done ok. The next morning I woke to the pouring rain of which I had to face with my pack on my back to get to the tour office. This is when I started to think what am I doing here! Luckily the feeling only lasted until I was dry and warm on the bus meeting everyone on the tour, 11 people with an impressive 9 travelling solo!
I was so happy I decided to do the tour, was great to see areas I won’t have otherwise seen and was also great to meet other solo travellers, you learn a lot and can make new friends (much more so then travelling in a group!)
The last thing I want to say about Scotland is how good the free walking tour in Edinburgh was. In the 3.5hrs tour I learnt more about history and gained a greater understanding of religion and its origins/history then I had in my entire life!