Saturday 28 May 2011

Welcome to Scotland

In the morning around eight o’clock we sailed into the lock, that brought us to Leith, the harbor of Edinburgh. A big swarm of gulls greeted us during MV FRAM went alongside the pier. We had our place with MV FRAM directly next to the “Royal Britannia”, the old yard of the Queen, which is a museum now. Just before 9am the harbor authorities cleared the vessel in and we could leave the ship. Some passengers started directly with an excursion to visit the Castle Floors and several Abbeys in the surrounding of Edinburgh. 
Those passengers, which had a tour in the afternoon, used their morning to walk on their own through Edinburgh. A shuttle bus brought everyone directly to the center. From there it was easy to reach the highlights of this historical place. The panorama tour in the afternoon was not only for those guests which were not able to walk longer distances. The explanations of our tour guides gave us a better overview over the history of this old and interesting town. The weather was typical for Scotland; we had rain and sun nearly at the same time.
As we stayed in Leith until 11pm we had the possibility for dinner in one of the authentic restaurants in Edinburgh or Leith. The day, filled up with so many new impressions and information, made us tired. But nevertheless many passengers were sitting in the Panorama Lounge to discuss the day with other guests. Now we are looking forward to Aberdeen, which we will reach tomorrow morning around 8am.