I want to recommend a nice little restaurant in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, but I don't think it still exists. Haven't been yon in 18 years. Feck.
Stuff I still recommend:
- Edinburgh. Go visit the castle, take some time, then take a stroll down the Royal Mile. Don't buy souvenirs there, it's the tourist-trap area. But there's some neat stuff there. There used to be an OG camera-obscura, in operation since that was the bleeding edge of technology in the 19th century.
- Scott Monument. The green park under the picturesque cliff-face with the castle on top, there's something looks like a cathedral-spire sans cathedral. It's the monument to Sir Walter Scott. Used to be, you could climb to the top, and on your way down, you could collect a certificate that you had climbed up. The staircase is mildly claustrophobigc (I had to go sideways, my shoulders wouldn't fit), but the view from the top is amazing
- if you visit the monument, you will be in immediate proximity to Princess Street, the fancy shopping area of Edinburgh. Behind it is the "New Town", a pre-planned 19th century development. This area is not just tourist traps. Or used to be. It's where the chase scene at the beginning of Trainspotting began.
- Stirling. Visit bloody Stirling. Stirling Castle is amazing, in far too many ways, and not far from it is the Wallace Monument. 19th century, and from the top, you can see the important battlefields like that of the Battle Of Stirling Bridge. Last time I went up there, I found that someone had scratched his name into the stone, and a date from the 19th century.
At the time, someone had put up a particularly hideous statue of "Braveheart" next to the parking lot, and they had to put up a 6 foot chain-link fence around it, to protect it from the well deserved vandalism. If you go, please report whether that pos is still there.
- Food. I have not tried it, but I desperately want to try the deep-fried Mars bar. Just because.
If there were absolutely anything to be afraid of, don't you think I would have worn pants?
I said I have a big stick.