Wednesday April 29, 2015. Day 17

West Linton (where Helen and Wayne met) to Edinburgh: 31km

It was an easy ride into Edinburgh on the A702, A766 and A701, despite the cold and rain showers. We were assisted by a good tailwind and a bike lane approaching the city. On the way in, we had great espresso and an almond croissant at the Coffee Angel. The stately Fraoch Guesthouse greeted us with tea and shortbread and a spacious garden suite.

Edinburgh is an enchanting city, deserving of more than a 1/2 day visit. We did go to the National Gallery of Scotland, specifically to view the Scottish collection, including paintings from the early 20th Century. It was very interesting to see the development of painting here, having some knowledge of the English, French and Canadian Schools of the same era.

Along Princess Street, we viewed the Scott Monument and admired the heights of the Edinburgh Castle. Regrettably, it was too chilly to walk around to do more sightseeing. Some shopping was required, however, in order to buy extra gloves! An early dinner was had at Hendersons, an up-market vegetarian restaurant where we sampled a version of haggis with oatcakes (made with lentils and very tasty!)

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