Budget Travel in Britain

Yesterday, Janet and I took the National Express Coach from York to Edinburgh. If you travel on Tuesday with a concession card,  it is 15 pounds return anywhere in the National Express system. For 6 hours, our bus meandered past farms with newborn lambs and past fields of daffodils until we reached the hills of Scotland. The coaches are very comfortable with electrical outlets at every seat and toilets on board. We  stopped at a few stations along the way and were able to stretch our legs and to get some fresh air. I am amazed at how many people still smoke in Britain.

Our destination was the Royal Overseas League Club on Princes Street in Edinburgh. My strategy has been to find the best budget accommodation available for short stays. If we are spending only 2-3 nights in a city, we will spend most of our daytime hours sightseeing. We require two beds, wifi and a clean bathroom ensuite. The ROSL is a Commonwealth Club that takes paying visitors for very little money. We are each paying about 35$ Canadian a night which includes a full breakfast. I had free-range scrambled eggs with Scottish salmon, fresh fruit, toast and coffee while Janet had a full grill breakfast.

Anyone can visit.
The building is centrally located.

The morning was spent exploring the Royal Mile leading to Holyrood House. So far, we have had no rain and today was so bright that I had to wear sunglasses. After another pub lunch, Janet climbed up to view the city from Salisbury Crag and I stopped at the National Archives but didn't want to pay the 15 pounds to go in. I will be visiting relatives later and I will enjoy hearing their tales.
My ancestors were Vikings. 


  1. Isn't Edinburgh wonderful? Holyrood House is definitely worth a visit, as is the castle and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

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