During the second week, PEP’s buses travelled to Falkirk, across Edinburgh’s Old Town, and on to the Ratho Barge.
The week started at Falkirk, where the weather was dull and overcast. However, everyone enjoyed the shopping experience at the Howgate Shopping Centre. Despite the weather, a few brave souls ventured out to the wee lanes nearby and the pound shops benefitted with a sudden sale of brolly’s when the heavens opened.
On Thursday; tour guide Richard took 12 lucky people (and driver Darin) on a tour of the old town. This year his subject was Edinburgh’s grisly past with talk of Burke and Hare, a visit to Greyfriar’s Church and the Grassmarket, and stories of Deacon Brodie. As always it was informative and enjoyable, and this time the weather meant that everyone could stretch their legs off the bus without fear of rain.
The final trip of the week was to the barge at Ratho run by the Seagull Trust. The 2 barges travelled leisurely up to Almond Dell before stopping and tying together. This meant packed lunch time and gave Moira the opportunity to check out how everyone was on the second Barge. The relaxing trip back down the canal to the waiting buses was enjoyed by everyone. We would like to thank everyone at the Seagull Trust for their help and hospitality for the day.