There are the ancient souvenir tat shops ...
Then there are many opportunities to enjoy the Scottish gourmet experience; as here ...
Some tasty morsels get lost in translation ...
But, if all else fails, there is always that age-old Glasgow delight, copied the world over but never equalled ...
Having enjoyed the Scottish shopping and catering experience from outside the premises, the fbbs had intended to visit the recommended Edinburgh Museum; recommended but closed on Sundays. So after a cup of tea and a bun in a typical Edinburgh tea room, typically run by Italians, it was time to move on.
Trip 3 : Service 35 every 30 minutes from High Street (Royal Mile) to London Road.
Trip 4 : Service 26 (again) from London Road to Seton Sands, pleasantly busy c. 1400. Firstly via Portobello which used to be a popular holiday day trip or even bucket-and-spade week for Edinburgh's less well-blessed residents.
Musselburgh is known as "The Honest Toun", and celebrates this by the annual election of the Honest Lad and Lass. The town motto "Honestas" dates back to 1332, when the Regent of Scotland, Randolph, Earl of Moray, died in the burgh after a long illness during which he was devotedly cared for by its citizens. His successor offered to reward the people for their loyalty but they declined, saying they were only doing their duty. The new regent, the Earl of Mar, was impressed and said they were a set of honest men, hence "Honest Toun."
Next comes Prestonpans, sight of the usual bloody slaughter of the English / Scots by the Scots / English. It matters little as long as it was a bloody slaughter.
The Battle of Prestonpans was the first significant conflict in the Jacobite Rising of 1745. The battle took place at 4 am on 21 September 1745. The Jacobite army loyal to James Francis Edward Stuart and led by his son Charles Edward Stuart defeated the government army loyal to the Hanoverian George II led by Sir John Cope. The inexperienced government troops were outflanked and broke in the face of a highland charge. The victory was a huge morale boost for the Jacobites, and a heavily mythologized version of the story entered art and legend.
Apart from excellent sea views, an notable highlight has to be Cockenzie Power Station ...
The Seton Sands terminus could be said to lack excitement, offering views of the sea (pleasant) and a caravan site (intrusive) but not so much as a Hamish McSporran tea room or deep fried mars bar in sight. So, having arrived ...
Trip 5 : Seton Sands (26) to Musselburgh High Street for Costa Lot coffee, except they had tea.
Trip 6 : As a change from the 26, service 44 (every 30 minutes) back to Edinburgh to sample St Andrew Square bus station (of which more anon), partake of sustenance at Tom and Jerry's? Bill and Benny's? Ben and Jerry's? Frankie and Benny's? A tasty good value meal-in-the-gloom whilst being deafened by 60s pop music.
Trip 7 : Service 26 (and again!) back to the B&B. Seven £1.50 journeys for £3.50 or 50p a trip.
One event that the fbb's missed whilst in Church on Sunday was the annual Alf Marathon (sic**), as announced on numerous signs around the town. But it was a privilege to grab a quick snap of one of the teams in their traditional highland attire.
And Port Seton I will go,
By Lothian Bus wi' heaven in their wiles;
If it's thinkin' in your inner heart
Braggart's in my step,
You've never travelled cheap so many miles.
Oh, the fried Mars bars are puttin' love on me,
As step I wi' my budget; savin' piles.
** The local McYouff, bored with caber tossing and haggis hunting, had amused themselves by peeling off the "H" : chortle chortle.