This week, as part of her latest visit to Europe we have my Australian cousin staying with us from Brisbane. The main reason for her trip is to complete the Southern cruise with Australian friends along the French Canal Du Midi from Carcassonne to Beziers.
Prior to this she has been in the UK catching up with relatives who are spread out across the country, and yesterday we decided to join her on her trip to Edinburgh to catch up with one of those. I arranged travel from Wigan North Western Railway Station direct to Edinburgh Waverley, a journey just short of 3 hours duration courtesy of the First Trans Pennine Express rail company. I achieved this for £40 return per person, booked in advance, taking the 08.11 train out and the 20.14 train home. The journey, particularly yesterday during unusually good weather, was spectacular travelling through the Lake District. I had booked seats around a table, and we enjoyed bacon butties and coffee once the journey started.
Once in Edinburgh at 11am, we were collected at the station and taken for lunch before being returned to the centre of the Festival action around the Royal Mile at 3.30pm.
The city was bustling with activity, with many attractions along the Fringe. We strolled around the city until it was time to make our way towards the rail station once more where we enjoyed a light snack at a local brasserie before boarding the train home.
A full and enjoyable day out, that was completed at a very reasonable price.