Honestly, this was one of the BEST trips we've taken since we've been in Europe. It was that much fun.
Since we only had a weekend, we spent most of the time exploring Edinburgh and then one day taking a tour of the highlands. Edinburgh was such a cool city-it's built on 7 hills which gives you great vantage points to check out this beautiful city. There is so much to see and do, some of the best food we've had in a while, super interesting history and culture, and very friendly people...what's not to love?
The only drawbacks were the slightly drizzly weather (but what do you expect, it's the UK!) and paying in pounds-ouch! That exchange rate was a little tough to swallow, but luckily there are good deals to be had all over the city. We were also so surprised at how friendly everyone was. Waiters joked with you, shopkeepers wanted to know how your vacation was going, strangers waiting next to you for a taxi struck up friendly conversations, and people went out of their way to ask if we needed directions when we stopped to look at a map.
We. Loved. Scotland.
We spent our first day exploring the city, trying new foods, and checking out the famous Edinburgh castle..
The first of many bagpipers
Irn-Bru, the famous Scottish drink. Apparently Scotland is one of the only countries in the world where a local soft drink outsells Coca Cola. It was flourescent orange, but our highland guide told us it cures hangovers...
The Cathedral in Edinburgh is absolutely gorgeous inside. You have to pay a fee to take pictures and we were out of change, so you'll have to see it yourself. It's really worth a visit!
We had an incredible lunch at a place called Howie's for 9 GBP a person (entree + main). Fionn was brave enough to try "haggis with neeps and tatties". It was actually really tasty! We were too hungry to remember to photograph the rest of out lunch...
Luckily next door to lunch was a tweed shop...
After admiring clothes we headed up to the castle...
Luckily for us history lovers, there are some incredible museums and exhibits about Scotland military history, including the one below about the battle of Waterloo.
Napoleon's captured guideon from Waterloo
I, of course, loved all the old uniforms they had on display.
From the castle walls you can get a great view of the city. When the clouds cleared you could see all the way out to the water!
We left the castle and walked over to the newer part of the city to see some more things while the rain died down...
Here's the castle from below!
Just in case you needed to rent a kilt in a pinch!
And that wrapped up our first day! Gorgeous city, isn't it?
Stay tuned for part two! :)