We left off with my morning walk around London before we headed to the airport. The taxi to the airport was 45 minutes which is what we expected. We checked our luggage, went through security and then headed into the lounge. After some emails and social media, it was time to board our flight. We flew direct to Edinburgh, Scotland and arrived around 4 pm.
We had a short 15 minute drive to our hotel and were in awe along the way. Scotland is full of greenery and stone. So much beauty there. Definitely my favorite place on this trip.
After checking in, unpacking and relaxing a bit, we walked around for a bit to check out the sites. We were staying so close to the castle that my room looked out to it. So beautiful to wake up to each morning.
On our drive in, we saw a bar that we HAD to go to, Lebowskis. Yes it is themed after the movie. I have always been a big fan of the movie and my co-worker happened to also be a fan. And if you watch the movies, you know that white russians are a big deal in it. Their cocktail menu was variations of white russians. They had other stuff, but we stuck to that.
My first drink was The Dude and my second was a special. It was a salted caramel Dude. Seriously sooooo good. I could have had another 5 if they weren't so strong.
After drinks, we walked a couple blocks to Bar Italia. This place had amazing reviews and it did not disappoint. The food and wine were amazing. I had a fresh pasta dish with italian sausage, tomato sauce, mozzarella and other goodies in it.
Friday morning, I grabbed a coffee and sticky bun from a place nearby and then we headed off to work for the day. We took some people out for lunch and worked a bit more, before exploring the city.
We wanted to explore the castle and do some souvenir shopping.
We made our way to the castle, but stopped at a church and other sights along the way.
We wanted to tour the castle which was about $20 USD. So much history is in the castle. Plus it holds the crown jewels.
Side note: They were building some sort of stadium seating right behind me. We couldn't get an answer as to why, but it seemed pretty weird to us.
The view from the top.
Another view because it was so breathtaking
I took pictures of the views from every angle.
We walked around each of the buildings and learned so much Scottish history. The crown jewels were beautiful, but there was so many people in the room that I couldn't get a picture if I wanted. There was a beautiful ring in there that I would LOVE to add to my collection. Ha.
After the castle, we did some shopping. I didn't find too much to bring home. I saved that for our distillery tour. I did help my co-worker pick out some jewelry for his wife though.
That evening after a workout and relaxation, we headed to dinner at Cloisters Bar. Reviews said they had a bunch of craft beers and good pub food. I had two different beers and I loved them. They were slightly chilled (it's a British or European thing) and amazing. I also had their burger with special beer mustard. Amazing. I could drink the stuff. Ok, not really. But seriously so good.
I will save the rest of Scotland for next time as we went to a distillery and it was one of my favorite parts about the trip. Huge Scotch fan here! Stay tuned.