I’ve always been a bit of a fan of Scotland. It feels a lot like coming home. The landscape reminds me of a cross between Iowa and Norway. I enjoy the traditions that Scottish people actively keep up. Like whisky.
I enjoy bringing home Scottish tablet, Cadbury Easter eggs, tea cakes, and a new type whisky. When in Scotland, drive around the highlands, visit a distillery, and order something peculiar off the menu. You never know–you may just like stovies or haggis…
Every first-time visit to Scotland should include Edinburgh. There’s plenty to keep you busy along the touristy Royal Mile, but I dare you to venture beyond the city centre. You’ll discover gems like Bramble Bar, featured several times on lists of the world’s best cocktail bars. Naturally, the drinks there were amazing. Close by is Cairngorm Coffee, which not only serves excellent coffee, but also make a mean cheese and ham toastie.
I also beg of you to live outside downtown to get more of a local vibe. My airbnb was just just Holyrood Park, which proved to be an excellent place to hang out, run, and a nice piece of nature in the middle of the city. In Holyrood Park is Arthur’s Seat, where the view is stunning!
Edinburgh is a city that is easy to like. It’s easy to navigate, transport from the city centre to the airport is easy, and finding a good place to eat/drink is the easiest thing in the world! For Europeans, it’s the perfect weekend getaway to relax and still manage to see quite a lot. For everyone else, it’s perfect for an introduction or addition for something just a little bit out of the ordinary.
Happy travels to Edinburgh!