Hello sweet, beautiful Scotland, lovely to meet you.

The city of Edinburgh.

It has been two weeks since we’ve returned from Scotland and the entire trip still feels completely unreal.

The first few days back at home are a blur, jet lagged and falling asleep with Scottish accents floating around my head. It’s only a time difference of 5 hours, but damn, that jet lag is for real. Or maybe I was just in denial of wanting to be back. It was a long, somewhat chilly, but not too rainy, absolutely amazing trip. We drove 900 miles around Scotland, starting in Edinburgh, up to Skye, around to St. Andrews, then down to Glasgow to finish our trip.

It was the perfect balance of experiencing city and country life.

Everyone I see is asking, “Hey, weren’t you just out of the country? Where’d you go? Why Scotland?”

Well…why not? It was never a country I had on my list to visit, but when one of my best travel friends suggested it, I was immediately down. She is an experienced, super organized, amazing travel friend that I will go anywhere with, any time. In the past three years, we have ventured to Ireland for St. Paddy’s day, Vegas for her bachelorette, and now Scotland.

And oh man, Scotland did not disappoint. I really had no expectations, but what a beautiful, welcoming country! I love having no idea what I’m in for and in turn, becoming completely immersed in a culture.

Our group experienced the most perfect trip we could have asked for. From day one, the weather was surprisingly beautiful. It was a little chilly at times, but there was so much sunshine that we were even told to be careful out there, we might catch a sunburn! We did hit rain in St. Andrews, but considering that was day six of the trip, we definitely considered ourselves quite lucky.

After some sight seeing and no sleep, we were all ready for some whisky. Whiski Rooms offered us a perfect way to kick off to our time in Edinburgh.

Flights at Whiski Rooms in Edinburgh.

We had a semi-private back table where we could catch a buzz from our two flights split among our group of seven, along with some beers, and so many laughs.

Then it was absolutely time to check in to our Airbnb, refresh, catch a nap, and make dinner plans. For our first night, we chose a cute little restaurant named First Coast, less than a 10 minute walk from our apartment. The food was so fresh and tasted so healthy. Simple, but completely delicious.

Wild rice & walnut pilaf, carrots, rainbow chard, spiced yoghurt at First Coast in Edinburgh

Wild rice & walnut pilaf, carrots, rainbow chard, spiced yoghurt. So many fresh flavors, my taste buds didn’t know what to do!

Super satisfied from dinner, it was time to venture out for some festivities. We followed the recommendations of our server earlier at Whiski Rooms and found live music at Whiski Bar, their sister restaurant. A solo guy was playing acoustic music, a nice environment to relax after dinner. After a drink though, we were in the mood for something a little more lively. Our group ended up at The Royal Mile Tavern and we…closed down the bar. What the hell were we thinking on our lack of sleep? At least the pubs close at 1am! Beyond exhausted and absolutely ready for bed, it was a fantastic first day in Edinburgh.

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