Scotland: the land of kilts, Scotch and the setting of the movie Braveheart. Those are the stereotypes I knew about Scotland prior to visiting. I wish I could say I left enlightened and informed about all things Scottish. Unfortunately, 36 hours does not an educational trip make. Subtract the hours I was sleeping and working (oh yeah, did I mention it was a work-related trip?), and that left only a few precious hours to walk the city in preparation for a proper weekend visit in my future.
Another view as I was walking from the Castle down the Royal Mile. The Witchery on the right is a highly recommended restaurant on my list to dine at.
This is the Scott Monument, a 200 ft high Victorian Gothic structure dedicated to Sir Walter Scott.
Moral of the story, I’ll be taking the train back to Edinburgh for a weekend trip to get the full experience instead of the drive-by tour. This was just a warm-up for the real deal.
Know before you go:
- Scotland’s currency is the British Pound although their banknotes look different than the notes seen in England. Luckily, they accept any form of British pounds so no transfer of money is needed if traveling from London.
- I recommend taking a train from King’s Cross in London which drops you off at Waverley Station in the center of Edinburgh. Because this was a quick work trip I flew but by the time I made it to the airport and through security plus flight time it wasn’t much faster than the train trip (~4.5 hours each way). The train also offers scenic countryside views, a dining car, and wifi – what’s not to love?