For the 4th of July weekend, we headed off to Edinburgh for a nice road trip getaway. What we didn't plan on however, was the enormous amount of traffic we would hit from the Tour de France. But let me back up a bit. We planned on stopping about 160 miles into our trip at RAF Menwith Hill to fill up with American priced gas....since gas runs us about $11-12 a gallon outside of base. When we entered this location into our GPS, it decided to take us down the entire Tour de France through Harrogate in Yorkshire! While we were irritated at first, we eventually got over our irritation when we realized that we just experienced a once in a lifetime moment...driving down the Tour de France route the day before the event!! The towns were decorated with yellow bikes, flags and signs cheering the bikers on.
After we filled the car up with gas, our GPS decided to take us down this street....yeah, it turned into a footpath eventually. Note to self: Taking the "alternative" route in England does not end well.
So anyway, we made it up to Scotland eventually that day. It was a long and beautiful journey. We never even turned on the radio. When we arrived in Edinburgh, we were welcomed by our lovely AirBnb host and shown around our flat, which was built in the early 1800s.
Edinburgh seemed to have a sort of relaxed atmosphere about it to be such a large city. We mostly hung out in the touristy Royal Mile area. During the day, the streets were crowded with tourists stopping to see what the street performers were up to. The performers gave a nice soundtrack to the city for the weekend! This little group of guys, who couldn't have been older than 16 or so, played amazingly! So we sat at Angels and Bagpipes and listened for about an hour.
Every bit of food we ate in Scotland was fantastic. One meal in particular, at Whiski Rooms, was phenomenal. Our waiter was pretty cool and when asked how to pronounce Edinburgh, be promptly replied with "ed n buttah", like butter with an 'ah' ;)
|Holy Sea Bass!!|
Our stay in Edinburgh seemed waaaayyy too short. And we most definitely will be back to Scotland soon! Enjoy some of these shots of the city and stay tuned for more incredibly amazing posts about our time at Edinburgh Castle, the magical Tantallon Castle, a round of golf on the Scottish coast, and the end of our weekend at Alnwick Castle!
|View of the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle|
|St. Giles Cathedral|
|View of Arthur's Seat from Scottish Parliament|
|Midnight in Edinburgh|