Scotland stole my heart ~
Three words: mega. heart. eyes. My friends & snapchat followers are probably all sick n' tired of me saying that over and over. But Scotland is hands down one of the most beautiful places I've ever had the pleasure of exploring. Without a doubt.
I stayed for 3 days in Edinburgh, in an air bnb not too far from the main city area, about a 20 min walk. After a long, long overnight coach ride from London, we arrived, checked in, and walked to the city for a free walking tour. Later that day we explored Calton Hill, which was an amazing area atop a hill with the National Monument of Edinburgh and other beautiful structures. It was a nice intro to the rest of the weekend - I was able to get a good feel of the area for more exploring the next day. The next day we started off with the hike to Arthur's Seat, one of the can't-miss sights of Edinburgh. The hike itself wasn't too bad - depending on which route you took. We decided to take it easy, bc ya girl was wearing converse. If it wasn't for the wind, I probably would have been sweating buckets, but the journey to the top is just as picturesque as the top and very well worth it. The view from the top was insane - pictures don't do it any justice. The hike was probably my favorite - despite battling the strongest winds I've ever experienced. My struggle in one picture:
After the hike, we went to a cute lil cafe, Mimi's Bakery, super sweet homemade snacks. The next thing we did was the Scottish Whisky Tour! Because why would you come to Scotland and not try their whisky? And let me tell you, their whisky ain't no Jamey. It's much stronger with more flavor - and I even got the weakest kind. It was really cool seeing how they take so much pride in their whisky production - it's considered an art to them and the practice of whisky making is really praised and respected. Super cool. But Scottish whisky can wait until I'm at least 35, lol. For our last day, we did a short stroll in the Royal Botanical Gardens and then spent a chill day in the National Museum of Scotland - all free & cool to go to if you're interested.
People: The Scottish people we met & spoke to were all friendly and helpful. A lot of smiles were exchanged and returned, which is always great in an already sweet-as-can-be country. There's something about the Scottish culture that makes them a lot different from people in London.
Fashion: Since it was a little colder in Scotland, everyone was mostly wearing coats - but as far as I could tell, the people dress pretty casual there. I think the younger people have stronger fashion sense, but older people dress a lot more maturely and old-fashioned, Victorian style. We witnessed a wedding, and the bridesmaid dresses were pretty traditional - guests wore those fancy hats and classy pearls. It's definitely more old-fashioned, compared to London's more up-to-date style. Their tartar (plaid) print is literally everywhere - especially their cashmere scarves.
Culture: Edinburgh is much more quiet and peaceful than the cities I've been to. The buildings and architecture give off more of an old-fashioned vibe. Walking on the streets, all you'll hear is the sound of bagpipes because there are always people playing on the sidewalks. And with the Edinburgh Castle in sight on almost every corner in the city, I definitely felt fully immersed in the Scotland culture. There is something really warm and inviting about Scotland that I really loved - being there felt very comfortable and homey.
Overall: As for sightseeing, Edinburgh is my favorite so far. I fell in love with it's beauty. I probably couldn't handle the weather there, but I'm always up for another visit to Scotland. I would love to visit the Highlands someday as well. Anyways, no pictures or filters can capture the true beauty and essence of Scotland. This is one ya'll gotta see with your own eyes - I promise you.