Capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a visually striking city with a dark history that blends well along the rows of shaded stone buildings.In the sun the bricks shine with a gold hue while on an overcast or rainy day, the bricks reflect grey somber streets.Luckily for me I was able to visit Edinburgh on a perfect spring day, parade included.In Edinburgh you will easily find the typical Scottish symbols: bagpipers, kilts,and Scotch whiskey.The Scotch whiskey experience right by the Edinburgh Castle provides tourists with the opportunity to sample different Scotch Whiskeys and ultimately take your own whiskey tasting glass home.After an afternoon of whiskey tasting, it’s easy to take a nap along the Princes Street garden with a great view of Edinburgh castle.Edinburgh provides just about everything from a fascinating and bloody history to a stylish restaurant and shopping scene.It’s an easily navigable city with plenty of hills and hidden streets.Edinburgh is often called the “Athens” of the north due to its similar topography and comparable relationship (Rome/London and Athens/Edinburgh).After touring the history, the nightlife kicks into full force.Along the royal mile and the many streets that jet out from it, people can inebriate themselves in tunnel clubs or pubs minutes away from where JK Rolling wrote Harry Potter.Edinburgh also has a very cosmopolitan and eclectic restaurant scene that accurately reflects its urban inhabitants.Whether it is a street side loaded baked potato, pub food, or fine dinning-Edinburgh has it all.I enjoyed a typical UK classic: bangers and mash. Add in a dark Scottish ale, and I was in pub heaven.Edinburgh was one of the most attractive and fascinating cities and I wish I could have stayed longer. At least I know that there is one place in the world where I hope to return.
Located in the highland Scottish city of Inverness,Comes an urban legend,That sprang out of a large lake leading into the town.The tale of the Loch Ness monsterSituated along Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s largest castles: Urquhart Castle.Although I didn’t find Nessie, it was nice relaxing in this mysteriously tranquil lake in the highlands.Exploring the Urquhart castle and Scottish history was also interesting.I was also able to try out some “Haggis N Totties”. The infamous Scottish sheep offal served with mashed potatoes.The taste of haggis was surprisingly great, but the overall mushy texture reminded me of baby food.
Granite, grey, or silver, the city of Abderdeen is covered in it.The city has a bustling oil industry as well as a large student population. Statistically Aberdeen is the coldest city in the UKLuckily all the cold can easily be drowned by a nice pint in a pub. Brew Dog was one of the coolest punk pubs I’ve ever seen and it even makes its own IPA’s. Or you can club in an abandoned church.The silver city of Aberdeen is one unique location with an interesting grey facade, that apparently sparkles in the sun.The steak and ale pie from Blackfriars was awesome as well.