Each time I travel, I share what I saw, ate, and did on my particular trip no matter how near or far I went. For previous travel tales, click here.
After London and Ireland, our last stop was Edinburgh! As I nearly decided to study abroad in Edinburgh, I was SO excited to be able to finally visit Scotland’s capital city. (My decision to not study abroad in Edinburgh had nothing to do with the location but rather my language studies, which is why I wound up studying in China for a year.) Whisky, shortbread, and argyle: I couldn’t wait to begin exploring Scotland’s capital.
Breakfast at Elephant House, where J. K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter | Edinburgh Castle | Lamb stovie | Part of the world’s largest whisky collection | Meeting Amy! | Scottish breakfast
First thing on the itinerary was to have breakfast at Elephant House, the cafe where J. K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter! She’s not the only literary figure to have spent time writing at Elephant House, but she was the only one I’m interested in, heh. The food there was good, but what impressed me was the view from the back of the cafe which overlooks Edinburgh Castle. Not hard to see where Rowling got the inspiration for Hogwarts from! After eating at the cafe, a trip to the castle was in order. What we hadn’t planned was picking the windiest day ever to visit the castle; it was so windy that they did a slow evacuation and the wind almost carried me and slammed me into the stone walls!
I didn’t really know much about Scottish food besides haggis, but I enjoyed the Scottish breakfast and lamb stovie I ate during my time in Edinburgh. The lamb stovie was especially good and perfect for that cold, windy, rainy day. I also did a whisky tour where I learned all about Scottish whiskies, got to try some, and meet my friend Amy! Unfortunately Amy and I didn’t get to hang out for very long but it was great to finally meet her in person.
Afternoon tea at the Palace of Holyroodhouse | Palace of Holyroodhouse | Ruins of Holyrood Abbey | Palace of Holyroodhouse Courtyard | My first Irn Bru | Princes Street
When we were in London, my mom and I completely forgot about getting a traditional afternoon tea. We remedied that with an afternoon tea at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which is Queen Elizabeth’s official residence whenever she visits Scotland. After afternoon tea, we toured the palace and the ruins of the abbey. Part of the tour includes Mary, Queen of Scots’ chambers, which I was fascinated by as I LOVE the Tudor period. We wound down our last night in Edinburgh by wandering around Princes Street, where I visited Topshop, and trying our first ever Irn Bru. Apparently Irn Bru outsells Coca Cola in Scotland! I really liked it; it reminded me of a mixture of cream and orange soda. I wish I could obtain it in the States, but at least I got to try it in Scotland.