Sorry about the delay between posts. I was enjoying Thanksgiving break with my family! But now I am back to reality and have a blog post for you!
I was lucky enough to go to a University that sponsored trips for their Study Abroad students. I signed up for the weekend trip to Scotland about a month before I left for London. I didn’t know anyone else going on the trip but I knew that I wanted to visit Scotland and this was the perfect opportunity to do it!
We left bright and early on a Friday morning. I took the underground from Baker Street to King’s Cross to catch a train to Edinburgh, Scotland. It was a quick and easy 5 hour journey to Edinburgh.
Once off the train we met our tour guide before walking to our hostel. The train station is in central Edinburgh and it’s very easy to walk around the city from there. After unloading our things we began a walking tour around the city.
I fell in love with the architecture and history of Edinburgh immediately. I was surprised that our walking tour included visiting so many Harry Potter sites. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and was super pleased to visit the Elephant House where JK Rowling began writing the first Harry Potter book. We also walked through the graveyard where JKR got the inspiration for Voldemort’s real name, Tom Riddle. The real Tom Riddle’s grave is in an old graveyard near Edinburgh castle. It was kind of creepy yet beautiful at the same time.
From the graveyard we walked to Edinburgh Castle. It was late in the day so our tour guide left us alone with a brief explanation on how to get back to the hostel. We had the opportunity to go inside the castle but we wouldn’t have much time to explore. So my friends and I decided to just explore by ourselves.
While studying abroad I tried to save most of my money for food and travel expenses. But I’ve always wanted a traditional tartar scarf from Scotland. We stopped at a small shop near the castle and I splurged on a wool and cashmere scarf. It’s one of the nicest things that I own and brings back so many good memories every time I wear it.
We walked around Edinburgh until it got dark and then headed closer to our hostel for dinner. We knew we were having a traditional Scottish dinner the following night so we decided to branch out and try something new. None of us had ever had Indian food before so we entered one of the fanciest restaurants I’ve ever been to for dinner.
I was in Scotland for a total of 3 days, 1 day in Edinburgh and 2 in the Highlands. It was nice visiting for a weekend but I would love to go for longer. I am really glad that I went on this trip. Edinburgh was a lot of fun and the Highlands were beautiful. I would go again in a heartbeat if I could!
Thanks for reading! Have you ever been the Scotland?