Scotland Part I: Edinburgh

Scotland may be the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Definitely top 5 and also very high on my list of places I’d like to go back to. On this trip, we stayed in the south of Scotland because we thought it would be cold in the highlands and islands. Truthfully though, I don’t think it would have been bad. It was about 40 degrees fahrenheit the entire time we were there and all the grass was still green (when it wasn’t covered in frost). The only problem with going to Scotland in winter is how short the days are. On most days, the sun rose at 9am and was fully beneath the horizon by 4pm. Other days, it seemed like the sun never rose and it was just cloudy and rainy all day long. But if you can get over that, Scotland is great in the winter because of how few tourists there are.  

Our first two nights in Scotland were spent at Carberry Tower which is a historic house (more like castle!) just outside Edinburgh. We had an amazing time here and really felt we were getting the full Scottish country house experience. There was Scottish breakfast in the morning, complete with haggis, afternoon tea with about ten different types of cakes and pastries to choose from, and a delicious four course dinner. The pictures below are from our first morning there. We woke up and everything was covered in frost and I felt like I was in a scene from Pride and Prejudice or something. That’s how beautiful it was.

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