There is plenty to see and do in Scotland. I was lucky that I had a temporary season job there, as I got the chance to speak and get to know locals more and get their views of what to see and do.
Scotland is famous for a few things, for example their fish and chips and also the fact that they like to deep fry EVERYTHING! I had a deep fried burger, mars bar, steak pie and haggis while I was there! Whiskeys are also very popular in Scotland with a big chance that you won’t be very far away from a whiskey distillery wherever you are in the country. My aim was to try these whiskeys in a typical Scottish bar. I chose a pub called the ‘Roundabout’ in Blair Atholl. It was the type of place where you would walk in and see the old local men, slumped at the bar, mumbling away about the days antics.
I asked the bar man ‘Give me your best Scottish whiskey please’! He looked at me puzzled and poured me a large shot (35ml) of something called Jura. I decided to try a different kind of whiskey every time I went to the bar. They all went down swimmingly and the next thing I know, I’ve had a few too many and I’m dancing away to country music with the old men that were once slumped at the bar.
My next mission was Edinburgh. I had wanted to visit the city for so long, and I wasn’t disappointed. Me and my friend had pre booked a hostel online called ‘Budget Backpackers’. It was only for 2 nights so we were not really bothered about anything fancy, just cheap and at £15 a night for a 4 bed dorm it ticked all the boxes. After getting a 2 hour train into Edinburgh, we followed the hostels directions an found it pretty easily. It was located in the Old Town but within easy walking distance to the centre. The hostel was fresh, clean and buzzing, so we dumped our bags in our room and set off exploring for the day.
After visiting the castle, and seeing endless street performers and Scottish souvenir shops, we decided we were in need of some hearty food and a well deserved pint of something refreshing. We settled in a typical Scottish bar for a nice pint of cider and a soup and roll, not so typical cuisine but it was a cold day and we needed something to warm our cockles!
If your planning a night out, be wise on where you choose to go. We walked through the Old Town and had some drinks in some of the smaller bars, also visiting a place called the ‘Wee Pub’ which is meant to be the smallest bar in Scotland, measuring only 17ft by 14ft. Hopping from place to place, drinking some lovely mulled wine and cider, which might I had wasn’t cheap, a pint of cider was on average £5- £6!! We headed for more of an upbeat place and walked past an Irish bar called Malones Irish Bar funnily enough. I know, I’m in Scotland and I’m drinking in an Irish bar, but a pint of cider was only £2!! With live music, and a great atmosphere I highly recommend visiting!!
For my next chapter of my visit to Scotland, I will talking about the lovely walks to go on and the more rural places to visit. So watch out for Scotland according to Mimi (you guessed it) part 3!