The cobbled stone pavement of the Royal Mile was filled with street performers and viewers, as the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Event (annual military performance every August) was celebrated by the city that time. We were a bit exhausted and hungry after visiting some places, so we took a break and decided to eat at Oink. It is a small eatery located at one of the famous streets in Old Town called Victoria Street. They are known for their hog roast rolls which is kinda unique for my taste. Continue reading “Our Two-Day Itinerary in Edinburgh (Part 4) | Exploring the Rest of Royal Mile”
The city of Edinburgh has two well known areas, they call it the Old Town and the New Town. Most of the tourist attractions can be found at the Old Town which is also considered the historical and medieval part of the city. The New Town on the other hand was the result of an expansion made during the 18th century since the Old Town was beginning to be overcrowded. It was named as such since it was “new” during that period, but not at present time. Classical Georgian style buildings dominate this part of the city, which apart from being a residential area, it also houses some restaurants and shops. Continue reading “Our Two-Day Itinerary in Edinburgh (Part 3) | Exploring the Rest of Royal Mile”
After our visit to the castle, we went ahead and walked to a place that offers Scotch Whiskey Experience. It is literally located outside the gates of Edinburgh Castle. Once again, we bought our ticket on that day only. We were lucky because they still have few slots left for the last tour that day which was around 5:20pm. They offer various tours, but we opted for the basic or they call it silver tour, which will let you see and try the following:
The tour will start by riding a whiskey barrel. It will travel you through the history and the process of producing Scotch whiskey. This ride is complete with narration, sounds and lighting effects.
After the ride, we went into a room that displays the stages of grain in the production of scotch whiskey. You can touch and smell the grains on display.
Then we were escorted by our tour guide to another room. He played a short video showing the different places where Scotch whiskeys are made, and how they are different from each other. They gave us a card, that you need to touch or rub in order to smell the aromas of each type of whiskey. From there, you can choose which kind you wanted to taste by placing your glass on the colored circle. Since we were on a silver tour, we only get to taste one, and I chose Speyside because it smells sweet. As for the others with a Gold tour, they can taste all the flavors.
Once all glasses of the guests were filled up, we proceeded to another room, to view the World’s Largest collection of Scotch Whiskey. This was the time that we tasted the whiskey. Despite the sweet smell of Speyside, it is still so whiskey, meaning bitter and strong. They surprised us by giving to us as a gift the glasses that we used during the tasting session. The tour ended there. They have a restaurant and shop where you can dine, buy whiskeys of course and other items as souvenir.
I learned some stuff and had a great time during this experience, even though I’m not really into heavy liquors. But I would not recommend it, unless you are a fan of liquors, a drinker or just wanted to try different types of it. If you want to visit this because you want to learn how whiskeys are produced, then I would advise you to just go to distilleries around Scotland, where they will properly show you in actual how it is made.
Then we’re off to our next activity which was a visit to the Edinburgh Dungeon. The place was a few minutes walk from the Scotch Whiskey Experience. There are also other Dungeons like this in London and in other cities, but we chose to do it here because according to some reviews, the one in Edinburgh offers the best experience.
The trip inside the Edinburgh Dungeon takes 80 minutes. You will be in a group and there are full cast of actors that will guide and lead you from one show to another. Each show have different themes based on the real history and legends of Scotland, and each sets are decorated with state of the art designs and special effects. All the performers were really good and convincing. Aside from the shows, there were also 2 exciting rides that you will get to experience once inside. I don’t want to be a spoiler, but if you decided to do this tour, you must be ready and attentive in every show. It was a fun, scary and awesome activity. I would recommend this one if you have at least 2 days to spend in the city, but if not, you may skip it and opt for other must see attractions in Edinburgh. By the way, it’s not allowed to take photos inside, but they do take pictures upon your entrance and exit which you will have to buy of course.
Before we head back to our accommodation, we had a quick dinner at Mc Donald’s because we were very tired and don’t want to search for other places to eat. We also stopped by a Tesco store to buy some food for breakfast the following day.
That concluded our first day in Edinburgh. It was a tiring but fun filled day.
What you Need to Know:
- The Scotch Whiskey Experience have limited slots per tour, so it is advisable to buy your tickets online, though you can also buy it on the day, provided they still have available.
- There are various Scotch Whiskey tour experiences to choose from. The cheapest is the Silver tour, amounting to 15 Pounds. Click here to know more about the others.
- The narration in the Whiskey Barrel Ride is available in other languages such as Chinese, German, Italian, French and others.
- It is advisable to book your Edinburgh Dungeon tickets in advance online, as it is cheaper compared buying on the day. Plus you can choose the timing that best suits your schedule. They also have limited slots per tour.
- Opening times for these 2 attractions depends on the season. So be sure to check their websites.
- There are various ticket combos for the Edinburgh Dungeon. But the cheapest is 13 pounds. You may check their website on this link.
- If your hotel does not offer breakfast, you can buy a combo meal at Tesco, which already have one big sandwich, small bag of chips and drinks for only 3 pounds.
- We always walk or use the bus when going around Edinburgh. For the bus, you can buy a whole day ticket from the driver. Just keep in mind to give exact amount, as they don’t give change.
Edinburgh was the second city we visited during our UK trip last August 2016. It is the capital city of Scotland and we were fortunate enough to spend 2 full days at this beautiful and historic place. A popular annual event (every August) called the Edinburgh Military Tattoo was also celebrated when we were there. The reason why there were performances and events happening all over the city. Continue reading “Our Two-Day Itinerary in Edinburgh | Part 1: Exploring Edinburgh Castle”
The sun was slightly peeking through the clouds on the last day of our tour to the Highlands, but that did not stop the rain from giving us showers from time to time. We checked out from our accommodation early in the morning, and started with the tour lined up for the day. Continue reading “Discover the Beauty of Scotland – Highlands (Part 3)”
It was still non stop rain on the second day of our tour, despite my continuous prayer and rain dance (haha). Gary (tour guide), jokingly told us that this is the “Ultimate Scottish Experience” that you need to encounter once in Scotland, your tour won’t be complete without the rain. Anyway, the first activity for the day should have been a 1.5 hour boat ride from Elgol to Loch Coruisk, where we will cruise and spot some sea animals. But due to weather conditions, we went to Dunvegan Castle instead, which is the seat of MacCleod clan. Before we reach the castle, we made a short stop at the Fairy Bridge for some photos. Continue reading “Discover the Beauty of Scotland – Isle of Skye (Part 2)”
Scotland has always been part of my travel bucket list, that’s why when we planned our UK trip last August, I made it a point to allot at least 5 days to explore this wonderful place. We spent the first 2 days in Edinburgh city, and the next 3 days at Isle of Skye and the Highlands, which is what I am going to write on this post. After our thorough research, we ended up booking a 3 day tour with Discover Scotland Tours, since the places that we wanted to visit were far from each other, public transportation is a bit difficult when getting to places and we didn’t want to rent a car. Continue reading “Discover the Beauty of Scotland – Highlands and The Jacobite Steam Train (Part 1)”