Just back from a week in Scotland.  Phew!  That was fun.

Here’s what we got up to:

March 29 – April 5, 2017


Arrive in Edinburgh
Check in to The Caledonian
Explore St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Parish Church of St. Cuthbert (the names in the graveyard inspired several Harry Potter characters)
Lunch at Innes & Gunn|The Beer Kitchen
Shower/Swim/Nap at hotel
Dinner at Ghillie Dhu
Stroll around Rose Street and visit to The House of Peroni Pop-Up Art Party 

Sleep in
Brunch at Rose and Crown
Visit to the Scottish National Gallery to see Lady Agnew (one of Sarah’s favorites!)
Tea on the cafe patio overlooking the daffodils
Hike to the top of the Sir Walter Scott Monument to take in the views (and crazy wind!)
Walk to the Camera Obscura Museum
Late afternoon drink at the old Ensign Ewart Pub
Rest at hotel
Fish and chips in a local shop by the stadium
Rugby match at Murrayfield Stadium
Back to the neighborhood to catch the weekly Ceilidh Dance at upstairs at Ghillie Dhu and then downstairs for some modern live music

Brunch at Ryan’s
Afternoon at Edinburgh Castle
Visit to St. Giles Cathedral (where they were, incidentally, filming the Avengers movie)
Drink at the Halfway House (Edinburgh’s smallest pub)
Rest at hotel
Dinner and dancing at a private party at Thomas Morton Hall in the Leith Theater

Brunch at Mimi’s Bakehouse in Leith
Explore the decommissioned Royal Britannia Yacht
Dinner at Indian Lounge (Punjabi cuisine)
Literary Pub Tour of Edinburgh 

Rent car at train station
Drive to Dalhousie Castle for an afternoon of falconry (!)
Lunch at the castle
Drive to Rosslyn Chapel (of Da Vinci Code)
Afternoon cruise around the countryside
Visit to Glenkinchie Distillery
Back to Edinburgh and Dinner at Dough (the best pizza in Britain!)

Brunch at the Black Cat on Rose Street
Walk to Calton Hill for fantastic views of the city
Taxi to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Bridget Riley exhibition)
Return to hotel to pack and rest
Dinner at L’Escargot Blanc

Early flight back to US