This was just outside Edinburgh in St. Andrews. So much more than just a golf course in this adorable little town.
I just got back from spending a long weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland. What an amazing city. The moment you step into the Edinburgh you feel part of something grand. It's like stepping back in time. Surrounded by castles, beautiful architecture, and hundreds of years of history.
As I was getting ready to pack I of course had to think about the elements. Scotland is not known for it’s bright sunny days. When I looked at the forecast the week before it was at least 60% chance of rain everyday with 20 mph winds. Needless to say I was a bit nervous about being wet and cold the whole time. I realized that we were going to see the sights and make some memories but is it so bad that I want to look back at pictures and think “That was a great trip” AND “ I looked good”? So I strategically packed outfits that I thought would be not only practical but cute. So here they are!
Day 1- Travel Day
So when deciding what to wear on a travel day I always do my best to layer. This allows me to fit more into my bag (I was only bringing a carry on for this trip). If I am packing heels for the trip I tend to wear them to the airport, again allowing more room in my bag. I decided to stick with a neutral pallet. This allows me to mix and match various pieces. I of course had to pack my plaid scarf! I wanted to fit in with the local Scot's.
Day 2- Arthur's Seat and Scotch Tasting
Arthur's Seat is an incredible hike up a large rock formation that has a great view overlooking the city. I of course wore my workout clothes for this part of trip. If you are going to Edinburgh definitely take this hike!
After we finished up with the Arthur's Seat hike we did the Scotch Experience. Even if you are not a big Scotch drinker this is a tour worth doing. You learn a lot and it's quite a production. You start the tour by getting in a cart that is shaped like a whiskey barrel. It's a ride that takes your through the different steps of the scotch process. At the end you get out and are given a Scratch and Sniff Sticker card that will give you the different scents you might experience when smelling/tasting a scotch. You learn how each region's climate plays into the final taste and smell of the Scotch.
You wrap up the end of the tour by walking through the largest collection of scotch on the planet. It is quite something. Extremely old bottles to collector edition bottles and everything in between (see pic below).
Ok so what did I wear for this? Again not knowing what the weather had in store for us it was important that I wore my hair in a way that if the elements got to it I wouldn't look like that girl from The Ring. Stringy, flat, nasty hair. So I chose to wear a scarf, one of my favorite hair accesories! Of course another must was comfortable shoes. It's important to have a great pair of cute and comfortable shoes when on vacation as chances are you will be walking a great deal. We easily walked over 12,000 steps each day. Cole Haan makes the most comfortable and trendy wing tips. The soles are more like a tennis shoe while the top is a more formal wing tip. A MUST!
Day 3- Road Trip to Stirling Castle and St. Andrews
Day 3 we ventured out of Edinburgh. We rented a car to drive up the coast to see Stirling Castle and St. Andrews Golf Course. Believe it or not up to this point we still had not seen rain. We had gorgeous weather from start to finish of each day. Day 3 was no different. We drove an hour and a half to Stirling Castle. Very much recommend if you are able to get outside of city. I again chose to wear something comfortable and layer up.
Day 4- Edinburgh Castle
This was our final day in Edinburgh. We did a walking food tour and a tour of Edinburgh Castle. This day our weather luck ran out and we ran into some serious ran. But It's ok as I had packed for that. A baseball cap was another way for me to ensure I wasn't going to have to deal with nastly hair should the weather turn wet. Of course a rain jacket is a must if you are traveling to this part of the world as the weather is extremely unpredictable. One moment it's sunny and warm and then 30 min later it's raining, then sunny, then windy, then hot. Needless to say you have to prepare for just about anything. This day was quite a bit cooler than the rest, so the warm sweater I packed came in handy.
As I said, Edinburgh is an incredible city and I highly recommend visiting if you have the opportunity. When packing remember- wear comfortable shoes, bring a rain jacket (umbrella's may not cut it with the wind), hats and other hair accessories are a must to deal with the rain and wind, and layers are always recommended as it can go from cold to hot in an instant.
The next trip will be Northern Italy. Stay tuned!
The Food Fanantic & Exercise Enthusiast