You know it’s your final day of a holiday when you get a free mocktail to start the day off, accompanied by my impressive traditional Scottish breakfast that I just had to have once again. I don’t think I’ve ever had English breakfast two days in a row!
That’s a beautiful thing about travelling: ou can treat yourself as much as you want without feeling much guilt. You being away on a break is the perfect excuse.
Day 3 mostly spent ticking off what was left on my Edinburgh itinerary and casually walking through to see what was going on and enjoying the bright sun shining on me.
Scotch Whisky Experience
I couldn’t leave Edinburgh without getting a bit of scotch whisky in my system. One of the biggest things left to do on my list was going on the Scotch Whisky Experience.
The start of the experience has you on a merry-go round tour on a step by step guide on how single malt scotch whisky is made. I felt like this part wanted visitors to use their imagination to visualise whisky being created. For example there were both ingredient props and a video of the person
After the tour we watched a presentation on 5 different regions in Scotland where whisky was produced and the unique aromas and tastes they’re each known for creating. The 5 regions being Highlands, Lowlands, Islay, Speyside and Campbelltown. Campbelltown was my favourite whisky region because of the vanilla flavour it associates with their scotch whiskies. Unfortunately there aren’t many whisky distilleries in the Campbelltown region so you would rarely see whiskies from that region down your local supermarket or off-licence.
We then got a mini presentation on how blended Whisky is produced. Blended whisky = Single Malt Whisky + Grain Whisky basically. My Scotch Whisky experience then concluded with some free whisky tasting, which was obviously the best part of the experience. Not that the other features weren’t fun and appealing. Quite the opposite!
All of this was included as part of the silver tour, which was £16.
P.S. One of my whisky tasting glasses is my souvenir 😆
Free New Town Walking Tour
After a pleasant time drinking whisky I wondered through Royal Mile to get to my final activity of my stay – a walking tour of Edinburgh’s new town.
The tour took everyone to some of the attractions and landmarks that go unnoticed by many visitors but are still just as pivotal to Scottish culture and compelling as the most popular attractions in the city are.
It was pretty cool! I enjoyed chatting to the tour guide (I forgot her name *smh*), who was a frequent traveler like myself so it was nice to talk about the travels we’ve both done along with the attractions on the tour and the ins and outs of being a tour guide.
Yum Yum was my last food joint I hit up during my visit. It was shawarma time for me. One of my dorm mates thought about having shawarma while on our hostel bar crawl and I never had it before. When I got to Yum Yum I just thought “It’s time I had this for the sake of my innocent life”.
I went in, placed the order Mixed Shawarma Wrap, including chicken and lamb doner and guys – it was yum!!! It was mad HUGEEEEE! Trust me look at the picture I’m not even exaggerating. It’s arguably bigger than the wraps that I get down my local kebab shop, which is top quality as well. The wrap could’ve full you for a whole morning and afternoon. Cost? £5.95. Personally it made me more glad that I gave Oink a pass.
I wasn’t a fan of how small the seating area was. I know most kebab shops in London don’t offer much in the way of seating but it was mainly because I was close to the fryers and cookers so customers can end up smelling pretty bad by the time they leave the shop.
I spoke a bit about the locals in my post on my 2nd day in Edinburgh. Like I said, a lot of the people I encountered there (both locals and tourists alike were hit and miss in terms of reception. The locals seem to be pretty proud of themselves and aren’t afraid to boast about it, especially when jokingly comparing themselves to Glasgowians.
Sometimes their remarks can make people perceive them as arrogant but they try to as light-hearted about it as they can. If you’re the kind of person who’s easily offended then they may not sit right with you.
As for tourists, Edinburgh is seemingly a popular destination for Americans and Australians around the winter as there were a fair few of them around.
Rating out of 10 for Attraction, Food, Transport and People
Attraction Watch – 9 out of 10
Food Watch – 7.5 out of 10
Transport Watch – 7 out of 10
People Watch – 6.5/7 out of 10
That is my Edinburgh trip review concluded. What’s been the best thing about Scotland and its natives for you? Have you visited Edinburgh or looking to visit the city soon? Leave your comments down below
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