Originally Posted by Bonhomme Richard
I'm thinking of going to Scotland during the last week of March -- specifically Edinburgh, but I'm open to other suggestions and would like to see some of the Lochs/Highlands. Also maybe some whisky tasting/distillery tours. This would be my first trip anywhere abroad. I chose Scotland because weather is irrelevant (at that time of year it's too risky to go anywhere else like France or Italy, but the unpredictable clime of Scotland never really changes), it's an English speaking country, and if anything goes wrong at least I'm in the UK.
Has anyone been to Scotland before? Warfish, please chime in, and any others as well. FWIW it would be like visiting some kind of homeland -- I'm a quarter Scottish.
I've been all over England but not Scotland. It's total different. When you speak to people you will see them smiling because they think you have a funny American accent. Driving takes a lot of practice and they drive on the different sides of the roads which can get you into an accident. The roads are a lot narrower also.
I'm a coffee drinker and they drink tea. If you order coffee, you'll get instant coffee for 5lbs with creamer. If you order tea you'll get this big platter with crackers and spreads and a pot of tea for 2 lbs.
I would buy a Scottish wool sweater and a tweed jacket as they are triple the price over here.Their sweaters are the warmest. I got two and I cherish them.
Their beer is different and serve much warmer than ours but is much thicker and taste great once you get used to it. I'm not a whiskey guy so I can't help you there.