24 Jan 2017

a weekend in edinburgh for the rugby!

Back in November of last year, my sister and I took a weekend trip up to the beautiful capital of Scotland. Our sole goal was to see Scotland play Australia at Murrayfield and it was the first time my sister had watched any rugby ever (including on TV, etc)! Thankfully, the weather held up (which says a lot as we grew up in Scotland so we know how unpredictable Scottish November weather can be) and we both had an amazing time.

We decided to stay in a Premier Inn Hub Hotel a stone's throw from the Royal Mile and the central location was perfect. The room was tiny but we knew we would only be sleeping in it anyway so that didn't bother us. We loved how high-tech the room was and we could connect our phone to our room in order to control the lighting. Very gimmicky but also very fun (at least for us it was!).

Saturday was set to be a full day of rugby. We went out for breakfast and then did some diving in and out of tourist shops on the Royal Mile. After that, it was time to head to Murrayfield and we opted to take a tram there.

The match itself was heartbreaking - Scotland were leading until the 75th minute or so only for Australia to snatch the win by one point. Despite this, we headed back to the city centre afterwards and had a lovely meal in a pub called the Auld Hundred. Seeing that Edinburgh Gin was on the drinks menu, it would've been rude not to try it so we did (and it was actually pretty good!). We opted to chase it with the classic Scottish drink of... Irn Bru (again, when in Scotland...!).

The next day, we woke up and went for a Scottish fry up at The Royal McGregor. Polishing off both our plates, we dashed off to Edinburgh Airport to fly back to London and who did we bump into whilst there? The Australian rugby team! It was a total coincidence - we stepped off the tram just as we saw them disembarking off their team coach and my sister persuaded me to muster up the courage to ask my favourite Australian player for a photo. Luckily, he obliged and was really polite about it all (he's probably used to this!) and I spent the rest of that day grinning.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to do much sight seeing at all so we're already talking about going back at some point this year to do all the touristy things. One thing's for sure though - hearing the Scottish accent and just walking around in Edinburgh felt like home to both of us. Edinburgh didn't actually feel that different to Inverness and we both looked at each other and went 'feels like home' as soon as we got off the plane! I guess home really is where the heart is?

I'm already thinking about my next trip up to Scotland and all the potential sight seeing that will be done. All of this planning just makes my heart flutter (in a good way) and I'm super excited to see Edinburgh again.

Have you ever been? :)

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