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Trip Report 20 year anniversary trip to Scotland

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First thanks to folks who helped me plan the trip particularly Janisj. I am not a good writer and not good at details so will keep it short. Feel free to ask any questions. Our plan was as follows:

2 nights Edinburgh (Fraser suites)
2 nights Argyll (Airds hotel)
3 nights Skye (Cullins hotel)
2 nights Torridon (the Torridon) -
Last night Edinburg.

Overall - Loved Scotland. Weather turned out to be ok. 5 or so mostly sunny days, 3 days of rain and the remaining cloudy with some scattered showers. Light until almost 10pm...loved that part. Excellent food almost everywhere particularly in Edinburgh. Folks are lovely. We enjoyed all the places we stayed at and would not hesitate to recommend them. Our favorite stay was at the Airds hotel - the service and setting was simply exceptional. From our perspective Scotland was the perfect choice to celebrate our milestone anniversary.

We flew out of Newark airport which has recently gone through some renovations. There are some nice restaurants in the departure area - a glass of rose and a margarita to celebrate our anniversary/trip was a good beginning. Direct redeye flight to Edinburgh was uneventful. I got a few hours of sleep but the hubby mostly watched movies. We land at Edinburgh collect our luggage and take the A100 (I think) to center city. We got off at Waverly bridge and then it was an uphill 10 min walk to the Fraser suites. Excellent location more of less across from the Giles cathedral. Its roughly 1.30pm. We are told the room is not ready which of course is expected. They are happy to keep our bags and make a couple of recommendations for lunch (pizza, burgers??!!). Luckily I had done a quick search on restaurants and had a clue. We start walking down the Royal Mile and the name Angels with Bagpipes rings a bell. We have no reservation but are welcomed. Good ambiance and service. The food preparation/presentation was wonderful. I think it is very well priced for the quality of food and service. My husband has a whisky mixed drink and could not have been happier. Again a wonderful start. Its a bit cloudy so we decide to cover the National Museum. Pls note we are not big into museum but I had read that this one is not to be missed. I agree. It is massive with several floors covering everything from early fashion, locomotives, the industrial revolution, and Scottish history. My fav exhibits were of course Dolly the cloned sheep, and the replica of the tomb of Queen Mary. After 2.5 hours of so we were exhausted and headed back towards our hotel. They were ready for us and gave us a suite on the 1st floor (one floor below the lobby level). Now for whatever reason I was under the impression that our room would have a 'castle view'. Well it didn't and I was told that we are in city center and the hotel is surrounded by walls on 3 sides so there are no real views?? Well the view from our suite was that of a wall. Also the room was right next to the service staircase - I was worried about noise level but turned out to be ok. Anyway the room itself was quite nice and spacious so I accepted it for what it was. We were exhausted at this point and took a long nap (2 hours or so) to recover from the jet lag and woke up feeling great. Got dressed and on to Lovage restaurant for dinner. The restaurant is highly recommended on tripadvisor and it was excellent. We were both pleased with our dishes. Good selection of wines - we ordered a bottle of the Austrian Gruner Veltliner which was very good and brought back memories of a prior trip ... walk back to the hotel was lovely ... the city is even more beautiful late evening.

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