Happy Tuesday, friends!
Today, I’m recapping our last day in Scotland and our first day in Ireland. It’s a little this and a little that from both beautiful countries. Now, if you missed PART ONE (our first two days in Edinburgh) or PART TWO (our day spent in St. Andrews), then go back and read those first. If you’re all caught up, then dive on in…
Those smiles! We were out the door and ready to spend our final full day in Edinburgh. After a fun day in St. Andrews, it was nice to finish things off here. This was Saturday morning, so we headed out to find some place to eat breakfast…
…and found it in a pub 🙂 . It was delish! The World Cup was going on while we were over there, so already by 8:30 that morning, the pub was full with happy beer drinkers cheering on the TV. It was so lively and extra entertaining!
Three happy sisters!
After breakfast, we walked over to the Edinburgh Farmer’s Market which happens on Saturday mornings. We smelled soap, looked at beautiful jewelry, ate macarons, and more. It was a fun way to spend the morning…
…the food was AMAZING! There were stalls filled with so many delectable things.
After the farmer’s market, we strolled a bit more…
…Kensington and Ashby each selected a cashmere scarf as a treasure to take home. Please note, they are wearing them the rest of the trip 🙂 . Those two were so sweet! They really wanted “grown up” scarves. Madeley did not. Ha!
When I look at them, I want to sing “Sisters, Sisters” from White Christmas. 🙂
After that, we walked over to Camera Obscura & World of Illusions. We bought tickets right then and there and walked in. My kiddos LOVED this place! I bet we were all in there about 1.5 hours. It’s filled with all sorts of illusions, camera tricks, believe it or not stuff. It was so much fun for them!
Just one of the many fun things inside!
Hahahahaha! So cute!
So, before we left home, we had purchased advanced tickets to visit the Jameson Distillery in Ireland, but after being in Edinburgh for a few days, we had heard a lot of amazing things about the Scotch Whisky Experience there, so we walked over and stood in line to visit. (Several guide books said it was a must see for families!) We waited about 30 minutes in line and then it was our turn. I know this might sound crazy…but visiting both of these places (Jameson and Scotch Whisky) were two of our FAVORITE things! My kids are still talking about them.
In line with four kids waiting to learn all about how Scotch is made.
They were pumped. Madeley had a new ball type thing that she was pumped about.
The tour starts with a Disney-type ride in a barrel. It was hard to take pics and load kids into barrels, but I tried to capture it for you…
…these barrels come out on a conveyor belt type thing and you hop on and “ride” for about 10 minutes while you watch this progressive movie about how Scotch whisky started and is made. It was very interactive and interesting for grown ups, but totally geared towards kiddos too. After the ride, we ended up here on our tour (there were about 25 in a “tour”)…
…where they passed out scratch and sniff cards that explained the different regions of Scotland and how the different whiskys are made based on that part of the country. After that, we went into this small theater and watched a panoramic movie about Scotland. This was my favorite part! It was very IMAX -ish (but on a smaller scale). There was swooping and gorgeous footage of Scotland and the narrator explained the different regions of the country. It was gorgeous! I really felt like I learned so much by the time it was over.
After that, we went into a tasting room where you could sample different types of Scotch or if you didn’t want to (or you were a kiddo), they gave out sodas that were crafted in Scotland. My kids loved that too.
The tour wrapped up in this room. It’s the largest unopened private collection of Scotch in the world. It was spectacular! Beautiful bottles were everywhere!
The whole thing lasted about an hour and a half or so. It was so fun!
It was the middle of the afternoon when we left, and we were all happy and STARVING! We found a pub with an outdoor seating area and enjoyed lunch outside.
Beautiful weather and shepherd’s pie. Win, win.
On Instagram, so many of you told us to get ice cream from Mary’s Milk Bar, so we did!
This is the view looking out of Mary’s Milk Bar. Not too shabby, right?!
Ice cream for the WIN! We loved it!
Cones and castles!
With cones in hand, we walked from old town to the newer part of town. Smith had a football and wanted to play at the park, so we did…
…the girls were so happy to play too! We stayed on that side of town the rest of the day. We played, we strolled and then we ended up here for dinner…
…back at Contini (where we had already had breakfast there the day before). The dinner menu was spectacular…
…oh my word! We were SO FULL when we left!! I had the Contadino, and it was like the best thing ever. Andrew had the risotto and when I tasted his, I thought it was divine as well. It was such a good spot to enjoy our last supper in Edinburgh.
Happy smiles 🙂 .
We wrapped up our day at dinner, walked back to the apartment and packed up. Next stop…Dublin!
The next morning, we woke up, grabbed our bags and headed to the airport for Dublin, Ireland!
The car service we used to take us from the Edinburgh airport to our apartment told us that they could do the return trip on this day (it was a Sunday), but because of some big city wide thing happening that morning, they estimated it would take at least 2 hours in the car to get there, so they suggested we take the train instead. We looked and it was an above ground train kind of like a subway…but above ground, so we hauled our luggage down there early that morning and headed to the airport via train. It was just around the corner from where we were, so it wasn’t a big deal at all. That being said…it was the beginning of a long day.
Listen, I want to be really clear about something. The first week of summer, we left the local pool after only 45 minutes and I made all four kids come home and nap because they were being RIDICULOUS. Like seriously, y’all…I was appalled by how whiny, difficult, sassy and argumentative they all were. So, they spent the whole afternoon napping. All four of them. I want you to know that they have moments like that, so that when I brag on them now, it tempers it just a bit. They can be very difficult sometimes, but friends…on this day, they were AMAZING.
In the above pic, we finally made it through security and were enjoying lunch. Security took forever. We had so many bags, a stroller, four kids and a long line. That was after the train ride which was fine…but there were a lot of stops and people were getting on and off and you know…it just took a while. Thennnnnn…our flight to Dublin was delayed. So, we waited even longer at the airport. All in all, I think we were at the airport close to 6 hours. So, that little flight to Dublin (it’s only 50 minutes) that should have been quick on this day was LONG. After we landed, we waited 1.5 hours for them to bring us our rental car too. I mean…I was not in the best mood, but friends, my kiddos were so good!! They never complained! I was tired and hungry, but they were all so sweet and so well behaved. They might act like fools some days, but they had it together on this day, and this mama, wanted to brag a minute. We finally got our rental car and walked down to the parking spot to get it…
…9 passenger van for the win! Hahahaha! We wanted something big enough for all of us and our stuff. Look at Andrew on the opposite side of the car. It was an adventure for sure!
We drove out of the airport and over to our apartment to drop off stuff. We were starving! I think it was like 7:00 PM at this point. We dropped off our stuff and started walking to find some food…
…we found this burger place and sat down to dinner. We were so hungry and tired, but HAPPY to be in Ireland!!!
After dinner, we walked back to our place but stopped for ice cream first…
…it was a long day but well worth it! We were so excited to start exploring beautiful Ireland.
See you tomorrow! xo