I haven’t been on a mini-break in quite a while, so going up to Scotland on Easter weekend definitely counted as a holiday – and it definitely cost enough. With the price of my trains costing equal to most return European flights, I knew I wanted to make the most of this adventure.
So at 8.30am on Good Friday, there I was in Kings Cross station, surrounded by legions of other people who were getting away for Easter. The train was fully reserved, so people were sitting on the floor, in the luggage racks, and whenever else they could find. Luckily I had a seat in the corner of the train, away from the madness of 50th birthday celebrations kicking off before lunchtime.
Four and a half hours after waving goodbye to London, I arrived in Edinburgh. The whole reason I was in Scotland was to see some of my roommates from when we all worked at Disney together. Since we live in opposite corners of the UK, it’s often hard to organise a time to meet up, so getting together to see Adele in Glasgow was the perfect reason.
Edinburgh is a beautiful city. The castle sitting imposingly over the main town is quite something, and must have struck fear into any invading enemies. We grabbed a slow lunch at Candy Bar. Though it wasn’t speedy, everything on the menu was £5, and Porn Star Martinis were half price. Definitely can’t complain with that!
Local Rebecca gave us a tour of the most touristy parts of the city after lunch. We walked up the Mound to the castle, which was surprisingly easy considering how high up the castle seemed. If you’re in the market for a woolen scarf, then Edinburgh is definitely the place to be, with every other shop offering tartan on varying offers. The view of the city from the ramparts of the castle is magnificent, and I enjoyed it even though the wind was threatening to blow us off our feet.
The next day, it was off to Glasgow ready to see Adele. The contrast between the two cities is very obvious. While Edinburgh attracts the tourists as well as having everything the locals need, Glasgow is definitely a city for the people. It feels very industrial and has a tough fighting spirit. We stayed in the Jurys Inn right by the main train station. It was a great location to get to all of the shops and restaurants, plus it was perfect when we wanted to go from the station, to the pub, to bed that evening.
I’m going to write a separate post about seeing Adele, so check back soon if you’d like to read it.
I slept surprisingly well in the Jury’s Inn, especially when considering that we could see the train platform from our hotel window. We did lose an hour of sleep thanks to the clocks changing, which meant we had to leave the hotel an hour earlier than we would have liked to.
It’s easy to tell that Glasgow is Scotland’s biggest city as the centre stretches out a lot further than Edinburgh. With around 600,000 inhabitants, the city has a great blend of friendly locals, popular museums, striking architecture and thriving nightlife.
After some shopping in the endless Forever 21, we dashed through the rain to the car. We drove for around 15 minutes to the Glasgow Fort, a huge outdoor shopping complex, which happened to be where Adele was shopping the day before. We met another of our Disney roomies, Ainsley, who I hadn’t seen since I left Orlando in 2014. After a stroll around the impressive retail park, we picked a suitably American restaurant to eat at; TGI Friday’s. I think their Jack Daniel’s chicken bites are to die for. Add potato skins to the mix, and I’m a happy girl.
We drove back to Edinburgh for the night and had a chilled evening while our food digested. Playing the Disney Parks deck on Heads Up was a definite highlight.
And now I’m on the long train back to London. It was already meant to be four hours and 40 minutes long, but I ended up sitting on that train from 11.45am to 7.30pm, making it the worst bank holiday I’ve ever had. It may have been an awful way to end Easter, but the weekend was a lot of fun. I loved being able to revisit the cultural city of Edinburgh and go to a city I’d never been to before while catching up with some fabulous friends.
How was your Easter weekend? Are you planning any short weekend breaks soon?