The nice thing about living on the East Coast is that many European locations are easily accessible without having to take a significant amount of time off from work or break the bank.
With a JFK –> EDI flight just 10,000 points more and an hour longer than a flight to LAX. Edinburgh, Scotland was the perfect place to explore for a long weekend. Below is my action packed, perfect long weekend itinerary in Scotland.
Day 1: Edinburgh
The redeye flight to Scotland on Thursdays from JFK is the perfect length. American flies a 7:20pm flight that gets in to EDI at around 7am, giving you almost a full night’s rest (if you can sleep on planes), so you can hit the ground running when you arrive.
On arrival, we rented a car from Hertz (ridiculously cheaply), which quickly set the stage for the adventure that would be left-handed-stick-driving-on-the-opposite-side-of-the-road. Luckily, I had driven in Ireland and London and in places as crazy as Uzbekistan, so the narrow streets and confusing direction of traffic was more fun than intimidating. (Helpful hint: US or UK, the driver is always on the centerline. Keep that in mind before you go the wrong way around one of the 1,000 roundabouts in the country).
What to do:
Grab a Coffee: Harry Potter fan? Hate Harry Potter but want to make your nerdy friends jealous? Start your day by grabbing a coffee at Elephant House, the apparent inspirational cafe where J.K. Rowling sat to write her books. If you’re a super nerd, a two minute walk away is Greyfriar’s Kirkyard where you will find Lord Voldemort’s grave.
Start Active: The easiest way to kill any thought of jetlag is to be active and get out in the sun to reset your clock. Luckily Edinburgh has Arthur’s Seat, a fun and moderate hike just outside Old Town that provides amazing views of the city. Once we dropped our bags at my hotel, it was a quick walk to the end of the Royal Mile where the trailhead was clearly visible.
Approximately 30 minutes gets you to the summit and beautiful panoramic views of the entire city.