I'm going back in time here to my first day in Scotland two weeks ago. Internet access is generally too cumbersome and I'd rather see than write so I'm working retrospectively. As always with one of these trips, some details have already faded.
We were fortunate to be able to gather the whole family for a trip. Since my oldest has moved out of state and my youngest started college last year, that has become difficult but so glad we managed it. We met #1 son at the airport in Chicago and all flew together to Edinburgh. This we barely managed as we left home late and encountered the predictable Chicago traffic arriving at bag check with quite literally two minutes to spare. I managed to maintain composure throughout which is uncharacteristic but had planned that if we were not allowed to check our bags, three of us would fly on and one would try to take the next flight out, bags in tow. I'm not sure how that would have worked out and very glad it didn't come to that. Google Maps got quite a work out from the cab as we tried to estimate our arrival time at the airport.
The flight itself was uneventful with time to catch up. It has been a while since the whole family was in one place. We booked a flat in Edinburgh's New Town via Airbnb and check in was seamless. We had a great apartment--three bedrooms in a fantastic location. It was quite the luxury.
After resting a bit, food was in order. Obtaining food seems to be a central theme of our joint travels. At times it interferes with seeing the sites but we all love to eat and traveling with two young adult guys has its requirements. After a pub dinner that was actually quite good, fish and chips and soup among other things, one of my sons and I took a stroll while the other two went back "home" to rest. The very long summer days are a delight while traveling. We were out until after 10 and it was still light. We walked along the Water of Leith, a creek that runs through town until we could walk no more. Here are a few shots: