Thursday, May 18, 2017

Scotland Countryside - Day 3

We were able to start our adventure today (Wednesday) a little later so we could catch up on some much needed rest. At 9:45 a.m. sharp, we boarded the bus and headed out to Scotland’s countryside to the village of Glenkinchie where we toured a distillery. On our journey to Glenkinchie, we got to experience the narrow and winding roads and enjoy the endless rolling hills and beautiful fields of yellow oilseed rape.

During the Glenkinchie tour, we learned the whiskey making process and information about the history of the whiskey industry in Scotland. We also learned a lot of historical facts. After visiting the Glenkinchie Distillery, we ventured back into Edinburgh. Here we split into groups to experience the city for one last day.

During our exploration of Old Town and New Town, we learned more about their currency. We also continued to grow our knowledge of Scotland’s culture and history while interacting with the locals.

Later in the evening, a few group members took a short trip to the nearby fishing village of Queensferry where we got to experience the Forth Road Bridge and Firth of Forth coastline. It was interesting to visit a small, tight-nit community compared to the busy city life of Edinburgh. Our cab driver educated us on the three Forth Bridges and how they provide the main transportation across the Firth of Forth and connect the coastline of Edinburgh and Fife.

Tomorrow morning we are leaving bright and early at 7:30 a.m. to travel to London. We are excited for our train ride to London and the different landmarks we are going to visit. A few landmarks we are looking forward to seeing are Big Ben, Tower of London, and Windsor Castle. We will miss Scotland, but we are thankful for the opportunity to visit Scotland and learn about its history and culture.

Written by Jamie Turner and Jamie Pesik