Scotland was an amazing trip.
I guess I expected it to be a lot like Ireland and, in some ways, I suppose it was. The people were friendly, the beer was good, and there was a lot of rain.
But it was also very different.
For some reason, I never considered using mass transit in Ireland, yet it was pretty much the first thing we did in Scotland.
Edinburgh seemed much more "local" than, say, Dublin, and certainly Rome, which is to say there were more tourists in those two cities. Don't get me wrong; Edinburgh certainly had its fair share of tourists. But, in comparison, far less.
Not to slight anyone in Dublin or Rome, but we found the people in Edinburgh to be ridiculously friendly, so much to the point that we were even invited out to go bar hopping around the city to catch a bunch of local musicians playing about. It was such a good time, and it felt like we'd known these people for years when, in fact, it had been only a few hours. We were welcomed into their inner circles like old friends.
When all was said and done, I think we'd hit the "sweet spot" with regards to how long the trip was. One more day would've been too long and one day less would've been not enough. We had pretty much seen everything we wanted to, and even had some down time to rest up.
It was time to go home, and we were ready.
It'll be interesting to see where we go next...