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Day 24 & 25 Edinburgh

Flew to Edinburgh. Spectacular view of the Pyrenees.

45 minutes through customs and jumped a taxi into the city. Our Cabbie informed us that we’d timed it beautifully as the Rugby had started 30 minutes earlier and the traffic had been appalling.

Hit the hotel and straight out again to find a venue to watch said Rugby from. Followed the music and came across The Three Sisters, a year round outdoor venue crammed between ancient buildings in the old town. And yes, you heard me right when I said outdoor venue… in Edinburgh. They are officially nuts.

Ate Cod and chips, (tasted almost as good on the way back up), tried the Open Gate IPA they had on tap. Solid IPA with a good line of bitterness, using Citra hops to give the fruit. Watched Scotland beat Argentina, nearly froze to death, so let Australia loose to the Poms all on their own.

Were supposed to have a brewery tour that evening (when I say evening I mean 4.30pm – pitch dark), however, afore mentioned Cod and chips put paid to that plan. Back to the hotel, Stematil, hot tea and an early night.

Feeling much better, let the sun come up (9.15am) and headed out to the Scotch Whiskey Experience. Had a fantastic tour and tasting, the highlight of which was a tasting in the room housing the Claive Vidiz Collection. The largest collection of unopened Scotch Whiskey in the world.

Having picked up a couple of tidbits of knowledge and thawed out somewhat, we headed out to checkout the amazing city of Edinburgh.

Loved it. A bit touristy on the Royal Mile, but worth a look regardless, Victoria Street was cool. A Harry Potter shop every block. Fantastic friendly, chatty people. Went to see the newest Fantastic Beasts movie at a cool retro cinema… the cinema was great, the movie was not.

Had promised to drop into Brewdog while I was in town. Tried their Beetle Mania (double), Elvis Juice, and Hazy Jayne.

All very good IPAs. Hazy Jayne was a New England IPA with lots of suspended organics. Am really looking forward to supporting these guys when they open in Brisbane early 2019. They have created a great space, with heaps of character and fantastic energy. There was a dogs birthday party going on when we were there, and everyone was totally fine with it.

Wanted to catch some live music, so headed to an Irish Pub (as you do) for a Sunday session, which ended with Roz and I winning the Trivia Night and shouting the bar with the prize money. Good fun. Rolled back to the Hotel around midnight.

Loved Edinburgh, it was the people that really made it.

Off to Speyside tomorrow. Night.

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