Scotland Recap

Friends, I have finally finished all of my posts from Scotland! You can read all about our trip by clicking on the “Wanderlust” tab, or by scrolling down below. I am so sorry that it took me so long to get everything together – I have been very busy with work, mom-ing, wife-ing, and living.

As for now, I’m at my desk procrastinating on a work project. And…wishing I was back in Scotland.

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Hotel Review – Fairmont St. Andrews

We enjoyed our stay at the Fairmont St. Andrews during our trip to Scotland. Here’s a quick review of the hotel…

Location – The hotel is located just outside of St. Andrews proper – about a 7-minute drive.  The drive to the Edinburgh airport via car is about an hour and 15 minutes.  If you’re looking for a quiet, idyllic hotel to vacation at in St. Andrews – this is it.

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Customer Service – Service at the hotel was top-notch. We never wanted for anything and we were always treated warmly and graciously by staff. Everyone we encountered was helpful, accommodating, and very eager to assist. Additionally, everyone we met was very friendly and doted on George.

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Accommodations – We booked the Kingdom of Fife Suite and it was a fabulous retreat.

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Our room had two large bathrooms (one with an oversized-tub and the other with an oversized-shower), two large closets and dressing areas, a large bedroom, living room, dining room, fireplace, and the only balcony on the property.

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Amenities – The hotel features turn-down service, a spa, library, two golf courses, a club house, two bars, and three high-end restaurants. During our stay, we dined at all three of the restaurants – each was exceptional. Room service was also exceptional.  And the views? Well, you be the judge…

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Family Friendly – This hotel is very family-friendly and I would recommend it to families traveling with kids of all ages.  The hotel offers many baby items to its guests, free of charge, and has special programs and activities for older children. The hotel even set up a crib for George when they learned that we were traveling with a toddler.

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Member Recognition – The hotel is part of the Fairmont family and despite having the lowest-tier member standing with them, we were recognized as valued members throughout our stay.

Hotel Review – Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh

We enjoyed our stay at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh during our trip to Scotland. Here’s a quick review of the hotel…

Location – The hotel is conveniently located near Princes Street and the Edinburgh Castle.  Although we made the 15-minute drive from the Edinburgh airport via car, the hotel is located close to both rail and bus lines.

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Customer Service – Service at the hotel was excellent. We never wanted for anything and we were always treated warmly and graciously by staff. Everyone we encountered was helpful, accommodating, and eager to assist. To boot, the hotel is meticulously clean and full of historical gems.

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Accommodations – We booked our room at the last-minute and we were able to snag one of the hotel’s last available rooms (there are 241 rooms!). It was graduation weekend for several universities, so hotel rooms were scarce, and we were lucky to book a small room. Our room had a large bathroom and oversize-tub, although the room itself was quite small. The room also came with a desk area, a small closet, a mini-refrigerator, and TV. Normally we would try to book a larger room, but we were desperate for a room in a conveniently located hotel.

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Amenities – The hotel features turn-down service, a spa, library, a bar, and three high-end restaurants. During our stay, we dined at Peacock Alley for tea service – it was exceptional. Other than that, our only culinary experience at the hotel was dinner from service on our first night there.

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Family Friendly – This hotel is very family-friendly and I would recommend it to families traveling with kids of all ages.

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Member Recognition – The hotel is part of the Hilton family and despite having the lowest-tier member standing with Hilton, we were recognized as valued members throughout our stay. Had it not been a full house, we would have been treated to a room upgrade.

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Scotland – July 9th

We woke up on Saturday ready to head back to the USA and to the comforts of home (including our own beds!). We had a quick breakfast in the hotel before taking a taxi to Heathrow.

Check-in with United was seamless and we were through security in less than five minutes. We did some souvenir shipping in Terminal 2’s infamous shops before making our way the United Club.

We had some snacks in the Club and prepped for our long journey home. Surprisingly, the Club wasn’t crowded and a had a relaxing vibe that morning.

We made our way to the gate and boarded without incident. We flew a Boeing Dreamliner and were in the first class cabin. With a 2-2-2 seating arrangement, G and I sat together and John sat across from us.

We took off on/time and the crew quickly began serving lunch.

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I had chicken and George had the spaghetti.

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George and I shared a cheese plate before gouging ourselves on ice cream sundaes.

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George spent some time watching cartoons before falling asleep. While he snoozed, I watched television and managed a brief nap.Once he woke, we shared another cheese plate and some fruit.

Before we knew it, we were landing in Houston. Within an hour of landing, we were pulling up in our driveway. Without TSA PreCheck, we would have spent over hour in the Customs and Immigration lines.

We had a wonderful trip to Scotland and we are grateful that we were able to enjoy some relaxing time together as a family.

Scotland – July 8th

We had our final breakfast in St. Andrews in the Atrium Restaurant at our hotel.

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The restaurant was the busiest we had seen it, yet service was still excellent.

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After finalizing our packing and checking out of the hotel, we made the beautiful drive back to Edinburgh.

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We returned our car at the Edinburgh airport and took advantage of one more photo op with George.

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Inside, the airport was crazy. There were long lines, and people, everywhere. We checked our bags with British Airways for the flight back to London and the nice gate agent generously waived the fee for my grossly overweight bag. Score!

 We made it through security, and had a quick lunch at a terminal cafe. Quick, easy, and casual.

Post-lunch, we let George play in this great kid’s zone by our gate.

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When our flight was delayed an hour, we let him play some more to pass the time.

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Needless to say, he slept on our flight back to London.

Once we landed in London, we took a taxi to a Sheraton hotel a few miles from Heathrow. We settled into our room before heading downstairs for a quick and casual dinner.

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We were wiped out afterwards so it was an easy and casual night in for everyone.