Scotland in the Sunshine

You don’t travel to Scotland seeking sunshine. But the 2018 summer in the U.K. and Ireland was not your average summer, and when the sunshine arrived, it mostly stayed.

During a reporting trip to Scotland in June, I ate three meals a day outdoors. Where there was a park bench, there was a local sitting on it — you never know how long the sun is going to last. I flew to Aberdeen and drove to Speyside in search of learning about where Scotch whisky comes from; I didn’t expect to sip that whisky while sitting outdoors. Any and all activities that could be shifted outdoors were shifted into a patch of sun.

There was an appreciation among locals for every cloudless hour that struck me repeatedly throughout my trip. Full story coming soon in AFAR magazine!

Reward after an afternoon hike.
Outdoor Glenfiddich tasting.
Making new friends between distillery visits.
Blue sky breakfast.

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