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!