We arrived at the airport plenty early thanks to Grandma-in-a-coma car service. Thanks Grandma! The plane was completely packed out and Joel and I were located in the center aisle, which could have been terrible except we were seated next to a wonderful couple from England. The whole flight lasted 9hr and 45 min and that was just to get to Amsterdam, which was an hour and a half past Glasgow. The only part of Amsterdam we saw was the airport.
Technically our first full day of the trip was spent in an airplane. We left Monday around 11am and arrived in Scotland at 10am on Tuesday. However, I am not counting that as day one because we didn't sleep at all on that 9hr 45 min flight. Firstly, because we were on our way to Scotland and secondly because it is impossible to sleep on a plane! So we arrived in Glasgow, made it easily through customs, had our passports stamped and met Josh just before grabbing our one checked bag.
We then went to Josh's place a proceeded to crash for a few hours. Then we went and saw Scotland, well at least we saw Ayr.
Ayr is a beautiful seaport town on west coast Scotland and where Josh works as a Minister in the Kirk (That's Scottish for The Church). After a tasty lunch and a white coffee (yes! they have white coffee in Scotland, I can't get it in St. Louis or Nebraska but I can get it in Scotland... who knew!) at this cute little diner called the Hunny Pot (Winnie the Pooh themed, very adorable) we went on to our first castle.
Culzean (pronounced Cah-lane) Castle not far from Ayr is a 17th century home with some interesting history. We were really grateful to Josh for allowing us to use a special card that got us into the park and the castle for free. Most of the castle we were not allowed to take pictures inside of so don't expect a glimpse into the beautiful homes.
We walked around the grounds for few hours and our legs were burning by the time we were done. Part of the history of the place was that President Eisenhower used this castle as a basis of operation. He even had his own apartment next to the castle.
We also got a quick ride to the walled garden (usually a 5 min walk but a nice gentlemen was headed that direction and gave us a lift) And that was our first day in Scotland.