I spent a ten great days with my mother traveling around Wales and Scotland. I did my homework before the trip, connected with tons of very helpful people via social media, and navigated my way through half of the United Kingdom without any problems. I have lots of gluten-free friends to report back on but here are some of my highlights.
- Being greeted with a complimentary box of gluten-free cupcakes, cakes, and even potato crisps (chips to us Americans) courtesy of The City Bakehouse, owned by The Allergy Free Bakery, in Cardiff, Wales . We connected via Twitter and when Jo, the owner, learned I would be in Cardiff on the day her shop was closed, she made sure to deliver a package to my hotel for me. If this isn’t an example of Welsh generosity and hospitality, I don’t know what is.
- Cardiff. We had no idea what to expect since I don’t know anyone that’s been to Wales. My mom and I loved it there! I would definitely go back to Wales to see more of this beautiful country. Why people limit themselves to Ireland and England is beyond me. Go to Wales!!
- Finding a gluten-free chocolate lava cake at My Home Bakery in Glasgow after sadly discovering Peter’s West End was closed for the day for a film shoot and I would not be able to eat any gluten-free onion rings. Peter’s, think you can send some to NYC?
- Marks and Spencers Food Hall. My mom and I LOVED M&S so much that I think we went almost every day. Convenient pre-packaged food, “free from” line, pastries (for my mom), and pre-made gluten-free sandwiches. What’s not to love?
- Gluten-free afternoon tea at the Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh. Three delicious tiers of gluten-free amazingness
- The weather. Ok, this might sound totally crazy but out of 10 days we only had 1 day of slight drizzle. Other than that the weather in both Wales and Scotland was great for us. I think this is a UK miracle. Thank you weather gods.
- Gluten-free labeling laws in the United Kingdom made it very easy to find “free from” (gluten-free food) without worry. Let’s hope the US labeling laws are this good.
- Climbing to the top of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh for sweeping views of the city and water. Gorgeous. Do it!
It was great to travel with my mom. She is a very easy travel companion and is always on the hunt for gluten-free food for me. What more can you ask for in a travel buddy. We had a wonderful time and lots of great memories. I hope to have my gluten-free city guides up soon. Stay tuned!