It's a Match: 4,000 Miles Failed to Stop Scotsman's Tinder Date

A romantic Scot flew 4,000 miles to meet an American girl he matched with on Tinder after only two months of chatting - after mistakenly believing she lived in Edinburgh.

Paddy Campbell, 32, only used the app for the first time when a friend downloaded it for him after he became single in January.

On March 21, he matched with Bridget Kelly, 28, who was using Tinder Passport to search for a Scottish date after becoming bored of going out with Americans.

When Kelly asked, "What's the weather like over there?" Paddy realized she wasn't in Edinburgh, which he had assumed from the tartan dress she was wearing.

Paddy Campbell and Bridget Kelly
Paddy Campbell flew 4,000 miles to meet Bridget Kelly, an American girl he matched with on Tinder, after only two months of chatting. He mistakenly believed she lived in Edinburgh, Scotland, as the two got to know one another. Simon Galloway/Zenger

The couple began chatting nonstop despite a six-hour time difference and Kelly jokingly invited him to be her date at a friend's wedding on May 21.

Campbell made the 4,000 mile trip to meet Kelly in Chicago on May 17 - and they spent a magical few days going out for dinner and breakfast, and walking around the city.

Kelly accidentally told him she loved him a few days before he got on the plane in Scotland but Campbell chose not to say anything until he met her in person, and they are now saying it to each other all the time.

They have both kept the app so they can nostalgically look through their messages, which they plan to screengrab and print out.

Kelly is planning to visit Scotland for two weeks in July, while Campbell, from Alloa, Clackmannanshire, will visit America again in September.

The couple said that when it works, it works, despite the massive constraints.

Paddy Campbell and Bridget Kelly
Paddy Campbell, 32, matched with Bridget Kelly, 28, on Tinder. Simon Galloway/Zenger

Campbell said: "A friend got it (Tinder) for me back in January, I'd no idea about Tinder but I wanted to move on.

"I got a message from Bridget and thought she was in Edinburgh, she had a tartan dress on.

"She said, 'How's the weather over there?' and I looked properly and realized she was 4,000 miles away.

"We had a lot in common and carried on chatting on Snapchat.

"Bridget said she had a wedding to go to and I offered my services."

Kelly, who sells wedding dresses, was specifically hoping to meet a Scottish guy of Irish heritage - and matched with a Celtic fan.

The couple snapped selfies together in Chicago with Campbell wearing his Celtics shirt.

Campbell believes Scottish men are best for dating because they are direct and funny - although he said Kelly needed to be a "translator" when they went out in Wisconsin, where she lives.

He said: "We've got the best patter in the world, we say it how it is, no beating about the bush. We always speak our minds.

"Bridget has been my translator."

Paddy Campbell and Bridget Kelly in Chicago
Paddy Campbell and Bridget Kelly in Chicago. Simon Galloway/Zenger

He often gets up at 3 a.m. to chat with Kelly before starting work at 6 a.m., and Kelly sometimes starts work at 2 p.m., which makes the time difference easier to manage.

Campbell will fly home May 31 and they have a packed itinerary until then, including watching the play "To Kill a Mockingbird" in Chicago.

Kelly even introduced her parents to her new beau.

She said: "They make them different in Scotland, I was just intrigued about the idea.

"I'm of Irish heritage and I was curious about what it would be like to live in Ireland or Scotland.

"I've dated a couple of Irish guys in America, I thought, 'Let's try Scotland.'"

She added: "We were on the phone and I was saying something I really like about him and I accidentally said 'I love you.'

"We have definitely said we loved each other."

Despite their connection, both of them realized it may not click when they met in person and were open to being "best friends" if that was the case.

Campbell said: "We were respectful of that but we got lucky."

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.