February 2, 2018 at 6:42 am #737557
Hi Everyone, I was hoping I could ask you all for some advice. I’m 30 and I’ve never been anywhere out of the counry as I’ve been pretty broke my whole life. I happened to get a really great opportunity through work and I’ll be getting to spend two weeks in the UK in March. I will start with a few days in Scotland, two or three in England for my work event, and then a week in Ireland. Will also have my shi tzu. I’ve dreamnt of traveling there (especially Ireland) my whole life and I was hoping those of you who’ve been or live there could chime in with any advice you’re willing to offer?
A bit about my plans and who I am, I’d like to drive around Ireland (Ring of Kerry, possibly Galway) and in going there I’m mostly looking for scenic beauty and to meander around. I also love traditional Irish music. In Scotland I may rent a car, but I’m open to hearing what you all think and I know London is a public transit heaven, so no worries there. I love literature, art, and classical music and I may try for a play in the West End. I’m not really too interested in the big touristy stuff, I really like to feel like a local when I travel (in the U.S.)
Thank you all for any input you can share!February 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm #737588
Where will you be in Scotland? I recommend taking a Whisky( correct Scottish spelling) tour such as :https://glenfarclas.com/tours & going to Oban & Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Edinburgh is beautiful & full of history.
Where are you planning for England too? Bath is beautiful & has the Roman baths. Besides London( you won’t need a car in London… a lot traffic & not good parking. Get a travel card for London( Oyster card to tap in & out at stations )as buses( no cash taken on them), the tube, Docklands Light Rail etc are cheaper then individual tickets to you destination. Also you’re a tourist in Europe, so embrace some of the tourist sights &( maybe a Jack the Ripper walk tour or ghost tour or a pub walk or a healthier edge if you’re a runner http://www.lovelondonrunningtours.com) ; then other less visited gems like: the Sir John Soames Museum too or the Fan Museum or The Wallace Collection.February 2, 2018 at 4:05 pm #737619
Ooo the ghost tour idea sounds awesome! Also, I really like your suggestions for Scotland! I don’t have a plan for that leg or really England yet, so I think what you propose might be doable! Absolutely have to get the Oyster card. Thanks for your point of view!February 3, 2018 at 8:42 am #737686
I think you might be find Bill Bryson’s
Notes From A Small Island: Journey Through Britain a good read to get you in mood for your trip. Also you might enjoy going to Hampton Court Palace & perhaps check out the the National Trust site for old big houses that’d be of interest.February 7, 2018 at 4:35 am #738175
SUCH great recommendations, thanks! Already started Journey Through Britain! Scotland is the area I know least about so I’m thrilled to learn more about it. Anyone think the Outer Hebrides are a good place for a few day stop?February 8, 2018 at 1:56 pm #738502
“Oban & Tobermory on the Isle of Mull” … This is right next to the island of Iona, which is considered a sacred spiritual place. Not only was it where Christianity was introduced to the Isles in 603 A.C.E. but many ancient kings are said to be buried there. It’s worth the ferry ride. I would be flexible. I haven’t been in a while, but you used to be able to just go to the town center and there was a list of homestay B&Bs sorted by price … I’m sure with AirB&B it’s gotten nothing but easier so, don’t think you have to plan your accommodation way in advance (unless you are a worrier). Also, I hear the Virgin train to Scotland is really cheap … Finally, when in London look for the half-price theater ticket booth, and get “Time Out” magazine. It lists all of the happenings (maybe look online before you go).February 8, 2018 at 6:32 pm #738614
For a guide to Scotland have a look for Scotland the best by Paul Irvine.