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Three weeks in the British Isles

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slobake, Oct 14, 2013.


  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    My wife and I are planning a trip to the British Isles in May. We would like to start out in Ireland, head over to Scotland and then down to England. Lastly we would like to head through the chunnel to Paris spend and head home from there.
    Is this possible in three weeks?
    Suggestions?
     
  2. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    We both love cylcling too. Would it be possible to travel by bicycle for part of this trip? Nothing too crazy we are looking for fairly easy rides that we can cover in one day.
     
  3. fmoore200

    fmoore200

    Mar 22, 2011
    NYC
    Only the northern counties are still under British rule :mad::thumbdown:
     
  4. 48thStreetCustom

    48thStreetCustom

    Nov 30, 2005
    Colorado
    Rent bikes on Innishmore outside Galway. Galway is a good town for music, too. If you like trad, that is

    CelticFort-DunAengusonInishmore.

    dun_aenghus.

    map_biginis.
     
  5. All I can say is, I couldn't have done half the things I did in London recently without a tour guide. He gave us all the pertinent tips and showed us how to use the tube, and we were off to the races. Saw SO MUCH in three days, Buckingham, Parliament, The Eye, the reconstructed Globe, Denmark Street, Abbey Road, took in a musical (We Will Rock You), Windsor (an absolute MUST SEE IMHO), and so much more. THREE DAYS. Tour guides are worth every penny.
     
  6. Of course it's possible, but you will need to plan ahead decide the things that are a must. You won't see everything, or even come close, but you can pack a lot in those weeks if you are willing to stick to a tight schedule.

    Ireland alone is worth more than 3 weeks, but it's your choice if you want quantity over quality.

    I'm sure there are plenty of resident TB members who will have more to say, but if you've never been to London, you really need to spend time there to appreciate it.
     
  7. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Thanks for the suggestions so far. This will be my first trip to the British Isles.
    Galway looks great! We are in the early planning stages. My ancestors are from County Cork and I would like to go and see that area. My brother has more specific information about the location I will have to talk to him. I won't be looking for any relatives I just want to see where my family came from.
    London is a must see for us, and everything else we are working out.
    I have never seen a castle, is that worth it? Where would I go for that? What about Stonehedge? is that worth the trip? There as so many other things as well. Tolkien? C.S. Lewis? Oxford? Dublin? Glasgow? The Scottish moors and lots of other things, none a must so far that is why I am asking about these things here.
     
  8. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
    slobake...PM me with an email address. It would be my pleasure to make some suggestions.
     
  9. CS Lewis & Tolkein both lived and wrote in my hometown of oxford; there are several locations relevant to them in the city. Like most British cities, Oxford is a crowded little place, but still worth a visit.
     
  10. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Did you and the wife win the grand prize on Pig in a Poke this week?

    -Mike
     
  11. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    :p Nope, we got the donkey behing curtian nuber three :crying:
     
  12. Nope! The island of Ireland is geographically within the British Isles (where the OP wishes to travel to), The 6 counties of Northern Ireland form part of The United Kingdom. Great Britain is made up of England, Scotland and Wales.
     
  13. Plenty of places to go. I'd certainly recommend a visit to both Edinburgh and Glasgow (you'll be just a couple months short of seeing the 2014 Commonwealth Games unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on your POV!). There are a number of great cycling routes up into the Highlands that'd certainly be worth checking out, I'd also have a day out into the smaller isles too, if possible.

    It's certainly possible, though it just depends on how you want to split your time! You could easily spend 3 weeks in Ireland, Scotland, England or France alone!


    The British Isles are geographical, it isn't about who rules who.

    I'm you're going to get mad at something, at least know what you're talking about :rolleyes:
     
  14. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
  15. Shakin-Slim

    Shakin-Slim

    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    You will see castles just driving around, and you can hop out of the car and see them. We found some abandoned turrets etc that you could just walk off the road and enter. We didn't exactly do any tours through well-kept or restored castles, except Caernarfon in Wales. Stonehenge is great, but if you want to see it up close you have to pay. We saw it from behind the fence. I do regret not having seen it up close because I've always been fascinated with the very early history of the British Isles. If you're in the area, at least drive by. Being on the Salisbury Planes there are stones etc to see in Amesbury, nearby.

    I would highly, highly recommend, depending on your time, spending a few days in Cornwall. I traveled the coast of Cornwall, seeing Looe, St. Ives, Penzance, Mousehole, Newquay and Tintagel. Some of those places I stayed a night, some were just short stop-offs. This was 8 years ago and the magic of Cornwall is still in my mind. There is more to see in that corner of the Island than you could ever fit in. St. Michael's Mount near Penzance, and Tintagel Castle are amazing.
     
  16. What were you smoking when you were over here? :bag:
     
  17. Shakin-Slim

    Shakin-Slim

    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    Yeah, bro, castles on wheels, for real. :p

    I could have done with wording that somewhat better.
     
  18. It reminded me of this:



    :D
     
  19. Shakin-Slim

    Shakin-Slim

    Jul 23, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    Hahahahaha!

    Slobake, on second thought, stay away from moving castles.
     
  20. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    If you're planning on driving most of it rather than cycling, you can cover a lot of ground in three weeks. Easily possible. The only question is how much you want to see in each place.

    Stonehenge is the sort of place that's fairly underwhelming for many people - it's not quite as impressive as you might think (what with it only being 18 inches high).

    For scenery, and good walking (and cycling), I'd recommend the western highlands of Scotland. Good beaches too, although the weather may not let you enjoy them.
     

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