Europe - UK & Ireland
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It's been a few months since we announced impending changes to Thorn Tree, so it's time we gave you an update.
There's been a team of developers and designers working away on a new version for a little while now. Here's the headlines:
We hope to launch a beta version in February 2014. This is not an iron-clad guarantee, but it's where we're aiming for at the moment. We'll keep you updated if this changes.
The new Thorn Tree beta will include the return of private messages. As we've said over this past year, the mods have missed them too – party time.
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I'm going hiking from Inverarnan to Fort William. You can find the trail here (I'm skipping the first three stages). The hike starts at September 1st and ends at September 5th. I've mostly arranged my accommodation, but if you prefer to sleep in the same hotel/inn/b&b I'm sure we can figure something out. Other than that I have little experience but I'll be training and this is a fairly leveled trail.
Let me know if you're up.
My wife and I will be spending two nights in London in very early June next year on our way back to Canada. We had planned to stay at an old but nice hotel like the Olympia Hotel (Earl’s Court) or the Ridgemount Hotel (65-67 Gower Street) but a friend has advised us to stay at some kind of huge tourist hotel because most of them provide free shuttle service to Heathrow Airport. He has warned us that taxis in London cost, according to him, “an arm and a leg.” He has told us that if we stay at a hotel without this shuttle service, the taxi trip from our hotel to Heathrow could cost the equivalent of a night’s accommodation at our hotel (depending on the cost of the hotel, of course). Frankly, we don’t know what to do. We wanted to stay at a place with history and character, but not if this history and character cost a fair bit of money. Please note that we are on an extre... more »
Am planning a trip to Ireland with husband for the first time. From all the research I could do, we would like to go south-west mostly. We would like to do a lot of pub-hopping, so are these places right for it? Places we would be interested in are:
Could you help draw up an itinerary which could include most of these places? Is this do-able in 6 nights if we self drive? Please advice more places and things to do in these.
I live here but I've never been ....is it any good?,i was thinking of having a ride up the hill tomorrow.
I've got the impression that its all just crowds and overprice stalls...am I wrong?
I am a brisk walker, so would it take more than an hour or so?
What modes of transportation are there (if any) from Heathrow airport into Eastbourne?
Traveling this summer, first time in the region.
I am American and married to an Irish citizen. We are relocating to the UK. I have a family permit from the UK to enter the country with him, which allows me to stay there (more details to it but that's probably all that is needed for the question I'm about to pose).
Before heading to the UK, we are spending Christmas and New Years in Ireland. During that time, we will book the cheapest flights we can find to either Manchester or London (undecided at this point) for sometime in mid to late January (depending on price and who we can stay with temporarily once we get to the UK).
My question is, when I enter Ireland, am I going to get grief from immigration if I do not already have an outbound flight booked?
As I said, we are married and I have the UK family permit in my passport (effective the first week of January and for six months onward after that), so I would hope that wi... more »
This summer, I'd like to visit quite a lot of castles in Wales. I'll be solo and don't (can't) drive an English right drive car. Just looking at a map and seeing where the major ones are, is this possible to do by public bus and train?
Two/three nights in the Black Boy Inn inside Caernafon Castle and visit
-Snowdon Mountain Railway
Two nights in Portmadog and visit
-Ffestiniog Railway Company
Two nights in Llandudno and visit
Three nights in Cardiff and visit these
Thanks for any advice you could offer.
I'm moving to Ireland in April 2014 for a work posting, and I was wondering if anyone could recommend to me a good freight company to move stuff from New Zealand?
Many thanks in advance!
Hey y'all... greetings from Louisiana, USA. I am planning a trip to Ireland during Spring Break April 2014. I will only have about 8 to 10 days so I'm not looking to try and see the whole country. I don't want to spend most of the time traveling. So far, I'm planning on flying into Dublin, seeing as much as I can in Dublin and then going to Cork or another city in the southern part of the country. I would like, however, to also see some countryside... something like castles, quaint cottages and pubs in the country, that sort of thing. I don't want to just be in urban centers. So, I'm wondering what the best way to go about doing that is. I'm assuming the best way would be to rent a car but I'm hesitant about that for two reasons. I have terrible road anxiety as a result of a terrible wreck and I'm not sure how well I'd fare on narrow Irish roads, and the whole driving on the left side... more »
Where do I can hear rock bands in london and manchester?
pub or a concert hall that can recommend me
I am planning a solo trip to Belmullet area, primarily to play golf at Carne. Am planning on flying into Shannon, taking a bus up to Galway for a few days, then busing to Castlebar, etc.
Is this trip practical without a car for pubs, golf, etc. Even though I am 71, am capable of biking, etc. Recommendations for lodging in the area. Also comments about busing around Ireland
Thank you for your attention in this regard.
I'm travelling on an 8.00 am EasyJet flight to Athens on Tuesday (3rd Dec). I am trying to avoid taxi to Victoria station so want to take the first tube there which arrives at 0548 at Victoria. Consequently, expect to be at Gatwick at 6.30 am. I'm hoping because it is midwinter and a weekday this will give us long enough to do the baggage drop and security without problem to make it (gate closes at 0730). Am I mad?
Me and my girlfrined are going to Belfast to spend New Years Eve and then a roadtrip through Ireland. Do any of you know of any place or any recommendation where to go and have a good night.
Also, hows the weather in Ireland in late december and early january?
My mother and I are planning a 5 week trip to Europe from late May to early July 2014.
We have booked flights into London and out of Paris and would like suggestions on how to best plan our itinerary.
Our ideal budget is $7000 each (Australian-excluding flights) and we are most interested in France and Italy but would also like to spend some time in London, Barcelona and Madrid.
We haven't been to Europe before so are open to suggestions of other destinations, things to do and the best way to get around.
We are interested in seeing main attractions but also like to visit the smaller towns to just walking around to eat/drink and spend time with the locals to experience the towns/cities.
Thanks so much for your help! more »
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