Europe - UK & Ireland
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I am heading to the Scottish highlands in late April - arriving in Inverness - and have 5 days before heading to Aberdeen to catch the ferry to Shetlands. I want to see some of the lochs and mountains between Inverness and ... Fort William?. I'm 62, female, travelling alone, and it seems to me that getting around by public buses is going to be tricky - to make the best use of my time. I thought perhaps a loop of the loch - along the southern side first and then round the other side taking me back to Inverness. I want to do some short, easy walks - say up to 3 hours on 3 or so days.
Firstly -Does any one recommend the buses for my purposes ? - or is hiring a car really the only way to get to places that I want to visit - e.g the Glencoe area.
Secondly - how busy will some of these areas be ?- especially on walks - at this time of year. I'd really like to get to places where the ... more »
Hi I need to get from London to Edinburgh and then over to Glasgow and then back to London.Can I get it for how much pound each way or is there a special offer on.Dont want to hitch it but if its more than 20 pounds will have to .
I'm trying to figure out how to get from the Green Park underground station to Evesham. I went to the National Rail website and it looks pretty straightforward. However when I pulled up the schedule details, it shows me arriving in Paddington Station at 9:21, and the train to Evesham departing from Paddington also at 9:21. Does that mean it's the same train? Here's the schedule I'm looking at: http://tinyurl.com/bcl4n6e . Unless I don't need to switch trains when I arrive at Paddington, I don't see how a schedule like that could work. It's our first trip to England, so we don't have an experience with the Underground. Thanks for any help.
We would like to hire a small campervan (about size of Mercedes Sprinter) to travel around the UK to give us complete freedom. We would go in spring time before the tourist season. Has anyone done that?
There are messages everywhere talking about inexpensive flights between Dublin and Rome, but the actual booking sites show more expenzive flights. Does anyone know where we can search for cheaper flights in June? Thanks.
I am planning a trip with my 12 year old daughter to Europe this year and one of the pieces of the puzzle I am working on is getting from Dublin to Lincoln in the UK. I am comparing flights with the sail/rail option and there doesn't seem to be much in it, price wise and time wise. I have worked out I can take the sail/rail from Dublin to Holyhead (swift ferry), then train from Holyhead to Lincoln which involves 3 changes - Crewe, Derby, and Nottingham.
This seems fairly painful; however the flying option isn't much better. I have found cheapish flights from Dublin to Manchester and then train to Lincoln with one change. I couldnt find any flights to Doncaster, which is the closest airport to Lincoln.
Has anyone got any brilliant suggestions for this conundrum? I dont want to hire a car in England and would rather stick to trains if possible.
We will be in London for 3 days in late August, travelling then returning to London for another 5 days at the end of September. The idea was to avoid school holidays and other peak times.
However, I just noticed that many hotel prices (eg. for Kings Cross/St Pancras and some other areas) are noticeably higher in late September. Is there some major event on then? If so, is it localised and could we avoid it (and the higher hotel costs) by staying in other parts of London?
Background: We are an Australian family flying into the UK from Australia as the first stop on an open-ended trip. We have flights two weeks later to Turkey then will travel overland through Greece, Italy, France, leave Schengen for three months in the US then fly back into the UK.
The plan is to then buy a car and travel through UK and Schengen areas til we go home (= run out of money). we plan to fly home to Australia from the UK - but haven't purchased tickets as yet.
My question: I can't find any reference on the UK Border visa site to how many times you can come back into the UK within the 6 months of the tourist visa (issued at Heathrow imm I assume) OR how much time between the first 6 month visa and the next.
Does the "clock stop" on the visa once you leave again and re-start once we come back into the UK?
Thanks in advance : )
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Myself and my sister have a very quick 5 day trip to London this May! We are hoping to keep our budget as low as possible but don't mind splurging if something is worth it.
Does anyone have any hostels that are fairly central, clean and for a reasonable price?
Finally, what are some things that people would suggest we do not miss? We are trying to figure out what to see and what to leave, as we are only there for such a short amount of time.
Thank you in advance! Have a great day :)
If you're a NUS card holder (I'm a bone fide student again, so thinking of getting one), not only do you get 20% off your Frankie and Benny's meal, but you also don't have to pay booking fees for any hostels booked through hostelworld.com.
Thought this may be of interest to younger members of the thorntree.. :)
We only have a weekend away and I wanted to know some opinions or suggestions on where we should head.
I originally wanted to go head to Oban for the distillery since it's my favourite whisky, but I realise it's not open on the weekends in the month of feb. Is it worth it to go to oban anyway seeing fingal's cave, glencoe and loch lomond as well? we would use oban as a home base.
The other option was to go to Isle of skye for point neist, Quiraing and Fairy pools, but the drive seems far and daylight only lasts until 4pm. Is this a bad idea to go so far north during the winter? My goal is to see stunning nature views and some light hiking, but I am not sure if weather will doom us inside the bnb/hotel for the weekend.
We have our own car and I dont mind a bit of rain for a hike. Unless anyone else has a better suggestion for a weekend getaway, I am all for any ... more »
I'm looking for airfares to fly to Malaysia at the end of June. We are a family of five. Malaysian airlines is my preference but the current price from Belfast to Kuala Lumpur is astronomical at over £1000.
However, I can fly from Dublin via Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian Airlines at £554. Quite a saving.
I'm guessing that it is due to avoiding UK airport and fare taxes.
I prefer to fly out of Belfast as it's easier for us as a family to get to, but if the fares don't improve then we will fly from Dublin.
Just wondering if anyone based on their experience knows anything about UK taxes and airport duty. If they are fixed, then even if the Malaysian airlines fare comes down, the overall fare including taxes, duty may be still higher than the fare flying from Dublin.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi, Australian from Melbourne looking to go over to the UK on a Tier-5 YMS in March.
If anyone is doing a similar journey and will be arriving in the UK around this time, let me know. Happy to bounce ideas and make some new friends.
I'm in the process of arranging a golf trip to Northern Ireland for Sept 2014. I've already arranged accommodation at the Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa in Ballyliffin (North West Republic of Ireland) and at Slieve Donard in Newcastle (Northern Ireland). The area of uncertainity is the Bushmills \ Portrush area. It seems that everyone recommends "Bushmills Inn". However based on my research, the recurring theme is that Bushmills Inn is very expensive and the rooms and their sizes don't justify the expense.
Is Bushmills Inn really worth it?
What are you're thoughts on Bayview Hotel in town of Bushmills?
Is there much of a difference between Bushmills Inn and Bayview Hotel?
What are the restaurants and pubs like in Bushmills versus staying in Portrush?
If Portrush is a better place to stay (vs Bushmills); do you have any recommendations on Accommodation in Portrush?
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We are flying in to London & then travelling down to Spain & Morocco. We then come back up & do England, Ireland & Scotland, Italy, Greece, Germany, Netherlands & Czech Republic ( not necessarily in that order)
We have a few Festivals on our hit list & want this to be a road trip.
After looking at various camper hires, they are expensive!
Wicked is cheap, but they only have a cooler ... no fridge.
So, IM wondering if there are companies that will sell you a van & then buy it back at the end of your journey?
To just buy a van on arrival may be a hassle to sell when we are leaving & I dont want to have to waste time trying to sell a vehicle, as we are only there 3 months.
We definately want a road trip, so train & busses arent an option.
A van it must be!
I believe rego may be a problem too if we arent residents, which we arent.
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