girls 6 week holiday to great britain
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Oct 27, 2012 12:02 AM Last Post By: mazrun
Oct 26, 2012 7:59 PM
girls 6 week holiday to great britainI was wondering if anyone can give me any suggestions on an itinery for Ireland for 10 to 14 days. I am 50 and my 2 daughters are 23 and 24. We have decided to hire a car and B & B it. Thought about flying into Dublin or is it better to fly into Belfast.
As I have been before but did an escorted tour I have a little knowledge, really want to go to Belfast, Giants Causeway, Blarney Castle and we wish to travel mainly around the coast minus the Ring of Kerry.
We then plan to drive around Scotland,wales and England for 3 weeks with a 1 week stay in London.
Is it better to fly from Belfast/Dublin back to London or would you recommend to get a ferry across and start our tour from one of the ports rather than London, we are doing our week stay at the end.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Oct 26, 2012 11:16 PM
1Blarney Castle's just outside of Cork, but nowhere near Belfast, or the Giants Causeway.
What you could do - fly into Cork, get the car there, go see Blarney (cos it's close by). After that drop down to Kinsale (pretty), before trundling along to Mitzin point at far SW Ireland for some dramatic coastline. After that, consider taking a look at Dingle's coastline before heading up to go check out the cliffs of Moher (for orientation, it's about 40 miles NW of Limerick near Lahinch). Further up is Connemara and Killary harbour (about 40 miles NW of Galway), but if you've already done them on a ring of kerry tour and don't want to do them again, don't bother and skip them.
Continue up the coast to the Giants Causeway. You'll now be at the top of Northern Ireland; after that drive down the scenic road between Larne and Cushendun, which leaves you 15 miles North of Belfast.
Note that dehiring the car in Belfast may attract a premium charge as it's not part of Ireland. You may wish to consider driving down to Dublin Airport (just under 2 hrs from Belfast) and dehiring the car from there and flying out to the UK - it might be a bit cheaper.
Given you then want to drive around Scotland, Wales and England for 3 weeks, with a further week in London, I suggest you fly out to Inverness in the middle of Scotland.
Inverness sucks so spend no time at all in it, but instead head past Loch Ness (which is pretty unremarkable by Scottish standards - they invented that monster for a reason, cos tourists would have skipped it otherwise) and head for the Isle of Skye for a day or two to tour it. After Skye, head back along the main road but then drop down south to overnight at Glencoe.
From there head through the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and go for Edinburgh. Options on offer include the royal mile, the royal yacht britannia, the castle, St Giles cathedral, an open top tour bus, Scotch Whisky Heritage centre (be careful, we have very strict drink drive laws) or the national museum of Scotland.
Leave Scotland and head down the West coast of the UK. The next hundred or so miles is fairly unremarkable rolling land, so keep going until you get to just after Carlisle, then head West into the lake district. Plenty of walking is on offer in this national park, from flat gentle valley walks to some fairly demanding ones going up the likes of Scafell Pike or Helvellyn. If you ladies aren't really into walking, consider visiting the home of William Wordsworth in Grasmere, or go and enjoy some boating down in Windermere on lake Windermere. If anyone is/was a fan of Beatrix Potter (she who created Peter Rabbit), go and visit in next door Bowness on Windermere.
Exiting the Lake District, drop down to either Manchester or Liverpool to see one of the major UK cities.
Manchester offers the curry mile, cricket at Old Trafford (which next summer will host some of the Ashes games if day watching that appeals - although I'd go for one at Lords in London as it'll offer more guarantee of no rain), football at Manchester city or Manchester united, lots and lots and lots of shopping, Castlefield - which dates back to Roman times, the museum of science and industry which contains the worlds oldest passenger railway station and various other museums.
Liverpool has the world famous pier waterfront (now UNESCO world heritage protected). Music is a key part of Liverpools' history; you've hopefully heard of the Beatles before, but Gerry and the pacemakers, frankie goes to hollywood, echo and the bunnymen also hail from Liverpool, as do, er, Rebecca Ferguson and um, Atomic Kitten. Moving on, stuff to see - Royal Liver building - iconic symbol of the aforementioned waterfront, St George's hall (Greco Roman architecture gone a bit OTT), Albert Dock (lots of protected buildings that have been renovated into funky cafes, shops, restuarants etc), Merseyside Maritime Museum (does what it says on the tin), The Beatles Story (also does what it says on the tin), or you can take an open top tour of this city too.
Once you've done one or other of those cities, time to hit Wales. Trundle along the top coastline, possibly stopping off at Conwy castle before taking a peak at the rather magnificent Menai Bridge over the Menai Strait connecting the island of Anglesey. Consider visiting Caernarfon castle - one of the top visited attractions in the UK - before dropping down ever further south through the Snowdonia national park (consider a possible night stop in Betws-y-Coed (pronounced Betsy Coy'd)). Keep dropping down south through Wales and into the Brecon beacons (more scenery), before hitting the South Coast. Consider visiting Cardiff (Capital of Wales). It offers yet more shopping, another castle, whilst you could also consider visiting The Millennium Stadium (home of the Welsh rugby and football teams), the Welsh parliament (the building's totally made out of locally sourced materials). Definitely consider a trip to St Faguns national history museum.
With Wales done and dusted, it's time for a bit more of England again. Question - would you like to drop down into Somerset, Devon and Cornwall in the SW peninsular (more dramatic coastline, scones with cream, world class surfing spots, the world famous Eden Project, tin mines and lost gardens of Helligan, or would you like to head back up in the general direction of the Midlands for Bath, some cathedrals, shakespeare, Oxford university, canals, the birthplace of the industrial revolution and, um, Milton Keynes?
Oct 26, 2012 11:52 PM
Oct 26, 2012 11:54 PM
Oct 27, 2012 12:02 AM
This has been a huge help is there anywhere else in Ireland that you would recommend us looking at, not really into the high life and do enjoy walks.
Do you think it is worth going to Dublin to see Trinity college or anything else there.
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