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Ireland is filled with friendly people, green countrysides, pints of Guiness and cobblestone streets. It is worth taking the drive to check out the towns and cities throughout this magical country. Killarney offers a festive college vibe. Dingle brings about a charming port town feeling. Galway is a picturesque and engaging city. Dublin has lively residents and historical sites. The sites you see and people you meet will leave wonderful memories.
London. Wow! So much to do and so little time. You can spend days learning about the deep-rooted history of the city and admiring the thousands of years old buildings. Or you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the London restaurant, bar and shopping scene. We found a way to do a little of both. As one of the largest cities in the world, it is no question we will have to return to experience more.
Scotland offers a variety of experiences depending on where you go. For our trip, visiting Northern Scotland and Edinburgh were the priority, as they are vastly different. Adventuring through Isle of Skye showed mountain ranges, the greenest grass, farmland and wildlife. It reminded me of Lord of the Rings because everywhere you turned we were either in the Shire or traveling through the mountains. The hikes are amazing, the waterside towns are quiet and the food is so fresh. We then ventured around rustic, medieval Edinburgh, while enjoying the liveliness of one of the most visited cities in the world. It was a perfect last spot for a pint in the pub!
I very much recommend traveling with a group for this trip to mix up the conversation and keep the energy levels high when spending a lot of time in cars, on trains and on planes. We had a group of four for the whole trip, and then met up with additional friends in London. I would say, as long as you can fit your number of people in a rental van or SUV, then you should be good to go!
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Notes for consideration:
- Try to take public transit in London, as the ride share services and cabs can get expensive.
- Bring a deck of cards! It was a great way to include an activity during our pub crawls.
- For long driving days, ensure you have snacks and plenty of water available!
- Wear layers when up North in Scotland and Ireland. Even though it was Summer, I wore a combination of a t-shirt, scarf, jacket and sweater all in one day.
- If you get car sick, consider asking your doctor some nausea patches or medicine. I wasn’t too bad, but I probably should’ve had something for our major driving day.
- Bring adapters, GPS navigation, portable speakers and rain jackets.