Fall 2019 UK Trip - Intro & trip index

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In late September 2019, my wife & I traveled to the UK with our friends Rich & Linda, for a 16-day road trip. We met on Sunday around noon at the Dublin, Ireland airport (DUB), each couple coming from a different point of origin. After a coffee stop we took a shuttle to a Hotel & checked in, later taking a local bus into the City.

Dublin came off as gray & dreary as we toured on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus, but afterwards on foot we had an enjoyable early dinner at the Arlington Hotel, with a view of the O'Connell Bridge over River Liffey.  On the tour I started to nod off a few times.

Being on the main tourist track meant that every fifteen minutes or so, a group of hooligans wearing Viking hats (w/horns), who were crammed into in a crazy looking ship-car, drove by.  Each time they reached the intersection (with O'Connell St. ) they let out a huge scream, each time catching us by surprise, so we gasped, or jumped a bit, possibly a little jetlagged. 

Turns out none of us had any quality sleep on our US to UK flights.  Knowing that we had an early flight to Glasgow the following morning meant that we had to pass on the opportunity to sample Dublin at night.  My trip diary says we went to bed at 7:30 pm.   

Brief Itinerary: After staying four nights in Scotland, we drove south to England, for a week's stay at Keswick, in the Lake District.  Then we returned to Scotland for five more nights.  

Scotland

day 1 - Stirling Castle

day 2 - Glasgow - Riverside Museum of Transport & Kelvingrove Art Museum

day 3 - Isle of Bute & Mount Stuart

day 4 - Ayrshire - Dean Castle & Culzean Castle

day 5 - Drive to Keswick  - Crawick Multiverse & Robert Burns House (Dumfries)

England - Lake District 

day 6 - Keswick Market Day

day 7 - Castlerigg Stone Circle & Borrowdale walk

day 8 - Wm. Wordsworth Homes - Dove Cottage & Rydal Mount

day 9 - Buttermere walk

day 10 - Hill Top House (Beatrix Potter) & Brantwood (John Ruskin) 

day 11 - Derwent Water boat launch & etc.

day 12 - Drive to Scottish Borders - Vindolanda Roman Fort & Jedburgh Abbey

Scotland

day 13 - Scottish Borders - Dryburgh Abbey, Abbottsford (Sir Walter Scott), & Melrose Abbey

day 14 - Linlithgow Palace

day 15 - Edinburgh - the Castle & Holyrood House

day 16 - Edinburgh - Dean Village, Water of Leith & Royal Botanic Garden

epilogue

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