Fall 2019 UK Trip - Intro & trip index

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In late September 2019, my wife & I visited the UK with friends Rich & Linda, where we had an enjoyable 16-day road trip through parts of Scotland & England. 

We met on Sunday at the Dublin, Ireland, airport (DUB), around noon, each couple coming from a different point of origin. After a coffee stop we took a shuttle to our Hotel, for a short rest, and then a city bus trip downtown.

Dublin came off as somewhat gray & dreary as we toured on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus. The streets seemed narrow and congested with traffic, but we saw the sights. 

Later on foot we stopped at the Arlington Hotel and had an enjoyable 4 pm dinner, with a view of the O'Connell Bridge crossing River Liffey. 

Dining on the tourist track meant that every 20 minutes, or so, some hooligans wearing metal Viking hats (w/horns), who were crammed into in a crazy looking ship-car, drove by.  Upon reaching the O'Connell bridge, they let out a huge scream, at least three times catching us by surprise, so we gasped, or jumped a bit, maybe a little jetlagged.   

Over dinner we realized that none of us had any quality sleep to speak of, on our US-to-DUB flights. With an early flight to Glasgow the next morning, we had to pass on the opportunity to sample Dublin at night. 

My trip diary says we generally crashed about 7:30 pm.     

Brief Itinerary:

After staying four nights in Scotland, we drove south to England, for a one-week stay at Keswick, in the heart of 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

Info sources, see bibliography page

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