Fall 2019 UK Trip - Intro & trip index

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In late September 2019, my wife & I visited the UK with our friends Rich & Linda, where we enjoyed a 16-day road trip, seeing parts of Scotland & England.  

We met on a 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, had a short rest, and then jumped on a bus to center-city.

Dublin came off as gray & dreary when we toured the City on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus. The streets were narrow, congested with traffic, and no green spaces were evident, nonetheless we took in the sights & sounds of the City (and I started to nod off a few times). Later on foot we stopped at the Arlington Hotel and had a 4 pm dinner, with an open view of the attractive O'Connell Bridge, crossing River Liffey. 

Dining on the main 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 collective scream, at least three times catching us diners by surprise, so we gasped, or jumped a bit, maybe a little jetlagged.   

Over dinner we learned that all of us had failed to get any quality sleep on our US-to-DUB flights. Since we had an early flight to Glasgow the next morning, we had to take a rain check 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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