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, where we had an enjoyable 16-day road trip in Scotland & England.

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, and after a rest we took a local bus into the City.

Dublin came off as gray & dreary as we toured on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus, accompanied by grey weather.  I started to nod off a few times on the bus tour.... 

On foot again we found the Arlington Hotel, where we had an enjoyable 4 pm dinner, with a view of the O'Connell Bridge over River Liffey. 

Dining right 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. 

Over dinner we realized that none of us had gotten any quality sleep on the US to UK flights.  Knowing that we had an early flight to Glasgow the next morning meant we had to pass on the opportunity to sample Dublin at night.  My trip diary says the tourists went to bed about 7:30 pm, to be up at 3:30 am.  

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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