Traveling to Scotland, Ireland and Wales

Brian and Scotland’s Travel Adventures

“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

June 12th- June 19th

Flights-

Chicago-Edinburgh, London-Chicago= $1,118

Chicago-Dublin, London-Chicago= $1,038

Chicago-Wales, London-Chicago= $1,067

*Scotland*

Hotels-

Edinburgh Hotels: 

Tune Hotel Haymarket, $94/night

Ibis Budget Hotel Edinburgh Park, $84/night

Masson Hotel, $86/night

Merith House Hotel, $63/night

Dundee Hotels:

Premier Inn Dundee West, $83/night

Best Western Invercarse Hotel, $80/night

Travelodge Dundee Strathmore Avenue, $65/night

Panmure Hotel, $79/night

Glasgow Hotels:

The Z Hotel Glasgow, $94/night

Kelvin Hotel, $54/night

Campanile Glasgow Airport, $72/night

St. Enoch Hotel, $39/night

Things To Do:

Trails/Hiking-

The Great Glen Way– 73 miles, from Fort William, in the South West, to Inverness in the North East.

South Loch Ness Trail– 28 miles between Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus to Torbreck on the edge of Inverness via Whitebridge, Foyers, Inverfarigaig and Dores.

West Highland Way-The 96miles Route starts at Milngavie passes through Mugdock Country Park, follows the shores of Loch Lomond, passing Ben Lomond, through Glen Falloch and Strathfillan, crossing Rannoch Moor, past Buachaille Etive Mor to the head of Glencoe, climbing the Devil’s Staircase, descending to  the Loch Leven before entering Lairigmor and Glen Nevis and finishes at Gordon Square in Fort William.

Isle of Skye– Descend Glen Shiel, one of the most breathtaking experiences in the Highlands, to beautiful Loch Duich, the gateway to a unique and inspiring landscape. Festivals going on around the same time; Lochalsh Dirty Dozen– $20

Activities & Sights-

Edinburgh Castle($16.50), Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum(FREE), Glasgow Science Center($6-$10), Glencoe– walks, biking, wildlife, climbing, The CairngormsCulzean Castle($10-$15), Arthur’s SeatEdinburgh Old TownRoyal MilePalace of Holyroodhouse($20), Gilmerton Cove($7.50), Edinburgh Dungeon($16.50), The Scotch Whisky Experience($14), Scott Monument($3), BrewDog EdinburghNational War Museum of Scotland($9.60-$16), Jupiter Artland,($8.50), Glasgow CathedralThe NecropolisGlasgow GreenDuke of Wellington StatueClyde Arc BridgeDiscovery PointBroughty Castle

*Ireland*

Hotels-

Dublin Hotels:

Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, $67/night

Kingswood Hotel Citywest, $63/night

Bewleys at Newlands Cross, $65/night

Killarney Hotels:

Travel Inn, $72/night

Things To Do:

Killarney National Park, Cliffs of Moher, Slea Head Drive, Kilmainham Gaol, Slieve League, Connemara National Park, Gap of Dunloe($12.50), The Comedy Crunch, Dun Aengus, Sky Road, Blarney Castle & Gardens($12.50), Powerscourt Gardens and House($8.50), Castle Dracula($25), Kilkenny Castle($7), Guinness Storehouse($30), The Jameson Experience($7), McLoughlins Bar

*Wales*

Hotels-

-Cardiff  Hotels:

Ibis Cardiff Gate, $65/night

-Tenby Hotels:

Cottage Court Hotel, $89/night

-Harverfordwest Hotels:

Premier Inn Haverfordwest(North/A40), $89/night

-Newport Hotels:

Ibis Budget Newport, $33/night

New Inn Hotel, $48/night

The Queens Hotel, Newport, $60/night

Things To Do:

Castles-

Portmeirion

Hensol Castle

Chirk Castle($10.90)

Carew Castle($5)

Pembroke Castle($6)

Beaumaris Castle($5.25)

Criccieth Castle($3.50)

Carreg Cennen($4)

Cardiff Castle($12)

Raglan Castle

Caerphilly Castle

Conwy Castle

Caernarfon Castle

Activities & Sights-

Wales Coast Path

The Mushroom Garden

Coasteering($58)

Travel

Traveling

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” –Martin Buber