What should we know about vacationing in Ireland/Scotland in late spring?
February 23, 2011 7:19 AM Subscribe
Planning in two-week vacation with the wife in Ireland and Scotland. We've never been to either before, what should we know?
posted by Nelsormensch to Travel & Transportation around Ireland (24 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Basically, just looking for the "wish I had known when I went" kind of things. There's a pretty good number of previous questions about Ireland, but I didn't see much about Scotland, so more Scotland info will be much appreciated. This will be our first time traveling to Europe (I've traveled over the Pacific pond, but never the Atlantic) as well.
We're planning about a week in each and planning just to visit Ireland and Scotland. We're more history than hiking folks, but walking around cities or a light hike is certainly up our alley. And stuff that's sort weird, so torture museums or crypts, yes. Thousand year-old pottery? Maybe less so. Oh, and we're very much into fiddle and bodhrán style folk music.
We're planning on maybe this May or June. Anything specific to traveling around then? Will there already be seas of tourists? Will the weather be miserable? Note, we are from Vancouver, so our definition of miserable is probably more liberal than some folks'.
For Ireland, we're thinking Dublin and then one city in the west, either Galway, Limerick or Cork (any of those stand our particularly?).
For Scotland, considering Edinburgh, Glasgow or both. Again, either of those rank above the other? Better to pick one and try to see some outlying stuff or split the difference and do both?
My wife's family is almost entirely Scottish and her grandmother was born on the Isle of Skye, so we'd kind of like to go there. However, it seems pretty far from the large cities. How easy is it to get out that way? Worth taking the time? It would be nice to see one of the really rural areas, but it's not like there's specific distant relatives we'd be going to visit (at least none she knows about).
Is it worth even considering taking the ferry from Ireland to Scotland, or just fly?
Other miscellaneous thoughts, things that were fantastic and shouldn't be missed, great places to stay/eat, cheap flights, etc. are all much appreciated!