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We've FINALLY visited Ireland! The only country that rivals Scotland in terms of folk music, spectacular landscapes and drinking culture. With the parents coming to visit we decided to do as much as possible - start with 3 days in Dublin and then head South. Rent a car and drive the coast finishing at the Cliffs of Moher. For my and your sake, I've broken the trip up into a few sections. Starting with DUBLIN! We attempted to see everything that Dublin has to offer and feel like we made a pretty good dent in it all. From the indulgent tours of Guinness & Jameson Distillery to an eye-opening look into the history of Ireland
Ferry or Cruise? Haarlem or Amsterdam? We were totally unsure what to expect as we embarked on the Amsterdam Mini Cruise with DFDS Seaways. Departing from Newcastle, England it was an overnight trip to IJmuiden, Netherlands with the promise of spending a day in Amsterdam before heading back towards the U.K. that night. Thanks to an ItIsOn voucher we got super cheap tickets & it was an adventure that we just couldn't turn down! However as we had visited Amsterdam before (and absolutely loved it - check out the secrets to falling in love with Amsterdam here!) we decided to pull a little reversal and explore the city of Haarlem instead! Was Haarlem worth the visit?
Wild Camping: A phenomenon in Scotland that allows people to camp, for free, on most all unenclosed land. Hit the road, not a care about lodging, sleeping in the great outdoors and save some cash. Sounds too good to be true, right? Wild camping has been an amazing experience for us here in Scotland. Whether it's in a tent or just in our car, it has definitely added to the flexibility, spontaneity and ruggedness of our Scottish adventures. We've found some AMAZING spots in Oban, Glencoe and Isle of Skye. (Oban is my personal fav - peaceful, isolated view looking over the entire city & harbour... Take me back!) Being it's Scotland, rain is a
With so many activities and sights on Isle of Skye, Scotland - where do you start? Well, I have THE answer for you. A half-day with Misty Isle Boat Trips. Departing from Elgol, Skye, Misty Isle Boat Trips takes you into the heart of the dramatic Black Cuillins. A beautiful boat trip out where the humorous guides teach you about the islands in the distance and keep their eyes peeled for dolphins. The Cuillins themselves are impressionable deep dark hills jutting out of the water and on their base lives a vibrant, active colony of seals! Once parked a short, easy hike takes you up to Loch Coruisk - rated as one of the best views
Hidden in the rolling folds of Isle of Skye lies the Art House B&B, the perfect Isle of Skye accommodation. Run by Sally, Rob and the adorable Watson, they combine a love of architecture, interior design, amazing hospitality and luxurious, tasteful comfort. Their Scandinavian home sits near Broadford and overlooks a beautiful loch with stunning mountains lining the distance. The rooms are decorated with original, unique pieces. You can just feel the love, thoughtfulness and craftsmanship that has gone into each space. Breakfast is mouthwatering (reason enough to stay for multiple nights)! However do be warned - you may not feel to enticed to explore the Isle of Skye after you get settled into the
Isle of Skye. One of those places where people either gasp in jealousy or scoff at you for going to such a 'touristy destination.' Well I'm here to tell you - no more scoffing. Isle of Skye is worth the hype. You must tour Isle of Skye! We arrived Saturday morning by car (please come with a car) and spent the following 4-days hiking, boating, eating, drinking, B&Bing (yes, that's a verb) and just taking in the stunning scenery. See for yourself the magical wonder that is Isle of Skye! And if you want any further details on our stops check out the details below. "The Best of" Tour Isle of Skye Misty Isle Boat