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Old Sep 21, 16, 9:39 pm
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Originally Posted by gkrnjlr View Post
My sister and I are going to be traveling to London and the Lake District next year. We are talking about adding on Edinburgh and Dublin at the end of the trip. I know 2 days is not much - but is it do-able to do a fast tour of these cities (guided tour, possibly?)?

We have a few extra days in the trip that we have to play with and we've toyed with the idea of 1) day trip from London to Stonehenge, Bath, etc.; 2) Day trip from London to Paris.

Any input is appreciated.

Thank you.
My recommendation, pick one, not both. There is more to Scotland than just Edinburgh and there is more to Ireland than just Dublin. There are so many things to do and see in both cities and the surrounding area I would say pick one and tour it well instead of spending additional time traveling.

As far as day trips from London, Bath is beautiful and the bus trip down to Bath covers a lot of pretty area too. Another day trip I went on last year was Becky's Secret Cottage tour in the Cotswold. This was a fantastic tour. You take the train to Moreton-in-Marsh. They pick you up in Mercedes vans and take you back to a private cottage where the explain the tour, give you a cup of tea and a snack and away you go. They take you where the larger tour buses can't go and Cotswolds countryside is gobsmacking beautiful. You go back to the cottage two more times, once for lunch and another time for traditional cream tea. Everyone on the tour (there were 14 of us) raved about the food and the cottage coziness.

So for day trips I would consider the following.
Becky's Secret Cottage
Bath tour, there are several out there.

I love Scotland, I also love the Rabbies day tours. Take the high speed train from London to Edinburgh and stay 3 or 4 nights there. The hop on hop off buses are a nice way to get a snap shot of the city and history but the Rabbies tours are a great way to see the outlying areas. Here are their day tours from Edinburgh. I have taken the Highlands tour and the Stirling Castle tour. I have also taken the 3 day Isle of Skye tour which was wonderful.

If you decide Rosslyn Chapel is a must do because you like the Da Vinci Code you don't need to sign up for a tour you can just take the bus from Edinburgh city centre and it lets you off right at the end of the drive to Rosslyn Chapel.

While I have been to Dublin and loved it there are probably people better qualified than I to give you Dublin and Ireland details.
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