Here's the itinerary my husband and I have planned for our June 2014 trip to Great Britain. I'd appreciate feedback/recommendations about our itinerary. I'd also like to know recommendations about exchanging US dollars to pounds and best method of obtaining/securing cash as many of the B&Bs prefer being paid in cash. Ideally, we would not want to travel with much cash on us at any one time.
Also, I noted a few more specific questions below where we could use some ideas/help. We are using Rick Steve's Great Britain, Ireland, and England Guidebooks 2013 to select, contact, and reserve B&Bs in most of these locations. Thank you.
Wed.- Flight from NC, USA to Dublin; flight from Dublin to Glasgow arriving late morning; pick-up rental car; lunch and bus/walking tour of Glasgow in the afternoon; travel to Dunoon, Scotland (via Gourock ferry) for 1st night - Any suggestions on the best tour company to get a good overview of the top sites in Glasgow? We only plan to spend a few hours at most because we had some time to spare in the afternoon.
Thurs, Fri, Sat nights in Dunoon, Scotland (visiting friends)
Sun, Mon nights in Edinburgh, Scotland - We will leave Edinburgh on Tuesday AM and visit Hadrian's wall/ Housestead,s For) on the way to Keswick...should we take a side trip to Durham to see the Cathedral too? Or would this be too much for one day?? Otherwise, we won't visit Durham and head to Keswick.
Tues, Wed nights in Lake District, England -hoping to stay at one of the Farms just outside of Keswick, England in Neulands Valley - looking into Keskadale; does anyone have experience staying here or at others in this area?)
Thurs, Fri nights - York, England (Many B&Bs to choose from in Rick's guide book...having trouble deciding. We want something that is within walking distance of the main sites. Any suggestions?)
Sat, Sun, Mon nights - Conwy, Wales
Tues, Wed nights - Dun Laoghaire, Ireland (20 minutes from Dublin - plan to visit Dublin but stay in Dun Laoghaire to avoid higher lodging rates)
Thurs - Flight from Dublin airport to USA