My wife and I have to attend a wedding in UK the first week of August, and considered joining a group 10 day tour to the UK, Scotland and Ireland before the wedding. However, we hadn't planned to attend the wedding, so the trip for the wedding and sightseeing will need to be on a budget. The 10 day group tour itinerary is out of our budget and goes something like this:
London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York – Bradford – Lake District – Gretna Green – Glasgow (2 Nights) - Edinburgh Excursion - Glasgow – Belfast – Dublin (2 Nights) - Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time - Dublin – Kilkenny – Waterford - Cardiff – Bath – Windsor – London.
We prefer not spending too much time in museums and churches, but are partial to castles, the countryside, interesting shopping and ..... We are open to suggestions for places to visit, in effect a 'Top 10' of England, Scotland, and Ireland in 10 days. We don't have the luxury of being able to spend more time, and also prefer seeing all 3 countries, even though we know some people might recommend dedicating all 10 days to one country.
I was wondering: is it feasible to do this itinerary using public transportation? Is it a good idea to go on local tours offered in each city that we visit, or should we do things on our own? How much should we budget $$$ for each day?
We are just starting to plan this trip, so any and all suggestions and advice are welcome. Thanks!