I am sketching out our itinerary for our 2016 trip. We need to get from Brussels to Islay.
I am committed to taking the Eurostar from Brussels to London - non-negotiable so don't you try to talk me out of it! :)
For London to Islay I'm noodling over the following options:
Arrive London noon-ish, stay overnight, spend the 1st half of the next day in London then take an afternoon TRAIN or PLANE to Glasgow. Arrive Glasgow in the early evening, spend the night, fly to Islay the next day, either in the afternoon or early evening.
Arrive London noon-ish, stay overnight, immediately get on an afternoon TRAIN or PLANE to Glasgow. Arrive Glasgow in the evening, spend two nights and the intervening day in Glasgow, fly to Islay the third day, either in the afternoon or early evening.
I know nothing about Glasgow yet because I've been thinking of it as just a transfer point on the way to Islay. I have the Rick Steve's Great Britain and Snapshot Scotland books, so I will read up on what he has to say about Glasgow, I just haven't done so yet.
Maybe I can hear others' thoughts on a couple of matters?
- Plane vs train from London to Glasgow. The train takes 5 hours but I assume it deposits us centrally. A flight is only 90 minutes but we'd have to add in checkin time and travel time to/from the airports at both ends. We find train travel more relaxing than plane travel.
- Is a day and a morning in Glasgow too much or too little? Time spent in Glasgow would be at the expense of time spent in London, but we've been to London lots of times so we have nothing particular we need to do there on this trip. On the other hand we love London and always enjoy a stay, even a really short one. Stopping in at our favorite pub and market are sufficient to make us happy.