Andy and I are going on an adventure!!! This June! To London, Inverness and the Scottish Highlands, and Dublin! With Andy! I think I said that already but I can’t remember because I’ve had a lot of caffeine this morning YAY EUROTRIP!
Because this is the internet I decided that maybe, just maybe, there’s a chance that some of you beautiful magical butterflies out there know somewhat more about these destinations than I and my approximately four hours of research on Trip Advisor do. That was a long sentence, I wonder if it made sense? Maybe I should do that thing called editing and turn it into two shorter sentences. Lord, who let me write a book? Why was I so sure that was a good idea? Shut up, self, move on.
Anyhooker here’s our plan. I am sharing this with you today in case I have missed anything absurdly obvious, or you have a favorite pub or lunch spot or something in one of these places. PLEASE share your expertise. I don’t want to get lost in Europe and never make it back home again (yes I do).
We’re planning to spend four days here. And I’ve got some questions. First of all, what is there to do at Buckingham Palace if we can’t go in (according to Trip Advisor the place is closed to tourists until July)? Besides the obvious changing of the guards, of course. Why is Trip Advisor telling me we should spend two hours there? Also, is it really going to be as easy to rent bikes/a car as the internet has promised?
- the British Museum (which is FREE hollaaaa)
- Covent Garden (actually a shopping market and not a garden…don’t tell Andy)
- renting bikes and riding through Hyde Park
- making out on the London Eye at sunset
- dinner at a some pub TBD
- Buckingham Palace
- Westminster Abbey
- Houses of Parliament/Big Ben
- Borough Market and Maltby Street Market
- dinner at some pub TBD
- Driving three hours to Stonehenge (totes worthsies)
- Touring the stadium where Chelsea (Andy’s favorite British soccer team) plays
- Camden Market
- dinner at some pub TBD (are you noticing the pattern?)
- HintHunt London (Andy was SO excited about this, and it does sound kind of fun…you solve a mystery or something, idk)
- Tower Bridge
- Tower of London
- Seeing a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (yasssssssss)
- You guessed it…dinner at some pub TBD
Inverness and the Scottish Highlands
So funny story, for the near 26 years I have been alive, I could’ve sworn that it was England and Ireland who shared the same landmass, and Scotland was its own separate island. Turns out I’m wrong, it’s Scotland and England who share the big island and Ireland is on its own across some water. Which, in hindsight, makes the English’s obtrusion into the Highlands in Outlander (and also in real world history) make WAY more sense. I could not, for love or money, figure out why they cared so much when it wasn’t even on the same island. Anyway, I digress.
We’re planning for just two days in the Highlands, which makes me sad but I’m not really sure what else there is to do? Regardless, I am SO excited about this part because hello Isle of Skye. Google “Quiraing” and “Fairy Pools.” And then hop in my suitcase because you’re definitely going to want to come. Oh also in case you’re asking how we’re going to get from London to Inverness, right now I’m thinking overnight sleeper train. Looks like Andy and I can share a two-person cabin, even though the beds are teeny tiny and separate. But hey, we can play 1950s for one night, right?
- Arrive, get settled in
- GO TO FREAKING LOCH NESS
- Find Nessie
- Instagram Nessie
- Shopping in the city center
- Picnic on the banks of the River Ness
- Dinner in some pub TBD
- Rent a car and day trip to the Isle of Skye
- See the Eilean Donan Castle
- Hike the Quiraing
- Walk the Fairy Pools
- Make out at the Fairy Pools
- Dinner in some pub TBD
And then somehow we’ve got to get to Dublin. I’m open to suggestions.
Andy and I’ve been obsessed with Dublin ever since we watched David Koechner from Anchorman (and apparently from other things too but who cares) host an episode of The Getaway there. The place looks amazing. He and his wife tasted different whiskeys, walked around the quaintest shopping districts, had dinner in a local pub and got to hear locals singing Irish folk songs, the list goes on. I was sold. We’ll be there for three days and I can’t wait to do all the things.
- Travel (HALP), arrive, check in, drop bags, go Dublining
- National Gallery (this is also free…Europe and I are really going to get along)
- Old Jamison Distillery tour and tasting
- Shopping on O’Connell Street
- Temple Bar for more shopping and dinner
- Walk around Trinity College (so Andy and I met at and graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio – anytime any Trinity grad mentions their alma mater, people always think we went to this college in Dublin so obvi we have to visit it and probably get a t-shirt or five)
- National Museum of Ireland
- George’s Street Arcade (yet another market masquerading as something else)
- Guinness Storehouse tour and tasting
- Drinking more Guinness at a pub somewhere
- Take the train up to Howth Head, where we will invariably take a gorgeous walk along the cliffs and eat lots of fish and chips
- Dublin Castle
- Shopping on Grafton and Dawson Streets, stopping at the Celtic Whisky Shop (because the internet told me to)
- Dinner and drinks at some pub
And there you have it. Andy and Lindsay’s Excellent Adventure. What have I missed? Do you have any tips? Have you been to any of these places? Am I going to get murdered on public transportation (remember we don’t really have any of that in Texas)? Will I be okay renting a car and driving on the other side of the road? Do you think I will crash? Is this enough questions? Are you tired of me yet?
—The Wife in Training