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September 9-27, 2013:
A Trip England, Scotland and Ireland



For a half year now, Prudence Ruckman and her sister Nancy and their husbands have been talking about the four of them plus Fred and I and Guy Blair making a trip to the British Isles. In April and May, Nancy's husband Karl did a lot of work on where we might go and what we might see and where we might stay, with Prudence and Nancy eventually choosing the B&Bs and hotels where we would have our lodging. My responsibility was to book the air travel, once our travel dates were set.

We eventually decided on a trip involving three different itineraries. Fred, Karl, Nancy and I would fly to London on September 9th and return from Dublin through Chicago on September 27th. Neither Nancy nor Fred wanted to be away from home for much more time than that. Prudence and Ron wanted to spend a few more days there than us, and so they would leave on September 5th, meeting up with us in Bristol, England, on the afternoon of September 10th. Prudence also wanted Guy Blair to come along, and so had me arrange travel for him from Chamberlain to San Antonio on the 1st of the month, so he could spend a day or two there before driving up with them to Dallas, a birthday dinner for Nancy, and their departure together. They spent three days in London ahead of our arrival.

Karl, Nancy and Prudence did a great deal of planning, and you can see the itinerary shown visually on the map of the British Isles at left. Karl, Nancy, Fred and I flew to Londown Heathrow on September 9th, arriving there the morning of the 10th. We made our way to Bristol, meeting up with Prudence, Guy and Ron at our hotel on the afternoon of the 10th. We stayed in Bristol two nights, then took the train northeast to Haltwhistle, where we stayed one night to tour Hadrian's wall. Then it was on to Edinburgh for four nights, which included a day trip to Stirling, Scotland. Then we continued north to Aberdeen, where we stayed two nights.

Then it was a drive back south for a one-night stay in Carlisle followed by a one-night stay in Liverpool, where we turned in our van. The next day, we took the ferry across to Dublin, Ireland where we stayed for one night, picking up another van on the next day for a drive to Galway for a two-night stay. Finally, it was back to Dublin for two more nights prior to our return to Dallas via Chicago on September 27th. (Guy would leave us in Chicago, return directly to Sioux Falls and then drive back to Chamberlain.)

It was an intricate plan, and for all but three days of the trip, it worked perfectly.

As I have done with other major trips, I'll have an album page for each day of this trip, and this page will contain the index for those individual pages. If you have used one of these indexes before in my album, you can skip the explanation of how it is organized and used if you will click



Using the Index

We took hundreds of pictures and movies during our trip to England, so I have had to find a good way to organize them so that they are not simply overwhelming (and so the album pages don't take too long to load). For this trip, I'll simply have a page for each day (incorporating the travel to England on the first page and the return trip on the last page).

In this index, you'll find a link that will take you to each of the separate album pages for the individual days of our trip to England. For each of these links, I'll provide a capsule description of where we were and what we did that day so you can look at the things that might interest you. If you are just looking through this album linearly, and want to go through the whole trip day to day, then simply use the first link and start there.

When you get to one of the daily pages, you will see the same familiar buttons at the top and bottom of each page that will take you to the next day, the previous day or back to this index. Near the top of the day pages, you may also find a set of links that will enable you to jump to a specific activity that occurred on that day (or a specific group of pictures), should you wish to look at something specific. To simply look through the entire page, just scroll up or down (you can always scroll by topics that might not interest you). Within a page, the activity sections are in time sequence, top to bottom.

When you are done looking at the pictures from our trip to England, please use one of the "RETURN" buttons that appear at the top and bottom of every day page to return to this index. Then, use the link that you will see there to return to the top of this page so you can continue back and forth through the photograph album.

We hope you enjoy looking at the pictures from England. To access the Master Index, please click


























(To return to the top of this page and continue through the photo album, please click HERE.)

Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 9-10
Dallas to Bristol
Travel to Bristol
The Avon Gorge Hotel
An Evening Walk
Wednesday, Sept. 11
Bath / Bristol
Travel to Bath / Bath Abbey
The Roman Baths
Climbing Bath Abbey Tower
Walk in Bristol
Thursday, Sept. 12
Bristol / Haltwhistle
Avon Gorge
Travel to Haltwhistle
Walking Haltwhistle
Ashcroft Guest House
Friday, Sept. 13
Haltwhistle / Edinburgh
The Roman Army Museum
Hadrian's Wall / Vindolanda
Travel to Edinburgh
Edinburgh Evening Walk
Saturday, Sept. 14
Edinburgh, Scotland
City Tour
Holyrood Palace
Climbing Arthur's Seat
Carlton Hill
Sunday, Sept. 15
Edinburgh, Scotland
The Cluaran Guest House
Royal Museum of Scotland
Edinburgh Castle
Monday, Sept. 16
Stirling, Scotland
Holy Rood Church
Stirling Castle
Wallace Monument
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Aberdeen, Scotland
Glamis Castle
Scottish Countryside
The Craighaar Hotel
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Aberdeen, Scotland
Crathes Castle
A Country Drive
St. Machar's Cathedral
Walking Around Aberdeen
Thursday, Sept. 19
Aberdeen / Carlisle (GB)
Dunnottar Castle
Drive to Carlisle
The Langleigh Guest House
Evening in Carlisle
Friday, Sept. 20
Carlisle, England
The Town of Carlisle
Carlisle Cathedral
Carlisle Castle / Museum
Travel to Liverpool
Saturday, Sept. 21
Liverpool (GB) / Dublin, Ireland
Indigo Hotel Liverpool
Train to Holyhead
Ferry to Dublin
The Hotel Dylan
Sunday, Sept. 22
Dublin / Galway, Ireland
Driving to Galway
The Nile House B&B
Oceanside Walk
Monday, Sept. 23
Galway, Ireland
A Country Drive
Kylemore Castle
Kylemore Chapel
Kylemore Castle Gardens
Tuesday, Sept. 24
Doolin / Inisheer, Ireland
Driving to Doolin
Ferry to Inisheer
On Inisheer Island
Cliffs of Moher
Wednesday, Sept. 25 (Galway-Dublin, Ireland) Galway Morning Walk / Drive to Dublin / Dublin Evening Walk
Thursday-Friday, Sept. 26-27 (Dublin, Ireland) A Walking Tour of Dublin: Parks, Castles, Churches & Museums / Return to Dallas