This trip was a dream of two best friends for a long time. Visiting Scotland and Ireland to see castles, abbeys and the beautiful countrysides was beyond our wildest dreams. During the initial planning, our travel agent reached out to us to enable him the opportunity to provide us with the kind of vacation we wanted. Over the course of several months our itinerary was tweaked and customized to fit our desires. The final result was perfect! With the trip nearing, our agent and his team continued to provide updated information and stayed in contact. Finally we were on our way. There were no glitches in transportation or accommodations. The only issue to come up was the loss of one of our bags between Scotland and Ireland due to the airlines. Our travel agent and his team went above and beyond to retrieve the bag. Since our location changed almost nightly, they kept on top of the baggage situation and actually sent one of their own to the airport to point out the bag and make sure it arrived at the proper hotel. As our two weeks progressed, we loved having the luxury of spending as much or as little time at each venue as we wanted. Traveling without our husbands to Europe was a first, and being able to have a driver/guide was the right decision.
Our travel company delivered everything and more! We felt like two young girls in a fairy tale setting!
With the knowledge provided by our driver/guides, we were able to see locations with views that were off the beaten path. Both of our guides showed a tremendous love and pride for their respective countries. They took us to places few get to experience and related the history of these sites, along with giving us insight into the past of both countries. They also made suggestions for dining in the different locations we were at.
Both of our drivers played songs that were unique to their country as we traveled and had stories to go along with each song. As an added surprise, we received a map of the country that showed our trips journey.
Being in two countries notorious for rain, we were pleasantly surprised to have gorgeous weather. Except of course, the one day we were scheduled for a jaunty cart ride and boat trip through the Gap of Dunloe. With 30 mph gusting winds and rain, we traversed up the mountain and down to the lakes. It was a day that is hard to forget, but one we truly had fun experiencing!
The people we met throughout our adventures will long be remembered.
The only thing we might do differently, is to spend more time in each country. There is so much to see that we feel we just have touched the surface.
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