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Scotland/Ireland or Norway/Iceland or ? July Summer Family Trip

Scotland/Ireland or Norway/Iceland or ? July Summer Family Trip

Feb 17th, 2014, 09:02 AM
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Scotland/Ireland or Norway/Iceland or ? July Summer Family Trip

Greece isn't working out....Award tickets are all snapped up.

Thinking 16 days or so for our trip at the end of July. Kids are 14 and 11. Trying to see new places.

We like history, culture, adventure, food, hiking, biking.

The kids have to Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, & Austria

Hubby and I have also been to England, France, Hungary, Poland

I have United miles.....

Is Scotland/Ireland a good plan? How about Norway/Iceland?
Anything else I should consider?
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Feb 17th, 2014, 09:54 AM
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You might want to take a look at my trip reports on Norway and Scotland; click on my name to find them.
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Feb 17th, 2014, 09:56 AM
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Norway/Iceland will be VERY expensive. I would check out pricing unless your budget is unlimited.

I would be more likely to do Scotland/Ireland - both of which I love. (Norway is fine - but IMHO much less for someone like me -no hiking or biking - more history/art/architecture - although I do love great scenery.)
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Feb 17th, 2014, 11:11 AM
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Michael - wow - thats a lot of trip reports!!! I will check out the ones mentioned!

nytraveler- anything specific that you love? Helpful in making decision!
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Feb 17th, 2014, 01:42 PM
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Personally, I would do England/Scotland since the kids have not done England. IMO, every kid doing European travel should see London!

I think you can get a great combination of what you are looking for with London (maybe day trips such as Bath, Stonehenge)....food/theater/museums/Harry Potter[?]... then via train to maybe York, Edinburgh and whatever outdoor adventure suits you elsewhere in Scotland.
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Feb 17th, 2014, 01:50 PM
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W/ that little time I'd do just Scotland - or - a few days in London and then Scotland.

You really don't have time for Scotland AND Ireland. You do have time for 3 or 4 places in Scotland and a couple in Ireland. But that would be cutting both too short.

And as nyt says - Norway+Iceland would cost much more than Scotland.
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Feb 17th, 2014, 02:11 PM
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They are all fabulous outdoor countries. If you mean semi-serious hiking I would go to Norway and Iceland. Otherwise I would go to Scotland and Ireland.

There are lots of ways to cut costs in Norway/Iceland. We were there last summer. Unless you are all heavy drinkers the costs should be manageable.
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Feb 18th, 2014, 01:40 PM
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Looks like I should steer towArds Scotland and Ireland.

Wondering if my united miles will cover it as a multi stop itinerary.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 03:35 AM
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I live in southern Ireland in Cork so am biased towards holidays here! Having said that, so much of the UK is so beautiful with so many walking trails/bridal paths to choose from. My husband is from Surrey and all that area is beautiful as is further north to the Lake and Peak districts and south to the wonderful beaches of Cornwall and Devon.
If making the trip to Ireland I can recommend the West Cork and Kerry - Dingle and Sneem in particular - so many great beaches and wonderful scenery - great for walking or just enjoying the scenery. Also, the traditional music is great if you enjoy that. Also, Connemara further north west near Galway is just spectacular - look at some Paul Henry paintings on line - the skies are just like that. Great walking again, especially near Killary fjord. Hope you have a great holiday whatever you choose to do.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 03:59 AM
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We loved Ireland and Northern Ireland--spent 34 days there and didn't see everything. With only 16 days, I'd suggest just Ireland. IMHO, savoring is more fun than rushing.
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Feb 24th, 2014, 04:50 AM
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Air is booked into Dublin out of Edinburgh. Working out the itineraries and lodging this week!
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