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FC: Ireland & Scotland | June 18-July 3, 2011

1: Monasterboice | We made it to stop, Ireland! | Day 1 | Dublin, Ireland!!! Start of the Paddywagon adventure!

2: Cool stained glass and pipe organ. This cathedral is in Drogheda and holds Oliver Plunkett's head. | Town of Omagh where we had lunch. | Grianan Ailligh (Beautiful!)

3: Kristin, Kylee, me | More of Grianan Ailligh...

4: Hostel in Derry (London derry) | 2.5 hour walking tour in Derry (very cool tour, only supposed to be an hour)

5: The Strand | Guinness! | Cider! | Friendly natives!

6: Day 2 | Dunluce Castle | The Giant's Causeway!

7: White Park Bay Viewpoint | Sheep! | Taking pictures in the rain was tricky!

8: Eating yummy Irish stew at the Fullerton Arms in Ballintoy | Larrybane Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge | Don't look down!

9: 1...2...3...jump! | Hanging with some of the Aussies in our group. | rope bridge | ok...let's try that again...

10: On the road again... | Mike Walsh, our driver and tour guide | Belfast!

11: Dinner at Ryan's Pub celebrating Pauline's 50th birthday. | Cool private boxes inside the Crown Bar | Hangin' by the bar.

12: Day 3 | Black Taxi Tour! | Our tour guide, Ken Harper

13: Sage, Kasey, and I in the taxi. | Writing on the Peace Wall that winds through the city.

14: Ken suggested we take some goofy pictures. He says they're always more interesting, which is true!

15: The gunman in the picture follows you as you walk by. Crazy optical illusion! | Pit stop on the way to Galway!

16: Glencar Waterfall in County Leitrim | Just beautiful! | Yep, that's my name!

17: Galway! | Things we happened across while shopping in Galway. | Dinner out at An Pucan

18: Day 4 | Original Spanish Arch from 1586 | Stairs leading straight into the water. | Dunguaire Castle. If you walk around the castle counter clockwise you will get your virginity back (so says our tour guide). Guess which way most of the tour group walked? | Our attempt to spell out Paddywaggon.

19: Corcomroe Abbey

20: You can see the famine walls in the distance going up the hillside. | Murrooghtoohy--Land of Marma Grass (quite windy too!)

21: Cliffs of Insanity!

22: Beautiful views on the way to our next hostel in Anascaul.

23: Karaoke night at the Randy Leprechaun, our hostel in the Dingle Peninsula | Our next hostel!

24: The Sleeping Giant. You can barely see his outline through the mist. | Views on our drive to Killarney | Fertility Stone. They say if you rub it you'll have many years of fertility. | Day 5

25: Goofing around in the wind! | Kristin kissing Fungie, Dingle's dolphin

26: Lake Dingle. No dolphin today, unfortunately. | Craic means "fun" in Ireland. | The town of Dingle. | Inch Beach. The most popular beach in Ireland. Too bad it was raining!

27: Our hostel in Killarney. | Killarney Cathedral (St. Mary's Cathedral) | I laughed out loud when I saw this. | Inside Killarney National Park

28: Watching live music at the Killarney Grand, also known as Sheehan's. | One of the locals enjoying himself.

29: Day 6 | Carriage ride through Killarney National Park. | Leprechaun's Castle

30: The carriage ride was very peaceful. | These are "special" cows, not too many of this specific breed left. | On the road to Blarney Castle!

31: Blarney Castle

32: Kissing the Blarney Stone! | Sean, our second tour guide/driver. | Guess where we are?

33: Guinness Brewery Tour | Tuckered out! | Happy Days!

34: Last evening in Dublin. | End of the Paddywagon tour. Now on to Scotland!

35: Day 7 | Aberdeen, Scotland! | Cults Bowling Club (Kristin is a member) | Dolphin watching...we actually saw them! | Goofing around as usual. | Downtown Aberdeen at sunset.

36: Day 8 | National Wallace Monument (Memorial to William Wallace)

37: The infamous sword. | View from the top of the Wallace Monument. | Small passage ways.

38: Stirling Castle | The Great Hall | One of our tour guides

39: The murals were amazing!

40: Loch Lommond | On our way to Glencoe. So, so beautiful!

41: Glencoe! | Views near our hostel (Glencoe Independent Hostel) | Our own private cabin!

42: Views from our little cabin. Picturesque, eh?

43: Our first taste of haggis at the Clachaig Inn. | Day 9 | Taking the "Harry Potter Train" in Ft. Williams

44: Fun on the train!

45: In the Harry Potter car (D car) | Steam train

46: Recognize this shot from Harry Potter? | Hiking in Mallaig before we get back on the train.

47: Lunch time! | Mallaig

48: Hiking in Glencoe near our hostel.

51: Day 10 | Isle of Sky! | On the ferry heading to the Isle of Sky

52: Mallaig in the distance. | On the Isle of Sky

53: Our trip on the isle was very quick. It's not as big as we thought!

54: Eilean Donan Castle (Made of Honor) | View from my seat in the car on the way to Urquhart Castle

55: Urquhart Castle | A trebuchet (weapon...scary!) | Loch Ness is behind me (no sightings though).

56: Inverness! | Cedar Villa Hostel | Hanging out at Hootananny.

57: Live music! | Inverness at dusk | Full breakfast at the hostel. | Day 11

58: Dolphin watching in Cromarty. Alas, no dolphins! | Whiskey Tour!

60: Dean's Shortbread Factory

61: Day 12 | Edinburgh! | Edinburgh Castle | St. Margaret's Chapel--one of the oldest buildings in Edinburgh | Great view!

62: Underground Vaults

64: Day 13 | St. Andrews (British Open)

65: Chariots of Fire anyone? | Yes, I'm immature. | St. Andrews Cathedral

66: Stonehaven | Dunnottar Castle

67: Scottish thistle | Roommates! | What an amazing trip! | Back to AZ...

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