FC: Ireland & Scotland | June 18-July 3, 2011
1: Monasterboice | We made it to London...next 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...