Topic: Recommendations of what to do in Scotland/Iceland?

Ive been slowly saving money to make the jump back over to Europe and im hoping to make it over there sometime in 2017. I really want to see Scotland and having long flight layovers in Iceland seems to be a good way to make the trip more cost effective. So i've unofficially decided that my travel plan is a week in Scotland and 3 days in Iceland. So besides the cliche tour Edinburgh and Glasgow then see Loch Ness and the highlands, what are some things I should plan on seeing/doing in Scotland? And if anyones been to Iceland and has any idea of things to do besides hiking up the sides of volcanoes?

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chisox100 wrote:

So i've unofficially decided that my travel plan is a week in Scotland

Choose life, chisox. Choose life.

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Whatever you do, make it to the Isle of Skye..its fucking beautiful there..
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Let me know where you fly into, I can help you better then (Glasgow/Edinburgh)
I spent the day in Iceland waiting to get to a football match in Glasgow..
So In Iceland its about the scenery, The Blue Lagoon is a good stop (Geothermal baths steam rooms etc), Theres also the World Famous Penis museum in Reykjavik(cant miss it if you go, theres ads everywhere), but Iceland Air was pretty shitty, they bump into you with the carts on purpose, and then try to sell you Bjork cds when your eyes are open lol
Icelandic Vodka is awesome though, it helps.

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gnat wrote:
chisox100 wrote:

So i've unofficially decided that my travel plan is a week in Scotland

Choose life, chisox. Choose life.

First thing I thought.

jello biafra ..... jello biafra ......... JELLO BIAFRA !!!!
Fuckin sex pistols mad
Thanks: gnat1

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Isle of the Skye looks incredible. I'll definitely look into getting over that way. Geo-thermal spas also sounds like an awesome experience.

Anyone know of any historical sights that shouldn't be missed? I'd love to see something druid related if possible.

"I pop punk, not pills"

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Kilmartin Glen in Scotland has the highest concentration of stone circles, megalithic tombs, etc and celticy things in the Country, your base of operation to get there should be Oban, plus theres the distillery there in town, most of the rest of them are outside of towns.
Youll actually get sick of castles, depending on how long youre there. We stay in B&Bs because you get a meal, they also know all the local things, (Like in skye the Hostel manager told us what washing machine was free, which one was broken etc.. the little things..
-Grab a travel guide(or read one for free in the bookstore) and look for sights you are interested in, and start plotting a route..

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Bacon wrote:

Youll actually get sick of castles, depending on how long youre there.

i can concur with this on my two trips to Ireland. After you've seen Blarney Castle and kissed the stone, and then go for a drive in the countryside, you realize just about every motherfucker with some land has an old ass castle on it, most have fallen into disrepair but still, its like 1000's of castles. Every corner we turned, oh there is another castle. About the only thing there are more of than castles in Ireland, are pubs

We stay in B&Bs because you get a meal, they also know all the local things, (Like in skye the Hostel manager told us what washing machine was free, which one was broken etc.. the little things..

I was like 16 when I last went to Ireland, and I was still a picky eater. The lovely lady whose B&B we were staying at (B&B in 1998, mind you, not now) made us a full English breakfast and I pretty much turned my nose up at all of it except the bacon (rashers). Blood pudding? Are you kidding me? Its not because she didnt know what she was doing, its because I dont like runny scrambled eggs, I dont like grilled tomatoes, and I am certainly not about to eat Bubble & Squeak. i can't think of many foods that sound worse than "bubble & squeak", other than Blood Pudding i suppose.
This is pretty much exactly what I got, as we were in Cork and this is a Cork Full fry up, except my eggs were a pale runny white mess
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So my young self was like: beans? who eats beans with breakfast?

what the fuck is this Black hockey puck thing: "Hey mom, what is that?" "Oh, thats blood pudding, it tastes better than it sounds" "What is it made from?" "Oh, well, basically blood. Nothing goes to waste" And I am like, "fuck that"
Grilled tomato? Not my taste, but I see it. Grilled mushrooms? Meh.
This is what I was used to, an American breakfast.
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Pancakes on the left, eat with some butter and syrup. Hashbrowns, bacon, scrambled eggs, some ham, and 2 sausages. AND a cup of good old Orange Juice



Shit ChiSox, add a few more days and stop in Ireland. You may be able to save money and take a ferry from Scotland. We took a ferry from Ireland to the UK to visit London and my uncle who works at the Mint for a few days while we were there

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Like a chicken without a head.
Running frantically amuck
Taking but not giving a fuck."

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After you've seen Blarney Castle and kissed the stone

Never kiss it, the locals piss on it

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Bacon wrote:

After you've seen Blarney Castle and kissed the stone

Never kiss it, the locals piss on it

LOL. So many hundreds of years of people touching it and perhaps pissing on it makes the stone look disgusting IRL

Quite the act if you can piss on it though, I mean you have to hang upside down at the top of the castle to kiss it. Pissing on it would be easier really. I remember doing this with my mom and being scared shitless. i was scared of heights then, and am damn near acrophobic now

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"We've been divided, we've been bled,
Like a chicken without a head.
Running frantically amuck
Taking but not giving a fuck."

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right, they piss down the hole.

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Bacon wrote:

right, they piss down the hole.

well you know what that makes a lot of sense now that i think about it. i mean, pissing down the top of a castle isn't what makes my world turn, but i can see this being a good time for a lot of people, nowadays, and back years and years ago.

*except for the lines and lines of tourists watching, but fuck it

"We've been divided, we've been bled,
Like a chicken without a head.
Running frantically amuck
Taking but not giving a fuck."

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Ok, in 2000 my friend Troy went to Cork, because his folks are from there. He and his cousins went in there at night, brought some big plastic bottles of cider, and snuck up there and photographed it. Saw the streams, saw the two pieces of iron you hold onto to lean back etc, then they got chased out..