I had such an amazing time at RARE Edinburgh 2022 and then bopping around Scotland, Great Britain, France, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland. It was so nice to be back on the road after over two years stuck at home. Click on the photos for details, and stick around to the end if you are curious about my itinerary.
My itinerary in a nutshell:
Started in Edinburgh: I was here for five days because I was also doing all kinds of good stuff at RARE Edinburgh 2022.
Next, I went to Glasgow for three days. I was working on Mystery Book Three so I didn’t get to do as much sightseeing as I would have liked (stay tuned for more on that soon!). However, I still got to see some amazing stuff, including incredible street art, the Necropolis, and the cathedral.
From there I headed to the Isle of Skye, easily one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. When you see sweeping, craggy coastlines and impossible waterfalls in pictures of Scotland, this is where they are. Skye is a bit harder to get to, but well worth the effort.
I joked that Manchester was my laundry stop so I was here for two days. I was in full-on editing and seeing family friends, so I didn’t really take any pictures here. What I did see of the city was lovely! (And they had a fantastic Pride music festival going that I could hear from my apartment, so credit there!)
Then I popped over to London for four days. I had friends in town as well, so we saw a few shows including, Six, Legally Blonde the Musical, and & Juliet.
Then, I hopped on the train to Paris for five days. Again, I’m super lucky to have family friends in Paris, so I got to just spend quality time with them and do a side of sightseeing.
I took a train and ferry to Dublin for three days, and while it takes forever, I recommend it. I also LOVED Dublin (and Belfast). I spent three days there and I would absolutely come back. Totally lovely.
My last stop was Belfast for three days, and again, I loved it! So much fun. The people were lovely and I had a wonderful time.
A few tips
Since the airports are a mess right now, I stuck to trains and ferries wherever I could and it was actually a wonderful way to see the country. The UK and Paris have a wonderful set of rail systems, so I recommend giving it a try.
Also, haggis gets a bad rap, so give it a try!