I am going on vacation, January 1-15 and I am collecting ideas about what to see. I have been to the Scottish Highlands and Bath once before. I probably won't go to Bath, but I might go to the Highlands again. We will stay in Dublun, Belfast or Bangor, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, and maybe somewhere in Wales.
I would appreciate any advice. What NOT to see is good info also.
ahh Great that you come here to Scotland in January. It will be rainy but still nice to see. The Highlands are not the only place to enjoy Scottish heritage. The West Coast (Loch Lomond) is stunning and the ISles of Rum, Skye, and Arran (closer to Glasgow) are the best part of this country.
Near Edinburgh head down south to Jedburgh Abbey (2 hours by bus) from there u can take the Jedburgh to Melrose Bus and get off in wee Dryburgh to see the Dryburgh abbey (beautiful ruins) and then continue onto Melrose to see the aptly named, Melrose Abbey. I went on this 'Abbey Road' last weekend and saw all 3 in one day! pictures will be in my gallery. so theres plenty to see just in the south of Edinburgh. North Berwick is a nice coastal town near Edinbee as well. DONT go to Livingston (I work here and its minging!!)
I went up the Antrim coast this past October - right up to Giant's Causeway. It was an absolutely beautiful ride - and the Causeway was breathtaking. It's about a 2-hour trip from Belfast. We also went to Donegal - and Rossnawlagh beach was just stunning. It's my list of places to stay next time 'round.
I agre with the Giants Causeay. also Newgrange is a nice wee trip out of Dublin (neolithic Burial chamber)
Glendalough up in the Wicklow Mountains is very nice too. Nestled within the hills you'll find a Monastic Settlement from the 9th Century. A lot of ruins and nice walks around the two lakes and through the forests.
It's very close to Dublin, maybe 30 mins drive or 45 mins by Bus. - If you'd be getting the Bus, check the internet for the timetable. It's St. Kevin's Bus that goes there, not Bus Eireann.
I'd agree that visiting Glasgow/Loch Lomond and area would be great. A couple of good trips -
Helensburgh, Luss, Arrochar, Inveraray, Crinan, Oban could be one; or Helensburgh, Luss, Arrochar, Dunoon, ferry to Rothesay from Tighnabruaich and then from Rothesay back to Wemyss Bay. If you like quiet and lovely places, then Crinan and Ardfern are another couple of spots which come to mind.
Good luck with your journey.