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1. Posted by Murazor (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

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Hi everybody,

I plan a trip next year with my big-scooter to western europe.

I wanna drive from Karlsruhe (Germany) to Paris (France), London (UK), Nottingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Belfast, Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, Dublin, Cardiff, Southampton, Brighton, Dover, Brussels to Home.

I plan to overnight on camp sites or bed and breakfast (what's cheaper).

Who can give me tips for my trips to those places
Is it good to travel on the motorway or over country road
Cause if I drive over road I need much more time. Mostly about 3 hours more. But I wanna see the country, the towns, the people beside. And I wanna drive that trip within 2 weeks

Thank you for helping

2. Posted by LittleHote (Inactive 78 posts) 9y

That's 4000 km plus four ferry journeys in 2 weeks.

I would recommend you travel by motorway whenever possible and overnight in motorway services. That way you should just about get round the route in the time. Forget about seeing the country, the towns and the people because there isn't time.

3. Posted by bob flinn (Full Member 173 posts) 9y

With that plan you could run out of time just trying to travel the English and Scottish part of the plan without taking much time to visit anything along the way and probably not get to Ireland.

The trip from Liverpool up to Edinburgh is only really interesting in the English Lake District. The most scenic part of Scotland is in the north and north-west from Perth north through the Grampians and down the west coast.

I would suggest you look at the YHA (Youth Hostel Association) web site, http://www.yha.org.uk/
there you will find they have many hostels to stay at all withing easy reach of places of interest and at budget prices, they will also give indications of the things to see and do in each region.

Road travel in the UK is notoriously slow, you can expect delays and slow moving traffic even on the motorways. You will have the benefit of being able to work your way through this on your big scooter and keep moving faster than cars but you will be delayed.
Your estimate of 3 hours extra time required each day if you are off motorways could me a minimum to allow.

If you think I can help more please do get back to me, I will be off air from 25th August until 10th September.

4. Posted by bluestar61 (Budding Member 9 posts) 9y

You can camp on the beach for free in Ireland so try and keep close to the coast on your trip. There maybe local restrictions but if you ask a few locals till will tell you what's what in the area.

5. Posted by Murazor (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Thanks a lot for those infos.
I think I have to plan one week more or have to take a shorter way.

But don't stop to post more informations for me.

I thank you very much.

6. Posted by LittleHote (Inactive 78 posts) 9y

I'd say "One week more and a shorter way".

Obviously you have some particular reason for your choice of towns along the route, but why not leave out Paris? It adds at least one day to your journey time, plus the time you spend in the city. Make that a separate holiday another time, because Paris is a city that justifies being done properly.

Then you could take a ferry across Zeebrugge-Felixstowe or Hook of Holland-Harwich (or maybe they're the other way around) and head straight for Nottingham. The fens are not a commonly-thought-of tourist spot, but they're interesting and have a certain beauty of their own. Avoid the A14 road which is boring and take in the northern part of the fenland around King's Lynn and Denver sluice.

Having done your circuit of all those places you listed, put London in near the end so that it's on your way to Dover. Then you can take the Dover-Ostende ferry and have a fairly direct route home. I wouldn't waste any time on Brussels.

7. Posted by Murazor (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Is there no one who can tell me more to Ireland?

Now I have a lot of informations about the UK but where are the Irish people?

Help me and tell me more about your country. Please.:)

8. Posted by El Boot (Full Member 106 posts) 9y

HI Murazor...

Im Irish, if you have a list of questions ill try to answer them

9. Posted by Murazor (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Quoting Murazor

Hi everybody,

I plan a trip next year with my big-scooter to western europe.

I wanna drive from Karlsruhe (Germany) to Paris (France), London (UK), Nottingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Belfast, Galway, Cork, Kilkenny, Dublin, Cardiff, Southampton, Brighton, Dover, Brussels to Home.

I plan to overnight on camp sites or bed and breakfast (what's cheaper).

Who can give me tips for my trips to those places
Is it good to travel on the motorway or over country road
Cause if I drive over road I need much more time. Mostly about 3 hours more. But I wanna see the country, the towns, the people beside. And I wanna drive that trip within 2 weeks

Thank you for helping

[quote=butts]
Im Irish, if you have a list of questions ill try to answer them[\quote]

Hi butts,

here it's on my first post. ;)

If you have any informations more that I have to know, tell me what you know. What's important, what do you think I have to know, to watch, to visit?:)
I heared a lot of your beautiful country, but you know it at best.:)

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 29, 2007, at 10:34 PM by Murazor ]

10. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 9y

Looking at what you want to do, i'd suggest:
Hamburg to Newcastle ferry.
then head up the east coast towards Edinburgh
Across to Glasgow - Stranraer-Belfast
do the tour of Ireland leaving Dublin for Liverpool by ferry.
Liverpool to Nottingham onwards to Hull for the ferry to either Zeebrugge or Rotterdam.

It's a fair bit of travel but it'll take in most that you want to see, personally I'd spend 10 days/2 weeks touring Scotland. There are loads of great biking roads traveling from Edinburgh-Aberdeen-Inverness-Ullapool-Isle of Skye-Glasgow-Stirling-Edinburgh.

Good luck with the planning.

Jase