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1. Posted by sunxm79 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

I plan spend my vacation in UK during 8/1-8/14, 2 weeks in england. so hope get your help to understand following questions,

1: I want to rent a car and driving in UK by myself, consider budget I think driving will be cheaper than travel by train, is that true? and I'm not sure road sign very clearly in UK, so do you think a GPS system will be necessary?

2: I want plan a around travel in 2 weeks, what is best route you recommend? what's famous place I should go or some special place worth to stop?

3: have any recommend about good restaurant or nice hotel. we want to experience cute B&B, any advise?

4: there have many National park in Scotland, but because we only have short time stop in there so which 1 or 2 is most beautiful park need to go?

5: how to get Northern Ireland?

thanks a lot!

2. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

I would definately get a GPS system as the UK is a very crowded little island and the cities are especially busy with traffic, so if you get a bit lost you can be stuck for ages not knowing where you are.
Also hiring a car will be much cheaper than trains as unfortunately in this country our government keeps putting air fares up by adding ridiculous "green" taxes (for "green" read "stealth") and saying everyone should be more environmentally friendly, but then makes our trains the most expensive in the world. For example there is a journey on the London Underground that costs £4 for 0.26 kilometres, lasting 43 seconds! That's 1.5 pence per metre!!!!
To get to Northern Ireland you can either fly from various places in mainland UK or get the ferry from Stranraer in Scotland to Belfast.

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Quoting bwiiian

Also hiring a car will be much cheaper than trains as unfortunately in this country our government keeps putting air fares up by adding ridiculous "green" taxes (for "green" read "stealth") and saying everyone should be more environmentally friendly, but then makes our trains the most expensive in the world.

It is possible to buy train tickets in advance if you know when you'll be travelling - this can result in hugely reduced prices. With Britain being a small island, flying isn't really necessary and means you can miss out on a lot in between the destinations.

Quoting bwiiian

For example there is a journey on the London Underground that costs £4 for 0.26 kilometres, lasting 43 seconds! That's 1.5 pence per metre!!!!

Putting this into context - with an Oyster Card a trip within Zone 1 of the tube is £1.50, the cash fare is £4. It's very easy to obtain an Oyster Card and therefore pay £1.50... (details here)

Quoting sunxm79

2: I want plan a around travel in 2 weeks, what is best route you recommend? what's famous place I should go or some special place worth to stop?

There's quite a few places, including things like Leeds Castle (south of London in Kent), Oxford, Stonehenge, Lacock, Bath, Cardiff, Peak District, north Wales. One useful place to look might be the National Trust website for places they look after.

4. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 8y

Quoting sunxm79

4: there have many National park in Scotland, but because we only have short time stop in there so which 1 or 2 is most beautiful park need to go?

I would recommend Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You don't have to go too far to get there (half an hour from Glasgow by car). Beautiful scenery, great walks, plenty to do. Check out this site

Quoting sunxm79

5: how to get Northern Ireland?

You can fly from Glasgow to Belfast with easyjet - very reasonably priced airline. Alternatively, if you have a car, you can get the ferry with StenaLine from Stranraer to Belfast.

5. Posted by TanTan (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

Can't really give many suggestions. It's only I am planning on buying a car end of August and just driving the UK till I leave end of November. So, let me know how you get on. Sounds like you are going to have a good trip. Good Luck!!

6. Posted by TanTan (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

Though, reading the other suggestions. I went to Stonehenge at Summer Solstice, and too be honest when there isn't anything going on it can just be a drive by job, by no means should it take a whole day. Oxford, wasn't super special, Bath has a little more too it touristy wise. An Oyster card is essential if you are going to see London. I love east of england for days out, I am always kind of surprised by the space in the region. Licoln is lovely. Anyway...

7. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Scrub Northern Ireland this time, 2 weeks isn't enough. If you're starting in London, you'll want to spend a day there. Then travel up the West, go out to Bath first then on to Wales. Travel up through Snowdonia. Visit Chester. Carry on North to the Lake District. Then up to the Highlands. The Highlands are the most beautiful place in the UK so spend some time there. Back via Edinburgh, stopping off in Durham and York. Back to London. That should be 2 weeks worth!

8. Posted by bertles86 (Inactive 108 posts) 8y

1. Renting a car is relatively cheap, but petrol is not. Also there are strict laws, most companies you need to be at least 23 years old or pay a subsidy for being younger than that. You also need a full license from a recognised nation.

2. Over two weeks I would start on the South-East (Kent) head west Dorset/Cornwall then north Wales/Liverpool up to Scotland down the east coast Norfolk and finish in London.

Stonghenge/Dover Castle/Cornwall beaches/Snowdonia/Liverpool Docks/Edinburgh inc. Arthurs Seat/Norfolk Broads/Tower of London/Houses of Parliament/Buckingham Palace.

3. Good restaurant - The Ivy in London, nice hotel - youstayuk.com

4. Snowdonia in Wales, Lake District in Cumbria, Peak District in Derbyshire, Ben Nevis - Scotland.

5. Northern Ireland - ferry from Liverpool (Birkenhead), flight from Liverpool John Lennon Airport direct to Belfast. Or ferry from Wales (Holyhead) to Eire (Dublin) and drive over the border.

9. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Quoting bertles86

5. Northern Ireland - ferry from Liverpool (Birkenhead), flight from Liverpool John Lennon Airport direct to Belfast. Or ferry from Wales (Holyhead) to Eire (Dublin) and drive over the border.

You may not be able to drive in another country (i.e. Eire) when renting a car in the UK.

10. Posted by BlankFrack (Respected Member 280 posts) 8y

For national parks in Scotland, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is very nice, but I personally prefer the Cairngorms National Park. Loch Lomond is more popular with tourists (can be a good or a bad thing depending on your preference) whilst the Cairngorms is more like being thrown out into the remote wilderness and is more spectacular in my opinion. They have a rather cheesy video on their website giving you a taste of what it's like here (try to ignore the music!) -

http://www.cairngorms.co.uk/park/multimedia/index.php

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 22, 2008, at 7:34 AM by BlankFrack ]