A Europe trip was long overdue for this New Yorker. I managed to clear 19 days (flight time inclusive) to figure out how to plan such an itinerary and came up with:
Day 1 – Fly from NYC to London overnight
Day 2 – Check in hotel, brief sightseeing, sleep
Day 3,4 – Explore London
Day 5 – Daytrip to Paris via Eurostar
Day 6 – Travel to Edinburgh, sightseeing
Day 7,8,9 – Tour the Scotland highlands
Day 10 – Travel back to London, Harry Potter tour
Day 11 – Fly from London to Barcelona, sightseeing
Day 12-18 – 7 day cruise
Day 19 – Fly back home
The most challenging part is planning it all (and saving enough money as well). The flights, hotels, where to go, how to get there, things to avoid, not getting lost, saving money, optimizing time, eating, bathroom stops, what to pack, currency, backup plans for when things go wrong, survival, etc. Somehow, everything went according to plan with a few minor mishaps. Follow me on my travels as I cover the itineraries, highlights, and other random encounters and experiences.
Isle of Skye
All I have to say is Wow. A mini Iceland without the ice (summer season). Photos don’t capture the landscape and views especially on a cloudy day. You trust me on this one nature lovers, put this on your bucket list. I immediately became a dog that hasn’t been out for a walk in weeks. Climb all the hills and run all the trails!
We began by circling Skye counterclockwise via the Trotternish peninsula. One thing about Scotland is that the weather is insane. The clouds are everywhere and it can rain anytime, so wear your rain gear. Yep, the day started with some rain. Also, on Skye, I’ve never come across so many sheep. Everywhere you look, there are white dots in the distance and fluff balls up close. And since there are so much sheep everywhere, there is a lot of sheep poo to avoid (impossible to avoid when going off trail). Sheep, sheep everywhere…
The first sight we came across was the Old Man of Storr; rock pinnacles which resembles giant fingers coming out of the ground. The clouds tried to hide it from me, but I spotted it from a distance. You could Google image it to see what it truly looks like.
The next stop was Lealt Falls. Pretty cool.
The next stop was Kilt Rock. There were some trails to take. Ugh, never enough time to explore, grrr.
And I came across this warning sign. A reminder to step carefully.
And then the one and only; The Quiraing. I could’ve stayed here for a whole day, maybe more.
And onward to the land of the faeries; The Faerie Glen. Or the land of conic hills. Taking any rocks or anything like that would lead to bad luck. I hope a rock pebble didn’t get stuck in my sneaker soles. Beware the tight squeeze toward the mini castle on top of the hill. I’m pixel size in the last photo.
After a quick lunch stop, we drove all the way to the westernmost point; Neist Point. This is the westernmost point of Skye. The clouds were quite close to the ground. With just an hour, we managed to hike all the way to the lighthouse and back. Remember to save some strength for the return uphill. Afterwards, we headed back to Portree.
Although it rained here and there, this was one of the best days so far. To refuel an exhausted body, we dined at Seabreeze (I recommend) and had another seafood platter special. Who doesn’t enjoy a bowl full of shells and creatures of the sea. If you go to Scotland, then you have to visit Skye.