Whether it is a curse or a blessing in disguise, to get the best out of your travel across the United Kingdom, it is best to stay away from mainstream cities here. While Belfast can only be good enough to give you the experience of a new city in a far away country, it is Ballycastle and Portrush that carry the essence of Ireland, its tall cliffs, raging deep blue seas and clear skies.Northern Ireland is relatively small compared to the other three countries and the drive between these three main destinations will not take you any more than 2-3 hours.WHAT TO EAT WHILE IN THE UKSavour as many of their bakery breads as you can. They may not be so fresh in any other part of the world. Fish and chips and Jacket potatoes are the most popular dishes across the UK. They can make the cheapest authentic lunch you could ask for. Finally, if you do have a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on delicious desserts like the apple crumble pie with custard.Of course there is much more to see in the United Kingdom. After all, it isn't for nothing that it is a Kingdom and not just a country. But it's good to leave some things for a next time, and just cover these during your first visit. Have faith in the fact that the traveller in you will bring you back here, another time!BEST TIME TO VISIT June to September, unless you want to battle the piercingly cold winds in addition to all the exploring!
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Charming Dublin is accessible to all kinds of travellers despite its archaic walkways, cobblestone streets and stone stairways. The city is mostly flat and committed to being disabled-friendly. Almost all shopping areas and tourist attractions are accessible. There is a lot of ease of access, for example most pavements have lowered kerbs making crossing over in a wheelchair, easy. Traffic lights give lots of time to cross and even have an audible tone for the visually challenged. Buses in Dublin are easy to board and de-board for wheelchair users, and even have signs saying how many disabled people they have helped till now. All buses stop if they see a person with a long cane, guide dog, wheelchair etc. Dublin also has an abundance of accessible accommodation to make your stay pleasant. Besides the city, however, it is the Irish people who will leave an impression on you. They are warm, friendly and always ready to help.Handy tips:• River Liffey is bang in the middle of Dublin, and makes for a great place for a wheelchair walk. And yes, it is very accessible• The coastline of Dublin Bay is accessible, so when you need to get out of the city, stroll here for some fresh air• Abbeyglen Castle and Cabra Castle are two medieval-themed castles turned into hotels that are disabled-friendly• The Sandemans New Europe – Free Walking Tours offers a completely wheelchair-accessible tour of North Side Dublin
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Perfect for: Edinburgh Fringe Festival
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After a fill of history, scotch and scrumptious food, keep the last day on the Scotland itinerary to relax and enjoy a slow pace. Take a train from Inverness to Glasgow (it will take about 3 and a half hours). Once there, spend the day taking in the sights and sounds of the city.
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BelfastFor today, I booked myself a tour to Giants Causeway. Its an UNESCO declared World Heritage Site and its breathtaking beautiful. Try waiting till the sunset to witness the amazing scenery.
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My personal booty-call from Sligo was the fabled Yeats Society/Center - a homage paid to the legendary Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Located in the city center, the Yeats Society has regular readings and performances of his work. At a little known village nearby - Drumcliffe, lie the remains of this ridiculously talented man! Sligo is also known for its dainty little pubs, that come to life in the evening with some great trad sessions and overflowing craic!
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On a glorious summer's day, we decided to head to Donegal. Co.Donegal is not that far from co. Sligo, so after a short hour we made our way over to Slieve League. Slieve League are some of Europe's highest cliffs standing 601m tall.
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Days 12 to 14There are two ways to look at my stay in Inverness. One way is to focus on the negativity that permeates this entire town and its people, to the extent that as a solo traveller I began getting worried about my safety even while having a sip of coffee during the day. The other way is to remember that in this same town are people who stood up to those acting weird and helped me out. So, in many ways, Inverness proved to be a metaphor for life in Britain, for tourists, travellers and ‘immigrants’. Now, what remains to be seen is which side will reach the so-called ‘critical mass’ and tip the balance for or against bigotry masquerading as nationalism and paranoia and violent opportunism posing as tribalism and ‘closed border’ policies.