Railways of Ireland and the U.K. (2011)
Our 2011 trip to Europe began with a flight from the U.S. to Iceland. After three nights in Reykjavik, we flew to London Heathrow and immediately continued on to Ireland, where we stayed for a week. We booked a three-night tour from Dublin to Cork, Kerry and Galway with Railtours Ireland, which uses the country's limited rail network wherever possible (and buses to fill gaps in the rail system). We then took a ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, Wales, spent two nights at Caernarfon, and rode the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog railways before traveling on to England. We used a Britrail pass to travel throughout the U.K., visiting Shrewsbury, Bath, Salisbury, London, and York, England; and Edinburgh, Inverness, and Glasgow, Scotland, before a final two nights in Edinburgh.
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