I thought the hardest part was leaving from London. Turned out, leaving Portree and Isle of Skye was the hardest part of the Great Britain Trip. So pretty that I would gave my two days of exploring Liverpool and Manchester to stay at Isle of Skye. If you’re a landscape lover, spend 5 days to explore Scotland Highland and isle of skye (or even more, or even stay there forever, Don't leave) ;)
The itinerary for Day 2 was basically exploring every wonderful landmark in Isle of Skye. Thankfully, those were wonderful and sunny two-days in Isle of the Skye, see what happened in Day-3 here. Here’s the places we visited on Day-2.
Isle of Skye and Scotland Highland quickly captured my eyes and heart the first time I saw it in Google. It has such a dramatic landscape, and spectacular mountain range. Did you know? James bond movie Skyfall was shot in Scotland, in Glen Coe to be exact and it’s the fourth Bond film to be shot in Scotland. Part of Glencoe that became background is Buachaille Etive Mor and Buachaille Etive Beag (both are mountain peaks). It can be seen on the movie screen where James Bond transports M away from Raoul Silva. The other movies that were shot in Scotland are Highlander and Braveheart. That alone should be more than enough to justify a visit to Scotland, right (Side note: Glen is a Scottish term for a deep valley in the Highlands" that is "narrower than a strath.")
I could’ve spend each day moving from one city to another in Scotland and rent a car, but I didn’t. There were several things considered and that was why I didn’t rent a car in UK:
That day we took Golden Tour’s Windsor Castle, Roman Baths and Pump Room & Stonehenge. The tour started from Windsor castle, Stonehenge, with the last visited place was Roman baths. Here's the route of the tour.
When I planned the Great Britain itinerary, I referred to Lonely Planet Great Britain. It such a complete and detailed guide a traveler can hope for. My knowledge about Great Britain was limited, and reading the places of interest it offers got me excited and confused at the same time. I was pretty much confused when deciding what to visit after London. When it comes to London, you can easily decide where to go because all the places of interests are within reach of underground train and London Pass give the freedom and guide to all the attractions. But when it comes to deciding what next attraction should be seen outside London, things got very trickier.
That day i took Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds and Warwick Castle Tour and here's the route for the places that i visited.
London’s temperature in may varies from 10 to 20 degree Celcius and when you’re lucky, you can meet Mr. Sunshine peeking over the clouds over the City. On that day, our tour was quite packed and spread around London. The plan was to spend Day-1 on nearby areas in Central London, and spend the second day strolling places outskirt London. On that second day, we went to Greenwich Observatory (about 1 hour trip from our YHA London Central, our acommodation). And then from Greenwich Observatory we went to Greenwich Pier to embark on Thames River Boat Cruise and stopped by near the Tower of London. That made our next destination was Tower of London. We continued strolling to Tower Bridge, The Shard and covered the highlights around the complex before heading north to Warner Bros Studio for Harry Potter Studio Tour (about 1,5 hours from Tower Bridge).
I haven’t been in many cities around the world, but among some of the major cities I’ve ever visited, London is my most favorite city to stroll around and to be alive (especially when the sun is up!). London is vibrant, dynamic, diverse in atmosphere, and of course spectacularly beautiful. Be it on a subway or on the main street, you can feel the vibrant energy and the electric that surge you alive. You can have green beauty and the silent solitude warm you in the morning at Hyde Park, and being cheered and lifted up by the crowd passerby on the same place in the afternoon. You can feel being zipped up to 17th or 19th century in the morning at Westminster abbey, and back to 21st century in the afternoon walking around The Shard. It’s everlasting, and it’s refreshing. I’ve been there twice, and I still want more and more.
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