Greetings! My ‘monthly’ newsletters are turning out to be bi-monthly lately! Hopefully they are still fun to receive whenever I finally get them out though.

I get to take you to the United Kingdom and Ireland with this newsletter, so sit back and enjoy!




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There is a vast array of places to visit in the UK, but I’ll begin in London, the most popular destination. In fact, London happens to be hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics starting today! I can’t imagine the excitement going on there right now!

The city of London has so much to offer and much of it can be seen while walking the streets around town.  You can take the Big Red double decker buses for a lovely tour of the city, or if you prefer to go underground, there is a great underground transportation system called the Tube. When I visited London a few years ago I had originally thought I would use the Tube to get around because I thought everything was going to be far, since we read about Picadilly Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and so on. However, when we arrived in London we found that walking was so easy and we could see so much more. Everything within Zones 1 & 2 is very close to each other.

Some of my favorite sites were the Tower of London, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, London Bridge, and Hyde Park and the Thames River boat.  I could go on and on about the city, but instead here is a link of anything and everything you’d like to know about London.


UK & Ireland Map

More United Kingdom

As you can see by this UK/Ireland map, there is much more to see than just London! One could easily spend a month between the UK and Ireland and still not see it all.

Wales is only 2 hours from London and has some beautiful National Parks, great hiking, beaches, over 600 castles, excellent golf and more! If you head further north you could even stop in Liverpool, the town that is famous for where the Beatles began their career. Or keep on going north to play some golf in Scotland with more than 500 courses to offer!



On to Ireland … You can fly from the UK or take a ferry from Wales or Scotland. No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit the Blarney Castle and kissing the Blarney stone! But if you can’t make it there, you will have no shortage of castles to see. You will also find many pubs and great food in the towns of Ireland. Ireland is a great country to drive; I have many clients that do B&B self-drive trips throughout Ireland. The trip is set up as a coupon system with my tour operators and it allows the travelers to drive at their leisure and choose from many different B&B’s along their route to stay. Ireland is also known for its farm stays. The Irish love to share their homes with travelers. There are many ways to tour Ireland, from Independent traveling to incredible escorted tours, the choice is yours. Many times I fly my clients into Dublin and home from Shannon so they can see more of Ireland. Although there was a time when it wasn’t as safe to travel into Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland is getting more popular to travel again.


The Gathering 2013

2013 will be a great time to visit Ireland. Ireland is having a year-long celebration of all things Irish called The Gathering . There will be local gatherings organized by schools, colleges, businesses, clubs, etc. as well as many festivals. For more information, visit thewebsite here.


I could go on, but I will let you peruse the websites and come up with your own dream vacation… Please remember to keep me in mind for all your travel needs, whether it may only be a 1 night hotel stay, or a month long journey across the UK!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Kina Palmer-Travelhound –


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