Eilean Donan Castle

15. Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England

September 13, 2015

Reasons to Visit

I’ve always been drawn to the countries of my family heritage, specifically Ireland, Scotland, and Germany. While I’ve carried a German surname, my family is actually predominantly Irish and Scottish. Additionally, England itself has such a robust history and impact on the development of the entire global industry, it would be impossible to pass over these great countries on my “must see before I die” list.

Must See


  • Dublin is a must see visit to the green isle. Additionally, it’s a great starting point for any ancestor research.
  • Blarney Castle is a tourist destination, but who doesn’t want to hang your head over the side backwards and kiss the “Blarney Stone” to obtain the gift of gab?
  • No visit to Ireland would be complete with a history of Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey, both of which offer tours, samplings and tastings.
  • An original Irish pub. While not the originators of the Pub, the world has now associated the two synonymously.


  • A journey should probably start in Edinburgh. Again, while my family caries Irish descent, we really have a Scotch sense of humor and why not trace our family crest from here? A quick stop to Edinburgh Castle is a given.
  • Scottish Highlands on a sunny or even rainy day, are one of the best ways to connect with this part of the world.
  • Loch Ness and the infamous monster are worth an improbable gander, right?


  • While not as trendy, I’d welcome the opportunity to visit Cardiff and experience the Wales coastline.
  • Pembrokeshire Coast National Park features a national persevere right on the beach, which Wales has plenty to offer.


  • I’ve visited London nearly 10 years ago, but didn’t really see any castles, which are must visit to remember the Middle Ages in the part of the world.
  • Stonehenge is a mystery. Period. Which makes it all the more fascinating and on my must-do list for my next visit to London.

Oxford should also be on my list, both for its history but also its educational background and allure.

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