Honeymoon booked! Recommendations for Iceland and Scotland pls

posted 2 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We got married and honeymooned in Scotland. We stayed for 4 nights here  –

http://www.ardanaiseig.com/

It’s pricey, but amazing!!! 

Where in Scotland are you thinking of going? That would help to narrow recommendations

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I’ve always wanted to go to the Faroe Islands – right inbetween iceland and scotland! Depending on how long you are going for you might be able to scoot over there for a bit.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Iceland is so wonderful!!! For a girl who’s from the flat plains, experiencing Iceland was like landing on the moon.

We felt like we covered Reykjavik in an afternoon. The view at the top of Halgrimskirkja wasn’t  worth it on the day we went, which was cloudy. I’ve seen pics on a sunny day and the view is way better. We loved bar hopping at night on the main street, the live music scene is awesome and those late night hot dogs are worth the hype! So is the gas station sausage dogs, if you’re into smoked things and krauty/oniony things!

In a day and a half, we drove from Reykjavik to Thingvellier, saw the sites there, hiked and took a dip in the Hveragerdi hot springs (free and natural, unlike the blue lagoon!) and covered most of the good stops on this DIY tour: https://iheartreykjavik.net/2015/01/drive-it-yourself-a-south-coast-adventure/. Audur is a great guide and I recommend her sites for the must-see stops. If we’d had more daylight hours (which you will in August!) we could’ve driven out to Jokulsarlon glacier. Getting around is super easy and we had no issues in our tiny rental car. 

Selfoss Hostel was clean and cozy, Vik Hostel is an absolute gem. 

Snorkeling Silfra at Thingvellir was 1000% worth it. Like gently floating over a canyon that’s frozen in time (kinda literally) during a rockslide. 

Unless you and Darling Husband plan to spare no expense in hotels, I highly recommend stocking up on alcohol at the airport duty-free. Liquor stores are only open for like 3 hours on weekdays, grocery stores close early, and are only permitted to sell 2.5% abv beer. Really. 

Congrats and have so much fun!!

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You may have seen this floating aroudn here before, but here’s a recap I did a few years back for Iceland: https://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/iceland-picture-recap/

How long are you staying there? I definitely recommend going as far as jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and through the golden circle.  We’re actually going next week for 4 nights, staying in 4 different places to get out to the lagoon and back.  But if you’re not up for pakcing around and moving a lot, Selffoss could be a good base.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

We spent 3 days in Iceland.  Defintely rent a car, that way you can get out and explore the country.  My favorite area was down along the southern coast between Rek and Vik.  My favorite spot was hiking up above the waterfall Skogarfoss for several miles…. it’s GORGEOUS and you hike by like 50 amazing huge thundering waterfalls, and you quickly lose the crowds.  There are also puffin breeding colonies on the cliffs outside Vik that were so amazing to visit.  Puffins are the coolest.  

Also, PLEASE do not eat minke whale or puffin while you’re there.  Tourist consumption of these species is leading to extreme declines in populations 🙁  It’s a traditional food, yes, but way more people are eating them now than ever before (tourists), and the species are already severely declining due to climate change – and meanwhile Iceland can now get regular, non-going-extinct food shipped to them.  So there’s no reason to eat it, and all the reasons not to.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME

I was in Iceland this past April, and my favorite thing we did was rent a car and drive the Golden Circle.  We went snorkeling in Silfra, saw geisers, waterfalls, icelandic horses, and a volcanic crater lake all in one day! The drive was very easy, and it was a great way to see a lot of what the country has to offer!

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Busy bee

DH and I just went to Iceland last month. Rent a car! You will have more freedom to do what you want. See the blue lagoon, golden circle, and some beautiful waterfalls and the black sand beach in the southern part of the island.

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Blushing bee

No advice, but what a wonderful, wonderful trip to look forward to! Wishing you much happiness!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I’m also honeymooning in Scotland! I’ve been there once before but didn’t see a whole lot that time. From that trip tho, I will say that Edinburgh is a really cool big city with small town charm and lots of history. Loch Ness is cool and dramatic but maybe a little overrated. Much prettier lochs to be seen. Isle of Skye is gorgeous but you pretty much have to rent a car. 

On my honeymoon, I’m going to Edinburgh again, hiking the West Highland Way, spending a few days in Torridon (in the highlands), a few days in Pitlochry, and then back to Edinburgh.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - City, State

Things to see in Scotland (I live there) Edinburgh castle for the one o clock gun. Loch Lomond (much prettier than Loch Ness), Glasgow for the city in general.
Pitlochary is Georgous, See the bo’ness and kinneil railway or Jacobite steam train (they go over the bridge they used to film Harry potter it’s amazing.

Need any tips tricks or cheap places to stay hit me up. Stay in premier inn/travel lodge, they’re clean and tidy and no where near the same quality as the American/Canadian ones of the same names, much better quality here

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We did a week in Edinburgh for a vacation about a year and half ago and loved it. We did a few day trips to things like Loch Ness (not really worth it) and whiskey tour. We also took the bus over to Rossyln Chapel for the day, which I enjoyed.

We found enough to do in Edinburgh, but I know there’s plenty to see outside of it, too. One of our absolutely favorite activites was The Booklover’s Tour. It’s not well advertised, but it starts right outside the Writer’s Museum (which was on a side street). It was small and our tour guide was fantastic – so interesting and entertaining, especially if you like books or literary history at all. 

If you like hiking, Arthur’s Seat is a fun climb, if a bit strenous, for a great view. We also did a ghost tour, which was fun, along with all the things along the Royal Mile.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I spent a couple days in edinburgh on vacation, and I absolutely LOVED it! I highly recommend visiting edinburgh castle, especially if you are a fan of the tv show Reign 🙂 There is also a hiking path near holyrood castle, theres a giant field with some hills/mountains, its called arthurs seat and the hike is awesome, however there are some parts where you are literally walking up stairs lol. In the same area there is also the ruins of a small church near arthurs seat, its a neat little ruin that is worth the climb up to see it! I also recommend doing some bar hopping if youre into that, theres lots of cute hole in the wall places in the heart of edinburgh. I hope you have a wonderful trip!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

I adored Edinburgh. The Scottish Parliament building is well worth a look (they do free tours) and of course the Castle and Holyrood House. There are a stack of ghost tours, but the one we did was the Mary King’s Close tour which isn’t a ghost tour as such; basically a big new building was put on top of a bunch of older houses and narrow streets and they take you down into the older hidden buildings which are still underneath the newer building. If you’re into history at all it’s well worth it. Book a couple of days before you want to go though because it sells out.

We did a four day bike trip from Stirling to Pitlochry as part of our honeymoon and it was great – amazing way to see the country. We went through a heap of small towns and some incredible historic sites. There are stone circles throughout Scotland, mostly just in paddocks!

If you go anywhere near Loch Tay and a town called Kenmore, check out the Scottish Crannog Centre which is a reproduction of an Iron Age dwelling built on stilts over the loch. Fascinating and definitely worth the trip. Kenmore is a lovely little town too and the Kenmore Hotel has a Robbie Burns poem written on the wall of the bar!

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