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daveapril  
#1 Posted : Saturday, January 6, 2018 12:31:35 AM(UTC)
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We have planned our first trip! Now, I am stressing that I will bring the entirely wrong pants, shoes, jacket for the trip. I live in Florida and I have been freezing at 40 degrees this week. The more information I try to get on the internet the more confused I feel. If anyone that has been to Ireland/Scotland during April and May could help, I would greatly appreciate it!!!

littlera  
#2 Posted : Saturday, January 6, 2018 1:24:57 PM(UTC)
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Expect highs in the mid to high 50s in Ireland, lows overnight in low 40s. Most areas of Scotland will be about 3 degrees cooler than that. It rains a bit on average every other day in both countries year round. Not much, usually a sprinkle. I take one pair of shoes to these countries - Merrell hiking shoes. You need comfortable shoes. On Gate 1 tour you need no dress-up clothes. Not like a cruise ship.

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gotta travel2  
#3 Posted : Saturday, January 6, 2018 10:23:30 PM(UTC)
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Layers, layers, layers. The key to packing to just about anywhere in Europe outside of summer travels. Totally agree with littlera on Merrell's (partial to their Moab line, waterproofed versions). Wife's packing list included several base layers (cuddle-duds), couple of mock turtlenecks, medium weight sweater, her ski jacket, gloves and scarf (she's cold nature), and smart wool socks (only socks we pack). For me it's medium weight cargo pants (cheap type from Walmart), couple of nice base layer T-shirts that I can strip down to when it warms up, a mock turtle neck or two, fleece pullover and waterproof shell (along with hat and gloves just in case). We take cheap travel umbrellas from walmart that we typically toss out before coming home and a supply of those newspaper wrappers we get from the paperboy when it rains (used so our backpack doesn't get wet and when we reenter the bus after it's been raining, which it will in both countries). Enjoy the trip. The people in Ireland are some of the most friendly ones you will encounter in all of Europe.

Happy travel and if it really gets cold out there, you can buy a wool sweater just everywhere over there.
littlera  
#4 Posted : Saturday, January 6, 2018 11:52:41 PM(UTC)
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Good advice from gottatravel2, especially about buying sweaters. My favorite store to get genuine Irish made woolen sweaters is Blarney Woolen Mills. They are at Blarney Castle and several other places in the UK. They used to have a store across street from Trinity College in Dublin I would visit every time I was in Dublin for business or touring, but it closed. I have been buying from them for 25 years now. Very high quality, beautiful goods at reasonable prices for what is offered. We have a bunch of them now!

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daveapril  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:50:49 PM(UTC)
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Thank you for the responses...I am thankful for the recommendations for the pants and shoes! We are doing the 16 Day Scotland/Ireland trip if anyone thinks of any important clothing or items that we should bring, I would appreciate it!!!!

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