A group of Coffee County Central High School Students and area residents recently returned from a fourteen-day tour of the British Isles.
“I lead independent student travels, said Megan Benton, Coffee County Central High School’s environmental science teacher. “It’s not really associated with the school.”
Ten people, five students and five adults from Coffee County joined Benton on the trip. Several of the adults were parents of the students. The group joined groups from Oregon and Kentucky for a total of 40 travelers.
The group toured Ireland, crossed the Irish Sea by ferry to Holyhead, Wales, saw Snowdonia National Park in Wales, traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, took an overnight train to London, saw the Roman Baths in Bath, England, and visited Stonehenge and Avebury Henge.
Benton said they visited our town’s British namesake, Manchester, England.
“Manchester’s soccer team is kind of a big deal.”
Benton said the group tried haggis neeps and tatties, a traditional and homely dish made from left over haggis, a lamb and offal mince, topped off with neeps (turnips) and tatties, or potatoes.
The most beautiful city was Edinburgh, Scotland, but enjoyed the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, which is made of public and private lands.
“Nothing compares to Snowdonia Park in Wales. It was lush green, sheep and rock fences.”
She said that the park is unusual because people maintain traditional rural English private farms on the park area.
“It was just gorgeous.”
Benton offers tours through Educational Tours.
She is planning a European tour of Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France in 2015.
For more information, contact Benton at CHS or on Facebook.