We are planning a trip to the UK for mid to late June. I have a conference in Cork at end of June so the idea is that the three of us would fly to London in mid June, travel to a few sites-- most important of which is Edinburgh-- take a ferry over to Belfast (where friends live) and spend a couple of days there, and then my family would fly home from Dublin while I'd head down to Cork, then back up to Dublin to fly home too.
Allowing two days eaten up by travel to the UK and back to the USA, we have ten days for the pre-conference, pre-Cork trip, but including 2 days in Belfast. So I guess that makes 8 days in the UK mainland, and 2 days in UK-Northern Ireland.
In the pre-Ireland leg, we (parents) want to see Edinburgh and possibly the Lake District, or visit key Roman sites. Our son (13 years) wants London, Edinburgh, Stonehenge. We have to end up at the ferry at the western Scottish port.
How on earth should we map this out? Can we take trains among all the cities and sites? Can we take a train from Edinburgh to Belfast with ferry? I saw one forum where someone suggested that as a possibility but it apparently would use up a day of travel.
If we're heading up to Edinburgh, is there something along the coast we absolutely should not miss? Some gorgeous castle or fantastic port town, etc.?
Thank you so much for your suggestions.
Thank you so much for your suggestions, in advance!!