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Feb 11th, 2016, 09:07 AM
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Ireland to Scotland

I will be in Ireland the 1st 2 wks of Sept. 5th such trip. This time I want to visit Edinburgh and Glasgow.Looking for the best way to get there, Ryan Air or perhaps a water route. Then maybe see Whales.
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Feb 11th, 2016, 09:13 AM
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You can buy SailRail tickets - combined train & ferry - at really cheap prices from any station in Ireland to any station in Britain.

So Dublin to Edinburgh costs around €50 at http://www.irishferries.com/uk-en/offers/sail-rail/ any day, any date - a bargain!

It covers the crossing by cruise ferry 'Ulysses' with bars, restaurants, shop, open deck, lounges etc from Dublin port to Holyhead and onward trains along the scenic Welsh coast and northwards to Edinburgh.

More interesting than a flight - it's also centre to centre.

The irish Ferries system sells you the ticket and tells you the ferry times (I'd take the 08:05 from Dublin) you can then use your SailRail ticket to take any suitable train from Holyhead to Edinburgh - check times at www.nationalrail.co.uk leaving at least 30 minutes after the ferrty arrives.
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Feb 11th, 2016, 09:16 AM
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I should add, you can also buy in either direction at www.virgintrains.co.uk - and it'll work out the trains for you. Book Dublin Port Irish Ferries or Dublin Port Stena to Edinburgh Waverley.

Dublin-Edinburgh costs either £40 or £45 (one or other applies on any given date)

You can collect free of charge at any British station, or have tickets sent anywhere overseas for £7.50 (as tickets cannot be collected in Ireland)
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Feb 11th, 2016, 09:17 AM
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>>Then maybe see Whales<<

Do you mean 'whales' -- the sea creatures, or Wales - the country?

If you only want to visit Glasgow and Edinburgh -- I'd fly (both ways if you have to return to Ireland to fly home)

Into EDI or GLA - train to the other city - fly back from GLA or EDI. I;d use other than Ryanair if I could, but it is such a short flight I could probably even take Ryanair.

The only ferries to Scotland leave from in/near Belfast in Northern Ireland, not from the Republic.

If you took a ferry from near Dublin to Wales (w/ the slight chance you might see orcas - but don't count on it) then you'd have to travel up to Scotland -- and to do North Wales, Glasgow and Edinburgh any justice you'd need at least 9 or 10 days total including travel time.
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Feb 11th, 2016, 09:20 AM
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was posting the same time a the man - who is THE recognized expert re rail travel. If you do decide on the ferry/train route via Holyhead -- he has given you great info -- as long as you have sufficient time . . .
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Feb 11th, 2016, 10:51 AM
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You could pay me to use Irish ferries I suppose. Man in 61 sells tickets so presumably does get paid. although why his web site defaults to Irish ferries?

If going to Edinburgh or Glasgow then Fly. Or Coach and sail (you would be on the coach landing in Scotland anyway) http://www.stenaline.ie/ferries-to-britain/coach-sail
If going via Wales then Rail and sail using Stena Line, no need to pay for Extra or Plus Both Stena vessels have been refitted in the past 2 years and have better customer service and lower on board prices than IF. Should you decide on the IF option Dub to Holyhead then get a taxi to the port to avoid the cattle wagon journey from Bussaras to the port.
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Feb 11th, 2016, 01:57 PM
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I've done both. if you have the time the ferry is more fun. If not, then fly.
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