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  • Added on: July 2nd, 2009
Howdy all,

I've got a trip to Ireland and Scotland coming up later this month. I'll be connecting with my brother in Dublin and spending Sunday-Thursday there before flying to Edinburgh for a 5 day romp up to the Orkneys.

Where i'd love your help: Once we get back into Edinburgh, we're debating making our way cross country down to the coast and then catching a ferry across Stranraer -> Larne, before winding down towards Belfast and then back to Dublin. We'll have the 23-26th to get from Edinburgh to Dublin.

Any tips on must see places along the way? Any suggestions/words of warning about that Ferry crossing? Should we aim for trains or buses? Also, any hostels in the smaller towns along the way - or should we plan on keeping it to the big cities?

Thanks a ton!
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  • Added on: July 14th, 2009
I don't know if you have done this intentionally or not but there is a ferry from Stranraer directly to Belfast. It is run by Stena, a company which I have traveled with before and would recommend. As for the trip from Belfast to Dublin, I would suggest that if you plan on spending any time seeing Ireland on that leg then take a bus. Its slower and you get to see more. However if you just want to get back to Dublin take the train its faster.
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  • Added on: August 12th, 2009
Hi Landire, thanks for the post. Actually ended up just missing me - trip was fantastic though and did end up doing the Stranraer -> Belfast ferry. Largest fast ferry in the world or so they claim.

Then took a bus down to Dublin. Worked out great! Thanks for the post.
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