I'm looking to take a side trip to the UK from Dublin in the 5-6 day range. (This is my third trip to Ireland and I'm there for just over 2 weeks). Hoping for advice as to where to go. I've never visited the UK outside of Northern Ireland.
If I were to choose one country, I'm more inclined toward Scotland than England or Wales. Definitely want at least a day or two in Edinburgh. I've toyed with the idea of taking the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, then going by train up to Edinburgh. This has the advantage of involving my two favorite forms of transportation, but the disadvantage of eating a huge amount of my limited travel time. I'm a city gal, but I also love exploring the countryside and enjoy a bit of hiking. Also, I'm a rather obsessive knitter, so bonus points for any suggestions involving sheep or wool. :)
I'll have about 5 days to play with, although I have flexibility. 39 yr-old female traveling solo. And if the whole "planning this now though I leave for Dublin in 4 days" bit didn't clue you in, I tend to be more of a seat-of-the-pants than a strict-itinerary traveler. I'm fairly comfortable winging it, particularly in English-speaking countries. If it makes a difference, I'm thinking Sunday or Monday (8/7 or 8) through Friday or Saturday (8/12 or 13).
I know that this is festival season in Scotland, but it does appear that I can still book AirBnb listings no problem. So what do you think, savvy travelers? Should I focus on the cities and split it up between Edinburgh and London? Focus on just Scotland for this trip? Any places I simply must see? Thanks!