My husband and I are planning a trip to Scotland in July with an itinerary starting in Ayr and ending in Edinburgh. Our dates are pretty inflexible. Unfortunately, we obviously shouldn't have procrastinated about purchasing our airline tickets as the price from Portland, Oregon to either Glasgow or Edinburgh has gone up substantially since I last checked.
Searching for fares, Belfast keeps popping up as a "close location" (and $300 per ticket less expensive) option. Is it crazy to fly to Belfast and then plan on taking a train/bus/ferry to Scotland, adding time but potentially saving money? $600 is not a make or break amount for us, but it would lead to some accommodations upgrades. :)