What are the best Travel/Lodging Arrangements in Ireland/Scotland?
I will be going to Ireland/Scotland with 4 other adult family members (5 total) "sometime" this year...we're still working out the exact timeline.
We will probably be gone for about 10-14 days.
We met with a Travel Agent just to get some generic ideas, but they weren't extremely helpful, though he promised to "take care of everything" when we book with him.
I understand that he needs to make a living, but I would have rather said: "Here's $50, now can you please tell me some real information."
We are debating doing something like a 5-day excursion with a travel company and then have several days on our own in Ireland before taking a ferry over to Scotland. Depending on how many days we'll be there, we might do the same type of setup in Scotland (book a tour and then have a few days to travel on our own).
What I'm looking for is:
1.) Preferred Travel into/out of Ireland/Scotland?
2.) Booking Hotels or B&Bs or Hostels, or ???
3.) Car rental vs. Bus on open days?
4.) Places to see?