My wife and I, experienced independent travellers in our 60's, and faithful advocates of TA, need some help on a planned trip in early July 2013. After spending about 10 days in Ireland we plan on taking the morning train from Dublin to Belfast for a couple of days and then the ferry to Stranraer where we will rent a car to tour Scotland. We will be travelling with 2 large suitcases and we would appreciate how luggage of this sort is handled on the train from Dublin to Belfast and also the ferry to Scotland. Is it checked or are we expected to bring it on the train and ferry to store near our seats. We are asking because depending on the country, luggage is handled differently.
Also, could you please tell us at that time of year the time that it becomes dark in the evening. Appreciate if you could help.