The Burns & Laird line have long since discontinued that service.
Thanks for that info.... guess I have to buckle up and get on another plane!
You can buy a 'SailRail' combined train and ferry ticket from anywhere in Scotland to Dublin via belfast (using the Stranraer-Belfast Stena Line ferry) for around £34 any day, any date.
Or you can go Scotland to Holyhead by train then Holyhead to Dublin by ferry for £33 train+ship or £38 train+fast ferry, any day, any date.
You can buy either ticket at any main station or online at www.thetrainline.com or www.raileasy.com. They'll give you train+ferry times, too. A morning departure from Edinburgh or Glasgow will connect with the 14:05 Irish ferries ship or 13:50 Stena Line ship (personally, I prefer the IF ship 'Ulysses' but some prefer the Stena Adventurer) arriving Dublin at 17:25 (IF) or 17:05 (Stena).
When using the online booking system, select 'Dublin Port (Irish Ferries) to travel on the superb Irish Ferries cruise ferry 'Ulysses' or 'Dublin Port (Stena)' to use the Stena Adventurer.
If you don't mind sailing with lots of bikers then the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co operate a service from Larne to Douglas from 31st May 2012 to 10th June 2012 when the TT is on.
You can then catch a ferry from Douglas to Dublin.
Not sure what the connection times are like at Douglas or if you'd have to spend the night there so here's their website:
Also, you would be limited to travelling during the first one and a half weeks of June, unless you can get down to Heysham and get the ferry to Douglas and then the ferry from Douglas to Dublin.
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