If you go to Belfast, continue up the Antrim Coast to see Giant's Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede bridge. The coastline itself is spectacular, too. On the west, there's also Donegal and Slieve League - again, a breathtaking drive, if a bit windy. Your new itinerery looks great - I'm sure you'll now have plenty of time to enjoy every place you visit. Keep us up to date!
This sounds like a good plan, but you seem to be planning a lot of doubling back. You would get to see much more for your time if you fly between places in one direction - there's loads of cheap flights in the UK & Ire from the likes of http://www.ryanair.com http://www.flybe.com http://www.easyjet.com or http://www.aerarann.ie.. so if you get yourselves to say Cork, you could fly up to Belfast to spend some time in Northern Ireland; then take another flight from Belfast to Inverness before heading south. The ferry + car trip from Belfast to Inverness would be a bare mimimum 8 hours compared to an hour's flight, giving you a whole extra day in the Highlands... and if you book early (and travel midweek), 2 of you will fly for the same price as the petrol alone for some parts of the trip!
Aside from this, make sure you don't miss Edinburgh, York, Bath and Cornwall. If you've got anymore specific questions feel free to get in touch, I could make this post a thousand lines otherwise!
Just for clarification.....Is there really nothing significant to see between Cork & Belfast if we drive or did you make the "fly from Cork to Belfast" comment simply as a time saving measure?
Your right about the airfare between Belfast & Inverness being cheap, but surprisingly neither Ryanair (dosen't list Belfast at all), nor Easyjet (lists both Belfast & Inverness, but says they don't sell tickets between those cities beyond 29 Oct 2006) could give me a fare. I finnaly found a fare listed on flybe.com for 12.49 pounds.
You have the WHOLE of Ireland between Cork and Belfast!!!
I think the previous post was more in reference to a time saving measure - it can take around 7 hours from Cork to Belfast - basically the lenght of Ireland!
Just be careful with Flybe - £12.49 is cheap but lm postive tax is not included in that one way fare and you also have to pay to check in your luggage to the hold.
I thought Easyjet DID fly from Belfast to Inverness - according to the website timetable listing they do but it hasnt been updated it seems for flights after 29th Oct. Take a look HERE
Good luck with the planning!
[ Edit: Edited at Nov 4, 2006 11:30 AM by Purdy ]