July 28-August 5 will find me in Dublin (for the first time since 1977) for the ISAS (International Society of Anglo-Saxonists) conference.
I am pondering whether I can stretch my research fund $$ to do a post-conference trip across the Irish Sea to Cumbria, and perhaps Northumbria to visit the Lindisfarne Gospels in residence at Durham.
I thought about taking a viking voyage across the Irish Sea, which would involve a steam packet from Dublin to the Isle of Man and then another to Heysham, but practical considerations suggest that I get a BritRailPass UK-Ireland, which seems to include ferries. I could then stop in Wales, having never done so before. It would be fun to go around Cumbria a bit, then cross the Pennines, but the rail goes around the north.
However, all this is adding up fast and I need to book my Honolulu-Dublin air ticket soon. Any suggestions from faithful readers in the North?