Is Britrail Pass the best option?

Hello. I am an American, who will be traveling to three specific destinations within the United Kingdom over two weeks in May and I was considering purchasing the Britrail Flexipass that offers 3 days of travel over a two month period. After reading responses to others' questions, I would like to know if the U.K. rail pass also does not entitle me to a reservation on the trains of my choice and how much the fee would be to make such a reservation. If this is the case, what is the actual convenience or cost effectiveness of this pass supposed to be? How far in advance should I be making reservations, based on how quickly the trains fill up? Are tickets cheaper when purchased in advance compared to the day of departure or a few days prior to departure? Can I make reservations online? Thank you in advance for your help! I'm sure there will be more questions to follow.
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  • Trains within the UK do not require reservations. If you would like to reserve seats for specific trains you can do so by calling us at 1-800-438-7245 as they are not available for purchase online. If you plan to purchase seat reservations for use within the UK you may do so approximately 75 days prior to the travel date when the reservations become available for purchase.

    The benefits of the pass include the ability to take as many trains as you would like in one day, travel on the express trains to and from Heathrow airport and/or Gatwick airport (use of 1 travel day each way), flexibility to travel when and where you want (one-way tickets can be restricted to the specific date, time and route selected at time of purchase) and the ease of having one ticket to cover all of your train travel.

    To see if the pass would be the most economical choice you can price out the one-way tickets by using the following link http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/poi... and compare them with the Britrail Pass options which can be found using the following link http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket...
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  • I purchased a Britrail 15-day pass for an upcoming 2-week trip and wondered if the pass also covers the express train from London to York or London to Edinburgh, or if a reservation and/or additional cost will be assessed.
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) May 23, 2012 19:51
    Hi Rena,

    Generally, trains operating within the United Kingdom do not even accept reservations, in which case the rail pass is all you would need to board. On trains in the United Kingdom, reservations are generally only possible on trains that take over 2 hours in duration; however, even then it is not usually necessary to make reservations. In the United Kingdom, it is really only necessary to make reservations on trains that operate between a city in southern England and Scotland (i.e. trains between London and Edinburgh). It is possible to make reservations on trains between London and York, so you can go ahead and make those reservations as well.

    You can purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' from the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com. Trains in the United Kingdom can be booked within 60 or 75 days of an intended date of departure.
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    We would like to go from London, to Bath, to Cardiff, to Dublin to Belfast to Loch Ness, to Newcastle, back to London. Can this all be done on the train, yet see castles and other site seeing things in 16 days?

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