Irish and Scottish Sample (8 Nights)

Perfect for those who’ve been longing for greener pastures, this eight-night adventure is dedicated to giving you a taste of all that Ireland and Scotland have to offer. If you can’t decide on either one, why not visit both?

Beginning in Dublin’s fair city, you’ll be ending your trip in Edinburgh. Along the way we’ve devised a route that gives you the most authentic Gaelic experience possible, leaving room for you to explore and investigate castles, countryside and various attractions.

You’ll also be visiting the three biggest cities in the area – Dublin, Belfast and Edinburgh, cities that are the perfect blend of past and present. All three have rich historical roots and today they remain thriving, vibrant and metropolitan.

If you’ve always wanted to learn more about Ireland and Scotland then this tour is right up your alley. Pack your bags and prepare to leave your heart somewhere in the Irish Sea!

Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Dalkey Village

Your Irish adventure begins at 2:00PM. You’ll meet your tour director at your hotel in Dublin located about 8 miles south of the City Center before taking the drive to Dalkey Village, which is now an upscale suburb. While there you’ll undertake a gentle, guided walk through the village to explore some of the countless interesting shops, bars and restaurants. You can visit Dalkey Castle, an impressive piece of Irish history with a lot of stories to tell. Marvel at local literary connections in the newly re-furbished Writers’ Gallery in the castle. In the evening meet your tour director over a welcome drink to discuss your trip and enjoy dinner in your hotel.

Day 2: Dublin Tour & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub

Spend your morning undertaking an introductory tour of Dublin, taking in rows of stately Georgian houses lining elegant squares. Observe Trinity College, home of the book of Kells, as well as Leinster House where the Government convenes. You’ll also tour St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which dates from 1220-1259, and learn about prominent people in Ireland’s history including Dean Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels. The afternoon is free so that you may use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour around the city and a visit to one attraction. Afterwards, you’ll drive to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties. After all is said and done, you can sit back with an Irish coffee to watch a lively trad show with music, songs and step-dancing

Day 3: Antrim Coast & Giant's Causeway

On day three, you say goodbye to Dublin before travelling north to Derry for a guided walking tour of Northern Ireland’s most historically rich city. Learn about 20th century Irish history as you take in the Bogside, and take a stroll along the medieval city walls completely encasing Derry City Center. Continue on then to the Giant’s Causeway! The Giant’s Causeway is a formation of multiple hexagonal basalt columns, created by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. The enormous rocks have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool, so enjoy a walk to see the stunning, unique rock formations and sea views. Check in to your hotel in Ballycastle and relax before dining in the hotel.

Day 4: Heritage Farm & Titanic Belfast

The first stop on your fourth day in Ireland is the Causeway Coast Discovery Center. Here, you’ll receive a taste of Irish hospitality by way of tea and home-made scones, before watching a turf-cutting demonstration. Then, take a drive along the Nine Glens of Antrim – a scenic region with fantastic views of mountains, valleys and coastline. The Nine Glens is also used to film scenes for Game of Thrones. Afterwards, continue on to Belfast. Here, a panoramic tour will show you Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about the background, building and short life of this ill-fated famous liner. At the end of the day, you can spend some free time having a look around on your own before dining in your hotel.

Day 5: Ferry to Scotland & Pitlochry

On day 5, say farewell to the Emerald Isle and take a short ferry trip to Scotland, before driving along the west coast and entering Glasgow. After a quick break, you can take a guided tour of Pollok House, a grand old country house which gives great insight into life in the 1930s. The many lavish rooms are stacked with priceless antique furniture and a vast collection of Spanish artwork, as well as preserved servant’s quarters. You’ll then continue your journey northward into the fabulous scenery of the Scottish Highlands before arriving at your hotel in Pitlochry. The hotel originally opened in 1884 and still boasts many of its original features, including opulent guest rooms and massive grounds to explore.

Day 6: Whisky Tasting & St Andrews

On this day, you’ll take a guided tour of Blair Athol Distillery which is conveniently located very close to your hotel. Here you can observe how whiskey is distilled and sample some of Scotland’s finest before you continue southwards. Next stop is St. Andrews, a town located on the east coast. St. Andrews is known internationally as the “home of golfing”, and the town’s University is where Princess Catherine and Prince William studied and subsequently began dating. Here, you can take a short walking tour and explore the town at your own pace. Afterwards, you’ll arrive at your hotel in Edinburgh before heading out to a Scottish Evening. Here you’ll sample some Scottish cuisine and take in a lively show of bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing. (From July 31st to August 31st, visitors can enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle esplanade.)

Day 7: Edinburgh Tour & Castle

Start the seventh day of your vacation on a sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, Scotland’s most famous city. You can view the awe-inspiring streets and elegant mansions of New Town, which is 200 years old and was built to eliminate cramped conditions in the city. You can walk along some of the Royal Mile, which is home to many medieval houses all clustered together. Then, you’ll tour the Edinburgh Castle, where you can learn more about the castle’s history and take in a stunning view of Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle is home to the priceless crown jewels of Scotland. The rest of the day can be used to explore at your own pace.

Day 8: Extend your stay in Edinburgh

You’ll spend the day partaking in an independent, hop-on hop-off bus tour of Edinburgh city, before enjoying a walking tour dedicated to city’s rich history. There’ll be a variation of tours and routes so you can choose which ones you’d like to do the most.

Day 9: Depart Edinburgh for Home

Your tour will conclude once you’ve eaten breakfast.

  • Stay in Three Lively Capital Cities
  • Special Irish & Scottish Dinner/Shows
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Scenic Glens of Antrim
  • Scottish Highlands
  • St Andrews – Home of Golf
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Dublin (2 nights) Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel
  • Ballycastle (1 night) Marine Hotel Ballycastle
  • Belfast (1 night) Radisson Blu Hotel – Belfast
  • Pitlochry (1 night) Atholl Palace Hotel
  • Edinburgh (3 nights)
  • Kingsley Hotel, Cork (1 night) Apex Grassmarket Hotel

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Go Irish Tours reserves the right to substitute visits, entertainment and other features when cannot be visited for reasons beyond our control.

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About Ed


Hi.
My name is Ed short for Edgar. Mixed blood of Latvian and Ireland
I have lived in Mullingar town for most of my life. Traveling around the country is my favorite pass time activity, I have been to many places, and love to explore all the nooks & crannies of Ireland. The beauty of Ireland's landscape is unbelievable sometimes you feel like in a different country. From the serenity of the walk at Glendalough to the humbling feeling of being beside Cliffs of Moher is truly amazing to experience.
When I travel throughout Ireland the hospitality is the one thing that stood out most! Cork is my personal favourite as the people are so nice and welcoming my highlight was the Titanic experience where you feel like one of the passengers who are about to board the ship from the heartbreak pier that still stands to this day.
In Ireland you will always get the warmest welcome in any B&B. My other hobbies are cooking horse riding and fishing. I can’t wait to share the experiences with you for your Trip of a lifetime to this amazing Green Isle.
Sláinte (Cheers)

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About Donna


Hey, my name is Donna and I'm from the town of Mullingar in the Heart of Ireland.

One of my passions is exploring and from my experience, Ireland is a beautiful country to explore. I have so many recommendations but for newcomers to Ireland I definitely opt to send you to Westport for Croagh Patrick & Clew Bay, perfect for hiking scenery and beautiful seafood, 

My favorite place in Ireland is Galway City - I love going for a meal with my friends, followed by a stroll down the cobbled streets, before popping into one of the Traditional Irish Pubs like  An Púcan.

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About Rita


Hi, I’m Rita and I am living in Kilkenny, the Marble city.

Born in Portugal, I fell in love with Ireland from the moment I landed here. I intended to stay for 6 months, and 6 years after I just cannot imagine my life without the Irish ‘craic’. 

Working in Events & Tourism for the last years has been so rewarding - bringing people to see all the magical, undiscovered spots in this country is what I wake up for every day. I have made memories that will last a lifetime, and I work towards creating the same experiences for others visiting the Emerald island. 

My favourite place in Ireland is probably the Dingle Peninsula, where bumpy roads bring the Atlantic ocean and green mountains together. The seafood is just as brilliant as the landscape, which I couldn’t forget to mention, being the foodie that I am!

You could say I am biased when I pick Kilkenny as one of my other top spots - I just can’t get enough of this lively mediaeval city branded by its hospitality.

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About Tina


Hi my name is TinaMarie, I have been working in Travel for over 15 years now and still love it as much as when I just started. There is something very special about bringing people to Ireland because we live here we take pride in our wonderful little country and want the whole world to experience what we are lucky enough to have on our doorstep.

Without a shadow of a doubt my favourite county and city in Ireland is Galway simply due to the dual aspect living you can have in this area the beauty and serenity of the Connemara countryside and the diverse cultural living of Galway city. Come and see firsthand how friendly and welcoming the Irish people are , Stop waiting and make the trip of a lifetime!

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About Sinéad


Hey! My name is Sinéad. I'm from Longford, the heart of the midlands. I'm a countryside girl at heart, depsite living in the capital for a few years while studying. I love the hustle bustle of Dublin city centre, there's always so much going on and so much to do. Although, you can't beat the tranquility of the Irish countryside in my opinion!

Apart from my hometown, one of my favorite place in Ireland has got to be 'The Kingdom' (Kerry). The scenery is just unparalleled. From the idyllic wild Atlantic coasts to our selection of well-known mountain ranges, and everything in between. The ring of Kerry is definitely a must see, the nightlife is pretty great too!!

On my weekends I love to cheer on my local Gaelic football teams. I'd definitely recommend catching a GAA match on your travels!

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About Jessica


Hi, my name is Jessica,

I'm from the town of Mullingar, known as the hidden heartlands of Ireland. Travel is my passion, every weekend I try to visit a few different counties here in Ireland and also explore new and exciting countries. Unfortunately there is just not enough time to visit everywhere I want too on our beautiful island of Ireland, Naturally the next best thing is to help make others dreams come true with the trip of a lifetime to our fair isle!

My two favorite places in Ireland is Galway and Kerry. They are full of great culture, food, scenery, and of course many traditional Irish pubs!! There is always a great lively buzz no matter what time of year you visit.

I look forward to working with many of you in the near future to offer my knowledge, guidance and support for your trip of a lifetime.

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My name is Ronan and I'm from Mullingar (the heart of the Midlands). I have a passion for travelling and have been all over the world. However, my most favourite place in the world is the west of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. From seeing Basking sharks in Keem bay in Achill Island (Mayo), to having a lovely relaxing pint of Guinness in Salthill in Galway, to taking in the majestic Cliffs of Moher in Clare and kayaking alongside dolphins in Dingle bay (Kerry) - it's all just amazing. Oh, and not to forget the delicious Skellig chocolates while looking out at Skellig Michaeal in Kerry, yum!

I love all things sport and food - when I'm not travelling around Ireland I'm cooking up a storm in the kitchen and watching some local GAA (our national sport). I can't wait to help you out and make your trip to Ireland, the trip of a lifetime!

Céad mile fáilte mo chara - (A thousand welcomes my friend).

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