Taste of Scotland & Ireland (10 Nights)

The luscious, lovely landscapes of Ireland and Scotland are calling out for you with this tour.

Kick off your journey in Glasgow city, working down through Loch Ness, St. Andrews and eventually Edinburgh. Throughout your stay in Scotland you’ll be immersed in the culture and history of the country, learning more about its magnificent castles, lakes and residents.

Day 1: Glasgow Highlights

glasgow-cityYou’ll begin your Scottish adventure at 2:30PM on the day of your arrival, when you meet your tour director at your hotel in Glasgow. Afterwards, you’ll undertake a walking tour of Glasgow city, a place which thrived in the Victorian era due to international trade and the shipbuilding industry. You can drive around George Square and take in the opulent City Chambers, before visiting Provand’s Lordship which was built in 1471 and is Glasgow’s oldest house. It was initially part of a hospital and has been restored and re-furnished since. Before dinner in the evening time, you can join your other travellers, your tour director and your guide for a quick welcome drink.

Day 2: Loch Lomond & Loch Ness Cruise

loch-nessToday, you’ll drive alongside Loch Lomond, a famous lake known for its stunning beauty before driving through Glen Coe. Glen Coe is considered one of the most breathtakingly stunning places in Scotland. You’ll travel through Fort William before stopping at a woolen mill for refreshments and shopping. Then on to Fort Augustus where you’ll depart on a boat-trip over Loch Ness. Make sure to pack some binoculars, you might be lucky to catch a glimpse of Scotland’s most famous resident… Afterwards, you’ll continue your travels north to Nairn, before settling in to your hotel for the night.

Day 3: Whisky Tasting & St Andrews

whisky-tasting-st-andrewsOn day 3, you’ll take a trip to Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry; here you can observe the distillation process of whiskey and partake in a tipple or two before continuing south to St. Andrews. St. Andrews is known internationally as the “Home of Golf”, and is also home to the University where Prince William and Princess Catherine first met one another. After exploring St. Andrews, you’ll travel towards Edinburgh and your next hotel – a fabulous manor house set on 1000 acres of grounds, with 2 golf courses and spa facilities available for use. You can attend a Scottish Evening, where you’ll dine on some traditional Scottish food while watching a lively show of Highland dancing, bagpipes and kilts.

Day 4: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour

edinburgh-castle-city-tourYour fourth day starts out with a sightseeing tour of central Edinburgh. Take a drive down the busy Princes Street, through the glorious streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. You’ll walk along some of the Royal Mile before visiting Edinburgh Castle. The Castle is the city’s biggest attraction, and is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city in your own way. (For August 1st to 22nd departures, seats are reserved for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.)a

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing & Canal Dinner Cruise

dublin-sightseeing-canal-dinner-cruiseToday you’ll tour Dublin City, taking in the hustle and bustle of Ireland’s largest city. You’ll view beautiful Georgian squares, pass the GPO(General Post Office) where the 1916 Easter Rising took place, and view the fashion-forward retail areas of Grafton Street and Nassau Street. Afterwards, a trip to Trinity College is in order to view the Book of Kells, an 8th century manuscript scribed by monks. In the evening a canal dinner cruise is on the menu, with traditional Irish music aboard a former Guinness barge sailing through central Dublin.

Day 7: Farmhouse Tea & Blarney Castle

blarney-castleOn day 7 you’ll drive through Ireland’s Midlands region, stopping for pictures at the famed Rock of Cashel. You’ll pay a visit to a traditional farmhouse for tea and scones while watching clever sheepdogs herd sheep skilfully. Continuing south, you’ll stop at Blarney Castle to plant a smooch on the famous “Stone of Eloquence”, before visiting the Blarney Woollen Mills to shop around for quality Irish goods. Then onto Killarney, Co. Kerry which is set in a vista of lakes and mountains. Here, you can check into your next hotel and take a breather before dinner. That evening is free for you to explore Killarney’s traditional “singing pubs”.

Day 8: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience

the-skelligsDay 8 is dedicated to Kerry – one of Ireland’s most beautiful and interesting areas. Take a jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park, viewing Ross Castle which is set on the picturesque Lough Leane. Afterwards you’ll embark on the Ring of Kerry drive – a winding, hilly route with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and coastline. Then you’ll drive through the villages of Killorglin and Caherciveen to cross the bridge for Valentia Island. You’ll visit the Skellig Experience, an exhibition dedicated to the lives of early Christian hermits dwelling on Skellig Michael. Skellig Michael is an offshore island covered in the preserved remains of hermit society. It also featured in the Star Wars VII movie. Partake in a casual lunch before stopping in Sneem, a quaint little village. On the way back to Killarney, pause at Moll’s Gap to take in the stunning panorama of mountains before returning back to your hotel. The evening is free for you to explore Killarney once more.

Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Castle Banquet

cliffs-of-moherToday, you’ll take a ferry trip across the River Shannon to visit the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs are a spectacular natural formation of sandstone that stretches over 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Then you’ll check into Bunratty Castle Hotel which is close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. If you like you can visit the area and have a drink in Durty Nelly’s, a 200-year-old pub or shop at the Bunratty Mills for some Irish treats. In the evening, you’ll dine at either Bunratty or Knappogue Castle at a medieval-style feast, where lords and ladies will serenade you with harps in a delightful throwback to the Middle Ages.

Day 10: Shannon or Dublin Extension via Galway

dublin-extension-via-galwayOn your last full day, you’ll drive to Galway for a walking tour of the city center. You can visit Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, which was founded in 546 AD by Saint Ciaran. Here you can see ornate Celtic Crosses, round towers and the ruins of medieval churches. Afterwards, you’ll drive back to Dublin. Here you’ll check into your hotel and the rest of your evening is free to pursue adventure and have a bite to eat.

  • Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
  • Dublin Canal Cruise Dinner
  • Medieval Castle Banquet
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • St Andrews – Home of Golf
  • Blair Athol Distillery
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Killarney’s Jaunting Car
  • Glasgow (1 night)Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central
  • Nairn (1 night) Newton Hotel
  • Edinburgh (2 nights) Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club
  • Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights) Royal Marine Hotel
  • Killarney (2 nights) Killarney Avenue Hotel
  • Bunratty (1 night) Bunratty Castle Hotel

     

  • Dublin (1 night) Maldron Hotel Pearse St
  • Killarney (2 nights) The Malton Hotel
  • Waterford (1 night) Granville Hotel
  • Dublin (1 night) Clayton Hotel Burlington Road
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 10 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including Scottish Evening in Edinburgh, Canal Cruise dinner and live music, Bunratty or Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet, 3 table d’hote dinners
  • 2 lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Glasgow, St Andrews, Edinburgh and Dublin
  • Loch Ness scenic cruise
  • Ferries to the Isle of Skye, from Scotland to Ireland and across River Shannon
  • Blair Athol Distillery whisky tasting and tour
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 01 to 22 departures
  • Ferries from Scotland to Ireland and across the River Shannon
  • Walking tour of Dublin’s Trinity College
  • Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Galway walking tour and Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Visits and admissions to Provand’s Lordship, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
  • Audio headsets and group photo
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

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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.
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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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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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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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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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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!

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