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.

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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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