Scottish and Irish Dream

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Start in Glasgow, travel through the magnificent Scottish Highlands. Tour Edinburgh Castle and enjoy Scottish entertainment before taking the ferry to Ireland. View the sights of Dublin and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher.

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  • Duration: 12 Nights
  • Start Location: Glasgow
  • End Location: Flexible
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Superior First Class Hotels - 13 day (12 nights) or 14 day (13 night) coach tour.

 

See two popular Celtic countries on this program. Start in Glasgow, travel through the magnificent Scottish Highlands. Tour Edinburgh Castle and enjoy Scottish entertainment before taking the ferry to Ireland. View the sights of Dublin and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher.

Experience a Scottish cabaret in Edinburgh and finish your tour with a medieval banquet at Shannon. Excellent hotels in convenient locations, good food and hospitable staff blend together for a dream vacation.

 

Day 1 - Glasgow City Tour
Your trip starts in Glasgow Airport with a group hotel transfer from Glasgow Airport at 8:00 am, 10:00 am or 12:00 noon. At 2:30 pm take a coach tour around Glasgow to see red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks and Glasgow Cathedral. View extensive collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with your tour director over a welcome drink before dinner. (D)

Day 2 - Loch Lomond Cruise & Inveraray Castle
Drive along the shores of Loch Lomond and embark on a short cruise to appreciate views of Highland peaks. Then take a guided tour around Inveraray Castle, an imposing home built by the Campbell family between 1746 and 1789 and browse around the nearby town. Drive through Glen Coe, a spectacular valley made famous by the Campbells' massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692 and on to the coast to Ballachulish. (B, D)

Day 3 - Isle of Skye & Clan Donald Centre
Travel on the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland's loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Take a ferry to the Isle of Skye and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to discover the history of the Lords of the Isles. Drive through the island and return to the mainland by bridge, stopping for photos at the famous Eilean Donan Castle. Pass through wild Highland countryside and Loch Ness on the way to your hotel in Nairn. (B, D)

Day 4 - Culloden Battlefield & Sheepdogs

Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat by British Government forces in 1746. The visitor centre shows the background to this event and walk around the moorland where you can view monuments commemorating troops. Contrinue through the majestic highland scenery to Leault Farm where dogs herd sheep. Next drive past the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor styled hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 5 - Blair Castle & Whiskey Tasting

A short drive this morning will bring to you to Blair Castle which is home to Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Dating back to 1269 the castle has been transformed through the ages from a strong medieval fortress to a victorian castle. Here you will learn about Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Queen Victoria and the Athroll Highlanders.

Next visit Blair Athrol Distillery where you will learn all about whiskey making and sample a 'wee dram'.  Spend the afternoon exploring the hotel gardens, museum and facillities or browse through the town of Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 6 - Glamis Castle & St. Andrews 
Visit Glamis Castle which is the legendary setting of Macbeth as well as childhood home of the Queen Mother. Travel across the Tay Bridge to St. Andrews, the “Home of Golf” to see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Continue south to Edinburgh and check in to your hotel. Enjoy a Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment (B, D)

Day 7 - Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
See Edinburgh this morning. Compare and contrast wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle's historic buildings and enjoy splendid views. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. On July 31 to August 21 departures enjoy the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. (B)

Day 8 - Titanic Belfast & Vibrant Dublin
Depart Edinburgh and head south through Ayrshire along the coastline. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Belfast and enjoy a lunch onboard.  Here you will visit the Titanic Belfast and learn all about the ill-fated liner. Next drive south to Dublin to check into your hotel. This evening you are free to dine independently.  (B, L)

Day 9 - Dublin Touring & Merry Ploughboy Pub 
Enjoy the morning at leisure or continue to use your open-top bus tour voucher. At 2:00 pm meet a local guide and tour central Dublin to see Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; Dail Eireann, seat of government; and rows of elegant Georgian houses. Take a guided tour through Dublin Castle's elegant State Apartments. Dine at the Merry Ploughboy Pub complete with showl. (B, D)

Day 10 - Blarney Castle & Killarney
Depart Dublin and stop for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel. Continue your drive south to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods. Drive into the mountainous scenery of County Kerry to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. Afterwards you may like to head to a “singing pub.” (B, D)

Day 11 - Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Today embark on the Ring of Kerry drive - a winding route with breathtaking views of mountains and coastline. Have a taste of farm life when a local farmer demonstrates how dogs herd flocks of sheep. Cross to Valencia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience which describes austere monastic life on the nearby islands. Enjoy an informal lunch and pause at Moll's Gap for stunning views before returning to Killarney. (B, L)

Day 12 - Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle
Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary and view the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of limestone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, located very close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and enjoy free time. Head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable medieval-style feast. During the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages. (B, D)

Day 13 - Depart from Shannon Airport or Galway Extension
Passengers on the 13-day tour will take a group transfer to nearby Shannon Airport where their tour concludes at 10:30 am.

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(B)Passengers on the 14-day tour will drive along the famous Galway Bay and on to see locally-quarried marble and enjoy tea and scones at the Connemara Marble Factory. Take a panoramic tour around Galway and have a look around the city before traveling to Dublin. Check into a different hotel and you are free for independent activities and dining. (B)

Day 14 - Depart from Dublin Airport (14-day tour only)
Use your taxi transfer to arrive in Dublin Airport in ample time to check in for your flight. After check-in, you'll have time to shop at the duty-free stores before boarding the aircraft for the journey home. (B)

B = Breakfast, D = Dinner, L=Lunch

Tour Options:

  • 13 day tour (12 nights) or
  • 14 day tour (13 nights) 

(Please note prices are based on the 13 day tour).

Included in this tour:
  • Roundtrip Group transfers when you book our flights ($30 fee for transfers on Land-only bookings)
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 12 or 13 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily except on day 1 (B)
  • 9 dinners (D) including:
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh

    - Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner with tradition show
    - Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    - 6 table d'hote dinners

    - 2 lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin
  • Loch Lomond cruise
  • Ferry to the Isle of Skye, from Scotland to Ireland
  • Ferry across the River Shannon
  • Blair Athol Distillery tour and tasting
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 31 to August 21 departures
  • Sheepdog trials in Scotland and Ireland
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office
  • Visits and admissions to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Inveraray Castle, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Blair Castle, Glamis Castle, St. Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Dublin Castle, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
  • Deluxe flight bag, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
  • Galway tour and tea and scones at Connemara Marble Factory (14 day tour only)

Overnights for this tour:

  • Marriott Hotel, Glasgow (1 night)
  • Isles of Glencoe, Ballachulish (Sunday departures) or Ballachulish Hotel (Friday departures) (1 night) 
  • The Newton Hotel, Nairn (1 night)
  • Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (2 nights) 
  • Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge (formerly Bewleys Ballsbridge Hotel), Dublin (2 nights)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 night)
  • Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin (1 night - 14-day tour only)

(Please note prices are based on the 13 day tour).

Currency:

Please note that we charge in Euros (€). Prices in other currencies are for indication only and subject to fluctuation.
Tour Start Date in Ireland Tour End Date in Ireland Land price Twin Sharing Guranteed Departure
Fri 21 Oct 16 Wed 2 Nov 16 $2,528 Please Call
Sun 2 Oct 16 Fri 14 Oct 16 $2,876 Sold Out
Sun 9 Oct 16 Fri 21 Oct 16 $2,876 Please Call
Sun 16 Oct 16 Fri 28 Oct 16 $2,698 Please Call
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