Taste of Scotland and Ireland

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Visit the popular sights of Scotland and Ireland on this activity-filled vacation. See the craggy mountains of the Scottish Highlands before visiting Edinburgh, Scotland's capital. Take a ferry to Dublin to see its Georgian houses and public buildings before heading into the countryside to kiss the Blarney Stone and tour the splendid Ring of Kerry.

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  • Duration: 9 Nights
  • Start Location: Glasgow
  • End Location: Dublin or Shannon
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Superior & First Class Hotels - 10 or 11 Day Coach Tour

 

Visit the popular sights of Scotland and Ireland on this activity-filled vacation. See the craggy mountains of the Scottish Highlands before visiting Edinburgh, Scotland's capital.

Take a ferry to Dublin to see its Georgian houses and public buildings before heading into the countryside to kiss the Blarney Stone and tour the splendid Ring of Kerry. Stay in great hotels where full breakfasts and all dinners but one are included. Three evenings with varied entertainment programs will give you a lighthearted insight into the two countries.

 

Day 1: Glasgow Highlights
Start your trip at Glasgow Airport with a group transfer to your hotel, departing at 8:00 am, 10:00 am or 12:00 noon. If you arrive later than noon, you must transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:30 pm set out on a coach tour to discover the main attractions of Glasgow, a city that flourished in Victorian times due to shipbuilding on the River Clyde. Drive around George Square with its ornate City Chambers and nearby Glasgow Cathedral. Visit extensive collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, originally opened in 1901. Join your tour director and travel companions for a welcome drink before dinner. (D)

Day 2: Loch Lomond & Loch Ness Cruise
Depart Glasgow and travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned in song for its unsurpassed beauty. Travel across the haunting Rannoch Moor and through the deep valley of Glencoe, notorious for the Campbell massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Continue through Fort William and stop at the Spean Bridge Woollen Mills, which offers a good selection of quality Scottish goods. At Fort Augustus embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness to admire enchanting views and keep an eye out for “Nessie.” Continue to Nairn where your hotel was a favorite summer residence of Charlie Chaplin. This evening a Scottish Highland cabaret will feature haggis and other traditional foods with a show including bagpipe music, song and dance. (B, D)

Day 3: Whisky Tasting & St. Andrews
Drive south through the Grampian Mountains to visit Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample some. Continue south St Andrews to view its famous university, Scotland's oldest. Next drive south to Edinburgh and check in to your hotel, set in lovely grounds and golf course a few miles from the city. In the evening dine at a Scottish Restaurant with some of the best Scottish cuisine followed by a lively show with songs, stories and traditional dancing (B, D)

Day 4: Edinburgh City Tour & Castle
This morning an Edinburgh city guide will point out the principal sights of this interesting capital city. Drive along the bustling Princes Street and through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. See the compact medieval section along the Royal Mile where some houses reach 11 stories tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The balance of the day is free for further sightseeing, shopping and dining. On August 4th to 25 departures, seats are reserved for the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. (B)

Day 5: Belfast Tour & Dublin
Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Larne and enjoy a casual lunch onboard. Take a panoramic tour around Belfast including Victorian buildings, Titanic Belfast, the Harland and Wolff Shipyards, where the Titanic was built and areas around the Shankill and Falls Road. Drive south to Dublin and check in to your deluxe hotel, located in spacious grounds to the south of the city. The evening is at leisure for independent dining. (B, L)

Day 6: Dublin sightseeing & Canal Dinner Cruise
This morning tour central Dublin in the company of a student guide. Pass Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is on display; Dail Eireann, where the government meets; and rows of Georgian houses with brightly-painted doorways. In the evening enjoy a canal dinner cruise with traditional Irish music on a former Guinness barge through Dublin. (B, D)

Day 7: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Depart Dublin and travel through the midlands of Ireland, stopping to view the stately Rock of Cashel. Visit a farmhouse for tea and scones and watch skilled dogs herd sheep. 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 countryside 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 explore some of Killarney's famous “singing pubs.” (B, D)

Day 8: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Expereince
Take a jaunting car ride to view Ross Castle which is set on Lough Leane. Then embark on a tour of the Ring of Kerry – a winding route with breathtaking sights of mountains and coastal views. Next cross to Valentia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience which describes the austere lives of early Christian monks on the nearby islands. Then enjoy a casual lunch and stop in Sneem to admire brightly painted houses. Pause at Moll’s Gap where you can look at tunning views before returning to Killarney where you have an evening free for independent dining and activities. (B, L)

Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Banquet
Drive to Tarbert for a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of limestone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive to Bunratty to check into Bunratty Castle Hotel, close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. If you wish, you may visit the Folk Park, have a drink in the 200-year-old Durty Nelly's Pub or shop at the Bunratty Mills. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable medieval-style feast. Throughout the banquet the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages. (B, D)

Day 10: Depart Shannon Airport or Dublin Extension
Clients on the shorter tour will take a group transfer to nearby Shannon Airport where the tour concludes at 10:30 am. (B)
Those on the 11-day tour will drive to Galway for a walking city tour. Visit Clonmacnoise Monastic Site before driving to Dublin where you will check into a different hotel and you are free for independent activities and dining. (B)

Day 11: Depart from Dublin Airport
Use your taxi transfer to reach Dublin Airport in time to check in for your flight home. (B)

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner, L= Lunch

(Please note prices are based on a 10 day tour).

Included in this tour:
  • 10 days (9 nights) or 11 days (10 nights)
  • Roundtrip Group transfers when you book our flights ($30 fee for transfers on Land-only bookings)
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional tour director
  • 9 or 10 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily except on day 1 (B)
  • 6 dinners (D) including:
  • - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
  • - Canal Cruise dinner and live music
  • - Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
  • - 3 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Sightseeing tours of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin
  • Scenic cruise of Loch Ness
  • Blair Athol Distillery whiskey tasting tour
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 2 to August 23 departurres
  • 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
  • Visits and admissions to Provand's Lordshop, Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, St. Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe flight bag, 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

(Please note prices are based on a 10 day tour).

Overnights for this tour:

  • The Glasgow City Hotel, Glasgow (1 night)
  • The Newton Hotel, Nairn (1 night)
  • Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 night)
  • Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane (formerly Maldron) (1 night) if you are on the 10 day tour.
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