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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An excellent mix of the two countries, your Itinerary starts in Glasgow, from where you'll explore the Scottish highlands, including a cruise over Loch Ness and a Whiskey tasting. After visiting St. Andrews and Edinburgh, its off on a ferry trip to Ireland, where you can explore its southern and midland regions such as Dublin, Killarney, Blarney and of course the Cliffs of Moher!

Day 1: Glasgow Highlights
Your tour starts today at 2:30pm, when you meet your tour group at your Glasgow hotel. Leaving the hotel, you set out on an introductory tour of the city, Glasgow had an explosion of industry in Victorian times with shipbuilding and trade taking over the city. Visit George Square and Provand's Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow, which dates back to 1471. It was originally part of a hospital, however it has been renovated and completely redone in recent years. Heading back to your hotel, you can enjoy a drink with your tour group and director before dinner!
 
Day 2: Loch Lomond & Loch Ness Cruise
Today you drive by the incredible Loch Lomond, known for its beauty, you'll also pass through Glen Coe, which is considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful places! Next you pass through Fort William and stop at a woollen mill where you can buy some Scottish handmade goods. In the afternoon you head to Fort Augustus where you can take a cruise across Loch Ness to look for "Nessie". Continuing North, you reach Nairn, where you'll stay tonight.
 
Day 3: Whiskey Tasting & St. Andrews
Today you head to the Blair Athol Distillery where you can try a dram of their whiskey and see how the liquor is made. Driving south next, you can enjoy Scotland’s scenery before reaching St. Andrews. Known for golf and its University which is the oldest in Scotland! St. Andrews University is also where Prince William and Kate Middleton Studied! Enjoy a walking tour of the town and spend some time walking around. Check into your hotel in central Edinburgh and head to a Scottish evening where you can enjoy some authentic cuisine as well as a traditional show of bagpipes, highland dancing and kilts!                                                                              
Day 4: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Leaving your hotel this morning, you can take a walking tour of Edinburgh to see some of the main sights. Enjoy walking around the wide streets, and incredible mansions of the Georgian New town which is now ironically over 200 years old! Take a stroll down the Royal Mile, where many medieval houses are packed in tightly together. Tour the grand Edinburgh Castle, where you can enjoy excellent views as you look down at the city. The priceless crown jewels of Scotland are also kept in Edinburgh Castle. You have the rest of the day to yourself to explore and take in everything Edinburgh has to offer!
 
Day 5: Ferry to Ireland & Belfast
Leaving Edinburgh this morning you head south through Ayrshire and along the coast to Cairnryan where you take a ferry ride to Belfast, you'll also have a light lunch on the way. On arrival, see all the sights Belfast has to offer such as old Victorian architecture, the grand City Hall and the famous shipyards where RMS Titanic was built over 100 years ago. Visit Titanic Belfast where you can learn all about the construction and unfortunate end of the Titanic through modern displays. Leaving Belfast, you drive south to Dublin to check into your hotel, where after checking in, your evening is free!
 
Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing & Canal Dinner Cruise
You start today with a guided tour of the capital, which was founded over a 1000 years ago by the Vikings. Classical Georgian Townhouses can be seen line every street, surrounding the river Liffey. Come evening, you have a canal dinner cruise with traditional Irish music on what was once a Guinness barge!
 
Day 7: Farmhouse Tea & Blarney Castle
Leaving Dublin, you travel through the midlands of Ireland, make sure to take in the rolling green fields and farms, stopping at one on the way for tea, scones and to watch trained dogs herd sheep. Next you make your way to the Rock of Cashel, where you can stop and admire the ruins of what was once the seat of the kings of Munster. Continuing south, you head to Blarney Castle where you can kiss the Blarney stone and visit the woollen mills. Finally, you head to Killarney, famous for its picturesque mountains and lakes, where you can check into your hotel and take a break before dinner! We advise spending your night exploring Killarney's many Irish Pubs, where you'll undoubtedly find somewhere with live Irish music!
 
Day 8: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Enjoy a traditional, horse drawn Jaunting car through the streets of Killarney and Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, built on the shores of Lough Leane, the Largest lake in Killarney. Next you take the beautiful 100-mile drive that is the Ring of Kerry, with incredible views of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks and other coastal scenery. Along the way there will be plenty of stops for photos and fresh air. Passing through the village of Cahirciveen, you head across the bridge to Valentia Island, where the Skellig Experience is located. These small Islands were once the home of early Christian monks and more recently a filming location for the seventh Star Wars movie! After having lunch in a nearby restaurant, it’s onwards to Sneem, a pretty village with brightly coloured houses, where you can take some photos and a stroll around. Finally, you stop at Moll's Gap, where you can get incredible views of Ireland’s highest mountains, before returning to Killarney, where you can relax for the evening or venture out into Killarney's famous nightlife!
 
Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Castle Banquet
After a short ferry ride across the River Shannon, you reach the Cliffs of Moher a daunting sight, rising nearly 700 feet above the Atlantic. Onwards to Bunratty now, on arrival, you can check into the Bunratty Castle Hotel, located nearby Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Make sure to explore the grounds before heading to the castle in the evening for a medieval style banquet. With good food, wine and songs from the lords and ladies of the castle, this is a truly unforgettable experience.
 
Day 10: Departure from Shannon
After breakfast, it's goodbye for now!
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.
Day 1: Glasgow Highlights
Your tour starts today at 2:30pm, when you meet your tour group at your Glasgow hotel. Leaving the hotel, you set out on an introductory tour of the city, Glasgow had an explosion of industry in Victorian times with shipbuilding and trade taking over the city. Visit George Square and Provand's Lordship, the oldest house in Glasgow, which dates back to 1471. It was originally part of a hospital, however it has been renovated and completely redone in recent years. Heading back to your hotel, you can enjoy a drink with your tour group and director before dinner!
 
Day 2: Loch Lomond & Loch Ness Cruise
Today you drive by the incredible Loch Lomond, known for its beauty, you'll also pass through Glen Coe, which is considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful places! Next you pass through Fort William and stop at a woollen mill where you can buy some Scottish handmade goods. In the afternoon you head to Fort Augustus where you can take a cruise across Loch Ness to look for "Nessie". Continuing North, you reach Nairn, where you'll stay tonight.
 
Day 3: Whiskey Tasting & St. Andrews
Today you head to the Blair Athol Distillery where you can try a dram of their whiskey and see how the liquor is made. Driving south next, you can enjoy Scotland’s scenery before reaching St. Andrews. Known for golf and its University which is the oldest in Scotland! St. Andrews University is also where Prince William and Kate Middleton Studied! Enjoy a walking tour of the town and spend some time walking around. Check into your hotel in central Edinburgh and head to a Scottish evening where you can enjoy some authentic cuisine as well as a traditional show of bagpipes, highland dancing and kilts!   
                                                                           
Day 4: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Leaving your hotel this morning, you can take a walking tour of Edinburgh to see some of the main sights. Enjoy walking around the wide streets, and incredible mansions of the Georgian New town which is now ironically over 200 years old! Take a stroll down the Royal Mile, where many medieval houses are packed in tightly together. Tour the grand Edinburgh Castle, where you can enjoy excellent views as you look down at the city. The priceless crown jewels of Scotland are also kept in Edinburgh Castle. You have the rest of the day to yourself to explore and take in everything Edinburgh has to offer!
 
Day 5: Ferry to Ireland & Belfast
Leaving Edinburgh this morning you head south through Ayrshire and along the coast to Cairnryan where you take a ferry ride to Belfast, you'll also have a light lunch on the way. On arrival, see all the sights Belfast has to offer such as old Victorian architecture, the grand City Hall and the famous shipyards where RMS Titanic was built over 100 years ago. Visit Titanic Belfast where you can learn all about the construction and unfortunate end of the Titanic through modern displays. Leaving Belfast, you drive south to Dublin to check into your hotel, where after checking in, your evening is free!
 
Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing & Canal Dinner Cruise
You start today with a guided tour of the capital, which was founded over a 1000 years ago by the Vikings. Classical Georgian Townhouses can be seen line every street, surrounding the river Liffey. Come evening, you have a canal dinner cruise with traditional Irish music on what was once a Guinness barge!
 
Day 7: Farmhouse Tea & Blarney Castle
Leaving Dublin, you travel through the midlands of Ireland, make sure to take in the rolling green fields and farms, stopping at one on the way for tea, scones and to watch trained dogs herd sheep. Next you make your way to the Rock of Cashel, where you can stop and admire the ruins of what was once the seat of the kings of Munster. Continuing south, you head to Blarney Castle where you can kiss the Blarney stone and visit the woollen mills. Finally, you head to Killarney, famous for its picturesque mountains and lakes, where you can check into your hotel and take a break before dinner! We advise spending your night exploring Killarney's many Irish Pubs, where you'll undoubtedly find somewhere with live Irish music!
 
Day 8: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Enjoy a traditional, horse drawn Jaunting car through the streets of Killarney and Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, built on the shores of Lough Leane, the Largest lake in Killarney. Next you take the beautiful 100-mile drive that is the Ring of Kerry, with incredible views of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks and other coastal scenery. Along the way there will be plenty of stops for photos and fresh air. Passing through the village of Cahirciveen, you head across the bridge to Valentia Island, where the Skellig Experience is located. These small Islands were once the home of early Christian monks and more recently a filming location for the seventh Star Wars movie! After having lunch in a nearby restaurant, it’s onwards to Sneem, a pretty village with brightly coloured houses, where you can take some photos and a stroll around. Finally, you stop at Moll's Gap, where you can get incredible views of Ireland’s highest mountains, before returning to Killarney, where you can relax for the evening or venture out into Killarney's famous nightlife!
 
Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Castle Banquet
After a short ferry ride across the River Shannon, you reach the Cliffs of Moher a daunting sight, rising nearly 700 feet above the Atlantic. Onwards to Bunratty now, on arrival, you can check into the Bunratty Castle Hotel, located nearby Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Make sure to explore the grounds before heading to the castle in the evening for a medieval style banquet. With good food, wine and songs from the lords and ladies of the castle, this is a truly unforgettable experience.
 
Day 10: Dublin Extension via Galway
Leaving Bunratty you head north to Galway for a walking tour of the city. You can also visit Clonmacnoise Monastic Site which was founded nearly 1500 years ago by St. Ciaran. Heading to Dublin you can check into your hotel, after which you have the evening to yourself for independent activities and dining.
 
Day 11: Departure from Dublin
After breakfast, it's goodbye for now!
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