The Scots Irish Tour

From $2,098

Experience the Scottish and Irish Way of Life, on this 11 day tour through Scotland and Ireland. Take part in a Scottish cabaret dinner in Edinburgh and a traditional Irish pub dinner with music session. Visit also the main attractions of both countries like, Loch Ness, Edinburgh Castle, Giant's Causeway and Slieve League Cliffs. 14 and 15 day options also available.

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  • Duration: 10 Nights
  • Start Location: Edinburgh
  • End Location: Flexible
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Superior First Class Hotels - 11 day (10 nights) or 15 day (14 nights) Coach Tour of Ireland and Scotland

 

Experience the Scottish and Irish Way of Life, on this 11 or 15 day tour through Scotland and Ireland. Take part in a Scottish cabaret dinner in Edinburgh and a traditional Irish pub dinner with music session. Visit also the main attractions of both countries like, Loch Ness, Edinburgh Castle, Giant's Causeway and Slieve League Cliffs.

 

Day 1: Edinburgh & "Britannia"
Your trip starts in Edinburgh Airport with a group transfer to your hotel, departing at 8:00 am, 10:00 am or 12:00 noon. Passengers arriving later will transfer to the hotel at their own expense. At 2:00 pm tour the Royal Yacht “Britannia”, former floating home of The Queen. Learn about the famous guests and the state visits made by the Royal Family. Enjoy a welcome drink at your hotel and you are free tor independent dining this evening.

Day 2: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
This morning explore Edinburgh to compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile. See Princes Street, the main shopping thoroughfare that separates the two areas. Learn about many prominent Scottish inventors, doctors and writers. Finish your tour at Edinburgh Castle to see historic buildings and enjoy splendid views of Edinburgh. The balance of the day is free. Dine at a Scottish evening where you can enjoy a lively show of songs, dancing and entertaining.  On August 7 to 23 departures enjoy the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. (B, D)

Day 3: St Andrews & Highland Scenery 
Today you will travel north to St Andrews which is famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university. Take a walking tour around the town with your tour director and learn about the famous people and happenings here. Visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral on the grounds. Take a break in Pitlochry and continue through majestic Highland scenery to your hotel which is located in Inverness (Sun departures) or Nairn (Tue departures). (B, D)

Day 4: Isle of Skye & Clan Donald Centre
Drive through wild Highland scenery to cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye, pausing for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Drive through part of the island and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to discover the history of the powerful Lords of the Isles. Return to the mainland by ferry and take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland's loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. (B, D)

Day 5: Glen Coe & Rabbie Burns
This morning enjoy your final views of the highlands as you drive south to view Glen Coe, along the shores of Loch Lomond. Next stop to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Travel along the coastline to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Larne. Drive to your hotel in Belfast and enjoy free time to relax or head out to see some of this vibrant city before dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Titanic Belfast and Ulster Folk Park

This morning on day 6 take a walk around central Belfast to see the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square. View the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast where you can learn about the famous ill-fated liner through state-of-the-art displays. Browse around the city on your own in the afternoon and in the evening visit the Ulster Folk Park for a fun country-style dinner and traditional music. (B, D)

Day 7: Giant's Causeway & Derry's Walls
Drive north along the scenic route of the “Nine Glens of Antrim,” for lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Stop at the Giant's Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago which have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. In Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city before driving to nearby Letterkenny. (B, D)

Day 8: Glenveagh National Park & Kilronan Castle

This morning travel to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle back in 1870. Learn about the history of the mansion on a guided tour and explore the extensive gardens which are filled with exotic plants. Stop in Donegal town for a look around on your own and enjoy a spot of lunch. Continue onwards to Kilronan Castle for a 2-night stay and relax in the great setting. (B, D)

Day 9: Enniskillen Castle & Boyne Abbey

This morning takes you north to Enniskillen, which is strategically situated on the banks of the picturesque River Erne. Tour Enniskillen Castle, which was once the home place of the Gaelic Maguire chieftains and represents an important part of Fermanagh’s rich history and heritage. Enjoy a casual spot of lunch and then take a stroll around the beautiful ruins of Boyle Abbey, an early Cistercian community founded in the 12th century. Next return to your castle hotel to relax in the afternoon. (B, L) 

Day 10: Cliffs of Moher and Knappogue Banquet

This morning head to Galway city for a walking tour with a local guide to view the city's medieval walls, Lynch's Castle and Eyre Square in the heart of the city. Drive through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. Later in the evening, check in to your hotel in Ennis and in the evening head to 15th century Bunratty Castle for a fun medieval-style banquet. (B, D)

Day 11: Return Home from Shannon Airport (11-day tour)
or Dingle Peninsula & Killarney (14 and 15-day tour)

Passengers on the 11-day tour will take a group transfer from your hotel in Ennis to Shannon Airport for their flight home.

Passengers on the 15-day tour will discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula on day 11, made famous by two movies, “Ryan's Daughter” and “Far & Away.” Travel across the River Shannon Estuary by ferry to discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula. Next drive to Slea Head for spectacular views. Stop at the town of Dingle and sip an Irish Coffee at the South Pole Inn which is owned by an Antarctic explorer. Next head to Killarney, famous for its glorious setting near Ireland's highest mountains. (B, D)

Day 12: Killarney & Jaunting Car Ride
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane, Killarney's largest lake. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare where brightly-painted buildings are enhanced with flowers and enjoy a spot of light lunch. Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery at Moll's Gap where you will watch dogs herding mountain sheep and travel part of the Ring of Kerry, pausing at Ladies' View. Return to Killarney to relax or go shopping before dinner. (B, L)

Day 13: Blarney Castle & Abbey Tavern
Drive through County Cork to climb Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone. Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made products. Pause for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel as you drive north to Dublin. In the evening enjoy the popular Abbey Tavern for a farewell dinner with sings and dancing. (B, D)

Day 14: Independent Bus Tour in Dublin

Explore the city of Dublin at you own pace with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours) with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or the General Post Office. (B) 

Day 15: Depart from Dublin Airport (15-day tour) 
Take a taxi transfer to Dublin Airport in good time for your flight home. (B)

B=Breakfast, CB=Continental Breakfast, D=Dinner, L=Lunch

(Please note prices are based on a 11 day tour).

Tour Options:
  • 11 days / 10 nights or
  • 15 days / 14 nights 

(Please note prices are based on a 11 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
  • 10 or 14 nights as per hotels listed 
  • Full breakfast daily except on day 1 (B)
  • (11-day tour) meals include:
    - Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
    - Ulster Folk Park Evening
    - Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
    - 5 table d'hote dinners
    - 1 lunch
  • (15 day tour includes 6 table d'hote dinners and 2 lunches)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Edinburgh with local guide
  • Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 7th-23rd departures
  • Ferries from Isle of Skye and from Scotland to Ireland
  • Walking tour of St Andrews, Belfast, Derry and Galway with local guides
  • Visits and admissions to Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedrail, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Titanic Belfast, Quarter, Ulster Folk Park, Giant's Causeway, Glenveagh Castle & National Park, Enniskillen Castle, Boyle Abbey and Cliffs of Moher.
  • Deluxe flight bag, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office (15-day tour only)
  • Ferry across River Shannon (15-day tour only)
  • Sheepdog trials (15-day tour only)
  • Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn (15-day tour only)
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney (14 and 15-day tour only)
  • Visits and admission to Blasket Centre, Blarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills (14 and 15-day tour only)

Overnights for this tour:

  • Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Columba Hotel, Iverness (1 night) (Sunday departures) or The Newton Hotel, Nairn (Tuesday departures) (1 night)
  • Isles of Glencoe Hotel Ballachulish (Sunday Departures) or Ballachulish Hotel Ballachulish (Tuesday Departures) (1 night) 
  • Europa Hotel, Belfast City (2 nights)
  • Station House Hotel, Letterkenny (2 nights)
  • Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon (2 nights)
  • Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis (1 night)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights) 15 day tour only
  • Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin (2 nights) 15 day tour only
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
Tue 4 Oct 16 Fri 14 Oct 16 $2,168 Please Call
Sun 2 Oct 16 Wed 12 Oct 16 $2,168 Please Call
Sun 9 Oct 16 Wed 19 Oct 16 $2,168 Please Call
Sun 16 Oct 16 Wed 26 Oct 16 $2,098 Please Call
Sun 23 Oct 16 Wed 2 Nov 16 $2,098 Please Call
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