The Scots Irish Tour

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Starting in the Scottish Capital Edinburgh, you depart to explore the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. After exploring some of Scotland, it's off on a ferry to Ireland, where you'll discover Belfast, Derry as well as a stay in Kilronan Castle Hotel. Learn local history and culture on walking tours of the towns you visit. The extended version of this tour has a longer stay in Killarney and ends in Dublin.

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  • Duration: 10 Nights
  • Start Location: Edinburgh
  • End Location: Flexible
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Starting in the Scottish Capital Edinburgh, you depart to explore the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye.

After exploring some of Scotland, it's off on a ferry to Ireland, where you'll discover Belfast, Derry as well as a stay in Kilronan Castle Hotel. Learn local history and culture on walking tours of the towns you visit. The extended version of this tour has a longer stay in Killarney and ends in Dublin.

Day 1: Edinburgh & Royal Yacht Britannia
Your Scotland tour begins at 2pm today, departing from your first hotel, which is located just outside of Edinburgh and is built around 2 golf courses! Your destination today is the town of Leith, where you can tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, the vessel often used by The Queen on her travels! See some of the staterooms and other public places on the vessel, as well as pictures of some very significant visitors aboard with the Queen! Come evening, you return to the hotel, for a welcome drink with your tour director. You have your own choice of dining this evening.
 
Day 2: 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! This evening, you can experience a traditional Scottish dining experience completed with bagpipes, highland dancing and kilts!
 
Day 3: St Andrews & Highland Scenery
Heading north today, 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 browsing around. Continuing northwards, you head to the stunning Scottish Highlands, stopping for a quick break at Pitlochry before moving on to your hotel.
 
Day 4: Isle of Skye & Clan Donald Centre
Driving along the edge of Loch Ness this morning, enjoy the scenery of the Scottish Highlands, making sure to stop at Eilean Donan Castle for pictures, before arriving at the beautiful Isle of Skye. As well as seeing the incredible natural beauty of the isles, you can learn about the history and of the Lords who once ruled the Isles. Returning to the mainland by ferry, you head to the Glenfinnan monument, a tribute to Jacobite Clansmen who died in battle there in 1745.
 
Day 5: Glen Coe & Robbie Burns
In the morning, make sure to take in one final view of the Highlands before you depart, heading south through Glen Coe and past the lovely Loch Lomond. A quick stop in the town of Alloway next, where you can learn about the famous poet Robert Byrnes in his birthplace museum. Reaching Cairnryan ne3xt, you say goodbye to Scotland as you board a ferry for a short trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital. Upon Arrival, you can check into your hotel in time for dinner!
 
Day 6: Titanic Belfast & Ulster Folk Park
Leaving your hotel in the morning, you can start your guided panoramic tour of Belfast City; 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. Late in the day, you drive to the Ulster Folk Park, which contains traditional town buildings of all descriptions, such as churches, police stations, cottages and farms. As well as an interesting Historical site, the Ulster Folk Park offers a country style dining experience, with traditional Irish dishes and music.
 
Day 7: Giant's Causeway & Derry's Walls
Driving northwards through Antrim, you can enjoy beautiful views of mountains, valleys and coastline. It was in this region that a lot of popular TV show "Game of Thrones" is filmed! Your first stop is at the peculiar Giant's Causeway, where hexagonal pillars of rock cover the landscape! Learn of legends of giants and the actual 60 million year old origin of the Causeway. Continuing on to Derry, you can take some time to walk along the walls containing the old City, before heading to your hotel in Letterkenny.
 
Day 8: Glenveagh National Park & Kilronan Castle
Today you travel to Glenveagh National Park, where Glenveagh Castle was built in 1870. As well as enjoying the natural beauty of its extensive gardens, you can also learn the history of the mansion on a guided tour. Leaving the park you head towards Kilronan Castle, stopping to visit the fascinating ruins of Boyle Abbey on the way.
 
Day 9: Enniskillen Castle & Free Time
Leaving one Castle, you head to another, reaching the town of Enniskillen, you can admire the picturesque River Erne, before taking a tour of Enniskillen Castle, which was once the seat of a powerful Irish family. Enjoy a browse around the town before returning to Kilronan Castle, where you have the evening to yourself!
 
Day 10: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet 
Departing Kilronan Castle, you head south to Galway, Irelands Cultural Capital, where you can take a walking tour of the city. Moving on, you'll reach the Cliffs of Moher, a daunting sight, rising nearly 700 feet above the Atlantic. Onwards to Bunratty now, make sure to keep your eyes out for Lahinch Golf course, one of Ireland’s most popular courses! Reaching Bunratty Castle in the evening, experience a medieval style banquet. With good food, wine and songs from the lords and ladies of the castle, this is a truly unforgettable meal. Your last night will be spent in a Hotel in the town of Ennis.
 
Day 11: Departure from Shannon
After breakfast, it's goodbye for now!
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.
Day 1: Edinburgh & Royal Yacht Britannia
Your Scotland tour begins at 2pm today, departing from your first hotel, which is located just outside of Edinburgh and is built around 2 golf courses! Your destination today is the town of Leith, where you can tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, the vessel often used by The Queen on her travels! See some of the staterooms and other public places on the vessel, as well as pictures of some very significant visitors aboard with the Queen! Come evening, you return to the hotel, for a welcome drink with your tour director. You have your own choice of dining this evening.
 
Day 2: 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! This evening, you can experience a traditional Scottish dining experience completed with bagpipes, highland dancing and kilts!
 
Day 3: St Andrews & Highland Scenery
Heading north today, 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 browsing around. Continuing northwards, you head to the stunning Scottish Highlands, stopping for a quick break at Pitlochry before moving on to your hotel.
 
Day 4: Isle of Skye & Clan Donald Centre
Driving along the edge of Loch Ness this morning, enjoy the scenery of the Scottish Highlands, making sure to stop at Eilean Donan Castle for pictures, before arriving at the beautiful Isle of Skye. As well as seeing the incredible natural beauty of the isles, you can learn about the history and of the Lords who once ruled the Isles. Returning to the mainland by ferry, you head to the Glenfinnan monument, a tribute to Jacobite Clansmen who died in battle there in 1745.
 
Day 5: Glen Coe & Robbie Burns
In the morning, make sure to take in one final view of the Highlands before you depart, heading south through Glen Coe and past the lovely Loch Lomond. A quick stop in the town of Alloway next, where you can learn about the famous poet Robert Byrnes in his birthplace museum. Reaching Cairnryan ne3xt, you say goodbye to Scotland as you board a ferry for a short trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital. Upon Arrival, you can check into your hotel in time for dinner!
 
Day 6: Titanic Belfast & Ulster Folk Park
Leaving your hotel in the morning, you can start your guided panoramic tour of Belfast City; 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. Late in the day, you drive to the Ulster Folk Park, which contains traditional town buildings of all descriptions, such as churches, police stations, cottages and farms. As well as an interesting Historical site, the Ulster Folk Park offers a country style dining experience, with traditional Irish dishes and music.
 
Day 7: Giant's Causeway & Derry's Walls
Driving northwards through Antrim, you can enjoy beautiful views of mountains, valleys and coastline. It was in this region that a lot of popular TV show "Game of Thrones" is filmed! Your first stop is at the peculiar Giant's Causeway, where hexagonal pillars of rock cover the landscape! Learn of legends of giants and the actual 60 million year old origin of the Causeway. Continuing on to Derry, you can take some time to walk along the walls containing the old City, before heading to your hotel in Letterkenny.
 
Day 8: Glenveagh National Park & Kilronan Castle
Today you travel to Glenveagh National Park, where Glenveagh Castle was built in 1870. As well as enjoying the natural beauty of its extensive gardens, you can also learn the history of the mansion on a guided tour. Leaving the park you head towards Kilronan Castle, stopping to visit the fascinating ruins of Boyle Abbey on the way.
 
Day 9: Enniskillen Castle & Free Time
Leaving one Castle, you head to another, reaching the town of Enniskillen, you can admire the picturesque River Erne, before taking a tour of Enniskillen Castle, which was once the seat of a powerful Irish family. Enjoy a browse around the town before returning to Kilronan Castle, where you have the evening to yourself!
 
Day 10: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet 
Departing Kilronan Castle, you head south to Galway, Irelands Cultural Capital, where you can take a walking tour of the city. Moving on, you'll reach the Cliffs of Moher, a daunting sight, rising nearly 700 feet above the Atlantic. Onwards to Bunratty now, make sure to keep your eyes out for Lahinch Golf course, one of Ireland’s most popular courses! Reaching Bunratty Castle in the evening, experience a medieval style banquet. With good food, wine and songs from the lords and ladies of the castle, this is a truly unforgettable meal. Your last night will be spent in a Hotel in the town of Ennis.
 
Day 11: Dingle Peninsula & Killarney
Today you visit the epic Dingle Peninsula, after crossing the Shannon Estuary by ferry, you drive to Slea Head, the westernmost part of the Peninsula where you can see some incredible views of the Atlantic. Visit the pretty fishing village of Dingle as well as the village of Annascaul, where you can enjopy an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn, owned by a famous Artic explorer. Finally, you head to Killarney, where you can check into your hotel before dinner.
 
Day 12: Killarney & Jaunting Car Ride
Leaving your hotel in the morning you can enjoy a traditional, horse drawn Jaunting car through the streets and Killarney National Park to Ross Castle, built on the shores of Lough Leane, the Largest lake in Killarney. As you take in the beautiful mountain scenery, your driver will tell local stories. Next you visit Kenmare, a colorful, well-kept town where you can enjoy a light lunch before moving on again. Before heading back to Killarney, you take a short drive along part of the Ring of Kerry, stopping to see trained sheepdogs. Once back, you have the evening to yourself  to explore Killarney and dine independantly.
 
Day 13: Blarney Castle & Dublin's Abbey Tavern
Departing Killarney you head to Blarney Castle where you can kiss the famous Blarney stone and visit the woollen mills, which sell quality Irish-made goods. Stop for pictures at the rock of Cashel, before continuing on to Dublin. After checking into your new hotel in Dublin, head to the village of Howth at the north side of the city to end your tour on a high note at the Abbey Tavern with an excellent dinner and a lively traditional Irish show full of songs and step-dancing!
 
Day 14: Independant Dublin Touring
You can spend your day today exploring Dublin city,you can go on an Independant Bus Tour aswell as visit to the Book of Kells or the General Post office Museum.
 
Day 15: Departure from Dublin
After breakfast, it's goodbye for now!
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