SCOTTISH AND IRISH DREAM
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.
This busy tour has as much as possible fit into its Itinerary, starting in Scotland, you visit the Isle of Skye, Culloden, Trained Sheepdog and of course the capital, Edinburgh! Crossing the Irish sea by ferry, your journey continues, first visiting Ireland's capital, Dublin! You'll also get to visit Killarney, Blarney Castle and the Cliffs of Moher!
(Please note prices are based on the 13 day tour).
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(Please note prices are based on the 13 day tour).
Day 1: Glasgow City Tour
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 and Inveraray Castle
Today you can enjoy a quick cruise of Loch Lomond, which offers incredible views of Highland mountains, before heading to the town of Inveraray. After exploring the town, you can go on a tour of Inveraray Castle, which is used as a filming location for the television series Downton Abbey. Leaving the castle you pass through Glen Coe, known as one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, before reaching your hotel in Ballachulish.
Day 3: 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. Leaving the Isle, you pass Loch Ness on your way to Nairn, a manor House by the coast.
Day 4: Culloden Battlefield & Sheepdogs
Near Nairn is the Culloden Battle Visitor Centre, where you can learn all about the battle that occurred there back in 1746, when the British Government quelled Prince Charles Edward Stuart's rebellion. Take a walk around the moorland where the battle took place and admire the monuments dedicated to the men that lost their lives there. Continuing on through the Highlands you stop at Leault Farm, where you can watch trained dogs herd sheep, before finally reaching your lovely, manor-style hotel near Pitlochry.
Day 5: Blair Castle & Whiskey Tasting
First up today is Blair Castle, where the Dukes and Earl's of Atholl reside. The nearly 800 year old castle has been remodelled and redone over the ages, from a medieval fortress to a Victorian castle. Learn of its History and of some of the people who made Scotland the country it is today. Next up, Blair Athol Distillery where you can take a tour of the distillery to see how the excellent local whiskey is made, before trying a dram of it! You have the afternoon to yourself to explore hotel or the town of Pitlochry
Day 6: Glamis Castle & St Andrews Golf
Today you get to visit the famous Glamis Castle, setting of Shakespeare's classic Macbeth, as well as being the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Next you head to St Andrews, known worldwide as the home of golf. Whilst here you can see the old course and clubhouse as well as the medieval town, with its ruined castle and cathedral. Leaving St Andrews, you head to Scotland’s Capital, Edinburgh, where you can enjoy a traditional Scottish evening involving dinner, bagpipes and kilts!
Day 7: 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 8: Titanic Belfast & Vibrant Dublin
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 9: Dublin Touring & Merry Ploughboy Pub
You have the morning to yourself today, the adventuring starts at 2pm, when all participants meet in the hotel lobby for a guided tour of Dublin. Driving down the mains streets you can take in some of Dublin’s most famous sights like Trinity College, the Spire and the GPO. You can also go on a guided tour of parts of Dublin castle, the seat of power in Ireland for centuries. After a long day exploring the capital, we advise returning to the Hotel to enjoy a meal and a drink with your tour group. Come evening, it’s off to the Merry Ploughboy Pub, for a traditional Irish meal followed by a lively show including traditional music and dance!
Day 10: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Leaving Dublin you travel through the midlands of Ireland, make sure to take in the rolling green fields and farms as 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. You'll be passing through Macroom next, a town built around a castle! Finally you arrive in County Kerry and shortly after that, the town of Killarney, a picturesque, lakeside town, jam-packed with culture and atmosphere. Once checked into your hotel, enjoy a relaxing meal and if in the mood, venture out to explore Killarney's nightlife!
Day 11: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Today 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.
Day 12: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Crossing the Shannon Estuary by ferry, continue along the coast until you 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, you check into the hotel, before experiencing a medieval style banquet. With good food, wine and songs from the lords and ladies of the castle, this is a truly unforgettable meal.
Day 13: Dublin Extension Via Galway
Driving north to Galway City, you can check out the cultural capital of Ireland via a panoramic tour. Crossing the Boglands of Connemara then, you can visit the Connemara Marble Factory, where local marble is fashioned into products! A long Drive across the country to Dublin where you can check into your hotel, before spending your final night exploring Dublin and the lively temple bar area!
Day 14: Departure from Shannon
After breakfast, it’s goodbye for now!
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