Stay in Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Waterford on this 15 or 16 day tour of Ireland and Scotland. This great combination tour explores castles, mythical Isle of Skye, historic Culloden, and Edinburgh and in Ireland the route focuses on the south of Ireland.
Similar to the Scottish & Irish Dream itinerary whilst in Scotland, with romantic castle stays and trips to the Isle of Skye, Culloden and Edinburgh. Once in Ireland however, the tour changes to focus more on the south of the country, with stays in Dublin, Galway, Killarney and Waterford.
(Please note prices are based on a 15 day tour).
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(Please note prices are based on a 15 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
Drive along the "Road to the Isles" making sure to stop for pictures at the Glenfinnan Monument. Next you take a ferry to the Isle of Skye, famous for its breathtaking scenery 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 at the Clan Donald Centre. Returning to the Mainland by bridge, be sure to stop at Eilean Donan Castle for pictures. Driving along the edge of Loch Ness now, you head to Nairn, a manor house property 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: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Galway
Leaving the Capital, you head through the Irish midland countryside to Clonmacnoise. Set up in 545AD, on the banks of the Shannon river, a lot of the architecture including High crosses, round towers and church still stand to this day, albeit in slightly worse condition! It’s onwards to Galway City, where a local guide will give you a walking tour of Ireland’s cultural capital. After this you have a while to browse the city on your own before heading back to your hotel.
Day 10: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Kylemore Abbey
Today you discover the beautiful Connemara region, admire its stunning lakes and mountains, and see the bogs used for turf to heat Irish homes for generations. After admiring the scenery it’s on through the Inagh Valley to Leenane, a small village from which you take a Catamaran cruise around Killary Harbour. Next you drive to Kylemore Abbey, where you can explore the beautiful rooms and furnishings of the mansion, as well as the church that are set beside a picturesque lake. Have a small lunch and enjoy views of Connemara before heading back to Galway, where you have the evening free to explore the city.
Day 11: Cliffs of Moher & Jarvey's Pub
Leaving Galway, you head south through the Burren region, an area stripped of topsoil, with a lunar resemblance. Travel to the village of Caherconnell where you can watch trained sheepdogs obey commands and herd sheep. Next stop is at the famous Cliffs of Moher, standing 700ft tall above the sea, these daunting giants are a truly memorable sight. Leaving the cliffs, you continue south to the Shannon Estuary, which you will get a ferry across before driving to Killarney. See the incredible Killarney National Park on a traditional Jaunting Car ride, visit Ross Castle and Lough Leane and take in the natural beauty of the area. Heading back to the town, you check into your hotel then it’s off to Jarvey's Pub for a traditional Irish night of food and entertainment!
Day 12: Ring of Kerry & Muckross House
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, you stop at Moll's Gap, where you can get incredible views of Ireland’s highest mountains, before heading to Muckross House for a guided tour of this mid-19th Century mansion, learn about its history and see its antique furnishings. Make sure to also admire the incredible gardens before returning to Killarney where you have the evening free to dine independently, we highly advise checking out some of Killarney’s many traditional Irish pubs as well!
Day 13: Blarney Castle & Waterford Crystal
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.
Travel along the coast to the Dungarvan, where you'll visit the Marine Bar for Irish coffee and Traditional Irish music. Next up is the House of Waterford Crystal,
where you can learn about how the beautiful glass masterpieces were created. Make sure to also visit their excellent gift shop, where you can buy some of the
Day 14: Waterford Walk & O'Connell's Restaurant
This morning a local guide will give you a walking tour of Waterford town, informing you of its interesting history and people. You can visit the nearby Medieval Museum, a modern building made up partly of a 13th century Chorister's Hall and the 15th Century Mayors wine vault. Heading North to Kilkenny now, you'll stop in the city for lunch and a look around, before continuing on to your hotel in Dublin. After checking in, it's off to O'Connell's Restaurant for Dinner.
Day 15: Independant Bus Tour in Dublin
For an extension of your tour you can spend an aditional day in Dublin and go on an Independant Bus Tour aswell as visit to the Book of Kells or the General Post office Museum.
Day 16: Departure from Dublin
After breakfast, it's goodbye for now!
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