Rich landscapes, history and legends will surround you in these two glorious Celtic nations. From Dublin to Glasgow, the highlands to St Patrick this extensive tours offers you just the right balance of the past, the present and the people of Scotland & Ireland. Breakfast daily, outstanding dinners, and delightful hotels complete this first class tour.
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Meet your tour guide at Glasgow Airport, before a panoramic tour of Glasgow. You will explore Saint Mungo’s Cathedral and Provand's Lordship. Transfer to your hotel where you will enjoy a welcome drink and some free time.
Dinner/Overnight—Principal Hotel, Glasgow
Depart for Ayrshire, where the first stop of the day is Culzean Castle. Later, continue to Rabbie Burns Country and the Burns National Heritage Park.
Overnight—Principal Hotel, Glasgow
Loch Ness & Inverness
Depart Glasgow for Inverness travelling along Scotland’s West Coast and Loch Ness. Highlights of the day include Loch Lomond, dramatic Glencoe, a visit to Urquhart Castle and a cruise on Loch Ness in search of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.
Dinner/Overnight—Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Isle of Skye
Today a day trip to the Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands. First stop is Portree, capital of the island. You can enjoy some free time here, exploring the multi-coloured harbour, or warming up by a real coal fire in a local pub. On our return to Inverness, you will visit Eilean Donan Castle.
Dinner/Overnight—Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Culloden & Speyside
Today we head to Perthshire via Culloden Moor, site of the 1746 Battle of Culloden. Before leaving Speyside, stop at Kincraig for an impressive display from the Working Sheepdogs. Continue onto Perthshire for a distillery visit.
Dinner/Overnight—Dunkeld House, Dunkeld
St Andrews & Falkland
Depart Perthshire for Edinburgh via the Kingdom of Fife. You will stop at St. Andrews, home of Scotland’s oldest university and capital of golf. After lunch, head to Falkland to visit the village and the Palace, built by King James V in 1539.
Overnight — The Principal Hotel, Edinburgh
After an early breakfast in the hotel, you will enjoy an exclusive, pre-opening tour of Edinburgh Castle. You will then enjoy a panoramic city tour of Edinburgh. Tonight, you will attend the Spirit of Scotland Show, an evening of traditional entertainment and dinner at the Jam House.
Dinner/Entertainment/Overnight — The Principal Hotel, Edinburgh
Scotland to Ireland
Today we bid farewell to Scotland and fly to Dublin for the Ireland portion of your journey. Today is leisurely as we all gather in our hotel in Malahide overlooking the Irish Sea in north County Dublin. This evening you will meet some new travelling companions at the welcome reception followed by dinner.
Dinner/Overnight—Grand Hotel, Malahide
Boyne Valley & Cooley Peninsula
Head north through the majestic Mountains of Mourne into Saint Patrick’s Country to visit the grave of Ireland’s Patron Saint and the Saint Patrick Centre which tells his story. Afterwards we drive to Strangford, where Game of Thrones is filmed, before arriving in Belfast late afternoon.
Dinner/Overnight—Europa Hotel, Belfast
A guided tour of Belfast City Hall is first on the agenda this morning. In the afternoon, visit the shipyard where the Titanic was built in 1909. The evening is free in Belfast.
Overnight—Europa Hotel, Belfast
Giant's Causeway & Derry
This morning we drive north via Carnlough, Glenariff and Ballycastle on the North Antrim Coast. We visit the Giant’s Causeway and then Dunluce Castle enroute to Derry. A local guide will tell the "Story of Derry" on a walking tour of this historic walled city.
Dinner/Overnight—Kee’s Hotel, Donegal
Ben Bulben & Clew Bay
We travel south thru’ Donegal and on to Belleek to visit the world famous porcelain factory. We then continue to Westport on Clew Bay.
Dinner/Overnight—Westport Coast Hotel, Westport
Enjoy a visit to Kylemore Abbey on the shores of Kylemore Lough and cross picturesque Maam Valley. This afternoon there will be free time to explore Westport.
Overnight—Westport Coast Hotel, Westport
Galway & Cliffs of Moher
Time in Galway before driving along the southern shores of Galway Bay, traversing the Burren region and viewing the Cliffs of Moher. An optional Medieval Banquet at Knappogue Castle is on offer tonight.
Overnight—Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty
Sadly your tour ends today. Please inquire about group transfer on offer.
- Culzean Castle
- Loch Lomond
- Loch Ness
- Urquhart Castle
- Culloden Moor
- Eilean Donan Castle
- St Andrews
- Falkland Palace
- Titanic Experience
- Giant's Causeway
- Walking Tour of Derry
- Belleek Factory
- Kylemore Abbey
- Cliffs of Moher
- Galway Bay
- Transportation throughout by modern touring coach
- Services of an experienced driver and local touring guide
- 14 nights accommodation in first class hotels
- Full breakfast daily
- 8 table d'hote evening meals
- Scottish evening with dinner & entertainment
- Visit the top voted tourist attraction in Europe - Titanic Experience in Belfast
- Working Sheepdog performance at Kincraig
- Guided tour of a whisky distillery & Cruise on Loch Ness
- Visit Eilean Donan Castle, the famous 13th century castle in the Highlands
- Exclusive, pre-opening tour of Edinburgh Castle
- Panoramic tours of Glasgow & Edinburgh
- Walking tour of Derry City with local guide
- Admissions to: Culzean Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Moor Visitor's Centre, Eilean Donan Castle, Falkland Palace, Titanic Experience, Giant's Causeway, Belleek Pottery, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher
- Baggage handling charges
- The Famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo included on July 27, August 3, 10, 17 departures (in lieu of Scottish evening)