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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.
Meet your tour guide at your designated pickup point, before a panoramic tour of Glasgow. You will explore Saint Mungo’s Cathedral and visit Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house. Transfer to your hotel where you will enjoy a welcome drink and some free time.
Dinner/Overnight — Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Relive the golden age of travel at voco® Grand Central - Glasgow, an enduring monument to Victorian glamour in an unbeatable central location. The hotel is attached to Glasgow Central Station, a city landmark since the 19th- century heyday of the railways. The subway is close by, so West End bars, gigs at The SSE Hydro and trade events at the Scottish Exhibition Centre are mere minutes away. A short walk takes you to monuments of famous Scots in George Square, or fashion boutiques on The Style Mile. The comfortable guest rooms feature thoughtful voco™ touches like fragrant toiletries, bedside USB connections and bespoke art. The magnificent, marble-clad Champagne Central bar is open all day for sharing menus and afternoon tea served with glasses of fizz or artisan cocktails, while Tempus Restaurant offers the best of Scottish cuisine.
Depart for Ayrshire, where the first stop of the day is Culzean Castle. Culzean is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests and secret gardens. Later, continue to Rabbie Burns Country and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. The museum is the focal point of this beautifully landscaped park where visitors can cross the Brig o’Doon and visit the poet’s birthplace.
Overnight — Grand Central 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
Located just one mile from Inverness city centre and the River Ness the Kingsmills is set in four acres of carefully kept gardens and manicured lawns. All rooms feature luxurious ensuite bathrooms with separate baths and showers, wi-fi, iPod docks, satellite television, goose-down quilts and cotton sheets. The hotel also has fully equipped leisure facilities and spa that guests can take advantage of during their stay.
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. On arrival at your hotel, you will be welcomed with “wee dram!”
Dinner/Overnight — Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro
Located within 10 acres of landscaped grounds, the Victorian-style Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel offers breathtaking views of the Trossachs. The hotel features a leisure centre and stylish restaurant. LivingWell leisure club features an indoor swimming pool and fully-equipped gym. Guests can relax in the steam room, bubble pool, or sauna. The Kailyard by Nick Nairn Restaurant serves traditional Scottish cuisine in elegant surroundings. Guests can enjoy fresh coffees and drinks in the 2 lounges, and there is also a cocktail bar. The luxury rooms each have a 32-inch LED TV. All rooms feature a designer bed and WiFi access, and some have wonderful views of the Perthshire countryside.
St Andrews & Falkland
Depart Perthshire for Edinburgh via the Kingdom of Fife. Enroute you will stop for a distillery visit at Kingsbarns Distillery. This tour is the perfect introduction to Scotch whisky. You will visit our exhibition space, go on a guided tour of our distillery and then be led up to one of our tasting rooms to try our new make spirit and two samples of our Kingsbarns single malts including our award-winning ‘Dream to Dram’. A shop and café await you at the end of the tour. After the distillery tour, we will travel to St. Andrews, home of Scotland’s oldest university and capital of golf, and then on to Falkland to visit the village and the Palace, built by King James V in 1539. It became a favourite retreat of the Stuart Dynasty including Mary Queen of Scots.
Overnight — InterContinental Edinburgh The George
The InterContinental Edinburgh The George has been welcoming hotel guests since 1881. At its heart are five listed Georgian townhouses, built in 1775 as homes for Edinburgh’s most prosperous citizens. Winner of Luxury Brand Hotel of the Year at the 2019 Scottish Hotel Awards, The InterContinental Edinburgh The George is an ideal base from which to explore the city. The sensitive, multi-million-pound restoration and refurbishment combines luxurious natural materials such as oak, marble and leather with a palette of colours inspired by the great 19th-century Scottish landscape painters. The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen was once home to acclaimed novelist Susan Ferrier whilst Burr & Co. is a lovely coffee shop with a devoted local following. The hotel also has a newly equipped gym.
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 which features the “New” and the “Old” towns. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city further. Tonight, you will attend the Spirit of Scotland Show, an evening of traditional entertainment and dinner at The Royal College of Surgeons.
Dinner/Overnight — InterContinental Edinburgh The George
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
We will make our way to Galway City for some free time, before driving along the southern shores of Galway Bay, traversing the Burren region, and viewing the mighty Cliffs of Moher. An optional medieval banquet at Knappogue Castle is on offer tonight.
Overnight—Radisson Blu, Limerick
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 luxury 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 30, Aug 6, 13 & 20, 2022 departures (in lieu of Scottish evening)
- One-Way flight from Scotland to Ireland