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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.
Welcome to Scotland! Meet your tour guide at your designated pickup point before undertaking a panoramic tour of Glasgow. You will see Glasgow's highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, and the River Clyde, once important for shipbuilding. We will visit Glasgow Cathedral, one of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings, Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact. There will also be time to visit the extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Afterward we check into our hotel where we spend our first two nights.
Dinner/Overnight — Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow or similar
Depart for Rabbie Burns Country, where the first stop of the day is Burns National Heritage Park. 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.
Later, continue to Culzean Castle in Ayrshire. Culzean is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests, and secret gardens.
Overnight — Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow or similar
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
After arrival at Dublin Airport this morning, a short drive takes us to Wicklow Town and an iconic pub for lunch and refreshments before we head off to the coastal town of Wexford.
Dinner/Overnight—Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford
Dunbrody & Cork
Board a replica of the sailing vessel Dunbrody at New Ross. From here we will make our way to Cork, not before stopping at the Marine bar for a live music session.
Overnight—Metropole Hotel, Cork
Cobh & Spike Island
This morning we have a guided tour at the Titanic Experience in Cobh. Next, we board a ferry for Spike Island, recently voted "Europe's Leading Attraction."
Dinner/Overnight—Metropole Hotel, Cork
Killarney & Ring of Kerry
We make our way towards West Cork before heading north to through Moll’s Gap and the Lakes of Killarney. After some free time in Killarney we make our way to the fishing port of Dingle.
Overnight—Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle
Cliffs of Moher
This morning we pass through Tralee and Adare on the way to view King John’s Castle. Next, to Doolin for a cruise to experience the majestic Cliffs of Moher with a view that is truly breathtaking.
Dinner/Overnight—Armada Hotel, Spanish Point
Burren, Bogs & Bottles
After breakfast today, we head from the Burren to the bog to the bottle on our way to Dublin. During our journey through the midlands we have a tasting and tour at Kilbeggan Distillery.
Overnight—Camden Court, Dublin
Dublin's "Fair City"
The full day is yours to explore Dublin’s fair city with your hop-on/hop-off tour ticket. Tonight, we visit the Abbey Tavern in Howth for a traditional dinner followed by some rousing Irish music and dancing.
Dinner/Overnight—Camden Court, Dublin
Your tour ends after a final hearty Irish breakfast in your Dublin hotel. Please inquire about departure transfers.
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Prices are land-only per person in Canadian dollars.
Arrival & departure transfers included for those who have air booked in conjunction with tour.
NOTE for tours departing July 29, Aug 5, 12 & 19, 2023: Dinner at hotel prior to Tattoo performance in lieu of Farewell Scottish evening. Early opening tour at Edinburgh Castle not possible during Tattoo; a tour during normal business hours will be available in lieu.
Child rate 7-11 years sharing with 2 adults: please inquire
All triples are on request (Grand Central & Dunkeld House does not have triple rooms suitable for 3 adults; 2 rooms may be booked at this hotel).
- Culzean Castle
- Loch Lomond
- Loch Ness
- Urquhart Castle
- Culloden Moor
- Eilean Donan Castle
- St Andrews
- Falkland Palace
- Spike Island
- Spanish Point
- 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
- 7 table d'hote evening meals
- Scottish evening with dinner & entertainment
- Farewell Irish evening with dinner & entertainment
- Tour famous Spike Island - one of the top new visits in Europe
- 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
- Hop-on/hop-off bus tour in Dublin
- Admissions to: Culzean Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Moor Visitor's Centre, Eilean Donan Castle, Falkland Palace, Rock of Cashel, Titanic Experience Cobh, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Spike Island, Kilbeggan Distillery
- The Famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo included on Aug 6 & 20, 2022 departures (in lieu of Scottish evening)
- One-Way flight from Scotland to Ireland