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Best of Ireland and Scotland

Experience the Celtic Dream

From/To: Private Group Tour

Duration: 12 days

Enjoy a scenic extravaganza of lakes, mountains, sea and sky as you tour Ireland and Scotland! From the sights of Dublin to magnificent coastlines, Ireland never fails to inspire. Cross the sea to Scotland for Glasgow, Edinburgh and more breathtaking landscapes!

Individualy priced
Guided Tour
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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

DEPART HOME

Overnight flight to Dublin

Day 2

DUBLIN

Welcome to Dublin, Ireland’s capital and its largest, most cosmopolitan city, at the same time one of the smallest capitals in the European Union.
Your expert local guide will take you on an unforgettable sightseeing tour of the city.
Admire Dublin’s finest Georgian architecture including its famed doorways while walking around St Stephen’s Green, the oldest and largest park in Dublin’s city centre and Merrion Square in government district. Visit Trinity College, Ireland’s premier university that was found by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592. In the library of Trinity College you will see the Book of Kells, an extravagant illuminated manuscript dating from the 8th century. See General Post Office (GPO) building on O’Connell Street playing a crucial role during the 1916 Easter Rising and visit the Kilmainham Gaol that played a key role in Ireland’s struggle for independence and was the site of mass executions following the 1916 Easter Rising. Visit the Old Jameson Distillery. This evening enjoy Welcome Pub Reception, which includes a typical pub meal and drinks.

Day 3

DUBLIN - KILKENNY - WATERFORD - CORK - BLARNEY - KILLARNEY

See the Kilkenny Castle, visit the Smithwick’s Brewery, Ireland’s oldest operating brewery, visit the stunning medieval St Francis Abbey which dates back to the 13th century.
See the 12th century Reginald’s Tower in Waterford, followed by a tour of Waterford Crystal Showroom where you have the opportunity to buy some fine crystal souvenirs. Take a scenic coastal drive south through the fishing village of Youghal, where Moby Dick was filmed, and pass through the beautiful city of Cork. Kiss the Blarney Stone at the famous Blarney Castle and acquire “the gift of the gab”.

Day 4

KILLARNEY - THE RING OF KERRY - LIMERICK - SPANISH POINT

Visit the Muckross House and Gardens representing the focal point and nucleus of Killarney National Park. See the famous Lakes of Killarney, as well as the mountains and woodlands that surround them.
Travel through the Ring of Kerry - one of Ireland’s premier tourist attraction with 179km/111miles circuit around the Iveragh Peninsula featuring dramatic coastal scenery. Admire plunging cliffs, shimmering lakes, granite mountains and jagged, wind-swept coastlines. See the town of Limerick, where the film “Angela’s Ashes” was set. Enjoy views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone, where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. Arrive for accommodation at Spanish Point, at the Atlantic, “where memories are made and nothing is overlooked but the sea”.

Day 5

SPANISH POINT - CLIFFS OF MOHER - ARAN ISLANDS - GALWAY

Cruise under the magnificent Cliffs of Moher - rising 203 metres (755 feet) above the Atlantic Ocean, one of Ireland’s most famous natural features. Enjoy the spectacular journey below the world famous cliffs. Sail to the Aran Islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay. Visit Inis Oirr with ancient castles, one of Ireland’s most beautiful beaches. Drive across the mysterious limestone landscape known as the Burren. See the city of Galway - a little Irish pearl with its narrow streets, fast flowing river and ramshackle shop-fronts. You will visit the Eyre Square where in its centre is Kennedy Park honouring a visit by John F Kennedy in 1963 and St Nicholas Collegiate Church dated 1320 with several interesting tombs. Admire panoramic views of Galway Bay before continuing to your hotel.

Day 6

GALWAY - KNOCK - DERRY 

Drive through Clifden. See Kylemore Abbey. Visit the small town of Knock - Cnoc Mhuire “Hill of (the Virgin) Mary” in County Mayo, that in 20th century became one of Europe’s major Catholic Marian shrines, alongside Lourdes and Fatima. Stop at Drumcliffe to view Yeat’s grave in the tiny churchyard. North and across the border into Northern Ireland, traverse the shores of Lough Erne in Ireland’s Lake District. Visit the Ulster-American Folk Park in Omagh. In the City of Derry see the city walls, some of the best-preserved in Europe, as well as the 17th century St. Columb’s Cathedral. See the Craft Village and the quay where Irish emigrants sailed to the New World.

Day 7

DERRY - BUSHMILLS - GIANT’S CAUSEWAY - CARRICK-A-REDE - BELFAST

Visit Bushmills with world famous Old Bushmills Distillery and whiskey-tasting session.
Marvel at the iconic Giant’s Causeway - the hexagonal basalt columns rise dramatically from the sea, all 38,000 are amazingly uniform. Giant’s Causeway is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to one of the legends that claim to explain the causeway’s existence, the giant in question, Finn McCool, fancied a female giant on the Scottish island of Staffaand built some stepping stones to the island where similar rock formation are found. You can walk over the enormous columns at the edge of the sea.
Carrick-A-Rede will deliver an exhilarating rope bridge experience. Take the Rope Bridge challenge! Walk over the 23 m (75 feet) deep and 23 m (75 feet) wide chasm on the Rope Bridge. Once you reach Carrick Island, the reward is seeing the diverse birdlife and an uninterrupted view across to Rathlin Island and Scotland. There is only one way off the island - back across the swinging bridge! Don't look down! The area is exceptional in is natural beauty.
See the amazing sights of Belfast, city that recovers from 30 years of sectarian violence and the dwindling of its once mighty industrial base. See the Victorian town hall square, armoured vans patrolling past fortified police stations, the ubiquitous murals and propaganda in certain areas. Belfast really is a friendly city and safer crime wise than many European cities. Also see the Belfast Wall dividing Falls & Shankill Roads. The Catholic Falls Road and the Protestant Shankill Road have been battlefronts since the 1970’s. Nowadays these areas are quite safe with murals expressing local political and religious passions.

Day 8

BELFAST - GLASGOW

Board the ferry and cross to Scotland. Drive through spectacular Ayrshire countryside, and see Robbie Burns’ cottage on the way to Glasgow, Scotland’s commercial capital. Visit the St. Mungo’s Cathedral. View the city’s wonderful architecture, including the City Chambers and George Square.

Day 9

GLASGOW - LOCH LOMOND - FORT WILLIAM - LOCH NESS - INVERNESS

Enjoy an included visit to the beautiful Glengoyne whisky distillery to sample a 'wee dram'. Admire the magnificent scenery along the banks of Loch Lomond. Hear tales of the tragic massacre of 1692 at Glencoe. Continue along the shores of Loch Linnhe in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Hear the legend of the monster and its many mysterious ‘sightings’ as you stop to take photos on the banks of Loch Ness.

Day 10

INVERNESS - CULLODEN - SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS - PITLOCHRY - ST ANDREW’S - EDINBURGH

Pass the ruins of romantic Urquhart Castle on your way to visit the battlefield at Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army was crushed by the English. Drive through the picturesque Cairngorm National Park to view Blair Castle and visit the charming village of Pitlochry on the banks of the River Tummel. See the ecclesiastical ruins at St.Andrews and take a picture at the 18th hole of the famous Royal and Ancient golf course. Cross the Firth of Forth to the inspiring city of Edinburgh. A walking tour includes views of Holyrood House and Arthur’s Seat at either end of the Royal Mile. See Princes Street and the new Scottish Parliament.

Day 11

EDINBURGH - DUBLIN

Board the ferry and cross to Ireland. Arrive in Dublin in the afternoon. Spend the rest of the day seeing the sights of your choice. You might decide to view St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals and Phoenix Park or enjoy a visit to the Guinness Brewery called Guinness Storehouse with its modern €3M museum and admire unbeatable city views from the glass-walled bar at the top, get best pint of Guinness ever - the complimentary pint served at the end of the tour. Perhaps visit Dublin Castle or explore the wonderful National Gallery. Tonight enjoy Farewell Dinner while watching traditional Irish Celtic Dance. Enjoy the dinner with your fellow travellers on the final night of your holiday in Johnnie Fox’s Pub, one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous traditional Irish pubs, also famed as the highest pub in the country. Also see one of the top dancing performances in the country at famous “Hooley Night”.

Day 12

DUBLIN - HOME

This morning, after a hearty Irish breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your Tour Director and new found friends as your unforgettable Celtic holiday comes to an end. Transfer to Dublin airport. Departure.

What’s Included

    Insider Experiences
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Tour Director.
  • Local Speciality Visit the Old Jameson Distillery for a tour and a tasting.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy a factory tour and showroom visit of Waterford Crystal.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy shopping in Blarney Woolen Mills, Ireland’s largest gift shop.
  • Local Speciality Visit Old Bushmills Distillery and enjoy whiskey-tasting session.
  • Local Speciality Visit Glengoyne which is known as Scotland’s most beautiful whisky distillery for a tour and a tasting.
  • Local Speciality Enjoy dinner with the top dancing performances in Ireland at famous “Hooley Night” in Johnnie Fox’s, one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous traditional pubs, also famed as the highest pub in the country.
    Sightseeing Highlights
  • Dublin
    Views of St. Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals, Dublin Castle, Phoenix Park, General Post Office, finest Georgian architecture on a sightseeing tour. Visit the Kilmainham Gaol that played a key role in Ireland’s struggle for independence. Visit the Trinity College, Ireland’s premier university to see the Book of Kells.
  • Kilkenny
    Visit the Kilkenny Castle. Visit the Smithwick’s Brewery, Ireland’s oldest operating brewery. Visit the stunning medieval St Francis Abbey which dates back to the 13th century. .
  • Waterford
    Enjoy a visit to the Waterford Crystal showroom.
  • Cork
    Enjoy visit to Old English Market
  • Blarney
    Visit the Castle, kiss the Blarney stone and acquire “the gift of the gab”!
  • Killarney
    Visit the Muckross House and Gardens representing the focal point and nucleus of Killarney National Park. Ring of Kerry excursion. See the famous Lakes of Killarney, as well as the mountains and woodlands that surround them
  • Limerick
    Orientation includes St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle.
  • Spanish Point
    “Where memories are made and nothing is overlooked but the sea”
  • Aran Islands
    Sail to the Aran Islands.
  • Cliffs of Moher
    Cruise under the magnificent Cliffs of Moher.
  • Burren
    Drive across the mysterious limestone landscape.
  • Galway Bay
    Panoramic views.
  • Knock
    See the small town that in 20th century became one of Europe’s major Catholic Marian shrines, alongside Lourdes and Fatima.
  • Drumcliff
    View Yeat’s burial place.
  • Omagh
    Visit the Ulster-American Folk Park.
  • City of Derry/Londonderry
    Walk the city walls and see St. Columb's Cathedral.
  • Giant’s Causeway
    Visit this geological formation of huge basalt columns.
  • Carrick-A-Rede
    Take the Rope Bridge challenge! Walk over the 23 m (75 feet) deep and 23 m (75 feet) wide chasm on the Rope Bridge.
  • Belfast
    See the Victorian City Hall, Queen's University and Belfast Wall dividing Falls and Shankill Roads on a sightseeing tour.
  • Glasgow
    Visit the St. Mungo’s Cathedral, view the city’s wonderful architecture including City Chambers and George Square.
  • Scottish Highlands
    See the banks of Loch Lomond, the shores of Loch Linnhe in the shadow of Ben Nevis, stop and take photos on the banks of Loch Ness, pass the ruins of romantic Urquhart Castle.
  • Glencoe
    See the Vale of Weeping.
  • Culloden
    Visit the famous battlefield.
  • St. Andrew’s
    View the famous golf course.
  • Edinburgh
    Visit the castle, view the Palace of Holyrood House and the new Scottish Parliament.
    Dining
  • Welcome Pub Reception in Dublin, which includes a Traditional Irish pub meal and Welcome Drinks.
  • Be Spoiled Dinner with Entertainment, which includes a traditional, local three-course meal, music and more...
  • 11 Full Irish and Scottish breakfasts.
  • 10 Three-Course Dinners which include beer or wine.
  • Farewell Dinner with entertainment in one of Ireland’s oldest and most famous traditional pubs.
    Travel Highlights
  • Air travel from any major North American airport.
  • Ferry across the Irish Sea from Northern Ireland to Scotland and from Scotland to Northern Ireland.
  • First class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats.
  • The services of our professional Tour Directors throughout your journey.
  • A qualified Local Guide in Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
  • Capture treasured memories of your trip with a complimentary group photo taken at a landmark location.
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