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Hotel
Single £ 1,738.00
Twin £ 1,360.00

All prices are per person

Child fare: 90% of the adult rate.
Child reduction applies to children aged 8 to 18 inclusive on the basis
that they travel with an adult.

We regret that children under the age of 8 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal Price Range
£1,360-£2,015

Tour ends at Shannon Airport after breakfast on day 11.

Tour Type: Premium Escorted Tour


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Dates of Operation

Sundays
6 April to 26 October, 2014
Tuesdays
22 April to 21 October, 2014

Departure Information

Check In: 14:15
Departs: 14:30
Returns: 09:00

From: Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel, Kirknewton, Edinburgh, EH27 8EB

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What's included

• First Class hotel accommodation includes twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
• 10 full Scottish/Irish breakfasts
• 6 table d’hôte dinners
• Edinburgh Restaurant dinner
• Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
• Welcome get-together drink
• Sheepdog trials at Leault Farm
• Blair Athol Malt Whisky Distillery tasting and tour
• Ceilidh with singers, piper and dancers
• Ferry from Isle of Skye and from Scotland to Ireland
• Walking tour of Derry with a local guide
• Rose of Innisfree boat tour
• Visits and admissions to Stirling Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Robert BurnsBirthplace Museum, Titanic Belfast, Mount Stewart House & Gardens, Giant’s Causeway, Ulster American Folk Park, Parke’s Castle, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Belleek Pottery Factory and Cliffs of Moher.
• Tours of Edinburgh and Belfast with local guides
• Edinburgh ghost walking tour
• Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and a washroom onboard
• The services of a professional Tour Director
• Tickets are included for the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 3 to 19 August departures
• Airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 11
• All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

What's NOT included

• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your driver and guide

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The Scots and the Irish

from Edinburgh

Highlights: Edinburgh, Stirling Castle, Britannia, Culloden Moor, Inverness, Isle of Skye, Armadale Castle, Loch Lomond, Robert Burns Country, Ferry to Ireland, Belfast, Titanic Exhibition, Glens of Antrim, Giant’s Causeway, Derry, Donegal, Belleek Pottery and Cliffs of Moher

On this fascinating tour we'll discover the very best of these close neighbours. Explore the great cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Derry then enjoy relaxed touring through the Scottish Highlands and Ireland's scenic west coast.

Day One
Edinburgh & Stirling Castle

Your trip starts in Edinburgh Airport with a group transfer to your hotel, departing at 8:00 am, 10:00 am or 12:00 noon. At 2:00 pm depart your hotel for a short drive to visit the massive Stirling Castle, associated with "Braveheart” William Wallace and Mary, Queen of Scots. Return to Edinburgh for a welcome drink and you are free for independent dining this evening.

Hotel: Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)

Day Two
Edinburgh & Royal Yacht Britannia

This morning tour Edinburgh to compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old "New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile. In Leith tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, floating home of The Queen on many of her travels around the world.

After dinner in a popular restaurant, take a ghost walking tour around the oldest part of Edinburgh. On August 3 to 19 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

Day Three
Whisky Tasting & Ceilidh

Travel north to Pitlochry to visit Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is made and enjoy a "wee dram.” Continue through majestic Highland scenery to Leault Farm where dogs herd sheep through various obstacles.

Drive to Inverness, the major city in the Highlands and check in to your hotel beside the River Ness in the heart of the city. After dinner, take part in a ceilidh, a musical evening.

Hotel: Columba Hotel, Inverness/The Newton Hotel, Nairn (or similar)

Day Four
Isle of Skye & Clan Donald Centre

Drive alongside Loch Ness and through wild Highland scenery, pausing for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle and cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge. Drive through part of the island and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to discover the history of the powerful Lords of the Isles. Return to the mainland by ferry and take the "Road to the Isles” through some lovely scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument.

Hotel: Isle of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (or similar)

Day Five
Glen Coe & Rabbie Burns

This morning enjoy final views of the magnificent Highlands as you drive south through Glen Coe and alongside the lovely shores of Loch Lomond.

Stop briefly in Alloway to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet's life and poetry. Travel along the coast to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. The evening is free to explore and choose a restaurant to dine on your own.

Hotel: Europa Hotal, Belfast (or similar) (2 nights)

Day Six
Titanic Belfast & Mount Stewart

This morning a Belfast guide will show you Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of- the-art displays.

In the afternoon tour Mount Stewart House and Gardens to see antiques and world-famous paintings. Take a walk through the extensive gardens before returning to Belfast.

Day Seven
Giant's Causeway & Derry's Walls

Drive along the scenic route of the "Nine Glens of Antrim,” for views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Stop at the Giant's Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago which have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool.

In Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls of the compact city before driving to Letterkenny.

Hotel: Station House Hotel, Letterkenny (or similar)

Day Eight
Ulster American Folk Park & Kilronan Castle

Visit the Ulster American Folk Park to see traditional cottages and learn about folk crafts in the Ulster American Folk Park. Board a replica ship bound for the "New World” to see how emigrants travelled and lived in their new homeland. Continue to Kilronan Castle for a 2-night stay and relax in the great setting.

Hotel: Kilronan Castle Hotel, Ballyfarnon (or similar) (2 nights)

Day Nine
Rose of Innisfree Boat Ride & Belleek

Visit the historic 17th century Parke's Castle, set on the shores of Lough Gill followed by a boat ride on the scenic lake. View the tiny island of Innisfree, which inspired many works of W. B. Yeats, the Nobel prize-winning poet. View his grave in Drumcliffe and visit the Belleek Pottery Factory to see the creation of delicate china. Return to Kilronan Castle Hotel for leisure time before dinner.

Day Ten
Galway Bay & Cliffs of Moher

Travel south to Galway city for a panoramic drive around the main sights and take some free time to browse around. Drive through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. Check in to your hotel in Ennis and in the evening head to 15th century Bunratty Castle for a fun medieval-style banquet.

Hotel: Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis (or similar)

Day Eleven
Tour ends in Shannon Airport

Take a group transfer from your hotel in Ennis to Shannon Airport for your flight home.


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