Scottish and Irish Dream
This spectacular tour will let you explore the Celtic neighbours of Scotland and Ireland in comfort and style. Discover the great cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin each with a unique character all of their own. Along the way you'll be treated to the stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the famed Ring of Kerry. There is so much to see and do on this relaxed, but thorough tour.
Welcome to Scotland and Glasgow City Tour
Your trip starts in Glasgow Airport with a group transfer to your hotel at 8:00 am, 10:00 am or 12:00 noon. At 2:30 pm take a panoramic tour around central Glasgow. See the key attractions including George Square, River Clyde and the historic Cathedral area. View extensive collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with your tour director over a welcome drink before dinner.
Hotel: Marriott Hotel, Glasgow (or similar)
Loch Lomond & Inveraray Castle
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate views of Highland peaks. Drive to Inveraray and explore the town before enjoying a guided tour of Inveraray Castle, home of the Campbell family. This magnificent property had a starring role in the Downton Abbey TV series. Tour through Glen Coe, a spectacular valley where the Campbells massacred a number of the Clan Macdonald in 1692 and on to Ballachulish which overlooks scenic Loch Leven.
Hotel: Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (or similar)
Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle
Travel on the scenic "Road to the Isles”, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Take a ferry to the Isle of Skye and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle. Drive through the island and return to the mainland by bridge, stopping for photos at the famous Eilean Donan Castle. Later drive along the banks of mysterious Loch Ness on the way to your hotel in Nairn, a manor house set in spacious grounds near the North Sea.
Hotel: The Newton Hotel, Nairn (or similar)
Culloden & Blair Athol Distillery
This morning make the short drive to visit Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat in 1746, which changed the traditional Highland way of life for the clans. Drive into the Speyside region then through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to the town of Pitlochry. Visit Blair Athol Distillery to learn about whisky making and sample a "wee dram" at the end of the tour. Later check-in to your elegant manor house hotel.
Hotel: Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (or similar) (2 nights)
Balmoral Castle & Afternoon Tea
Drive along the charming River Dee Valley, called "Royal Deeside” as it was made popular by Queen Victoria. Tour the grounds of the Royal Family's Balmoral Castle (Apr-Jul). Visit Crathes Castle when Balmoral is closed (Mar & Aug-Nov). This is an enchanting 16th-Century tower house with turrets and towers. Take a look around the town of Ballater, where shops bear the Royal Warrant to indicate Royal Patronage. Return to your hotel and enjoy free time to stroll through the spacious gardens or undertake some retail therapy in Pitlochry.
Glamis Castle & St Andrews
Visit Glamis Castle, legendary setting of Macbeth and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Cross the "silvery River Tay" by modern bridge to reach St Andrews, the "Home of Golf”. See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Enjoy free time to browse the many golf stores or perhaps visit the British Golf Museum. If you prefer, browse through the medieval town with its ruined castle and cathedral. Continue south to Edinburgh to check in to your hotel near the Royal Mile. Head to a popular venue to enjoy a lively Scottish Evening with dinner and entertainment.
Hotel: MacDonald Holyrood Hotel (or similar) (2 nights)
Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
This morning explore Edinburgh to see the wide streets, and elegant mansions of the 200 year-old "New Town”. Contrast this as we see the narrow lanes and medieval buildings of the Royal Mile, the medieval section known as the "Old Town". Visit imposing Edinburgh Castle and admire splendid views. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure.
On 02 to 23 August departures enjoy the Royal Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
Titanic Belfast & Vibrant Dublin
Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Belfast. Close by the ferry terminal in the heart of the docks is Titanic Belfast where we learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Drive south to Dublin and check in to your centrally-located hotel. You are free to dine independently
Hotel: Bewleys Hotel - Ballsbridge, Dublin (or similar) (2 nights)
Dublin Touring & Merry Ploughboy Pub
Enjoy the morning at leisure or use your included open-top bus tour voucher. At 2:00 pm meet a local guide and tour central Dublin to see Trinity College, public buildings, tranquil parks and rows of Georgian houses. Take a guided tour through historic Dublin Castle, seat of government for centuries.
Tonight dine at the famous Merry Ploughboy Pub and enjoy a great Irish show.
Blarney Castle & Killarney
Hotel: Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (or similar) (2 nights)
Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Today embark on the Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with awesome mountain and coastline views. Watch a local farmer and his dogs herding flocks of sheep. Cross to Valencia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience which describes nearby islands. Enjoy an informal lunch and pause at Moll's Gap for stunning views before returning to Killarney.
Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Banquet
Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary and view the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel and enjoy free time. Head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable medieval-style feast with a programme of song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages.
Hotel: Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (or similar)
Galway & Dublin
Drive along the famous Galway Bay to the Connemara Marble Factory to see locally-quarried marble and enjoy tea and scones. Take a panoramic tour around Galway and travel to Dublin where you are free for independent activities and dining.
Hotel: Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin
Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.