Scottish and Irish Dream
14 day / 13 night
Could there be a better vacation combination than Scotland and Ireland? On this extensive tour you’ll visit the four great cities of Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow - each has its own distinctive personality as you will discover. Experience touring highlights such as the beautiful Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Over in the Emerald Isle discover the scenic Ring of Kerry and the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. There is so much to see and do on this relaxed, but thorough tour.
Price range: £2,465 - £3,941
Isle of Skye - sail “over the sea to Skye” to explore the Clan Donald Centre and tour through the scenic Sleat Peninsula
St Andrews - see the famed Old Course, the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and enjoy free time for shopping or independent sightseeing
Edinburgh - enjoy a city tour and visit to Edinburgh Castle
Dublin - explore the streets, broad and narrow, in the company of a local expert and visit Trinity College
Ring of Kerry - tour this winding route with awesome mountain and coastal views
Movie locations - Local Hero, Excalibur and The Princess Bride
Hotel accommodation included
Your Scottish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour director at your Glasgow hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow. See the main attractions of Glasgow including parks and squares then view extensive art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with your tour director and fellow travellers over a welcome drink before dinner in your hotel.
Overnight: Jurys Inn, Glasgow (or similar)
Travel into the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate views of Highland peaks. Drive to Inveraray and browse around the town before touring Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll and used as a location for the Downton Abbey television series. Drive through Glen Coe, a spectacular valley renowned for a skirmish between the Campbell and Macdonald Clans in 1692 and on to the coast to your hotel in Ballachulish.
Overnight: Ballachulish Hotel/Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (or similar)
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 Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum. Drive through the island and return to the mainland by bridge, stopping for photos at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. Then drive along the beautiful shores of Loch Ness, famous for its monster. Continue to your hotel in Nairn, a manor house property set in spacious grounds near the North Sea.
Overnight: The Newton Hotel, Nairn (or similar)
A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre. Learn about the battle which took place on 16th April 1746 when British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. The Visitor Centre shows the background to this historic event. Later walk around the moorland to see the monuments commemorating the Highlanders who fought in the battle. Continue through the majestic Cairngorm National Park to Leault Farm where you’ll experience a herding demonstration by a shepherd and their sheepdogs. Drive past the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry.
Overnight: Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (or similar) (2 nights)
A short drive will bring you to Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Dating back to 1269, the castle has been transformed through the ages, from a strong medieval fortress to a Victorian castle in the baronial style. You will learn about Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, Queen Victoria and the Atholl Highlanders. Visit Blair Athol Distillery to learn about whisky making and sample a "wee dram”. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore the hotel gardens, museum and facilities or browse around the town of Pitlochry.
Visit Glamis Castle, legendary setting of Macbeth and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Drive across the modern Tay Bridge to St Andrews, the "Home of Golf.” See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course and enjoy free time to look around specialty golf stores. If you prefer, browse through the medieval town to see ruined St Andrews Cathedral and castle. Drive south into Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and enjoy a Scottish Evening with dinner and entertainment.
Overnight: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel/Norton House Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
This morning explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. 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, the oldest part of the city. Visit the imposing Edinburgh Castle and admire splendid views. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. On July 29 to August 19 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Belfast and enjoy lunch on the trip. Close to the Belfast ferry terminal in the heart of the docks, visit Titanic Belfast to 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.
Overnight: Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin (or similar) (2 nights)
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. Dine at the Merry Ploughboy Pub and enjoy a great show.
Depart Dublin and stop for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous "Stone of Eloquence” and shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Drive to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. Afterwards you may like to head to a "singing pub".
Overnight: Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (or similar) (2 nights)
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 Valentia 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
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.
Overnight: Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (or similar)
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.
Overnight: Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin (or similar)
Your tour ends after breakfast. Airport transfers are available.
If you enjoy the art of travelling in comfort and style then a Premium Escorted Tour is for you. You’ll travel in a group that is restricted to around 40 fellow travellers. Travel is aboard a state of the art motorcoach with air-conditioning, on-board WiFi, reclining seats and oversized windows. For your comfort there is an emergency washroom on-board too. An experienced tour manager will lead the tour and your coach will be expertly driven by a professional driver. In certain cities you’ll be joined by a local guide who will provide local insight and show you the highlights. These tours are fully inclusive of first class/superior class accommodation, transportation, admission fees and most meals. Savvy travellers appreciate that these tours have no hidden extras – all the ingredients needed for a great tour are included in the tour price. There are no optional extras for you to budget for during your holiday.
There are different bedrooms types to choose from, here is what you can expect: Single room - one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - two people sleeping in two separate beds. Double room - two people sharing one large bed. Family room - three people sharing a room sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person). Please note that a family room can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
One of the great things about travelling on an Escorted/ Premium Escorted Tour is the generous number of meals included as standard. Start the day with a freshly cooked breakfast or, if you prefer, there’s always a lighter continental option available too. You’ll find a number of evening dinners included which will give you the opportunity of sampling some local delicacies. Check the “What’s Included' list on the relevant tour page for the exact number of meals that are featured on your tour.
If you are flying internationally to reach United Kingdom then it is worth considering arriving a day early to relax and let the jet-leg subside. Please email us for a quotation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Seats cannot be pre-booked however your tour director will implement a seat rotation system which will allow all passengers the opportunity of experiencing spectacular views from different seats on the motorcoach.
Please check your tour documentation for the commencement time of the tour
From Radisson Blu Hotel
301 Argyle Street
Glasgow G2 8DL or
Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel
1-9 Grosvenor Terrace
Glasgow G12 0TA
The tour will end after breakfast in Dublin on day 14
Check-in: 14:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 14:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 09:00 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 8 to 18 years inclusive on the basis that they share a room with an adult.
We’re sorry but children aged under 8 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Selected departures include a visit to this famous celebration of music, dancing and culture performed against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.