The Scots and the Irish
11 day / 10 night
Combine the friendliest of people, history and the scenic beauty of Scotland and Ireland to create the perfect tour. In 11 fun-packed days discover the great cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Derry; tour through the picturesque Scottish Highlands; learn more about Titanic’s ill-fated maiden voyage and explore nature’s work at the Giant’s Causeway. These are just some of the many highlights that await you on this marvellous tour.
Price range: £1,755 - £3,369
Edinburgh - enjoy a tour of the city to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh Castle
Isle of Skye - explore the scenic Sleat Peninsula and visit Armadale Castle
Belfast - join a local expert to learn the history of Belfast
Glens of Antrim - experience picturesque views of mountains, valleys and coastline
Cliffs of Moher - see the striking 700 feet cliffs that plunge into the Atlantic Ocean
Movie locations - Braveheart, Dracula Untold and Harry Potter
Hotel accommodation included
Your Scottish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Edinburgh hotel and drive to Leith for a tour around the Royal Yacht Britannia, the floating home of The Queen on many of her travels around the world. See the various parts of the ship, including staterooms and public spaces, together with photos of important visits. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink and you are free for independent dining this evening.
Overnight: Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
This morning tour Edinburgh to compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old "New Town” and Princes Street with the medieval Royal Mile. Walk along part of the Royal Mile to view narrow lanes and townhouses, some of which are 11 stories tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which contains the Scottish Crown Jewels (known as the Honours of Scotland) and the Stone of Scone. The balance of the day is free. Dine at a Scottish Evening and enjoy a lively show with songs, stories and traditional dancing. On 5 to 21 August departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle in which case the Scottish Evening will take place the previous night.
Travel north into Highland Perthshire. Enjoy free time in Pitlochry before making for nearby Blair Castle, the home of the Dukes of Atholl. There's a chance to view the castle's many rooms containing fine collections of furniture, portraits, lace, china and Jacobite relics. Continue through the majestic Highland scenery of the Cairngorm National Park to your hotel in Inverness, the principal City of the Highlands, (Sunday departures) or Nairn, a popular Victorian seaside resort (Tuesday departures).
Overnight: Columba Hotel, Inverness/The Newton Hotel, Nairn (or similar)
Drive alongside Loch Ness and enjoy views of this deep lake, famous for tales of the monster. Continue through wild Highland scenery, pausing for photos at picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, then cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge. Drive through part of the island known as Sleat, then visit the Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum 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 of Scotland’s most popular scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument.
Overnight: Ballachulish Hotel/Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (or similar)
This morning enjoy final views of the magnificent Highlands as you drive south through the awesome peaks of Glen Coe and alongside the lovely shores of Loch Lomond. Stop briefly in Alloway to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide as a pioneer of the Romantic movement. He is famed as the author of "Auld Lang Syne” which is sung throughout the World at New Year. Travel along the coast to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. Check in to your hotel where dinner is served.
Overnight: Europa Hotel, Belfast (or similar) (2 nights)
Take a gentle walk with a Belfast guide to see the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and Victorian buildings, including the Opera House and the Crown Liquor Saloon. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Browse around the city on your own in the afternoon and in the evening visit the Ulster American Folk Park for a fun country-style dinner and traditional music.
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 which have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Pause for photos at ruined Dunluce Castle. In Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls before driving to Letterkenny.
Overnight: Station House Hotel, Letterkenny (or similar)
Travel to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Learn about the history of the mansion on a guided tour and walk around the extensive gardens filled with exotic plants. Stop in Donegal town and visit the beautiful Cistercian ruins of Boyle Abbey before continuing to Kilronan Castle.
Overnight: Kilronan Castle Hotel, Ballyfarnon (or similar) (2 nights)
Visit the Arigna Mining Experience to discover how life was lived for a coal miner in the Arigna Valley. Explore the exhibition which cronicles over 400 years of history. Later relax in the pleasant surroundings of Carrick-on-Shannon before returning to your lovely castle hotel.
Head to Galway city for a walking tour with a local guide to see Lynch’s Castle and Eyre Square. View the Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. In the early evening head to 15th century Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a fun medieval-style banquet and check in to your hotel in Ennis afterwards.
Overnight: Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis (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.
The group will stay together in first class or superior tourist class hotels. Each has been carefully selected for comfort, quality and ambiance located in the best locations close to the shopping areas and the key sights. You will discover a pleasant balance of familiar brand hotels such as Hilton, Marriott and Accor together with locally owned family-run hotels. In rural locations your accommodation will be in the best available hotels. A full hotel list will be provided as part of your EDocumentation.
You will require a valid passport to enter Ireland – check that yours is valid, preferably until six months past your travel date. Always keep your passport safely on your person – never pack it in a suitcase. You need to show it at airports and for identification if necessary. If you are a citizen of an E.U. member state you will not need a Visa to enter Ireland but other nationalities should check visa requirements with their nearest Irish embassy or consulate.
You can bring one suitcase and one carry-on bag per person. The maximum weight allowance and luggage dimensions varies by tour so you should check the tour documentation for the luggage policy that applies to your tour.
On all tours a policy of seat rotation is used. This gives everyone the opportunity to sit towards the front of the coach and experience the best views. Your tour director will explain how the rotation system works when you join the tour. Please note that whilst seated you must wear your seat belt.
Please check your tour documentation for the commencement time of the tour
From the Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club
Edinburgh EH27 8EB
The tour will end in Ennis after breakfast on day 11
Check-in: 13:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 14:00 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.