Glasgow Arrival & City Tour
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)
Glasgow - Inveraray Castle - Ballachulish
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)
Ballachulish - Isle of Skye - Nairn
Travel on the scenic "Road to the IslesĒ, 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 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)
Nairn - Culloden Battlefield - Pitlochry
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 majestic Highland scenery to Leault Farm
where youíll 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)
Blair Castle & Whisky
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 dramĒ. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore the hotel gardens, museum and facilities or browse around the town of Pitlochry.
Pitlochry - Glamis Castle - Edinburgh
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.Ē 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 with its ruined cathedral and castle. Drive south into Edinburgh, Scotlandís capital and enjoy a Scottish Evening with dinner and entertainment.
Overnight: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel/Norton House Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh (or similar) (2 nights)
Edinburgh City Tour & Castle
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
Ē 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.
Edinburgh - Titanic Belfast - Dublin
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)
Dublin City Tour & 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. Dine at the Merry Ploughboy Pub and enjoy a great show.
Dublin - Blarney Castle - Killarney
Depart Dublin and stop for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel
. Visit Blarney Castle
to kiss the famous "Stone of EloquenceĒ 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)
Ring of Kerry
Today embark on the Ring of Kerry
drive Ė 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 Mollís Gap
for stunning views before returning to Killarney.
Killarney - Cliffs of Moher - Bunratty
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)
Bunratty - 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.
Overnight: Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin (or similar)
Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast. Airport transfers are available.