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From Castles to Cliffs: Embark on an Unforgettable Tour of Scotland and Ireland
Are you yearning for adventure, breathtaking landscapes, and a journey through history? Look no further than a tour of Scotland and Ireland. These two countries boast rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and countless attractions that will leave you spellbound. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking an unforgettable experience, a tour of Scotland and Ireland is sure to deliver. Let’s delve into the highlights of this remarkable journey.
Exploring the Land of Legends
Scotland and Ireland are renowned for their captivating castles, ancient ruins, and legendary tales that have been passed down through generations. Begin your tour in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, where you can explore the majestic Edinburgh Castle perched atop the iconic Castle Rock. Marvel at its imposing architecture and delve into its intriguing history.
Continue your journey to Stirling Castle, situated strategically atop a volcanic crag. This fortress played a crucial role in Scottish history and offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Explore its grand halls and immerse yourself in tales of battles fought by Scottish heroes.
Crossing over to Ireland, make your way to Dublin’s historic Dublin Castle. Originally built as a defensive fortification during the Norman invasion, it evolved into an opulent palace over time. Take a guided tour through its lavish state apartments and discover centuries-old artifacts that chronicle Ireland’s fascinating past.
Natural Wonders at Every Turn
Scotland and Ireland are blessed with some of Mother Nature’s finest creations. From rugged coastlines to misty mountains, prepare to be mesmerized by their breathtaking landscapes.
Begin your exploration with the famous Scottish Highlands. Admire the ethereal beauty of Loch Ness as you traverse its shores or embark on a boat trip in search of the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Continue your journey through Glen Coe, known for its dramatic scenery and rich history.
In Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are an absolute must-visit. These majestic cliffs rise dramatically from the Atlantic Ocean, offering awe-inspiring views that will leave you speechless. Take a leisurely stroll along the cliff edge or join a guided tour to learn about the geology and wildlife that call this place home.
Whiskey Tasting and Culinary Delights
No tour of Scotland and Ireland is complete without indulging in their world-renowned culinary offerings. Both countries boast a rich tradition of whiskey production, with distilleries that have been perfecting their craft for centuries.
Embark on a whiskey tasting tour in Scotland’s famous Speyside region, home to some of the world’s most iconic distilleries. Learn about the intricate process of whiskey production and savor the distinct flavors that make each distillery unique.
In Ireland, a visit to the Jameson Distillery in Dublin is a must for any whiskey enthusiast. Take part in interactive tasting experiences and discover what sets Irish whiskey apart from its Scottish counterpart.
Beyond whiskey, both countries offer a diverse range of culinary delights. Sample traditional Scottish dishes like haggis or indulge in hearty Irish stews made with locally sourced ingredients. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a pint of Guinness or a dram of fine Scotch whisky for an authentic experience.
Festivals and Traditions
Scotland and Ireland are renowned for their vibrant festivals and lively traditions that celebrate their rich cultural heritage. From Highland games to St. Patrick’s Day festivities, there’s always something happening throughout the year.
If you’re visiting Scotland in August, don’t miss the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world’s largest arts festival. Immerse yourself in performances ranging from comedy shows to theatrical productions, showcasing talent from around the globe.
In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated with great pomp and fervor. Join the festivities in Dublin, where the streets come alive with parades, music, and traditional Irish dancing. It’s an experience like no other, filled with joy and camaraderie.
A tour of Scotland and Ireland is a journey through history, nature, culinary delights, and vibrant traditions. From castles to cliffs, these two countries offer a multitude of experiences that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime. Embark on this unforgettable adventure and let yourself be captivated by the beauty and charm of Scotland and Ireland.
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Experience the warmth of Celtic hospitality on a getaway to Ireland and Scotland, guided by our insider knowledge. Expect ancient castles, traditional folk music, gorgeous countryside and so much more.
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Whether you long to spend time in nature, meet friendly locals, or delve into your ancestry, you’ll find what you’re after in Scotland and Ireland. Discover these destinations with Nordic Visitor and you’ll have a dedicated travel consultant to make all the tour arrangements for you. So all you need to do is sit back and look forward to the trip of a lifetime.
When you book one of these Ireland and Scotland tour packages, you get:
• An authentic travel experience planned by an established and trusted agency • A dedicated travel consultant to arrange your trip • A detailed personal itinerary online with all of your bookings • Handpicked accommodation for a relaxing stay • Included local transport and flight between Ireland and Scotland organised for you • 24/7 phone support for peace of mind
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Nordic Visitor has been a leading tour operator in Northern Europe since 2002. Benefit from the insider knowledge of our Edinburgh-based consultants, who’ll use their expertise to arrange your vacation in Scotland and Ireland. With the logistics taken care of, you can just relax and look forward to your trip.
These tours showcase the very best of Ireland and Scotland. But you can make your itinerary your own by customising a package with extra nights and handpicked excursions. And if there’s something specific you want to include, don’t hesitate to mention it to your dedicated travel consultant.
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Nordic Visitor was great. Having a personal tour organiser made everything feel very personal, like we had a close associate looking after us. Every T was crossed and every I was dotted with the organisation by Nordic Visitor. Every one of the places we stayed in was beyond expectations. The boutique hotel in Dublin was amazing. My favourite was the Inn in Inverness and the lovely innkeeper Gail. The breakfasts were delicious. Loved our little hybrid car in Scotland. Everyone was so friendly. I called the 24 hour number once and was promptly helped with my inquiry. Good job Nordic Visitor and Chris!
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Extremely satisfied with all aspects of the tour. Very professional and thorough. The maps and guide book were invaluable and made the tour very easy to navigate. Locations of accommodation were superb, all near restaurants, attractions and shopping.
Scotland and Ireland Trip Highlights
Choose how you want to explore these Celtic countries, and get ready to encounter their timeless allure for yourself. Head to Ireland and Scotland and soon you could…
- Stroll along the Royal Mile to reach Edinburgh Castle in Scotland’s historic capital
- Head to the shores of iconic Loch Ness , where you’ll find the 13th-century Urquhart Castle
- Uncover astounding natural beauty in Glen Coe and the Cairngorms National Park
- Gaze up at the Cuillin mountains , a jagged ridge on the stunning Isle of Skye
- Visit Dublin , the Irish capital, and listen to live music in the buzzing Temple Bar district
- Roam the Ring of Kerry ’s hidden coves, golden beaches and craggy islands
- Stop off in the colourful city of Galway and hike trails in Connemara National Park
- Marvel at the towering Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s windswept Atlantic coast
- Venture to the top spots in Northern Ireland, including Belfast and the Giant's Causeway
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1. Where are Scotland and Ireland?
You’ll find Scotland and Ireland in northwestern Europe. Scotland is located at the northern end of the mainland UK (United Kingdom), which also includes England and Wales.
The island of Ireland, sometimes known as the “Emerald Isle”, lies to the west of the UK and is home to two countries. These are the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland which is part of the UK.
2. How far is Ireland from Scotland?
At their closest point, across the sea, the island of Ireland and Scotland are only about 12 miles (19 kilometres) apart. But this is between two remote locations: Torr in Northern Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre, a Scottish peninsula.
When you’re travelling between the two countries, you’ll likely be flying from Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, to Dublin, the Irish capital. The journey usually takes 1 hour. As the crow flies the distance is around 192 miles (309 kilometres).
3. Should I go to Ireland or Scotland?
Maybe you’re torn between visiting either Ireland or Scotland . Both are known the world over for their warm hospitality, iconic whisky distilleries and Celtic castles.
But there’s plenty more to discover, and each nation has its own special charm. So you could have an even more amazing experience exploring both Scotland and Ireland on the same trip!
If it’s culture you’re after, why not time your trip to coincide with one of Scotland’s famous festivals or a Highland Games event?
You could also immerse yourself in Ireland’s arts and foodie scene in the vibrant Irish city of Galway. And if you’re a literature buff, you’ll find lots to keep you busy in Dublin, whether you’re at the International Literature Festival or exploring the library at Trinity College .
When it comes to natural wonders, Ireland and Scotland definitely don’t disappoint either. In fact, both nations are brimming with stunning scenery.
For instance, Glenfinnan and the Trossachs National Park are stand-out locations for untamed beauty in the Scottish Highlands. And places such as the Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way will take your breath away.
Check out these 10 reasons to visit Ireland and 7 beautiful places in Scotland to find out what else Ireland and Scotland have to offer.
4. How can I visit Ireland and Scotland?
The best places to start your trip to Ireland and Scotland are Dublin or Edinburgh. Not only are these cities straightforward for you to get to, but they’re also must-see destinations in themselves. You’ll find both capitals have top-notch dining opportunities, engaging museums and historic landmarks, among other highlights.
There are international flights to Edinburgh and Dublin from North America, Europe and further afield. If you can’t find direct flights, you could fly via other major hubs in Europe, such as London, Paris or Amsterdam.
It’s also possible to arrive into Glasgow Airport. If you do fly here, you can opt to begin your trip in Glasgow when you book online. Or if you’d like to start your tour elsewhere in Scotland or Ireland, speak to your dedicated travel consultant to ask about customising your itinerary.
Once you get to either Scotland or Ireland, frequent flights between their capital cities make it easy to travel between the two. When you book a privately guided tour with Nordic Visitor, the flight from Glasgow to Dublin is included in your tour package.
You can also travel between Ireland and Scotland by ferry. For instance, choose a Nordic Visitor small group tour and you'll take a ferry from the Emerald Isle to Scotland. And with your guide leading the trip, you can leave the logistics to them as you sail between Belfast and Cairnryan.
Head to these pages for in-depth details on travelling to Scotland or Ireland from the USA . And if you’re coming from elsewhere, find out how to get to Scotland or Ireland in these travel guides.
5. Where should I visit in Ireland and Scotland?
Ireland and Scotland are packed with unmissable attractions and gorgeous landscapes. On these Nordic Visitor tours, you’ll make the most of your stay by combining cultural highlights with time spent in nature.
To get you started, here are some of the best places to go in Ireland :
• Dublin • Galway • Cork • Ring of Kerry • Dingle Peninsula • Antrim Coast • Cliffs of Moher • Kilkenny • Aran Islands • Giant's Causeway
Check out these must-visit locations in Scotland:
• Edinburgh • Glasgow • Inverness • St Andrews • Stirling • Glen Coe • Fort William • Cuillin mountains • Cairngorms National Park • Loch Ness • Dunnottar Castle
Get inspired by these ideas for amazing things to do in Edinburgh .
6. When is the best time to visit Ireland and Scotland?
The months of April to October are excellent for a getaway to Ireland and Scotland. The milder weather and longer days through spring, summer and autumn are ideal if you want to explore the countryside and sightsee into the evening.
You’ll also find that more excursions and outdoor activities are possible at this time of year. And that attractions, such as museums, castles, and distilleries, often have extended opening hours.
In Scotland and Ireland, spring – April and May – tends to be the driest time to visit. And if you travel in April, you can see the top sights when there are fewer visitors around. You’ll also find that the countryside is becoming even greener and spring blooms are popping up.
Summer – June to early September – is a great time to visit for cultural events and festivals. You can also expect a lively atmosphere in Ireland and Scotland’s bustling cities. But it’s worth bearing in mind that midges, small flying insects, are most active during the summer months, so remember to bring repellent if you'll be heading into the coutryside.
From mid-September to October, you’ll start to experience cooler autumnal temperatures and see the leaves changing colours. Along with early spring, this time of year is known as the shoulder season, meaning you’ll get more of the sights to yourself.
Meanwhile, a winter trip to Scotland is ideal if you’re looking for a cosy getaway between November to March. You could see Edinburgh’s top attractions at their quietest and perhaps even glimpse Scotland’s famous castles dusted in snow. Or why not have an unforgettable Christmas or New Year trip to Scotland ?
For more information on what each season has to offer, don’t miss these articles:
- • Best time to visit Ireland: Your complete guide
- • Best time to visit Scotland: Your complete guide
7. What is the best way to see Ireland and Scotland?
The best way to explore Ireland and Scotland depends on the kind of travel experience you’d like.
For instance, a self-drive tour in Ireland and Scotland is ideal if you want the freedom to go at your pace. And while you’ll be taking the wheel yourself, you can relax knowing we are there for you every step of the way. If you need assistance during your trip, you can reach us anytime by calling our 24/7 helpline.
Plus, you’ll get a dedicated travel consultant who will book your accommodation and arrange car hire with one of our trusted local partners. We also give you a detailed itinerary and roadmap, complete with personal recommendations. This makes an independent road trip the perfect choice for seeing the top sights with spontaneous stops along the way.
On the other hand, if you’d prefer not to drive, you could opt for a small group tour of Scotland and Ireland. This way, your tour guide will drive you and your fellow travellers around on a comfortable minibus. By choosing an escorted trip, you’ll benefit from the local knowledge of your guide, learning even more about Celtic culture.
Or if you’re after the ultimate personalised travel experience, go for a privately guided tour package in Ireland and Scotland.
As well as having the sole attention of your guide, your dedicated travel consultant can tailor your itinerary to suit you. And they’ll even handpick a two guides who share your interests. This means you’ll have a local guide and driver in Scotland and another in Ireland.
8. How many days do I need to see Ireland and Scotland?
There’s so much to see and do in Ireland and Scotland that you’ll want to allow at least 10 days for your getaway. Although, if you can spare the time, then 2 weeks or more is even better. For instance, you could spend around 1 week in Scotland and then 1 week in Ireland .
With this extra time, you could explore further afield, packing even more memorable destinations into your trip. Or opt to travel at a slower pace, spending longer in regions you want to get to know better.
If you’d like to embark on the ultimate Scotland and Ireland road trip, then we recommend allowing around 3 weeks. This way you could delve further into Celtic culture and venture to even more exciting corners of these beautiful countries.
9. How do I plan a trip to Ireland and Scotland?
If you’re planning your dream trip to Scotland and Ireland, make the most of your precious free time by letting our travel experts take care of the details for you.
Book with Nordic Visitor and you’ll have your very own Edinburgh-based travel consultant who’ll organise your trip. This includes your accommodation, local transport, and flight between Glasgow and Dublin, along with any activities.
So once you’ve decided when to go and how you’d like to travel – self-drive, guided small group or privately guided – you can leave the rest to us.
10. Can I customise my tour?
Yes, you can personalise your Ireland and Scotland itinerary when booking your package online, or by speaking to your dedicated travel consultant.
For instance, you could tailor your self-drive tour with excursions or additional nights throughout your vacation. Meanwhile, on small group trips, you can extend your stay with extra nights at the start or end of the guided portion of the tour.
If you’re looking for the ultimate tailor-made travel experience, then choose a private guided tour of Scotland and Ireland . By combining both of these countries on one expert-curated itinerary, you’ll have an unforgettable trip. And to make sure you’re travelling with a knowledgeable local guide the entire time, you’ll have one guide in Scotland and another in Ireland.
Plus, no matter how you decide to explore Scotland and Ireland, your dedicated travel consultant will give you personalised recommendations for your trip.
If you have something specific in mind, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to share your interests and Celtic travel wishlist. You might also be interested in speaking to a dedicated travel consultant who’ll create a bespoke tour of Scotland or Ireland for you.
11. Can I choose the arrival date?
Absolutely! You can travel on a Nordic Visitor self-drive or private guided tour of Ireland and Scotland anytime from April through to October.
For guided small group tours of Scotland and Ireland, pick the departure that works for you from the list of available start dates between April and June. Or to go on a guided trip in either Ireland or Scotland, you can pick a start date from April to October. If you have a particular time of year in mind, please make sure to book early in case that departure fills up.
To see which start dates are available for the tour you are interested in, you can check its availability calendar online.
12. When should I organise my flights?
Before booking your tour package, it’s a good idea to check what flights are available. That said, we recommend waiting until after your trip is confirmed to make your travel arrangements.
Once you’ve received a confirmation email from your dedicated consultant, you can go ahead and choose your preferred flights. And remember, your local travel expert is there to answer any questions you might have.
Good to know: Travel between Scotland and Ireland is included in all of these Ireland and Scotland vacation packages. Depending on the tour you choose, you'll travel either by plane or ferry.
13. What currency is used in Ireland and Scotland?
The Republic of Ireland is one of the European countries which uses the Euro (€), abbreviated as EUR.
Meanwhile, the countries of Scotland and Northern Ireland are in the UK, where the local currency is the pound sterling (£). This is shortened to GBP.
You can find out more about the local currency and which credit cards are widely accepted in these guides to money in Ireland and Scotland .
14. What should I pack for my tour?
Between April and October, you could enjoy some of the year’s best weather in Scotland and Ireland . So while you can expect relatively mild temperatures, you’ll want to come prepared for changeable conditions.
This is why, no matter the season, we recommend bringing:
- • Comfortable hiking shoes or boots
- • Waterproof jacket and trousers
- • Warm, insulated jacket
- • Fleece or woollen jumper
- • Light base layers
- • Cosy hat, scarf and gloves
- • Sunglasses
- • Rucksack
- • Reusable water bottle
- • UK plug adapter (this will work in Ireland and Scotland)
For more information, check out these guides to packing for Ireland and Scotland .
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Ireland and Scotland
The two-week duration of our Ireland and Scotland Tours allows enough time to absorb the richness of both the Irish and Scottish cultures at a pace that is comfortable for all. From the historic skyline of Edinburgh to the craggy inlets of Kerry's shores, uncover all that Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland have to offer on this 14-Day Gaelic adventure.
- €3,690 - €4,390
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Day One includes a visit to Edinburgh. Known the world over as Scotland's Capital, famous for its wonderful museums and galleries.
Palace of Holyroodhouse
Day Two includes a visit to Holyroodhouse Palace. It is famous as the official Scottish residence of the British Royal Family. Located adjacent to the palace is Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat- a volcano that has been extinct for millions of years.
- Edinburgh Castle
Day Two also includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Dating from the 12th century Edinburgh Castle has been a fortress, royal palace and prison throughout its unstable past.
- Kingsbarns Distillery Tour
Day Three includes a visit to Kingsbarns Distillery Tour. Located in the majestic kingdom of Fife, Scotland, this tour takes you into the history and heritage of one of Britain's most celebrated spirits.
Atholl Palace Hotel
Your base for Day Three and Four is Atholl Palace Hotel. A splendid place to overnight and dine. Dinner is will be served at the Atholl Palace Hotel restaurant, with stunning views over the Tummel Valley.
Cruise Loch Ness
On Day Four you will visit Loch Ness. Enjoy a cruise on this famous loch and experience the sights, wildlife and history of the famous loch and what lies beneath.
On Day Four you will also visit Ben Nevis. You will return to Pitlochry via the rugged terrains of Spean Bridge and Dalwhinnie, taking in the backdrop of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
On Day Five journey to Loch Lomond. Enjoy the Bonnie Banks of Scotland's largest lake. Through the lush pastures of Glencoe Valley.
- Stirling Castle
Day Five will also see you visit Stirling Castle. Sitting atop Castle Hill in the town of Stirling, the castle is a symbol of Scotland's national pride and independence.
- Glasgow Cathedral
On Day Six visit Glasgow Cathedral. Known as the oldest cathedral on mainland Scotland and a rare example of an almost complete church from the 13th century.
The Giant's Causeway
On Day Seven you will visit The Giant's Causeway. One of Northern Ireland's most stunning sights. No amount of photographs can ever do the Giants Causeway justice. 37,000 basalt columns extend from cliffs down into the sea.
- Lough Eske Castle
Day Seven also includes a trip to Lough Eske Castle. This 5-star luxury hotel is located in County Donegal, in the picturesque and tranquil north west of Ireland.
- Belleek Pottery
On Day Eight you will visit Belleek Pottery, one of the oldest potteries in the world, established in 1857.
Day Eight also includes a trip to Drumcliffe, County Sligo, where you can read the epitaph on the grave of author W.B. Yeats.
- Kylemore Abbey
Day Nine brings you to Kylemore Abbey. This is, arguably, Ireland's most beautiful building. Located at the base of Duchruach Mountain on the shores of Lough Pollacappul.
The Cliffs of Moher
Day Ten includes a visit to The Cliffs of Moher. Take the best possible viewpoint to gaze at the Atlantic Ocean. Reaching a staggering 702ft (214m) high and 9 miles (14km) long.
- Blarney Castle
Day Twelve includes a visit to Blarney Castle. Witness Ireland's most famous Castle and kiss its majestic Blarney Stone... which, if legend is to be believed, will grant you the gift of the gab!
The Rock of Cashel
Day Twelve also includes a journey to Rock of Cashel. Travel to County Tipperary in the heart of the country to visit the Rock of Cashel. Up until the 17th century, the Rock of Cashel was the seat of kings for the province of Munster.
- Guinness Storehouse
Day Thirteen brings you to Guinness Storehouse. Located in the heart of Dublin City, you to see how Ireland's most famous export is crafted into a 'black state of perfection'.
- Christ Church Cathedral
Day Thirteen also includes a visit to Christ Church Cathedral. At almost 1,000 year old this famous cathedral in Dublin City has a storied history. The legendary cathedral crypt dates back to the 12th Century and holds a 14th century copy of the Magna Carta.
EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum
Day Thirteen also see you travel to EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum. Located in Dublin City's docklands, the museum, via cutting-edge interactive displays, explores the history of the mass emigration experienced by Ireland over the past three centuries.
Become immersed in Celtic culture throughout this two-week tour of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. The Iconic Ireland & Scotland Tour awaits. Click on the days below to find out what adventures you can look forward to on each day of your tour.
Day 1: Arrival (Edinburgh)
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On arrival in Edinburgh Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall. Here, you will meet your professional Tour Director (1 Person). There will be 3 group airport transfers this morning between 0700 am and 1200 noon. To ensure a smooth start to your tour, it is advisable to aim for an arrival time in Edinburgh Airport before 11:00 am, as clearing immigration and reclaiming baggage typically takes around 1 hour.
Board your luxury air-conditioned coach with WI-FI on board and transfer to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City .
This afternoon you might like to take a stroll on the streets of Edinburgh. At 1900 this evening all participants will gather for dinner in the hotel restaurant where you will become acquainted with your fellow travellers, the coming days can be discussed at leisure with your Tour Director. Overnight DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City .
For guests arriving in Edinburgh on the 10th and 17th of August, we have included a ticket to the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo .
- Welcome Dinner
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh
Day 2: Holyrood Palace & Edinburgh Castle
Day 2 itinerary.
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, depart on a panoramic tour of Edinburgh City , with a local Edinburgh Step-on Guide. Visit the Holyrood Palace . Known as the official Scottish residence of the British Royal Family. Adjacent to the palace is Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat — a volcano that has been extinct for millions of years.
Take a visit to the Scottish Parliament. This modern building was opened in 2004 after decades of Scottish calls for self-determination. Enjoy an afternoon visit to Edinburgh Castle , dating from the 12th century that has been a fortress, royal palace and prison through its turbulent past. It houses the oldest crown jewels of Britain - The Honours of Scotland.
Enjoy the afternoon free as you explore the Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare of medieval Edinburgh. Overnight and Dine in DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City .
- Evening Dinner
- Holyrood Palace
Day 3: St. Andrew's & Kingsbarns Distillery Tour
Day 3 itinerary.
Depart for the picturesque town of Pitlochry , nestled amongst the stunning forested hills of Highland Perthshire. Enjoy a Kingsbarns Distillery Tour . Located in the majestic kingdom of Fife, Scotland, this tour takes you into the history and heritage of one of Britain's most celebrated spirits. Travel on via St. Andrew's . Scotland's oldest university town. Also referred to as the Home of Golf, the Old Course at St Andrew's Links is the oldest golf course in the world. Enjoy some free time walking its historic cobbled alleyways.
Continue onto the beautiful burgh of Pitlochry , lying on the River Tummel via Perth.
Travel onto the historic Atholl Palace Hotel for your overnight stay.
Evening free on the extensive grounds of the hotel. Dinner this evening will be served at the Atholl Palace Hotel restaurant with stunning views over the Tummel Valley .
Day 4: Loch Ness Cruise
Day 4 itinerary.
Depart for the Scottish Highlands via Cairngorms National Park and Aviemore.
Visit the Capital of The Highlands- Inverness . Travel along the western shores of Loch Ness to Fort Augustus via the scenic Great Glen.
Enjoy a leisurely cruise on Loch Ness . Here you see the sights, wildlife and history of the famous loch.
Return to Pitlochry via the rugged terrains of Spean Bridge and Dalwhinnie and the backdrop of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.
Overnight and dine at Atholl Palace Hotel .
- Loch Ness Cruise
Day 5: Stirling Castle
Day 5 itinerary.
Depart for Glasgow via Stirling & the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond .
Travel via Perth to Stirling to visit one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland – Stirling Castle . Travel on via Crianlarich and journey south along the western shores of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.
The area is renowned for its natural beauty, history and tranquillity. Stop in the village of Luss before continuing onto Glasgow.
Overnight and dine tonight in Clayton Hotel Glasgow City .
Clayton Hotel Glasgow
Day 6: glasgow city tour & glasgow cathedral, day 6 itinerary.
Depart on a morning tour of Glasgow City . Enjoy a panoramic tour of Glasgow's famous Cathedral Quarter with a local Glasgow Step-on Guide. With its pre-industrial roots, Glasgow is now a modern and vibrant city. The great inventors James Watt and Charles Macintosh were born here, to name a few.
Visit Glasgow Cathedral . A truly rare example of an almost complete 13th century church.
Continue to Cairnryan Ferry Port located in Dumfries and Galloway.
15:30 Wave goodbye to Scotland as you board the ferry at Cairnryan for Belfast City , Northern Ireland.
17:45 Arrive in Belfast Port. Continue on to Belfast City .
Overnight and dine in Europa Hotel Belfast .
- Europa Hotel Belfast
Day 7: Belfast City Tour & Giant's Causeway
Day 7 itinerary.
This morning, for your tour of Belfast City , you will be joined by a specialised step on local Belfast City Guide to see and hear all about the history of this once troubled city — including the Belfast Murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road and Nationalist Falls Road.
Depart for Donegal via the North Antrim Coast. Visit Giant's Causeway . This prehistoric geological phenomenon is the subject of many myths and legends. There are an estimated 37,000 basalt columns extending from cliffs down into the sea.
Continue onto Donegal. Dinner & Overnight in Lough Eske Castle .
- Irish Breakfast
- Belfast City Tour
- Giant's Causeway
Day 8: Belleek Pottery & Drumcliffe
Day 8 itinerary.
Depart for Galway via Fermanagh and Sligo.
Visit Belleek Pottery , one of the oldest potteries in the world, and has been in operation since 1857.
Continue on via Drumcliffe . Located in County Sligo, this is the picturesque final resting place of W.B. Yeats. Here you can read the epitaph on the grave of one of Ireland's greatest poets.
Continue onto Galway.
Tonight, you will overnight & dine in the Menlo Park Hotel .
Menlo Park Hotel
Day 9: sheepdog demo & kylemore abbey, day 9 itinerary.
Today you will tour the sights of wild Connemara via the villages of Moycullen, Oughterard. At Oughterard, enjoy a Sheepdog Demonstration in Glengowla Mines , where you will also have the opportunity to explore the abandoned silver and lead mine.
Continue through the villages of Maam Cross and Recess, before travelling up the spectacular Inagh Valley with the 12 Bens of Connemara on your left and the Maumturks Mountains on your right as you travel to Kylemore.
You will visit Kylemore Abbey . An historic building nestled at the base of Duchruach Mountain, on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul — in the heart of the Connemara Mountains. It is regarded as one of Ireland's most romantic buildings.
Travel on via the shores of Killary Fjord . This is Ireland's only fjord and is a Wild Atlantic Way signature discovery point, on the Mayo - Galway border, Ireland's only fjord, before crossing into Mayo and continuing on to the village of Cong, the film location of "The Quiet Man" for a brief stop.
Return to Galway City via the shores of Lough Corrib, the largest lake in the Republic of Ireland and is considered by many as the best fishing lake in Europe.
Tonight you will overnight & dine in the Menlo Park Hotel .
Glengowla Mines - Sheepdog Demo
Day 10: the burren & cliffs of moher, day 10 itinerary.
This morning bright and early, your route will take you down the Atlantic seaboard on the west coast of Clare to Killarney Town .
Travel via the famous Galway Bay, Dunguaire Castle and the fishing village of Kinvarra. You will see The Burren , which is Gaelic for rocky land—an apt name for this vast limestone plateau. In the 1640s, Cromwell's surveyor described it as "a savage land, yielding neither water enough to drown a man, nor tree to hang him, nor soil enough to bury".
On the coast, you will visit the Cliffs of Moher . Braced against the ocean, on the coast of County Clare. Here you will stand on the dramatic 702ft (214m) high and 9 miles (14km) long cliffs, a Wild Atlantic Way signature discovery point, to gaze out on the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.
Continue on via County Limerick to Killarney Town .
Tonight, you will overnight & dine in Dromhall Hotel .
- Cliffs of Moher
Day 11: the ring of kerry, day 11 itinerary.
This morning, after breakfast, you will set off on the world-famous Ring Of Kerry . It is officially known as the Iveragh Peninsula. You will travel via Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Coomakesta Pass with its magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O' Connell, known as "The Liberator", to Caherdaniel. Travel on via the hamlet of Castlecove, the colourful village of Sneem and on via Mollâs Gap, Ladies View, Killarney National Park and along the Lakes of Killarney to Killarney town.
Take a break at the Blind Piper Pub . Here you will have a traditional Irish Pub Lunch . Located in the village of Caherdaniel, locals and visitors alike have been drinking here since 1865. Who is the Blind Piper, you may ask? The Blind Piper is Mici Cumba O'Sullivan, who was born nearby in 1835 and became one of Ireland's most famous pipers.
Continue via the pretty village of Sneem, Moll's Gap, Ladies View and along the Killarney Lakes to Killarney Town .
Tonight, you will overnight & dine in the family-owned Dromhall Hotel .
Day 12: Blarney Castle & Rock of Cashel
Day 12 itinerary.
This morning after breakfast, you will depart for Dublin, Ireland's capital city via the village of Blarney. Visit Blarney Castle . Built on this site in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy. You will have the chance to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone. You will also have an opportunity to shop at Blarney Woollen Mills , boasting a huge selection of Irish arts, crafts and produce.
Today, visit The Rock of Cashel . Rising dramatically from the grassy plains of county Tipperary. This was the seat of kings and medieval bishops for 900 years and flourished until the early 17th century. Brian Ború was crowned King of Munster here in 977, before becoming High King of Ireland in 1002.
Continue on to Dublin City.
Overnight and dine in the Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane .
Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane
Day 13: irish emigration museum & guinness storehouse, day 13 itinerary.
After breakfast this morning, you will explore Dublin City .
Visit EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum . Voted, recently, as "Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction", this museum tour tells the story behind the millions of people who fled, or were forced from, Ireland over the past three centuries. Located in Dublin's Docklands.
You will also visit Christ Church Cathedral . Founded by the Viking King Sitric almost 1000 years ago in 1034. The cathedral crypt is one of the largest in the UK and Ireland, dating back to the 12th Century. Here, in the crypt, you can see the mummified remains of the Cat and the Rat which were found in the cathedral organ, and a rare 14th century copy of the Magna Carta.
Visit Guinness Storehouse . With an address at the world-famous St. James's Gate. Here you will tour the world-renowned brewery and enjoy a perfect complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar — located at the top of a glass tower that commands spectacular views of Dublin City .
Enjoy a farewell dinner and a Traditional Music Night at The Merry Ploughboy Pub—one of Dublin's iconic trad music venues.
Overnight in Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane .
- Merry Ploughboy Dinner and Show
The Guinness Storehouse
Day 14: departure (dublin), day 14: departure.
Today marks the end of the Iconic Tour of Ireland & Scotland.
After a final great Irish breakfast this morning, there will be 3 group airport transfers between 0500 and 1100 to get you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.
Please note when booking flights for this tour: The Iconic Ireland & Scotland Tour starts in Edinburgh (Scotland) and ends in Dublin (Ireland).
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- Depart: Dublin Airport
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October 2023 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
October 2023 Scotland Ireland Tour Words cannot do justice to Pat who was our driver and guide, or to the wonderful new friends we made on this 13 day tour. Pat was a wealth of knowledge and saw to our every need. The group felt like family after only a few days. This was a dream come true. So much to see, and do. Loved Edinburgh, Inverness, St. Andrew, our nights in the castles as well as our days at Cliffs of Moher and Giants Causeway. Too many high points to list them all. I can't wait to go back.
We chose the Scotland/Ireland tour and it was more than incredible. Paddy was our tour guide, he was so knowledgeable, funny and somehow kept all 26 of us tourists on schedule. We went to all of our scheduled destinations as well as a couple âoff the beaten pathâ stops that only added to an already amazing trip. We saw more beauty and history than we ever could have imagined. If you get the opportunity to tour Ireland (and Scotland) with My Ireland Tour, you will not be disappointed. I highly recommend and hope to go back again as well with one of their other packages. TRIP OF A LIFETIME!
The 14 day Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour was simply incredible. The itinerary was filled with historical landmarks and nightly accommodations at 4-5 star hotels or castles. What enhanced the 2 weeks was our Guide-Driver Paddy O'Farrell as he moved throughout Scotland and Ireland, maintaining a schedule that ensured we had time for meals, made all our stops on time and arrived at our hotels in time for happy hour and dinner. Paddy also mentioned many historical facts and pointed out key landmarks. Highlights in Scotland included: The Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and the Holyrood Palace. We stopped for photo opts at the bridge at St. Andrews, cruised on Loch Ness and visited Sterling Castle. After taking a ferry ride to Dublin, we enjoyed the majesty of the Ireland landscapes. Key points of interest were the Cliffs of Moher, the Giant's Causeway, then stopping in Galway for a sheepdog demo and the Glengowla Mines. Paddy stopped at Pat Cohan's bar where we had a beer and took photos of this iconic bar from 'The Quiet Man'. We visited the Blarney Castle where we kissed the Blarney stone and then spent time at the Blarney Woollen Mills. The trip would not have been complete without a few hours at the Guinness Storehouse and finally a dinner and traditional Irish music at the Merry Ploughboy Pub. Truly a memorable vacation which enlightened all of us about the history and culture of Scotland and Ireland plus incredible pictures to remember all these great moments. I highly recommend this tour and, if you're lucky, you'll get Paddy O'Farrell as your guide.
My husband and I went on the Iconic Scotland and Ireland tour with My Ireland Tours. It was a total class act. The hotels and the food were fantastic. Both Scotland and Ireland are majestically beautiful. We saw so many wonderful sites. Everything would have been just places on a map without our Driver/Tour Guide Paddy O' Farrell. With Paddy at the helm we were in great hands. He was the ultimate professional! Paddy was very knowledgeable and educational about both Scotland and the Emerald Isle. Our tour bus traveled many miles along the narrow winding roads of both countries. Paddy's driving skills were magnificent. He made time for us to see many places not included on the tour. He always took great care of us all.
My wife and I returned from a 14 day tour of Scotland and Ireland with John Dennany and we are just amazed at the level of service, courtesy and how much can be crammed into 14 days! John was on the spot from day one at the airport right up to day 14 dropping us off again. His entire focus was on making each guest feel like it was their tour. His sense of humor and Irish lilt was very welcome as he explained history, geography and told jokes. He made every effort to accommodate special requests and always found a pub when it was necessary. Even rest room stops offered something to see. I will never forget John and will heartily recommend My Irish Tours to anyone planning to visit Ireland.
I would highly recommend this tour company. Communication was excellent from the start. We did the 14 day Scotland Ireland tour and it was great. The bus was very comfortable and Pat our driver and guide was fantastic, he really made our trip special. His range of knowledge was amazing and he was always available to make sure everything went smoothly. Our accommodations were good and we even stayed one night in a castle. It was so nice not to have the worry of planning and driving. I would definitely recommend My Ireland Tours to everyone.
Our Scotland and Ireland tour was wonderful. Beginning with our driver picking us up at the airport, everything went as scheduled. John Dennany was very courteous, helpful and knowledgeable during the entire trip. Accommodations were comfortable and the sightseeing was exemplary. Highly recommend this tour company. If you get this guide on your trip you will have a lot of fun and enjoy your time.
I just returned from the 14-Day Iconic Ireland and Scotland tour with My Ireland Tours and can't speak more highly of this tour and the company itself. From the time I scheduled the tour a year ago until the last moment when the tour ended and I was headed home on the plane, every step was well organized with helpful staff all along the way. The tour itself exceeded all my expectations. All the accomodations were wonderful. Our guide/driver, John Dennany, made a wonderful trip even more amazing. John went out of his way to ensure that each person on our tour enjoyed themselves even ensuring that personal requests were met such as extra stops along the way to visit areas that were significant to the guests family heritage. John took gloomy weather days and turned them into a fun adventure in order to ensure each day was enjoyable for the whole group. When there was a medical emergency within our tour group John again ensured that the guest was first priorty while still ensuring that the rest of the group did not miss out on anything that was scheduled. Even though I just returned, I am already looking at booking another trip with My Ireland Tours. I would highly recommend this tour company to anyone and also would suggest requesting John Dennany as your guide/drive...you will not be disappointed.
September 2023 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
Can highly recommend this tour company. Communication was excellent from the start. We did the 14 day Scotland Ireland tour and it was great. The bus was very comfortable and Pat our driver and guide was fantastic. His range of knowledge was amazing and he was always available to make sure everything went smoothly. Our accomodation was always very nice, staying one night in a castle was amazing. The food overall was good and the last night we attended a show and dinner which was very enjoyable. The only negative was the breakfasts at the hotel in Edinburgh were a bit chaotic. Taking the tour took all the stress out of driving. Thank you Pat and Shannon for a great holiday.
I was the only solo traveler to a fun group! The guide, Paddy, was absolutely grand! How he remembers all that information, is unbelievable. He definitely makes sure you're ok and treats you like family. The Scotland- Ireland tour was enough to see the highlights of both countries. Although, I wish we were in Dublin for one more day because there wasn't enough time to walk around due to the itinerary. Certain things could have been cut short. I highly recommend this tour overall and would do it again. Some of us would eat outside the hotel for a better feel of the city and for better food options. This really was a great trip.
We did the 14 day Ireland and Scotland tour and it was absolutely perfect. I can't say enough good things about our driver/guide Paddy. He really made the experience so special. The best driver around hands down! The amount of history we learned from him just while driving in the coach from place to place was incredible. I can't imagine trying to do that trip on our own or with any other tour company. The sights and stops were great, the hotels were perfect and locations were convenient, and the breakfast and dinner options were sufficient. It was truly an unforgettable experience! Thank you so much Paddy, and My Ireland Tour!
My Ireland Tour group is fantastic! My husband and I took a 14 day tour to Scotland and Ireland. Paddy was an excellent guide and driver who went beyond our expectations! The tour gave us a great overview of the two countries plus the scenery out in the countryside was spectacular! We would recommend My Ireland Tour to everyone! Thanks for everything you did to make our trip wonderful!
My husband and I just returned from the 14 day Scotland and Ireland tour and if was a fantastic vacation for us. We had never been overseas before and were nervous but our tour driver, Colm, made our trip go smoothly and without incident. We saw places we would have never known to go if we would have been on our own. The entire itinerary was full and we were moving quickly to see everything, but every place we went was well worth the drive. There were times we had to travel 2 hours between spots but Colm made the trip fun and told us stories and gave us so much history. He was extremely knowledgeable. From the time we left Edinburgh until we arrived in Dublin, we had such an amazing experience visiting so many sites. The Lough Eske castle was truly the most beautiful place to stay but the Menlo hotel was not my favorite at all. We were exhausted at the end of our trip but we saw everything we wanted to and more. I highly recommend this company. From the booking until the end it went off without a hitch. Shannon and the team answered emails and questions immediately. I would definitely travel with them again. Thank you for a great vacation!
We just finished the 14 day Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour. Our driver/guide, Pat, was outstanding! He was knowledgeable, friendly, professional, helpful, and patient. You can tell My Ireland Tours has crafted an excellent itinerary that is well planned. Several fantastic hotels were a big plus on this trip, especially the overnight at Lough Eske Castle. My wife and I will definitely plan another trip with My Ireland Tours in the future!
Our 14-day Scotland-Ireland tour experience with My Ireland Tours not only met but exceeded all our expectations. This was due in large part to our driver/tour guide, Pat Prendergast, who was fabulous. We flew into Edinburgh a few days early to golf at St. Andrews and to spend time at the Fringe Festival â as well as to get over any jet-lag. Pat picked up our party of seven from our AirBnb on Saturday morning to take us to the Doubletree, where we started off with an introductory dinner and then the Edinburgh Royal Tattoo, which was an incredible way to start off our tour. The 14-day itinerary was aggressive, but we covered a lot of the highlights in both countries. There was also enough free space on the bus to allow people to spread out a little, and the bathroom stops were timed perfectly. Pat was not only an excellent driver, but engaging and informative. He was flexible should participants want to schedule side trips or need a âshopping/restâ day. Thank you Pat and My Ireland Tours for an incredible vacation!
August 2023 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
This tour was everything and more than what was described when I made my decision to join it! The breathtaking scenery, landmarks, villages, cities, nice hotels, and food were above any expectations I may have had. Our tour guide/driver, Colm Marshall, with his vast knowledge of the history , geography, and folklore truly made our journey a trip of a lifetime! Colm's daily humor and passion for the country helped to give us a depth to what we were seeing and kept us in a sensory overload. The small group bonded quickly and since returning have shared with each other pictures of our adventure! If you are hesitating in any way about making a decision to join an My Ireland Tour please don't! I promise you won't be disappointed!
I just returned from a solo trip to Ireland and Scotland. I couldn't have had a better group of people on my tour. Everyone was friendly and inclusive. I never felt alone. Our driver/guide, Colm, was informative and humorous. He never lost our attention. He made every place interesting. And as the roads were narrow and winding, he was an excellent driver, never putting us at risk. He truly is the best. From the moment I contacted My Ireland Tour, the staff was helpful and considerate of my concerns about booking solo. They were always accessible and made the booking process easy. As to the trip itself, we went to some of the most fascinating sites in Scotland and Ireland, staying at 4 star hotels and castles. Every meal at every place we stayed was great. Our rooms were spacious and extremely clean, with the front desks being accommodating if anything was needed. I highly recommend using My Ireland Tour for any travel you desire in Ireland and Scotland. And try to get Colm as your driver/guide. You won't be disappointed.
This is a great tour company. We did the 14 day Iconic Scotland-Ireland tour with Colm Marshall as our guide. Colm was knowledgeable, fun and an all around great person to lead us on this adventure. The small group atmosphere made it very easy to get to know and bond with the others. (In fact, we have started a Facebook group, My Ireland Tour, Aug5-18,3023, where we can all share our experiences.) The itinerary was filled with great sites and we were left with some free time to explore on our own. We left lots to see behind for another adventure as seeing 2 countries in 2 weeks is quite an undertaking. The accommodations we great and meals were typical for the regions. I would certainly 100% recommend âMy Ireland Toursâ to anyone who wants a great introduction to Scotland/Ireland.
It's 2023 and we've just returned from our FOURTH tour with My Ireland Tour! I can't think of a better testimonial for this amazing tour company than to say that we've come back, four times now, to enjoy the tours that they provide. This year we did the 14 day Scotland / Ireland tour. The driver / guide, Pat, was absolutely phenomenal! We thoroughly enjoyed his knowledge and expertise. The itinerary was exceptionally well planned and equally well executed. Just the right pace to see everything there is to see without being hectic or hurried. Fantastic hotels were a big plus on this trip, especially the overnight castle stay. To put it very simply, My Ireland Tour is the top touring company for your visit to Ireland.
We took the 14 day Scotland and Ireland tour. From our first communication with Keith , we were off to a good start. We can't say enough about Ken O'connell our tour guide. He was both funny, and a wealth of knowledge. He was able to tell us so much about the countries, and all the stops we made in between! We know Ken worked hard but he made it look easy, he is very good at his job! I will not hesitate to recommend My Ireland Tour to anyone!!!! I would love to do another tour with them in the future!
July 2023 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
I just returned from the Iconic Scotland and Ireland tour and it surpassed all my expectations! Paddy O'Farrell was the best guide. He was personable, funny and told great stories of Scotland and Ireland history and legends. Several times Paddy added extra stops that were not on the itinerary. We stayed in amazing places and saw so much of these beautiful countries. We also had plenty of time to explore on our own. I would love to return again for another tour with My Ireland Tours.
I just took the 14 day Iconic Ireland and Scotland tour with Paddy O'Farrell. Paddy was an excellent tour guide, a very safe driver, always giving us great recommendations and keeping us safe. He was extremely knowledgeable and taught us so much history, was very funny and did a great job herding us and keeping us on schedule. I would recommend this company to anyone who is looking to take a tour of Scotland or Ireland. Wonderful, wonderful memories!! Thank you My Ireland Tour and Paddy!
My wife and I had what has got to be one of the best trips of our lifetime with My Ireland Tours, the Iconic Ireland and Scotland 14 day tour. Becky has always been interested in the monarchy of the U.K. What a treat to have walked where Mary Queen of Scots and other royals walked. We even had lunch in a cute little restaurant where Prince William had his first date, and according to the restaurant manager we spoke to, numerous subsequent dates, with Princess Kate. The magnificence of the beautiful cathedrals we visited along with the many castles and palaces helped to make this a real trip of a lifetime. Thankfully we were told early on In Edinburgh that touching the noise of the statue of Greyfriar's Bobby would bring good luck, because doing so helped us to have wonderful weather for most of the trip. Pat our tour guide/driver was so much more than that. Yes, he was extremely knowledgeable, and constantly kept us informed about the history and geology of the areas we visited, but he also went out of his way to make sure that our trip was as special as it could possibly be. He became a good friend, and my wife even told me the other day that she misses him. Thanks Pat, for all you did to make this a truly wonderful trip. Hal and Becky Gersch.
We are back from a 14 day Scotland and Ireland tour and our entire family loved it! The itinerary was fabulous and we received top notch service from everyone at MIT. We had problems with airline cancellations and everyone was so helpful trying to help us rearrange our schedules in the best way possible to join the tour. Our tour guide, Pat, was the best! We would highly recommend this tour and My Ireland Tours to anyone thinking about traveling to Scotland and Ireland.
Thoroughly enjoyed our 14 day tour of Scotland and Ireland with Paddy O'Farrell as our guide. He was very knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. Everything was taken care of in terms of hotels, luggage, and meals. We loved all the fun stops we made along the way, and of course, the beautiful scenery of both countries. Would highly recommend anyone!
June 2023 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
Ben was our tour guide and he was great. He told stories, explained alot about different events in Ireland's history, even sang songs! It was a very busy tour with not much down time, but we got the opportunity to see many areas of Ireland that we probably wouldn't have been able to see on our own. We started in Dublin, went to the EPIC Immigration Museum, the Guinness Brewery, and got to walk around Dublin. We ate at a restaurant called The Church, on our own, and I highly recommend it. They play traditional Irish Music every night and have Irish Step Dancers who were amazing to watch. Staying in Limerick was very nice. I got some photos of the sunset over the River Shannon at 9:30 at night, which was surreal. The sun sets around 8:30 on Cape Cod this time of year. Driving through the country side was beautiful. You see cows, cows, and more cows! But, the different way of life is eye opening! We drove through the Ring of Kerry. We stopped at a little village called Waterville which was beautiful. Killarney was nice also. We only got to spend 45 minutes in Galway City which was a bit of a disappointment. We would have wanted more time there. The Blarney Castle was amazing! And, as gross as it is, you HAVE TO kiss the Blarney Stone while you're there! The grounds at the castle were beautifully manicured and taken care of. The shopping at the Woolen Mills is a MUST! All in all it was a great trip. If you want to see many different spots and areas of the country, this is the way to do it. I do recommend Dramamine for anyone who gets even some motion sickness as being on the bus can be cumbersome and make you a little woozy. Ben was a great tour guide and a really nice guy. I do recommend this trip for groups of adults and teenagers (we had 5 with us, and they enjoyed it)!
A good friend and I just returned from a wonderful 14-day journey through Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland with My Ireland Tours. Our tour guide and driver, Paddy O'Farrell, was an excellent driver, making us feel very safe. Beyond that, he was so knowledgeable about the history and culture of the people of Scotland and Ireland, making the trip entertaining. Breakfast and dinner at our hotels were always included, as well as a lunch or two. All were delicious. The hotels were at least 4-star, and they provided excellent, friendly service. We always felt welcome in these beautiful countries. We were also lucky to travel with a very congenial group of people from different parts of the United States. I can highly recommend a trip to Scotland and Ireland as well as traveling with this excellent company, My Ireland Tours.
My wife and I really enjoyed our tour of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. So much history and beautiful scenery. Our tour guide/driver, Paddy, did a superb job driving, explaining all the sights, and giving us insight into the history of Ireland and Scotland. New friends were made with the group of 26 that was on the tour. We highly recommend and appreciate My Ireland Tours.
We just returned home from a 2 week Iconic Scotland and Ireland tour, expertly guided by Paddy O'Farrell, our driver as well. This tour included the most desired stops in both countries. Paddy led us to some of the most beautiful cities and small towns, always telling us about the history of the countries as we drove along. He was full of stories and jokes to pass the time while we were driving. He played music on the bus when he sensed it was 'nap time' for us! Being on a small tour of only 24 made travelling easier than being with a larger group. All strangers at the outset, our group meshed quite quickly. My Ireland Tour made it so easy to make travel plans - Once booked all arrangements were made for hotels, meals, travel vouchers, and anything else needed for this 2 week tour. At every hotel stop I would like to acknowledge all of the luggage porters who delivered our bags to us in a very timely fashion, and thanks to Paddy for loading the bus at each stop and making sure all luggage was accounted for. We never had to worry about a thing! I highly recommend My Ireland Tour and highly recommend Paddy O'Farrell as a fabulous, careful driver and very knowledgeable guide. FIVE STARS
The 14-day tour of Scotland and Ireland was an incredible experience! The booking was easy and Shauni answered so many questions and kept in contact with updates all through the process. Our driver, Harry Fisher, is a wealth of knowledge, a great driver, and he made sure everyone was safe and comfortable. We lucked out with a super fun group which made stops, bus time, and after dinner just a blast! The itinerary for this trip as a perfect mix of castles, churches, landmarks, landscape, experiences (super cool sheep dog demonstration, Kingsbarns Distillery, chocolate making and Guinness Storehouse, etc). Well done My Ireland Tours! As Harry says, 'It's better to be looking at it than looking for it.' Book with My Ireland Tours!
Just completed the 14 Day Scotland & Ireland Tour with my wife. 5 star, absolutely fantastic trip. Our Tour Guid, Harry Fisher was outstanding! He is very detailed and ensured nothing was left unattended. Harry is an excellent driver and provided all the history and facts that added to the trip experience. My Irelands tour is the best, better than expected for our first tour. Smaller 26 person group was perfect. The entire group came together, became friends and hung out. Enthusiastically recommended.
Took the Iconic 14 day Scotland/Ireland tour in May with with our personal leprechaun Paddy O'Farrell who was our guide and driver. What a fantastic whirlwind of activity! With only 26 folks on the motorcoach, we had plenty of room to spread out since each day included hours of traveling and sightseeing but Paddy maneuvered that huge bus like a warm knife through butter since many of the ancient picturesque and winding roads we traveled were surely not meant for large vehicles or even two lanes!! Paddy alerted us with tidbits of interesting information before encountering sites along the road but he was also a font of historical knowledge, folklore, regional information, stories, suggestions for our free time and all of it interspersed with respect and humor! The itinerary was marvelous but the scenery was out of this world - tiny towns, sheep, majestic ocean/sea views, sheep, castles, abbeys, antiquated ruins, local talent and more sheep. Some hotels were within city limits, allowing us to wander and others were tucked away in wonderlands of beauty but the highlight was spending one night in a castle guarded by a dragon! The culture, the food, the beverages and the people of Scotland and Ireland have made this a trip of a lifetime for us and we will sing the praises of My Ireland Tour forever. Thank you!
The adventure of the Scotland-Ireland 14 day tour, a group of 26, who became 'family', under the watchful and loving care of our amazing guide-driver, Paddy O'Farrell, was a daily joy of discovery, learning, experiencing and enjoying! As we wended our way from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Northern Ireland and then to the Republic of Ireland, there was ongoing history and information communicated by Paddy, with amazing knowledge and insight, making the period of 500 A.D. to the present meaningful by interjecting literary references, politics, and his personal reflections. His love of history and his desire to make sure that we shared his respect and regard for these countries was constant. Our hotels were 4 star, except for Lough Eske Castle, which defied the star categorization by setting its own standard. It was as if we had arrived at 'Downton Abbey', with accommodations fit for Kings and Queens, and a dinner service to match! Since all of the other hotels were chosen to be 'in town', and central, and, unlike most tours, we were able to spend more than just one night in one location. This allowed for a more restful period while never missing any sightseeing destinations. It was one of the reasons I chose to travel with My Ireland Tours. I was not disappointed! And whenever there was something special in an area, a Celtic show, a special photo view, or being at the right place, at the right time, Paddy made sure 'we were there'. He was the 'sheep dog' making sure that his flock were safe, rescuing the occasional strays with good humor and caring. While we toured, or before leaving in the morning, Paddy made sure that the bus was cleaned and windows sparkling, so we could enjoy the magnificent views. He had a personal greeting and conversation for each of us. His close attention to our special need person's requirements was always primary, warm and admirable. 500 photos later, it was time to say farewell to fellow travelers, especially difficult was finding the words to adequately express the admiration and appreciation of our unique, Paddy. I know that everyone thinks that they have had the best tour director, but, we really did!!! Thank you Paddy!
My husband, George, and I, had a fantastic experience on the Iconic Scotland and Ireland tour. Everything was so well organized. The hotels were clean and comfortable, the staff gracious and friendly. Our driver, Paddy O'Farrell, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Scotland and Ireland. I was so impressed by the amount of historical knowledge he shared with us, our cup was overflowing with stories, facts and details that until then were unknown to us. George and I are so grateful we had the opportunity to participate in this adventure...to make new friends, appreciate the struggle and beauty of both countries and to leave with a deeper understanding of the those who went before.
May 2023 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
Enjoyed an amazing vacation with My Ireland Tour on their Iconic Scotland and Ireland Tour! Our tour guide, Paddy O'Farrell, was incredibly knowledgeable and went above and beyond to ensure everyone had the best time ever. Would definitely recommend!!
We took a two week tour seeing both Scotland and Ireland, spending about a week in each. Patty was our driver and guide and was absolutely AMAZING. He kept us on track, answered hundreds of questions, got us to all of the sites and made sure we had everything we needed. We stayed in 8 different hotels and our luggage was delivered to our room at each hotel. One of the best parts of this tour is that the bus was purposely not full. We almost had enough room for everyone to have their own seat and being on the bus for long amounts of time that was important to me. Being on this tour was a great way to visit places like Edinburgh, castles, palaces, abbeys, cemeteries, a distillery, Loch Ness, Glasgow, Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, and Dublin. This trip is go go go and not for the faint of heart, but it was amazing and I do not regret going on this tour for one minute. Well worth the price. Just to note, many of the hotels did not have AC and I did get a little tired of the hotel food and eating later at night. With that said, I would highly recommend this tour.
I just returned from the 14 day Scotland/Ireland tour. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much about so many different places. My favorite place of the trip was probably the two days we spent in Edinburgh. We were taken on tours, but we also had free time to explore on our own and we were able to see other sights not on the tour by doing this. The rest of the tour was packed with so many things which I wanted to see that there was very little free time to add additional preferences to our stops. Paddy was an amazing tour guide and driver. He was informative and knowledgeable and was able to fill in gaps that were often left out by the step-on guides that we had. One thing to keep in mind if you have food sensitivities or allergies, be very careful and check with the chef in each hotel. One thing I would change if I could would be the time spent eating. It took 1 1/2 to 2 hours to eat dinner with the group as they spread out starters, entrees, and dessert over a long period of time. I felt we could have condensed that and given us more free time to explore. We did decide to skip a few of the provided meals in some of the towns so that we could explore and eat on our own and that was fun. Overall an amazing experience.
From start to finish our Scotland/Ireland tour was absolutely fantastic. Our driver Paddy went above and beyond to make our trip memorable. I recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see Scotland and Ireland!
I just got back from a 14 day tour of Scotland, No. Ireland and Ireland. It was a whirlwind! We saw so many things and learned so much from our tour guide Paddy. He went above and beyond for our group. He was funny and full of information. He would tell us about the area we were going and give us suggestions for what to see and where to eat when he dropped us off. The one issue our group had was starting our three course two hour dinner at 7:30 each night. By the end of the day we were exhausted and ready for a quicker bite before bed. But I would certainly book another tour with My Ireland Tours! They are organized and well planned! Thank you for an amazing vacation!
November 2022 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
No wonder that fairies, leprechauns and other fabulous creatures have chosen to live in Ireland and Scotland. Driving along the picturesque Loch Lomond or through the forest at Lough Eske Castle I was almost expecting to see some of them. It would have been a marvellous addition to the picture of Nessie â¦ But without the help of Eric and his team I would never have been able to enjoy another amazing tour with My Ireland Tour. Thanks again for finding me a vacancy on this tour. We were just 24 people and had plenty of space in a huge and very comfortable coach. Although I was the only non- native English speaker, I never felt lost on contrary this awesome and friendly group made me feel welcome the very beginning. Our tour director Harry Fisher was simply the best. I still envy his outstanding driving skills. If you want to see Ireland / Scotland and meet fantastic people, I highly recommend My Ireland Tour.
Just finished our the 14 day tour of Scotland and Ireland. It was a mother-daughters trip and I can say we would do a tour with My Ireland Tour again in a heartbeat. I loved the small size of the tour and the ability to space out on the bus. The smaller tour also gave us an opportunity to meet a wonderful group of people. Our driver Harry was outstanding and did a great job on reading the mood of the bus each and every day. If My Ireland Tour did 2 weeks in Scotland I would book another trip tomorrow. Thank you for a wonderful time - my daughters loved every moment of the trip.
October 2022 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
My husband and I loved our trip to Scotland and Ireland with My Ireland Tour. Our driver/guide was fantastic! He was knowledgeable about the history of the area and pointed out interesting places along the drive. The food was amazing. Our hotels were all very nice. This tour allowed us to see many places in Scotland and Ireland in the 2 weeks. I felt the pace was good. There was a nice mix of time with the group and time on our own. I appreciated being able to go on a big trip and not have to plan all of the little details. We could not have asked for a better trip. We highly recommend My Ireland Tour and would go on another trip with them in the future!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Scotland/Ireland tour. Our driver/guide, Pat, not only facilitated each detail of the journey, but helped it come alive with his vast knowledge. My only suggestion would be to use hotels in Galway and Dublin that allow travelers to access the city on their free time. Lodging outside of town restricts ability to see and visit local sites. Thank you for a once in a lifetime experience!!!!
We just returned from a wonderfully organized and executed tour of both Scotland and Ireland. I always wanted to go, but a recent surprising DNA test validated a suspicion. Yep, very close ties to Donegal, Ireland, so we just had to go. Even met a new family member while there. The lodging selections were all great, and some even fantastic castles. The food provided was also good and it was great at the end of a travel day to have the dinner included. Our guide Harry Fisher was on time, knowledgeable, funny, a great driver and had all of our best interests in mind while managing a 14 day tour. He had a wealth of information and history for all of the stops on our itinerary. I learned a lot. He was very diplomatic and had so much class in how information was presented. He told us history and folk lore stories. Was really fun. Occasionally he even sang a tune for us. I picked My Ireland for a more local experience. The tour company planned every detail very well. Buses were clean, comfortable, stops for bio breaks were great, and we all appreciated the thoughtfulness of our host. Highly recommend this tour company! My only suggestion is more salads at dinner. October weather was on the cooler side, but I prefer that to a hot summer. Enjoyed it and will have many great memories to reflect on for years to come. You must go!
Paul & Sue Johnston
We went on the Scotland and Ireland 14 day tour in Oct 2022. There were 24 people on the tour; 23 0f 24 from the USA and 1 from Switzerland. The group was friendly and a lot of fun. The management of the tour was excellent. The My Ireland office was very prompt in their communication and very personable. The hotels arranged for the tour were top notch and the food was great. Our guide was Harry Fisher. He was an excellent driver, especially with the many tight turns for the coach. Harry was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He knew the history of each area we visited which helped us relate to the sites. Best of all was his humor and his Irish blarney kept us on our toes. We highly recommend this tour company and the 2 country tour.
My husband Rick and I just returned from the 2-week Scottland and Ireland tour. We had a wonderful time. All hotels except one (Menlo Park) were first rate. Our driver and guide Patrick could not have been more knowledgeable and accommodating. We were exhausted when we returned home because it is fast paced, but we feel we really got a great feel of both countries. A great addition to the tour would be a visit to the Titanic Museum in Belfast. We were disappointed that we did not have the opportunity to visit there. All in all, a 5 star experience!
Would highly recommend this tour. Took the 2 week Iconic Scotland / Ireland tour and was very happy with all aspects of it. We covered a lot of ground; Scotland, Northern Ireland, & the Republic of Ireland. We saw all the major highlights of these areas that would have been hard to see on our own in the same amount of time. Hotels were great and breakfast and dinner was included for each day. Our Tour guide/leader, Paddy, was fantastic. Very knowledgeable in the historical and political aspects of these regions presented the information in a way to make it interesting to all.
Our expectations were exceeded in almost every respect. Paddy O'Farrell became a friend to all on the tour and provided insight to the history and culture of Scotland and especially Ireland while directing us to the myriad of stunning views and memories of a trip well planned, beginning to end.
I booked a long awaited trip to Scotland and Ireland through My Ireland Tour and it was the best trip ever. I started out in Edinburgh and after touring Scotland for 5 and a half days and then over 8 days throughout Ireland with a great tour guide, Paddy Farrell, I had a great time. I saw castles, even stayed in a couple, ate great food, watched a sheep dog demonstration, Irish dancers, visited beautiful Cathedrals, saw some beautiful countryside! I plan on going back for another tour and highly recommend this company for anyone that want to visit these countries! Thank you My Ireland Tour for a wonderful experience!
September 2022 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
My wife and I highly recommend My Ireland Tour! We particularly enjoyed out tour guide, Harry Fisher, who is kind, knowledgeable and extremely funny. The two week tour included all the highlights of Scotland and Ireland on a lovely roomy air-conditioned coach. The group was small so there was plenty of room on board and the hotels were excellent especially The Loch Eske Castle in Donegal. If you take the tour you will not be disappointed and don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone!
We just returned from the wonderful Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour and must rave about it! It was a trip of a lifetime. Our Tour Director/Driver Harry Fisher is very knowledgeable, fun and accommodating as well as a very skilled driver which we saw firsthand on those hairpin turns. He regaled us with historic facts, stories and tidbits from Edinburgh to Dublin. We highly recommend this tour and Terrific Harry!
We recently spent two weeks touring parts of Scotland and Ireland with the my Ireland tour group. We had a private car and driver for the entire trip. The driver was excellent polite efficient and had a great personality. The places chosen to to go to work wonderful and very enjoyable. The trip was efficiently put together with great feedback opportunities. The local guides which were at various points of the trip were generally excellent. The hotels were variable depending on where we were located some were excellent and some were good. We Had a great time and would recommend them to anyone considering a visit to Scotland or Ireland.
What a wonderful experience! We just returned from 14 days of Scotland and Ireland! Our tour guide went above and beyond. Always there to help and guide us. He really is 'Terrific' Harry as he kept mentioning. Would definitely recommend My Ireland tour to anyone.
We took the 14 day Iconic Ireland & Scotland Tour on August 27-September 9, 2022 that a friend discovered and had booked for themselves. Upon researching this tour, we were so impressed with the small tour size, all the cities and places we would visit, and the quality of the hotels that we tried to book it for our 40th wedding anniversary only to learn that it, and all others this summer, were fully booked! Luckily for us, we got a phone call from Shannon to advise that they had just had a cancellation on the tour we had originally wanted to book! The week prior to the tour we received an email with our detailed tour itinerary which I took with me. I found this document very useful and read it every evening to familiarize myself with where and what we would be doing the following day. Regretfully, the distillery promoted on their website was changed to a very new one and while we learned about the making of their whiskey there was no sampling. The hotels were all 4 star or better. A number didn't have individual room air conditioning but thank goodness their windows did open and fans were provided which made sleeping temperatures more comfortable. Why all European hotels use heavy duvets in the summer is a mystery as the rooms are too warm for them. The food was fantastic and plentiful with dinners all being 3 courses. Our daily dinner menus provided 2 appetizer choices, 3 entrees, and a couple of desserts and all featured local fare. My husband is allergic to onions and the staff knew what dishes contained them and where possible were able to eliminate from the dish he ordered or suggest an alternate dish. The days were long which we expected given the distances covered and the activities and sights included. Dinners were generally around 7pm with a few at 8pm. I took a supply of Power Bars which I was glad to have as there were no coffee breaks or places to buy snacks. Our driver, Paddy, offered to buy us tickets to Celtic Steps, an Irish dance and music show being held nearby. The show was fantasic! We really enjoyed the Traditional Music Night and dinner at the Merry Ploughboy Pub in Dublin area. Service was excellent as was the quality of the food and entertainment. We highly recommend My Ireland Tours and wouldn't hesitate to book another one with them.
I just came back from the 14 day Scotland & Ireland tour and can't say enough about it. The company handled all of the accommodations, reservations and tours flawlessly. We had a fun group and Paddy our tour guide was the best! Each day was action packed so be prepared for a lot of walking. The hotel accommodations and castles were fun to explore as well as the meals. You do have free time in the late afternoon or after dinner to explore on your own. I came in a day ahead which was helpful to get acclimated before the tour started. Others added a day or two at the end. I know there's no way I would've been able to see everything had I done this on my own. Overall, I can't say enough about the experience and the company. Great communication throughout the entire process. Thank you Shauni and Paddy for an awesome and memorable vacation!!!
We just returned from the Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour and it definitely met our expectations. This was our first bus/coach tour and it provided us with visits to so many amazing sites. The accommodations were first rate, the meals were very good, and the itinerary was superb. Our guide/driver, Paddy, was excellent. He went above and beyond on many occasions for us, for others in need of specific help, and for the entire group by adding extra stops along the way. He was very knowledgeable, pleasant, and entertaining. The specialty tour guides were also very informative and friendly. We also enjoyed meeting the other guests and felt like a family at the end of the tour. We highly recommend this tour!
This was our first trip to Scotland and Ireland, and I don't think we could have selected a better tour company than MyIrelandTour. Our driver/tour guide Mike was outstanding throughout the tour. Mike, being from Dublin had a vast amount of knowledge regarding Ireland as well as Scotland. He made the 14 day tour go by too fast!!! In regard to our tour package, out hotel accommodations, dinners and breakfasts were 5 star. The various attractions and sites that we stopped at were all historical and beautiful. If you plan on visiting Scotland or Ireland or both, I highly recommend that you consider MyIrelandTour!!!!
August 2022 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
Best tour ever! Paddy our guide and driver added many interesting stops not listed on the itinerary. Stopping every hour or two made it stress free. Highly recommend this company as they quickly responded to a multitude of questions I emailed before we arrived. Our Scotland and Ireland trip was a trip everyone should have on their bucket list. Amazing and welcoming people throughout the trip.
The Ireland and Scotland tour was superbly organised and I was very satisfied with all of it. The guide was always present and informative. The accomodation was all very good. In my opinion, this almost perfect tour could be made even more perfect with a one day extension in Belfast and most people on the tour also commented on it. This would have meant that we could have visited the Titanic exhibition which most people wished to visit. It would also have meant that the following day we could have left for Giant's Causeway earlier and arrived at Lough Eske Castle in early afternoon instead of at 6.30. This is such a stupendous place and has so many amenities we would have all wished to have had more time for . Sometimes the dinner timing was changed to an earlier time and while this might have suited clients from the USA it did not really suit us from Europe who are used to dining much later. It meant rushing to get ready for dinner after a long drive and the evening just ended earlier. On the whole, I was very pleased and am thinking of taking a different trip with the same company in the future, perhaps a more luxurious one in some of the great accomodations they offer. I would recommend the company to anyone.
We had a wonderful time on our tour of Scotland and Ireland. The accommodations exceeded our expectations and the food was awesome. The tour itself offered a variety of sights and activities. Our only complaint is that we didn't have enough time at each place. We now have more reasons to go back! Our tour driver (Paddy)was I woboth knowledgeable and flexible. Our family would definitely use this t his your company again.
Just returned from the 14 day Iconic tour of Scotland and Ireland, and it was amazing. The places we visited were all memorable with each having their own mystique. We were treated to very good to excellent accomodations with delicious morning and evening fare. The best of the best was Paddy, our driver, guide, and consul. He made the journey come alive. Although some days were hurried, there was always time for a wee dram with our fellow travelers. Wish our group the best until we meet again.
July 2022 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
Paddy, our tour guide was absolutely wonderful, so knowledgeable and an awesome person, took great care of all of us. This was the trip of a lifetime for me and I enjoyed every minute of it. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a tour of Scotland and Ireland. I have over 1000 pictures and so many wonderful memories. Can't wait to go again, this tour company was excellent.
We had a fabulous time on our 14 day tour of Scotland and Ireland! Absolutely loved the gorgeous scenery and all the historical sights. Our driver and guide Paddy O'Farrell was awesome!! He made our trip so special. We would highly recommend this amazing tour to family and friends! Diane Miller Baton Rouge, LA
Great tour of Scotland and Ireland. Hotels were very nice and the food was delicious. Very informative tour guides in Scotland and Paddy was excellent in Ireland. Overall a wonderful experience.
S. Jeffrey Ackerman
My wife and I took the Scotland/Ireland tour the end of May first 10 days of June. We had a wonderful experience with a variety of sites in both countries. Paddy was our driver and was great. I am sure all of their drivers are wonderful but our experience with Paddy would be hard to beat. For me the visit to the distillery, cut glass factory and sheep dog herding demonstration was quite enlightening. Our stay in 2 different castles was a unique experience and both were quite different. My wife, the shopper, liked everything as well but especially the trip to Blarney Woollen Mills where she could by sweaters! We went a day early to adjust to the time change and the overnight travel thinking we might take a nap and go sight seeing. However, we couldn't get in the room until the afternoon (we arrived at 9 AM) so we went sight seeing without the nap. It was nice to be able to do so and if you make the same decision I recommend a visit to the Edinburg Botanical Gardens.
June 2022 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
We spent 2 weeks this May, 2022 touring Scotland and Ireland with Pat and My Ireland Tours. The daily itinerary was suggested to us but we were able to make changes. We were a party of 11 and this type of tour was exactly what we wanted- not a bus with 40-50 people. We moved at our own pace and Pat was amazing. Not only was he an exceptional driver but an A+++ tour guide. We were constantly surprised by his knowledge of history and many, many fun stories. We all loved his great sense of humor... Pat had suggestions of where to eat, places not to miss. The trip was all we expected and more!
14 Day Scotland - Ireland Tour. This was the trip of a life time. We originally scheduled this trip for 2021 but had to reschedule for 2022. The wait was well worth it! The sites, the hotels and tour bus were worthy of 5 stars. Our guide, Paddy, should be given more than 5 stars. His knowledge and explanation (with a bit of humor) of the sites visited was wonderful. He also made some stops that were not on the tour that were beautiful photo opportunities. My wife had a medical issue a week into the tour and Paddy made sure to find us a 24 hour medical care within a 1/2 mile of our hotel. While we stayed at the hotel for the day, Paddy kept in contact with us to make sure everything was ok. Every thing that we saw and experienced was amazing. The last night at the Merry Ploughboys Restaurant and Pub was the perfect end to a magical vacation. If I were to change one thing about the tour, it would be to have an afternoon off at a 2 night hotel about half way through the tour. We could have used an afternoon of down time to just relax. Still a 5 star tour that we would do again in a heart beat!
My mom and I really enjoyed this tour to Scotland and Ireland. Our tour guide Paddy was wonderful: nice, funny, knowledgeable, and on top of everything. Most of the hotels were awesome. Two of them were even castles, which was amazing. The activities were great, and we usually had some free time in the evening before dinner to either relax or explore the town on our own if we need more physical activity after spending a lot of time on the bus. The food was good. They fulfilled dietary requirements. The castles had amazing menus. My only minor complaint was by the end of the tour the meals were getting so repetitive. It felt like I ate 2 different meals over and over.
We used My Ireland Tours to take our first trip to Ireland and they made it better than we could have ever imagined. They took so much stress off of our plates when it came to booking hotels, travel, Covid protocol, and giving us the best tour guides. My whole family agrees that our driver Pat was a highlight of our experience! He was knowledgeable about everywhere we went and was great if we decided we wanted to do something on the fly, he would get it done for us! Our private bus was amazing, we joked that it was almost too comfortable because we always wanted to take a nap in it! We saw so much of Ireland and we know we couldn't have done that without My Ireland Tours. If you want to see all the sights of Ireland I fully recommend setting up a trip with My Ireland Tours and get Pat as your driver!
May 2022 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
This is our second tour of Ireland which also included time in Scotland (Edinburgh and Glascow). Our accommodations, for the most part, were very good with the highlight being Harvey's Point in Donegal. Our driver and tour guide, Pat, made the experience very special. His understanding and depth of knowledge of the people and history of Ireland are exceptional. He was able to put into context the complicated history of Ireland and made travel to every destination an adventure. We also appreciated his Irish wit. We highly recommend My Ireland Tours. Well done!
My trip to Scotland and Ireland was a dream I have had for many years. My Ireland Tours did NOT disappoint. The accommodations were excellent, as was the food. I could not have asked for a better tour guide than Paddy. He was one of the best bus drivers I have every had, which was vitally important due to the narrow roads, especially through some of the smaller towns. He gave us a vivid picture of the history of Scotland and Ireland, while adding personal stories, explaining local lore and culture. In addition, Paddy listened to the members of the tour. He broke up some of the long drives as best he could, so we could stretch our legs and take pictures. He was patient and somehow was always in good spirits. This tour has only whetted my appetite to return to these beautiful countries and experience places we were unable to go. You absolutely cannot go wrong with My Ireland Tours, especially if you are lucky enough to have Paddy as your guide. Well worth every dime spent.
Outstanding!!!!! In a one word description. I took the 14 day Scotland/Ireland tour. This was my 1st trip abroad as a solo traveler so there was much research before I booked this trip. MyIrelandTour has a very fair Covid policy if you need to change your plans so I took the plunge, made final payment & never looked back. Anytime I emailed the company they responded almost immediately. Any questions were answered so I felt very comfortable boarding that plane & making my way across the ocean. I was greeted by our driver Paddy at Edinburgh Airport. Myself & a few others had arrived for pickup. At our first hotel even though it was very early for check in, the hotel was able to get all of us into our rooms. This was so appreciated after the flight. From the driver/guide to the group to the 3-5 star accommodations. The meals, the sites we visited, the scenery when traveling & the knowledge of Paddy & a couple other Step-on Guides made this trip an unforgettable experience I will never forget. It has set the bar very high for any future tours I may take. Key take aways- Mad driving skills by our driver Paddy. Got us where we needed to be on time & safe. Learned so much history from Paddy. He gave enough information but did not talk continuously. He knows the history of the lands. Played some good local music. Did I mention Paddy!!! Just can not say enough great things about him. He is a gem. Our group-could not have asked for a better group to travel with. There were several other solo travelers. Small group but large bus so we could spread out. Max group size is 26, we had 24. Accommodations, clean, friendly staff, welcoming. Restaurants served good food. Always a good selection for your breakfast & dinner. Dinners were all 3 course. Alcoholic beverages are not included. All hotels had a bar. The places we visited were all very interesting & very beautiful. Many we had time to wonder on our own. Quiant little towns. Live Irish show on our last night was entertaining. If you have been considering a visit to this area I highly recommend this tour company. I will definitely use again if I go back.
Our tour of Scotland and Ireland was fabulous. Our tour guide Paddy was so informative, kind, humorous and accommodating. The stories he told gave us insight to so much more of the history of such remarkable, historical, beautiful sights! The hotels were very comfortable and the food amazing. We toured with a great group of people! I would highly recommend My Ireland Tours to anyone! It was a trip of a lifetime! Thank you Paddy for making our memories ones that will never be forgotten!
26 October 2022 • Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour
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EPIC: Emigration Museum
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The Deposit for the Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour 2024 is €750 per person.
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For guests who are travelling alone and are therefore not sharing a room, the single occupancy supplement for the Iconic Ireland and Scotland Tour 2024 is €890.
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About your Tour Guide
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Perhaps the most vital ingredient of any tour is your tour guide. Acting not only as your guide but also as your driver, their knowledge and experience, passion and personality form the foundation on which any successful tour is built.
That's why we only work with the very best guides in Ireland. As our past guests know, our tour guides are a big reason why we're Ireland's best-rated tour operator, with 1234 five-star reviews out of a possible 1268.
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All of our driver-guides were born in Ireland and have lived here all their lives. What's more, they are passionate about our country, its culture and its heritage.
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Our driver-guides are qualified, experienced professionals who are committed to impeccable customer care and making your vacation memorable for all the right reasons.
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Our driver-guides are true experts in their field. Their knowledge of Irish history, culture (and where to get the best pint of Guinness) is second to none.
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Your safety and comfort are paramount to us and to all our driver-guides. All our guides are experienced coach drivers with impeccable safety records.
Tour Accommodation and Vehicles
We are very selective in getting just the right accommodation for each specific tour, and we are very proud of the selection of hotels we have put together. Some of these hotels are family-owned, just like ourselves, and we have a long-standing relationship with them all.
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On a tour vacation, the journey can be just as important as the destination. That's why our tour buses are all of the highest standards, both in terms of luxury and reliability.
We choose our tour vehicles carefully. All our tour buses offer plenty of space to spread out, tinted windows, air conditioning and on-board fridges. It's what you should expect.
We deliberately leave some seats empty. In fact, we use 34-seater coaches, but limit the number of participants to 26. That's because we want all of our guests to be able to spread out, relax and enjoy the journey. This smaller group size is a core principle in our tours.
Please note: the bus shown in the gallery below is one of the 34-seater coaches used on our tours for max. 26 guests. For any reason, should one of these become unavailable for your tour, we will endeavour to provide an equally luxurious and comfortable touring bus.
What's included in my vacation?
- Sheepdog Demonstration
- 13 Nights Accommodation
- 13 Evening Meals
- 13 Breakfasts
- 1 Pub Lunch
- Tour Director
- Airport Arrival Transfers
- All local taxes
- Porterage of one suitcase per person
- Luxury Air-Conditioned Coach
- Ferry Tickets to Belfast on Stena Line
- Airport Departure Transfers
- Gratuity for the Tour Guide
- Travel Insurance (required)
- Blind Piper Pub Lunch
- Beverages except Tea / Coffee with Breakfast & Evening Dinner
- Room Service
- Telephone Charges
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- Deluxe Irish Castles Tour (10 Days)
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- Ancient Ireland Tour (8 Days)
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Adare Village and Thatched Cottages
About Adare Village and Thatched Cottages
Adare is a small town in Co. Limerick, known for its quaint and colourful thatched cottages. Adare is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful towns so stop and take in the view. Don't forget your camera today - the perfect chance to capture the essence of old Ireland.
Explore Adare Village along the Wild Atlantic Way .
About The Antrim Coast
En route to The Giant's Causeway, you will travel along the legendary Antrim Coast, a route with views so stunning that it is considered a destination in its own right. Prepare to be amazed: here you will find some of the greatest coastal landscapes any travel photographer could hope to capture.
- Belfast City
About Belfast City
Since peace returned to Belfast in the late 1990s, Northern Ireland's capital has undergone an astonishing transformation. Once tied in with sectarian violence and, perhaps cruelly, lumped in with Bosnia, Beiruit and Baghdad on the list of places for globe-trotting tourists to avoid, the city is now a modern, thriving and cosmopolitan hub of hotels, restaurants and family-friendly attractions.
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Belfast Tour & Murals
About Belfast Tour & Murals
You will be joined by a local specialist guide on a city tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. You will see and hear all about the history of this once troubled city including the murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road and Nationalist Falls Road.
About Belleek Pottery
Travelling along the shores of Lough Erne Upper and Lough Erne Lower, you will reach Belleek Pottery, one of the oldest potteries in the world dating from 1857. Today, the visitor centre still displays pieces which date from those early samples over 150 years ago.
Belleek Pottery can be found just off the trail of the Wild Atlantic Way
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Black Taxi Tour Belfast
About Black Taxi Tour Belfast
Take a journey through this once troubled city. See the murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road & Nationalist Falls Road. The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast, but the past ten years of peace have returned much prosperity while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.
Blarney Castle and The Blarney Stone
About Blarney Castle and The Blarney Stone
Situated five miles north-west of Cork city, Blarney Castle is a solid fixture on almost any tour of Ireland. It is best known for the famous "Blarney Stone" of which visitors are encouraged to kiss, in accordance with a tradition that spans centuries.
About Blarney Woollen Mills
Originally built in 1823, Blarney Woollen Mills was mainly used for the spinning and weaving of wool. After it closed in 1973, it reopened in 1975 — as an Irish heritage shop.
About The Burren
A limestone plateau covering 250 square kilometres, The Burren takes its name quite aptly from the Gaelic for "rocky land" or "great rock". While in one sense very fitting, the name does not do justice to what experts have more justly termed " one of the world's most stunningly unique natural heritage regions ".
The Burren runs alongside the Wild Atlantic Way .
About Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral, founded by the Viking King Sitric almost 1000 years ago in 1034. The cathedral crypt is one of the largest in the UK and Ireland, dating back to the 12th Century. Here in the crypt, you can see the Mummified remains of the Cat and the Rat which were found in the cathedral organ, and a rare 14th century copy of the Magna Carta.
About The Cliffs of Moher
One of the most popular and most eagerly anticipated attractions on any vacation in Ireland , and the views will not disappoint. They rise to a height of 702ft (214m) and 9 miles (14km) long, these sheer vertical cliffs hold a steady, undulating line against the tireless advance of the Atlantic below. A better view of the sea and setting sun you will not find.
The Cliffs of Moher are a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. For more information click here .
Connemara, in western County Galway, is a rugged and scenic landscape. Once described as a place of "savage beauty" by Oscar Wilde, Connemara is an expanse of bogs, mountains and lakes.
Connemara is also home to two Wild Atlantic Way's Signature Discovery Points in Derrigimlagh Bog and Killary Harbour .
About Culloden Battlefield
The Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre commemorates the last pitched battle fought on British soil, in April 1746. Learn more about the Jacobite intent to overthrow the House of Hanover and return the House of Stuart to the British throne.
Visit Drumcliffe Cemetery in County Sligo where you can read the epitaph on the grave of W.B. Yeats. Found nestled between Ben Bulben mountain and Drumcliffe bay.
Explore Drumcliffe along the Wild Atlantic Way .
About Dublin City
Dublin is Ireland's capital city. It is known as being a friendly and vibrant place to visit — with an endless list of activities and destinations available to explore and world-famous nightlife.
About Edinburgh Castle
Luring over Edinburgh from its position on Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle has been a fixture of the skyline since the 12th century. The location of Castle Rock, formed on top of an extinct volcano, made it the ideal location to build a defensive fortress. Edinburgh Castle, over the years, has been used as a place to burn 'witches' at the stake, foil rebellions and house prisoners of war. Today it is Scotland's number 1 tourist attraction.
About Edinburgh City
Edinburgh has been Scotland's capital city since the 15th century. It is Scotland's second most populous city, after Glasgow, and is the location of both the Scottish government and monarchy. Edinburgh is seen as the cultural hub of Scotland, with its thriving festival scene attracting 4.4 million visitors to the city in the month of August alone.
About EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum
EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum, tracks the harrowing history of the 10 million Irish people left the island, for a variety of reasons, over the past 300 years.
About Galway City
Galway City is seen as the cultural and artistic hub of Ireland. Take time to enjoy the artisanal food and relaxed, Bohemian vibes of this unique city.
Galway City and Salthill Promenade form part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The county of Galway also includes the Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points of Killary Harbour, Cleggan Harbour and Sky Road. For more information click here .
About The Giant's Causeway
Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage site, known in Gaelic as Clochán na bhFomhórach or Clochán an Aifir, The Giant's Causeway is an area of 40,000 basalt columns, formed into a regular interlocking pattern by an ancient volcanic lava flow.
About Glasgow Cathedral
Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow and the oldest cathedral on the Scottish mainland (Built in the 12th century). It is located where the patron saint of Glasgow, Saint Mungo, is thought to have built his church. Saint Mungo's tomb is found in the cathedral's lower crypt. Today the cathedral is publicly owned and is the responsibility of the Historic Environment Scotland Group.
About Glasgow City
With a population of 621,020, Glasgow is Scotland's most populous city (3rd in the UK). The people of Glasgow are known as "Glaswegians" or "Weegies" and are often noted by visitors as have a very distinct, sometimes hard to understand, way of speaking, known as the Glasgow patter. During the industrial revolution Glasgow became a centre of shipbuilding and marine engineering and saw its population and economy grow rapidly. Today Glasgow remains a commercial hub of the UK and a city that continues to attract a large number of tourists every year.
About Glengowla Mines - Sheepdog Demo
Keith Geoghegan is the owner and operator of Glengowla Mines and Family Farm Experience. The Geoghegan family has been inextricably linked to the mines and farm for many centuries. Their ancestors cultivated the land and worked in the mine. They moved into the Mine Agent's Cottage once the mine shut down and stayed there until 1989.
About Glenveagh Castle
Located within Glenveagh National Park, Glenveagh Castle was built by Captain John George Adair between 1870 and 1873. Having made his fortune through land speculation in America, Adair return to Ireland and began large amounts of land in County Donegal. The castle was built in the Scottish Baronial style and is surrounded by a garden and commands stunning views of the nearby mountains, lakes, woodlands and valleys.
About The Guinness Storehouse
Guinness is more than just a brand, indeed, more than just a beer. And that's not just for the Irish, but for the many millions of Guinness-drinkers worldwide. The site of the brewery itself is massive, at a staggering 26 hectares, but it will be the old grain storehouse that you visit. Shaped like a giant pint of the black stuff, this most popular of Dublin attractions towers over the surrounding neighbourhoods, with the top-floor Gravity Bar offering a delightful panorama across the Dublin cityscape which can only be enhanced by a well-earned pint to cap-off your visit.
Highland Folk Museum
About Highland Folk Museum
About Highland Folk Museum is a museum and open-air attraction located in the Scottish Highlands. It is designed to showcase the domestic and working lives of the early highland people.
About Holyrood Palace
Holyrood Palace, officially known as The Palace of Holyroodhouse is located at the opposite end of the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle. It is the official residence of the British Royal Family, and is often the setting for state occasions in the area. It has been the main residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century.
Killarney National Parks & Lakes
About Killarney National Parks & Lakes
Muckross Estate, in the town of Killarney, County Kerry was donated to the Irish Free State in 1932. Its grounds became Ireland's first national park and, over time, it has expanded to encompass nearly 25,500 acres. The jewel in the crown of the park is its majestic lakes, Lough Leane (the lower lake), Muckross Lake (the middle lake), and the Upper Lake. These lakes make up a quarter of the park's area and continue to draw admirers in huge numbers ever since the park first opened.
Killarney National Parks & Lakes are located a short distance from the town of Kenmare on the Wild Atlantic Way .
About Killarney Town
Though perhaps offering fewer historical and cultural attractions than its west-coast counterparts, Killarney more than makes up for this with the welcoming bustle of the town itself and the staggering natural beauty of its neighbouring namesake, the Killarney National Park just five-minutes' drive away.
- Killary Fjord
About Killary Fjord
Ireland's only true fjord, Killary Harbour, stretches 16 kilometres from the Atlantic coast to its head at the magnificent Aasleagh Falls. It forms a dramatic border between the counties of Galway and Mayo and is strikingly beautiful the entire way along.Â Â
Killary Harbour is also one of the Signature Discovery Points found along the Wild Atlantic Way.
King John's Castle
About King John's Castle
Located alongside the River Shannon in County Limerick, on King's Island. Dating back to 922, to a time when Vikings were the inhabitants of the island (Thormodr Helgason, the Viking sea-king, built the first settlement here. The castle itself was built in 1200, under the instruction of King John of England.
About Kingsbarns Distillery
Celebrating the craft and heritage of Scottish whisky making, Kingsbarns Distillery is a family-run distillery dating back to the 19th Century.
About Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore Abbey is not only one of Ireland's most attractive buildings; since 1920, it has also been home to the Sisters of the Benedictine Order in Ireland. Even today, Kylemore continues to operate as a working Abbey: here, the sisters live, work and pray, as well as welcome visitors from across the globe. Kylemore Abbey's greatest attraction is its location. Nestled at the base of Duchruach Mountain on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul, in the heart of the Connemara Mountains, it is regarded as one of Ireland's most romantic locations.
Kylemore Abbey can be viewed along the Wild Atlantic Way.
About Loch Ness
Loch Ness is the second largest loch ( lake ) in Scotland, after Loch Lomond and the deepest on the British Isles. It is most famous for the alleged presence of a creature known as the Loch Ness Monster or "Nessie". Nessie came about through stories past down from generation to generation, a few dodgy photos from the 1930s and an "official" sonar reading from around the same time. It is the U.S equivalent of Big Foot, real only in the minds of those who choose to believe... or is it?
Located close to the Killarney National Park, Moriarty's is an Authentic Irish Gift Store and Restaurant. Hand crafted Irish jewellery, Waterford Crystal and classic and modern tweed fashions and furnishings are all on offer at the gift store. The restaurant is an 85 seater offering stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Mount Congreve Gardens
About Mount Congreve Gardens
Mount Congreve Gardens. Located in Kilmeaden, County Waterford, Mount Congreve Gardens is an 18th century Georgian estate and mansion. It was designed by the same architect that created both of Waterford's cathedrals, John Roberts.
Mount Stewart House & Gardens
About Mount Stewart House & Gardens
Recently recognised as being one of the top 10 gardens in the world, Mount Stewart is a rich tapestry of planting plant life and stunning walking trails. The house dates back to the 19th century, and was the Irish seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family.
About Muckross House
Located on the grounds of the expansive and idyllic Killarney National Park. Muckross House, and its 11,000-acre grounds, was donated to the Irish state in 1932.
Muckross House Traditional Farms
About Muckross House Traditional Farms
Located on the grounds of the picturesque Muckross House and its impeccable gardens. Take a step back in time and see the Irish farming lifestyle of the 1930s and '40s. A time when the horse was responsible for much of the labour and the weather was the be all and end all in terms of production.
A Victorian town located 56 miles north of Edinburgh. The town is kept in an impeccable condition throughout the year and still maintains the charm and aesthetics of its Victorian heritage.
Traditional Pub Lunch
About a Traditional Pub Lunch
While the Pub Lunch is a relatively new phenomenon in the Irish food service industry, the tradition of serving food in an Irish pub has been around for centuries. It usually consisted of the household, connected to the pub, cooking up a huge batch of stew and serving it to its patrons. As the market changed, so too did the menu. For decades, all you could expect for an Irish pub lunch was a toasted cheese sandwich and/or a bowl of soup. Today, most pubs in Ireland will serve an extensive selection of international dishes as well as traditional Irish favourites such as lamb stew and bacon & cabbage.
About Ring Of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is located on the Iveragh Peninsula of southwest County Kerry. It is a circular driving route that takes in a number of seaside villages and picturesque coastal landscapes.
The Ring of Kerry towns of Kilorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Caherdaniel, Sneem and Kenmare also feature on the Wild Atlantic Way . You can also visit the Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point of Skellig Michael , an abandoned 7th century Christian island monastery, from the town of Portmagee during the warmer months of the year.
About The Rock of Cashel
Ireland has more than its fair share of outstanding archaeological sites, but the Rock of Cashel is arguably the most impressive. The 'rock' from which it takes its name is, in fact, a limestone hill, covered in luscious green, rising from the plain which characterises the surrounding area. The word 'cashel', by contrast, is derived from the Irish Gaelic word caiseal , meaning stone fortress. It was the seat of kings and medieval bishops for 900 years and flourished until the early 17th century. Brian Ború was crowned King of Munster here in 977 and he became the High King of Ireland in 1002.
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
About Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
Held annually on the sprawling slopes of Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo brings together bands from the British Armed Forces, the armies of the Commonwealth and international armies. The term 'tattoo' here is taken from the old Dutch phrase doe den tap toe meaning 'turn off the tap' or last call, which in turn became the name for evening entertainment at an army barracks.
About St. Andrews
Scotland's oldest university town. Also referred to as the Home of Golf, the Old Course at St Andrew's Links is the oldest golf course in the world. Enjoy some free time walking its historic cobbled alleyways.
About Stirling Castle
A symbol of Scotland's national pride and independence, Stirling Castle sits atop Castle Hill in the Southeast of the town of Stirling. The main structure of the castle was built during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. There have been a total of eight sieges of Stirling Castle, most of them occurring during the Wars of Scottish Independence. Â
- Blind Piper Pub
About Blind Piper Pub
A family pub that has become something of a 'must-visit' for anyone travelling through the Ring of Kerry in recent years. Set in the idyllic village of Ballycarnahan, and serving some of the best quality pub food in the country.
The Quiet Man Museum
About The Quiet Man Museum
The Quiet Man Museum. A reproduction of the quaint thatched cottage from the John Wayne starring, John Ford directed movie of the same name. all costumes, artifacts and furnishings have been recreated in precise detail, to reflect the setting of the 1952 classic. Located in the picturesque village of Cong, County Mayo.
- Traditional Music Night
About Traditional Music Nights
Like much of Irish culture, the best Traditional Music Nights can be found in the local pub. These range from a guy sat in the corner playing guitar to a fully-fledged band on stage. On our tours of Ireland , we often spend the last night at the Merry Ploughboy in Dublin City, enjoying the traditional Irish music and dance they have on offer. No matter what city, town or village you find yourself in you can be sure that a pub nearby will have some sort of music night happening. You can check most pubs schedule online, or by popping in when you're in the area.
What is the Wild Atlantic Way?
The Wild Atlantic Way is a long-distance touring route , the first of its kind in Ireland. It runs the length of Ireland's western coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean, from County Donegal in the northwest to County Cork in the southwest. The initial aim of the Wild Atlantic Way was to give greater visibility to Ireland's west coast in overseas markets. The Wild Atlantic Way is 2,500 km (1,553 miles) long and passes through 3 provinces of Ireland (Ulster, Connacht and Munster). It has given a huge boost to the tourism industry of the region since its launch in February 2014.
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About Atholl Palace Hotel
Atholl Palace Hotel is the very definition of old-world charm. Nestled in woodland, a mile from the quaint village of Pitlochry. Featuring extensive gardens and an indoor pool.
About Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane
Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane is a modern hotel in a central location in Dublin City centre. It has a warm, friendly atmosphere, thanks in part to the light wood furnishings and open plan layout.
About Clayton Hotel Glasgow
Clayton Hotel Glasgow is centrally located, alongside the River Clyde. The hotel is walking distance from the shopping districts and city centre attractions.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City
About DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh City
Located just a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, DoubleTree by Hilton is the ideal location for anyone looking to explore Scotland's capital. Featuring a chic bar and restaurant and comfortable, stylish rooms.
About Dromhall Hotel
A family-run, upscale hotel, Dromhall Hotel has been a popular destination in Killarney town since the 1960s. Located within walking distance to both Killarney town centre and the Ring of Kerry. Featuring stunning, old-world decor and modern, world-class spa and dining facilities.
About Europa Hotel
Situated right across the road from the Grand opera House in Belfast City, the Europa Hotel is an historic hotel with modern facilities and old-world charm.
About Lough Eske Castle
The Lough Eske Castle, as we see it today, was built in 1861. Before that, it was a building entwined in the history of Donegal. In the 14th century, it was the seat of the powerful O'Donnell clan. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was a base for Edwardian royalty to showcase the glamour and decadence of the day. Today, it is home to an award-winning and prestigious five-star hotel.
About Menlo Park Hotel
Menlo Park Hotel is located just outside Galway City. Featuring a sleek restaurant & bar and large modern bedrooms.
18-Day Iconic Britain & Ireland Tour
- 34 attractions
- Max. 26 ppl
Experience a once-in-a-lifetime 18-day adventure as you behold the most famous and captivating attractions that Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England have to offer.
- Free time in London
- Shakespeare's Birthplace
- Manchester River Cruise
- Tour of York City
- York Minster
- Jedburgh Abbey
- Tour of Edinburgh City
- Tour of Glasgow City
- Tour of Belfast City
- Titanic Belfast
- Irish Emigration Museum
- Departure flight home
14-Day Iconic Ireland & Scotland Tour
- 25 attractions
Discover the best of Ireland and Scotland with this unforgettable 14-day tour. Compare the cultures of these historic Gaelic nations during a magical fortnight.
- Arrival at Edinburgh Airport
- St. Andrews Golf Club
- Loch Ness cruise
- Sheepdog Demo
- Rock of Cashel
14-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland
Discover the Island of Ireland, North and South with this unforgettable 14-day tour. Spend 4 days in Ulster, and 10 more in Eire.
- Trim Castle
- Belfast Murals
- Hillsborough Castle & Gardens
- Bushmills Distillery
- Derry City Walls
- Lough Erne Cruise
- Devenish Island
- Jameson Distillery Midleton
10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland
- 22 attractions
Experience all that is Ireland in this 10-day adventure. Ireland's best-loved attractions and its best-kept secrets, including the Wild Atlantic Way.
- Dublin Airport
- Free time in Galway City
- Free time in Cork City
- Charles Fort
- Irish National Stud
- Traditional Farm Lunch
8-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland
- 17 attractions
Take in the essence of captivating Ireland as you embark on an unforgettable 8-day adventure, immersing yourself in the Emerald Isle's beauty and charm.
- Mikey Ryan's Bar
- Killarney National Park
- Hazel Mountain Chocolate Factory
- Free time in Dublin City
- St Patrick's Cathedral
6-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland
- 13 attractions
Experience the true essence of Ireland in under a week. Ireland's unmissable destinations and the Wild Atlantic Way in one unforgettable hub-and-spoke tour.
- Glendalough Monastic Site
- Ring of Kerry
Ancient Ireland Tour
- 19 attractions
An exclusive tour capped at max. 8 guests, travelling through the idyllic scenes of The Wild Atlantic Way. Including an overnight stay in an Irish castle.
- Dublin Airport arrival
- Waterford Crystal
- Kilkenny Castle
Ancient Ireland & Scotland Tour
- 24 attractions
Embark on a unique and intimate journey through the Celtic heartlands of Ireland and Scotland on this exclusive tour designed for a maximum of 8 guests.
- Arrival in Edinburgh Airport
- Edinburgh City tour
- Dalwhinnie Distillery
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Isle of Skye
- Loch Lomond Cruise
- Glasgow City tour
- Belfast City tour
- Derry City tour
- Dublin City tour
Deluxe Castle Tour
Live like royalty for 10 days across Ireland, staying in real Irish castles and country manors. Enjoy the finest all-inclusive tour Ireland has to offer.
- Derry City Tour
- Free time in Derry City
Historic Irish Castle Tour
- 15 attractions
A truly unique tour of Ireland. Visit the must-see attractions whilst discovering unique experiences beyond the tourist trail. All woven together by Ireland's historic castles.
- Pearse Lyons Distillery
Discover Northern Ireland Tour
- 8 attractions
Northern Ireland's natural beauty awaits on this six-day fully-inclusive tour of Ulster. Picturesque towns, untamed coastlines and friendly locals await.
- Derry City walking tour
- Ulster American Folk Park
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15 Day Ireland and Scotland Tour from Dublin to Edinburgh
15 days, 3 countries and 21 cities
14 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest, 6 Dinners
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Travel to see the very Best of Ireland and Scotland, from delicate Waterford Crystal to the golfing greats of St. Andrews. Kiss the Blarney Stone and you’ll be sharing tales from Giant’s Causeway, the Ring of Kerry and the Scottish Highlands for years to come.
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15 days itinerary trip from Dublin to Edinburgh visiting 3 countries and 21 cities
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Explore Dublin, Londonderry, Belfast and Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
Discover Waterford, Adare, Galway and Glasgow
Visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle, Giant's Causeway, Titanic Experience in Belfast, a whisky distillery and Edinburgh Castle
View Eilean Donan Castle, the battlefield of Culloden and the 18th green at St. Andrews
See St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Galway Cathedral and Loch Lomond
Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates
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Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
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Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
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Ireland and Scotland are always among our most popular destinations, and these tours visit both! In Ireland you'll find amazing historical sites, traditional pubs and bars, and the famous friendly Irish hospitality, alongside the modern tech scene of Dublin. Over in Scotland, Edinburgh's impressive hilltop castle and winding old streets will enchant visitors, while the Western Highlands have unrivalled scenery. Check out the Highland Games, or if you're here on December 31st, the unforgettable Hogmanay!
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- Travel : Keep an eye out for the mythical Loch Ness monster, enjoy some Irish whiskey and the good vibes of Cork.
- London : Start your tour from London, a city easily reachable from all over the world.
- Honeymoon : Enjoy some stew and listen to Irish music in Galway.
- United Kingdom : Explore the historic Dublin and go sightseeing in Glasgow.
- Europe : Kiss the Blarney Stone and drive along the Ring of Kerry.
- Summer : Keep your camera handy on the rugged Isle of Skye and wash down a dose of history with a glass of Whisky.
- Package tour : See the stunning Dublin Castle and Edinburgh Castle.
- Vacation : Visit one of Europe’s finest Japanese Gardens in Kildare and experience the spectacular scenery of the Ring of Kerry.
- Scotland : Savour freshly-made Scottish tea at the Ardgowan Estate and cruise the Loch Ness and soak up the incredible scenery.
- Ireland : Taste Guinness in Dublin and stand on the picturesque windswept Cliffs of Moher.
- England : While in Scotland, take the chance to visit also Bath and Oxford.
- Great Britain : Try haggis in Edinburgh, visit York Minster Gothic Cathedral and Hadrian's Wall.
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Exploring Scotland & Ireland
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Bask in the warm Celtic culture and majestic scenery of two remarkable lands. Come to know the regal city of Edinburgh on a panoramic coach tour or by foot – it’s your choice! Learn the secrets of making Scotch whisky and enjoy a tasting. Cruise famed Loch Ness and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Enjoy a traditional evening of Scottish food and entertainment. Visit the Titanic Experience in Belfast and remember the century-old tragedy that shook the world. Walk the Giant’s Causeway (UNESCO) and soak up incredible views of the Causeway Coast, one of the world’s most breathtaking rail journeys. Visit Ireland’s bustling capital city of Dublin and tour historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. From rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await.
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While just about any month is great to visit Scotland and Ireland, there are a few prime times of the year for the Exploring Scotland & Ireland tour. Here are some recommendations from our destination experts.
Spring: Springtime is a wonderful time to visit the region! The countryside comes alive with flowers and shades of green, and the days of sunlight are growing just a bit longer, giving you more time to explore.
Summer: August is the perfect time to visit Edinburgh, as the Military Tattoo and Edinburgh Festival both take place then. It’s crowded, but the city is alive with many cultural events. And generally, it’s good weather (fingers crossed for not too much rain!).
Fall: Daylight hours grow shorter, and the weather is not quite as hospitable as summer, but the changing colors of the landscape are truly lovely. Fewer crowds make it easier to navigate sites and take your time to enjoy them.
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- Tour the "Fair City" of Dublin with a local guide.
Embark on a scenic cruise on beautiful Loch Ness.
Set out on a walking tour of Derry featuring its medieval city walls.
Embark on one of the world’s most breathtaking rail journeys along the Causeway Coast.
Explore the Titanic Experience in Belfast.
Discover the heritage of Glasgow with a local guide.
- Sample the "Water of Life" at a Scottish whisky distillery.
Taste apple cider at a family-run farm.
Join in the fun during a night of traditional Scottish food and entertainment.
- Urquhart Castle
- Highland Evening
- Titanic Experience
- Giant's Causeway
- The Causeway Coast Rail Journey
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After visiting Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, choose how you’ll explore Scotland’s hilly capital. For your first choice, get acquainted with the regal city via panoramic tour on your motorcoach. The route will take you through Old Town, including the Royal Mile – a traditional processional route for royalty.The coach will also take you through the Georgian-style New Town, full of elegant squares, terraces, and gardens, including Charlotte Square,and the charming local cafes and shops of Princes Street. For your second choice, explore Edinburgh on foot. Focused on the Old Town, walk along the winding cobblestone streets learning about sites such as the medieval John Knox Houseand the iconic St. Gile’s Cathedral — an integral site during the Scottish Reformation. The walking tour will also show you the vibrant Grassmarket neighborhood, a marketplace dating back to the 15th century that still hosts standing shops and visiting vendors today.
Start your trip with 3 nights in London – the capital of England and the United Kingdom. Use your included Oyster card to navigate the city with a local expert – hopping on the Tube and taking a walking tour along the River Thames, where you can see St Pauls' Cathedral, the Tate Modern Art Gallery, Shakespeare's Globe and the food stalls of Borough market. Take advantage of your included Tower of London pass. You’ll have ample time at leisure to make your stay in London exactly what you want it to be. Your other option is to book a pre night?
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- You’re on your way to the United Kingdom. Begin in England and enjoy a 3-night stay in London.
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- Experience London, the esteemed capital of the United Kingdom. Often described as a world within a city, London is a sophisticated metropolis with a timeless style all its own.
- Navigate the city with a local expert. Using your included Oyster card, hop on the famous underground Tube. Take a walking tour along the Thames River, where you can see St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern Art Gallery and Shakespeare’s Globe. End at Borough Market, London’s premier food market, with history dating back around 1,000 years. You will love independently strolling the small, specialty produce stalls and sumptuous street food traders. Enjoy the afternoon to further explore the city.
- See London your way today! Be sure to take advantage of your included ticket to the Tower of London to peek into the city’s storied past and uncover the secrets of this 11th-century fortress.
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- Wish London goodbye as you take a high-speed train through the English countryside to Scotland.
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Explore one of Ireland's best-kept secrets. Enjoy an engaging evening that reveals the history of Derry and the North through music and song. The tale of Derry is intertwined with many of Ireland's most important events. Come and experience a three-course dinner at a restaurant serving pub-style food. See first-hand why Derry was named the UK City of Culture in 2013.
Join us for a rollicking evening of tastes, sights and sounds that are classically Scottish. Feast on a banquet prepared from a selection of local recipes. Your taste buds will savor the true flavor and goodness of this distinctive country. Tonight will be filled with entertainment including Highland pipers and dancers who deliver the very best in Scottish music, song and dance. Be prepared for a Scottish night of food, fun and many fond memories!
Enjoy a traditional pub lunch at a historic pub where you will soak up the atmosphere of days gone by. After lunch, continue on to the nearby Guinness Storehouse, Ireland's top international visitor attraction. Learn about the brewing process that creates this beloved beverage and discover the technique needed to pour the perfect pint! Classic Guinness ads and memorabilia create a nostalgic ambiance as you indulge in a complimentary pint and learn about a different yet key part of Ireland's history.
Tour the "Fair City" of Dublin with a local guide.
Sample the "Water of Life" at a Scottish whisky distillery.
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Explore Northern Ireland & Ireland alongside Scotland’s Gaelic Grandeur on This 2-Week Guided Tour
Experience centuries of rich Gaelic history as you take High-Tea at the Ardgowan Estate near Glasgow and see the Queen’s residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Glencoe offers a glimpse of Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis ahead of a cruise on Loch Ness and the chance to seek out Scotland’s most infamous bonnie monster. Up in the highlands, a whiskey tasting at a distillery, to uncork tales of smugglers before the vacation embarks on a grand tour of the Scottish capital. Edinburgh doesn’t disappoint with the Royal Mile, home to Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the Scottish Parliament. Not to be outdone, Dublin impresses with the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College and the millennia old Book of Kells.
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Together, Ireland and Scotland are home to more than 30,000 castles. Some bedazzle. Others bend to the ground while sheep graze their fallen walls. Regardless, castles fill us with awe. Both countries also share a fondness for whisky. We have records from the 15th century for the drink and, in both countries, the name for whisky was translated as ‘the water of life.’ Tour a distillery. It’s pure joy.
For jaw-dropping scenery, Ireland has the Wild Atlantic Way and Scotland the North Coast 500. Both have extraordinary vistas. The land tends to shape its citizens—in this case, neither the Scots nor the Irish take life too seriously. Both charm visitors with their friendly, open hospitality. Their native languages are similar. We suggest you learn just one word and it’s the same in both countries—‘sláinte.’ Pronounced ‘slawn-cha,’ it’s a hardy toast that means, “Health!”
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Get a little taste of farm life—and enjoy watching the hardest working dogs in the business herd their flocks.
Loch Ness Cruise
Cruise along Scotland's most famous Loch, enjoying views of Urquhart Castle above—and keeping an eye out for the mysterious "Nessie" below.
Blair Athol Distillery
Sample a wee dram of the good stuff—and see how Scotch whisky is made.
Cliffs of Moher
Let the view from these 700-feet-tall shale and sandstone cliffs take your breath away.
Tour the iconic castle at the heart of the capital, which boasts the Crown Jewels of Scotland.
Learn the history of the making—and sinking—of this legendary ocean liner, in the city where it was built.
Kiss the Blarney Stone and get the gift of gab at this historic castle, with beautiful gardens to enjoy.
Medieval Castle Banquet
Experience the magic of Ireland's Medieval Castle Banquet, where you can indulge in a lavish feast, immerse yourself in medieval ambiance, and enjoy captivating entertainment.
Day 1 Glasgow Highlights
Day 2 loch lomond | loch ness cruise, day 3 whisky tasting | st andrews, day 4 edinburgh castle | city tour | scottish evening*, day 5 ferry to ireland | titanic belfast, day 6 dublin sightseeing | christ church cathedral | canal dinner cruise, day 7 farmhouse tea with sheepdog demonstration | blarney castle | killarney, day 8 jaunting car ride | ring of kerry | skellig experience, day 9 cliffs of moher | medieval castle banquet, day 10 tour ends in shannon, where you’ll stay.
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Muthu Newton Hotel Nairn, Scotland
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Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin, Ireland
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- Full daily breakfast and many meals*
- Scottish & Irish entertainment
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- Welcome drinks with your group
- Free Wi-Fi on luxury coaches
- All entrance fees to attractions
- Comprehensive travel itinerary
*Breakfast is not included on Day 1
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DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central, Glasgow
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central boasts 300 elegant guest rooms and suites, each with complimentary Wi-Fi, a 40-inch LCD TV, work desk, and 24-hour room service. Select an executive room for access to the Executive Lounge, serving complimentary breakfast, drinks, and snacks. Nestled in the heart of the city, the hotel features on-site parking, Juvenate leisure club complete with 14m pool, gym, sauna and steam room. They have their stylish 'Cask' bar or signature 'Brisket' restaurant.
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Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn
Muthu Newton Hotel is close to the Nairn golfing links and the Moray Firth offering unrivalled peace and tranquility. Just 10 miles from Inverness airport and less than a mile from Nairn train station. Once frequented by Charlie Chaplin it stands overlooking the Moray Firth and beyond to the Black Isle. The Hotel has 63 rooms with a lush view, the Highland Conference Centre and a wedding venue. The sea-side town of Nairn is one of the prime locations and one of the sunniest spots in Scotland.
Muthu Newton Hotel
Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, Edinburgh
In addition to a full-service spa, Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club features a golf course and outdoor tennis courts. Dining is available at one of the hotels 2 restaurants and guests can grab coffee at one of the 3 coffee shops/cafés. The property also has a snack bar/deli. Guests can unwind with a drink at one of the hotels 3 bars/lounges. A computer station is located on site and wireless Internet access is complimentary. This 4-star property offers access to a 24-hour business center.
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Hyatt Centric The Liberties, Dublin
Boasting a garden, a fitness centre as well as a bar, Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin is set in the Dublin City Centre of Dublin, 650 feet from St Patrick's Cathedral. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free Wi-Fi. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a coffee machine, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. At the hotel all rooms are fitted with a private bathroom.
Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney
The Killarney Avenue Hotel is a warm and comfortable haven guaranteed to offer a charming welcome to all guests. With an ideal town centre location, guests can explore all that The Kingdom has to offer including boat trips to The Gap of Dunloe, a walk-through Muckross House & Gardens, a round of golf in some of the most scenic golf courses in the world, or venturing further afield along the famous Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way.
Killarney Avenue Hotel
Limerick Strand Hotel, Limerick
The 4-star Limerick Strand Hotel is the ideal riverside base when exploring the Wild Atlantic Way offering stunning panoramic views overlooking some of Limericks most historical landmarks. The multi-awarding winning hotel offers 184 newly refurbished bedrooms in a purpose-built state-of-the-art facility with complimentary 200mb Wi-Fi as well as 13 meeting rooms, onsite parking, Energize leisure centre & award-winning dining from Executive Chef, Tom Flavin (Fáilte Ireland Food Champion).
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Enjoy radiant Paris and the Renaissance romance of Florence, dramatic Alpine landscapes and the Eternal City of Rome where you'll toss a coin in the Trevi Fountatin to secure your swift return.
Travel to see the very best of Ireland and Scotland, from delicate Waterford Crystal to the golfing greats of St. Andrews. Kiss the Blarney Stone and you'll be sharing tales from Giant's Causeway, the Ring of Kerry and the Scottish Highlands for years to come.
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Explore the Celtic heritage and hospitality of Ireland and Scotland on this grand adventure through beautiful landscapes and enchanting cities. Your first day sees you delve into the whimsy of the Irish capital, before joining your fellow travelers and travel director for a welcome reception.
Drive through the streets of Dublin, joining your local specialist for a sightseeing tour past the stately Georgian Squares and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland. Enjoy a leisurely day exploring the city. Stop for a pint of the "Black Stuff' in Temple Bar, admire the colorful performers on Grafton Street or consider joining an optional experience this evening to tap your feet to the lively sounds of Irish music at an Irish cabaret.
Visit the Irish National Stud Farm dedicated to rearing world-class thoroughbreds for a insight on the breeding of these horses. Also, visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a cultural insight demonstration and tour of the workshop.
Dive Into Culture and gain insights into Ireland's strong tradition of breeding world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud. Enjoy a guided walk admiring the powerful steeds that have made racing history and stroll around the tranquil Japanese gardens. Next you will travel to the House of Waterford Crystal in the afternoon and witness this delicate craft, watching talented master craftsmen at work in their workshop.
Connect with locals over dinner at a Be My Guest experience, savoring delicious local flavors in the Quilles Farmhouse against the scenic backdrop of the lakes of Killarney.
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Maybe, bend over backwards and kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the 'gift of the gab' before crossing the Kerry Mountains to County Kerry. Journey to 1930s Ireland this evening, visiting the working farms of Muckross, where you'll learn about traditional farming and meet the families who ply the land. Join locals over a dinner experience, enjoying delicious local fare in the Quilles Farmhouse.
The astounding beauty of Iveragh Peninsula accompanies us on this soul-stirring coastal journey around the Ring of Kerry - a dramatic landscape of mountains, loughs and lakes which have inspired writers and poets for centuries. See Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap with the Macgillycuddy's Reeks peaks in the distance.
Drive to Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages, known for its thatched cottages. Visit the imposing stone cathedral, built on the site of an old prison and Eyre Square during your next stop in Galway, where you'll enjoy some free time to explore the city before continuing your journey northward. This evening you'll dine in your hotel.
Head north to Donegal with its "Diamond" center before joining a local specialist in Derry/Londonderry to stroll along its 17th-century walls. See the "Troubles" neighborhood of Bogside, with its murals depicting the battles of that time.
Tread in the footsteps of Finn MacCool and along the other-worldly Giant's Causeway "steps" that descend into the sea. Your visit will make a difference by helping to conserve this iconic landmark. Arrive in Belfast later and visit the Titanic Belfast Experience where you'll gain insights into the tragic story of the famous ship that met its end in the Atlantic. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the capital of Northern Ireland.
Hilton Garden Inn City Centre/Maldron
Join your local specialist in Belfast this morning for an included city tour which will take you to Queen's University and the Baroque Revival-style City Hall. Board your ferry at Larne and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland, driving through the Ayrshire countryside bound for Glasgow, your home for the next two nights.
Visit the beautiful Glengoyne whisky distillery and learn how to make Scotland's favorite honey-colored drink with a chance to sample a wee dram.
Delve into Scotland's intriguing cultural capital and stroll through the town to admire views of George Square and the River Clyde, once the heart of Scotland's shipbuilding industry. Head to whisky country next, visiting the beautiful Glengoyne whisky distillery where you'll dive into culture and learn about Scotland's favorite drink. Your heart warmed, return to Glasgow for some free time to explore the city.
Journey along the famous bonnie banks of Loch Lomond to the tragic site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonalds at the "Glen of Weeping." Continue to Fort William at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Then, cross to the Isle of Skye, where you'll spend this evening dining in your hotel.
We leave the rugged beauty of Skye behind and venture to the site where three lochs meet. View Eilean Donan Castle before traveling along the banks of Loch Ness in search of the elusive monster that bears its name. The bloody battlefield of Culloden is our next stop, where we spend a poignant moment reflecting on the many men who lost their lives in the brief but brutal battle between the Redcoats and Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobites. This evening we spend the evening dining at our hotel in the Scottish Highlands.
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Traversing the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, pass Pitlochry before arriving in St. Andrews to see its famous golf course on which golfing greats have clamored to play for centuries. You will cross the scenic Firth of Forth to enchanting Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. Perhaps, take to the streets of the Scottish capital this evening, soaking up its warmth and conviviality with an evening of traditional dance, music and Scottish fare. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
Join your local specialist for a guided sightseeing tour which includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, surveying the city from imposing Castle Rock. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyrood in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. As your memorable holiday comes to an end, join your travel director and fellow travelers for a farewell dinner to reminisce over shared experiences.
For now it's time to say a fond farewell to Scotland and your newfound friends, at the end of an unforgettable Celtic sojourn.
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- 10 Night Ireland & Scotland Discovery Tour
Enjoy a taste of Ireland and Scotland's Celtic heritage on this two country tour. Both the contrasts and similarities of Ireland and Scotland are sampled on this 11 day tour.
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11 days/10 nights/20 meals - Enjoy a taste of Ireland and Scotland's Celtic heritage on this two country tour. Both the contrasts and similarities of Ireland and Scotland are sampled on this 11 day tour.
- 11 days/10 nights/20 meals
- Meeting, assistance & transfers on arrival & departure
- Sightseeing by luxury coach with driver/guide
- Accommodation in your choice of grade of hotels for 10 nights
- Full Irish or Scottish breakfast daily
- 10 dinners including - Traditional Irish dinner & show - Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet - 8 table d'hote dinners
- Visits and admissions to Aillwee Caves & Bird of Prey Centre, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre, Clonmacnoise Monastic Settlement, Guinness Storehouse, Kylemore Abbey, Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens, Trinity College & Book of Kells, Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, Stirling Castle, Whisky Distillery, Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness Museum, Glasgow Cathedral
- Viking Splash Tour of Dublin
- Lough Corrib Cruise
- Loch Ness River Cruise
- All local taxes and hotel service charges
- Porterage for one suitcase
- Cliffs of Moher
Bunratty medieval banquet, edinburgh castle, trinity college dublin & book of kells, stirling castle.
- Urquhart Castle
Overnights for this tour
- Dublin for 2 Nights
- Bunratty for 1 Night
- Galway for 2 Nights
- Edinburgh for 3 Nights
- Inverness for 1 Night
- Glasgow for 1 Night
- Superior & First Class Hotels
- 4-Star Country Manor Houses
- 4 & 5 Star Irish Castles
- Any Combination of the above
Day 1 - arrive dublin.
After arriving at Dublin Airport meet with your professional driver/guide who will transport you into the city for a short orientation tour by DUKWs, World War 2 amphibious vehicles. You will tour the Georgian area of the city, seeing sights such as St Patricks and Christ Church cathedrals, Trinity College, Government Buildings and Georgian Dublin. The climax of the tour sees the Viking DUKWs splash into the water at the newly developed Grand Canal Docklands where the recording studio of U2 and much more are located. Following the tour, visit Trinity College Library, where the priceless 8th century Book of Kells is housed. After lunch (not included) visit one of Irelands most popular attractions, Guinness Storehouse. Here you will discover how this world famous drink has been produced for over 250 years and sample a pint in their 7th floor Gravity Bar whilst enjoying 360 degree panoramic views of the city. The remainder of the day will be free for further sightseeing and shopping. There are several museums, including the Leprechaun Museum, in Dublin. Dinner will be at the hotel. Overnight Dublin DBB
Day 2 - Dublin - Bunratty
After breakfast, depart the hotel and travel to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens. Established in 1946, the Irish National Stud combines an active role in the development and promotion of Irish bloodstock with its role as one of the country's major tourist attractions and it is the only Stud farm in Ireland open to the public. Having celebrated its centenary year in 2010, the Japanese Gardens are recognised as the finest of its kind in Europe. Then enjoy the magnificent scenery as you journey to one of Irelands most complete and authentic medieval castles, Bunratty. Built in 1425, and plundered on many occasions, Bunratty Castle was authentically restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendor, with furnishings and tapestries capturing the mood and style of the times. Within its grounds is Bunratty Folk Park where a 19th century village and rural life are recreated. Traditional crafts are carried out in their natural setting, which includes a church, shops, post office and the mandatory pub. This evening, enjoy a Bunratty Medieval Banquet at the castle. Overnight Bunratty BB
Day 3 - Bunratty - Galway
This morning travel to one of the natural wonders of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs rise to over 200 meters over 8 kilometers of the Clare/Atlantic coastline. The Atlantic Edge exhibition at the visitors centre brings to life the story of the cliffs. Onwards then to the Burren, an area formed thousands of years ago during the ice age. Here visit Aillwee Caves and the Bird of Prey Centre. The cave was formed by the glacial melt waters of an early ice age. The erosive power of the waters carved out a subterranean river deep underneath Aillwee Mountain. This river has subsided since the last ice age, leaving behind one of Ireland's most stunning caves. The Bird of Prey Centre is home to birds from all around the globe including falcons, hawks, owls, eagles and vultures. Each enclosure offers an opportunity to see, hear, and interact with these majestic creatures and learn about the ancient sport of falconry. Finally travel to Galway, one of Irelands most vibrant citys. Overnight Galway DBB
Day 4 - Connemara
Take a drive around the stunning Connemara region today with its unspoilt scenery. Along the way visit Kylemore Abbey with its lovely walled gardens, the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys. The Community of nuns, who have resided here since 1920, have a long history stretching back almost three hundred and forty years.Then onwards to Ashford Castle to join the Isle of Innisfree for a lake cruise which includes a 45 minute stop on the lakes most famous island, Inchagoill. Whilst on the island, visit the 5th century St. Patricks Church, the stone of Lugna (470AD), The Church of the Saints (Built in 1180AD by the Augustinian Monks of Cong) and the burial tomb of Muirgeas O'Nioc (Archbishop of Tuam in 1128AD). Return to Galway arriving in time for dinner and then visit one or more of the many bars & pubs in the area, many of which have live entertainment. Overnight in Galway DBB
Day 5 - Galway - Dublin
Leave Galway and head back to Dublin stopping at Clonmacnoise and Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre. Clonmacnoise is an Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, housed in the 1897 Bonded Warehouse, relates the story of Tullamore Dew Whiskey/Irish Mist Liqueur and the development of the town of Tullamore. Wander through the various recreated working stations, such as malting, bottling or cooperage areas and learn how the whiskey was made before sampling the finished goods. Onwards to Dublin and after checking into the hotel, depart for the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a typical Irish dinner followed by a traditional show of Irish music and dance. Overnight Dublin BB
Day 6 - Ireland - Scotland
Check out of your hotel and transfer to Dublin Airport for your flight to Scotland (Glasgow or Edinburgh). Upon arrival, meet your guide and motor coach and transfer to your Edinburgh hotel for check in. Overnight Edinburgh DBB
Day 7 - Edinburgh
Depart the hotel with your local guide and motor coach for a full day sightseeing in Edinburgh. Firstly you will enjoy a panoramic tour around Edinburgh including the Old Town Quarter, the intricate Scott Monument, the Royal Mile and the brand new Scottish Parliament building. Next you will visit Edinburgh Castle, perched on an extinct volcano, the instantly recognizable fortress is a powerful national symbol and a huge part of the heritage for the old and New Towns of Edinburgh. Enjoy some free time for lunch and time to wander through the cobbled streets and along Princes Street to check out the tartan, whisky and shortbreads that have made Scotland famous. Finally you will visit the fabulous Holyrood Palace. Overnight Edinburgh DBB
Day 8 - The Trossachs
Today you will tour the Trossachs region, a romantic landscape which inspired the poem of Walter Scott, the Lady of the Lake. Visit Stirling Castle, which for many years was used as a Scottish royal palace. The current building dates back to the 15th century, but the original palace dated back to the 11th century. Free time in Stirling for lunch. In the afternoon continue your tour of the Trossachs region, which remains one of the best preserved areas of the country. You will also visit a whisky distillery which will include a tasting. Overnight Edinburgh DBB
Day 9 - Edinburgh - Inverness
Today you depart Edinburgh and head north towards Inverness. En route you will visit the tourist town of Pitlochry, followed by a visit to the Salmon Hydro Electric dam and Fish pass. Transfer to Inverness where you will have some free time for lunch before enjoying a cruise on the Loch Ness, to see if you can spot the legendary Nessie! Then visit the ruins of Urquhart castle. Finally you will visit the Loch Ness museum before transferring to your Inverness hotel for dinner. Overnight Inverness DBB
Day 10 - Inverness - Glasgow
This morning depart Inverness and head towards Fort William and Spean Bridge where you will see the Royal Marines Commando monument. Continue along Loch Lomond and enjoy the beautiful scenery with its islands and gigantic mountains. Arrive into the city of Glasgow and enjoy some free time for lunch. In the afternoon you will have a panoramic tour of the city including a visit to Glasgow cathedral. Overnight Glasgow DBB
Day 11 - Depart for home
After your final Scottish breakfast transfer to Glasgow or Edinburgh Airport arriving in good time to check in & that last minute duty free shopping.
BB = Bed and Irish or Scottish Breakfast DBB = Dinner, Bed and Irish or Scottish Breakfast
Dublin is both the largest city and capital of Ireland. It is located near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and at the centre of the Dublin ...
Dublin Castle fulfilled number of roles through history Originally built as a defensive fortification for Norman city it later evolved into a royal residence. Dublin Castle was f...
Guinness Storehouse has attracted over 4 million visitors from all over the world, The Storehouse is laid out over seven floors surrounding a glass atrium taking the shape of a p...
Edinburgh, the inspiring capital city of Scotland, where centuries of history meet a vibrant, cosmopolitan city in an unforgettable setting.
Bunratty Castle offers visitors the opportunity to experience a medieval 15th century castle banquet fallowed by music and entertainment.
In Glasgow, Scotland’s city of style, you can find world-class attractions, museums and galleries, stunning architecture, works by renowned designer and artist Charles Rennie Mac...
Loch Lomond is a freshwater loch lying on the Highland Boundary Fault, often considered the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands.
Edinburgh Castle is one of the most historic buildings in Scotland and has huge significant importance as a fortress which dominates the skyline of Edinburgh. During archaeologis...
Known as one of the oldest and most famous universities in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin is located in the centre of our capital city, Dublin, Ireland, on College Green opposit...
It towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockbu...
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- Individually designed itinerary
- No optional extras unless agreed with the group organiser and advised to all members of the group prior to arrival in Ireland – NO HIDDEN EXTRAS
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Explore Ireland & Scotland
From the cliffs of moher to loch ness.
Spend 10, 12 or 14 nights traveling across Ireland and Scotland. Stay in cozy bed and breakfasts and explore cities, countryside and coast with your own car. This Celtic adventure is totally up to you!
- Round-trip economy class airfare into Dublin (DUB), out of Edinburgh (EDI)
- Manual car rental for the duration of your stay in Ireland - upgrade to automatic available
- Pick up and drop off at Dublin Airport
- 1 night in Co. Meath at Dunboyne Castle Hotel or Co. Dublin at the Roganstown Hotel & Country Club
- 4 nights in your choice of B&B's throughout Ireland
- One-way, economy-class flight from Dublin (DUB) to Edinburgh (EDI)
- Manual car rental for the duration of your stay in Scotland - upgrade to automatic available
- Pick up and drop off at Edinburgh Airport
- 5 nights in your choice of B&B's throughout Scotland
- Breakfast daily
Great Ways to Explore
Blarney Stone and bagpipes, oh my! This vacation gives you equal time in Ireland and Scotland.
- Stroll through the streets of cosmopolitan Dublin and enjoy a pint of Guinness at a local pub.
Dive into a local delicacy of oysters in the seaside city of Galway on Ireland's west coast.
Hike up Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh for fantastic views over Scotland's historic capital.
Feel at one with nature amongst the rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye.
Kick off your 10-night vacation in Ireland! Stay one night in a hotel before making your way to the bed and breakfasts of your choosing. Head west to the colorful coastal city of Galway, stand in awe at the Cliffs of Moher and drive the rugged Dingle Peninsula. Feast on tasty eats in Cork, Ireland's foodie destination, before heading to Dublin. Cap of your Irish stay with a pint of Guinness at its birthplace.
From Dublin, fly into Edinburgh and drive over to St. Andrews on the northeast coast, famed as the birthplace of golf. Then head up to Inverness, known as the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Tour Scotland's scenic wonders like the Isle of Skye and Loch Ness, explore cultural Glasgow, then finish up your trip in Edinburgh.
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Please note that some recommendations in the following suggested itinerary may not be included in your package. Check What's Included above for full details on inclusions.
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Day 1. Welcome to Dublin, Ireland!
Welcome to Dublin! Upon arrival, pick up your luggage and pick up your rental car, then head to your first accommodation in County Meath. Be careful, Ireland drives on the opposite side of the road.
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa • Afternoon tea
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa • Deluxe double room
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa • Ivy Restaurant
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa • Spa
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa • Terrace lounge
With a sophisticated combination of traditional old-world opulence and contemporary design, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa sets a new precedent and fresh interpretation for hotels around Ireland. As one of the leading 4-star hotels in Ireland, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa features unique attributes that emphasize the beauty of its estate. Standing on 21 acres of mature manicured lawns and gardens, the hotel's most unique attribute is the peaceful oasis it offers guests, while also being located in such close proximity to Dublin's city center and surrounding golf courses.
The hotel is situated on the grounds of a former castle; the original castle was destroyed during the Cromwellian invasion of Ireland. The 18th-century Georgian house that we see today is at the heart of the hotel, blending seamlessly with the stylish, modern bedrooms and restaurant in the contemporary wing. The historic mansion, once home to the Lord of Dunboyne, today serves as one of Ireland's foremost exclusive hotels on Dublin's doorstep.
Its 145 large, comfortable rooms boast free WiFi, air-conditioning, HD TV, and much more. Relax at Seoid, meaning jewel in Irish, the decadent on-site spa. Unwind in the crystal steam room, enjoy an herbal sauna, pamper yourself with a mud treatment, and more. Take a stroll through the lavish garden, then indulge in a delicious meal at the Ivy Restaurant. Feast your eyes on its carefully prepared seasonal menu, then taste the award-winning flavors of the in-house chefs, who've earned 2 AA Rosettes from 2013 to date.
Roganstown Hotel & Country Club
Roganstown Hotel & Country Club - Golf Course
Roganstown Hotel & Country Club Pool
Roganstown Hotel & Country Club Guest Room
Roganstown Hotel & Country Club Fitness Center
Roganstown Hotel & Country Club Spa
Compliment your trip to Ireland with a stay at Roganstown Hotel & Country Club. Idyllic from top to bottom, the hotel is 10 minutes from the Dublin airport and a short drive from the M50, M1, and M2 motorways. The romantic estate offers 52 inviting guestrooms, including family rooms and master suites. Nestled in the countryside, an 18 hole golf course stretches over 300 acres of meticulous lawns and Japanese gardens. The Roganstown Leisure Centre boasts a gym, heated pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, fitness classes, and more. Pamper yourself with treatments at Sakura Spa or Roganstown Hair Salon during your stay. Spend an afternoon on the links, then discover the fine dining at McLoughlin's Restaurant or kick back at O'Callaghan's Bar with your favorite bar food and a fresh pint.
Day 2. County Meath- Ireland Bed & Breakfast
Today, consider continuing your journey west to the vibrant coastal city of Galway, known for traditional pubs, a vibrant music scene, and the famous Galway oysters!
Check-in - Ireland Bed & Breakfast
Ireland bed & breakfast.
Staying in an Ireland Bed & Breakfast offers travelers the complete flexibility of creating their own itinerary. You can select your accommodations ahead of time, or take advantage of the flexibility of choosing them along the way (to ensure the best availability, however, it's recommended that you pre-book your B&Bs as far in advance as possible). Enjoy your choice of accommodations from small towns to quaint villages to countryside manors.
All Irish B&B's pride themselves on providing their guests with a fresh, home-cooked breakfast each morning and quality accommodations that cater to every need. Draw on the local knowledge, personal touch and warm welcome of your Irish hosts. Learn about all the best local restaurants, pubs, shops, attractions and activities. Your hosts specialize in the best services available from golf to walking tours of the area, to adventure breaks and much more.
Why Stay in a B&B?
- Most bed and breakfasts are owned by the B&B operators themselves, who usually live on the premises. It's natural to expect that B&B operators who live in their own B&B's will bring a different perspective to the job.
- At B&B's, "customers" are truly guests, and it shows. The B&B owners will gladly help you find the best restaurant in town, the best pubs, point you to the best tourist attractions and local amenities and much much more. Many B&B's depend on word-of-mouth recommendations.
Combine those two factors and it's easy to see why B&B owners go out of their way to make sure your stay provides some great memories of Ireland.
*B&B check-in is between 3:00pm and 6:00pm..
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Day 3. Ireland Bed & Breakfast
Today, consider driving down the Wild Atlantic Way to County Clare's most-visited natural attraction: the Cliffs of Moher! Rising 700 feet above sea level, these rugged cliffs are truly a wondrous sight to behold. For the more adventurous spirit, walk along the Cliff Walk for amazing views.
Cliffs of Moher • County Clare, Ireland
Day 4. Ireland Bed & Breakfast
Today, explore the famous Dingle Peninsula on the westernmost tip of Ireland (and Europe!) Begin in Dingle town, arguably one of Ireland's most charming towns. Stroll up and down Green Street as you pass cozy pubs and eclectic shops.
Head west of Dingle town and drive along the stunning coastline, stopping at interesting points along the way. Go for a walk on the locals-only Beál Bán beach, then explore Gallarus Oratory, a 1,300-year-old stone church.
Gallarus Oratory • Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
Day 5. Ireland Bed & Breakfast
Today, explore the historical and spiritual highlights of Dublin, from the Christ Church Cathedral (also Dublin's oldest building) to the imposing St. Patrick's Cathedral. In the afternoon, wind down with a stroll through the courtyard of Dublin Cathedral.
You could also take a deep dive into Dublin's drinking culture; pay a visit to the Guinness Storehouse or the Teeling Whiskey Distillery and discover the magic behind brewing your favorite Irish sips and spirits.
Christ Church Cathedral • Dublin, Ireland
Day 6. Ireland Bed & Breakfast - Edinburgh, Scotland
Say goodbye to Ireland today as you fly from Dublin to Edinburgh. Upon arrival, pick up your second rental car and make your way to your first Scottish bed and breakfast! Consider staying close to St. Andrews, Scotland's oldest university town and the birthplace of golf.
Fly from Dublin to Edinburgh
Check-in - scotland b&bs & small hotels, scotland b&bs & small hotels.
These Scotland B&Bs and Small Hotels give you the chance to stay in some of the most charming independently owned B&Bs and quintessentially Scottish small hotels and inns in some of the most picturesque locations in Scotland – so you feel like you’re staying in a special home away from home. The collection ranges from working farms and former vicarages to Victorian townhouses and country homes, and each has been chosen for its character, charm, and individuality - and of course, for the warm welcome you are sure to receive. Each boasts comfortable accommodations and en-suite facilities, as well as an excellent, traditional breakfast – guaranteed to provide a truly memorable stay. Your voucher entitles you to your choice of Category 1 B&B or hotel. The B&Bs are mostly private homes, which provide breakfast but limited additional services; the small hotels typically provide access to additional food and bar services.
Upon purchase of your B&B vouchers, please visit the following website to determine what your accommodation options are in the area(s) you’ll be visiting, and where you would like to stay: www.circlehotels.co.uk . It is highly recommended that you request your accommodations as far in advance as possible (a minimum 45 days in advance), since the properties are small and availability is limited, especially in high season. Requests MUST be placed through the reservations office of The Circle, by email. If you book directly through the B&B or hotel, your voucher will not be honored, and you will be responsible for paying for your reservation directly to the B&B/Hotel. Is this were to happen, you will not be eligible for a refund of any unused vouchers. Please note: these vouchers can be redeemed for B&Bs offered by The Circle in Wales and England, as well.
When planning your itinerary, remember that B&Bs are generally not located in major city centers so you will want to expand your search to outside of the city proper. Please be advised that due to the size of the properties, if you are traveling in a group or with another reservation, The Circle might not be able to accommodate you at the same property and may require members of your group to stay in multiple properties or be flexible to an alternative property, which could accommodate your group.
Your voucher entitles you to properties at the Category 1 level. If you would like to upgrade to any of the higher-level B&Bs or hotels, you can do so at an additional supplement as follows, payable directly to The Circle at the time of confirmation:
Supplements for travel January – December 2023:
Voucher Plus B&B or Category 2 hotel - additional £8 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)
Voucher Premium B&B or Category 3 hotel - additional £15 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)
Category 4 - additional £20 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)
Category 5 - additional £27.50 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)
Category 6 – Price on Application*
Supplements for travel January – December 2024:
Voucher Plus B&B or Category 2 hotel - additional £10 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)
Voucher Premium B&B or Category 3 hotel - additional £20 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)
Category 4 - additional £30 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)
Category 5 - additional £40 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)
Category 6 - additional £50 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)
Category 7 - additional £60 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)
Category 8 - additional £70 per person/per night (based on double occupancy)
Category 9 - Price on Application*
*These supplements vary based on the location of the property, room type, and dates of stay. B&Bs/Hotels which fall under this category will be noted as POA (Price on Application) in The Circle’s online guide.
Please Note : Supplement fees paid directly to The Circle can only be charged via American Express, Visa or MasterCard.
Day 7. Scotland Bed & Breakfast
Head north today and explore the vast beauty of Inverness. Along the way, break up the drive and stop in cultural Perth or Dundee. Once you get up to Inverness, check out the River Ness, Fort George, and the many castles, museums, and galleries in the area.
I f only for a day, it might be fun to give in to the myth of "Nessie," the famous monster of Loch Ness. Visit the most famous of all Scottish Lochs - explore and let your imagination run wild!
Day 8. Scotland Bed & Breakfast
Make your way westward to the picturesque Isle of Skye, where you'll find rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages, and medieval castles. Take a photo at the haunting Old Man of Storr or go hiking in the lush Faeire Glen.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
Day 9. Scotland Bed & Breakfast
You might want to keep your urban spirit going and head to the hip city of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. A bunch of hot spots there include Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Pollok Country Park, Buchanan Street, and the Necropolis. Glasgow is renowned for its shopping, music, artistic culture, and friendliness.
Kelvingrove Museum • Glasgow, Scotland
Day 10. Scotland Bed & Breakfast
What better place to cap off an incredible vacation than Edinburgh? In Scotland's capital city, be amazed by historic architecture, a hilltop castle and plenty of pubs.
Start the day with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, a 12th-century fortress that makes an indelible mark on the skyline. Imagine yourself as part of a fairytale as you wander the grounds of this former royal residence. In the evening, venture to one of Edinburgh's theaters to experience a play, musical or performance. This is an art-lover's town!
Edinburgh Castle • Edinburgh, Scotland
Day 11. Depart Scotland
Your Irish-Scottish B&B adventure ends today. At the appropriate time, head to Edinburgh airport, drop off your rental car and head for your departure gate.
A Celtic tour!
Castle hotel in County Meath
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