15 Day - The Scots Irish Tour - Escorted Tour
Edinburgh (2) - Inverness or Nairn (1) - Ballachulish (1) - Belfast (2) - Letterkenny (1) - Ballyfarnon (2) - Ennis (1) Killarney (2) - Dublin (2)
- Special Dinner/Shows in Edinburgh & Belfast
- Knappogue or Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
- Royal Yacht Britannia
- Isle of Skye
- Cliffs of Moher
- 2-Night Stay in Kilronan Castle
- Dublin Canal Cruise Dinner
- Killarney’s Jaunting Car
- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional tour director
- 14 nights in hotels listed
- Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
- 11 dinners (D) including
- Scottish Evening in Edinburgh
- Ulster Folk Park Evening
- Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
- Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner/show
- 5 or 6 table d'hote dinners
- 1 or 2 lunches (L)
- Welcome get-together drink
- Tour of Edinburgh with a local guide
- Reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 7 to August 23 departures
- Sheepdog trials (15-day tour only)
- Ferries from Isle of Skye, from Scotland to Ireland and across the River Shannon
- Walking tours of St Andrews, Belfast, Derry and Galway with local guides
- Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn
- Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
- Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office
- Visits and admissions to Royal Yacht Britannia Edinburgh Castle, St Andrews Cathedral, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Glenveagh Castle & National Park, Enniskillen Castle, Boyle Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills
- Headsets for walking tours
- Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
- Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies
Superior First Class:
- Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)
- Columba Hotel, Inverness (Sunday Departure) or Newton Hotel, Nairn (Tuesday Departure) (1 night)
- Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (Sunday Departure) or Ballachulish Hotel, Ballachulish (Tuesday Departure) (1 night)
- Europa Hotel, Belfast (2 nights)
- Station House Hotel, Letterkenny (1 night)
- Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon (2 nights)
- Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis (1 night)
- Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
- Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin (2 nights)
15 Day - Scots Irish Tour - Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Edinburgh & Royal Yacht Britannia
Your Scottish trip starts at 2:00 pm from your hotel, located on two golf courses a few miles from the city center. Drive to Leith for a tour around the Royal Yacht Britannia, the floating home of The Queen on many of her travels around the world. See the various parts of the ship, including staterooms and public spaces, together with photos of important visits. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink with your tour director and you are free for independent dining this evening.
Day 2: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
Tour central Edinburgh to see the highlights. Drive along the bustling Princes Street and through the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle, which contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The balance of the day is free. Dine at a Scottish Evening and enjoy a lively show with bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing. On August 06 to 22 departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle, and your Scottish Evening will be the day before.
Day 3: St Andrews & Highland Scenery
Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university. Take a walking tour around the town with your tour director who will tell you about the famous people and happenings here. Visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Take a break in Pitlochry and continue through majestic Highland scenery to your hotel in Inverness (Sun departures) or Nairn (Tue departures).
Day 4: Isle of Skye & Clan Donald Centre
Drive alongside Loch Ness and through wild Highland scenery, pausing for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle and cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge. Drive through part of the island and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to discover the history of the powerful Lords of the Isles. Return to the mainland by ferry and take the “Road of the Isles” through some of Scotland's loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument.
Day 5: Glen Coe & Rabbie Burns
This morning enjoy final views of peaks and glens of the magnificent Highland scenery as you drive south through Glen Coe and alongside the lovely shores of Loch Lomond. Stop in Alloway for a brief visit at the Burns National Heritage Park to see famous landmarks from Burns’ poetry. Travel along the coastline to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Larne. Drive to your hotel in Belfast to arrive in time for dinner.
Day 6: Titanic Belfast Tour & Mount Stewart
This morning take a gentle walk around central Belfast to see the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Browse around the city on your own in the afternoon and in the evening visit the Ulster Folk Park for a fun country-style dinner and traditional music.
Day 7 - Giant’s Causeway, Derry’s Walls & Donegal
Drive north along the scenic route of the “Nine Glens of Aintrim,” for lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Stop at the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago which have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. In Derry join a local guide for a Derry Walking Tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city before driving to nearby Letterkenny.
Day 8: Glenveagh National Park & Kilronan Castle
Travel to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Learn about the history of the mansion on a guided tour and walk around the extensive gardens filled with exotic plants. Stop in Donegal town and visit the beautiful Cistercian ruins of Boyle Abbey before continuing to Kilronan Castle.
Day 9: Enniskillen Castle & Boyle Abbey
Drive north this morning to Enniskillen, strategically situated on the banks of the picturesque River Erne. Tour Enniskillen Castle, which was once the home of the Gaelic Maguire chieftains and take a look around the town on your own. In the afternoon relax in your lovely castle hotel.
Day 10: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Head to Galway city for a walking tour with a local guide to see Lynch’s Castle and Eyre Square. View the Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. In the early evening head to 15th century Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a fun medieval-style banquet and check in to your hotel in Ennis afterwards.
Day 11: Dingle Peninsula & Killarney
Travel across the River Shannon Estuary by ferry to discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip for wonderful views. Stop in the town of Dingle for a look around and sip a creamy Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn, owned by an Antarctic explorer. Head to Killarney in time for dinner.
Day 12: Killarney & Jaunting Car Ride
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare where brightly-painted buildings are enhanced with flowers and sit down to a light lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry, pausing for a sheepdog demonstration. Return to Killarney to relax and explore the town.
Day 13: Blarney Castle & Abbey Tavern
Drive through County Cork to climb Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone. Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made products. Pause for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel as you head north to Dublin. A short drive will bring you to the popular Abbey Tavern for a farewell dinner with Irish songs and step-dancing.
Day 14: Independent Dublin Touring
Explore Dublin at your own pace today. You may use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour around the city and a visit to one attraction.
Day 15: Depart Dublin for Home
Your tour ends after breakfast.