10 Day Taste of Scotland & Ireland Tour Itinerary
Day 1 : Glasgow Highlights
Start your trip at Glasgow Airport with a group transfer to your hotel, departing at 8:00 am, 10:00 am or 12:00 noon. If you arrive later than noon, transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:30 pm tour Glasgow, a city that flourished in Victorian times. Drive around George Square with its ornate City Chambers and nearby Glasgow Cathedral. Visit the Riverside Museum of Travel & Transport where the stunning modern building is filled with interesting collections of vintage cars, trains, buses and bicycles. Join your tour director and travel companions for a welcome drink before dinner.
Day 2 : Loch Lomond & Loch Ness Cruise
Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Travel through the deep valley of Glen Coe, notorious for the Campbell massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Continue through Fort William and stop at the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, which offers a good selection of quality Scottish goods. At Fort Augustus embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness to keep an eye out for “Nessie.” Continue to Nairn for a Scottish Highland evening. (Friday departures will stay in Inverness and have a ceilidh.)
Day 3 : Culloden Battlefield & Ghost Tour
Visit the Culloden Visitor Centre to learn about the Battle of Culloden where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the British army in 1746. Drive to Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry to see how whisky is distilled and sample some. Continue south to Edinburgh and check in to your hotel, a few miles from the city and set in lovely grounds with a golf course. In the evening dine at the Heights Restaurant in Edinburgh. Then head off on a fun walking tour to discover the haunts of Edinburgh’s eccentric characters in the narrow streets of the old city.
Day 4 : Edinburgh Castle & City Tour
This morning an Edinburgh city guide will point out the principal sights of this capital city. Drive along the bustling Princes Street and through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where compact medieval houses reach 11 floors tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The balance of the day is free. On July 30 to August 20 departures, seats are reserved for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Day 5 : Titanic Belfast & Dublin
Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Larne. Drive to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Drive south to Dublin and check in to your deluxe hotel, located in spacious grounds. The evening is at leisure for independent dining.
Day 6 : Dublin & Canal Dinner Cruise
Tour central Dublin with a local guide to see public buildings, lovely parks and rows of Georgian houses with brightly-painted doorways. Walk through the campus of Trinity College to view the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the gospels dating from the 8th century. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take an independent open-top bus tour and visit either Guinness or Jameson. In the evening enjoy a canal dinner cruise with traditional Irish music aboard a former Guinness barge through central Dublin.
Day 7 : Blarney Castle & Killarney
Travel through the midlands of Ireland, stopping for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel. Continue south to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods. Drive into the mountainous countryside of County Kerry to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. Afterwards you may like to explore some of Killarney’s famous “singing pubs.”
Day 8 : Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Take a jaunting car ride to view Killarney at a leisurely pace. Then embark on the Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with breathtaking sights of mountains and coastal views. Cross to Valencia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience which describes the austere lives of early Christian monks on the nearby islands. Drive through Waterville and stop in Sneem to admire brightly-painted houses. Pause at Moll’s Gap for stunning views before returning to Killarney in time to relax before dinner.
Day 9 : Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle
Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon to reach the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of limestone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. If you wish, you may visit the Folk Park, have a drink in the 200-year-old Durty Nelly’s Pub or shop at the Bunratty Mills. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable medieval-style feast where the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages.
Day 10 : Tour Ends Shannon Airport
Take a group transfer to nearby Shannon Airport where the tour concludes at 10:30 am.
B: Breakfast; D: Dinner