2017 Scottish & Irish Dream 13 Days / 12 Nights
Your Scottish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you
meet your tour director at your Glasgow hotel and
set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow.
See the main attractions including parks and
squares and view extensive art collections at
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with
your tour director and fellow travelers over a
welcome drink before dinner in your hotel.
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to
appreciate views of Highland peaks. Drive to
Inveraray and browse around the town before
touring Inveraray Castle, home of the Campbells
and used as a location for the Downton Abbey
series. Drive through Glen Coe, often considered
one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful
places, and on to the coast to your hotel in
Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping
for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Take a
ferry to the Isle of Skye and visit the Clan Donald
Centre at Armadale Castle. Drive through the
island and return to the mainland by bridge,
stopping for photos at the famous Eilean Donan
Castle. Then drive along the beautiful shores of
Loch Ness, famous for its monster. End the day
at your hotel in Nairn, a manor house property set
in spacious grounds near the North Sea.
A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden
Battlefield Visitor Centre. Learn about the battle
which took place on 16th April 1746 when British
Government forces defeated the army of Prince
Charles Edward Stuart. The Visitor Centre shows
the background to this event. Walk around
the moorland to see monuments commemorating
troops. Continue through majestic Highland
scenery to Leault Farm where dogs herd sheep.
Drive past the Grampian Mountains to your
gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry.
Your first stop today is Blair Castle, home of the
Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Dating back to 1269,
the castle has been transformed through the ages,
from a strong medieval fortress to a Victorian
castle in the baronial style. You will learn about
Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie,
Queen Victoria and the Atholl Highlanders. Visit
Blair Athol Distillery to learn about whisky making
and sample a “wee dram”. Spend the afternoon
at leisure to explore the hotel gardens, museum
and facilities or browse around the town of
Visit Glamis Castle, legendary setting of Macbeth
and childhood home of the late Queen Mother.
Drive across the modern Tay Bridge to St Andrews,
the “Home of Golf.” See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course on a
panoramic drive. If you prefer, browse through
the medieval town with its ruined cathedral and
castle. Drive south into Edinburgh, Scotland’s
capital and enjoy a Scottish Evening with
dinner, haggis, bagpipes and kilts.
This morning explore Edinburgh on a
sightseeing tour. Compare and contrast
the wide streets and elegant mansions of
the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town”
with the narrow lanes and medieval
townhouses along the Royal Mile,
the oldest part of the city. Visit
the imposing Edinburgh Castle
and admire splendid views.
Spend the afternoon
and evening at leisure.
On July 30 to August 20
departures enjoy the Royal
Edinburgh Military Tattoo
at Edinburgh Castle.
Depart Edinburgh early
this morning and drive south through Ayrshire
and along the coast. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride
to Belfast and enjoy lunch on board. Close to the
Belfast ferry terminal in the heart of the docks,
visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner
through state-of-the-art displays. Drive south to
Dublin and check in to your hotel. You are free to dine independently.
Enjoy the morning at leisure or use your included
open-top bus tour voucher. At 2:00 pm meet a
local guide and tour central Dublin to see Trinity
College, public buildings, tranquil parks and rows
of Georgian houses. Take a guided tour through
historic Dublin Castle, seat of government for
centuries. Dine at the Merry Ploughboy Pub and
enjoy a great show.
Depart Dublin and stop
for photos at the stately
Rock of Cashel. Visit Blarney
Castle to kiss the famous
“Stone of Eloquence” and shop
at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Drive to
Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and
mountains. Check in to your hotel and relax before
dinner. Afterwards you may like to head to a
Today embark on the Ring of Kerry drive – a
winding route with awesome mountain and
coastline views. Watch a local farmer and his
dogs herding flocks of sheep. Cross to Valentia
Island by bridge to visit the Skellig Experience
which describes nearby islands. Enjoy an informal
lunch and pause at Moll’s Gap for stunning views
before returning to Killarney.
Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary
and view the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic
Ocean. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel and
enjoy free time. Head to Bunratty or Knappogue
Castle for a memorable medieval-style feast with
a program of song and harp music, evocative of
the Middle Ages.
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner