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Irish & Scottish Sampler

  • 2019 Irish & Scottish Sampler – 8 Days/7 Nights
Starts Dublin
Ends Edinburgh
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 29 – August 19th departures
  • Discover the unique flavors of Belfast as a local guide leads you on a fun walk of some top food and drink spots around Belfast city center.
  • Visit Brú na Boinne to learn about the Neolithic people who built the ancient passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth – older than the pyramids and mysterious marvels to this day.

Trip Highlights:

  • Blair Athol Distillery
  • Dalkey Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Pollok House
  • Scenic Glens of Antrim
  • St Andrews
  • St. Michan’s Church Dublin
  • Hillsborough Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners including Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show, a Scottish evening in Edinburgh and a tasting tour in Belfast.

Hotels:

  • Fitzpatrick Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Maldron Hotel, Belfast (2 night)
  • Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (1 night)
  • Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)

Hotels

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Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dún Laoghaire

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dún Laoghaire Description:

This friendly, family-run hotel offers fine views over Dublin Bay. The Library Bar is the perfect venue for a quiet drink, and you may dine in the award-winning PJ’s Restaurant or in the informal Dungeon Restaurant. Guest rooms provide every amenity for a comfortable stay, and the hotel offers extensive leisure facilities. The hotel is located in Killiney, a suburb 9 miles south of Dublin city center and 18 miles from Dublin Airport. Fast DART train service into Dublin is a half mile away.

Maldron Hotel Belfast City, Belfast

Maldron Hotel Belfast City, Belfast Description:

The Maldron Hotel is a four-star hotel located in the heart of Belfast city, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and historic landmarks. It’s minutes from popular tourist attractions, the Grand Opera House and Great Victoria Square. The hotel has a bar, the Grain and Grill restaurant offers a variety of dining options, and a buffet breakfast is served. The rooms are air-conditioned and offer a desk, seating area and flat-screen TV.

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry Description:

Originally opened in Victorian times, the Atholl Palace Hotel retains many features of a traditional large country house, with relaxing public areas. The historic nature of the hotel means that every bedroom is unique, with quirky original features, outstanding views and furnishings of the highest standards. The Verandah Restaurant is famed for its stunning views and its quality cuisine, using the very best of local produce. The Stag’s Head bar offers a wide range of malt whiskies. The hotel is located in spacious gardens and is within a 15-minute walk of the town of Pitlochry.

Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh

Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh Description:

This contemporary hotel is a 7-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle, which can be viewed from some of the guest rooms. Sophisticated yet casual rooms have designer toiletries, free WiFi and 42-inch flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffee-making equipment. A brasserie offers breakfast, lunch and evening meals, plus city views, and private dining is available at a rooftop restaurant with castle views. Other amenities include an indoor pool and fitness suite. The Grassmarket hosts an excellent collection of pubs and restaurants of many types.

Itinerary

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IRISH & SCOTTISH SAMPLER 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

 

Day 1DUBLIN ARRIVAL & DALKEY HERITAGE TOWN

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Dublin hotel. Visit Dalkey Castle, built in 1390, where 500 years of history are brought to life with costumed actors in a fun and interactive tour. Your leisurely stroll in this heritage town will follow in the footsteps of international best-selling writer Maeve Binchy to the Memorial Garden in her honor and past the favorite pub of U2’s Bono. Enjoy a welcome drink at your castle hotel with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2DUBLIN TOUR & TAYLOR’S THREE ROCK PUB

Tour central Dublin to see rows of stately Georgian houses lining elegant squares. Pass Trinity College and Leinster House, where both houses of the government convene. Visit St. Michan’s Church to admire the fine interior woodwork and an organ on which Handel is said to have played his Messiah. Take the Hop-On, Hop-Off tour for an independent exploration of Dublin and admission to one of Dublin’s top attractions. In the evening, head to Taylors Three Rock for an Irish night for a traditional dinner and lively show. (B, D)

Day 3BRÚ NA BÓINNE VISITOR CENTRE & BELFAST

Visit the Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre to learn about the nearby Passage Tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, constructed over 5,000 years ago. Embark on a panoramic tour of Belfast to see Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square, and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built. Visit the majestic Hillsborough Castle, the home of the Queen when she visits Ireland. (B, D)

Day 4GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & TASTE & BELFAST TASTING TOUR

Travel along part of the Nine Glens of Antrim, a scenic region with lovely views of mountains, valleys, and coastline. Discover the Giant’s Causeway, a natural wonder formed over 60 million years ago by cooling lava that has given rise to many legends. In the evening, join a guide for a fun and food-filled walking and tasting tour to some of Belfast City Centre’s top food and drink spots. (B, D)

Day 5FERRY TO SCOTLAND & PITLOCHRY

Take a ferry ride to Scotland and head to the outskirts of Glasgow. Enjoy a guided tour of Pollok House, a grand country house that gives a real flavor of life in the 1930s. Continue northwards into the magnificent scenery of the Scottish Highlands to your historic hotel in Pitlochry. The hotel still retains many original features, with unique guest rooms and spacious grounds. (B, D)

Day 6WHISKY TASTING & ST ANDREWS

Tour Blair Athol Distillery to see how whisky is distilled and sample a “wee dram.” Continue to St Andrews on the east coast. This town is renowned as the “Home of Golf” and for its university, Scotland’s oldest. Take a short walking tour and spend some time exploring on your own. July 29th - August 19th departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 7EDINBURGH TOUR & CASTLE

Head out on a sightseeing tour of Edinburgh to see the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town, built to expand the cramped conditions found in the old city. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where medieval houses are clustered closely together. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle, where the crown jewels of Scotland are housed. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Scottish dinner followed by a lively show of Highland dancing and bagpipes. (B, D)

Day 8TOUR ENDS EDINBURGH

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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18 Reviews


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Yes, I would use CIE Tours again. The booking process was fairly straight forward, the follow through was timely, the travel booklet helpful, as promised & a last minute request to add a 'transfer' was accommodated with ease.

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Most of our trip in Ireland and Scotland was most enjoyable. However, it is difficult to understand and very disappointing that you would allow us to book into Belfast on the known dates there would be protest marches and bonfires. Our planned activities were cancelled as scheduled and we spent both evenings sequestered in our hotel. We both feel we did not get the opportunity to learn about Belfast, experience things as stated and that we paid for. Affordable Tours agent was very helpful in making our travel arrangements with CIE

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I enjoyed my trip to Ireland. The tour guide was amazing and extremely knowledgeable. I would highly recommend CIE Tours to others.

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excellent, Brian out tour guide was knowledgeable and nice.

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The Tour was awesome from our tour guide Kristianne to our coach driver Allan. I would recommend this tour, it takes you from the Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland and Scotland.....well worth the money. All hotels and sights were #1

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Booked through agent in Florida, very thorough

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The driver and guide were fantastic! The problem came with issues with United when we were traveling to Ireland and we had so little time in St. Andrews.

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Booking was fine.

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Actually went through an independent travel agent this time. She was thorough and efficient but I missed talking to the Irish lassies.

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They delivered eveything and the guide and driver were excellent!!!!

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I booked online; was super easy. Even when I had to call to give my final payment, service was excellent.

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I booked online

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CIE Service was excellent from the booking of the tour and throughout the entire tour!

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I would recommend them, but if I were to book again, and I might, I would take more time to investigate each site to be visited. For instance, we rode by the Titanic museum. We did not visit the Titanic museum. Disappointment. The meal the first evening in a conference room at the hotel was ok, but the atmosphere was . . . a conference room in a hotel.

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GREAT TIME AND MEALS WERE GREAT TOO.

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The Tour Guide and Driver were fantastic. Unfortunately they had to put up with infirm people who should have had carers with them. Too many things were squeezed in every day. Alot we could have done without. Found Belfast gaol very depressing plus some church with bones underneath did not appeal to me. This is my personal view only. I am also a vegetarian and found most dinners did not cater for this at the hotels. Rissotto seemed to be it. Can't stand rissotto. I am not a vegetarian by choice . Hotels were lovely. As I said, Tour Guide and Driver could not be faulted for their manners and patience. ( Patrick O'Riordan and Sam Lockhart). I would definitely book again but for a longer trip next time. This is my second CIE tour.

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CIE is a great company to work with. Have recommended them to many of our friends. Driver and guide was excellent.

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I bought from before and I probably will again. my only issue is contacting someone when I need tom talk to someone. Sometimes it takes a while. Also we thought we had booked a small bus/van, but we got a large one.

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