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Irish & Scottish Sampler | CIE Tours

Irish & Scottish Sampler

  • 2020 Irish & Scottish Sampler – 8 Days/7 Nights
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33 reviews
Starts Dublin
Ends Edinburgh
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Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theater, and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 3 – 24 departures
  • 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 Distiller
  • Dalkey Castle
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Pollok House
  • Scenic Glens of Antrim
  • St Andrews
  • Hillsborough Castle

Dining Experiences:

  • 7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) at Crosskeys Inn and 5 dinners (D) including Taylors Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show and a Scottish evening in Edinburgh.


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


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Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dublin

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Dublin 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.


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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, a local resident. Enjoy a welcome drink at your castle hotel with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2Dublin Tour & Taylors Three Rock Pub

Take a panoramic tour of central Dublin to see rows of stately Georgian houses lining elegant squares. Pass Trinity College and then Leinster House, where both houses of the government convene. In the afternoon, take the Hop-On, Hop-Off tour for independent exploration of Dublin and admission to your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions: Guinness Storehouse, GPO Witness History, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or Teeling Distillery. In the evening, head to Taylors Three Rock for an Irish night with a traditional dinner and lively show. (B, D)

Day 3Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre & Belfast

Visit the Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre to learn about the nearby passage tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, followed by a visit to one of these ancient tombs, 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 stately Hillsborough Castle, the home of Queen Elizabeth when she visits Northern Ireland. (B, D)

Day 4Giant's Causeway & Crosskeys Inn

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. Enjoy lunch with your group in Ireland’s oldest thatched roof pub, the Crosskeys Inn. (B,L)

Day 5Ferry to Scotland & Pitlochry

Take a ferry ride to Scotland and head to the outskirts of Glasgow. Enjoy a visit to Pollok House, a grand country house that gives a real flavor of life in the 1930's. 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 6Whiskey 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. August 3- 24 departures attend 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 bagpipes and Highland dancing. (B, D)

Day 8Tour Ends in Edinburgh

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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If you would prefer a single room, there is a single-room supplement of US $545.

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Monday Apr 20, 2020 from Dublin Monday Apr 27, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $1899 Guaranteed Book Now
Monday May 4, 2020 from Dublin Monday May 11, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2649 Small Group Book Now
Monday May 18, 2020 from Dublin Monday May 25, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2249 Book Now
Monday May 25, 2020 from Dublin Monday Jun 1, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2299 Book Now
Monday Jun 8, 2020 from Dublin Monday Jun 15, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2299 Guaranteed Book Now
Monday Jun 22, 2020 from Dublin Monday Jun 29, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2399 Guaranteed Book Now
Monday Jul 6, 2020 from Dublin Monday Jul 13, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2349 Guaranteed Book Now
Monday Jul 20, 2020 from Dublin Monday Jul 27, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2349 Book Now
Monday Aug 3, 2020 from Dublin Monday Aug 10, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2749 Tattoo/Tour Guaranteed Sold Out
Monday Aug 10, 2020 from Dublin Monday Aug 17, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2689 Tattoo/Tour Guaranteed Book Now
Monday Aug 17, 2020 from Dublin Monday Aug 24, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2689 Tattoo/Tour Guaranteed Book Now
Monday Aug 24, 2020 from Dublin Monday Aug 31, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $3089 Tattoo/Guaranteed Small Group Book Now
Monday Aug 31, 2020 from Dublin Monday Sep 7, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2399 Book Now
Monday Sep 14, 2020 from Dublin Monday Sep 21, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2749 Small Group Book Now
Monday Oct 5, 2020 from Dublin Monday Oct 12, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2009 Guaranteed Book Now
Monday Oct 12, 2020 from Dublin Monday Oct 19, 2020 to Edinburgh 8 Days $2409 Small Group Book Now

33 Reviews

Customer: Murray Michael Packolyk

Date: 11/11/2018

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

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 09/28/2019

The booking agents were courteous and helpful in answering my questions. I would have liked more detailed itinerary.

Customer: Jody L Glasgow

Date: 09/26/2019

I think I was spoiled by Marlene Sullivan my 2018 CIE tour guide in southern Ireland. She was awesome !!! Austin lacks knowledge of the simplest points of interest. Nice guy but just didn't impress me with much history. He was confused with travel directions. We had a good driver but he was getting lost in Scotland trying to listen to Austin direction's. It cost us allot of time an we didn't get to see everything we were promised. Most likely wont be using CIE TOURS because of this matter. I truly believe Austin is a good person but has a issue with listening to people's needs.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/30/2019

Every aspect of the process was great: tour info, booking, documents, actual tour was terrific and as advertised.

Customer: Louis Thomas Mongillo Iii

Date: 08/30/2019

Very good. Knowledgeable.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/25/2019

We had a wonderful visit, we also would have liked to have stayed longer in a few Places.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/22/2019

I did it all online, no problems

Customer: James Dunwoody Mathias

Date: 08/15/2019

I would recommend your company to my friends.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 08/06/2019

Easy to use. I always received quick responses via email and follow up phone calls. They were always able to answer my questions as well.

Customer: Wayne Pulliam

Date: 07/21/2019

Website is well organized and easy to use. Emails were responded promptly.

Customer: Ms. Susan Edwards

Date: 07/18/2019

Booking was easy and available dates were plentiful to choose the best for my needs

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/12/2019

2nd CIE trip loved them both. Well planned itineraries, fun and fascinating venues. Drivers and tour guides were skilled and knowledgeable. We see much more on organized tours then we would in a week on our own. Great overviews for a first visit to a country. Plenty of opportunities for shopping and pictures. Love those Irish breakfasts!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 07/09/2019

We truly enjoyed our honeymoon. Great sights, wonderful tour guides and bus driver. However, we did not like or enjoy the Taste of Ireland Tour in Belfast. My husband and I had already set up to meet friends who live in Northern Ireland on a specific day and we had to change our/their plans at the last minute because of the CIE tour schedule being changed. It was alot of walking after we had done an excessive amount of walking that day, very little food and it was just not enjoyable. I suggest you take this out or improve it!

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/23/2019

One of the best trips ever! Such beautiful countries and genuinely nice people. Our tour director Marty was amazing, funny, and so knowledgeable. Plan to return and explore different areas.

Customer: Sarah Ann Mcguigan

Date: 06/21/2019

Marty the tour guide and John our coach driver were fantastic. Marty's knowledge and wit made the trip very fun and John's driving skills are second to none. If you can get on a tour with two do it. It is a first rate comedy team. Marty's knowledge of Whiskey made for great tips and taste testing at the various stops. I will travel with CIE again. You made my nieces graduation present very special.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 06/13/2019

sometimes got different responses from different agents; otherwise fine

Customer: Kurt Alexander Wivagg

Date: 05/31/2019

N/A but would book again

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/12/2018

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.

Customer: Ms. Joy Lillian Grenci

Date: 11/11/2018

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

Customer: Ms. Samantha Waddell

Date: 11/11/2018

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

Customer: Barbara Jane Beil

Date: 11/11/2018

excellent, Brian out tour guide was knowledgeable and nice.

Customer: Mrs. Mary Frances Miller

Date: 11/12/2018

Booked through agent in Florida, very thorough

Customer: Jerry Morris Darnell Sr

Date: 11/10/2018

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.

Customer: Mr. Harold David Beaudry

Date: 11/07/2018

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

Customer: Patricia C Middleton

Date: 11/07/2018

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

Customer: Mrs. Maureen Ellen Glynn-Hammond

Date: 11/07/2018

I booked online

Customer: Marianne Paleck

Date: 11/07/2018

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

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/08/2018

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

Customer: Carol Faith Tompkins

Date: 11/06/2018

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.

Customer: Mr. Samuel J Scola

Date: 11/06/2018


Customer: Mrs. Helen Elizabeth Payne

Date: 11/06/2018

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.

Customer: CIE Tours Customer

Date: 11/06/2018

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

Customer: Mr. Ken Griessel

Date: 11/07/2018

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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