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Scottish & Irish Dream

  • 2019 Scottish & Irish Dream- 13 Days/12 Nights
Starts Glasgow
Ends Shannon
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 28 – August 18 departures.
  • Sample a “wee dram” as you learn about whisky making at Blair Athol Distillery.

Trip Highlights:

  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Connemara Marble Factory
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Inveraray Castle
  • Isle of Skye
  • Skellig Experience
  • St Andrews
  • Titanic Belfast

Dining Experiences

  • 12 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 8 dinners (D) including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh, a Medieval castle banquet, and The Merry Ploughboy Pub in Dublin.

Hotels:

  • Radisson Blu Glasgow or Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow (1 night)
  • Isle of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (1 night)
  • Muthu Newtown Hotel. Nairn (1 night)
  • Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (2 night)
  • Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 night)

Hotels

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Description:

Stay at this modern city centre hotel in Glasgow.  The rooms are calming with a muted tonal palette …

Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow

Description:

The historic and stylish Hilton Grosvenor Hotel is located in Glasgow’s West End overlooking the Botanic Gardens. The interior is elegant and sleek with calming muted tones, and is a perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing.

Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish

Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish Description:

This hotel nestles on the side of a peninsula reaching into Loch Leven at the foot of Glencoe. This …

Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn

Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn Description:

This beautiful Scottish baronial-style mansion was built as a family home in 1872 and has been a hotel since 1951. It recently has undergone extensive refurbishments to ensure a comfortable stay. All 56 guest rooms have been modernized while retaining the traditional ambience. This imposing building is set on 21 acres of mature parkland and gardens, bordering the Moray Firth on the North Sea and overlooks the Nairn Golf Course.

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry

Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry Description:

Originally opened in Victorian times, the Atholl Palace Hotel retains many features of a traditional…

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh Description:

This sleek, modern hotel features 156 rooms furnished to the highest standard with triple-glazed windows to offer a quiet, peaceful sanctuary in the middle of the city. The stylish Steak and Grill restaurant and cozy Piano Lounge serves only the finest locally-sourced Scottish cuisine. Unwind at the swimming pool, gym and spa. It is located close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament, within easy walking distance of the shops and pubs along the Royal Mile.

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin Description:

This hotel was once a Masonic School and still retains many striking original features that give it …

Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney

Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney Description:

This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and v…

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty

Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty Description:

This luxury hotel in Killarney is located just 10 minutes from the town centre and Killarney National Park. The common areas are elegant and bright, while rooms are classic and offer understated sophistication. Try dining on locally sourced food in the wood paneled Druids restaurant, or enjoy a drink, and live music on the weekends, in the hotel bar.

Itinerary

 

2019 SCOTTISH & IRISH DREAM 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHT / 21 MEALS

Day 1: GLASGOW CITY TOUR
Tour begins at 2:30 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Your guide will lead you on an introductory tour of central Glasgow. See the main attractions including parks and squares and view extensive art collections at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Join your group for a welcome drink. <b

Day 2: LOCH LOMOND & INVERARAY CASTLE
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond with views of Highland peaks. Stroll through Inveraray before touring Inveraray Castle, which you may recognize from the “Downton Abbey” series. Drive through Glencoe, considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful places, and on to the loch shore in Ballachulish.
(B, D)

Day 3: ISLES OF SKYE & EILIAN DONAN CASTLE
Take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the Isle of Skye and visit the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Keep your camera ready as you travel along the shores of Loch Ness on your way to your hotel in Nairn, a lovely manor house set in spacious grounds near the North Sea.
(B, D)

Day 4: CULLODEN & SHEEPDOGS
Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the historic battle. Walk around the serene moorland to see monuments commemorating the troops. Immerse yourself in farm life at a local farm as you watch dogs herd sheep. Travel to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry.
(B, D)

Day 5: BLAIR CASTLE & WHISKY TASTING
Visit Blair Castle, dating back to 1269, which has been transformed through the ages from a medieval fortress to a Victorian castle in the baronial style. Tour Blair Athol Distillery to learn about whiskey making and sample a “wee dram.” Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the hotel gardens, museum, and facilities or stroll around Pitlochry.
(B, D)

Day 6: GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS
Tour Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of Macbeth, then 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. Browse through the medieval town with its
ruined cathedral and castle. In Edinburgh, enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, and kilts.
(B, D)

Day 7: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Discover the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” and the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city on a tour of Edinburgh. Visit the imposing Edinburgh Castle and admire splendid views. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. The July 28 to August 18 departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
(B)

Day 8: BELFAST & DUBLIN
Say farewell to your Scottish guide and embark on a ferry ride to Belfast, enjoying lunch on board. Immerse yourself in the history of the Titanic through displays at Titanic Belfast. In Dublin, check out local pubs or restaurants for an independent dinner.
(B, L)

Day 9: DUBLIN & MERRY PLOUGHBOY PUB
The morning is yours to explore Dublin independently. The Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour is a great option – use your included vouchers to see the sites and visit one attraction. At 2:00 PM meet your new Irish guide/driver and tour group in the hotel lobby and set off to see Trinity College, public buildings, tranquil parks, and rows of Georgian houses. Take a guided tour through Dublin Castle, the historic heart of Dublin. This evening, enjoy a traditional Irish dinner and show at Merry Ploughboy Pub.
(B, D)

Day 10: BLARNEY CASTLE & KILLARNEY
Head to the stately Rock of Cashel for memorable photos. Gain the gift of gab when you kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” at Blarney Castle. Treat yourself to quality Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills  before heading to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains. After dinner, you may like to head to a “singing pub.”
(B, D)

Day 11: RING OF KERRY & SKELLIG EXPERIENCE
The Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with awesome mountain and coastline views – will provide you many photo opportunities. Enjoy lunch before crossing to Valentia Island and the Skellig Experience, which describes nearby islands. Watch a demonstration of
highly skilled dogs herding flocks of sheep. Spend a free evening in Killarney.

(B, L)

Day 12: CLIFFS OF MOHER & BUNRATTY CASTLE
Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and view the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches high above the Atlantic. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, relax and enjoy free time before heading out for a memorable medieval-style
feast complete with songs and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages.

(B, D)

Day 13: TOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
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11 Reviews


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Fabulous! Maureen was wonderful and very helpful.

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Everything was exactly as planned. No, everything was BETTER than planned. Nice hotels, well thought out stops/tours, and WONDERFUL guides! I would go again tomorrow!

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My daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed our Scottish-Irish 14-day Dream Tour. We made lasting memories and great new friends. Our guide, Ian, in Scotland was amazing and fun. We were disappointed to have our tour group divided up for the Irish portion and there was some confusion on the first day of that part of the tour, but we still had an amazing time. Such a beautiful and historic part of the world!

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The booking people were very nice to work with. Very professional and they tried their best to get my trip booked on a very short notice and managed to get it done! It was my first trip by myself and I couldn't have had a better experience. The drivers and guide were excellent. The people on the tour were great. I am keeping in touch with several of them. Going to Scotland and Ireland was the one thing on my bucket list and I am so glad that I went with CIE Tours. They were there to meet me at the airport and every step of the way until they dropped me off to head home.

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Some of the hotels were out of the city and hard to experience city/night life. Meals at the hotels were repetitious.

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It was easy to book. Once we booked the tour, we did not get calls or emails in response to our inquiries.

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Very helpful . Always answered questions. No problems booking at all

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Very good customer service over the phone. Gave us lots of help and a discount. Price for airfare was great--much better than we could have done on our own.

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