Authentic Local Experiences:
- Reserved seats at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 28 – August 18 departures.
- Mill the malt, stir the mash and smell the hops on a tour of Smithwick’s Experience, telling the story of the popular breweryin the heart of Kilkenny since 1710.
- Culloden Battlefield
- Glamis Castle
- St Andrews
- Edinburgh Castle
- Titanic Belfast
- Blarney Castle
- House of Waterford Crystal
- 14 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 9 dinners (D) including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh, a traditional Irish Night in Killarney, and dinner in a Dublin restaurant.
- Radisson Blu Glasgow or Hilton Glasgow (1 night)
- Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (1 night)
- Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn (1 night)
- Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (2 night)
- Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh (2 nights)
- Royal Marine Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
- Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway (2 nights)
- Great Southern Killarney Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
- Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
- Clayton Hotel Burlinghton Road, Dublin (1 night)
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Dive into the culture-rich heart of Glasgow from the stylish surroundings of the iconic Radisson Blu Hotel, just opposite from the Central Railway Station at 301 Argyle Street. It is a striking building, known for its sculptural copper wall that runs down Argyle Street. Choose from any of its carefully created rooms and suites and enjoy first-class amenities such as Free high-speed, wireless Internet plus bathrobes and slippers. This contemporary city-center hotel also offers easy access to all of the city’s major transport links and famous shopping destinations. Take time to sample the creative fare of the on-site eatery, the Collage Restaurant, which offers a taste of British fare with a sumptuous selection of specialty dishes. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the on-site bar, Grahamston at the Atrium, where you can savor perfectly poured cocktails, wine and beer. The Radisson Blu Hotel is the perfect choice for urban adventure-seekers traveling with CIE Tours.
Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow
Set in a historic building with a modern and stylish interior, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor is the perfect place to stay when visiting Scotland’s biggest city. Set in the bustling West End of Glasgow, just minutes from many attractions, the hotel is ideally located at 1-9 Grosvenor Terrace, G12 OTA. With marble bathrooms, WiFi (fee applies) and LCD TVs, our guest rooms offer the perfect place for CIE Tours’ guests to relax after a day of exploring. Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor features two dining venues, including Bo’Vine Meats & Wines, serving up delicious 28-day aged steaks, fish dishes, salads and an extensive wine list. Our stylish beGIN bar offers a selection of over 60 gins as well as craft beers, cocktails, wines and soft drinks in a unique atmosphere. With a listed façade, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor offers a unique setting to explore Scotland’s biggest city.
Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish
This hotel nestles on the side of a peninsula reaching into Loch Leven at the foot of Glencoe. This friendly, modern hotel offers everything for an ideal vacation – spacious bedrooms with loch and mountain-views in a relaxed atmosphere. Bedrooms are modern and comfortable, with breathtaking views. The Lochside Restaurant offers a hearty Scottish breakfast every morning and the best of Scottish produce. Guest can enjoy Wi-Fi access throughout their stay, as well as the leisure center with pool, hydro seat, bio-sauna and exercise room.
Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn
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
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.
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh
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.
Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Originally built in 1863, this hotel today offers 228 air-conditioned guestrooms, all featuring modern decor in natural shades with burgundy touches and light-wood furnishings. Experience fine dining or casual bar food and enjoy the award-winning Sansana SPA and Pier Health Club. Dun Laoghaire has many shops and restaurants to explore. The property overlooks Dun Laoghaire Harbour and Dublin Bay and is located eight miles from Dublin city center. Dublin International Airport is 16 miles away, and can be reached by car or airport coach in approximately 45 minutes. Hotel parking.
The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway
Established in 2001 in Galway City Centre, The Galmont Hotel & Spa is one of Ireland’s finest 4 star hotels. Just a three-minute walk from the central Eyre Square and overlooking Galway Bay, The Galmont (formerly the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Galway) stands in the heart of the city. With a range of guest rooms to choose from, the hotel is home to the award-winning Spirit One Spa and the best events facilities in the west of Ireland. Whether you’re in Galway for a weekend getaway, a family trip or on business, this hotel’s central location, helpful team and excellent facilities will make your stay one to remember.
Great Southern Killarney, Killarney
First opened in 1854, this hotel offers old-world charm coupled with up-to-date luxurious facilities and friendly service. Enjoy great food in the elegant dining room and relax in the bar or one of the many sitting areas. Guests will luxuriate in spacious and well-equipped bedrooms, and can take advantage of a full-service leisure center. The hotel is set on 20 acres of secluded, landscaped gardens, yet sits right in the center of Killarney and within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs.
SCOTTISH & IRISH GOLD 15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1 GLASGOW CITY TOUR
Tour begins 2:30 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Tour central Glasgow’s main attractions including parks, squares, and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group.
Day 2LOCH LOMOND & INVERARAY CASTLE
Embark on a cruise of Loch Lomond for views of Highland peaks. Stroll through Inveraray before touring Inveraray Castle, which you may recognize from the Downton Abbey series. Travel through Glencoe, considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful places, and then to your hotel in Ballachulish. (B, D)
Day 3 ISLES OF SKYE & EILEAN 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 4CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD & SHEEPDOGS
Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the historic battle. Stroll the moorland to see monuments commemorating troops. Immerse yourself in farm life and enjoy a sheepdog demonstration. Spend the evening in a gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)
Day 5BLAIR CASTLE & WHISKY TASTING
Tour Blair Castle, then visit Blair Athol Distillery to learn about whisky making and sample a “wee dram.” Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the hotel gardens, museum, and facilities, or browse around Pitlochry town. (B, D)
Day 6GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS
Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This majestic building is filled with priceless artifacts and furnishings. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf,” to see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Enjoy free time to browse through the medieval town. In Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts, and Highland dancing. (B, D)
Day 7EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Explore Edinburgh to 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. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. On July 28 to August 18 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle Esplanade. (B)
Day 8TITANIC BELFAST & DUN LAOGHAIRE
Say farewell to your Scottish guide/driver 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. Head to your hotel in the seaside town of Dun Laoghaire near Dublin, and meet your Irish driver/guide. Enjoy a free evening in this bustling seaside town. (B, L)
Day 9CLONMACNOISE & GALWAY
Meet your new Irish tour group this morning. Journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Head to Galway for a guided walking tour through the city center. Enjoy free time to explore Galway on your own before dinner. (B, D)
Day 10CONNEMARA & CATAMARAN CRUISE
Explore Kylemore Abbey and gardens, and enjoy a casual lunch. Embark on a cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord (March 18 –October 21 departures), and enjoy views of hills where traces of “lazy beds” of potato ridges from the 19th century can still be seen. Spend a free evening in Galway. (B, L)
Day 11CLIFFS OF MOHER & IRISH NIGHT
Visit a farm to enjoy a demonstration of dogs herding sheep. See the Cliffs of Moher, soaring almost 700 feet above the Atlantic. Ferry across the River Shannon and head to picturesque Killarney. Enjoy an Irish evening featuring a lively show and dinner. (B, D)
Day 12JAUNTING CAR & RING OF KERRY
A traditional jaunting car will drive you along the shores of Lough Leane to view Ross Castle. Take in the views as you travel the famous Ring of Kerry and stop for a casual lunch. Take a break in the colorful village of Sneem before returning to Killarney for a free evening. (B, L)
Day 13BLARNEY CASTLE & WATERFORD CRYSTAL
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or stroll through the lovely gardens. Stop in Dungarvan at the Marine Bar for an Irish coffee and informal traditional music. At the House of Waterford Crystal watch glass blowing and cutting by master craftspeople. (B, D)
Day 14WATERFORD WALK & DUBLIN
Take a walking tour through the narrow streets of the old city to discover Waterford’s long history. Visit Kilkenny where yo will go to the Smithwick’s Experience before heading to Dublin, where you'll savor an elegant farewell dinner at a local restaurant (B, D)
Day 15TOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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