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The Scots Irish Tour

  • 2019 Scots Irish Tour – 11 Days/10 Nights
Starts Edinburgh
Ends Shannon
  • Tour Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Dates and Prices
  • Reviews

Tour Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 4 – 20 departures.
  • Step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia and see behind the scenes of the Queen’s former floating home.
  • Sip an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn where you’ll learn about Tom Crean, an Irish explorer who bravely journeyed to the South Pole.

Trip Highlights:

  • Arigna Mining Experience
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Glenveagh Castle & National Park
  • Isle of Skye
  • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Titanic Belfast

Dining Experiences:

  • 10 breakfasts and 9 dinners including a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, and a festive medieval castle banquet


  • Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, near Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Columba Hotel, Inverness  or
    Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn (1 night)
  • Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (1 night)
  • Europa Hotel, Belfast (2 nights)
  • Station House Hotel, Letterkenny (1 night)
  • Kilronan Castle Hotel, Ballyfarnon (2 nights)
  • Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis (1 night)


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Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, Edinburgh

Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, Edinburgh Description:

Blending the traditions of a baronial manor with modern amenities, the Dalmahoy Marriott Hotel & Country Club is a breathtaking golf resort set on 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland. Our luxury hotel features intricate architecture, with our unique main house period rooms filled with character and traditional furnishings to create an unforgettable stay. Situated just seven miles from Edinburgh city centre, guests can easily access world-class attractions while enjoying on-site amenities that include two 18-hole golf courses, an indoor pool, tennis courts, beauty salon and the Dalmahoy Leisure Club. Home of the award-winning Pentland Restaurant, this luxurious hotel also offers full-service catering to complement the unparalleled event spaces that make the Dalmahoy a truly remarkable destination in Edinburgh.

Columba Hotel, Inverness

Columba Hotel, Inverness Description:

Opened in 1881, this grand historic hotel combines contemporary style and amenities with traditional comfort. Each room features excellent modern facilities including movies, music, radio on demand, and free high-speed wireless internet access. There is a traditional roast meal restaurant with a range of hot, cold and grilled options. This hotel is in a great location in the heart of Inverness, with splendid views of the Ness River and Inverness Castle.

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.

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 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.

Europa Hotel, Belfast

Europa Hotel, Belfast Description:

This well-established hotel offers 272 bedrooms with every comfort and luxury, including soundproofing to ensure a good night’s sleep. Enjoy good food, live piano and street views at the Piano Bar upstairs. Head to The Causerie for snacks and specials or to the Lobby Bar for drinks and pub grub. Located on Great Victoria Street, in the heart of Belfast. The Opera House is next door, and the historic Crown Liquor Saloon is across the street. Within easy walking distance of Donegall Square.

Station House Hotel, Letterkenny

Station House Hotel, Letterkenny Description:

This 3-star modern contemporary boutique hotel offers high-quality accommodation. The 81 colorful, spacious bedrooms all offer modern facilities such as flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and computer modem connection. Luxury glass-paneled private bathrooms have showers and full-length mirrors. The Depot Cafe Bar offers casual and formal dining in a contemporary yet relaxed ambience with live entertainment at the weekends. The hotel is 30 miles north of Donegal town and 20 miles west of Derry, ideal for exploring the northern part of County Donegal.

Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon

Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon Description:

This castle hotel offers excellent hospitality and a warm welcome to guests. The traditional and luxurious public rooms offer a delightful haven in which to dine or relax. The 84 guestrooms are designed for a restful experience and include minibars, coffee/tea makers and other amenities. Relax in the world-class spa and leisure center. The hotel is in a secluded area between the towns of Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon, about 100 miles NW from Dublin.

Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis

Temple Gate Hotel, Ennis Description:

On the site of a 19th century Convent of Mercy, this contemporary family-owned hotel delivers a unique blend of warm hospitality, friendly service and pleasing decor. Each guest room offers all amenities for your comfort. Legends Restaurant is renowned for its good food and service. The traditional Preacher’s Pub has an inviting atmosphere, often with Irish music session.LOCATION: In the center of the market town of Ennis within easy walking distance of shops, cafes and pubs. Easy access to Shannon Airport which is 15 miles away. Hotel parking


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The Scots Irish Tour 11 days/ 10 nights / 19 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner


Day 1 Edinburgh & Royal Yacht Britannia

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your Edinburgh hotel. Tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former floating home of the Queen on many of her travels. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.

Day 2Edinburgh Castle & City Tour

See the highlights of central Edinburgh including the bustling Princes Street and the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town.” Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore. Enjoy a Scottish evening with dining and a lively show with bagpipes, kilts, and Highland dancing. The August 4th - 20th departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B, D)

Day 3Blair Castle & Highlands

Head through the scenic countryside of Perthshire to visit Blair Castle. Enjoy a tour of Blair Athol Distillery to see whisky production and sample a dram. In Pitlochry, spend some free time exploring and have lunch independently. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to Inverness (Sunday departures) or Nairn (Tuesday departures). (B, D)

Day 4Isle of Skye & Clan Donald Centre

Travel alongside Loch Ness and through the Highlands, pausing for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle. Return to the mainland by ferry and take the “Road to the Isles” through some majestic Highland scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. (B, D)

Day 5Glencoe & Rabbie Burns

Enjoy views of the magnificent Highlands as you travel through Glencoe and alongside the shore of Loch Lomond. Stop in Alloway to visit the poet Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Embark on a short ferry ride to Belfast. (B, D)

Day 6Titanic Belfast & Crosskeys Inn

At Titanic Belfast, delve into the history of the famous liner. Walk with a local guide to see the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and Victorian buildings, including the Opera House and the Crown Liquor Saloon. Your afternoon is free to explore. In the evening, visit Crosskeys Inn for dinner and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 7Giant’s Causeway & Derry’s Walls

Enjoy the scenic route of the Nine Glens of Antrim, known for views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Discover the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns, and pause for photos at the Dunluce Castle ruins. Head to Derry for a walking tour with a local guide to see the 17th-century city walls and the Diamond, the main central square. (B, D)

Day 8Glenveagh National Park & Kilronan Castle

Visit Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Enjoy a guided tour and stroll through the extensive gardens. Spend free time in Donegal and have lunch independently before heading to Belleek Pottery. Watch skilled craftspeople mold and decorate clay to form delicate and highly decorative pieces. Travel to the luxurious Kilronan Castle with time to relax before enjoying dinner in the castle’s fine restaurant. (B, D)

Day 9Arigna Mining & Carrick on Shannon

Visit the Arigna Mining Centre to experience what life was like for a coal miner in the Arigna Valley. Then enjoy some free time in the historic town of Carrick-on-Shannon, situated on the River Shannon, and relax in your castle hotel before dinner. (B, D)

Day 10Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet

Head to Galway and join a local guide for a gentle walking tour. See the narrow streets, the medieval city walls, and Lynch’s Castle. Travel through the Burren, an area of limestone hills that supports a wide range of flora. View the Cliffs of Moher, soaring high above the Atlantic. In the evening, head to Knappogue or Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style banquet. (B, D)

Day 11 Tour Ends In Ennis

Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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41 Reviews

They were very organized and professional.

The knowledge and expertise of the guides and drivers was top notch. They told the story as we travelled in total comfort. The accommodation, meals and activities were excellent and I would highly recommend CIE to anyone wanting to see the UK and Ireland.

Booking was easy. All of my questions were answered. When I called about not receiving my "Go To Guide" I was sent on by mail and also sent a PDF of the brochure in case the mailed one did not arrive before our departure.

Great sites, great guides, really good food - only problem was living out of a suitcase

Booking for us were great. The tour of Scotland and Ireland was outstanding. We had excellent tour *******, drivers, and city tour guides.were very knowledgeable. Hotel accomodations were outstanding. Night entertainment was great. All in all a great experience.

was better than we could expect travel guide was great reservations worked out great we were overwelmd with some of the hoteles and arangmenes thank you to all that put it to gather we rely felt like royalty

Booking was difficult because we were placed on hold multiple times.

Beautiful locations. Amazing tour guides! Very knowledgeable and helpful.

Good service as we booked late due to health issues and happy to get the last 2 seats on the tour. We did run into some problems as we requested double/Queen bed but not always available, same issue with walk-in shower because of mobility issues. Probably related to our late booking.

very pleased with the help I received from Zachary in working our choice of trips and airline reservations.

The tour was very well organized, and any issues were minor and dealt with efficiently. I would recommend them to anyone.

booked thru Vacations to Go

Booking was handled professionally. Would use again.

The itinerary for our trip was excellent, and so were the hotels (two castle stays!) but the absolute best part of the trip was the Tour Director. Joe not only organized and took care of all of us the entire trip, but he shared with us his personal insights and experiences that enhanced the history of Ireland and made it very real for us. I feel this was what made our group become so close, and some of us still keep in touch and plan on taking another trip next year!

Excellent from start to finish.

Everything was just perfect. The tour guide Patrick in Scotland and the driver/tour guide Joe in Scotland and Ireland were incredible. Knowledgable, fun and in control of our trip made it wonderful.

What a wonderful experience we had using CIE Tours! They made visiting Ireland and Scotland an absolute pleasure! ! Colm made every moment memorable!

The guides were amazing. Tour Directors were great! They were knowledge, thoughtful and often humorous. We saw beautiful countryside, met friendly people and had good food. Surprisingly we adapted to the early up mornings and packing with each day.

They were helpful with booking our tour and when a problem arose about size of bed in room they called and made the correction with the hotels.

Because they handled EVERYTHING. All my husband and I did was sit back and enjoy. For us, it was the trip of a lifetime and having the excellent service of our CIE drivers and guides with us just made it a fantastic trip!

great customer service and lots of fun

This 2018 trip was my second with CIE and it was grand. So many memorable moments. The hospitality of CIE is superb as much as the Scotland and Ireland countries. Booking with CIE is easy and smooth.

Unhappy. We all booked flights at same time and our group was split up on different flights. Also told we had certain seats then later learned our seats were change to very back of plane.

The tour itself was very nice. The pace was comfortable and all but 1 of the hotels were excellent. The guides were professional while not being stiff. Their commentary was excellent and at times funny. I would certainly book CIE again.

Well planned. Some of the hotels were not what I would have expected and we could have used more time in a couple of the cities in Ireland that we only passed through. The bus driver/tour directors were AMAZING!

Excellent tour. Especially enjoyed not being nickeled and dimed for extras. Everything is included! Exceptional guides/driver. Definitely would recommend to family and friends. Would like option to pre-pay gratuities or have included in price. Did not like carrying cash for most of trip. Otherwise very pleased.

We were able to book the vacation and the flights quickly. Each question we had for the company was answered promptly and pleasantly.

I was very pleased with the service received through e- mail and telephone. When I had questions, responses from staff were prompt, courteous, and very helpful. We were equally pleased with the actual tour, the coach driver/ guide was great and all of the local guides were pleasant, humorous and very well as being knowledgeable. We only had one hiccup - we did not receive our tour packages (back packs, luggage straps, guide book etc.). We advised our driver and he and our local guide made arrangements to have the packages catch up with us eventually, although we never did receive the guide book , which apparently had useful information in it.

Very easy to deal with. Nice customer bonus packages.

great tour guides

I sent an email to our CIE agent and got no response here is a copy. Please pass this on to the appropriate official. The tour was excellent 13 days of fun and learning along with the sight seeing. The last day after we submitted our survery was to say the least a mess. The remaining 24 people on the last couple of days were told a bus was to pick us up at the hotel, the Clayton Hotel Burlington road at 8:45 AM which would take us to the double deck green Dublin loop bus for which we all had vouchers. No bus showed, the hotel people seem to think a bus would arrive at 9:30 but again no bus showed. We were told it was a 10 minute walk but no directions were available just walk down that street. At this point we had to take a cab. No one at the hotel seemed to know anything. On the 14th day, members of our group of 8 made arrangements in accordance with the voucher provided to use for a VIP taxi pickup, We told them 8 people and 8 suitcases. This was for a 5:30AM pickup. The 1st taxi that showed up was a small mini van which was able to take 4 of the 8 in our group. This taxi left but told the remaining 4 people another taxi was on the way and would be there in a few minutes. When the taxi showed up it could only carry 2 people and there luggage. Another taxi had to be called to take the 2 remaining people to the airport. We should never have had all 8 people under 1 vouchers. In was a nightmare trying to get to the airport. Better arrangements should have been made. For future references vouchers should only be issued to groups of 2 people or change the arrangements with VIP taxi services.

Everything from start to finish was professional and courteously accomplished!

Yes, I would recommend CIE and have already done so. This was our 2nd trip with CIE in the same countries.

The booking service was very helpful in providing information about the tour.

very good

Great booking experience! Ian was very helpful.

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