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The Scots Irish Tour

  • 2019 Scots Irish Tour – 15 Days/14 Nights
Starts Edinburgh
Ends Dublin
  • 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 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 4th, August 6th, August 11th, August 13th, August 18th and August 20th 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.

Dining Experiences:

  • 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 12 dinners including a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, and a festive medieval castle banquet

Trip Highlights:


  • Arigna Mining Experience


  • Blarney Castle


  • Cliffs of Moher


  • Edinburgh Castle


  • Giant’s Causeway


  • Glenveagh Castle & National Park


  • Isle of Skye

  • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

  • Royal Yacht Britannia


  • Titanic Belfast

Hotels:

  • Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club, near Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Columba Hotel, Inverness (Sunday Departures) or
    Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn (Tuesday Departures) (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)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel, or
    Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin (2 nights)

Hotels

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin

Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin Description:

This lively, modern hotel offers an excellent standard of hospitality, with two bars and two restaurants and 500 fully equipped guest rooms, making it Dublin’s largest hotel. With its many facilities and great location, it makes an ideal base for exploring Dublin. Located on Upper Leeson Street, this hotel is a 20-minute walk to Grafton Street. There is a city bus service right outside the hotel, which is within easy walking distance of Dublin’s “Georgian Mile” and the Grand Canal.

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney

Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney Description:

Overlooking Killarney National Park, this classic hotel is within 5 minute walk from the town center. Along with 3 restaurants, this hotel has a full-service spa and an indoor pool. Stylish, spacious and fully air conditioned, each room offers an unique style with comfortable accommodations.

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.

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.

Itinerary

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The Scots Irish Tour 15 days/ 14 nights / 26 meals

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

All components of this tour (hotels, visits and attractions) for 2019 itineraries are subject to change until finalized in September 2018.

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.

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 5 Glencoe & Rabbie Burns

Enjoy views of the magnificent Highlands as you travel through Glencoe and along 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

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 8 Glenveagh National Park & Kilronan Castle

Visit Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Enjoy a guided tour and stroll the extensive gardens. Spend free time in Donegal and have lunch independently, then head to Belleek Pottery to watch skilled craftspeople create delicate, highly decorative pieces. Travel to the luxurious Kilronan Castle with time to relax before 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 Dingle Peninsula & Killarney

Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary to discover the Dingle Peninsula. Take in views from Slea Head at the westernmost tip. Stop in Dingle to explore and sip an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn. Head to Killarney, a town settled beside three lakes in the shadow of Ireland’s highest mountains. (B, D)

Day 12Killarney & Jaunting Car Ride

Enjoy a horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Head to Kenmare for lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry for breathtaking vistas of mountains, cliffs, and beaches. Immerse yourself in farm life at Kissane Sheep Farm and see dogs herding sheep. Return to Killarney for a free evening. (B, L)

Day 13Blarney Castle & Dublin

Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or stroll through the gardens. Treat yourself to Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Travel through the rich dairy country of Cork and Tipperary, past the gentle slopes of the Galtee Mountains. Arrive in Dublin and enjoy a festive dinner at the Abbey Tavern followed by traditional entertainment. (B, D)

Day 14Dublin Sightseeing

Explore Dublin at your own pace with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum. (B)

Day 15Tour Ends in Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

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