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Best of Ireland and Scotland 2014

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Blarney Castle near Cork, IrelandTrinity CollegeArthur's Seat
Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland
Trinity College
Arthur's Seat
  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Wild scenery, hearty cuisine, warming whisky and Guinness. This Gaelic adventure introduces you to the classic symbols of Ireland and Scotland, and the secret and secluded alternatives. It's Insider moments like… the warm hit of Glengoyne whisky, made by tenth generation distillers, as you taste Scotland's slowest-made malt blend in an epic setting. After seeing the process, you can splash out to distil your own bottle. In Ireland, it's hearing the legend of giant Finn McCool at the Giant's Causeway, knowing your visit will support its future. Or joining our Insider at the Irish National Stud, for an exclusive journey to meet retired horses and experts who've made this one of the world's greatest horseracing nations.


On every itinerary, we offer a range of optional excursions that allow you to further enhance your experience should you so choose. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Trafalgar Travel Director. Depending on the region visited these can be paid with cash or credit card.

A reduction of 25% of the cost of the Optional Excursions is offered to all children under the age of 16 years at the time of travel. Please Note: This discount to does not apply to North America optionals, as they are already discounted.


    • + An Evening Of Irish Entertainment A chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best Folk tradition. Enjoy a drink whilst being entertained by the people who live and work in the area.


    • + Belfast pub tour With a local guide we set out on foot to explore some of Belfasts old and hidden away pubs - one of which dates back to 1630. One drink included.


    • + Derry Dinner Join with the rest of the group for a cosy evening with dinner and a drink in a local restaurant.


    • + Dinner And Cabaret Over an excellent dinner you'll enjoy a non-stop show featuring comedy, dance, song, music and fine food. Ireland's musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it's all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. We will even serve you an Irish Coffee at the end of dinner, it will put you in the mood for Ireland's best night out.

    • + Glendalough The Glen Of The Two Lakes This is one of the most important monastic sites in Europe dating back to the 7th century. This sacred site is famous for its tranquil beauty - set amidst the rolling countryside of County Wicklow, the garden of Ireland. Your Local Guide will enthrall you with tales of this beautiful place.


    • + Highland Farm Visit Visit a real Highland sheep farm and find out about a dying way of life. The shepherd, Neil, has many border collies and will show you how, with different whistles, he can command each dog to carry out different tasks. You will be introduced to the dogs, try your hand at sheep shearing, feed the pups and see how they will be trained to be sheepdogs of the future. This is an opportunity not to be missed. (Weather permitting.)

    • + Isle Of Skye Drive With The Trotternish Peninsula An opportunity to travel around the Trotternish Peninsula with a local guide. Hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean island with its stories and legends. On this tour of the 'Isle of Mist' you will see the Old Man of Storr, the red and black Cuillin mountains and Kilt rock. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

    • + Pitlochry Visit Of Blair Castle This fine castle is set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery. We will enjoy an interior visit of the castle, the home of the Duke of Atholl who is the only man in Britain to have a private army.


    • + Irish Ceilidh Evening Enjoy the great atmosphere or craic at our ceilidh evening. Traditional Irish music and dancing and the chance to sing along to some familiar Irish melodies. Dinner is included on this fun evening.

    • + Jaunting Car Ride Take a traditional pony and trap ride through the streets of and into the beautiful Bourne - Vincent National Park. Your Jarvey will tell you stories about Ireland - remember he has probably kissed the Blarney Stone once or twice!

    • + Muckross House And Gardens The oak clad mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the beautiful gardens around Muckross House. Towering Azaleas and Rhododendrons vie with each other for your attention amid the quiet meandering walks along the shores of the Lakes. The 18th century house, standing amid twenty thousand acres of park is a microcosm of Irish history. It contains wonderful examples of furniture and paintings. Keep an eye out for the brooding portrait of King James VI for whom Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, or Countess Catherine of Desmond painted in the 136th year of her age. Guided visit.

    • + Irish Music and Culture Evening Experience world-famous Irish hospitality at Muckross Schoolhouse and learn more about our customs and traditions. The evening starts off in the class room with a Gaelic language lesson, followed by an evening full of good food, music and Irish stories. The evening finishes with a dance lesson and then a sing-along for all budding performers to have their moment of fame.


    • + Loch Lomond Boat Trip Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch the skipper will tell you stories and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery. It really is a photographer's paradise! (N.B: The boats are covered launches and will operate subject to suitable weather conditions.)


    • + Rosslyn Chapel We drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we have a tour of the famous Rosslyn Chapel. Visit one of Scotland's most unusual 15th century buildings, famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'. Intricate carvings of New World plants, and secret chambers make this a must on any visit to Scotland. Afterwards there is the opportunity to visit the chapel shop before returning to Edinburgh.

    • + Scottish Show With Dinner Tonight is a chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an Internationally famous venue. There is food, wine and a great atmosphere. Join in with the singing, well show you a Highland dance or two and there's a chance to sample Scotlands national dish - haggis. Its a grand night and a wonderful way to celebrate an evening in Edinburgh.

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