Best of Ireland and Scotland - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

16 days

from $3675 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Trip was magic, scenery stunning"
Tracy , Jun 2014

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 watching how this popular local drink is made.

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
Trip code:
BIAS

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    DEPART HOME

    Overnight flight to Dublin.

  • 2.

    ARRIVE DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)

    Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Later meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director as you board your canal barge for a Welcome Reception of a light meal and drinks as you cruise along Dublin's 200 year old canals.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Mespil/Ballsbridge

  • 3.

    DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. This evening consider joining an optional experience to an Irish cabaret.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 4.

    DUBLIN – KILDARE – WATERFORD

    Visit the Irish National Stud Farm dedicated to rearing world-class thoroughbreds since 1946 for a Cultural Insight on the breeding of these horses. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe, or visit the Horse Museum. This afternoon, visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight demonstration and tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Fitzwilton

  • 5.

    WATERFORD – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS)

    At Blarney Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'. Cross the Kerry Mountains to Killarney, your home for the next two nights. Join your companions for a Be My Guest dinner on a traditional Irish farm in Killarney.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Dromhall/Randles Court/International

  • 6.

    RING OF KERRY EXCURSION

    Today we experience Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry'. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. We will also see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breath-taking beyond words.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 7.

    KILLARNEY – LIMERICK – GALWAY – BALLINA

    Drive through Adare one of Ireland's prettiest villages. See King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone as you pass through Limerick. In Galway, view the Cathedral, built on the site of an old prison, and stroll around Eyre Square during your free time. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Ballina

  • 8.

    BALLINA – DONEGAL – LONDONDERRY

    Head north through Sligo to Donegal where you view the castle which was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan. In Londonderry walk along the 17th century walls with your Local Specialist and see the streets and murals of the Bogside. Known as the People's Gallery, the murals depict the history of the ‘troubles'.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Everglades

  • 9.

    LONDONDERRY – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – BELFAST

    Visit the Giant's Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, a UNESCO World Heritage site in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in all of Ireland. Later, arrive in Belfast and visit the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre for a Cultural Insight into the history of the world's most famous ship.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Europa

  • 10.

    BELFAST – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS)

    This morning, enjoy an included city tour with your Local Specialist which takes in Queen's University and City Hall. Board your ferry at Larne and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland. Drive through spectacular Ayrshire countryside on the way to Glasgow.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Marks Hotel

  • 11.

    GLASGOW ORIENTATION AND FREE TIME

    Your morning orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry. Visit St. Mungo's Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city, before enjoying free time to explore the city at your own pace. This afternoon, enjoy a Cultural Insight into whisky making by visiting the beautiful Glengoyne whisky distillery to sample a ‘wee dram'.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 12.

    GLASGOW – GLENCOE – ISLE OF SKYE

    Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, towards the site of the 1692 massacre, Glencoe − ‘Glen of the Weeping'. Pass Fort William at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. At Glenfinnan see the monument to the final Jacobite Rising, as well as the famous viaduct which has featured in the Harry Potter films. Cross by ferry to the breathtaking Isle of Skye where you dine tonight in your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Dunolie/King's Arms

  • 13.

    ISLE OF SKYE – LOCH NESS – CULLODEN – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

    View Eillean Donan Castle before travelling along the banks of Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the elusive monster! Visit Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by the redcoats, ending his aspirations to the throne. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Strathspey

  • 14.

    SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – PITLOCHRY – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS)

    Heading south, we stop in the picturesque village of Pitlochry before heading to the historic town of St. Andrews, the home of golf. Take a photograph on the 18th green of the Old Course, where the game was first played 600 years ago! Cross the Firth of Forth to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. Tonight, why not enjoy an optional night out including traditional song, dance and Scottish fare?

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Marriott

  • 15.

    EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival in August, your visit includes tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 16.

    EDINBURGH - RETURN HOME

    After a hearty Scottish breakfast say goodbye to your Travel Director and companions at the end of an unforgettable Celtic vacation! Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Be taken back in time with an engaging visit to a traditional working farm. Enjoy tales from the story teller and hear wonderful Irish music while you savour the local specialities including Irish stew and soda bread.
  • Cultural Insights

    Visit the Irish National Stud, home to some of Ireland's finest thoroughbreds.
    Enjoy a factory tour and showroom visit of Waterford Crystal.
    Visit the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast.
    Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland's most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and a tasting.
  • Local Specialists

    in Dublin, Londonderry/Derry, Belfast and Edinburgh.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Dublin, Londonderry/Derry, Belfast and Edinburgh
  • Orientation of Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Glasgow
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • See Galway Cathedral
  • View Galway Cathedral, Eillean Donan Castle and the 18th green at St Andrews
  • Visit the Irish National Stud the Waterford Crystal showroom, Blarney Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway, Titanic Museum, the battlefield of Culloden, Pitlochry and Edinburgh Castle
  • Your choice of sightseeing in Edinburgh, visit either Edinburgh Castle or Edinburgh's Camera Obscura.

Dining

  • 14 full breakfasts.
    7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 4 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Dublin

  • An Evening of Irish Craic

    Adult Price: €70.00 Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun as Ireland’s history unfolds in a cabaret of comedy, song and dance. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humour. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.
  • Experience Glendalough, The Glen Of The Two Lakes

    Adult Price: €19.00 Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which dates back to the 7th century. Your Local Specialist will tell tales and show you around this sacred area, famous for its tranquil beauty amidst the rolling countryside of County Wicklow, the garden of Ireland.

Waterford

  • Irish Folk Fun

    Adult Price: €26.00 During this evening of entertainment, you'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing, dance and play music for you.

Killarney

  • Jaunting Carts and Cruise

    Adult Price: €34.00 Join us for a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourne-Vincent National Park to Ross castle.We've organised a special cruise on the largest lakes, where you'll get to enjoy hearing anecdotes from our Local Specialist.
  • An Evening of Irish Music and Culture

    Adult Price: €63.00 Experience world-famous Irish hospitality while learning more about its customs and traditions. The evening starts off in the classroom with a Gaelic language lesson, followed by good food, music and stories. And it's rounded off with a dance lesson and a sing-along.

Londonderry

  • Dinner and Drinks in Derry

    Adult Price: £41.00 Join us and the the rest of the group for a cosy and relaxing evening of dinner and a drink in a locally-loved restaurant.

Glasgow

  • A Stirling Evening

    Adult Price: £43.00 See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly local experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scottish city and enjoy an evening of Scottish delights.

LOCH LOMOND

  • Loch Lomond Boat Trip

    Adult Price: £12.50 Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery.

Scottish Highlands

  • Isle Of Skye Drive

    Adult Price: £13.00 An opportunity to travel around the Isle of Skye with your Local Specialist. You’ll hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean Island and discover its stories and legends.
  • Highland Farm Experience

    Adult Price: £12.00 Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the pups and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
  • Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

    Adult Price: £20.00 Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, you’ll visit the castle and find out more about the home of the Duke of Atholl – the only man in Britain to have a private army.

Edinburgh

  • Scottish Show With Dinner

    Adult Price: £54.00 Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
  • Rosslyn Chapel

    Adult Price: £17.00 We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on the famous Rosslyn Chapel. You’ll also 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'.
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