Best of Ireland and Scotland

15 Days 2 Countries 26 Cities

The classic symbols of Ireland and Scotland are revealed, as well as the secret and secluded alternatives.

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About this trip

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.

You'll enjoy 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 i

Trip code: BIAS

14 Nights

accommodation

21 Meals
  • 14 full breakfasts.

  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

Grafton Street Performers, Dublin, Ireland

Day 2

Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 3

Dublin – Kildare – Waterford

Blarney Castle, Co. Cork, Ireland

Day 4

Waterford – Blarney – Killarney (2 Nights)

Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 5

Ring of Kerry Excursion

King John

Day 6

Killarney – Limerick – Galway – Ballina

Day 7

Ballina – Donegal – Londonderry/Derry

Belfast, Titanic, Northern Ireland

Day 8

Londonderry/Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast

Day 9

Belfast – Glasgow (2 Nights)

Day 10

Glasgow Orientation and Free Time

Day 11

Glasgow – Glencoe – Isle of Skye

Day 12

Isle of Skye – Loch Ness – Culloden – Scottish Highlands

Day 13

Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

Day 14

Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 15

Depart Edinburgh

Day 1

Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

Welcome to the Emerald Isle. Spend your day relaxing and enjoying the sights. This evening meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at a traditional Irish pub - the perfect introduction to Dublin.

Hotel

Mespil

Meals

  • Welcome Reception
Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Day 2

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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

An Evening of Irish Entertainment

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.

Adult Price: €71.00

Experience Glendalough, The Glen Of The Two Lakes

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.

Adult Price: €20.00

Grafton Street Performers, Dublin, Ireland

Day 2

Day 3

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.

Hotel

Dooley's

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Irish Folk Fun

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 and play music for you.

Adult Price: €27.00

Day 3

Day 4

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.

Hotel

Dromhall/Fels Point Tralee

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Jaunting Carts and Cruise

Join us for a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourne-Vincent National Park to Ross Castle. We've also organised a cruise on the largest lakes, where you'll enjoy hearing anecdotes from our Local Specialist.

Adult Price: €35.00

Blarney Castle, Co. Cork, Ireland

Day 4

Day 5

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 photographer's 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 breathtaking beyond words.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Irish Ceilidh Evening

The Irish Ceilidh epitomises how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied with plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.

Adult Price: €64.00

Visit Muckross House and its Gardens

Come with us to Muckross House and its beautiful gardens. With a backdrop of oak-clad mountains, enjoy taking in the towering azaleas and rhododendrons as you meander along the shores of the lakes. The 18th century house contains some wonderful examples of furniture and paintings, including a portrait of King James VI, for whom Shakespeare wrote Macbeth.

Adult Price: €21.00

Molls Gap, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Day 5

Day 6

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.

Hotel

Ballina

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner
King John

Day 6

Day 7

Ballina – Donegal – Londonderry/Derry

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'.

Hotel

Everglades/Maldron

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Dinner and Drinks in Derry

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.

Adult Price: £42.00

Day 7

Day 8

Londonderry/Derry – 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.

Hotel

Europa/Stormont

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner
Belfast, Titanic, Northern Ireland

Day 8

Day 9

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.

Hotel

Westerwood

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 9

Day 10

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'.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Glasgow City Evening

You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, a drink, and undoubtedly interesting conversation.

Adult Price: £34.00

A Stirling Evening

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.

Adult Price: £44.00

Day 10

Day 11

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.

Hotel

Dunollie/Kings Arms

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Loch Lomond Boat Trip

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.

Adult Price: £13.00

Isle Of Skye Drive

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.

Adult Price: £13.50

Day 11

Day 12

Isle of Skye – Loch Ness – Culloden – Scottish Highlands

View Eilean 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.

Hotel

Highlander/Morlich

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Highland Farm Experience

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.

Adult Price: £13.00

Day 12

Day 13

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?

Hotel

Marriott/Inchyra/Cardrona-Peebles

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Scottish Show With Dinner

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.

Adult Price: £54.00

Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

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.

Adult Price: £20.00

Day 13

Day 14

Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a your choice of sightseeing 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Optional Experiences

Rosslyn Chapel

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'.

Adult Price: £17.50

Day 14

Day 15

Depart Edinburgh

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

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 15

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Dublin, Londonderry/Derry, Belfast and Edinburgh.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the Irish National Stud, home to some of Ireland's finest thoroughbreds.

  • Cultural Insights
    Enjoy a factory tour and showroom visit of Waterford Crystal.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit the Titanic Museum in Belfast.

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland's most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and a tasting.

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy dinner on a traditional Irish working farm.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Dublin, Londonderry/Derry, Belfast and Edinburgh

    • Orientation of Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Glasgow

    • Visit the Irish National Stud the Waterford Crystal showroom, Blarney Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Giant's Causeway, Titanic Museum, St. Mungo's Cathedral, the battlefield of Culloden, Pitlochry and Edinburgh Castle

    • View Galway Cathedral, Eilean Donan Castle and the 18th green at St Andrews

    • See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's castle in Limerick, the battlefield of Culloden and Loch Lomond

    • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry


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Dining

    • 14 full breakfasts.

    • 7 dinners
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Travel Highlights

    • Ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Hand-picked 4 and 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing


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