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Scotland & Ireland

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The one that goes from the Scottish Highlands to The Emerald Isles in 13 epic days

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  • Duration

    13 days

  • Places

    17 places

  • Meals

    12 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Edinburgh, Scottish Highlands, West Highlands, Glasgow, Dublin, Cork, Galway, Londonderry, Belfast, St. Andrews, Isle of Skye, Stirling, Larne, Kilkenny, Blarney, Cliffs of Moher, Giant's Causeway

Top Experiences

12 included & 12 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Try and spot 'Nessie' on a cruise along the spectacular Loch Ness

    Included

    Scottish Highlands

  • See Ben Nevis Britains highest mountain

    Included

    West Highlands

  • Visit Blarney Castle and get the gift of the gab as you kiss the Blarney Stone

    Included

    Blarney

  • Entry to the magical Cliffs of Moher

    Included

    Cliffs of Moher

  • Sip Scottish Whisky in an old Edinburgh pub while locals tell you folkloric tales

    GBP 23.00

    Edinburgh

  • Visit the famous Guinness Storehouse and learn how to pour a pint of the black stuff

    GBP 17.50

    Dublin

Scotland & Ireland

12 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Try and spot 'Nessie' on a cruise along the spectacular Loch Ness
  • Visit St. Andrews, the home of golf
  • See the spectacular Eilean Donan castle
  • See Ben Nevis Britains highest mountain
  • Visit the seaside town of Portree
  • See the William Wallace Monument
  • Galway Walking Tour
  • Visit Blarney Castle and get the gift of the gab as you kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Entry to the magical Cliffs of Moher
  • See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry
  • City tour of Belfast with a Local Guide
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Giant’s Causeway

12 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Enjoy an evening of traditional Scottish food, music and dancing (haggis for the brave) GBP 39.00
  • Get exclusive entry and a guided tour of the richly historical Edinburgh Castle GBP 20.50
  • Sip Scottish Whisky in an old Edinburgh pub while locals tell you folkloric tales GBP 23.00
  • Eat in a local pub with the owners and be serenaded by local musicians, Glasgow GBP 37.00
  • Jamesons Whiskey Distillery tour GBP 18.00
  • Cycle through the historical and cultural wonders of Kilkenny GBP 19.00
  • Explore the ancient cultural churches and hike and cycle along the beautiful Aran Islands (Summer Only) GBP 30.00
  • Sheep Dog Experience GBP 28.00
  • Take a LegenDerry Walking Tour and uncover Ireland's troubled recent history GBP 10.00
  • Visit the epic Titanic Museum and learn all about the doomed ship at its original home, Belfast GBP 16.65
  • Visit the famous Guinness Storehouse and learn how to pour a pint of the black stuff GBP 17.50
  • Experience some good old 'Irish Craic' with an evening of delicious food, drinks, traditional dancing, and some good laughs together GBP 52.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 12 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    12 nights in Hotel

    As we journey through picturesque countryside and quaint cobbled cities, you'll be resting your head for 12 nights in twin-share hotel rooms.

About this trip

Welcome to the ultimate Scottish and Irish adventure, where you'll find warm locals, trendy cities and breathtaking scenery everywhere you turn. On this trip you'll see highlands bagpipes & whisky go head to head with Irish folk songs & Guinness: it's impossible to choose a favourite, which is why you need to do them both. And with heaps of eye-widening travel inclusions like the Isle of Skye, Blarney Castle and a cruise around Loch Ness, there's no better way than this 13-day journey, starting in Edinburgh and finishing off in Dublin.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Edinburgh

  2. via via

    St. Andrews

  3. 1 1 night

    Scottish Highlands

  4. via via

    Isle of Skye

  5. 1 1 night

    West Highlands

  6. via via

    Stirling

  7. 1 1 night

    Glasgow

  8. via via

    Larne

  9. 1 1 night

    Dublin

  10. via via

    Kilkenny

  11. 1 1 night

    Cork

  12. via via

    Blarney

  13. via via

    Cliffs of Moher

  14. 2 2 nights

    Galway

  15. 1 1 night

    Londonderry

  16. via via

    Giant's Causeway

  17. 1 1 night

    Belfast

  18. 1 1 night

    Dublin

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DAY 1 - Arrive Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Royal mile, old Castle, home of the brave, Edinburgh is going to turn it on from start to end. With days of good time ahead, go out in search of haggis, a whisky bar and join the jolly locals before meeting up with the crew tonight, in anticipation of the good times that are yet to come.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City West (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy an evening of traditional Scottish food, music and dancing (haggis for the brave)

    GBP 39.00

DAY 2 - Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Today is yours to roam free - but if you want to get the low down on the history of this city why not join our local guide for an optional tour of Edinburgh Castle (which is resting on an extinct volcano!!) to kickstart your love affair with this city. Or maybe you'll do a spot of tartan shopping on Princes Street. Strictly for the purpose of being cultural, you should probably make time for a traditional deep fried chocolate bar during your day. The things we do for cultural immersion...

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City West (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Get exclusive entry and a guided tour of the richly historical Edinburgh Castle

    GBP 20.50

  • Sip Scottish Whisky in an old Edinburgh pub while locals tell you folkloric tales

    GBP 23.00

DAY 3 - Edinburgh to Scottish Highlands via St Andrews

Edinburgh

Wake from your fried chocolate food coma crazy travellers, it's time to blaze a trail out of Edinburgh & head for the Scottish Highlands.

St. Andrews

On the way to the main affair of the day we'll stop by St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, would you believe? As well as Scotland’s oldest university town.

Scottish Highlands

Already blown away by the beauty of the rugged mountain scenery en route, we'll arrive in the Scottish Highlands amped up for mystical tales and a lake cruise on Loch Ness.

Stay

Loch Ness Lodge Hotel Drumnadrochit (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Try and spot 'Nessie' on a cruise along the spectacular Loch Ness

  • Visit St. Andrews, the home of golf

DAY 4 - Scottish Highlands to West Highlands via Isle of Skye

Scottish Highlands

We might be coming down from a high (geographically speaking) this morning, but as we seek out the stunning Isle of Skye, the mood will only be rising.

Isle of Skye

Time to explore an island famed for its pastel houses that fringe the coastline like a giant selection of marshmallows. We'll look around a fishing port and the seaside town of Portree, all the while learning how people live in this dramatic environment.

West Highlands

Before the day's out we'll set our eyes on Britain's highest mountain. Whether capped by snow or overflowing with green, it's sure to take your breath away & leave you more than content with your day's discoveries.

Stay

Regent Hotel Oban (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the spectacular Eilean Donan castle

  • See Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain

  • Visit the seaside town of Portree

DAY 5 - West Highlands to Glasgow via Stirling

West Highlands

After a few days of remote and rugged goodness, a change of pace in Scotland's biggest city is sure to fire things up a notch.

Stirling

We make a stop in Stirling, known for it's famous Castle nestled right on a hill, and the town where William Wallace took on the English and yelled "Freeeedom!"

Glasgow

Get involved with everything great about Glasgow. Live music on every corner, a gothic cathedral & plenty of quirky characters make this city unique.

Stay

Ibis Glasgow City Centre (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the William Wallace Monument

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat in a local pub with the owners and be serenaded by local musicians, Glasgow

    GBP 37.00

DAY 6 - Glasgow to Dublin via Larne

Glasgow

Scotland, you've been unreal. If Ireland puts on half the show you did, we have many happy days ahead of us.

Larne

We arrive in the port town of Larne, your first steps on Northern Irish soil, but not for long...

Dublin

So much more than the capital city, Dublin is a place of heritage, character, and more cute pubs than you could crawl in a week.  End the day with a lively night of festivities at the cobbled lanes of Temple Bar.

Stay

Clayton Hotel Leopardstown (or similar)

DAY 7 - Dublin to Cork via Kilkenny

Dublin

That's us done with Dublin…for now. But fear not Dub-lovers, we'll get another taste of this fine place before our trip comes to an end.

Kilkenny

Break up your coach hangs with some bicycle time in a village sure to leave you wanting Irish in your blood. It's a castle, a cathedral & mountains of medieval charm before we hit the road again for Cork.

Cork

Welcome to vibrant Cork! But not before the chance to sample some of Ireland's famous whiskey at the Jameson's Distillery in Middleton. Yum! Even when the skies are grey, Cork is covered in colour and good vibes. Stroll the River Lee or grab your first Guinness in the comfort of a pub, if you didn't get your hands on one in Dublin.

Stay

Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Jameson's Whiskey Distillery tour

    GBP 18.00

  • Cycle through the historical and cultural wonders of Kilkenny

    GBP 19.00

DAY 8 - Cork to Galway via Blarney and Cliffs of Moher

Cork

Hopefully you exhausted all of your cork puns yesterday, as today we are moving on, sightseeing our way to 2-nights in Galway.

Blarney

Irish folklore tells us there's a chunk of limestone built into a castle that grants its kissers the gift of the gab. Pucker up kids, we're paying her a visit!

Cliffs of Moher

If heights aren't your cup of English Breakfast, you best sit this one out. Spine tingling, nail biting cliff faces are there to tremble at for those without fear.

Galway

From the moment we arrive in Galway, you'll understand why 2-nights were needed here. Everything you've dreamed Ireland to be is tucked into this small, atmospheric city. Step into a local pub and down Irish stew over live music and chats with locals. Outside will be just as lively, with buskers & colourful buildings lining the streets.

Stay

Travelodge Galway City Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Galway Walking Tour

  • Visit Blarney Castle and get the gift of the gab as you kiss the Blarney Stone

  • Entry to the magical Cliffs of Moher

DAY 9 - Galway

Galway

Try your tongue at some Gaelic and carry on exploring gorgeous Galway. Or, if you hear the call of the wild, you can sign yourself up to a ferry ride to Aran Islands (summer departures only) where you can dance around with horses and take a bike ride around the picturesque farms, or head up to Dún Aonghasa (the ruins of a prehistoric fortress) - make sure you take photos, this area is not for the faint-hearted! Irish life, you so sweet.

Stay

Travelodge Galway City Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the ancient cultural churches and hike and cycle along the beautiful Aran Islands (Summer Only)

    GBP 30.00

DAY 10 - Galway to Londonderry

Galway

Goodbye Galway, hello more Irish eye-candy. Today we continue on towards to Londonderry.

Londonderry

Here in Londonderry, 17th century walls stand at 8 metres high speaking of times gone by when this area was in battle. Times may have changed, but we're still keen to soak up the history and learn a thing or two from our wise Local Guide.

Stay

Waterfoot Hotel Londonderry (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Sheep Dog Experience

    GBP 28.00

  • Take a LegenDerry Walking Tour and uncover Ireland's troubled recent history

    GBP 10.00

DAY 11 - Londonderry to Belfast via Giants Causeway

Londonderry

Laters Londonderry, we've got a one way ticket to Belfast and a whole lot more exploration to do.

Giant's Causeway

UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway - also known as those giant rock columns you've probably drooled over on Pinterest needs to be seen to be believed. Get those hashtags ready, a snap with the group is essential on the mind-blowing natural formation.

Belfast

Next up - we'll arrive in Belfast. Concluding the day will be a driving tour and a trip to the Titanic museum where parts of the world's most famous ship can be seen.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Belfast City (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • City tour of Belfast with a Local Guide

  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Giant’s Causeway

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the epic Titanic Museum and learn all about the doomed ship at its original home, Belfast

    GBP 16.65

DAY 12 - Belfast to Dublin

Belfast

With one night left in Ireland and on tour, we're on the fast track to Dublin where our Irish fairytale first began.

Dublin

A promise is a promise. Here we are back in the city that started our Ireland infatuations. Use this second stint to do your missed critical activities such as visiting the Guinness Storehouse where you can learn how to pull a pint the Irish way.

Stay

Clayton Hotel Leopardstown (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the famous Guinness Storehouse and learn how to pour a pint of the black stuff

    GBP 17.50

  • Experience some good old 'Irish Craic' with an evening of delicious food, drinks, traditional dancing, and some good laughs together

    GBP 52.00

DAY 13 - Depart Dublin

Dublin

We leave Ireland today with leprechauns in our hearts and memories in our souls. Say goodbye at breakfast as it will be the last bite our crew has together.

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