Exploring Scotland & Ireland

Bask in the warm Celtic culture and majestic scenery of two remarkable lands. Come to know the regal city of Edinburgh on a panoramic coach tour or by foot - it's your choice! Learn the secrets of making Scotch whisky and enjoy a tasting. Explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Be transported to a bygone era with a private invitation to 19th-century Ulster. Visit the Titanic Experience Museum in Belfast and remember the century-old tragedy that shook the world. Walk the Giant's Causeway (UNESCO) and soak up incredible views of the Causeway Coast, one of the world's most breathtaking rail journeys. Tour intriguing Glenveagh Castle and its surrounding national park in Donegal, a natural wonderland. Visit Ireland's bustling capital city of Dublin and tour historic St. Patrick's Cathedral. From rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2022
Duration
13 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1EdinburghFrom rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await.
Day 2EdinburghYour tour opens in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. Tonight, experience how traditional Scottish ingredients are getting a modern twist during a welcome dinner at one of the city's popular restaurants.
Day 3EdinburghThis morning, it's your choice! Get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic tour; explore both Old Town and New Town before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse,* the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots -OR- for a different perspective, join a local expert for an in-depth walking tour of Edinburgh's Old Town; meander the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways taking in the rich history of the area. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Later this evening, take your seat at the spectacular, world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland's greatest events.
Day 4EdinburghTravel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf - see the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Next, stop at Dunkeld, a charming town that has played a significant role in Scottish history, particularly the first Jacobite Rising. Continue on to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands.
Day 5InvernessThis morning, visit famed Urquhart Castle on the bank of Loch Ness. Explore the ruins of this historic stronghold where acts of chivalry and defiance exhibit more than 1,000 years of Scottish history. Continue south through Scotland's stunning Great Glen and Glencoe, taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Highlands.
Day 6BallachulishTake in a tour and tasting of at one of Scotland's popular distilleries and experience for yourself why Highland whisky is considered the world's finest. Continue on to the charming town of Luss and enjoy time at leisure to explore this historic village nestled on the 'bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond. This afternoon, board a scenic cruise of the Loch, taking in its iconic shoreline, before returning to your hotel.
Day 7BallachulishEnjoy a leisurely morning at your hotel before traveling to the Scottish Lowlands. Visit the farm of Janet and Neale McQuistin to learn about their move toward sustainable farming practices and to meet their herds of highland coos and ewes. Enjoy a farmhouse lunch before traveling along the scenic Ayrshire coast to your ferry. Cross the famed Irish Sea as you head for Northern Ireland's capital city of Belfast.
Day 8BelfastEnjoy a privately guided tour of Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city. Learn about the struggles in this great city's history as you pass through its distinctive neighborhoods. See "Samson" and "Goliath," the massive cranes of the Belfast shipyard. Complete today's tour with a visit to the award-winning Titanic Experience museum. Later, enjoy an evening at Ulster Folk Park, where you will be led by a guide to re-discover Ulster as it was a century ago. Tour a typical Ulster town, including an old shop, bank, church and cottage before enjoying a storytelling performance. End your day with a dinner in this unique place.
Day 9BelfastVenture along the stunning Antrim Coastal Route, stopping at the Giant's Causeway (UNESCO). Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles an old cobbled road leading mystically into the sea. Then, embark on one of the world's most beautiful railway** journeys along the Causeway Coast. Soak up the incredible scenery before arriving in the walled city of Derry. Set out on a walking tour featuring the medieval city walls, St. Augustine's Cathedral, and the Guildhall. Perhaps you will discover why Derry is one of Ireland's best-kept secrets during an optional evening of storytelling and traditional music at one of the city's best farm-to-table restaurants.
Day 10DerryToday's journey showcases the rugged beauty of County Donegal. Visit spectacular Glenveagh National Park, a natural wonderland with 40,000 acres of mountains, lakes and woodland. Enjoy a guided visit to stately Glenveagh Castle, set amidst the colorful splendor of one of the finest gardens in Ireland. Tonight, it's Diner's Choice choose the perfect spot from a "menu" of Derry's great restaurants.
Day 11DerryDepart on a journey through the scenic countryside of Northern Ireland, stopping in Armagh to view the twin cathedrals dedicated to Ireland's Patron Saint. The two St. Patrick's Cathedrals, one Catholic and one Protestant, symbolize the two souls of Ireland. Then, visit a family-run cider farm. Meet the family and explore the orchards before sampling their award-winning Irish ciders. Continue on to the Republic of Ireland. Your day concludes in Dublin, Ireland's vibrant capital city.
Day 12DublinA locally guided tour of Dublin highlights the world-renowned St. Patrick's Cathedral, O'Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and the city's magnificent rows of lovely Georgian town homes. Spend the rest of your day at leisure as you delve further into Dublin's cultural treasures. This evening, toast the end of an incredible adventure during a farewell dinner at one of the city's most popular local restaurants.
Day 13DublinYour tour comes to a close.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
08/08/2022$4,299.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
08/22/2022$4,299.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
08/25/2022$4,299.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Radisson Blu Hotel, City Centre - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Best Western Palace Hotel - Inverness, United Kingdom
Gleddoch Golf & Spa Resort, Langbank - Ballachulish, United Kingdom
AC Hotel by Marriott - Belfast, Northern Ireland UK
City Hotel - Derry, United Kingdom
Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge - Dublin, Ireland
Disclaimer
* NOTE: Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.

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  • Exploring Scotland & Ireland

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    Bask in the warm Celtic culture and majestic scenery of two remarkable lands. Come to know the regal city of Edinburgh on a panoramic coach tour or by foot - it's your choice! Learn the secrets of making Scotch whisky and enjoy a tasting.

 
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