This great combination tour covers essential parts of Scotland with dreamy castles, mythical Isle of Skye, historic Culloden, skilled sheepdogs and the capital city of Edinburgh. Your adventure continues across the Irish Sea in vibrant Dublin. Visit Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher plus three special evenings of dinner/shows.

2023 Scottish & Irish Dream - 14 Days/13 Nights

Duration: 14 Days

Price: Starts from $0 USD

Itineraries

Day 1: Glasgow City Tour | Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Your tour departs at 2:00 PM from your hotel. Set out on a panoramic tour of the highlights of Glasgow, a city built on industry but now known for its stunning Victorian architecture and creative cultural scene. Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, housing one of Europe's finest art collections. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group at the hotel, then you are free to explore the city and dine as you wish.

Day 2: Loch Lomond Cruise | Inveraray Castle
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond with views of Highland peaks. Stroll through Inveraray and have lunch on your own before touring Inveraray Castle, which you may recognize from the “Downton Abbey” series. Drive through Glencoe, one of Scotland's most beautiful places, and continue on to Ballachulish on the shore of Loch Leven.
(B, D)


Day 3: Isle of Skye | Loch Ness
Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Ferry to the Isle of Skye to visit the romantic ruins of Armadale Castle. Back on the mainland, travel along the shores of Loch Ness. End the day at your hotel in Nairn, a lovely manor house set on spacious grounds near the North Sea. (Saturday departures from July 29 to August 19 stay at the Marriot Inverness Airport Hotel).
(B, D)


Day 4: Culloden | Sheepdog Demo
Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the historic battle. Walk around the serene moorland to see monuments commemorating the troops. Immerse yourself in farm life at a local farm as you watch dogs herd sheep. Travel to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry.
(B, D)


Day 5: Blair Castle | Whisky Tasting
Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the hotel gardens and museum, or browsing around Pitlochry town.
(B, D)


Day 6: Glamis Castle | St Andrews | Scottish Evening*
Visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth”. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf”. See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course on a panoramic drive. Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. July 30 - August 20 departures enjoy an evening free to dine independently.
(B, D*)

Day 7: Edinburgh Castle | City Tour
Take a panoramic tour of Edinburgh, from the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses of the Royal Mile to the elegant mansions and wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town”. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of the city. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining. July 30-August 20 departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
(B)

Day 8: Belfast Ferry | Titanic Belfast | Dublin
Say farewell to your Scottish guide and embark on a ferry ride to Belfast. Immerse yourself in the history of the Titanic through displays at Titanic Belfast. Drive on to Dublin, where you have a free evening to explore the city's excellent restaurants and famed pubs.
(B)

Day 9: Dublin | Merry Ploughboy Pub
Explore Dublin independently on a Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour, and choose one of four top attractions to visit with your included voucher: GPO Museum, Teelings Distillery, or EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. At 2:00 PM meet your new Irish guide/driver and tour group in the hotel lobby. Join a local guide for a Dublin City tour, and then take a guided tour of Dublin Castle. Enjoy a traditional Irish dinner and show at Merry Ploughboy Pub.
(B, D)


Day 10: Blarney Castle | Killarney
Head for Blarney Castle today, stopping for a photo opportunity at the Rock of Cashel along the way. You might choose to climb the steep winding staircase to kiss the famed Blarney Stone, which legend says will give you the gift of the gab. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine old castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland's highest mountains, Macgillycuddy's Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.
(B, D)


Day 11: Ring of Kerry | Skellig Experience
Take the Ring of Kerry drive - a winding route with awesome mountain and coastline views. Stop off in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe to visit our CIE Tours preferred shopping partner Moriarty's. Enjoy lunch before crossing to Valentia Island and the Skellig Experience, which tells the story of nearby islands. Watch a demonstration of highly skilled dogs herding flocks of sheep. Spend a free evening in Killarney.
(B, L)


Day 12: Cliffs of Moher | Medieval Castle Banquet
Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary and visit the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches high above the Atlantic. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, relax and enjoy free time before heading out for a memorable medieval-style feast complete with songs and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages.
(B, D)


Day 13: Galway City | Dublin
Drive north to Galway for a panoramic tour of the city with some free time on your own to explore. Travel across the country to Dublin. Spend the final night of your tour independently exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area or experiencing one of Dublin's fine restaurants.
(B)


Day 14: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

*Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner.

Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • Enjoy reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 30 – August 20 departures.
  • Sample a wee dram as you explore whisky making at Blair Athol Distillery.
  • Visit a traditional farm to see sheepdogs demonstrate their skills at herding sheep.

Trip Highlights:

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Inveraray Castle
  • St Andrews
  • Scottish Evening*
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Irish Night in Dublin
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Medieval Castle Banquet
  • Dublin Castle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Skellig Experience
  • Sheepdog Demonstrations

*July 31 – August 21 departures

Dining Experiences:

  • 12 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 8 Dinners (D)

*Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner.

Hotels:

  • Sandman Signature Hotel Glasgow | Glasgow (1)
  • Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish or Ballachulish Hotel | Ballachulish (1)
  • Muthu Newton Hotel | Nairn (1)
  • Atholl Palace Hotel | Pitlochry (2)
  • Norton House Hotel & Spa | near Edinburgh (2)
  • Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge | Dublin (2)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel | Killarney (2)
  • Clayton Hotel | Limerick (1)

Scottish & Irish Dream - 14 Days/13 Nights

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Hotels

Scottish & Irish Dream 14 days/13 nights Land tour
SupplierNameSupplierRating DescriptionImage
SupplierName Sandman Signature Glasgow HotelSupplierRating ****
SupplierName Ballachulish HotelSupplierRating **** Situated in a breathtaking lochside setting at the foot of dramatic Glencoe, this historic hotel really is a Highland home away from home. All the rooms reflect the region’s Highland heritage, with many offering stunning views of the loch and the breathtaking mountain scenery all around. The hotel serves as a base from which guests can explore the Glencoe and Fort William areas or discover many of the local activities and attractions, from golf to the great outdoors. Enjoy complimentary use of the nearby health club, with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, bio-sauna and exercise room.
SupplierName Muthu Newton HotelSupplierRating **** This beautiful Scottish baronial-style mansion was built as a family home in 1872 and has been a hotel since 1951. It recently has undergone extensive refurbishments to ensure a comfortable stay. All 56 guest rooms have been modernized while retaining the traditional ambience. This imposing building is set on 21 acres of mature parkland and gardens, bordering the Moray Firth on the North Sea and overlooks the Nairn Golf Course.
SupplierName Atholl Palace HotelSupplierRating **** Originally opened in Victorian times, the Atholl Palace Hotel retains many features of a traditional large country house, with relaxing public areas. The historic nature of the hotel means that every bedroom is unique, with quirky original features, outstanding views and furnishings of the highest standards. The Verandah Restaurant is famed for its stunning views and its quality cuisine, using the very best of local produce. The Stag's Head bar offers a wide range of malt whiskies. The hotel is located in spacious gardens and is within a 15-minute walk of the town of Pitlochry.
SupplierName Norton House Hotel & SpaSupplierRating **** This Victorian mansion was built in 1840 on 55 Acres of parkland and gardens. The hotel offers 83 luxury bedrooms with satellite TV/DVD player and a minibar. Ushers Restaurant offers fine dining and specialty wines in elegant surroundings. The Brasserie offers traditional British cuisine, and The Glass Lounge serves classic cocktails and afternoon teas. Guests can relax in the sauna, steam room or hydrotherapy pool in the luxurious spa. Edinburgh is a 20 minute drive, and Edinburgh Airport is 3 miles away.
SupplierName Clayton Hotel BallsbridgeSupplierRating **** This hotel was once a Masonic School and still retains many striking original features that give it a unique charm. Standard rooms are tastefully decorated and boast a fresh and warm feeling. The Brasserie Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce. Tom’s Bar is a great place to relax with a drink or a snack. Set in Ballsbridge, close to the Royal Dublin Society and Aviva Stadium, this property is a short distance from the city center, with good bus service close by.
SupplierName Killarney Towers HotelSupplierRating **** This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park. Hotel parking.
SupplierName Killarney Towers HotelSupplierRating **** This modern hotel provides guests with 182 rooms that are comfortable and include satellite TV and video facilities. An excellent restaurant serves great Irish breakfasts and carvery dinners while the choice of bars offer live music most nights. Enjoy a strenuous workout or leisurely dip in the pool in the extensive leisure center. Located in the center of Killarney town within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and the Killarney National Park. Hotel parking.
SupplierName Clayton Hotel LimerickSupplierRating **** With views from the beautiful location on the River Shannon waterfront in Limerick City Center, Clayton Hotel Limerick offers free WiFi throughout and access to the Waterfront Restaurant, Grill Bar and Restaurant and ClubVitae leisure center, featuring a 39 foot indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gym, steam room and sauna. The light and modern rooms offer CIE Tours' guests a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, free WiFi and private bathrooms with soft cotton towels, a hairdryer and toiletries. Grill Bar & Restaurant offers locally sourced flame-grilled food with a view and a bar with contemporary designs where guests can enjoy an extensive European lunch and dinner. For a lighter bite indulge in a handcrafted coffee and specialty teas with freshly bakes snacks throughout the day in Red Bean Roastery. The Waterfront Restaurant in the heart of the city feature views of the River Shannon from wrap around glass walls.
SupplierName Academy Plaza HotelSupplierRating **** This modern and centrally located hotel offers 285 rooms of several types. All public areas are spacious and comfortable, including the large reception and lobby area, Sir Harry's Bar & Bistro, Oscar's Restaurant and Abacus Asian Restaurant. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel, which is located on Cathal Brugha Street, just off O'Connell Street, one of Dublin’s main thoroughfares. Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green, Temple Bar, shops, galleries and pubs are all within easy walking distance.