2024 – 10 Day Taste Of Scotland & Ireland9 Nights / 16 Meals

The perfect combination of two great countries in one itinerary. Start in Glasgow before exploring the Scottish Highlands with a Loch Ness cruise and whisky tasting. Visit St Andrews and Edinburgh, take a quick ferry ride to Ireland and get to know the southern part of Ireland, including Dublin, Blarney, Killarney and the Cliffs of Moher.

2024 Taste of Scotland and Ireland - 10 Days/9 Nights

Duration: 10 Days

Price: Starts from $2895 USD

Itineraries

Day 1: Glasgow Highlights
Your tour departs at 2:00 PM from your Glasgow hotel. Set out on a panoramic tour of this city that flourished as a center of shipbuilding and trade in Victorian times and is now a thriving hub of culture. Drive around George Square with its ornate City Chambers. Visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a splendid, Spanish Baroque-style building housing one of Europe’s finest art collections, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Titian, and Dali. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D)

Day 2: Loch Lomond | Loch Ness Cruise
Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its beauty. Drive across the haunting Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, admiring the wild and spectacular scenery. Continue through Fort William and on to Fort Augustus. Embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness before heading to Nairn. (B, D)

Day 3: Whisky Tasting | St Andrews
Visit Blair Athol Distillery, founded in 1798, to discover traditional whisky production and taste a sample. Travel to St Andrews, a town rich in medieval heritage and the home of golf; take a panoramic drive and have time to explore independently. Continue on to your elegant manor house hotel outside Edinburgh; three centuries old, it’s set on 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland. Explore as you wish and dine independently this evening. (B)

Day 4: Edinburgh Castle | City Tour | Scottish Evening*
Explore the principal sights of central Edinburgh from the bustling Princes Street through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town.” Walk along part of the Royal Mile where compact medieval houses reach several stories tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city on volcanic rock, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is free. Experience a lively Scottish evening with dinner and traditional entertainment. The July 30 – August 21 departures attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B, D*)

Day 5: Ferry to Ireland | Titanic Belfast
Depart Edinburgh and travel through Ayrshire and along the coast. Embark on a ferry ride to Belfast. Take a panoramic drive through Belfast, seeing the highlights of this fascinating city, where the Titanic was built in the once-bustling shipyards. Visit Titanic Belfast to explore the fascinating story of the doomed ship. Then travel to Dublin, where you will enjoy free time for dinner on your own. (B)

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing | Christ Church Cathedral | Canal Dinner Cruise
Explore Dublin on a panoramic tour with a local guide, discovering its history and viewing its elegant Georgian buildings, Trinity College, the River Liffey, and more. Visit Christ Church Cathedral, the spiritual heart of the city for more than 1,000 years. This evening, dine on a former Guinness barge as you cruise the Grand Canal, listening to traditional Irish music. (B, D)

Day 7: Farmhouse Tea with Sheepdog Demonstration | Blarney Castle | Killarney
Travel through the countryside to a traditional farm, where you’ll savor tea and homemade scones and watch sheepdogs display their skills at herding sheep. Head to Blarney Castle and climb the winding stairs to kiss its famous stone, or enjoy the gardens. Move on to the lively lakeside town of Killarney, where you’ll have dinner. Departures from April 5 to October 18 will then attend the Gaelic Roots Irish Dance & Music Show. (Please note: some Wednesday departures will stay in Tralee instead of Killarney on Days 7 and 8). (B, D)

Day 8: Jaunting Car Ride | Ring of Kerry | Skellig Experience
Step back in time as a jaunting car drives you past Ross Castle on Lough Leane. Head to the scenic Gap of Dunloe to visit Moriarty’s, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner. Embark on the Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with breathtaking sights of mountains and coastal views. Cross the bridge to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian hermits on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island featured in the film “Star Wars VII.” Enjoy a casual lunch before a pause at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views. Return to Killarney where the evening is free. (B, L)

Day 9: Cliffs of Moher | Medieval Castle Banquet
Cross the Shannon River estuary by ferry on your way to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Take in the spectacular views from these awesome cliffs, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic. Head on to your hotel, and then in the evening, you’ll visit a genuine castle for a medieval-style feast, complete with serenading lords and ladies. (B, D)

Day 10: Tour Ends in Shannon
10-day tour ends in Shannon after breakfast. (B)

Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • July 30 – August 21 departures will have reserved seats for the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. All other departures will experience an exclusive Scottish Evening with dinner and traditional entertainment.
  • Experience farm life as you sample freshly baked scones with tea and watch a sheepdog demonstration.
  • Discover the rich history and local lore of Edinburgh, Galway and Dublin with local guides.

Trip Highlights:

  • Blair Athol Distillery
  • Scottish Evening*
  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dublin Canal Cruise with Dinner
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Skellig Experience
  • Medieval Castle Banquet
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Sheepdog Demonstration

August 2 – 23 departures

Dining Experiences:

  • 9 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 6 Dinners* (D)

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

Hotels:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central | Glasgow (1)
  • Muthu Newton Hotel | Nairn (1)
  • Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club | near Edinburgh (2)
  • Hyatt Centric The Liberties | Dublin (2)
  • Killarney Avenue Hotel | Killarney (2)
  • Limerick Strand Hotel | Limerick (1)
  • Maldron Hotel Pearse Street | Dublin (1)

Taste of Scotland & Ireland - 10 Days/9 Nights

Hotels

Taste of Scotland & Ireland 10 Days/9 Nights Land tour
SupplierNameSupplierRating DescriptionImage
SupplierName DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow CentralSupplierRating **** Check in to DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central and count on stylish comfort and a signature warm chocolate chip cookie. This stylish hotel with characterful interiors is just 10 minutes away from Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central railway stations. Nestled in the heart of the city centre, we’re within walking distance of the main shopping district and top attractions, including the famous Glasgow City Chambers and iconic Glasgow Cathedral.
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 Dalmahoy Hotel and Country ClubSupplierRating **** Blending the traditions of a baronial manor with modern amenities, the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club is a breathtaking golf resort set on 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland. Our luxury hotel features intricate architecture, with our unique main house period rooms filled with character and traditional furnishings to create an unforgettable stay. Situated just seven miles from Edinburgh city centre, guests can easily access world-class attractions while enjoying on-site amenities that include two 18-hole golf courses, an indoor pool, tennis courts, beauty salon and the Dalmahoy Leisure Club. Home of the award-winning Pentland Restaurant, this luxurious hotel also offers full-service catering to complement the unparalleled event spaces that make the Dalmahoy a truly remarkable destination in Edinburgh.
SupplierName Hyatt Centric The LibertiesSupplierRating **** Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin, Ireland's first Hyatt Hotel, is located in The Liberties, a historic and vibrant area in the heart of Dublin  within easy walking distance to major attractions including the historic St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Vicar Street—the city’s premier live music venue. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art gym and social spaces from which guests can enjoy a wide range of restaurant, bar, café and lounge options.
SupplierName Killarney Avenue HotelSupplierRating **** This luxury hotel in Killarney is located just 10 minutes from the town centre and Killarney National Park. The common areas are elegant and bright, while rooms are classic and offer understated sophistication. Try dining on locally sourced food in the wood paneled Druids restaurant, or enjoy a drink, and live music on the weekends, in the hotel bar.
SupplierName Killarney Avenue HotelSupplierRating **** This luxury hotel in Killarney is located just 10 minutes from the town centre and Killarney National Park. The common areas are elegant and bright, while rooms are classic and offer understated sophistication. Try dining on locally sourced food in the wood paneled Druids restaurant, or enjoy a drink, and live music on the weekends, in the hotel bar.
SupplierName Limerick Strand HotelSupplierRating **** 184 hotel bedrooms are contemporary in style, generous in size, with handsome furnishings, comfortable beds and many amenities. The River Restaurant and Terrace Café-Bar offer a truly special dining experience with the finest quality of Irish and International cuisine enhanced by views of the River Shannon and Limerick. Located in the center of Limerick city and overlooking the River Shannon. Within easy walking distance of local attractions and a great base for touring Counties Limerick and Clare. Hotel parking.
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