Exploring Scotland & Ireland

Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Inverness, Loch Ness, Ballachulish, Luss, Glasgow, Belfast, Glens Of Antrim, Giant's Causeway, Derry, County Donegal, Glenveagh National Park, Armagh, Barberstown Castle, Dublin

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. Cruise famed Loch Ness and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Be transported to a bygone era with an invitation to an Irish Céilí. 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. Enjoy two nights in an iconic Irish castle hotel.

Our prices start from

$ 2,999 LAND ONLY

13 Days • GUIDED • 17 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • On some dates additional accommodations may be used
  • Services of a tour manager
  • All on-tour transportation and related fees
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Round trip home to sedan airport service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
  • 11 breakfasts, 6 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Overnight Flight

From rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await.

Day 2 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Tour Begins

Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Dinner Included

Your 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. Today dinner will be included.

Day 3 - Edinburgh

Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Breakfast Included

This 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 before descending into the city's underground vaults to uncover a world unchanged since the 18th century. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Today breakfast will be included.

*The Palace of Holyroodhouse may occasionally be closed when the Queen is in residence or for official state functions.

Day 4 - Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Pitlochry - Inverness

Best Western Palace Hotel, Inverness or Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Travel 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 Pitlochry, a vibrant Victorian town to discover its old-world appeal before continuing on to Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5 - Inverness - Loch Ness - Ballachulish

Embark on a scenic cruise on beautiful Loch Ness.

Ballachulish area hotel, Ballachulish

Breakfast, Dinner Included

This morning, take a scenic cruise on Loch Ness before disembarking at the base of famed Urquhart Castle. Explore the ruins of this historic stronghold where acts of chivalry and defiance exhibit more than 1,000 years of Scottish history. Enjoy a privately guided tour at one of Scotland's renowned whisky distilleries and taste for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world's finest. Continue south through Scotland's stunning Great Glen before arriving at your hotel, situated in the charming Highlands. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 6 - Ballachulish - Luss - Glasgow

Hotel Indigo, Glasgow

Breakfast Included

Begin your day with a breathtaking drive through the heart of Scotland as you pass through Glencoe and Rannoch Moor. Continue south alongside the western shore of Loch Lomond, stopping in the picturesque village town of Luss. This afternoon, arrive in the Victorian metropolis of Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7 - Glasgow - Belfast, Northern Ireland

Join in the fun during a night of traditional Irish food and entertainment.

AC Hotel by Marriott, Belfast

Breakfast, Dinner Included

This morning, travel along the scenic Ayrshire coast to your ferry. Cross the famed Irish Sea as you head for Northern Ireland's capital city of Belfast. Later, you are invited to a traditional Irish céilí. This experience takes you back to the cobblestoned streets and Irish fare of turn-of-the-century Ulster. Enjoy a hot toddy or a glass of Guinness as you lose yourself in the rousing music. Then it's time to dance! Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8 - Belfast

AC Hotel by Marriott, Belfast

Breakfast Included

Enjoy 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. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 9 - Belfast - Glens Of Antrim - Giant's Causeway - Derry

Set out on a walking tour of Derry featuring its medieval city walls.

City Hotel, Derry

Breakfast Included

Venture 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. Today breakfast will be included.

**Trains from Coleraine to Derry are subject to scheduling changes, maintenance and cancellation.

Day 10 - Derry - County Donegal - Glenveagh National Park - Derry

City Hotel, Derry

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Today'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. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 11 - Derry - Armagh - Cider Farm Visit - Barberstown Castle, Republic of Ireland

Taste apple cider at a family-run farm.

Barberstown Castle, Kildare

Breakfast Included

Depart 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 at Barberstown Castle, a regal 13th-century castle and country house hotel in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 12 - Barberstown Castle - Dublin - Barberstown Castle

Tour the "Fair City" of Dublin with a local guide.

Barberstown Castle, Kildare

Breakfast, Dinner Included

A 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 your castle hotel. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 13 - Barberstown Castle - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

Your tour comes to a close.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on October 11, 2021 travel date. Single supplement from $750. International airfare is additional.

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