“IRELAND & SCOTLAND” – 15 Day Self – Drive Tours – FROM $3,500.00

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IRELAND & SCOTLAND” CELTIC CONNECTIONS” – 15 Day, 3 & 4 Star Self Drive Tour – From $3,500.00

‘Pipes & haggis, jigs & reels, this is the ultimate Celtic combo-tour’


Day 1 – Welcome to Scotland

edinburgh castleAfter arrival transfer into the city centre and check into your hotel.

Get to know the historic centre of Edinburgh with Edinburgh Castle and Princess Gardens.

Edinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years. In its dominating position overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site.

Wander along the Royal Mile and relax in one of the cafes or pubs or visit the museums such as the National Museum of Scotland or the National Gallery.

Overnight: Edinburgh area

Day 2 – St Andrews & Perth

Image result for st andrew's castleLeave Edinburgh via the spectacular Forth Road Bridge. Visit St Andrews Castle, the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews – the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland. St Andrews is also the famous home of golf, played on the Old Course since the 15th century.

Continue to Perth where you can visit the Scone Palace. Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in the history of Scotland.

It is a breathtakingly beautiful seat of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated Stone of Scone – also known as the Stone of Destiny.

Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in the crown of Scotland. Overnight: Perthshire area

Day 3 – Scottish Highlands

Balmoral Hotel EdinburghExplore the magnificent Scottish Highlands today and be enchanted by its beautiful scenery. On your way visit the Edradour Whisky Distillery, the smallest distillery in Scotland, and don’t miss out on a tasting.

Dating back to 1825, Edradour, stands alone as the last stronghold of handmade single malt whisky from a farm distillery still in production today.

Hidden in the very heart of Perthshire, this picturesque ‘little Model Village’ of Edradour is steeped in a history of intrigue to inspire the imagination.

And, with matchless commitment to retaining authentic small scale production, Edradour uniquely boasts over 25 distinctive expressions of Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky with their wonderful characters and flavours.

You should also spend some time in the principal city of the Highlands this evening, Inverness. Visit the Victorian Market or Craig Patrick above the city. Overnight: Inverness area

Day 4 – Isle of Skye

isle of skyeA visit to Loch Ness is a must today, in search of the Loch Ness Monster, as well as the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Urquhart Castle offers a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic.

Discover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands.

Urquhart’s stories are also told through a remarkable collection of artefacts left by its residents, historic replicas, including a full-sized, working trebuchet siege engine.

Travel to the Isle of Skye, the largest and most scenic of the Hebridean Islands. Overnight: Isle of Skye area

Day 5 – Oban

Image result for ObanEnjoy your morning on this beautiful island. During your tour you can take in the dramatic scenery of the famed Cuillin Mountains. Visit Dunvegan Castle, the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years.

Alternatively spend some time in Portree, the capital of the island.

Continue through the historic valley Glen Coe, also known as the “Valley of Tears.” The main valley road brings you through the beautiful mountains, with their deep gullies & impressive waterfalls.Overnight: Oban area

Day 6 – Glasgow

Image result for glasgowDrive along the banks of Loch Lomond towards Glasgow. Loch Lomond has the greatest drinking water capacity of any lake in Great Britain. There are approximately 38 islands in the lake. It is one of the most famous lakes in Scotland and has been a rich source of inspiration for many poems and songs.

Spend the afternoon exploring the city of Glasgow. Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery where you can explore its 22 themed galleries showcasing an astonishing 8,000 pieces of art. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is one of Scotland’s most popular museums.

With 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects, the extensive collections are wide-ranging and internationally significant.Overnight: Glasgow area

Day 7 – Welcome to Ireland

View From Mountain Brandon. Co Kerry IrelandTake the ferry to Northern Ireland today. Depending on your time of arrival spend the day exploring the city of Belfast. Visit Titanic Belfast. Located in the heart of Belfast, the Titanic Belfast recreates the story of the world’s most famous ship in a new iconic, six floor building right beside the historic site of the original ship’s construction.

Opened in April 2012 to coincide with the centenary of its launch, the self guided journey begins on entering the building’s giant atrium, where the visitor is surrounded by the four ‘ship’s hull’ shaped wings which house the Titanic Experience.

As you journey through the nine large galleries of the interactive exhibition, you will uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900’s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Overnight: Belfast area

Day 8 – Galway

Galway IrelandDepart Belfast for Galway this morning. Visit Locke’s Distillery en route, the world’s oldest Whiskey Distillery. Explore the Distillery’s museum and learn how Whiskey has been produced here since it was founded in 1757.

Start your tour in 1757 and discover how Irish whiskey was made in the time of the Lockes ownership of the distillery on one side of the courtyard and then follow on to see how Kilbeggan Irish whiskey is now being made in the traditional manner which includes a 180 year old pot still.

Today the distillery hosts a museum and since 2007 when distillation commenced again in Kilbeggan, visitors can experience a real working distillery run by a team of young enthusiastic craftspeople (and a few wise old heads too), skilled in the traditional ways of making Irish whiskey. Continue to Galway and spend your evening in the city.

Overnight: Galway area

Day 9 – Connemara

Discover the wilderness of Connemara today. Connemara, whose inhabitants still speak Irish, is without doubt the wildest and most romantic part of Ireland.

Bewitchingly hidden between mountains and lakes and surrounded by Rhododendrens, lies the gothic style Kylemore Abbey. Afterwards visit Connemara National Park.

This impressive park is situated at the foot of the Diamond Mountain, which is 727 metres high. The park includes 1,500 hectares of forest, swamp, highland moors and heaths. Overnight: Galway area

Day 10 – Clare/Kerry

Blasket Island, West KerryOn the way to Kerry you will cross the Burren region, which is often likened to a moonscape because of the lack of vegetation. Soon after that you will arrive at the Cliffs of Moher. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and bordering the Burren region, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights.

Standing 230 metres above the ground at their highest point and 8km long, the Cliffs boast one of the most amazing views in Ireland. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara.

Overnight: Killarney area

Day 11 – Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry brings you along the Atlantic Coast and is one of the highlights of a trip to Ireland. Quiet valleys and idyllic spots await along the way. The breathtaking beauty of the landscape on the peninsula will delight you.

The mild climate influenced by the Gulf Stream accounts for luscious growth of surprising flora such as subtropical Palm trees.
Overnight: Killarney area

Day 12 – Kilkenny

Temple Bar,Dublin. IrelandLeave Killarney and travel eastward. En route visit the Rock of Cashel. Possibly the most photographed site in Ireland, the Rock of Cashel towers over the town of Cashel from its perch on a 200-foot high outcrop of limestone.

Once the seat of the Kings of Munster, St. Patrick visited the rock in 450 AD, while Brian Boru was crowned the first high King of Ireland here in the tenth century.

Spend your afternoon in Kilkenny and visit either Kilkenny Castle or the Smithwick’s Experience. One of the most instantly recognised buildings in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle has been an important site since it was built by the Anglo-Normans in the 12th century. The castle has been remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.

The Victorian brewing building of Smithwick’s has been transformed into a visitor centre that will immerse you in Ireland’s oldest beer, teach you about the craft of brewing and ultimately allow you to taste the perfect Smithwick’s pint. Overnight: Kilkenny area

Day 13 – Wicklow

The Gap of Dunloe, Beaufort. KillarneyOn your way to Dublin visit the monastic settlement of Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains. The English name Glendalough originated from the Irish “Gleann Dá Locha”, which translates as “The valley of the two lakes”.

It was here that St. Kevin, son of the king of Leinster, founded a monastery in the 6th century.From a simple beginning the site grew to become famous as a centre of learning throughout Europe.

Standing for 600 years it was destroyed in 1398. Much of what is to be seen today dates from the 10 to 12th century. One of the most attractive features is the fine 34m high round tower.

A cathedral, stone churches and decorated crosses also survived albeit as ruins. Beautifully scenic walking trails take visitors on a circular route by the lakes from the Car park.Overnight: Dublin area

Day 14 – Dublin City

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. Dublin. IrelandDiscover all Dublin has to offer. You will notice that Dublin is split in half. The northern side is a lively area with lots of attractions such as the General Post Office on Dublin’s main street, O’Connell Street.

The southern side on the other hand has a more refined feel with its Georgian squares, the famous coloured front doors and the fashionable shopping district of Grafton Street with its upmarket shops.

Perhaps visit Trinity College to see the famous Book of Kells, or maybe visit the Guinness Storehouse. The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is Europe’s largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse. Opened in 1904, the Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness.

Today it houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. Visitors will discover what goes into the making a pint of Guinness – the ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the craft and the passion. Once the tour has finished, the guest is invited to the Gravity Bar to enjoy their pint of Guinness. Overnight: Dublin area

Day 15 – Departure – Transfer to Dublin Airport and take your flight back home.


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Price Includes:

  • 14 nights sharing a double/twin room at specified properties (Pre-booked Accommodation)
  • Heritage Island Guide (Ireland only)
  • Service Charges & taxes at existing rates

Hotels (or Similar):

Excursion Pack includes:

Transportation:

This tour is designed for the independent traveler. While we do not include transportation in the 14 night package, we offer the opportunity to prebook ferry crossings as foot passengers (approx. rates quoted) between Ireland & Scotland, within the prebooked package, while also offering rental car services in both countries through our partner Hertz. Please advise requirements at time of booking.

Notes:

Child Policy: Child supplements apply when a child between 2 and 11 years incl. is sharing with 2 full paying adults to a maximum of 2 children in the room. Child sharing with single adult is charged the normal per person rate. Children sharing 0-2 years incl. are free; meals paid directly

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