Heart of Scotland & Ireland

Heart of Scotland & Ireland


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Day 01, Wednesday: Arrive Edinburgh
Arrive Edinburgh and transfer (included) to your pre-bookedaccommodations (note: check-in time is generally from 2:00 pm). Spendyour day independently exploring Edinburgh on your own. Overnight inEdinburgh.

Day 02, Thursday: Edinburgh - Touring Begins - Isle of Skye
Departure point at 6 Waterloo Pl, guests are requested tocheck in at least 15 minutes before departure. Depart Edinburgh at 8:30am, depart Edinburgh and travel west, passing Linlithgow Palace andStirling with its imposing castle and views of the Wallace Monument. Wepass Doune Castle, set of Monty Python's “Holy Grail” before stoppingin Callander for refreshments. Crossing into the Highlands we headnorth towards the glorious scenery surrounding Loch Lubnaig thenthrough Breadalbane (meaning the ‘high country of Scotland') and up tothe wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. We continue through thespectacular mountain pass of Glencoe, scene of the great massacre ofthe Clan MacDonald in 1692. Leaving Fort William after lunch you drivepast Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen.Traveling west on the “Road to the Isles” we head through the splendorof the Five Sisters of Kintail, the mountains guarding the pass on theway to the Isle of Skye. We stop to visit the famous Eilean DonanCastle, one of Scotland's most photographed castles, set at thejunction of 3 lochs and completely surrounded by water. Crossing overthe bridge to Skye, we follow the dramatic coastline north towards theisland's capital, Portree. We are dropped off at our accommodation inthe early evening where we are free to go out and explore the town. (B)

Day 03, Friday: A flexible day on Skye!
There are many possibilities depending on the weather and ourdriver/guide's knowledge will come to the fore in developing the bestday out. North of Portree is the Trotternish ridge with its spectacularcliffs and rock formations, such as the famous landmark - the Old Manof Storr, the impressive sea cliff, Kilt Rock and the stunning mountainpass of the Quiraing. Amazing natural scenery, which is best enjoyedaway from the bus by taking a walk through this unique landscape.Further west the scenery changes again with the emerald green valley ofGlendale, the dramatic sea-cliffs of Neist Point (the most westerlypoint on the island, where we might get lucky and spot some whales orsharks!), and the 13th-century home of the Clan MacLeod, DunveganCastle. We return you to your accommodation in Portree in the earlyevening. Overnight Isle of Skye. (B)

Day 04, Saturday: Touring - End in Edinburgh
We are collected from our accommodation and travel souththrough the Cuillin Hillsand back over to the mainland for stunningviews over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Onto Loch Ness forlunch and the possibility of spotting “Nessie”. Heading south nowthrough the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, famous now as“Monarch of the Glen Country” before passing Dalwhinnie, home toScotland's highest whiskey distillery. We pass Blair Castle andcontinue through Highland Perthshire as we head back to Edinburgh andover the Forth Road Bridge. Arriving at approximately 7:00 pm inEdinburgh. Your tour ends at Rabbies Cafe at 6 Waterloo Place inEdinburgh, where you will make your own way back to your pre-bookedhotel. (B)

Day 05, Sunday: Edinburgh - Shannon - Galway
After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport foryour flight from Edinburgh to Galway (flight is not included in the land price and is additional**). Private transfer awaits for youon arrival in Shannon. Transfer to Galway and check-in to your hotel inGalway. In the afternoon, we enjoy a local panoramic sightseeing tourof Galway City. Note, in order to avail of the panoramic touring inGalway, a morning flight is required. Those arriving later in the daywill enjoy Galway independently on arrival and meet up with the Irelandonly portion of the group at dinner this evening. Dinner and overnightin Galway. (B,D)

Day 06, Monday: Galway- Connemara - Galway
Today we enjoy a scenic tour of Connemara. Travel along GalwayBay to Maam Cross and Clifden. Continue on via Kylemore Abbey and stopbriefly for a photo opportunity. We continue via scenic countryside;keep an eye out for sheep en-route to Moycullen. We stop to visit theConnemara Marble Factory and the Celtic Crystal Factory. Return toGalway. Our evening is free to enjoy Galway this evenig, with dinneron your own. Overnight in Galway. (B)

Day 07, Tuesday: Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney
Morning departure from Galway. We make our way to the aweinspiring and majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above theAtlantic Ocean. A spectacular day with great sea and cliff view, beforemaking our way to Killarney for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 08, Wednesday: Killarney - Dingle Peninsula
A delightful day takes us along the Kerry coast to the DinglePeninsula, which offers magnificent coastal scenery. Beyond Slea Head,we see the Blasket Islands, the last outpost of Europe. A full day tourreturning to Killarney, where we enjoy dinner and overnight inKillarney. (B, D)

Day 09, Thursday: Killarney - Cashel - Dublin
Leaving Killarney we travel over the mountains to Blarney,where we pause for a visit to Blarney Woollen Mills. Here you have timeto enjoy an optional visit to Blarney Castle, and perhaps kiss thefamed Blarney Stone. Leaving Blarney we travel via Tipperary andCashel, where we pause for a photo-op at the historic Rock of Cashel.Arrive in Dublin, where the evening is free to dine on your owntonight. Overnight at our castle hotel tonight in Killiney, Co. Dublin.(B)Our castle hotel is situated at the brow of Killiney Hill, inthe prestigious south Dublin suburb of Killiney and overlooking DublinBay.

Day 10, Friday: Dublin
Coming into the capital city this morning for sightseeing. Wevisit the Guinness Storehouse, enjoying panoramic views of the cityfrom the Gravity Bar, followed by the EPIC Museum. Some free time thento enjoy the capital city independently. Dublin has plenty of shops,cafe, museums and more for you to enjoy. This evening, we enjoy afarewell dinner at our castle hotel in Killiney, Co. Dublin. (B, D)

Day 11, Saturday: Dublin - U.S.
Early morning transfer to Dublin Airport for your returnflight home. Flights to the U.S. arrive home the same day. (B)LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS - PLEASE NOTE: Onechecked and one carry-on bag is allowed on this tour, HOWEVER, due to sizeof coach in Scotland there is a strict luggage restriction that isunavoidable. Luggage while touring in Scotland on the 16-seat coach isrestricted to 14kg (31lbs) pp. This is similar to an airline carry-onbag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in) plus one smallpersonal item. This is unavoidable and larger cases will not beallowed. We understand this may be an inconvience, but this is a legalrequirement in place for the safety of all touring. For moreinformation on luggage and storage options go to http://www.rabbies.com/en/luggage/luggage-storage.Failure to meet these restrictions may result in passengers beingexcluded from travel on our small coach tours. Secure luggage storagefacilities can be found in Edinburgh (at the passenger's ownexpense). We recommend you pack light, but we understand you may needmore luggage than this when you're travelling. So, if you arrive inyour departure city exceeding these limits, you can store your extraluggage and pick it up once your tour with us has finished. We doapologize for this inconvenience.  These websites list greatstorage facilities: https://stasher.com/ or https://www.nannybag.com orhttps://bagbnb.com. Thank you for your understanding.**Flight from Edinburgh needs to be into Shannon, as private transfer is arranged from Shannon. Transfer not included from Dublin.

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Inclusions

Tour Highlights:

  • 14 Meals with ten breakfast & four dinners
  • Top sights with visits to Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Dublin
  • New itinerary with two-night deluxe castle stay


  • Ireland Tour Includes:
  • In Scotland, transportation by top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini coaches
  • Two nights (day 01 and day 04) pre-booked in Edinburgh. (Based on Jury’s Inn Edinburgh or similar, based on availability and subject to change. Other hotels may incur supplements)
  • Two nights accommodations at your choice of B&B or Hotel on Isle of Skye
  • Scottish breakfast daily, except on day of arrival
  • Services of professional driver/guide
  • Touring per your itinerary
  • In Scotland, excludes lunches, dinners and visitor attractions
  • In Ireland, excellent hotels - six (6) nights of top hotels, including 2-nights in a deluxe castle
  •  Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of arrival
  • Four Dinners
  • Full sightseeing by deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Professional Irish driver/guide to escort you throughout.
  • Scenic drive of the Dingle Peninsula
  • See the magnificent Cliffs of Moher
  • Visit to the Guinness Storehouse, EPIC Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara Marble, & Celtic Crystal
  • Porterage of one (1) suitcase per person
  • Tips and taxes in Ireland. Gratuities to the driver/guide not included
  • Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel documents
  •  Local taxes
  • Tips to your driver are not included as they are considered personal
  • Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to the size of the coach in Scotland luggage is restricted to 14kg (31lbs) per person on this tour - similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm X 45cm X 25cm/22cm X 17inches) plus one small personal item. If you choose to pack additional luggage for the Ireland portion of your trip, you may store your larger luggage items (at your own cost) while touring Scotland. 

    Pricing
    Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply.
  • Items not noted on the itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Airfare


  • Airfare
    Airfare is additional. Once you select your tour date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The tour date shown above is the date one arrives in Scotland. All air should be booked one day prior to accommodate overnight flights to Scotland.Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

    Departures & Transfers
    Departure date is the date the tour starts in Scotland. One would depart from the US. one day prior to the date noted. A transfer is available on arrival. On arrival in Ireland, a private transfer will take you to and from your hotel. On Sunday, you will meet the group at the airport in Shannon. Flight information must be provided 35 days prior to departure and you must be available 30 minutes prior to airport departure. The tour ends with an early morning transfer to Dublin Airport for all passengers. 

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    Accommodations

    Celtic Tours - Pre and Post UK Hotel
    Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel

    Rabbie's Tour Operator
    Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels)

    Rabbie's Tour Operator
    Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels)

    Celtic Tours - Pre and Post UK Hotel
    Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel

    Imperial Hotel
    Located in the heart of Galway City and the closest Hotel to Galway University NUIG, the Imperial Hotel Galway City has an impressive location.

    Killarney Towers Hotel
    Enjoying a dominant position on Killarney's College Street, the Killarney Towers Hotel offers guests all the luxury...

    Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel
    Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Dublin is the epitome of the elegance and charm of the south Dublin coast. The only Irish castle hotel located in the fashionable suburbs of Killiney, Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey, overlooking Dublin Bay.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Celtic Tours Customer Reviews

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    Ratings based off 43 reviews about Celtic Tours. Currently showing 2 reviews with comments only.
    By Rowena C on May 23, 2018

    Everything that was detailed in the itinerary was carried out during the trip. Our guide Terry was wonderful, professional and very informative. He explained important details and made sure we saw all we could. The bus was clean and comfortable.

    By Charlene G on May 20, 2018

    This was my fourth trip to Ireland and by far the BEST with Celtic Tours!!!! The tour locations were wonderful and our tour guide, Sean was awesome!!! Sean was very educated on the country and we learned so much from him. He was very accommodating and allowed extra time where we would like to stop. I would HIGHLY recommend Celtic Tours and Sean as your guide.


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