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Highlights of Ireland & Scotland 2021

Highlights of Ireland & Scotland 2021


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Discover the treasures of Ireland and Scotland on your affordable tour from Dublin to Edinburgh. In Dublin’s fair city, you’ll drive along the statue-lined O’Connell Street, see the elegant Georgian squares with their red-brick townhouses. You’ll also see Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. En route from Dublin to the seaside resort of Tramore, take a stroll through the pretty lanes of Kilkenny, and see the city famous for its Irish crystal—Waterford. In Blarney, home of the fabled Stone of Eloquence, time to browse or buy irresistible Irish handicrafts and crystal. On your way to Killarney, stop for spectacular photo opportunities along the Ring of Kerry. You’ll travel to Limerick, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, and the cosmopolitan seaside city of Galway. Drive along Donegal Bay, with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches to Derry. Continue to the north coast’s awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway—40,000 interlocking basalt columns that were formed by volcanic eruptions some 60 million years ago. An amazing sight!Next, to Belfast, where the Titanic was built. You’ll board a ferry for an Irish Sea crossing to Cairnryan, then on to Glasgow. Your budget-minded travel through Ireland and Scotland delves into the lush and rugged country of Scotland with magical scenes such as the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, wild landscapes of Rannoch Moor, Loch Ness, the Highland capital of Inverness, and Scotland’s famed whisky region. From the spectacular Cairngorms National Park to the beautiful Victorian resort of Pitlochry, and the home of golf, St. Andrews, you’ll cross the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh for royal Scottish history, and home to historic scientists, inventors, and novelists. Your value-minded tour of Ireland and Scotland is chock-full of priceless experiences, sights, and memories brave and true!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND.
Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, there’s time to rest or discover the vibrant Irish capital. Why not end the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse?

Day 2: DUBLIN.
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions to start your day in the “Fair City” with an orientation drive along statue-lined O’Connell Street; elegant Georgian squares with their tall red brick townhouses, colorful doors, and wrought-iron decorated windows; Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College; and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure. Maybe join an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter. (B)

Day 3: DUBLIN–KILKENNY–WATERFORD–TRAMORE.
Kilkenny, with its medieval cobblestone streets and Old-World charm, is your first destination today. There is time to stroll through pretty lanes with colorful painted houses and enjoy a morning coffee. Continue on to Waterford, famous for its exquisite crystal, before arriving at the seaside resort of Tramore. Before dinner, an optional pub tour might be fun.
Today’s Distance: 128 mi/ 205 km (B,D)

Day 4: TRAMORE–BLARNEY–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY.
The first of today’s highlights is Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish handicrafts and handmade crystal. At Kenmare, join part of the RING OF KERRY, and stop for spectacular photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before arriving in the popular resort town of Killarney.
Today’s Distance: 178 mi/ 293 km (B)

Day 5: KILLARNEY–ADARE–LIMERICK.
In Killarney this morning, there is time for an optional horse-drawn jaunting car ride along the National Park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. Then to Adare, renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns. Its main street is punctuated with beautiful stone buildings and thatched cottages, medieval monasteries, ruins, and a picturesque village park. On to Limerick and, this evening, consider joining an optional medieval banquet.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 113 km (B)

Day 6: LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO.
Breathtaking scenery awaits you today. Start with a visit to the spectacular 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER and fantastic views over the Atlantic and Clare coast. Then, cross the limestone plateau of The Burren and stop in Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Your destination for tonight is Sligo.
Today’s Distance: 178 mi/ 293 km (B,D)

Day 7: SLIGO-DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST.
Drive along Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches to Derry, the walled city on the banks of the Foyle River. Continue on to awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear how millions of years ago the more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed. Overnight in the vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km (B)

Day 8: BELFAST–ALLOWAY, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW.
Enjoy a leisurely morning in the capital city of Northern Ireland before boarding the FERRY for the Irish Sea, crossing to Cairnryan. On your way to Glasgow, stop in Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns.
Today’s Distance: 100 mi/ 160 km (B,D)

Day 9: GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM– INVERNESS–CULLODEN MOOR–ELGIN.
Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, and proceed via wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William, beneath Ben Nevis. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster, then pause in the Highland capital of Inverness. Cross Culloden Moor where the Jacobite Rising, with Bonnie Prince Charlie at its helm, came to a tragic end at the hands of the Hanoverians. Your overnight destination is Elgin, nestled in the world-famous whisky region.
Today’s Distance: 213 mi/ 343 km (B,D)

Day 10: ELGIN–PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH.
Travel through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park to Pitlochry, the Victorian mountain resort set amongst a beautiful scenery. Then, head to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing. Finally, cross the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. A suggestion for this evening: a traditional Scottish night out with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Today’s Distance: 215 mi/ 347 km (B)

Day 11: EDINBURGH.
A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town,” home to famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers 0731, 0807, and 0814, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)

Day 12: EDINBURGH.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:

DUBLIN
Orientation drive

KILKENNY
Visit the colorful town

WATERFORD
Visit the home of the famous crystal

BLARNEY
Visit the famous village

RING OF KERRY
Takes pictures of the Lakes of Killarney

KILLARNEY
Visit the popular resort town

ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

GALWAY
Visit the port city

DERRY
Visit the walled city

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY
See the amazing basalt columns

BELFAST
Visit Northern Ireland’s capital

BELFAST-CAIRNRYAN
by ferry

ALLOWAY
Stop in Robert Burns’ birthplace

FORT WILLIAM
INVERNESS
Visit the Highland capital

CULLODEN MOOR
See the battle site

PITLOCHRY
Visit the Highland resort

ST. ANDREWS
Visit the home of golf

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh CastleTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Irish Sea crossing by day ferry

Meals:
Full English breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with choice of menus


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$520

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

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Questions & Answers

Question: In this tour do we see castles?

Yes, you will visit Edinburgh Castle on Day 11.

Question: Are any excursions or entrances included in package?

Yes, every excursion on the itinerary in ALL CAPS is included.

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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.8
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
3.5
Value for Money
3.8

Ratings based off 8 reviews - currently showing 12 reviews with comments only

cosmos tour highlights of ireland and scotland was wonderful and memorable. service of cosmos is excellent important travel document and information was very helpful.

Note: Ireland and Scotland are not handicap friendly I do not need a wheelchair but am limited due to a back problem. I found Hotels with no lifts were not identified before booking restaurants had rest rooms down or up a flight of stairs there were no. I prefer Hotels in City limits when in a city I am willing to pay more I also prefer tours that stay 2-3 days in 1 location. In my opinion this tour was great but not necessarily friendly to disabled or older people. The tour guide knowledge was superior and it was good value for the money

Most hotels did not have air-condition, it was cool but not cool enough to sleep. Fans were provided, if asked for, made most nights bearable. A hotel I stayed in Scotland, before Edinburgh, was terrible! This hotel should be removed from the list. The room was not clean, bedding skirts needed to be replaced and the beds were really bad! I will not take another Cosmos trip.

tour guide excellent. Too little time to view items mentioned in description if tour . Just stopped for 1-2 hours in some places.

The Cosmos tour director was very knowledgeable, and the bus driver was very helpful, they made a great team.

I was not very impressed with the Scotland tour. It was poorly planned. Way too much bus time. Two days on the road and only stopping for lunch/rest stops in gas stations. Yuk! I would book with Cosmos again based on previous experience.

10 HOUR BUS TRIP ON FIRST AND LAST DAY WITH NO SIGHTS. LAST HOTEL ROOM IN LONDON WAS TOO SMALL WITH OLD FURNITURE AND AN AWFUL BATHROOM. TOUR NEED A START OPTION IN EDINBURGH AND/OR A END OPTION IN GLASGOW. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS TRIP

It shouild be explained that a "taste of Scotland" is mainly sightseeing from the bus.

We did not stop to see things. We were on the coach almost the whole week. It seemed like we paid for them to drive us to see Scotland.

We must read the Cosmos itinerary very carefully before we book. The itinerary said Glasgow was our last day, but in reality we didn\'t arrive in Glasgow until 6:30pm and then our dinner at the hotel was scheduled for 7:30pm then we departed for London at 8a.m. the next morning. So there was no time whatsoever to see the city of Glasgow.


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