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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 and 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, 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 in the home of 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!

  1. 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?
  2. 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, multi-hued 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. 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 vibrantly 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. 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-themed banquet.
    Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 113 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. 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 district with vibrant shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Your destination for tonight is Sligo.
    Today’s Distance: 178 mi/ 293 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. 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)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. 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 Scottish poet Robert Burns.
    Today’s Distance: 100 mi/ 160 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM– FORT AUGUSTUS–CULLODEN MOOR–HIGHLANDS
    Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, and proceed via wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, beneath Ben Nevis and Fort Augustus. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster, on the way to Culloden Moor where the Jacobite Rising, with Bonnie Prince Charlie at its helm, came to a tragic end at the hands of the Hanoverians.
    Today’s Distance: 202 mi/ 325 km (B,D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    HIGHLANDS–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: 176 mi/ 284 km (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. 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. For departures July 26 & 27 and August 2, 9 & 10 tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned Military Tattoo. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    EDINBURGH
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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

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Accommodations

Dublin: Maldron Hotel Merrion Road
Dublin: The Bonnington Dublin Hotel
Tramore: Majestic Hotel
Killarney: Killarney Court Hotel
Limerick: Limerick City Hotel
Sligo: Southern Hotel Sligo
Belfast: Leonardo Hotel Belfast
Glasgow: Leonardo Inn Glasgow West End
Highlands: Strathspey Hotel
Edinburgh: Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Murrayfield
Edinburgh: Novotel Edinburgh Park

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Questions & Answers

Question: I am curious about the optional activities and the price list for these.

Optional activities may vary by departure date, however, the intended list for 2023 is below. Guinness Storehouse Visit and Supper Guinness Storehouse Visit and Supper Discover the history, traditions, and brewing techniques behind one of the world's most popular beer on this fascinating tour, tasting and dinner at Dublin's legendary Guinness Storehouse. Starting From: $90 USD/person Taylors Irish Cabaret Taylors Irish Cabaret You won't want to miss this popular outing to the legendary Taylors Irish Cabaret, featuring a delicious dinner, drinks, and outstanding Irish music, dance, and comedy. Starting From: $111 USD/person Tramore Pub Evening For local Irish flavor, take a scenic drive to a traditional pub with a local musician ready to entertain you and give you wonderful memories of this beautiful country. Two drinks of your choice are included. Starting From: $45 USD/person Medieval Castle Banquet Step back in time at an original Irish medieval banquet. Enjoy a 4-course feast with wine, then relax as your medieval hosts dazzle you with unforgettable music and storytelling. Starting From: $99 USD/person Jaunting Car Ride Jaunting Car Ride A delightful horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to legendary Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane. Starting From: $17 USD/person Scottish Evening No trip to Scotland is complete without an authentic Scottish evening filled with traditional food, drinks, singers, dancers, bagpipes, and, of course, the unforgettable Ceremony of the Haggis! Starting From: $121 USD/person Royal Yacht Britannia and Dinner Royal Yacht Britannia and Dinner Discover what life was like on board Her Majesty's floating residence during an exciting visit of the Royal Yacht Britannia, followed by dinner with wine at an excellent local restaurant! Starting From: $102 USD/person

Question: Could you please tell me the difference between a small group tour and a regular classic tour

Small groups have up to 24 travelers. Regular classic groups can have up to 45 travelers.

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
3.6
Accommodations
3.1
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.2
Repeat with Operator
3.4
Value for Money
3.4

Ratings based off 29 reviews - currently showing 18 reviews with comments only

The tour was packed with sights just as stated. We were blessed with the best guide. She shared an incredible amount of information and took great care of us.

This trip provided me with a unique experience in the countiries of my foremothers and fathers. I learnt so much from our guide and our bus driver was wonderful.

Very professional, well planned, great price/value relationship.

As usual Cosmos delivered an excellent trip!! The hotels, food, tour guide, bus driver & trip itinerary were all excellent!!

Busy but expected plenty of free time

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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