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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Travel to see the very Best of Ireland and Scotland, from delicate Waterford Crystal to the golfing greats of St. Andrews. Kiss the Blarney Stone and you’ll be sharing tales from Giant’s Causeway, the Ring of Kerry and the Scottish Highlands for years to come.

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Dublin
    Explore the Celtic heritage and hospitality of Ireland and Scotland on this grand adventure through beautiful landscapes and enchanting cities. Our first day sees us delve into the whimsy of the Irish capital, before joining our fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.Accommodation: Mespil
  2. Day 2
    Discover Diverse Dublin
    Drive through the streets of Dublin, joining your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour past the stately Georgian Squares and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland. Enjoy a leisurely day exploring the city. Stop for a pint of 'the Black Stuff' in Temple Bar, admire the colourful performers on Grafton Street or consider joining an Optional Experience this evening to tap your feet to the lively sounds of Irish music at an Irish cabaret.Accommodation: Mespil
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Journey to Waterford Dive Into Culture
    Dive Into Culture and gain insights into Ireland’s strong tradition of breeding world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud in Kildare. Enjoy a guided walk admiring the powerful steeds that have made racing history and stroll around the tranquil Japanese gardens. We travel to the House of Waterford Crystal this afternoon and Dive Into Culture yet again to witness this delicate craft, watching talented master crafters at work in their workshop.Accommodation: Fitzwilton
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Onwards to Blarney and Killarney Connect with Locals
    Travel to Cork and bend over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the 'gift of the gab' before crossing the Kerry Mountains to County Kerry. We journey to 1930s Ireland this evening for an unforgettable experience, visiting the working farms of Muckross, where we'll learn about traditional farming and meet the families who ply the land. Your visit will help to preserve the heritage of rural Ireland and you’ll Connect With Locals, savouring delicious local flavours during your Be My Guest visit to the Quilles Farmhouse against the scenic backdrop of the lakes of Killarney.Accommodation: Killarney Towers, Hotel Killarney
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    A Day on the Ring of Kerry
    The astounding beauty of the Iveragh Peninsula accompanies us on this soul-stirring coastal journey around the Ring of Kerry – a dramatic landscape of mountains, loughs and lakes which have inspired writers and poets for centuries. See Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap with the Macgillycuddy's Reeks peaks in the distance.Accommodation: Killarney Towers, Hotel Killarney
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Continue to Galway and Ballina
    Drive to Adare, one of Ireland's prettiest villages, known for its thatched cottages. The imposing stone cathedral, built on the site of an old prison and Eyre Square on our next stop in Galway, where we'll enjoy some free time to explore the city before continuing our journey northward. This evening we dine in our hotel.Accommodation: Ballina
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Off to Donegal and on to Londonderry
    Head north to Donegal with its 'Diamond' centre before joining a Local Specialist in Londonderry to stroll along its 17th-century walls. See the neighbourhood of the Bogside, known for its murals that depict events of the 'Troubles' like the Battle of the Bogside, which sparked the conflict.Accommodation: City
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Admire the Giant’s Causeway and on to Belfast Make Travel Matter Dive Into Culture
    Tread in the footsteps of Finn McCool and along the other-worldly Giant's Causeway 'steps' that descend into the sea during your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Your visit will help to conserve this iconic landmark. We arrive in Belfast later and visit the Titanic Belfast Experience where we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the tragic story of the famous ship that met its end in the Atlantic. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the capital of Northern Ireland.Accommodation: AC by Marriott , Stormont
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Cross the Irish Sea to Glasgow
    Join your Local Specialist in Belfast this morning for an included city tour which will take you to Queen's University and the Baroque Revival-style City Hall. We board our ferry in Belfast and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland, driving through the Ayrshire countryside bound for Glasgow, our home for the next two nights.Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn City Centre
    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    Discover Glasgow’s Rich Legacy Dive Into Culture
    Delve into Scotland’s intriguing cultural capital and stroll through the town to admire views of George Square and the River Clyde, once the heart of Scotland's shipbuilding industry. We head to a whisky distillery next where we’ll Dive Into Culture and learn how to make Scotland's favourite honey-coloured drink with a chance to sample a wee dram. We then have some free time to explore the city.Accommodation: Hilton Garden Inn City Centre
    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    Continue Over the Sea to Skye
    Journey along the famous bonnie banks of Loch Lomond to the tragic site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonalds at the 'Glen of Weeping'. Continue to Fort William at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Then, cross to the Isle of Skye, where we'll spend this evening dining in our hotel.Accommodation: Dunollie
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Venture to Loch Ness and Culloden in the Scottish Highlands
    We leave the rugged beauty of Skye behind and venture to the site where three lochs meet. View Eilean Donan Castle before travelling along the banks of Loch Ness in search of the elusive monster that bears its name. The bloody battlefield of Culloden is our next stop, where we spend a poignant moment reflecting on the many men who lost their lives in the brief but brutal battle between the Redcoats and Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobites. This evening we spend the evening dining at our hotel in the Scottish Highlands.Accommodation: Highlander
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    Journey to Enchanting Edinburgh
    Traversing the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, we pass Pitlochry before arriving in St. Andrews to see its famous golf course on which golfing greats have clamoured to play for centuries. We cross the scenic Firth of Forth to enchanting Edinburgh, our home for the next two nights. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.Accommodation: Novotel Centre, Marriott
    Meals:   Breakfast
  14. Day 14
    Uncover Edinburgh’s Treasures
    Join your Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour which includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, surveying the city from the imposing Castle Rock. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyrood in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. As our memorable holiday comes to an end, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner to reminisce over shared experiences.Accommodation: Novotel Centre, Marriott
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  15. Day 15
    Farewell Edinburgh
    For now it’s time to say a fond farewell to Scotland and our newfound friends, after our unforgettable Celtic sojourn. Find out more about available airport transfers at brendanvacations.com/freetransfers.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 14 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 3 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Killarney: It's 1930s Ireland revisited. Visit the working farms of Muckross taking you back to a time of traditional farming. Learn how to churn butter and dine in the Quilles Farmhouse against the scenic backdrop of the lakes of Killarney.

Dive Into Culture

  • Kildare: Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.
  • Waterford: Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.
  • Belfast: Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast.
  • Pitlochry: Warm your heart with a little Scottish whisky at a traditional distillery in the Scottish Highlands.

Iconic Experience

  • Dublin: A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts! Visit Blarney Castle and see the famous Stone of Eloquence.
  • Cork: Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Galway: Explore the historic heart of Galway. See landmarks such as the Spanish Arch and the cathedral, or perhaps admire the distinctive Claddagh rings.
  • Donegal: Stop in Donegal and see The Diamond, a hub for music and cultural gatherings in the town.
  • Londonderry: With a Local Specialist explore inside the city walls. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.
  • Belfast: Join a Local Specialist to hear about the history of the city and learn of its progress and current prosperity. See the murals in different locations indicating the political sentiments of local residents.
  • Glencoe: Visit this Highland village on Loch Leven.
  • Fort William: Near the foothills of Ben Nevis, stop in Fort William for a stroll along the charming High Street.
  • Eilean Donan: Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.
  • Inverness: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.
  • Scottish Highlands: Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.
  • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
  • Edinburgh: Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the King, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Bushmills: In Northern Ireland you'll discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway as you explore with an expert, who'll explain how your visit helps conserve this iconic natural landmark.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Dublin, Londonderry, Belfast and Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Waterford, Adare, Galway and Glasgow
  • : Visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle, Giant's Causeway, Titanic Experience in Belfast, a whisky distillery, Pitlochry and Edinburgh Castle
  • : View Eilean Donan Castle, the battlefield of Culloden and the 18th green at St. Andrews
  • : See St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Galway Cathedral and Loch Lomond
  • : Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
  • : Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland
  • Optional Experiences and free time

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Customer Reviews

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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
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4.5
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3.5

Ratings based off 8 reviews - currently showing 5 reviews with comments only

Awesome tour guide knowledgeable, very organized great sense of humor managing 50 passengers (more than we expected). Great 4 star hotels. Except Isle of Skye but worth it to see Isle of Skye!! Beautiful.

Great tour. It was more expensive than I thought it would be as a lot of the things were "optional." But, if you didn't do the options, you would miss out on a lot. A couple of days, the travel was too long on the bus and people got a little stir crazy. They keep you very busy. A day or 2 in there to rest would be nice. But, we saw a lot, did a lot, and it was truly the trip of a lifetime.

Great tour director, Stephanie, and people at Trafalgar

Wonderful experience. No way you could see and do as much as we did on our own. Truly a trip of a lifetime.

I just returned from Ireland and Scotland - it was wonderful! Everything was beyond expectations: a great Tour Director and driver, wonderful local guides, great tours, meals, etc. It was a great trip and I would like to return there one day.

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