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2024 Scots Irish Tour - 11 Days/10 Nights

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

  1. Day 1
    Edinburgh | Scotch Whisky Experience*
    Your tour departs from your hotel at 2:00 PM. Head out to The Scotch Whisky Experience on the famed Royal Mile. Learn about the art and aromas of whisky production, taste a dram of single malt or blended whisky, and view the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky. For dinner you’ll hear colorful tales of Scottish history and culture while tasting a range of flavorful whiskies paired with local dishes. (August 4 – 20 departures will visit the Scotch Whisky Experience but will dine independently.) (D*)
  2. Day 2
    Edinburgh Panoramic Tour | Edinburgh Castle | Independent Sightseeing
    See the highlights of central Edinburgh including the bustling Princes Street and the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town.” Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore. Dine independently this evening. (The August 4 – 20 departures attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.) (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Chocolate Tasting | Blair Castle & Highlands
    Travel through the scenic countryside of Perthshire to visit Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier for a tasting of award-winning chocolates with an expert chocolatier. All the chocolates are made on-site with sustainable ingredients, including local heather honey and berries, and fresh cream from local herds of Scottish Friesians. In Pitlochry, spend free time exploring and have lunch independently. Next, visit Blair Castle; this citadel, with its romantic turrets and towers, dates back to the 13th century. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to your hotel in Nairn (Tuesday and some Sunday departures) or Inverness (remaining Sunday departures). (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Loch Ness | Isle of Skye | Armadale Castle
    Travel alongside Loch Ness, passing the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge and visit Armadale Castle, returning by ferry. Take the “Road to the Isles” past lochs, lush woodlands, and heather-covered moors of the majestic Highlands, stopping for photos around scenic Glencoe. Continue through The Trossachs to your hotel in Dunblane. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Stirling Castle | Ferry to Belfast
    Tour Stirling Castle, perched on volcanic rock above the town, and explore the richness of this 16th-century palace that was once home to Mary Queen of Scots. Drive on through southwestern Scotland to Cairnryan and board the ferry to Belfast, where you’ll dine in your hotel this evening. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Ards Peninsula, Titanic Belfast | Crosskeys Inn
    Discover the Ulster-Scots history and heritage of the scenic Ards Peninsula on a drive with a local guide. This area was where Scottish colonizers landed in the 1600s; some of their descendants would move to America and become known as the “Scots-Irish”. Then visit Titanic Belfast to delve into the history of the doomed ocean liner. Spend time exploring Belfast as you wish in the afternoon. Visit Crosskeys Inn for dinner and entertainment in a CIE Tours Exclusive. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Nine Glens of Antrim | Giant’s Causeway | Derry Walking Tour
    Enjoy ocean and mountain scenery as you travel the Nine Glens of Antrim. Discover the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns rising out of the sea, and pause for photos at the Dunluce Castle ruins. Head to Derry for a walking tour with a local guide to see how this city, with its painful history, has been transformed into a thriving cultural hub. Proceed on to your hotel in Letterkenny. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Glenveagh National Park | Donegal | Belleek Pottery | Kilronan Castle
    Visit Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Enjoy a guided tour and stroll the extensive gardens. Continue to Donegal town for a visit to CIE Tours preferred shopping partner Triona Design and free time to explore. Next, watch skilled craftspeople create delicate ceramic pieces at Belleek Pottery. Travel to luxurious Kilronan Castle with time to relax before dinner in the castle’s fine restaurant. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Arigna Mining | Lough Key Forest
    Visit the Arigna Mining Experience to discover local history and life as a coal miner in the Arigna Valley. Visit Lough Key Forest Park to explore how humans have shaped the landscape on this old estate over thousands of years. Walk through tunnels used by servants in the 19th century, see the sunken garden, and then walk along with the Tree Canopy Bridge for panoramic views of nature and the shimmering lake. Return to the charming village of Ballyfarnon and relax in your castle hotel before dinner. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Galway Walking Tour | Cliffs of Moher | Medieval Castle Banquet
    In Galway, a local guide will take you on a walking tour through the narrow streets to see the medieval city walls and Lynch’s Castle. Travel through the Burren and see its limestone hills, often blooming with a vast array of wildflowers. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, soaring high above the Atlantic. This evening, enjoy a medieval-style banquet at a castle. (B, D)
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Tour ends in Shannon
    11-day tour ends in Shannon. (B) B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner *Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner. >
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Accommodations

Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club
Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club
Blending the traditions of a baronial manor with modern amenities, the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club is a breathtaking golf resort set on 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland. Our luxury hotel features intricate architecture, with our unique main house period rooms filled with character and traditional furnishings to create an unforgettable stay. Situated just seven miles from Edinburgh city centre, guests can easily access world-class attractions while enjoying on-site amenities that include two 18-hole golf courses, an indoor pool, tennis courts, beauty salon and the Dalmahoy Leisure Club. Home of the award-winning Pentland Restaurant, this luxurious hotel also offers full-service catering to complement the unparalleled event spaces that make the Dalmahoy a truly remarkable destination in Edinburgh.
Columba Hotel
Columba Hotel
Opened in 1881, this grand historic hotel combines contemporary style and amenities with traditional comfort. Each room features excellent modern facilities including movies, music, radio on demand, and free high-speed wireless internet access. There is a traditional roast meal restaurant with a range of hot, cold and grilled options. This hotel is in a great location in the heart of Inverness, with splendid views of the Ness River and Inverness Castle.
Muthu Newton Hotel
Muthu Newton Hotel
This beautiful Scottish baronial-style mansion was built as a family home in 1872 and has been a hotel since 1951. It recently has undergone extensive refurbishments to ensure a comfortable stay. All 56 guest rooms have been modernized while retaining the traditional ambience. This imposing building is set on 21 acres of mature parkland and gardens, bordering the Moray Firth on the North Sea and overlooks the Nairn Golf Course.
DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro
DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro
Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel
This well-established hotel offers 272 bedrooms with every comfort and luxury, including soundproofing to ensure a good night’s sleep. Enjoy good food, live piano and street views at the Piano Bar upstairs. Head to The Causerie for snacks and specials or to the Lobby Bar for drinks and pub grub. Located on Great Victoria Street, in the heart of Belfast. The Opera House is next door, and the historic Crown Liquor Saloon is across the street. Within easy walking distance of Donegall Square.
Europa Hotel
Europa Hotel
This well-established hotel offers 272 bedrooms with every comfort and luxury, including soundproofing to ensure a good night’s sleep. Enjoy good food, live piano and street views at the Piano Bar upstairs. Head to The Causerie for snacks and specials or to the Lobby Bar for drinks and pub grub. Located on Great Victoria Street, in the heart of Belfast. The Opera House is next door, and the historic Crown Liquor Saloon is across the street. Within easy walking distance of Donegall Square.
Station House Hotel - Letterkenny
Station House Hotel - Letterkenny
This 3-star modern contemporary boutique hotel offers high-quality accommodation. The 81 colorful, spacious bedrooms all offer modern facilities such as flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and computer modem connection. Luxury glass-paneled private bathrooms have showers and full-length mirrors. The Depot Cafe Bar offers casual and formal dining in a contemporary yet relaxed ambience with live entertainment at the weekends. The hotel is 30 miles north of Donegal town and 20 miles west of Derry, ideal for exploring the northern part of County Donegal.
Kilronan Castle
Kilronan Castle
This castle hotel offers excellent hospitality and a warm welcome to guests. The traditional and luxurious public rooms offer a delightful haven in which to dine or relax. The 84 guestrooms are designed for a restful experience and include minibars, coffee/tea makers and other amenities. Relax in the world-class spa and leisure center. The hotel is in a secluded area between the towns of Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon, about 100 miles NW from Dublin.
Kilronan Castle
Kilronan Castle
This castle hotel offers excellent hospitality and a warm welcome to guests. The traditional and luxurious public rooms offer a delightful haven in which to dine or relax. The 84 guestrooms are designed for a restful experience and include minibars, coffee/tea makers and other amenities. Relax in the world-class spa and leisure center. The hotel is in a secluded area between the towns of Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon, about 100 miles NW from Dublin.
Temple Gate Hotel
Temple Gate Hotel
On the site of a 19th century Convent of Mercy, this contemporary family-owned hotel delivers a unique blend of warm hospitality, friendly service and pleasing decor. Each guest room offers all amenities for your comfort. Legends Restaurant is renowned for its good food and service. The traditional Preacher’s Pub has an inviting atmosphere, often with Irish music session.LOCATION: In the center of the market town of Ennis within easy walking distance of shops, cafes and pubs. Easy access to Shannon Airport which is 15 miles away. Hotel parking

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Customer Reviews

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3
Accommodations
3
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2.3
Professional Staff
3.7
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3.7
Value for Money
2.3

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