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Best of Ireland and Scotland

Operated by: Trafalgar

15 Days from $3,261 per person
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Countries Visited

UK ...more UK

Locations Visited

Dublin, Waterford, Enniscrone, Londonderry, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Isle of Skye ...more Dublin, Waterford, Enniscrone, Londonderry, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Isle of Skye
  1. Day 1 Arrive Dublin (2 Nights)

    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 at a traditional Irish pub.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Ballsbridge/Mespil
  2. Day 2 Dublin Sightseeing and Free Time

    Drive through the streets of Dublin, joining your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour past the stately Georgian Square 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Dublin – Kildare – Waterford

    'Dive Into Culture' and gain insights into Ireland's strong tradition of breeding world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm. 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 craftsmen at work in their workshop.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Marina/Fitzwilton
  4. Day 4 Waterford – Blarney – Co. Kerry (2 Nights)

    Bend over backwards and kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the 'gift of the gab' before crossing the Kerry Mountains to County Kerry. We journey to 1930s Ireland this evening, visiting the working farms of Muckross, where we'll learn about traditional farming and meet the families who ply the land. 'Connect With Locals' over a Be My Guest dinner, savouring delicious local flavours in the Quilles Farmhouse against the scenic backdrop of the lakes of Killarney.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel Killarney Towers/Manor West Tralee
  5. Day 5 Ring of Kerry Excursion

    The astounding beauty of 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Co. Kerry – Galway – Enniscrone

    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 take centre stage 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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ocean Sands/Harlequin
  7. Day 7 Enniscrone – Donegal – 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 "Troubles" neighbourhood of Bogside, with its murals depicting the battles of that time.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Everglades/City
  8. Day 8 Londonderry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast

    Tread in the footsteps of Finn Mac Cool and along the other-worldly Giant's Causeway 'steps' that descend into the sea. Your visit will 'Make A Difference' by helping to conserve this iconic landmark. We arrive in Belfast later and visit the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre 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.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Stormont/Maldron
  9. Day 9 Belfast – Glasgow (2 Nights)

    Join your Local Specialist 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 at Larne and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland, driving through the Ayrshire countryside bound for Glasgow, our home for the next two nights.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn City Centre/Glynhill
  10. Day 10 Glasgow Orientation

    Delve into Scotland's intriguing cultural capital and stroll through the Toon to admire views of George Square and the River Clyde, once the heart of Scotland's shipbuilding industry. We head to whisky country next, visiting the beautiful Glengoyne whisky distillery 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. Our hearts warmed, we return to Glasgow for some free time to explore the city.

    meals Full Breakfast
  11. Day 11 Glasgow – Glencoe – Isle of 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. At Glenfinnan, we see the viaduct which Hogwarts Express crosses to get to Harry Potter's beloved school of magic. Cross by ferry to the Isle of Skye where we'll dine in our hotel.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Dunollie/Kings Arms
  12. Day 12 Isle of Skye – Loch Ness – Culloden – 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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Highlander
  13. Day 13 Scottish Highlands – Pitlochry – St. Andrews – Edinburgh (2 Nights)

    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. Take to the beguiling streets of the Scottish capital this evening, soaking up its warmth and conviviality with an evening of traditional dance, music and Scottish fare. In August, certain departures include tickets to the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Novotel/Apex Haymarket
  14. Day 14 Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

    Join your Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour which includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle, surveying the city from 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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  15. Day 15 Depart Edinburgh

    For now it's time to say a fond farewell to Scotland and our newfound friends, at the end of an unforgettable Celtic sojourn. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Full Breakfast
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 14 full breakfasts
  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Dublin, Londonderry, Belfast and Edinburgh
  • ORIENTATION of Waterford, Galway and Glasgow
  • VISIT the Irish National Stud, the Waterford Crystal showroom, Blarney Castle, Giant's Causeway, Titanic Museum, Pitlochry and Edinburgh Castle
  • VIEW Galway Cathedral, Eilean Donan Castle, the battlefield of Culloden and the 18th green at St. Andrews
  • SEE St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin and Loch Lomond
  • SCENIC DRIVE around the Ring of Kerry

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August.

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, often referred to as "the most spectacular show on earth," is an exciting celebration showcasing the best of Scottish music, dance, and military pageantry. In 2019 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 2nd to August 24th, and is sure to draw entertainers and spectators from around the world. 

Tickets and arrangements have been included on these select departures. Book early as they will sell out quickly!

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Experience the Ancient Monastic Site of Glendalough

Enjoy a visit to one of the most important monastic sites in Europe, which dates back to the 6th century. Your Local Specialist will tell tales and show you around this sacred area, famous for its tranquil beauty amidst the rolling countryside of County Wicklow, the garden of Ireland.
Adult Price: €25


Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun as Ireland’s history unfolds in a cabaret of comedy, song and dance. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humour. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.
Adult Price: €71


Irish Folk Fun

During this evening of entertainment, you'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.
Adult Price: €27


Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.
Adult Price: €21

Visit Muckross House and its Gardens

Come with us to Muckross House and its beautiful gardens. With a backdrop of oak-clad mountains, enjoy taking in the towering azaleas and rhododendrons as you meander along the shores of the lakes. The 18th century house contains some wonderful examples of furniture and paintings, including a portrait of King James VI, for whom Shakespeare wrote Macbeth.
Adult Price: €21

Gaelic Roots

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.
Adult Price: €34


Dinner and Drinks in Londonderry

Join us and the the rest of the group for a cosy and relaxing evening of dinner and a drink in a locally-loved restaurant.
Adult Price: £42


Belfast Walk with Fish and Chips

What better way to soak up the atmosphere of this lively city than to join a local specialist for a stroll through its hidden side streets? We'll have an included drink in a historic pub and continue to a local restaurant for a quintessentially traditional meal; fish and chips.
Adult Price: £39


A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly local experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scottish city and enjoy an evening of Scottish delights.
Adult Price: £44

Scottish Highlands

Isle Of Skye Drive

An opportunity to travel around the Isle of Skye with your Local Specialist. You’ll hear about the way of life on this remote inner Hebridean Island and discover its stories and legends.
Adult Price: £13.50

Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy's cave as you relax and savour the stunning scenery.
Adult Price: £15

Scottish Highlands

Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each dog to carry out different tasks. You’ll also have the opportunity to try your hand at sheep shearing, feeding the lambs and discover his training techniques. Weather permitting.
Adult Price: £14

Pitlochry. Visit Of Blair Castle

Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remaining private army. Unique amongst Scottish castles, Blair has hosted royalty from Mary Queen of Scots to Queen Victoria.
Adult Price: £20


Dinner And Drive To Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Hospitaller. At the haunted Torphichen Inn your arrival will be toasted by our convivial host before enjoying an excellent dinner of local specialties and entertainment.
Adult Price: £46

Scottish Show With Dinner

Tonight is your chance to put on that tartan and join us for an evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing at an internationally famous venue. You’ll enjoy delicious food and wine, join in the singing and watch a Highland dance or two. There's even a chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.
Adult Price: £60

Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where you’ll hear the inside story on the famous Rosslyn Chapel. One of Scotland's most unusual 15th-century buildings, Rossyln is famed for its associations with the Knights Templar, the Masonic movement, and now 'The Da Vinci Code'.
Adult Price: £21

Independent Reviews
Joyce Guidish
Monday, September 2, 2019
Expert guidance and ongoing help when requested regarding itinerary and air transportation.
Sites visited in Ireland and Scotland were amazing; visits to local farms and historical sites added to my appreciation of the history of each country. Entertainment by musicians and dancers and singers was fun and professionally performed. Our tour director,guides at local visits and bus drivers were excellent and contributed to a rewarding experience during my trip.
Russell Chong
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Everything was in place for the trip. No issues from booking to completion of the trip.
Tour guide and driver were great. Everything on time. Weather cooperated. Scenery was spectacular.
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
I would recommend them!
The trip seemed very rushed at times
Response from Grand European Travel:
There is a lot of sightseeing on this trip, but we are sorry to hear about you feeling rushed. We hope you came home with some happy memories as well.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Trusted Customer
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Booking was a breeze.I did it over the phone and the booking agent was courteous and helpful. The process was easy to comprehend .I booked a number of months in advance and GET kept in touch so I knew just what to expect.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for your comments! We are so glad you had a great booking experience and a wonderful trip to Ireland and Scotland. We hope we can help you plan your next vacation, where ever it may be!
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Exceeded expectations.No unpleasant surprises.
William Dittrich
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Marilyn Korte
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Our tour guide Emma was wonderful and made our trip truly enjoyable. We learned so much about Ireland from her...the places, the people, the music...as well as visiting a few of her hidden gems. All the other people we met throughout our trip from John, our driver to all the local guides were equally great. Very pleased with the service.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a wonderful trip and we are so happy to hear that. Thank you for your business and for taking the time to write.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
The trip itself was wonderful. We chose this company primarily because it went to most of the places we really wanted to see in Ireland and the price was comparable to other tour companies
Ronald Ungemach
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
I enjoyed the tour for the most part. I skipped a lot of the dinners as they were in pubs and I cannot drink. Also I found the time spent in Belfast rather depressing. It is very obvious that the "troubles" ways heavily on the minds of the people there. The tour was mostly about that time in history. Though the guides (in Derry and Belfast) continually spoke of the elimination of barriers regarding religion it was also obvious that Belfast is still a very segregated city and I do not think it would take much to restart the religious strife again. Both countries are gorgeous, especially Scotland's highlands. I would have like to have had more stops to take pictures. The "tattoo" was everything I had heard it was. It was truly magnificent. The River-dance show in Ireland was unique and the tours of the old monestary, ruins and giants causeway were wonderful. The visit to Culloden was not much. The time was too short to take the video tour and there is not a whole lot to see or photograph of the battlefield. Stirling castle was very nice. Our tour guide (Gino) was superb. He is a real asset to your company. Treat him well he deserves it.
It was a lot of money especially when you add up the optional excursions and the tipping. The accommodations from the airline were terrible. The food was fine but on the flight to Dublin the seats were so tight you could not bend forward to reach anything on the floor.
Trusted Customer
Monday, August 20, 2018
One of the representatives, Barb, was of great help, the other not at all.
The trip itself was grueling. Most of each day was spent on the bus. Very little time was allowed to find food and eat. Hotels were not top quality except the Mespil in Dublin, the Stormonts and the Novotel in Edinburgh. None of the hotels were located in an area where there were shops except the one in Skye. The visit to Skye was a total waste of time. The excursion was even worse. It did not give a good overview of Skye. The Novotel, while being a nice hotel, was in a terrible location requiring taxi rides to take you to places of interest. This tour was run by Trafalgar and we will never take a Trafalgar tour again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about your disappointment. While every destination is unique, we do strive to provide a wonderful experience on all trips. We will share your comments with our team at Trafalgar and ask them to review all the hotels.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Trusted Customer
Monday, August 20, 2018
The guide and coach drivers were very welcoming and knowledgable. Always there to help if a problem occurred. The venues and hotels were comfortable,
All of the venues were interesting, and appealed to a wide variety of interests.
Sally Rupert
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Everything went smoothly. Lots of things to see and do. Guide was pleasant and knowledgeable and made best of opportunities to see extras on trip. Reservations all correct.
Best bang for the buck. Money well spent
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