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Best Ireland Scotland Guided Tour
15 Days
3 Countries

Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland

21 Cities

Dublin, Kildare, Waterford, Blarney, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Adare, Galway, Ballina, Donegal, Londonderry, Giant's Causeway, Belfast, Glasgow, Glencoe, Fort William, Isle of Skye, Culloden, Scottish Highlands, St. Andrews, Edinburgh

21 Meals

1 Be My Guest, 6 Dinners, 14 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paces with mix of 1–2-night stays in each location. Typically features 4+ miles of walking on some days and may involve steep hills and uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones.

Average group size average 40-45
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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.

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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 travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

Hapenny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation The Address Hotel Connolly
Included Meals Be My Guest, Dinner

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 colorful 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.

The Temple Bar Pub in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation The Address Hotel Connolly
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience The Hapenny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit the Irish countryside and Glendalough, Ireland
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...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and show in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’s history unfolds with comedy, song and dance. You’ll be tapping your toes and joining in the show...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Journey to Waterford

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.

Japanese Gardens, Kildare, Ireland
Accommodation The Fitzwilton Hotel Waterford
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm, Kildare
Visit Ireland's National Stud Farm

Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Dive Into Culture Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal, Waterford
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

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Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Walking tour with pub visit in Waterford, Ireland
Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through storie...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Irish pub and music in Waterford, Ireland
Irish Folk Fun

Join a magical entertainment experience, where you'll get the chance to see Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while local...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Onwards to Blarney and Killarney

Bend over backwards and 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, savoring delicious local flavors during your Be My Guest visit to the Quilles Farmhouse against the scenic backdrop of the lakes of Killarney.

Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland
Accommodation Hotel Killarney
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Visit the working farms of Muckross and dine in the Quilles Farmhouse, Killarney
Visit the Working Farms of Muckross and Learn how to Churn Butter, then Dine in The Quilles Farmhouse

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 d...

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Blarney Castle and gardens, Blarney, Ireland
Visit Blarney Castle

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 ...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Muckross house and gardens in Killarney, Ireland
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 rhododend...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Ring of Kerry in Co. Kerry, Ireland
Accommodation Hotel Killarney
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Jaunting cart ride from Killarney, Ireland
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.

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Music and dance show in Killarney, Ireland
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 ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Celtic steps in Killarney, Ireland
Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.

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Optional Experiences

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.

Thatched cottage in Adare, Ireland
Accommodation Great National Hotel Ballina
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience A thatched Cottage in Adare, Ireland
Adare Orientation

Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Skyline of Galway with Galway cathedral, Ireland
Stroll Through Galway

Explore the historic heart of Galway. See landmarks such as the Spanish Arch and the cathedral, or perhaps admire the distinctive Claddagh rings.

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Iconic Experience

Day 7

Off to Donegal and on to Londonderry

Head north to Donegal with its 'Diamond' center before joining a Local Specialist in Londonderry to stroll along its 17th-century walls. See the neighborhood of the Bogside, known for its murals that depict events of the 'Troubles' like the Battle of the Bogside, which sparked the conflict.

Peace Bridge in Derry, Northern Ireland
Accommodation City Hotel Derry
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit The Diamond, the main square in Donegal Town, Ireland
Donegal Visit

Stop in Donegal and see The Diamond, a hub for music and cultural gatherings in the town.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Peace Bridge in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Londonderry City Tour

With a Local Specialist explore inside the city walls. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Dinner and drinks in Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Dinner and Drinks in Londonderry

Join us and the the rest of the group for a cozy and relaxing evening of dinner and a drink in a locally-loved restaurant.

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

Admire the Giant’s Causeway and on to Belfast

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.

City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Accommodation AC by Marriott
Included Meals Breakfast
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway with an expert
Visit Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

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.

Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Dive Into Culture Discover the story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction in Belfast
Discover the story of the Titanic at the visitor attraction in Belfast

Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast.

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Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Walk with fish and chips in Belfast, Northern Ireland
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 h...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Bag Piper in Glasgow, Scotland
Accommodation Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast City Tour

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 locatio...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Evening meal in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow City Evening

You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, drinks, and...

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Optional Experiences

Day 10

Discover Glasgow’s Rich Legacy

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 favorite honey-colored drink with a chance to sample a wee dram. We then have some free time to explore the city.

Park District in Glasgow, Scotland
Accommodation Hilton Garden Inn Glasgow City Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Scottish whisky tasting at a traditional distillery in the Scottish Highlands
Explore a traditional whiskey distillery in the Scottish Highlands

Warm your heart with a little Scottish whisky at a traditional distillery in the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Optional Experiences Stirling Castle evening visit in Stirling, Scotland
A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly wonderful experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scotti...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Old Man Of Storr in Isle Of Skye, Scotland
Accommodation The Dunollie Hotel Broadford
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Must-see Highlights Conservation Range Glencoe, Scotland
Glencoe Visit

See this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip

Must-see Highlights

Iconic Experience Stop in Fort William near the foothills of Ben Nevis, Scotland
Fort William Visit

Near the foothills of Ben Nevis, stop in Fort William for a stroll along the charming High Street.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Boat trip in Loch Lomond, Scotland
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 o...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Scenic drive in The Isle of Skye, Scotland
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 Islan...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Learn about traditional crafts in the Isle of sky, Scotlandisle
Local Crafts on Skye

Join us this morning to gain a real insight into crafts on the Isle of Skye.  First we’ll drive up to Slig Hotel to take in magnificent views of th...

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Optional Experiences

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 traveling 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.

Highland Cattle in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Accommodation The Highlander Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Eilean Donan Castle in Dornie, Scotland
See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Jacobite Gravestone in Culloden, Scotland
Highlands Culloden Visitor Center

At the exciting Culloden Visitor Center, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Highland farm experience in Kincraig, Scotland
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 d...

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Optional Experiences

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.

18th Tee of St. Andrews, Scotland
Accommodation Novotel Edinburgh Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Visit the scenic Scottish Highlands
Scenic Drive Through the Scottish Highlands

Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Golf Course of St. Andrews, Scotland
Visit the University Town of 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.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Blair Castle in Pitlochry, Scotland
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 remain...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Scenic drive and dinner in Torphichen, Scotland
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy Ceilidh evening dinner see Scottish Piper Ghillie dhu, Edinburgh in Scotland
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

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Optional Experiences

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 travelers for a Farewell Dinner to reminisce over shared experiences.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Novotel Edinburgh Center
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh City Tour

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...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

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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.

West Bow Street in Edinburgh, Scotland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Dublin City Tour

A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit Ireland's National Stud Farm

Admire Ireland's finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Tour the House of Waterford Crystal Workshop

Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Visit the Working Farms of Muckross and Learn how to Churn Butter, then Dine in The Quilles Farmhouse

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 d...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Blarney Castle

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 ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Adare Orientation

Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Stroll Through Galway

Explore the historic heart of Galway. See landmarks such as the Spanish Arch and the cathedral, or perhaps admire the distinctive Claddagh rings.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Donegal Visit

Stop in Donegal and see The Diamond, a hub for music and cultural gatherings in the town.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Londonderry City Tour

With a Local Specialist explore inside the city walls. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Visit Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland

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.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Discover the story of the Titanic at the visitor attraction in Belfast

Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Belfast City Tour

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 locatio...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Explore a traditional whiskey distillery in the Scottish Highlands

Warm your heart with a little Scottish whisky at a traditional distillery in the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip
Must-see Highlights
Glencoe Visit

See this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Fort William Visit

Near the foothills of Ben Nevis, stop in Fort William for a stroll along the charming High Street.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Highlands Culloden Visitor Center

At the exciting Culloden Visitor Center, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through the Scottish Highlands

Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the University Town of 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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Edinburgh City Tour

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...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

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
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

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 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

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Enjoy an evening of fine food and fun as Ireland’s history unfolds with comedy, song and dance. You’ll be tapping your toes and joining in the show...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Explore Waterford's History and Local Pub

Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through storie...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Irish Folk Fun

Join a magical entertainment experience, where you'll get the chance to see Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while local...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 rhododend...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Celtic Steps

Enjoy a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance performed by champion dancers and musicians and showcasing the music of Kerry and beyond.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Drinks in Londonderry

Join us and the the rest of the group for a cozy and relaxing evening of dinner and a drink in a locally-loved restaurant.

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 h...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Glasgow City Evening

You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, drinks, and...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
A Stirling Evening

See Stirling Castle and the Wallace Memorial by night. A truly wonderful experience, you'll be piped in to your evening meal in the historic Scotti...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 o...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 Islan...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Local Crafts on Skye

Join us this morning to gain a real insight into crafts on the Isle of Skye.  First we’ll drive up to Slig Hotel to take in magnificent views of th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 d...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
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 remain...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Best Scotland Guided Tour Map

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Great Britain is made up of three countries: England, Scotland, and Wales. These countries are located on the island of Great Britain, which is the largest island in the British Isles
  • The United Kingdom (UK) consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland
  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
  • Languages across the United Kingdom and Ireland: English is the dominant language throughout the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). While the main language in Scotland is English, Scots and Scottish Gaelic are minority languages. In Wales, both English and Welsh Gaelic are spoken. If you're visiting Northern Ireland, you'll also hear English and Irish or Gaeilge. In the Republic of Ireland, Irish is the official language.
  • Currencies used in Great Britain: British Pound Sterling (£) is used throughout the United Kingdom. The Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Capitals Cities: London (England), Edinburgh (Scotland), Cardiff (Wales), Belfast (Northern Ireland), and Dublin (Rep. Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in the United Kingdom: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

United Kingdom and Ireland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter the United Kingdom or Ireland.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The climate in the United Kingdom is generally classified as temperate maritime, characterized by mild winters and cool summers. The weather is known for its variability and can change frequently throughout the day. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with showers being common. The western parts of the UK, particularly areas like Wales and Scotland, tend to experience higher rainfall compared to the eastern regions. The UK is influenced by the warm Gulf Stream, which helps to moderate temperatures and prevent extreme heat or cold.

The Republic of Ireland has a temperate maritime climate characterized by mild winters and cool summers. Average temperatures in winter range from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Independent Reviews
Sylvia Mahle
Review date: Friday, September 2, 2022
Service
The first and second booking went well. due to Covid we rescheduled twice. The second reschedule did have some difficulties. We had to argue very long to get the corrected date without a penalty. We eventually did get it corrected. also because we were not recontacted as the agent said, the airfare was much higher. Due to Covid we waited when they did not get us a tentative scheduled flight. However, I finally contacted GET about 3 months before the trip and was told I should have called earlier! maybe that is why we paid so much for the flight.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about the miscommunication with your flights, but pleased that your trip went well and you came home with some great memories. Thank you for being a part of our travel family.
Friday, September 9, 2022
Vacation
the trip went smoothly. the itinerary was very good. The hotels were nice. Most were located where we could walk to sights. Mike our program director was very good and Sonia our "health aide" was also very, very good.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, June 20, 2022
Service
Rachel Thomas was very personable and provided us with a "grand" experience! She gave us treats from the areas which we visited and was always informative. She was always helpful.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so thrilled you enjoyed your Best of Ireland and Scotland trip. It sounds like you made memories to last a lifetime. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your kind words!
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Vacation
We were able to travel to and through beautiful cities and country sides and learn about the people, culture, and their histories through enjoyable and meaningful experiences.
Joyce Guidish
Review date: Monday, September 2, 2019
Service
Expert guidance and ongoing help when requested regarding itinerary and air transportation.
Vacation
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
Review date: Sunday, August 18, 2019
Service
Everything was in place for the trip. No issues from booking to completion of the trip.
Vacation
Tour guide and driver were great. Everything on time. Weather cooperated. Scenery was spectacular.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Service
I would recommend them!
Vacation
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
Review date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Service
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
Vacation
Exceeded expectations.No unpleasant surprises.
William Dittrich
Review date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
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Marilyn Korte
Review date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Service
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
Vacation
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
Review date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Service
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.
Vacation
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
Review date: Monday, August 20, 2018
Service
One of the representatives, Barb, was of great help, the other not at all.
Vacation
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
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