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Despite the many regional variations, there is a natural affinity between these countries, that can be traced back to their Gaelic roots, not to mention being blessed with dramatic scenery and warm-hearted people.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

  2. On arrival at Dublin Airport, your airport transfer service leaves for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. At night, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

    hotel:Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin (2 nights).
  3. Orientation takes you past the Custom House and along O'Connell Street. Travel along the River Liffey to see the Guinness Brewery and Dublin Castle before admiring the historic buildings of the Georgian section of the city. Enjoy your VIP priority entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a University insider, gaining their insight into modern life and the establishment's impressive history. 

    hotel:Clayton Cardiff Lane, Dublin.
  4. Kildare offers a look behind the scenes at one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres and visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a ‘journey through life'. Then head for Waterford to see Reginald's Tower, the ruined city walls and for a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman. Then travel on to Cork, Ireland's second most populous city, built on the River Lee.
    hotel:Oriel House/Maldron Hotel, Cork.
  5. In the morning, see the Court House and Opera House, before visiting ruined Blarney Castle, the home of the famous Stone of Eloquence, once kissed – never forgotten! Continue on to Killarney where you join a local ‘Jarvey' on-board one of the jaunting cars. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney (2 nights).
  6. Tour the superb seascapes, towering cliffs and spectacular mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Follow the narrow road as it winds through delightful villages like Sneem, cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll's Gap and admire Queen Victoria's ‘Ladies View'. Return mid-afternoon for time at leisure.
    hotel:Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney.
  7. Begin the day with a delightful ferry ride across the Shannon Estuary. Journey to the Visitors' Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy magnificent views of the Clare Coast before continuing to Limerick. See St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. 

    hotel:Castle Oaks House Hotel, Limerik.
  8. Join your Tour Director in Galway to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F Kennedy. Tour the wild Connemara region, a scenic wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. In the evening, your perfect country retreat is set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Radisson Blu, Sligo.
  9. The day begins in Drumcliffe, with a visit to the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Cross into Northern Ireland to visit Derry. What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall. Continue around the coast to the amazing Giant's Causeway, then take a spectacular drive along the Antrim coast road to your hotel, that overlooks the sea at the head of Ballygally Bay.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Ballygally Castle.
  10. Ride the ferry to Scotland and continue along the Ayrshire Coast, taking in views of the Firth of Clyde and the Island of Arran. Pass The Open golf links of Turnberry before arriving in Alloway, where you visit Robert Burns' birthplace and see the Burns' monument Brig 'O Doon'. 

    hotel:Winnock Hotel, Loch Lomond.
  11. In the morning, head north for a scenic drive along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Absorb the dramatic landscape of Glencoe, still echoing with the cries of massacred clansmen, before reaching Fort William. Pause at the Commando Memorial for a view of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then go on a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise.  Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of 'Nessie' in the heart of Scotland's great glen.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness (2 nights).
  12. Participate in an orientation tour of Inverness before driving out to the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally defeated. Not much more than a cannon shot away lie the prehistoric Clava burial cairns, dating back to around 2,000BC. Then have a 'wee dram' at a visit to the Glen Ord Distillery, hear stories of the whisky smugglers and delve into the fascinating world of the single malt.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.
  13. A scenic drive takes you through the Grampian Mountains past the Duke of Atholl's Blair Castle. Drive down and cross the Tay to visit St. Andrews, the home of golf. Continue across the majestic Forth Road Bridge to the Scottish capital. In the evening, selected departures attend the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    hotel:The Roxburghe/Holyrood Hotel/Malmaison, Edinburgh/Leith. (2 nights).
  14. In the morning, join your Local Expert for a visit to Edinburgh Castle, housing the Scottish Crown Jewels. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Queen's Holyroodhouse Palace. Turn onto Princes Street, past the Scott Memorial to see Edinburgh's famous Georgian New Town. Later, there is still time to shop. In the evening, join your friends at a stylish restaurant for a grand finalé Celebration Dinner. Bon Appetit!

    meal(s):FB, CD
    hotel:The Roxburghe/Holyrood Hotel/Malmaison, Edinburgh/Leith. (2 nights).
  15. Transfers arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 06:15 & 09:00.

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13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 5 three-course Dinners (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences


  • VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity college with a University insider.


  • Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.


  • What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the gothic Guildhall.


  • Explore the famous site in Alloway where Burns was born and learn about the inspiration behind his greatest works.


  • 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!


  • A local 'Jarvey' informs you of the history, legend and folklore of Killarney aboard a famous jaunting car ride.
  • Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.

Cliffs of Moher:

  • Look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.

Giant's Causeway:

  • Steeped in legend, the awe-inspiring coastal scenery is a spectacle to behold.

Loch Ness:

  • Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of 'Nessie' during a cruise.


  • Find out why the battle changed the Highland way of life forever at the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre.


  • For a limited time in August, witness the astonishing spectacle of the Military Tattoo.
  • Walk within the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
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These departures include the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $800 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $123 per person.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Ireland and Scotland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering either country.

  • The currency in the republic of Ireland is the Euro (€).  Northern Ireland and Scotland use the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some cash with you, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive at your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Ireland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Culinary experiences to try in Ireland include a full Irish breakfast, a visit to a chip shop, and hearty lunch at a good local pub.  And be sure to sample Irish national specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake.

    Scottish cuisine goes beyond traditional haggis, porridge, and whiskey.  Other specialties s to try include kippers, fish and chips, Scotch broth, smoked salmon, sausages, shortbread, and Dundee cake.  For a meal that’s inexpensive and authentic, try a local pub meal with a pint of Scottish ale.

  • The weather in Ireland and Scotland is mild,damp, and quickly changeable. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Ireland and Scotland is less common than in the U.S. When dining in a restaurant, it’s appropriate to leave a tip of up to 5-10 percent of the bill. 

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


Saturday, August 20, 2016
Service rating : Well planned and well guided by Clodgh Fitzgerald. She is a treasure and should get a raise.
Vacation : Excellent
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Service rating : Excellent tour guide and bus driver.
Vacation : One hotel night was terrible. I told them which one it was.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Service rating : Seemed to do what they could to suit my needs.
Vacation : breakfast with only coffee or tea. Not everybody drinks these. Same with most meals: beer, wine or water. How about a soft drink?
Service rating : This was my 4 th. trip with European Travel. I like the fact that a Tour Guide is with us at all times and explains the history etc. of the country and the past behind it.
Vacation : Excellent
Monday, June 20, 2016
Service rating : This was our 6th trip with Grand European and they are excellent! Every trip we have taken has exceeded our expectations. We would not travel with any other company.
Vacation : We couldn't have been more pleased with our Ireland and Scotland vacation. Our tour guide, Cherryl Duke, along with our two bus drivers were some of the best we have ever had. Cherryl was very personable and her knowledge of the area was outstanding. Grand European is fortunate to have these quality people on their staff.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Service rating : Travel was through sister compant Insight Vacations.
Vacation : Good
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Service rating : Outstanding.
Vacation : I was able to see 99% of what I wanted to see. I need to spend at least a week in Edinburgh alone.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Service rating : Very informative trip thanks to our tour guide Robbie Joyce. Ireland and Scotland are beautiful countries with lots of history. The Insight bus had a lot of leg room.
Vacation : Excellent
Service rating : Agents responsive
Vacation : I know there is a lot to see but it would be nice to have more free time in some places and more two-night stays.
Service rating : Grand European has provided excellent tours in the past (This was my fourth one), but this was my first tour managed exclusively by Insight Tours, and it wasn't up to the standards of GE. A few of the guided tours, i.e. Guiness Brewery, visit to a farm for a sheep dog demonstration, etc. listed on the itinerary were omitted without an explanation from the tour guide. Obviously, these omissions were a big disappointment. Also, the tour bus was not a Mercedes and had the most uncomfortable seat belts that sucked one in with a vengeance. Neither bus driver held out his hand to assist ladies when climbing out of the van, unlike the one in Italy. I am not old or frail, but that extra touch would've resulted in a higher tip if done.
Vacation : Two of the optional tours were exceptional and will be cherished, lifetime memories: the Irish cabaret outside of Dublin featuring singers, dancers, a harp player, and the most hilarious comedian combined with a savory dinner. The second one was a step back in time to the Medieval banquet and program hosted in a castle outside of Limerick where performers were dressed in period costumes using dialogue reminiscent of that time. Entertainment was wonderful and interactive with the audience, the five course meal was delicious, and the ambiance in this castle seemed authentic with the era. Well done! Staying at nine hotels during thirteen days was exhausting combined with the hours spent on the bus. Day 10 was horrible with only a twenty minute break off the bus and ferry while in route to Scotland. Additional two day stays at a hotel are badly needed for one to feel sane and enjoy each day.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Service rating : Amazing tour guide (Cherryl Duke)! One of the best I've ever had via GET. Shared history, folk lore, geography/geology, and kept us on time and on task.
Vacation : Lovely experience! So very glad I went!

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place every year in August and is included on seven departures in 2017:

July 24, July 26, July 31,  August 2, August 7, August 9 and August 14.

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 2017 it will take place in Edinburgh from August 4th to August 26th, 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 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.


An Epic Voyage

Adult Price: € 39.00

Stroll with your tour director along the Banks of the Liffey to view the historic architecture of Custom House Quay, including the Triumphal Arch of 1813 and the ever poignant Famine Memorial statues. Enter Vaults two centuries old, for an exclusive reception of canapés and drinks, before touring"Epic". Here, walk with your ancestors to hear how the emigrating Irish influenced the four corners of the world and modern life as we know it.

Dinner & Irish Cabaret

Adult Price: € 71.00

Over an excellent dinner of quality Irish food, enjoy a nonstop show of comedy, dance, song and music. Ireland’s musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it’s all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. At the end of your meal, cap off one of Ireland’s best nights out with an Irish Coffee.

Irish Countryside & Glendalough

Adult Price: € 21.00

An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. Pass through the pretty Wicklow Mountains to the picturesque setting of St. Kevin’s great 6th Century monastic site at Glendalough. After exploring the monastic remains return to Dublin via the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.


Cork Dinner

Adult Price: € 45.00

Lively and fun loving, Cork city is justly celebrated for fine local produce and great restaurants. Tonight, take the opportunity to dine out and enjoy the great atmosphere and vibrant heart of Ireland's 'rebel' city. Three course dinner with a drink.

Port Of Cobh Excursion

Adult Price: € 22.00

Drive to the pretty riverside village of Cobh (pronounced "Cove") which was the last port of call for the Titanic. Explore the Heritage Centre and relive the story of the emigration of Irish people and the life of this once great passenger port.


Gaelic Roots

Adult Price: € 33.00

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.


Shannon Castle Banquet

Adult Price: € 69.00

Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendour of a bygone age, entertainment is provided by the court jester, castle musicians and attendants of the medieval court. It won’t be long before you're making merry with the fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. You'll be sure to take home warm memories of this delightful evening.

Loch Lomond

Doune Castle and the Trossachs Drive

Adult Price: £26.00

We enjoy a drive through the beautiful Trossachs to visit Doune Castle, overlooking the beautiful village of Doune. Famous for its association with Monty Python and now used as a film location for Game of Thrones, Doune is also the main Castle in the new hit show, Outlander.


Glasgow Dinner

Adult Price: £37.00

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, this restaurant is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow's vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night.This meal may be offered as a lunch.


An Evening with Nessie

Adult Price: £20.00

Join us at the only pub on the shores of Loch Ness, overlooking Dores beach. Enjoy a drink whislt listening to the tales of Steve, a man who has devoted over twenty-five years of his life to hunting for the elusive Loch Ness Monster. A unique evening, following the journey of the ultimate "Nessie Hunter"!

Scottish Highlands

Blair Castle

Adult Price: £20.00

Journey into the fascinating past with a visit to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Brimming with treasures inside and out, magnificent Blair Castle is set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery. During your informative tour, see how the castle has been transformed through the ages and learn how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army.


Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

Adult Price: £58.00

Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You'll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish - haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!

Edinburgh's Most Haunted

Adult Price: £27.00

Join our Ghouls and Ghosts to embark upon a scary and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's old town as never seen before! We'll enjoy a drink afterwards to calm our nerves before returning to the land of the living.

Royal Yacht Britannia

Adult Price: £17.50

This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world's most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

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