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Best of Ireland & Scotland (Premium)

Operated by: Insight Vacations

14 Days from $4,280 per person
Killarney manor house

Countries Visited

Ireland, Scotland

Locations Visited

Dublin, Kildare, Waterford, Cork, Killarney, Galway, Sligo, Londonderry, Gl… more Dublin, Kildare, Waterford, Cork, Killarney, Galway, Sligo, Londonderry, Glasgow, Larne, Inverness, Fort William, St Andrews, Edinburgh
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Dublin

    On arrival at Dublin airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 8:.30 am, 11 am and 1 pm. Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane/Clayton Hotel Charlemont
  2. Day 2 In Dublin's Fair City

    Your Travel Director takes you past the Custom House and along the River Liffey to see the Guinness Storehouse and Dublin Castle. Walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College and experience an insight into its history from a university insider. Enjoy fast-track VIP entry into its famed library and the 9th-century Book of Kells exhibition.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane/Clayton Hotel Charlemont
  3. Day 3 Waterford and Cork

    Go behind the scenes at one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centers in Kildare. Visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a 'journey through life.' Visit the House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Maldron Hotel South Mall
  4. Day 4 Blarney Castle and Killarney

    Travel along the Grand Parade to see Cork’s City Hall and Opera House. Continue on to visit the ruined 15th century Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence—once kissed, never forgotten! On to Killarney where you join a local Jarvey onboard a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Killarney Avenue Hotel/Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
  5. Day 5 Ring of Kerry Experience

    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 to admire Queen Victoria’s Ladies View. Return midafternoon for time at leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Killarney Avenue Hotel/Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa
  6. Day 6 The Cliffs of Moher

    Begin the day with a short ferry ride across the Shannon Estuary. Journey to the Visitors’ Center at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy magnificent views of the Clare Coast before continuing to your hotel located at the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Inn at Dromoland
  7. Day 7 Glorious Galway to Sligo Bay

    Join your Travel Director in Galway to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square. 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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa/Clayton Hotel
  8. Day 8 Walk in the Giant’s Steps on the Way to Ballygally

    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 Londonderry and experience sightseeing with one of Northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the city walls. Journey around the coast to the amazing Giant’s Causeway and continue along the Antrim Coast to your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Ballygally Castle
  9. Day 9 High Tea at Ardgowan Estate

    Journey to Ardgowan, set on a stunning 10,000-acre coastal estate. Meet Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart for a tour of the expansive house and learn the history of the area, his family and the estate. Delight in freshly made, traditional Scottish tea and scones. Continue to Glasgow to see the city’s grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.

    meals Breakfast, Afternoon Tea
    hotel Radisson Blu Hotel
  10. Day 10 Glencoe and Loch Ness

    A scenic drive takes you along the banks of Loch Lomond and the dramatic landscape of Glencoe, before reaching Fort William. Experience a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise. Soak up the scenery and intriguing tales of Nessie.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Kingsmills Hotel/Hilton Coylumbridge
  11. Day 11 A Highlands Experience

    Enjoy an orientation of Inverness before driving out to the Culloden Moor Visitor Center, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was finally defeated. Savor a ’wee dram’ during a visit to the Glen Ord Distillery as you delve into the fascinating world of the single malt.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Kingsmills Hotel/Hilton Coylumbridge
  12. Day 12 St. Andrews and Edinburgh

    A scenic drive takes you through the Grampian Mountains passing Blair Castle. Cross the Tay to visit St. Andrews and see the Old Course, the home of golf since its invention in the 15th century, before enjoying free time to explore. Continue to Edinburgh. In the evening, select departures will attend the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Macdonald Holyrood Hotel/Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
  13. Day 13 Scotland's Capital of Culture

    Join your Local Expert and visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Honors of Scotland, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. See the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the end of the Royal Mile, and travel along Princes Street to see the monument to Sir Walter Scott Memorial before a walk through the New Town. Join your friends at the stylish Galvin Brasserie de Luxe for a grand finale Celebration Dinner of modern-Scottish cuisine served with wine.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Macdonald Holyrood Hotel/Apex Waterloo Place Hotel
  14. Day 14 Farewell Edinburgh

    Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with transfers arriving at Edinburgh airport at 6:15 am and 9 am. Conditional apply.

    meals Breakfast
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Included Quality Dining

    Authentic Dining

    • Ardgowan: Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart welcomes you with a tour of his property, set on a 10,000-acre coastal estate. Learn of the histories of the area, the Shaw Stewart family and the house, followed by the delightful and elegant tradition of a Scottish high tea.
    • Highlands: Sample a ‘wee dram’ and learn the fascinating process of whisky production at the Glen Ord Distillery.
    • Edinburgh: An unforgettable Celebration Dinner sees you dining at the stylish Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, located in the heart of Edinburgh's West End. Your grand finale Celebration Dinner is a mouthwatering meal of modern-Scottish cuisine with a Parisian twist, and is of course served with wine.
    • Dining Summary: 13 Breakfasts (B), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 5 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

    Insight Experiences

    • Dublin: Enjoy VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a university insider.
    • Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud. Then visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a ‘journey through life' as you wander by the beautiful floral displays.
    • Waterford: Meet a master craftsperson and see the showroom on your guided tour of the House of Waterford.
    • Killarney: A local Jarvey informs you of the history, legend and folklore of Killarney aboard a famous jaunting car ride.
    • Londonderry: What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the city walls. See the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street on your way to the Gothic Guildhall.

    Stay in Style

    • Dublin: Located in the heart of the docklands, the Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane is walking distance from Dublin city centre shopping and iconic venues.
    • Killarney: In the heart of the town centre, the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa overlooks Killarney National Park and is the perfect location to enjoy the stunning scenery and the local 'craic.'
    • Killarney: The 4-Star Killarney Avenue Hotel echoes old-world charm and is located in the heart of downtown Killarney.
    • Glasgow: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow features award-winning architecture, boasting a stunning atrium and rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows.
    • Ballygally: Ballygally Castle is a stunning 17th century castle which overlooks the golden sands of the bay and offers excellent facilities.
    • Inverness: Originally the mansion of a prominent local family, today the Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury accommodation in the heart of the Highlands. Renovated with contemporary rooms, the hotel is well-known for it's impeccable hospitality.
    • Edinburgh: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is situated in Edinburgh’s beautiful old town, within walking distance of the Scottish Parliament building.

    Top Rated Highlights

    • Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
    • Dublin: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see the Custom House, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle and the Georgian townhouses as you travel down O'Connell Street and along the River Liffey.
    • Waterford: Explore the town and see Reginald’s Tower and the remains of the city walls.
    • Cork: Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.
    • 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 ramparts!
    • Killarney: Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.
    • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages, as you travel the magical Ring of Kerry.
    • Cliffs of Moher: Look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
    • Galway: Enjoy an orientation tour of the many landmarks in Galway such as the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
    • Sligo: Learn all about this coastal town in an orientation as you take in the scenery.
    • Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats.
    • Giant's Causeway: Steeped in legend, the awe-inspiring coastal scenery is a spectacle to behold.
    • Ballygally: Explore this seaside town with your Travel Director.
    • Larne: Board your ferry to cross the Irish Sea to Cairnryan.
    • Glasgow: During your orientation with your Travel Director, drive past the civic buildings and St. Mungo’s Cathedral.
    • Fort William: Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.
    • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise.
    • Inverness: See the sights during your orientation of the city with your Travel Director.
    • Highlands: During your exploration of the Highlands, find out why the Battle of Culloden changed the Highland way of life forever at the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre.
    • Highlands: Visit the prehistoric burial Cairns of Clava.
    • St. Andrews: Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.
    • Edinburgh: Your Local Expert walks with you inside the walls of the Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
    • Edinburgh: Continue to explore the city with your Local Expert as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town and the official Scottish residence of the Queen, Palace of Holyroodhouse.
    • Scenic Drives: Ireland and Scotland boast some of the most spectacular scenery. Relax and take it all in you travel the Ring of Kerry, through Connemara, along the Antrim Coast and Ayrshire Coast, past Loch Lomond, Glencoe and Loch Ness, along Culloden Moor and past the Grampian Mountains.

    Dates & Prices
    Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
    • Definite Departure
    Price Discount Availability Price
    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.

    Dublin

    Dinner & Irish Cabaret

    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.
    Adult Price: €71

    Irish Countryside & Glendalough

    An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. With our Local Expert, we'll pass through the pretty Wicklow Mountains to the picturesque setting of St. Kevin’s great 6th Century monastic site at Glendalough. Afterwards, we'll explore the monastic remains before returning to Dublin via the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.
    Adult Price: €25

    Cork

    Queenstown Story

    Experience this intriguing port town, home to the world's second-largest natural harbour. We’ll visit stunning St Colman’s Cathedral to hear of the town’s maritime past and also visit the Queenstown Story to discover how the town became the single most important port of emigration from Ireland.
    Adult Price: €23

    Cork Dinner

    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.
    Adult Price: €46

    Killarney

    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

    Limerick

    Shannon Castle Banquet

    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.
    Adult Price: €73

    Loch Lomond

    Doune Castle and the Trossachs Drive

    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, Doune Castle is now used as a film location for Game of Thrones. Doune is also the main Castle in the new hit show, Outlander.
    Adult Price: £26

    Glasgow

    Glasgow Dinner

    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.
    Adult Price: £40

    Inverness

    An Evening with Nessie

    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"!
    Adult Price: £20

    Scottish Highlands

    Blair Castle

    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.
    Adult Price: £20

    Edinburgh

    Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

    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!
    Adult Price: £60

    Edinburgh's Most Haunted

    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.
    Adult Price: £27

    Royal Yacht Britannia

    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.
    Adult Price: £23

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    Geeta Reddy
    Travel date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
    Service
    she was friendly, polite and explained clearly.
    Vacation
    i could see what exactly i needed. i could not have done more due to my physical incapabilities.
    Trusted Customer
    Travel date: Monday, June 24, 2019
    Service
    Guide was very knowledgeable. Driver was an expert
    Vacation
    We hit most of the top sites. Restaurant food should have been more local. Menus were same as we can get at home. Some of the entertainment was great, some was poor
    Laura Aiken
    Travel date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Service
    Quickly responded to emails. Would recommend
    Vacation
    Comprehensive trip of Ireland & Scotland landmarks. Needed more time in more popular stops (ie Blarney Castle). Some meals only mediocre.
    Response from Grand European Travel:
    We appreciate your feedback and will be sure to share your comments with Insight Vacations.
    Wednesday, June 12, 2019
    Jeanna Roush
    Travel date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
    Service
    Our tour guide, Robbie was wonderful. The Itinerary was perfect, we saw so much of Ireland, North Ireland, and Scotland. Weather altered our trip a bit as gale force winds hit the area and we were not able to visit Connemara. Sad, but totally understandable!! Robbie did a great job of adjusting our schedule to other options. Yes, we would book again with GET.
    Vacation
    Robbie, the tour guide was awesome, the itinerary was perfect, visiting so many beautiful places in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland
    Trusted Customer
    Travel date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    Service
    If I could, I would rate Insight a 20 star group! Our AWESOME Tour Director, Michael Doughty, and our driver, Keith, were professional, courteous, caring, as well as a minute by minute focus of WORLD CLASS customer service/care! Do NOT use any other group except Grand European Travel! Second to none!
    Response from Grand European Travel:
    20 stars! That's amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your kind words. We hope to see you again very soon.
    Friday, September 28, 2018
    Vacation
    FANTASTIC tour; loved that it was tailored to local sights and experiences; we saw the major cities as well, but tours with local experts were superb!
    Richard Hoffmaster
    Travel date: Friday, September 21, 2018
    Service
    We worked with Tess and I appreciated her service and help.
    Response from Grand European Travel:
    Thank you! We'll be sure to let Tess know that you appreciated her help in planning your Ireland and Scotland vacation. We're pleased to know you had a great time and enjoyed your travels.
    Monday, September 24, 2018
    Vacation
    It was a wonderful trip and I think that we received the value of the money that it cost.
    Joyce Graves
    Travel date: Monday, September 17, 2018
    Service
    Out tour guide Mike O'Doughty and driver Keith Beck were excellent.The tour was more than we expected and gave us a tour that was complete with great extras.
    Response from Grand European Travel:
    We love it when we can exceed expectations! Thank you for booking with us and we are so happy you enjoyed your trip.
    Monday, September 17, 2018
    Vacation
    The most complete tour of Ireland and Scotland.
    Trusted Customer
    Travel date: Monday, September 17, 2018
    Service
    Trip pricing was provided as a group, 6 people. There was no way to know how much money was owed without calling GET. Very difficult to reach my agent. Thought I had paid in full, only to discover I still owed money.
    Response from Grand European Travel:
    We do apologize for the confusion on your trip invoices and payments. We will be happy to separate out all guests to have their own invoices had we known it was an issue. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
    Monday, September 17, 2018
    Vacation
    Enjoyed tour very much. Most hotels were fine. Some hotel locations left much to be desired. Tour guide, Mike, was excellent. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and history. He also had a fantastic sense of humor. Mike made the trip!
    Gerard Sinnott
    Travel date: Monday, September 10, 2018
    Service
    Well done. My only negative feedback would be the comfort of the bus seats and I would add more 2 day stays.
    Vacation
    Good price. Was put off by some of the optional tour prices.
    Raymond League
    Travel date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
    Service
    GET provided the services that we need from taking the planning into their hands. Providing us with an effortless process.
    Vacation
    Made it easy to plan and schedule payments.
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