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Highlights of Ireland and Scotland

Operated by: Trafalgar

11 Days from $3,325 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Ireland Northern Ireland Giants Causeway Scenic

Countries Visited

Ireland, United Kingdom ...more Ireland, United Kingdom

Locations Visited

Dublin, Galway, Donegal, County Galway, Londonderry, Belfast, Glasgow, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, Pitlochry, Edinburgh, St Andrews ...more Dublin, Galway, Donegal, County Galway, Londonderry, Belfast, Glasgow, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, Pitlochry, Edinburgh, St Andrews
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  1. Day 1 Hello Dublin

    You’re in for a lyrical love affair with Ireland’s whimsical capital, your launch pad to an enchanting encounter with the 'Emerald Isle' and Scotland. On arrival, transfer to your hotel then spend the rest of the day exploring the city’s effervescence on your own. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception on Dublin's 200-year-old Grand Canal. Resist the urge to retire early and head to the Temple Bar to soak up the craic and a pint or two of the ‘Black Stuff’ in one of the many colourful pubs for which Dublin is justifiably famous.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel The Samuel
  2. Day 2 Journey to Harbourside Galway

    Poetry and politics, music and literature – Dublin is famous for all this and more as you’ll come to discover when you join a Local Specialist to delve into the city’s iconic sights, tumultuous history and even a few hidden gems. Tread in the footsteps of Arthur Guinness, James Joyce and Bono as you pound the cobbled pavements in search of Dublin’s many stories. Then, leave the capital behind bound for the harbour city of Galway, known as the 'Cityof the Tribes'.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Galway Bay
  3. Day 3 Admire Stunning Connemara

    Connemara’s 'savage beauty' takes centre stage today on your full-day excursion through the endless shades of green which once captured the heart of Oscar Wilde. Visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. Later, we visit the Connemara Marble artisan workshop where you'll Dive Into Culture and witness first-hand how their famous jade-like marble is carved.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Onwards to Poetic Drumcliff and Donegal

    See firsthand why the rugged beauty of Cong was chosen as the backdrop of John Wayne's award winning 'The Quiet Man'. Connect With Locals at Ireland’s largest sheep farm, Glen Keen Farm, for a heart-warming Be My Guest experience with your hosts, Catherine, Jim and their son James. You’ll watch in deep admiration as the energetic collies herd sheep and enjoy a traditional tea of scones, freshly whipped cream and jam, gaining a deep appreciation for the family’s efforts to preserve Irish heritage and traditions. Stop in Drumcliff, where acclaimed poet and playwright, W.B. Yeats was laid to rest. Then, continue to Donegal, the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Central
  5. Day 5 Venture to Londonderry and Belfast

    Start your day with a visit to Londonderry where a Local Specialist will take you on a stroll along the ancient walls that surround the Renaissance-style old city. Follow the scenic Causeway Coastal Route through rolling countryside and past rugged cliffs to the Giant’s Causeway for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Your visit will help to conserve this iconic landmark. You’ll have some free time to tiptoe in the giant geometric steps of Finn McCool and enjoy lunch before continuing to Belfast, your home for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu
  6. Day 6 Discover Colourful Belfast

    Explore Northern Ireland’s trendy capital today, starting with a visit to the Titanic Belfast Experience, where you’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the tragic story of the famous ship that met its end in the Atlantic. Your Local Specialist will join you for a sightseeing tour through the city with views of the Belfast City Hall, Castle and Botanic Gardens. Take the rest of the afternoon to explore at your leisure, perhaps enjoying a pint in Belfast’s oldest traditional pub or visit St. George’s Market for some shopping.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Cross the Irish Sea to Glasgow

    Bid Ireland farewell as you board your ferry to Scotland. Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past Ailsa Craig, then continue to Glasgow, where you’ll enjoy an orientation of a city that exudes edginess. Take to the streets on your own exploration and see George Square, Glasgow Cathedral and the Clyde River before finding a cosy pub to warm your heart with a little local whisky and a night on the toon.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Maldron
  8. Day 8 Uncover Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

    Sensational scenery follows your journey through the Scottish Highlands from Glasgow to Newtonmore. Loch Lomond sets the tone with views over the water to craggy Ben Lomond. Continue to Glencoe where the tragic 17th-century massacre of the MacDonalds turned the wild beauty of this valley into a 'Glen of Weeping'. Then, on to Fort William, the self-proclaimed ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ before arriving in Loch Ness, where you’ll keep a keen eye out for the beloved monster that lurks beneath its surface. Tonight, you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Highlander
  9. Day 9 Continue to Elegant Edinburgh

    It’s never too early for a wee dram when you travel the wilds of Scotland. Your day begins with a visit to Stirling Distillery where you’ll Dive Into Culture and learn how Scotland’s golden goodness whisky is made. Continue to the home of golfing gods, St. Andrews. You’ll view its famous 18th hole before continuing to Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Jurys Inn
  10. Day 10 Explore Edinburgh

    Surrender to the charms of Edinburgh, one of the world’s most enchanting cities. Your Local Specialist will guide your sightseeing tour through its medieval Old Town to the elegant Georgian façades. See the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse before visiting Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. This afternoon, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own or get stuck into some last-minute souvenir shopping before joining your travel companions for a rousing Farewell Dinner to toast your memorable journey together.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  11. Day 11 Journey Home

    Imbued with Gaelic spirit, your holiday has come to an end. Bid your new friends a fond farewell as you prepare for your return journey home. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Highlights of Ireland and Scotland
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 10 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Discover Galway and Glasgow
  • Explore Dublin, Londonderry, Belfast and Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • Visit Connemara Marble Factory, Kylemore Abbey, Westport, Drumcliff, Donegal, Giant's Causeway, Titanic Experience in Belfast, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Fort William, Loch Ness, Stirling Distillery and Edinburgh Castle
  • View W.B. Yeats's grave at Drumcliff, the 18th hole at St. Andrews
  • See Ailsa Craig
  • Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates
  • Connect With Locals Uncover centuries of Irish heritage as you explore Catherine and Jim Power’s Glen Keen Farm, marvel at collies herding sheep and enjoy a traditional scone tea.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit Stirling Distillery for a tour and tasting of their single malt whisky
  • Dive Into Culture Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast.
  • Dive Into Culture Visit Blair Athol Whisky Distillery in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains for a tour and tasting of their single malt whisky.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® 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.

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Independent Reviews
Maria Sanchez Maes
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
We booked in 2019 to travel in 2020 and it was ok. Our airline of choice was scheduled and we were set. Then Covid hit and had to be rescheduled 3 times. In the process of rescheduling, the price went up, choice of airline was no longer an option and our flight schedule on return was next to impossible. Two hour layover for people our age does not work to get through customs. Even though we had specifically asked for longer layover on several occasions, we still ended up with a 2 hour layover. I won't even go into the experience we had at the Dullas Airport trying to catch our connecting flight. We never could get the actual cost of our airline tickets because in this rescheduling process our prepaid gratuity disappeared and we couldn't tell where it went.
Highlights of Ireland and Scotland was exactly that! Beautiful countries, lush fields as you travel through most areas. Our tour guide was interesting and knowledgeable. The tour did not allow time in Dublin so we flew in a couple of days earlier and did Dublin on our own. Loved the country towns that we visited, especially the visit to Glen Keen Farm. Great example of Agritourism as its best. Excursions were nice too, meals were delicious, castle dinner with show. Hotels were good, except the Radisson Blu in Belfast. I don't mind outdated but I do mind not clean. All in all it was a fun, relaxing trip with a smaller group, great driver and went by way too fast.
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