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Highlights of Ireland and Scotland

11 Day Ireland & Scotland Tour of Dublin

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11 Days
3 Countries

Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland

14 Cities

Dublin, Galway, Connemara, Cong, Donegal, Londonderry, Belfast, Glasgow, Glencoe, Fort William, Scottish Highlands, Pitlochry, St. Andrews, Edinburgh

14 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

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
Tour brand Trafalgar
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Trafalgar

If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours

Enjoy included tickets to Scotland's prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo on select August departures. Military bands from around the world travel to Edinburgh Castle Experience the breathtaking spectacle of music, dance, and precision performances at the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

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Tick off all the travel highlights on this Scotland and Ireland trip, filled with tons of craic and special moments with friends, whether you’re hopping across the mythical stones of Giant’s Causeway or passing the lovely lochs, Highlands and castles of Scotland.

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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 travelers for a Welcome Dinner. 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 colorful pubs for which Dublin is justifiably famous.

View of a Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Hampton by Hilton Dublin City Center
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Journey to Harborside 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. Follow the footsteps of Arthur Guinness, James Joyce and Bono over the cobbled pavements in search of Dublin's many stories. Then, leave the capital behind bound for the harbor city of Galway, known as the 'City of the Tribes'.

Guinness Storehouse Tour in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
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 Watch Trad on the Prom in Galway, Ireland
Trad on the Prom

The best in Irish dancing from the most-awarded performers in Ireland. Combined with some of Ireland's best musical talent, this show is truly "can’t miss".

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Admire Stunning Connemara

Connemara’s 'savage beauty' takes center 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 Celtic Crystal Factory where you'll Dive Into Culture and witness first-hand how their famous crystal designs are made.

Visit scenic Connemara, Ireland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, Ireland
Discover the craftsmanship of intricate crystal designs at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory

Visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory and witness master craftsmen bring these intricate crystal designs to life.  

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Kylemore Abbey in County Galway, Ireland
Visit Kylemore Abbey

Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey. This monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Scenic dinner and drive in Galway, Ireland
Dinner and Drive

Watch the sun go down on Galway Bay (made famous in song by Bing Crosby), as we take a scenic drive to an established landmark village restaurant. ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 4

Onwards to Donegal

Explore the quintessential Irish village of Cong and see firsthand why its rugged beauty 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. Then, continue to Donegal, the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.

Visit scenic Cong, Ireland
Accommodation The Abbey Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Be My Guest Enjoy a Be My Guest experience at Catherine and Jim Power’s Glen Keen Farm in Co. Mayo, Ireland
Enjoy a Traditional Scone Tea as you Explore Catherine and Jim Power's Glen Keen Farm

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.

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Colourful houses in Cong, Ireland
Explore the Village of Cong

Enjoy time as you wish to explore this delightful, quintessential Irish village, used as the location for 1952 film, 'The Quiet Man.' See the statu...

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Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Irish fare and craft beer in Glenties, County Donegal, Ireland
An Evening of Food and Folklore

Visit the 150 year old Biddy O'Barnes, within the Bluestack Mountains in Country Donegal. Enjoy a night of renowned Irish hospitality in this award...

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Optional Experiences

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.

Visit Londonderry in Derry, 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.

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

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 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 6

Discover Colorful Belfast

Visit 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. At the Titantic Distillery enjoy a whiskey tasting and learn how Ireland's golden goodness is made. Then, join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Northern Ireland’s trendy capital. 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 or consider joining a Local Specialist 'Cabbie' who will take you on a journey through the recent history of Belfast in their taxi.

Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland
Accommodation AC by Marriott
Included Meals Breakfast
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

Dive Into Culture Scottish whisky tasting at a traditional distillery in the Scottish Highlands
Titanic Distillery Whiskey Tasting

Warm your heart with a little Irish whiskey at a the Titanic Distillery. 

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

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 Experience Belfast from a Black Cab for sightseeing
Local Taxi Tour of Belfast

A unique 2-hour tour experience with a local Taxi Driver who will share their personal story on what it’s like to grow up in Belfast, and the strug...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Dinner and drinks in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Enjoy Dinner and Drinks in Belfast

Join us for an evening of drinks, good food and true Irish hospitality at one of our favorite local restaurants. One drink included.

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Optional Experiences

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 cozy pub to warm your heart with a little local whisky and a night on the toon.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland
Accommodation Maldron Hotel Glasgow City
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Glasgow City Chambers and George Square in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square. 

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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

Highlands mountains in Scotland
Accommodation The Highlander Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
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

Must-see Highlights Conservation Range Glencoe, Scotland
See Glencoe

Drive through 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 Traditional kilt in the Scottish Highlands, Scotland
A Day in the Life of a Highlander

Transport yourselves back in time, imagining a day in the life of a highlander. Learn about the equipment used and the evolution of the kilt. Immer...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Continue to Elegant Edinburgh

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.

Bag Piper in Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Novotel Edinburgh Park
Included Meals Breakfast
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 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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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

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.

View of Old Town Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Novotel Edinburgh Park
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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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

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.

Glasses of Whisky in Edinburgh, Scotland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
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
Discover the craftsmanship of intricate crystal designs at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory

Visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory and witness master craftsmen bring these intricate crystal designs to life.  

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Kylemore Abbey

Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey. This monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Enjoy a Traditional Scone Tea as you Explore Catherine and Jim Power's Glen Keen Farm

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.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Explore the Village of Cong

Enjoy time as you wish to explore this delightful, quintessential Irish village, used as the location for 1952 film, 'The Quiet Man.' See the statu...

See More
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
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
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
Dive Into Culture
Titanic Distillery Whiskey Tasting

Warm your heart with a little Irish whiskey at a the Titanic Distillery. 

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
Iconic Experience
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square. 

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
Must-see Highlights
See Glencoe

Drive through 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
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...

See More
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 Galway and Glasgow
Visit Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, Kylemore Abbey, Westport, Donegal, Giant's Causeway, Titanic Experience in Belfast, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Fort William, Loch Ness, a whisky distillery and Edinburgh Castle
View 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

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
Trad on the Prom

The best in Irish dancing from the most-awarded performers in Ireland. Combined with some of Ireland's best musical talent, this show is truly "can’t miss".

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Drive

Watch the sun go down on Galway Bay (made famous in song by Bing Crosby), as we take a scenic drive to an established landmark village restaurant. ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
An Evening of Food and Folklore

Visit the 150 year old Biddy O'Barnes, within the Bluestack Mountains in Country Donegal. Enjoy a night of renowned Irish hospitality in this award...

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
Enjoy Dinner and Drinks in Belfast

Join us for an evening of drinks, good food and true Irish hospitality at one of our favorite local restaurants. One drink included.

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
A Day in the Life of a Highlander

Transport yourselves back in time, imagining a day in the life of a highlander. Learn about the equipment used and the evolution of the kilt. Immer...

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
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
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

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Scotland and Ireland: English is the official language of Scotland. Irish is the official language of the Republic of Ireland, and you'll hear it spoken in Northern Ireland as well.
  • Currency used in Scotland and Ireland: The currency of Scotland is British Pound Sterling (£) and the currency of Ireland is the Euro (€).
  • Capital Cities: Edinburgh (Scotland), Dublin (Rep. Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland) /li>
  • Time Zone(s) in Scotland and Ireland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1)

 

Scotland 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 Scotland
  • 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.

Scotland has a temperate maritime climate, characterized by mild and wet winters, and cool summers. The country's weather is highly changeable and can vary from region to region. The western coastal areas tend to be wetter and milder due to the influence of the Gulf Stream, while the eastern regions are drier and slightly cooler. Scotland experiences frequent rainfall throughout the year, with the western Highlands receiving the highest precipitation. Winter temperatures average around 0°C to 6°C (32 to 43 degrees Fahrenheit), while summer temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).

The weather in Ireland is heavily influenced by its maritime location, resulting in mild, temperate conditions. The climate is characterized by frequent rainfall and changeable weather patterns throughout the year. Winters are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging 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.

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.

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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Charity Cruz
Review date: Tuesday, June 13, 2023
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It would have been nice in the information to have added that it was a BUS 🚌 tour and drive to most destinations.
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Same as previously stated
Maria Sanchez Maes
Review date: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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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.
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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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