About this Tour

From the craggy inlets of Kerry's shores to the historic skyline of Edinburgh, uncover all that Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland have to offer on this Celtic adventure. From the rugged natural beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way to vibrant and historical cities, diverse charms and rich history await your discovery.  Experience cozy pubs and welcoming locals, tartans and bagpipes, castles, and green landscapes as far as the eye can see. From the Cliffs of Moher to the golfing greats of St. Andrews, kiss the Blarney Stone and you’ll be sharing tales from Giant’s Causeway, the Ring of Kerry, and the Scottish Highlands for years to come.  

Activity Level

Tours require a greater level of physical activity. Walking tours of cities are leisurely but you should be prepared to be on your feet for several hours and walk longer distances which may be over uneven ground and steps, climb in and out of zodiacs or small boats without assistance. This tour may include some activities not suitable for people with mobility restrictions.

What's Included

  • Multi night stays in Dublin, Kinsale, Killarney, Galway, Glasgow & Edinburgh
  • City Tours of Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Galway City & Edinburgh
  • Blarney Castle
  • Rock of Cashel
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant's Causeway
  • St. Andrews
  • Isle of Skye
  • Vintage Rail Journey & Afternoon Tea
  • Guinness Storehouse Brewery
  • Kilmainham Gaol Museum
  • Dublin Castle
  • Mizen Head
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Belleek Pottery Tour
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Cruise on Loch Lomond
  • Dingle Peninsula
  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Ben Nevis Distillery
  • Antrim Coast Road Drive
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Blair Castle
  • Loch Ness
  • Irish National Stud Farm
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
  • Palace of Holyrood House
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Spirit of Scotland Show
  • All Breakfasts, Afternoon Tea, Whiskey Tasting & 12 Dinners Included

Dates & Pricing

August 19, 2023 – September 06, 2023 Space Available

Weather Varies

We wish we could control the weather, but on the day this tour begins you can expect temperatures (°C) within this range:

Edinburgh

Highs17
Lows11

Glasgow

Highs17
Lows11

Dublin

Highs18
Lows10

Killarney

Highs16
Lows10

Itinerary

From the craggy inlets of Kerry's shores to the historic skyline of Edinburgh, uncover all that Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland have to offer on this Celtic adventure. From the rugged natural beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way to vibrant and historical cities, diverse charms and rich history await your discovery.  Experience cozy pubs and welcoming locals, tartans and bagpipes, castles, and green landscapes as far as the eye can see. From the Cliffs of Moher to the golfing greats of St. Andrews, kiss the Blarney Stone and you’ll be sharing tales from Giant’s Causeway, the Ring of Kerry, and the Scottish Highlands for years to come.  

Day 1 – Depart Home City to Dublin

Overnight flight to Dublin.

Day 2 – Arrive Dublin

Welcome to the Republic of Ireland and the capital city of Dublin! Founded as a Viking settlement in 841 AD and home to the Irish Parliament since the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922. Upon arrival at Dublin, travel into the heart of the city for an introduction to this energetic city on a panoramic city tour, see the Georgian Squares with their 18th Century homes, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Phoenix Park, statue filled O’Connell Street fashionable Grafton Street, and Trinity College home to the Book of Kells. The tour concludes at your hotel, check in for a two-night stay, the remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers at the Welcome Dinner

Day 3 – Dublin

Today you discover the history of Dublin. Joining a local guide for a fascinating tour of Dublin Castle, from the excavation site of Viking and medieval Dublin to the Gothic Chapel Royal, and finally to the splendour of the former viceregal State Apartments. Followed by a guided tour of one of the most interesting places to go in Dublin, Kilmainham Gaol Museum. Built back in 1796, initially known as the ‘new gaol’ to differentiate it from the dungeon it was replacing, the Museum is an enthralling place to explore. See the prison’s chapel, visit the cells and stone breakers yard. There can be no better way to end a vigorous day of touring, nor would a visit to Dublin be complete, without a guided tour of Guinness Storehouse. Experience the history, heart, and soul of Ireland’s most iconic beer, exploring the story of Guinness across the seven floors of their iconic building. Followed by a mouth-watering pint of Guinness in the 360-degree roof top bar, offering spectacular views of the city.

Day 4 – Dublin to Kinsale

This morning bid farewell to Dublin and travel south to County Kildare – the center of Ireland’s horse industry, enjoy a guided tour of the Irish National Stud Farm. Having bred its first winner in 1909, the stud farm has continued to produce many famous racehorses. Also on the grounds is the Japanese Gardens renowned for their symbolism of  “The Life of Man” and St. Fiacre Commemorative Garden. From here continue to Cashel for a guided tour of the amazing Rock of Cashel, a group of medieval buildings including a 12th century Round Tower, 13th century Gothic Cathedral, 15th century High Cross and Romanesque Chapel. This was the seat of the Kings of Munster from 370 – 1101 and has early associations with St. Patrick. Then onward to Kinsale, a historic fishing town on the southern coast with old cobble stone streets and many interesting shops and pubs. Known as the gourmet capital of Ireland and renowned for its restaurants. This evening check into the hotel overlooking Kinsale Harbour for a two-night stay. Later enjoy dinner together with your fellow travellers.

Day 5 – Blarney Castle, Cohb and return

Travel to Cobh, one of the main points of emigration during the great famine. Here we will visit “The Queenstown Story” which portrays the hardship of life on board ship as it sailed to the “New World”. Annie Moore, the first ever emigrant to be processed on Ellis Island when it officially opened on 1st January 1892 left from Cobh with her two brothers. Cobh is also known for being the last port-of-call for the ill-fated Titanic. We then continue to Blarney where we will have an opportunity to visit Blarney Castle. Time to ‘pucker-up’ and kiss the famous Blarney Stone said to bestow the gift of eloquence on all those who dare. The Castle visit includes the breathtaking gardens of Blarney Estate. After, take a short stroll to Blarney Woolen Mills, the worlds largest Irish gift shop which comes complete with a restaurant serving delicious homemade dishes. Perhaps you might fancy a visit to Christy's Irish Bar for a creamy pint of stout and a bowl of Blarney beef stew. A short stop at the 17th century Charles Fort for a photo-op to capture the stunning views and learn the fascinating history of this majestic fort. Arriving back in the charming village of Kinsale, the remainder of the evening is at your leisure to explore as you please. A great opportunity to check out one of the local restaurants in Ireland’s gourmet capital.

Day 6 – Kinsale to Killarney

Travelling along the southern coastline this morning, through the town of Skibbereen, to Ballydehob, from here to Mizen Head, the most southerly point of Ireland, visit the award-winning Maritime Museum and heritage attraction. Take a short walk, 99 steps that lead to the Arched Bridge crossing the crashing waves to the Mizen Head Lighthouse, for a wonderful view of the swirling Atlantic Ocean. Following this adventure, travel up the coast through picturesque lazy towns & villages to Kenmare, nestled among the mountains. With free time to explore a true example of one of Ireland’s few planned towns. The journey continues to Killarney travelling a stretch of the famous Ring of Kerry with stunning views over the Killarney Lakes and Ladies View. Arriving at beautiful Killarney, checking in for a two-night stay. Enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers this evening. 

Day 7 – The Dingle Peninsula and return

Today enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Dingle Peninsula, once cited as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by National Geographic. Visit Brian de Staic Studio specializing in Celtic jewelry. This unique jewelry is handcrafted and engraved with ancient Celtic symbols and the letters. Continuing around Slea Head, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic coastline, see early monastic settlements shaped like beehives, dating back over a thousand years. Then to Ireland’s most westerly point with views of the Blasket Islands and other incredible locations made famous by the movies. After enjoying leisure time in Dingle, return to Killarney and the rest of the day is yours to explore on your own, you may enjoy visiting beautiful and tranquil Killarney National Park and Ross Castle. Enjoy a pub dinner and local entertainment this evening with your fellow travellers.

Day 8 – Killarney to Galway

Bidding farewell to Killarney, travel to Tralee, capital town of County Kerry and famous for The Rose of Tralee Festival. Then off to Tarbert to board the Shannon Ferry crossing the Shannon Estuary to Killimer. Taking the scenic coast road to the majestic Cliffs of Moher, standing 702 feet at their highest point; they stretch for 8 kms along the Atlantic coastline. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for hundreds of years. Following leisure time to view the cliffs, head into the quaint and colourful village of Doolin. Enjoy some leisure time for lunch before continuing. Travelling through the lunar landscape of the Burren, and the scenic shores of Galway Bay, stopping to visit Dunguaire Castle, built in 1520, a restored 16th century tower house that sits on a picturesque rocky outcrop on the shores of Galway Bay. Arriving in Galway, check into the hotel and then join your fellow travellers for dinner this evening.

Day 9 – Connemara National Park and return

This morning we embark on a tour of Connemara made up of mountains, lake lands and boglands. The scenery is both magical, and a paradise for artist and photographer alike. Because of its wild and rugged beauty, it has been the chosen location for many films like “The Quiet Man” and in more recent times “The Field”. Visit Kylemore Abbey, built 1866 as a private home, enjoy a guided tour of the Abbey, stroll the Abbey’s Victorian walled garden, and the beautiful Gothic Church. Back in Galway, enjoy a guided walking tour through the charming old, cobbled stone streets of Galway as your local guide recounts tales of war and conquest, joy and tragedy, emigration and slavery, success and folly, along with some good ole Irish Blarney!   Concluding with a visit to a local pub for refreshments and more informal storytelling with our local guide.

Day 10 – Galway to Donegal

Leaving Galway, travel through the town of Cong, one of the main locations for the ‘Quiet Man’ film, continuing northwards passing by the Knock Shrine, now an internationally recognized Marian Shrine with one and a half million pilgrims visiting annually. Travel to Drumcliffe, in County Sligo set against the striking backdrop of the Benbulben Mountain. Best known as the final resting place of one of Ireland’s great poets W.B. Yeats. Found in the churchyard, see his gravesite, marked by a simple headstone with the inscription, "Cast a cold Eye On Life, on Death, Horseman, pass by". Continue to Belleek, for a guided tour of the oldest pottery in Ireland Belleek Pottery. Made famous for its fine Parian China, valued by collectors all over the world. Then continue to the town of Donegal for an overnight stay.

Day 11 – Donegal to Belfast, Northern Ireland

This morning travel to Derry City on the banks of the River Foyle. Derry City was founded in 546 AD and still retains its 17th century walls. See the new Derry Peace Bridge over the River Foyle, that bridges a 400-year-old physical and political gap between two sides of a once divided community. Continuing to Limavady to begin a journey along the stunning Antrim Coast Road Drive. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery of crashing waves, sandy beaches, and busy seaside villages. Of course, no visit to Northern Ireland would be complete without a visit to the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the natural wonders of the world, before continuing along the coast road to Belfast for an overnight stay.

Day 12 – Belfast to Glasgow, Scotland

Begin your final day in Ireland with a panorama tour of Belfast City. See City Hall, one of the finest classical renaissance buildings in Europe, Linen Hall Library which has been lending books for over 200 years, the Grand Opera House often described as the most beautiful Victorian theatre in the world. Driving by many of Belfast’s colorful murals that depict the history and political views of the people and a way of marking territory. Visit Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art visitor center which tell the stories of the ill-fated RMS Titanic and her sister ships RMS Olympic and HMHS Britannic. Then board the ferry crossing the North Atlantic arriving in Cairnryan Scotland. Travel to Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns, one of Scotland’s greatest poets, following a stop at Burns Cottage, then onto Glasgow for a two-night stay.

Day 13 – Glasgow City

Enjoy a tour of Glasgow City this morning, built on the River Clyde, once an important ship building center Glasgow is often described as Britain’s finest Victorian City. Visit Glasgow Cathedral, one of the city’s most ancient and historic sites, continue to Tenement House which provides a rare glimpse into life in Glasgow in the early 20th century. Then visit Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of Scotland's most popular attractions that features 22 state-of-the-art galleries displaying 8000 objects. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free to enjoy Glasgow City on your own.

Day 14 – Glasgow City to Fort William

Departing Glasgow, travel to Balloch to embark on a cruise of Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s most beautiful lakes. Enjoy views of Ben Lomond, stately homes and castles nestled along the banks overlooking the lake. Then travel into the Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by spectacular scenery, continue through the historic glen of Glen Coe to Fort William and to the Ben Nevis Distillery. Nestled at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain the distillery, established in 1825, is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. Following the guided tour, enjoy a wee dram before continuing to Fort William for an overnight stay.

Day 15 – Fort William to Inverness

This morning travel to Mallaig and board the ferry to Isle of Skye recently voted the 4th best island in the world by National Geographic. Visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle an award-winning museum of the Isles, discover the history of the Scottish Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, one of the most powerful Scottish clans. Enjoy breathtaking scenery winding through the island, before returning to the mainland via the Skye Bridge. Afterwards, visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated on an island, and surrounded by majestic scenery. Then, following along the banks of Loch Ness, keeping your camera ready for a view of the monster, heading to Inverness, the capital of the highlands for an overnight stay.

Day 16 – Inverness to Pitlochry

Travel to the village of Aviemore, located in the heart of the Monadhliath and Cairngorm Mountains, the perfect location to enjoy spectacular views. Enjoy a vintage train journey, including a nostalgic Afternoon Tea in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Step aboard old-style rail cars powered by a restored steam engine that transport you back in time. Travel along part of the original Highland Railway track, through scenic Cairngorms National Park, past heather-clad moors, and beautiful woodland. After, board the coach and travel southward through the scenic Grampian Mountains to Blair Castle, seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe's last remaining private army. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and hear the fascinating history, from the visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War and the Jacobite cause, to the disaster of Culloden.  Continuing to the historic small town of Pitlochry, the geographical center of Scotland for an overnight stay.

Day 17 – Pitlochry to Edinburgh

This morning travel to Dundee before crossing the Tay Bridge to St. Andrews. Not only is St. Andrews famed as the home of golf, but it is also an ancient ecclesiastical capital and Scotland’s oldest university. Following a panorama tour of St Andrews, enjoy free time for shopping and lunch before departing. Continuing southward, passing through picturesque landscapes and quaint villages before crossing the Forth Road Bridge to arrive in the historic and stunning city of Edinburgh for a two-night stay.

Day 18 – Edinburgh

This morning a tour of historic Edinburgh City awaits. Travel down Princess Street and the historic Royal Mile before visiting the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of her Majesty the Queen. Hear the tales of some truly intriguing characters, the Body Snatchers, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Greyfriars Bobby on a guided tour. Visit majestic Edinburgh Castle and enjoy the magnificent views of the city from the castle ramparts. Enjoy leisure time in the city before heading back to the hotel. Spend a traditional Scottish evening of song and dance at the Spirit of Scotland show, accompanied by a great selection of quality Scottish food at the Farewell Dinner.

Day 19 – Depart Scotland

This Celtic journey comes to an end after breakfast, as you transfer to Edinburgh airport for your flight home, with found memories, newly acquired accents and many stories to relate to friends and family.

What you will experience on this tour

From the craggy inlets of Kerry's shores to the historic skyline of Edinburgh, uncover all that Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland have to offer on this Celtic adventure. From the rugged natural beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way to vibrant and historical cities, diverse charms and rich history await your discovery.  Experience cozy pubs and welcoming locals, tartans and bagpipes, castles, and green landscapes as far as the eye can see. From the Cliffs of Moher to the golfing greats of St. Andrews, kiss the Blarney Stone and you’ll be sharing tales from Giant’s Causeway, the Ring of Kerry, and the Scottish Highlands for years to come.  

Dates & Pricing

From the craggy inlets of Kerry's shores to the historic skyline of Edinburgh, uncover all that Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland have to offer on this Celtic adventure. From the rugged natural beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way to vibrant and historical cities, diverse charms and rich history await your discovery.  Experience cozy pubs and welcoming locals, tartans and bagpipes, castles, and green landscapes as far as the eye can see. From the Cliffs of Moher to the golfing greats of St. Andrews, kiss the Blarney Stone and you’ll be sharing tales from Giant’s Causeway, the Ring of Kerry, and the Scottish Highlands for years to come.  

August 19, 2023 – September 06, 2023 Space Available


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From the craggy inlets of Kerry's shores to the historic skyline of Edinburgh, uncover all that Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland have to offer on this Celtic adventure. From the rugged natural beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way to vibrant and historical cities, diverse charms and rich history await your discovery.  Experience cozy pubs and welcoming locals, tartans and bagpipes, castles, and green landscapes as far as the eye can see. From the Cliffs of Moher to the golfing greats of St. Andrews, kiss the Blarney Stone and you’ll be sharing tales from Giant’s Causeway, the Ring of Kerry, and the Scottish Highlands for years to come.  

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