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The Best of Scotland and Ireland

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(Tour code: CEG20)

Three of the British Isles most scenic countries combine

3 of the British Isles' most scenic countries combine on a holiday that showcases the best of these Celtic beauties. Beginning in Scotland, explore the majestic Highlands and its most incredible cities before travelling to both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, nations of incredible culture and tradition.

  • Glen Ord Distillery and a whisky tasting
  • Journeys on the Kyle Line and the West Highland Line
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • Celtic Steps Show and the Merry Ploughboy Pub
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Journey on the Kyle Line
    Journey on the West Highland Line
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
    12 nights' hotel accommodation
  • NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
    Except where highlighted in the itinerary 1x bag per hotel room

The Best of Scotland and Ireland 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-3 Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

Edinburgh to Inverness

We begin our Celtic adventure in Edinburgh. This evening, we enjoy dinner at our hotel. On Day 2, we take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness. On arrival, we visit the Glen Ord Distillery for a tour and whisky tasting. Day 3 includes a journey up to Kyle of Lochalsh on the Kyle Line, where we visit Eilean Donan Castle. After exploring, we return to our hotel via scenic Loch Ness.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
Days 4-5 West Highland Line
West Highland Line

The West Highland Line to Glasgow

After breakfast, we transfer by coach to Mallaig, stopping off en-route at the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre. There is some free time in Mallaig before we board the Jacobite Steam Train and travel to Fort William. On Day 5, we rejoin the West Highland Line, journeying from Fort William to Glasgow.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Days 6-7 Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway

Belfast and Cork

We travel to Cairnryan to join the ferry* over to Belfast, where we immediately embark on a guided coach tour of the city. After the tour, we check into our hotel. Our excursion on Day 7 is to the Giant's Causeway, stopping off at Carrickfergus Castle for some free time en-route. We also enjoy lunch in Ballycastle. Our time at the Giant's Causeway is at leisure to explore before we return to our hotel.

* Please note: your luggage will travel on the ferry with you, rather than via our luggage service.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 8-9 Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle

The castles of Ireland

Today we visit Hillsborough Castle, the official residence for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and where the Queen resides while visiting Northern Ireland. After time to enjoy the castle, we coach to Dublin Heuston train station for the train to Cork. On Day 9, we explore Ireland's most famous castle, Blarney Castle. We also watch the Celtic Steps show this evening.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 10-11 Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher

Ireland's natural beauty

We take a full-day coach trip around the stunning Ring of Kerry today, with time at leisure for lunch. We also visit the Kerry Bog Village Museum, and enjoy a ride on the Jaunting Cars. On Day 11 we transfer to Tarbet, crossing to Killimer by ferry. Here, we visit the Cliffs of Moher. We then travel to the Burren Centre to learn more about the local history of the area.

  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 12-13 Dublin

Dublin and homeward bound

After a morning at leisure, we travel by rail to Dublin, where there is some free time to discover the city. This evening, we enjoy dinner at the famous Merry Ploughboys Pub. On Day 13, we take the ferry* from Dublin to Holyhead, where our tour ends.

*Please note: your luggage will travel on the ferry with you, rather than via our luggage service.

  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail travel throughout
  • All rail, coach and ferry transfers
  • Inclusive luggage transfers, except where highlighted in the itinerary, from Edinburgh

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 12 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 night in Edinburgh, 2 nights at the 3-Star Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness, 1 night at the 3-Star Cruachan Hotel in Fort William, 1 night in Glasgow, 2 nights at the 4-Star Holiday Inn in Belfast, 1 night at the 4-Star Maldron Hotel in Cork, 2 nights in Killarney, 1 night at the 4-Star Oranmore Lodge in Galway, and 1 night at the 4-Star North Star Hotel in Dublin

Delicious meals included

  • 22 meals including 12 breakfasts and 10 dinners, including a farewell dinner

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Tour of Glen Ord Distillery and a whisky tasting
  • Journeys on the Kyle Line and the West Highland Line
  • Visit to Eilean Donan Castle
  • Excursion to the Giant's Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher and Carrickfergus Castle
  • Free time at Hillsborough Castle
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and the jaunting cars
  • Celtic Steps Show and the Merry Ploughboy Pub

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.


Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Luke Simpson
Lynne Broadley
Helen Laverack
The Best of Scotland and Ireland

Three of the British Isles most scenic countries combine


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