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Three of the British Isles most scenic countries combine

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2020 Tour code: CEG20

About the tour

3 of the British Isles' most scenic countries combine on a tour 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.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Days 1-3 - Edinburgh to Inverness

We begin our epic Celtic adventure in Edinburgh at the 4-Star Kimpton Charlotte Square hotel, where you meet  the rest of your group and Tour Manager. This evening, we enjoy a Great Scots Night dinner. On Day 2, we transfer to the station, where we take the train from Edinburgh to Inverness. On arrival, we visit the Glen Ord Distillery for a tour and a whisky tasting. Day 3 sees us journey up to Kyle of Lochalsh on the Kyle Line, where we visit Eilean Donan Castle. After some free time to enjoy the castle, we return to our hotel via scenic Loch Ness.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast
Eilean Donan Castle
Days 4-5 - 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.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
West Highland Line
Days 6-7 - 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.

Includes
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Giants Causeway
Days 8-9 - 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.

Includes
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
Blarney Castle
Days 10-11 - 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.

Includes
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Dinner
Cliffs of Moher
Days 12-13 - 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. After breakfast on Day 13, you are free to make your way to the airport for your flight back home.

 

Please note: Departure CEG1902 enjoys dinner and entertainment at Jonnie Fox's Pub Hooley tonight.

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

Additional information

Recommended airport

For this tour, we recommend arriving to Edinburgh Airport (EDI), which is approximately 8 miles from your base in Edinburgh. For this tour, we recommend departing from Dublin Airport (DUB), which is approximately 8 miles from your final hotel in Dublin.

Visa Requirements

It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Departure times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Hotels

Tour Inn Belfast City Centre

Tour Inn Belfast City Centre, Belfast

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Maldron City Centre Shandon

Maldron City Centre Shandon, Cork

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Maldron Hotels South Mall

Maldron Hotels South Mall, Cork

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North Star Hotel

North Star Hotel, Dublin

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Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, Edinburgh

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, Edinburgh

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Cruachan Hotel, Fort William

Cruachan Hotel, Fort William

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Oranmore Lodge Hotel

Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Galway

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Killarney Oaks Hotel

Killarney Oaks Hotel, Killarney

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Trains

Irish Railways
Jacobite Steam Train
The Kyle Line
West Highland Line
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