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The Best of Scotland and Ireland

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(Tour code: CEG19)

Three of the British Isles most scenic countries combine

Three 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 venturing over to Northern Ireland and the rest of the Emerald Isle, a land of incredible culture and tradition.

Highlights
  • Tomatin Distillery and a whisky tasting
  • Journeys on the Kyle Line and the West Highland Line
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Giant's Causeway
  • Cliffs of Moher and Carrickfergus Castle
  • Scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
  • Celtic Steps Show and the Merry Ploughboy Pub
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Journey on the Kyle Line
    Journey on the West Highland Line
  • Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    12 nights' hotel accommodation
  • Selected Porterage

The Best of Scotland and Ireland 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-3 Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

Edinburgh to Inverness

We begin our epic Celtic adventure in Edinburgh, where you meet your 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 Tomatin 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, Dinner
Days 4-5 West Highland Line
West Highland Line

The West Highland Line to Glasgow

After breakfast today, we transfer by coach to Mallaig, stopping off en-route at the Glenfinnan Visitor Centre. There is some free time in Mallaig, perhaps to enjoy lunch, before we board the Jacobite travelling in First Class to Fort William. From here, we transfer to our hotel where we overnight. On Day 5, we rejoin the West Highland Line from Fort William to Glasgow.

Includes:
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
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.

Includes:
  • 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.

Includes:
  • 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, with time at leisure for lunch. We also visit the Kerry Bog Village Museum, and ride on the jaunting cars of Kerry. On Day 11, we transfer to Tarbet and cross over to Killimer on the ferry. Here, we visit the Cliffs of Moher. We then travel to the Burren Centre where entrance is included.

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

Includes:
  • 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
  • Ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast
  • All rail (Standard Class unless otherwise described) and coach travel throughout
  • Porterage from Edinburgh to Inverness and from Galway to Dublin

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 12 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 night in Edinburgh, 2 nights in Inverness, 1 night near Fort William, 1 night in Glasgow, 2 nights in Belfast, 1 night in Cork, 2 nights in Killarney, 1 night in Galway, and 1 night in Dublin

Delicious meals included

  • 24 meals, including 12 breakfasts and 12 dinners, including a Great Scots Night dinner and dinner at the Merry Ploughboys

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Tour of Tomatin 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.

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

Kathryn Cambridge
Kathryn
Julie Pacalon
Julie
Lynne Broadley
Lynne
Helen Laverack
Helen
The Best of Scotland and Ireland

Three of the British Isles most scenic countries combine

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