Exploring Scotland & Ireland

Exploring Scotland & Ireland

Start: Scotland Finish: Scotland

Visiting: Edinburgh, St Andrews, Pitlochry, Inverness, Loch Ness, Ballachulish, Luss, Glasgow, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Glens of Antrim Potatoes Ltd, Giant's Causeway, Londonderry, County Donegal, Glenveagh National Park, Armagh, Farm Tours Ireland, Barberstown Castle, Dublin


Duration: 12 Nights

Physical rating: Medium, Activity Level 3

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: 13479

Tour operator: Collette, Inc.

Group size: 10 - 44

Age range: 5-99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Bask in the warm Celtic culture and majestic scenery of two remarkable lands. Come to know the regal city of Edinburgh on a panoramic coach tour or by foot – it’s your choice! Learn the secrets of making Scotch whisky and enjoy a tasting. Cruise famed Loch Ness and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Be transported to a bygone era with an invitation to an Irish céilí. Visit the Titanic Experience Museum in Belfast and remember the century-old tragedy that shook the world. Walk the Giant’s Causeway (UNESCO) and soak up incredible views of the Causeway Coast, one of the world’s most breathtaking rail journeys. Tour intriguing Glenveagh Castle and its surrounding national park in Donegal, a natural wonderland. Enjoy two nights in an iconic Irish castle hotel. Visit Ireland’s bustling capital city of Dublin and tour historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. From rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await.

Highlights

  • iconTour the "Fair City" of Dublin with a local guide.
  • iconEmbark on a scenic cruise on beautiful Loch Ness.
  • iconSpend two nights at a historic Irish castle.
  • iconSet out on a walking tour of Derry featuring its medieval city walls.
  • iconSample the "Water of Life" at a Scottish whisky distillery.
  • iconTaste apple cider at a family-run farm.
  • iconJoin in the fun during a night of traditional Irish food and entertainment.
  • iconExplore the ruins of historic Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.
  • iconBe transported to a bygone era during a traditional “night on the town” in 20th-century Ulster.
  • iconEmbark on one of the world’s most breathtaking rail journeys along the Causeway Coast.

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Overnight Flight

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson Collection Royal Mile

Meals: No Meals

From rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await.

icon Day 2 : Edinburgh, Scotland - Tour Begins

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Radisson Collection Royal Mile

Meals: Dinner

Your tour opens in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Tonight, experience how traditional Scottish ingredients are getting a modern twist during a welcome dinner at one of the city’s popular restaurants.

icon Day 3 : Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Best Western Palace

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, it’s your choice! Get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic tour; explore both Old Town and New Town before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse,* the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots -OR- for a different perspective, join a local expert for an in-depth walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town; meander the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways before descending into the city’s underground vaults to uncover a world unchanged since the 18th century. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

icon Day 4 : Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Pitlochry - Inverness

Location: Edinburgh, St Andrews, Pitlochry, Inverness

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ballachulish area hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Travel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf – see the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Next, stop at Pitlochry, a vibrant Victorian town to discover its old-world appeal before continuing on to Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands.

icon Day 5 : Inverness - Loch Ness - Ballachulish

Location: Inverness, Loch Ness, Ballachulish

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Indigo

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

This morning, take a scenic cruise on Loch Ness before disembarking at the base of famed Urquhart Castle. Explore the ruins of this historic stronghold where acts of chivalry and defiance exhibit more than 1,000 years of Scottish history. Enjoy a privately guided tour at one of Scotland’s renowned whisky distilleries and taste for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world’s finest. Continue south through Scotland’s stunning Great Glen before arriving at your hotel, situated in the charming Highlands.

icon Day 6 : Ballachulish - Luss - Glasgow

Location: Ballachulish, Luss, Glasgow

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: AC by Marriott

Meals: Breakfast

Begin your day with a breathtaking drive through the heart of Scotland as you pass through Glencoe and Rannoch Moor. Continue south alongside the western shore of Loch Lomond, stopping in the picturesque village town of Luss. This afternoon, arrive in the Victorian metropolis of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city.

icon Day 7 : Glasgow - Belfast, Northern Ireland

Location: Glasgow, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: AC by Marriott

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

This morning, travel along the scenic Ayrshire coast to your ferry. Cross the famed Irish Sea as you head for Northern Ireland’s capital city of Belfast. Later, you are invited to a traditional Irish céilí. This experience takes you back to the cobblestoned streets and Irish fare of turn-of-the-century Ulster. Enjoy a hot toddy or a glass of Guinness as you lose yourself in the rousing music. Then it’s time to dance!

icon Day 8 : Belfast

Location: Belfast

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a privately guided tour of Belfast, Northern Ireland’s largest city. Learn about the struggles in this great city’s history as you pass through its distinctive neighborhoods. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the massive cranes of the Belfast shipyard. Complete today’s tour with a visit to the award-winning Titanic Experience museum.

icon Day 9 : Belfast - Glens of Antrim - Giant's Causeway - Derry

Location: Belfast, Glens of Antrim Potatoes Ltd, Giant's Causeway, Londonderry

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: City

Meals: Breakfast

Venture along the stunning Antrim Coastal Route, stopping at the Giant’s Causeway (UNESCO). Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles an old cobbled road leading mystically into the sea. Then, embark on one of the world’s most beautiful railway** journeys along the Causeway Coast. Soak up the incredible scenery before arriving in the walled city of Derry. Set out on a walking tour featuring the medieval city walls, St. Augustine's Cathedral, and the Guildhall. Perhaps you will discover why Derry is one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets during an optional evening of storytelling and traditional music at one of the city’s best farm-to-table restaurants.

icon Day 10 : Derry - County Donegal - Glenveagh National Park - Derry

Location: Londonderry, County Donegal, Glenveagh National Park, Londonderry

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Barberstown Castle

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Today’s journey showcases the rugged beauty of County Donegal. Visit spectacular Glenveagh National Park, a natural wonderland with 40,000 acres of mountains, lakes and woodland. Enjoy a guided visit to stately Glenveagh Castle, set amidst the colorful splendor of one of the finest gardens in Ireland. Tonight, it’s Diner’s Choice choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Derry’s great restaurants.

icon Day 11 : Derry - Armagh - Cider Farm Visit, Ireland - Barberstown Castle

Location: Londonderry, Armagh, Farm Tours Ireland, Barberstown Castle

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Barberstown Castle

Meals: Breakfast

Depart on a journey through the scenic countryside of Northern Ireland, stopping in Armagh to view the twin cathedrals dedicated to Ireland’s Patron Saint. The two St. Patrick’s Cathedrals, one Catholic and one Protestant, symbolize the two souls of Ireland. Then, visit a family-run cider farm. Meet the family and explore the orchards before sampling their award-winning Irish ciders. Continue on to the Republic of Ireland. Your day concludes at Barberstown Castle, a regal 13th-century castle and country house hotel in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.

icon Day 12 : Barberstown Castle - Dublin - Barberstown Castle

Location: Barberstown Castle, Dublin, Barberstown Castle

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Barberstown Castle

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

A locally guided tour of Dublin highlights the world-renowned St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and the city’s magnificent rows of lovely Georgian town homes. Spend the rest of your day at leisure as you delve further into Dublin's cultural treasures. This evening, toast the end of an incredible adventure during a farewell dinner at your castle hotel.

icon Day 13 : Barberstown Castle - Tour Ends

Location: Barberstown Castle

Meals: Breakfast

Your tour comes to a close.

What's Included

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    Accommodation

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    Drinks with Meals

    (non-alcoholic)

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    Train Tickets

    (if train occurs once tour starts and before tour ends – i.e. not airport transfers)

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    Meals – Half Board

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    Fully Guided

What's Not Included

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Experiences

  • Explore the ruins of historic Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.
  • Be transported to a bygone era during a traditional “night on the town” in 20th-century Ulster.
  • Embark on one of the world’s most breathtaking rail journeys along the Causeway Coast.

Options

Edinburgh: A Scottish Night Out

Join us for a rollicking evening of tastes, sights and sounds that are classically Scottish. Feast on a banquet prepared from a selection of local recipes. Your taste buds will savor the true flavor and goodness of this distinctive country. Tonight will be filled with entertainment including Highland pipers and dancers, who deliver the very best in Scottish music, song and dance. A highlight of the evening is the Ceremony of the Haggis, and, of course, you may try this national dish. Be prepared for a Scottish night of food, fun and many fond memories! Duration approximately 3 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is only offered from May-September. This option will not be offered on departures that include the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Price: £95


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Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

Yes, most likely. Our tours draw travelers from the United States, Canada and Australia, predominatly.

Do you require a visa for this holiday?

That will vary by country of residence and country destination.

Are vaccinations required for this tour?

Effective immediately and until further notice, all guests will be required to bring one of the following: proof of vaccination (official vaccination certificate in paper or electronic form), proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result (FDA Approved diagnostic) for a test performed 72-hours or less from the start date of the tour with you on tour to verify information you will be pro

Are flights included in this tour?

No.

Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

No, the fees associated with required Visa’s are an additional expense.

    What is the maximum group size?

    Varies by tour.

    Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Yes. Baggage is limited to 1 checked bag and 1 carry per person.

    Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes, you will receive full information within the weeks leading up to your departure.

    Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes, an experienced Tour Manager, with the passion for travel, discovery and the destination - will guide you through your journey from start to finish,

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No, unless you purchase and land and air package from Collette.

    Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, our Customer Care center would be happy to help.

    What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Varies by tour, but typically thjey are 4* / 4*+, and an occaissional 5*

    What is the tipping policy?

    Igratuities for included meals and accommodation housekeeping are included. It is customary to tip you Tour Manager and driver at the end of the tour.

    Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    Yes, it varies by tour.

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

    Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    We can accommodate children as young as 5 years old, provided they are traveling / rooming with a parent or legal guardian.

    Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Yes.

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, with few exception.

    What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Varies by tour.

    Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Absolutley. Out tours are crafted with that in mind – striking a balance between included experiences and time to explore on your own.

    Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Primarily, yes. All of the coaches used must meet rigourous safety and cleanliness standards.

    What currencies are required for this tour?

    Local currency.

Dates & Availability

May 08, 2022

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May 15, 2022

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May 27, 2022

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May 27, 2022

Friday

6 +

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Multiple Room Types Multiple room types available. Choose your preferred room type when you book.

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