Highlights of Ireland and Scotland

11 Days Starting in Dublin and ending in Edinburgh

Visiting: Dublin, Galway, Connemara National Park, Donegal, Londonderry, Belfast, Glasgow, Loch Ness, Edinburgh

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

BHISZN20

Trip Styles:

UK tours by Coach

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Ireland and Scotland on the "Highlights of Ireland and Scotland" tour. This meticulously crafted adventure invites you to explore the rich tapestry of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes these countries offer. From the vibrant streets of Dublin, Londonderry, Belfast, and Edinburgh, guided by a Local Specialist, to the serene beauty of Connemara and the rugged Scottish Highlands, every day promises a new discovery. Visit iconic sites including the Giant's Causeway, Titanic Experience, Loch Ness, and Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy the warmth of traditional hospitality with stays in cherry-picked hotels and savor local flavors with included meals. With luxury coach transportation, an expert Travel Director, and a host of surprise extras, this tour is designed to immerse you in the very essence of Irish and Scottish heritage. Whether you're captivated by history, photography, or simply the joy of travel, this tour offers a rich, unforgettable experience.

Highlights

  • Explore Dublin

  • Londonderry

  • Belfast and Edinburgh with a Local Specialist

  • Discover Galway and Glasgow

  • Visit Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory

  • Kylemore Abbey

  • Westport

  • Donegal

  • Giant's Causeway

  • Titanic Experience in Belfast

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Hello Dublin
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Hampton by Hilton Dublin City Center.
Accommodation Name: Hampton by Hilton Dublin City Center
Meals Included: Welcome Reception

You’re in for a lyrical love affair with Ireland’s whimsical capital, your launch pad to an enchanting encounter with the 'Emerald Isle' and Scotland. On arrival, transfer to your hotel then spend the rest of the day exploring the city’s effervescence on your own. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner. Resist the urge to retire early and head to the Temple Bar to soak up the craic and a pint or two of the ‘Black Stuff’ in one of the many colorful pubs for which Dublin is justifiably famous.

Day 2: Journey To Harborside Galway
Location: Galway
Accommodation: Maldron Sandy Road
Accommodation Name: Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
Meals Included: Breakfast

Poetry and politics, music and literature – Dublin is famous for all this and more as you’ll come to discover when you join a Local Specialist to delve into the city’s iconic sights, tumultuous history and even a few hidden gems. Tread in the footsteps of Arthur Guinness, James Joyce and Bono as you pound the cobbled pavements in search of Dublin’s many stories. Then, leave the capital behind bound for the harbor city of Galway, known as the 'City of the Tribes'.

Day 3 : Admire Stunning Connemara
Location: Connemara National Park
Accommodation: Maldron Sandy Road
Accommodation Name: Maldron Hotel Sandy Road Galway
Meals Included: Breakfast

Connemara’s 'savage beauty' takes center stage today on your full-day excursion through the endless shades of green which once captured the heart of Oscar Wilde. Visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. Later, we visit the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where you'll Dive Into Culture and witness first-hand how their famous crystal designs are made.

Day 4 : Onwards To Donegal
Location: Donegal
Accommodation: Central, The Abbey Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Abbey Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Explore the quintessential Irish village of Cong and see firsthand why its rugged beauty was chosen as the backdrop of John Wayne's award winning 'The Quiet Man'. Connect With Locals at Ireland’s largest sheep farm, Glen Keen Farm, for a heart-warming Be My Guest experience with your hosts, Catherine, Jim and their son James. You’ll watch in deep admiration as the energetic collies herd sheep and enjoy a traditional tea of scones, freshly whipped cream and jam, gaining a deep appreciation for the family’s efforts to preserve Irish heritage and traditions. Then, continue to Donegal, the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.

Day 5: Venture To Londonderry And Belfast Make Travel Matter
Location: Londonderry
Accommodation: AC by Marriott
Accommodation Name: AC by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast

Start your day with a visit to Londonderry where a Local Specialist will take you on a stroll along the ancient walls that surround the Renaissance-style old city. Follow the scenic Causeway Coastal Route through rolling countryside and past rugged cliffs to the Giant’s Causeway for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Your visit will help to conserve this iconic landmark. You’ll have some free time to tiptoe in the giant geometric steps of Finn McCool and enjoy lunch before continuing to Belfast, your home for the next two nights.

Day 6 : Discover Colorful Belfast
Location: Belfast
Accommodation: AC by Marriott
Accommodation Name: AC by Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit the Titanic Belfast Experience, where you’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the tragic story of the famous ship that met its end in the Atlantic. At the Titantic Distillery enjoy a whiskey tasting and learn how Ireland's golden goodness is made. Then, join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of Northern Ireland’s trendy capital. Take the rest of the afternoon to explore at your leisure, perhaps enjoying a pint in Belfast’s oldest traditional pub or visit St. George’s Market for some shopping or consider joining a Local Specialist 'Cabbie' who will take you on a journey through the recent history of Belfast in their taxi.

Day 7: Cross The Irish Sea To Glasgow
Location: Glasgow
Accommodation: Maldron
Accommodation Name: Maldron Hotel Glasgow City
Meals Included: Breakfast

Bid Ireland farewell as you board your ferry to Scotland. Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past Ailsa Craig, then continue to Glasgow, where you’ll enjoy an orientation of a city that exudes edginess. Take to the streets on your own exploration and see George Square, Glasgow Cathedral and the Clyde River before finding a cozy pub to warm your heart with a little local whisky and a night on the toon.

Day 8: Uncover Loch Ness And The Scottish Highlands
Location: Loch Ness
Accommodation: Highlander
Accommodation Name: The Highlander Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sensational scenery follows your journey through the Scottish Highlands from Glasgow to Newtonmore. Loch Lomond sets the tone with views over the water to craggy Ben Lomond. Continue to Glencoe where the tragic 17th-century massacre of the MacDonalds turned the wild beauty of this valley into a 'Glen of Weeping'. Then, on to Fort William, the self-proclaimed ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’ before arriving in Loch Ness, where you’ll keep a keen eye out for the beloved monster that lurks beneath its surface. Tonight, you’ll enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Day 9 : Continue To Elegant Edinburgh
Location: Edinburgh
Accommodation: Novotel Edinburgh Park
Accommodation Name: Novotel Edinburgh Park
Meals Included: Breakfast

Continue to the home of golfing gods, St. Andrews. You’ll view its famous 18th hole before continuing to Edinburgh, your home for the next two nights. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Day 10: Explore Edinburgh
Location: Edinburgh
Accommodation: Novotel Edinburgh Park
Accommodation Name: Novotel Edinburgh Park
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Surrender to the charms of Edinburgh, one of the world’s most enchanting cities. Your Local Specialist will guide your sightseeing tour through its medieval Old Town to the elegant Georgian façades. See the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse before visiting Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. This afternoon, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own or get stuck into some last-minute souvenir shopping before joining your travel companions for a rousing Farewell Dinner to toast your memorable journey together.

Day 11: Journey Home
Location: Edinburgh
Meals Included: Breakfast

Imbued with Gaelic spirit, your holiday has come to an end. Bid your new friends a fond farewell as you prepare for your return journey home.

What's Included

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland

  • Optional Experiences and free time

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What's Not Included

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), Ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

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  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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14-Jan-2023

We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

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It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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09-Nov-2021

I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

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