Scotland & Ireland - Skye & Delight

From the beauty and awe-inspiring scenic wonders of both Scotland and Ireland to the warmth and welcome of the people there, enjoy this 12-night tour that encompasses some of the best parts of both countries. Enjoy 2 independent days in Edinburgh and three days to explore some of the most dramatic and beautiful places in the Highlands and the romantic Isle of the Skye. Staying two nights in the picturesque harbor of Portree on the Isle of Skye, followed by eight amazing nights in Ireland. Featuring 2-nights in a deluxe castle along with excellent touring. Enjoy breathtaking views along the Ring of Kerry and the majestic 700-foot high Cliffs of Moher. Experience excellent accommodations with meals throughout, including a pub lunch and a traditional Irish cabaret show with dinner in Dublin.

Scotland & Ireland - Skye & Delight

From the beauty and awe-inspiring scenic wonders of both Scotland and Ireland to the warmth and welcome of the people there, enjoy this 12-night tour that encompasses some of the best parts of both countries. Enjoy 2 independent days in Edinburgh and three days to explore some of the most dramatic and beautiful places in the Highlands and the romantic Isle of the Skye. Staying two nights in the picturesque harbor of Portree on the Isle of Skye, followed by eight amazing nights in Ireland. Featuring 2-nights in a deluxe castle along with excellent touring. Enjoy breathtaking views along the Ring of Kerry and the majestic 700-foot high Cliffs of Moher. Experience excellent accommodations with meals throughout, including a pub lunch and a traditional Irish cabaret show with dinner in Dublin.

Tour Highlights:

  • 18 Meals with twelve breakfast, five dinners, and one pub lunch
  • Top sights with visits to Edinburgh, Glencoe, Loch Ness, Isle of the Skye, Athlone, Roscommon, Galway, Killarney, Blarney, Cobh, Waterford, and Dublin
  • New itinerary with two-night deluxe castle stay

Ireland Tour Includes:

  • In Scotland, transportation by top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini coaches
  • Two nights (day 01 and day 04) pre-booked in Edinburgh. (Based on Jury’s Inn Edinburgh or similar, based on availability and subject to change. Other hotels may incur supplements)
  • Two nights accommodations at your choice of B&B or Hotel on Isle of Skye
  • Scottish breakfast daily, except on day of arrival
  • Services of professional driver/guide
  • Touring per your itinerary
  • In Scotland, excludes lunches, dinners and visitor attractions
  • In Ireland, excellent hotels - eight (8) nights of top hotels, including 2-nights in a deluxe castle
  •  Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of arrival
  • Five (5) dinners with one that includes Irish entertainment
  • One (1) pub lunch in Athlone 
  • Full sightseeing by deluxe touring motorcoach (Ireland)
  • Professional Irish driver/guide to escort you throughout.
  • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry
  • See the magnificent Cliffs of Moher
  • Stop in Blarney
  • Visit to the House of Waterford, Whiskey Distillery, Guinness Storehouse and EPIC Emigration Museum
  • Porterage of one (1) suitcase per person
  • Tips and taxes in Ireland. Gratuities to the driver/guide not included
  • Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel documents
  •  Local taxes
  • Tips to your driver are not included as they are considered personal

Itinerary

YOUR ITINERARY:

Friday (day 01) is the start date in Scotland. Note, with overnight flights, a THURSDAY flight would be needed.

Day 01, Friday: Edinburgh

Arrive Edinburgh and transfer (included) to your pre-booked accommodations (note: check-in time is generally from 2:00 pm). Spend your day independently exploring Edinburgh on your own. Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 02, Saturday: Edinburgh - Touring Begins - Isle of Skye

Departure point at 6 Waterloo Pl, guests are requested to check in at least 15 minutes before departure. Depart Edinburgh at 8:30 am, depart Edinburgh and travel west, passing Linlithgow Palace and Stirling with its imposing castle and views of the Wallace Monument. We pass Doune Castle, set of Monty Python's “Holy Grail” before stopping in Callander for refreshments. Crossing into the Highlands we head north towards the glorious scenery surrounding Loch Lubnaig then through Breadalbane (meaning the ‘high country of Scotland') and up to the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. We continue through the spectacular mountain pass of Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692. Leaving Fort William after lunch you drive past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen. Traveling west on the “Road to the Isles” we head through the splendor of the Five Sisters of Kintail, the mountains guarding the pass on the way to the Isle of Skye. We stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most photographed castles, set at the junction of 3 lochs and completely surrounded by water. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, we follow the dramatic coastline north towards the island's capital, Portree. We are dropped off at our accommodation in the early evening where we are free to go out and explore the town. (B)

Day 03, Sunday: A flexible day on Skye!

There are many possibilities depending on the weather and our driver/guide's knowledge will come to the fore in developing the best day out. North of Portree is the Trotternish ridge with its spectacular cliffs and rock formations, such as the famous landmark - the Old Man of Storr, the impressive sea cliff, Kilt Rock and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. Amazing natural scenery, which is best enjoyed away from the bus by taking a walk through this unique landscape. Further west the scenery changes again with the emerald green valley of Glendale, the dramatic sea-cliffs of Neist Point (the most westerly point on the island, where we might get lucky and spot some whales or sharks!), and the 13th-century home of the Clan MacLeod, Dunvegan Castle. We return you to your accommodation in Portree in the early evening. Overnight Isle of Skye. (B)

Day 04, Monday: Touring - End in Edinburgh

We are collected from our accommodation and travel south through the Cuillin Hillsand back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Onto Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting “Nessie”. Heading south now through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, famous now as “Monarch of the Glen Country” before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whiskey distillery. We pass Blair Castle and continue through Highland Perthshire as we head back to Edinburgh and over the Forth Road Bridge. Arriving at approximately 7:00 pm in Edinburgh. Your tour ends at Rabbies Cafe at 6 Waterloo Place in Edinburgh, where you will make your own way back to your pre-booked hotel. (B)

Day 05, Tuesday: Edinburgh - Dublin

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your flight to Dublin, Ireland. A taxi transfer will be awaiting for you on arrival to take you to your pre-booked hotel. This is an independent day to enjoy the Capital of Ireland. There is much to see and do in Dublin, from historic sites to great shopping, restaurants and pub life. (B)

Day 06, Wednesday: Dubin - Roscommon.

Transfrered arranged today to take you back to Dublin Airport to meet your group transfer to take you to Roscommon and our Castle Hotel. Time to enjoy the grounds of the castle. Perhaps take in an optional spa service. Tonight we enjoy dinner and overnight at Kilronan Castle. (D)

Day 07, Thursday: Carrick-on-Shannon - Longford - Athlone - Roscommon

A scenic historic tour today takes us via Boyle, where we can see the ruins of the old Cistercian abbey, the ivy-clad abbey dates back to 1161. Continue on to Carrick-on-Shannon which straddles the River Shannon. Continue on via Longford and Athlone, optional visit to the Church of Peter and Paul, an impressive structure of the Roman Renaissance style. Enjoy a pub lunch and some free time in Athlone. Return to our Castle Hotel via Roscommon. This evening is free to enjoy all the facilities at the castle and perhaps a light dinner on your own tonight. Overnight at Kilronan Castle. (B,L)

Day 08, Friday: Roscommon - Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Adare - Killarney

Morning departure from Kilronan Castle. We travel south via the majestic Cliffs of Moher, where we pause with spectacular views. Continue along the western coastline, as we make our way to charming Killarney town via Lahinch and Adare. In Killarney, we enjoy dinner at our hotel this evening. Killarney is an excellent location to enjoy traditional music, pub entertainment or a traditional top-rated Irish Cabaret show (which can be pre-booked at the time of your reservation for $49 per person). Overnight in Killarney. (B,D)

Day 09, Saturday: Killarney - Ring of Kerry

We depart on one of Ireland's most popular and beautiful drives, the Ring of Kerry. Traveling from Killarney, we come to the town of Killorglin, famous for its traditional Puck Fair, and from here we commence the ring tour. Our drive is along the coastline of the broad Iveragh Peninsula, through the towns of Glenbeigh, Cahirciveen, Waterville, and Sneem. The scenery is spectacular as wind-swept cliffs, still lakes, lost valleys, and rocky mountains blend in awesome beauty before we circle back to Killarney for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 10, Sunday: Blarney - Cobh - Waterford

Depart Killarney, with a stop in Blarney, where we pause for optional visits to Blarney Woollen Mills and Blarney Castle, perhaps to kiss the famed Blarney Stone. Leaving Blarney we travel the short distance to Cobh (Queenstown), the last port of call for the Titanic. Leaving Cobh, we make our way to Waterford. In Waterford, we enjoy dinner and an overnight stay. (B,D)

Day 11, Monday: Waterford - Dublin

Morning brings a visit to the House of Waterford before making our way to Dublin via Kildare. An afternoon check-in to our Dublin hotel allows for time to relax before attending a traditional Irish cabaret and dinner show in Dublin. We return to our hotel at approximately 10:30 pm to stay overnight in Dublin. (B,D)

Day 12, Tuesday: Dublin

Our morning sightseeing tour we visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. A fantastic interactive experience, which uncovers the dramatic and inspiring stories of the Irish who traveled the world, from early times to the modern day. Following our EPIC visit, we make our way to the Guinness Storehouse for a visit. After, we visit a Dublin whiskey distillery for a tasting. Our afternoon is free to enjoy the capital city. Tonight enjoy dinner on your own before the final overnight stay in Dublin. (B)

Day 13, Wednesday: Dublin - Tour ends

An early morning transfer takes you to Dublin Airport for the return flight home. Pick up your last minute gifts at the duty-free shops before boarding your flight. You arrive home the same day. (B)

Rates & Hotels

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

based on BB in Portree
based on Hotel in Portree

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

Kilronan Castle Estate & Spa

Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon -

One of Ireland’s most luxurious Castle Hotels in Roscommon Ireland, the ancestral home of the Tennison family and the legendary Colonel King Tennison. It is one of a few Irish castle estates that can trace its history back to royal families. [more]

UK Hotel

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Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]

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Choice of B&B / Guesthouse / 3* Inns throughout during touring [more]

Celtic Tours Selected Dublin Hotel

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Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is very busy year round. Celtic Tours, working with the best hotels in Dublin, will look to book you the best 3*-4* centrally located hotel within budget at time of booking. Hotel will be confirmed at time of booking. Note, festivals and when booking is made can have an effect on availability [more]

Killarney Towers Hotel

Killarney, Co. Kerry -

Enjoying a dominant position on Killarney’s College Street, the Killarney Towers Hotel offers guests all the luxury... [more]

Dooley's Hotel

Waterford City, Co. Waterford -

Dooley's City Centre Hotel, Waterford is a family run hotel in the heart of the Sunny South East... [more]

Academy Plaza Hotel

Dublin 1, Co. Dublin -

Academy Plaza Hotel has an exceptional location as a Dublin City Centre Hotel.... [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. When a triple room is booked, a $30 per person discount will apply.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Airfare

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your tour date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The tour date shown above is the date one arrives in Scotland. All air should be booked one day prior to accommodate overnight flights to Scotland.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in Scotland. One would depart from the US. one day prior to the date noted. The tour begins on Friday.

A transfer is available on arrival. On arrival in Ireland, a private transfer will take you to and from your hotel. On Wednesday, you will meet the group at the airport in Dublin. Flight information must be provided 35 days prior to departure and you must be available 30 minutes prior to airport departure. The tour ends with an early morning transfer to Dublin Airport for all passengers.