Heart of Scotland & Ireland

This combination tour brings you the best of both Scotland and Ireland. Venture through breathtaking landscapes and quaint villages on your misty isle journey in Scotland. Begin in Edinburgh where you can explore independently before enjoying 3-days of touring with two nights on Skye, and then return to Edinburgh. Continue on to Ireland, where you continue to experience the most scenic locations, rich history and a warm welcome. Begin your epic journey as you head west to the charming city of Galway, one of the most unique areas of Ireland to explore. We will discover Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney and Dingle Peninsula!

Heart of Scotland & Ireland

This combination tour brings you the best of both Scotland and Ireland. Venture through breathtaking landscapes and quaint villages on your misty isle journey in Scotland. Begin in Edinburgh where you can explore independently before enjoying 3-days of touring with two nights on Skye, and then return to Edinburgh. Continue on to Ireland, where you continue to experience the most scenic locations, rich history and a warm welcome. Begin your epic journey as you head west to the charming city of Galway, one of the most unique areas of Ireland to explore. We will discover Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney and Dingle Peninsula!

Tour Highlights:

  • 14 Meals with ten breakfast & four dinners
  • Top sights with visits to Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, 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 - six (6) nights of top hotels, including 2-nights in a deluxe castle
  •  Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of arrival
  • Four Dinners
  • Full sightseeing by deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Professional Irish driver/guide to escort you throughout.
  • Scenic drive of the Dingle Peninsula
  • See the magnificent Cliffs of Moher
  • Visit to the Guinness Storehouse, EPIC Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara Marble, & Celtic Crystal
  • 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
Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to the size of the coach in Scotland luggage is restricted to 14kg (31lbs) per person on this tour - similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm X 45cm X 25cm/22cm X 17inches) plus one small personal item. If you choose to pack additional luggage for the Ireland portion of your trip, you may store your larger luggage items (at your own cost) while touring Scotland. 

Itinerary

Day 01, Wednesday: Arrive 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, Thursday: 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, Friday: 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, Saturday: 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, Sunday: Edinburgh - Shannon - Galway

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your flight from Edinburgh to Galway (flight is not included in the land price and is additional**). Private transfer awaits for you on arrival in Shannon. Transfer to Galway and check-in to your hotel in Galway. In the afternoon, we enjoy a local panoramic sightseeing tour of Galway City. Note, in order to avail of the panoramic touring in Galway, a morning flight is required. Those arriving later in the day will enjoy Galway independently on arrival and meet up with the Ireland only portion of the group at dinner this evening. Dinner and overnight in Galway. (B,D)

Day 06, Monday: Galway- Connemara - Galway

Today we enjoy a scenic tour of Connemara. Travel along Galway Bay to Maam Cross and Clifden. Continue on via Kylemore Abbey and stop briefly for a photo opportunity. We continue via scenic countryside; keep an eye out for sheep en-route to Moycullen. We stop to visit the Connemara Marble Factory and the Celtic Crystal Factory. Return to Galway. Our evening is free to enjoy Galway this evenig, with dinner on your own. Overnight in Galway. (B)

Day 07, Tuesday: Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney

Morning departure from Galway. We make our way to the awe inspiring and majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. A spectacular day with great sea and cliff view, before making our way to Killarney for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 08, Wednesday: Killarney - Dingle Peninsula

A delightful day takes us along the Kerry coast to the Dingle Peninsula, which offers magnificent coastal scenery. Beyond Slea Head, we see the Blasket Islands, the last outpost of Europe. A full day tour returning to Killarney, where we enjoy dinner and overnight in Killarney. (B, D)

Day 09, Thursday: Killarney - Cashel - Dublin

Leaving Killarney we travel over the mountains to Blarney, where we pause for a visit to Blarney Woollen Mills. Here you have time to enjoy an optional visit to Blarney Castle, and perhaps kiss the famed Blarney Stone. Leaving Blarney we travel via Tipperary and Cashel, where we pause for a photo-op at the historic Rock of Cashel. Arrive in Dublin, where the evening is free to dine on your own tonight. Overnight at our castle hotel tonight in Killiney, Co. Dublin. (B)

Our castle hotel is situated at the brow of Killiney Hill, in the prestigious south Dublin suburb of Killiney and overlooking Dublin Bay.

Day 10, Friday: Dublin

Coming into the capital city this morning for sightseeing. We visit the Guinness Storehouse, enjoying panoramic views of the city from the Gravity Bar, followed by the EPIC Museum. Some free time then to enjoy the capital city independently. Dublin has plenty of shops, cafe, museums and more for you to enjoy. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner at our castle hotel in Killiney, Co. Dublin. (B, D)

Day 11, Saturday: Dublin - U.S.

Early morning transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. Flights to the U.S. arrive home the same day. (B)


LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS - PLEASE NOTE: One checked and one carry-on bag is allowed on this tour, HOWEVER, due to size of coach in Scotland there is a strict luggage restriction that is unavoidable. Luggage while touring in Scotland on the 16-seat coach is restricted to 14kg (31lbs) pp. This is similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in) plus one small personal item. This is unavoidable and larger cases will not be allowed. 

We understand this may be an inconvience, but this is a legal requirement in place for the safety of all touring. For more information on luggage and storage options go to http://www.rabbies.com/en/luggage/luggage-storage. Failure to meet these restrictions may result in passengers being excluded from travel on our small coach tours. Secure luggage storage facilities can be found in Edinburgh (at the passenger's own expense). We recommend you pack light, but we understand you may need more luggage than this when you're travelling. So, if you arrive in your departure city exceeding these limits, you can store your extra luggage and pick it up once your tour with us has finished. We do apologize for this inconvenience.  These websites list great storage facilities: https://stasher.com/ or https://www.nannybag.com or https://bagbnb.com. Thank you for your understanding.

**Flight from Edinburgh needs to be into Shannon, as private transfer is arranged from Shannon. Transfer not included from Dublin.

Rates & Hotels

2020 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only
  $2407
  $2407
  $2427
  $2587
  $2607
  $2607
  $2607
  $2617
 Small Group Tour $2707
  $2707
  $2707
 Small Group Tour $2707
  $2707
 Guaranteed $2707
  $3107
 Small Group Tour $3107
Aug 19  (Sold Out)   $3107
Aug 26  (Sold Out)   $3107
Sep 02  (Sold Out)   $2717
  $2717
 Small Group Tour $2717
  $2707
  $2597
  $2437
Oct 14  (Sold Out)   $2417
  $2417
  $2387
  $2237
  $2237
 Small Group Tour $2237
2020 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only
  $2517
  $2517
  $2537
  $2697
  $2717
  $2717
  $2717
  $2727
 Small Group Tour $2797
  $2797
  $2797
 Small Group Tour $2797
  $2797
 Guaranteed $2797
  $3187
 Small Group Tour $3187
Aug 19  (Sold Out)   $3187
Aug 26  (Sold Out)   $3187
Sep 02  (Sold Out)   $2807
  $2807
 Small Group Tour $2807
  $2797
  $2737
  $2537
Oct 14  (Sold Out)   $2517
  $2517
  $2487
  $2347
  $2347
 Small Group Tour $2347

Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

with B&B on Skye
Hotel on Skye

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

UK Hotel

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

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

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Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]

The Imperial Hotel

Galway, Co. Galway -

Located in the heart of Galway City and the closest Hotel to Galway University NUIG, the Imperial Hotel Galway City has an impressive location. [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]

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

Killiney, Co. Dublin -

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Dublin is the epitome of the elegance and charm of the south Dublin coast. The only Irish castle hotel located in the fashionable suburbs of Killiney, Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey, overlooking Dublin Bay. [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.

  • Items not noted on the 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. 

A transfer is available on arrival. On arrival in Ireland, a private transfer will take you to and from your hotel. On Sunday, you will meet the group at the airport in Shannon. 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.