Scotland & Ireland - Skye & Sojourn

From the beauty and awe-inspiring scenic wonders of both Scotland and Ireland to the warmth and welcome of the people there, enjoy this 10-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 six amazing nights in Ireland. Featuring 2-nights in a deluxe castle along with excellent touring.

Scotland & Ireland - Skye & Sojourn

From the beauty and awe-inspiring scenic wonders of both Scotland and Ireland to the warmth and welcome of the people there, enjoy this 10-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 six amazing nights in Ireland. Featuring 2-nights in a deluxe castle along with excellent touring.

Tour Highlights:

  • 15 Meals with ten breakfast, four dinners, and one pub lunch
  • Top sights with visits to Edinburgh, Glencoe, Loch Ness, Isle of the Skye, Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Derry, Sligo, Athlone, Roscommon, 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 (4) dinners with one that includes Irish entertainment
  • One (1) pub lunch 
  • Full sightseeing by deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Professional Irish driver/guide to escort you throughout.
  • Tips and taxes in Ireland. Gratuities to the driver/guide not included
  • Celtic Tours flight bag and portfolio of travel documents
  •  Local taxes

Itinerary

YOUR ITINERARY:

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

Day 01, Tuesday: 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, Wednesday: 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, Thursday: 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, Friday: 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, Saturday: Edinburgh - Belfast

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your flight to Belfast, Ireland. A taxi transfer will be awaiting for you on arrival to take you to your pre-booked hotel. This afternoon, take in a panoramic city tour of Belfast with the rest of the group. We return to the hotel for dinner. Your evening is free to explore the city on your own before a relaxing overnight stay in Belfast. (D)

Day 06, Sunday: Belfast - Giant's Causeway - Titanic Museum

Today we enjoy a scenic tour of the Antrim Coast and visit the Giant's Causeway and Museum. Marvel at the volcanic columns formed over 60 million years ago and hear the ancient fables of the Causeway. We return to Belfast where we visit Titanic Belfast. Extending over nine galleries, this multi-dimensional exhibit draws together special effects, full-scale reconstructions, and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic Story in a fresh and insightful way. Learn of her conception in Belfast in the early 1900's, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. Return to our hotel where the evening is free to experience more of Belfast. Enjoy your overnight stay in Belfast. (B)

Day 07, Monday: Belfast - Derry - Glenveagh - Donegal

This morning, we depart Belfast and travel west via Dungiven and the Sperrin Mountains to Derry City. Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Derry, including free time to explore independently. Departing Derry, we travel via Bridgend to Glenveagh for a visit to Glenveagh Castle & Gardens in the National Park. Continue on to our nearby Donegal hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 08, Tuesday: Atlantic Coast - Dungloe - Glenties

Today we travel along the scenic Atlantic drive via Brinlack, Derrbeg, and Bunbeg, voyaging south to Dungloe and Glenties. Crossing by the Blue Stack Mountains, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay in County Donegal. (B,D)

Day 09, Wednesday: Donegal - Killybegs - Slieve League -Belleek - Sligo - Roscommon

We travel south along Donegal Bay to Killybegs and the Slieve League Cliffs. Here we enjoy a minibus transfer to the cliffs, where we delight in the scenic views of Malin Bay and the Slieve League Cliffs that look out across the Atlantic Ocean. Our tour continues south to Belleek, where we pause a while to visit the famed Belleek China showroom. Continue south via Sligo, the final resting place of William Butler Yeats, to our castle hotel, Kilronan Castle, where we enjoy dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 10, 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 11, Friday: Roscommon - Dublin

Early morning departure from Kilronan Castle, where we make our way to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. (B)

Rates & Hotels

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Jul 09  (Sold Out) $2798
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Jul 23  (Sold Out) $2798
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Sep 03  (Sold Out) $2768
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$2848
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Jul 09  (Sold Out) $2938
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Jul 23  (Sold Out) $2938
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Sep 03  (Sold Out) $2908
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$2888
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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]

Park Avenue Hotel

Belfast, No. Ireland -

Located in the vibrant Belmont area yet less than 2 miles from Belfast City Hall, The Park Avenue Hotel provides a unique experience for people who are tired of the usual and want something different. [more]

Jacksons Hotel Ballybofey

Ballybofey, Co. Donegal -

Jackson's Hotel, Ballybofey, Donegal is an award-winning four star family run, pet friendly Donegal Hotel and is highly regarded as one of Donegal's finest Hotels. [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.