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2024 In the Heart of Scotland and Ireland

The best of both destinations with this fantastic combination tour In the Heart of Scotland and Ireland! Explore breathtaking landscapes and quaint villages on your misty isle journey in Scotland, with an authentic Bed and Breakfast stay on Skye! Two nights at a hotel in Edinburgh brings you the best of Scotland. Then hop over to Ireland and enjoy a night in the capital city before finishing in Ireland with a wonderful itinerary where you will discover Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, and Dingle Peninsula and spend your last two nights at Fitzpatrick's Castle Hotel!

2024 In the Heart of Scotland and Ireland

The best of both destinations with this fantastic combination tour In the Heart of Scotland and Ireland! Explore breathtaking landscapes and quaint villages on your misty isle journey in Scotland, with an authentic Bed and Breakfast stay on Skye! Two nights at a hotel in Edinburgh brings you the best of Scotland. Then hop over to Ireland and enjoy a night in the capital city before finishing in Ireland with a wonderful itinerary where you will discover Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, and Dingle Peninsula and spend your last two nights at Fitzpatrick's Castle Hotel!

Tour Highlights

  • Fourteen (14) Meals with eleven (11) breakfast and three (3) dinners.
  • Top sights with visits to Edinburgh, Isle of Skye, Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, and Dublin.
  • Enjoy a two (2) night castle stay in Ireland and an authentic B&B in Skye.

Heart of Scotland and Ireland Tour Includes

  • In Scotland, transportation by top-of-the-range 16-seat Mercedes mini coach.
  • Two nights (day 01 and day 04) pre-booked in Edinburgh. (Based on Motel One Edinburgh or similar, based on availability and subject to change. Other hotels may incur supplements).
  • Two (2) nights accommodations in a traditional Bed and Breakfast on Isle of Skye.
  • Breakfast daily, except on day of arrival (note, breakfast at your BB on Skye may be continental).
  • Services of professional driver/guide.
  • Touring per your itinerary.
  • In Scotland, excludes lunches, dinners and visitor attractions.
  • In Ireland, excellent hotels - seven (7) nights of top hotels, including one (1) night in Dublin city center, two (2) nights in a deluxe castle.
  • Three (3) Dinners.
  • Arrival transfer in Dublin.
  • Full sightseeing by deluxe touring motor coach.
  • 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, and 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.

Additional Notes

Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to size of coach there is a luggage restriction of 14kg (31 Ibs) of luggage per person on this tour. This includes one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small personal bag.

A maximum of 8 passengers per departure date can be booked on this tour due to limitations of the Scotland portion. If you have a larger party and/or wish to have a group booked on this tour, please contact us directly, as it will have to be quoted as a private group and rates here do not apply.

Flight from Edinburgh to Dublin is not included and must be booked independently.

Transfer from Dublin Hotel to Dublin Airport to meet the group is not included. 

Itinerary

Day 1, Tuesday | Edinburgh

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

Day 2, Wednesday | Isle of Skye

Departure point at Edinburgh Bus Station Pick Up, Gate J and Gate K, inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ. Guests are requested to check in at least 15 minutes before departure. Depart Edinburgh at 8:30 am.

You depart Edinburgh and travel west. This part of your journey is a history lover’s dream. You pass Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, and Doune Castle, before stopping in Callander for refreshments.

Next, we venture north through the splendid scenery surrounding Loch Lubnaig and up to the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor.

You continue through the spectacular mountain pass of Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692. And after lunch, we pass Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and head into the Great Glen. Traveling west, you head past the Five Sisters of Kintail.

You then stop at the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, you follow the dramatic coastline, toward the island’s capital, Portree. And after all this breathtaking beauty, you’re dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening with enough time to go out and explore the town. (B)

Day 3, Thursday | A flexible day on Skye!

Today is a flexible day on Skye; and your driver-guide ensures you take a unique route that suits the weather, the local events, and your group's interests.

You can travel north to the Trotternish Ridge and beyond. Here you find geological wonders like Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. Or your guide may take you back in time and teach you about the legends and clan culture surrounding the 13th-century home of the Clan MacLeod, Dunvegan Castle.

You return to Portree in the evening. (B)

Day 4, Friday | End in Edinburgh

You travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail.

You visit Loch Ness for lunch and the chance to spot "Nessie"!** Heading south through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, famous now as "Monarch of the Glen Country" before passing Dalwhinnie and onwards past Blair Castle.

We stop for refreshments in one of the Perthshire villages before heading past Perth, over the Firth of Forth, and back to Edinburgh.

Arriving at approximately 7:00 pm in Edinburgh, where you will make your own way back to your pre-booked hotel. (B)

**The optional Loch Ness boat cruise is weather dependent and may be canceled without notice.
 

Day 5, Saturday | Edinburgh - Dublin

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your flight from Edinburgh to Dublin (the flight not included in the package price and needs to be booked independently). Arrive in Dublin, where a private transfer will be waiting to take you to your pre-booked hotel. Today is a free day to enjoy the capital of Ireland, which offers vast history, excellent cuisine, and good craic. Overnight in Dublin. (B)

 

Day 6, Sunday | Dublin - Galway

After breakfast, make your way independently to Dublin Airport (at the time designated with your documents). Here you will meet your driver/guide and the your fellow tour participants that will enjoy the next 6-nights in Ireland with you. In the afternoon, we enjoy a local panoramic sightseeing tour of Galway City. Dinner and overnight in Galway. (B,D)

Day 7, 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 Celtic Crystal Factory. Return to Galway. Our evening is free to enjoy Galway, with dinner on your own. Overnight in Galway. (B)

Day 8, 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 views, before making our way to Killarney for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 9, 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 you enjoy dinner on your own this evening. Overnight in Killarney. (B)

Day 10, 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 11, 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, cafes, 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 12, 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)

Rates & Hotels

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Featured Hotels

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The Address Connolly Dublin 1, Co. Dublin
Imperial Hotel Galway, Co. Galway
Killarney Towers Hotel Killarney, Co. Kerry
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Killiney, Co. Dublin
Celtic Tours - Pre and Post UK Hotel
Rabbie's Tour Operator Edinburgh

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

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The Address Connolly

Dublin 1, Co. Dublin -

The Address At Connolly Station is a Luxury 4 Star Deluxe Dublin City Centre Hotel offering great value for money as well as a tradition for friendly personal service in an Ideal City Centre Location. [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]

UK Hotel

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

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

Edinburgh -

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

This tour does not include:

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

Airfare

Airfare can be booked 10-months prior to departure. Airfare is instant purchase and non-refundable (different terms may apply for group air). You can book air during the booking process. Please note, airfare should not be ticketed until the tour date selected has been Guaranteed to operate. Celtic Tours is not responsible for airfare ticketed on a tour that is not guaranteed. Please book flights that will work with the arrival departure (arriving no later than 9:00am). Flight coming in after will have to make their own way to Galway at their own expense. 

The flight from Edinburgh to Dublin is not included in the package price and must be booked in addition to this package.

Departures & Transfers

The departure date is the date the tour starts in Scotland. One would depart from the US one day prior to the date noted to allow for overnight flights. 

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 Dublin (independently). 

The tour ends at Dublin Airport at 7:00 am for all passengers.