Explore Scotland and the Emerald Island on a journey encompassing hilltop Edinburgh and the rugged Scottish Highlands, as well as Dublin, Belfast and scenic Western Ireland.
Day 1 - ARRIVE EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
Arrive in bustling Edinburgh and transfer to your hotel. Tonight,
gather for a welcome dinner.
Day 2 - EDINBURGH
Drive the Royal Mile, past St. Giles’ High Kirk, to Holyrood Palace,
Queen Elizabeth’s official residence in Scotland (subject to
closure for official events). Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the
magnificent Scottish Crown Jewels.
Day 3 - ST. ANDREWS
Drive to St. Andrews, where you walk the legendary Old Course.
Later, travel to Pitlochry for lunch at leisure and time to explore.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Day 5 - INVERNESS
Travel to the rugged North Sea coast of the Highlands. Explore
the richly adorned Dunrobin Castle and witness falconry in its
gardens. Visit the Glenmorangie whisky distillery, tasting the
spirit and meeting with its makers. The next morning, travel to
Culloden Moor, where the Jacobite army was defeated in 1746.
Cruise the enigmatic waters of Loch Ness, stopping to explore
Urquhart Castle and returning along its pretty southern shore.
View the cascading Falls of Foyers before returning to Inverness. Later, visit a pub for a performance of authentic Scottish dancing and bagpipe music followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 7 - BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
This morning, fly to Dublin and then drive north to the rapidly
changing city of Belfast. Take an orientation tour to gain insight
into the turbulent history of Northern Ireland. Then, spend
the evening at leisure. The next day, visit the stunning Giant’s
Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Belfast,
driving through the spectacular scenery of the nine green Glens
of Antrim, stopping for afternoon tea at Ballygally Castle en
route. This evening, enjoy an evening of craic agus ceol — fun
and song — with a pub crawl featuring live traditional Irish
music and led by local musicians.
Day 8 - BELFAST
Take a self-guided tour at the interactive Titanic Museum,
which features artifact-laden galleries and an ocean exploration
exhibit. Continue to the Armagh Cider Company for a tour and
tasting, followed by lunch. Drive to your elegant castle hotel in the
Republic of Ireland.
Day 9 - WESTPORT, IRELAND
Drive to Westport, taking in beautiful landscapes en route. After
enjoying lunch on your own, visit a local farm to see working
sheep dogs in action. Then, prepare a loaf during an Irish
breadmaking demonstration. This evening, enjoy dinner in the
nearby town of Sligo.
Day 10 - STROKESTOWN
Visit 18th-century Strokestown Park House for a private tour.
While there, explore the Irish National Famine Museum
for insight into this sad chapter of the nation’s history. Visit
Ireland’s oldest distillery, Kilbeggan, for a tour and tasting before
continuing to your hotel in Dublin.
Day 11 - DUBLIN
Explore Dublin this morning, visiting Trinity College to view the
eighth-century Book of Kells, one of the most famous illustrated
manuscripts in the world. Continue to the fascinating Howth
Castle, home to the same family for more than 800 years. Spend
an afternoon exploring Dublin at leisure, and then gather for a
memorable farewell dinner.
Day 12 - DEPART DUBLIN
Transfer to the airport and board your flight.