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The Scots Irish Tour

September 12 - September 22

$4,395

September 12 – 22, 2023

11 Days / 10 Nights / 19 Meals

Depart U.S. for Edinburgh overnight September 11th – tour begins September 12th

Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh & Scotch Whisky Experience*
Your tour begins when you meet your guide at 2:00 PM in your hotel. Head out to The Scotch Whisky Experience on the famed Royal Mile. Learn about the art and aromas of whisky production, taste a dram of single malt or blended whisky, and view the world’s largest collection of Scotch whisky. For dinner you’ll hear colorful tales of Scottish history and culture while tasting a range of flavorful whiskies paired with local dishes. (D)

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Day 2: Edinburgh Panoramic Tour, Edinburgh Castle & Independent Sightseeing
See the highlights of central Edinburgh including the bustling Princes Street and the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town.” Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore. Dine independently this evening. (B)

Day 3: Blair Castle, Distillery Visit & Highlands
Head through the scenic countryside of Perthshire to visit to a distillery; you’ll see how whisky is produced and sample a dram.

 

Isle of Skye

Isle of Skye

Day 4: Loch Ness, Isle of Skye & Armadale Castle
Travel alongside Loch Ness, passing the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge and visit Armadale Castle, returning by ferry. Take the “Road to the Isles” past lochs, lush woodlands, and heather-covered moors of the majestic Highlands, stopping for photos around scenic Glencoe. Continue through The Trossachs to your hotel in Dunblane. (B, D)

Day 5: Stirling Castle & Ferry to Belfast
Head to Stirling, where you’ll tour Stirling Castle. Perched on volcanic rock above the town, this grand castle is one of Scotland’s most important. Explore the richness of the 16th-century decor of the palace, once the childhood home to Mary Queen of Scots. Drive on through southwestern Scotland to Cairnryan and board the ferry to Belfast, where you’ll dine in your hotel this evening. (B, D)

 

Crosskeys Inn

Crosskeys Inn

Day 6: Titanic Belfast, Belfast Walking Tour & Crosskeys Inn
At Titanic Belfast, delve into the history of the famous liner. Walk with a local guide to see the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and Victorian buildings, including the Opera House and the Crown Liquor Saloon. Your afternoon is free to explore. In the evening, visit Cross- keys Inn for dinner and entertainment in a CIE Tours Exclusive. (B, D)

 

Giant's Causeway

Giant’s Causeway

Day 7: Nine Glens of Antrim, Giant’s Causeway & Derry Walking Tour
Enjoy ocean and mountain scenery as you travel the Nine Glens of Antrim. Discover the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns rising out of the sea, and pause for photos at the Dunluce Castle ruins. Head to Derry for a walking tour with a local guide to see how this city, with its painful history, has been transformed into a thriving cultural hub. Proceed on to your hotel in Letterkenny. (B, D)

 

Glenveagh Castle

Day 8: Glenveagh National Park, Donegal, Belleek Pottery & Kilronan Castle
Visit Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Enjoy a guided tour and stroll the extensive gardens. Head to Donegal town, and visit CIE Tours preferred shopping partner Triona Design before enjoying free time to explore the town. Head to Belleek Pottery to watch skilled craftspeople create delicate, highly decorative pieces. Travel to luxurious Kilronan Castle with time to relax before dinner in the castle’s fine restaurant. (B, D)

Day 9: Arigna Mining & Lough Key Forest
Visit the Arigna Mining Experience to discover local history and life as a coal miner in the Arigna Valley. Visit Lough Key Forest Park to explore how humans have shaped the landscape on this old estate over thousands of years. Walk through tunnels used by servants in the 19th century, see the sunken garden, and then walk along with the Tree Canopy Bridge for panoramic views of nature and the shimmering lake. Return to the charming village of Ballyfarnon and relax in your castle hotel before dinner. (B, D)

 

Cliffs of Moher

Day 10: Galway Walking Tour, Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Head to Galway and join a local guide for a gentle walking tour. See the narrow streets, the medieval city walls, and Lynch’s Castle. Travel through the Burren and see its limestone hills, often blooming with a vast array of wildflowers. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, soaring high above the Atlantic. In the evening, head out to a castle for a medieval-style banquet. (B, D)

Day 11: Tour Ends in Shannon
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

Tour Highlights

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Scotch Whisky Experience
  • Stirling Castle
  • Isle of Skye
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Crosskeys Inn Irish Night – CIE Tours Exclusive
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Glenveagh Castle & National Park
  • Arigna Mining Experience
  • Lough Key Forest Park
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Medieval Castle Banquet

Price

$4,395 LAND ONLY per person based on double occupancy

Single Room Supplement – $755

Optional Travel Protection Insurance $259

 

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Details

Start:
September 12
End:
September 22
Cost:
$4,395
Event Category:

Organizer

Gold Crown Travel & Tour
Phone:
319-366-3766
Email:
goldcrowntravelcr@gmail.com