From its rugged sea-sprayed islands to its stately castles rich in history, Scotland’s treasures are as diverse as they are compelling. Visit vibrant and history-filled Ireland, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast. Experience all of the charms of Ireland & Scotland on this magical tour!
Glasgow, Loch Ness, Inverness, Isle of Sky, St. Andrews, Falkland, Edinburgh, Urquhart Castle, Culloden, Belfast, Titanic, Derry, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Bunratty, Westport, Donegal, Derry, Giant's Causeway
Double Occupancy (2 per room) - $6189 plus air $2206 = $8,395.00
Single Occupancy (1 per room) - $8999 plus air $2206 = $11,205.00
Triple Occupancy (3 per room) - $6089 plus air $2206 = $8,295.00
*All prices are in Canadian $ and include all taxes.
Note: The air ticket cost is $1403.00 plus $803.00 taxes. You are
welcome to book your own airfare should you find a better rate.
Our group transfer to/from the Ottawa Airport would not be included
should you book your own airfare.
Day 1 - Friday, September 20, 2024
Travel Day. Your tour begins with pick up's along the hwy 417 Corridor to the Ottawa Airport. Pick up locations are: Beachburg, Pembroke, Cobden, Renfrew, Arnprior and Stittsville/Kanata. We do not go into Ottawa City. (We take the 416 to Hunt Club). Overnight flight.
Meals on Plane.
Day 2 - Saturday, September 21, 2024
Welcome to Scotland! Meet your tour guide at your designated pickup point before undertaking a panoramic tour of Glasgow. You will see Glasgow's highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, and the River Clyde, once important for shipbuilding. We will visit Glasgow Cathedral, one of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings, Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact. There will also be time to visit the extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Afterward we check into our hotel where we spend our first two nights.
Dinner/Overnight — Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow (4*)
Day 3 - Sunday, September 22, 2024 - Burns Country
Depart for Rabbie Burns Country, where the first stop of the day is Burns National Heritage Park. The museum is the focal point of this beautifully landscaped park where visitors can cross the Brig o’Doon and visit the poet’s birthplace. Later, continue to Culzean Castle in Ayrshire. Culzean is surrounded by surging seas, lush forests, and secret gardens.
Overnight — Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow (4*)
Day 4 - Monday, September 23, 2024 - Loch Ness & Inverness
Depart Glasgow for Inverness travelling along Scotland’s West Coast and Loch Ness. Highlights of the day include Loch Lomond, dramatic Glencoe, a visit to Urquhart Castle and a cruise on Loch Ness in search of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster.
Dinner/Overnight — Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness (4*)
Day 5 - Tuesday, September 24, 2024 - Isle of Skye
Today a day trip to the Isle of Skye, one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands. First stop is Portree, capital of the island. You can enjoy some free time here, exploring the multi-coloured harbour, or warming up by a real coal fire in a local pub. On our return to Inverness, you will visit Eilean Donan Castle.
Dinner/Overnight—Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
Day 6 - Wednesday, September 25, 2024 - Cullonden & Speyside
Today we head to Perthshire via Culloden Moor, site of the 1746 Battle of Culloden. Our next stop is at Kincraig for an impressive display from the Working Sheepdogs. Continue on to Perthshire, and our hotel for the night, the beautiful Dunkeld House. Tonight, we are treated to a "Tastetalk" - a Whisky and chocolate pairing experience lead by a local expert.
Dinner/Overnight—Dunkeld House Hotel, Dunkeld (4*)
Day 7 - Thursday, September 26, 2024 - St. Andrews & Falkland
We travel to St. Andrews, home of Scotland’s oldest university and capital of golf. Leaving St. Andrews, we head to Falkland to visit the village and the Palace, built by King James V in 1539. It became a favourite retreat of the Stuart Dynasty including Mary Queen of Scots.
Overnight — InterContinental Edinburgh The George (4*)
Day 8 - Friday, September 27, 2024 - Edinburgh
After an early breakfast in the hotel, you will enjoy an exclusive, pre-opening tour of Edinburgh Castle. You will then enjoy a panoramic city tour of Edinburgh which features the “New” and the “Old” towns. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city further. Tonight, you will attend the Spirit of Scotland Show, an evening of traditional entertainment and dinner at The Royal College of Surgeons.
Dinner/Overnight — InterContinental Edinburgh The George (4*)
Day 9 - Saturday, September 28, 2024 - Scotland to Ireland
Today we bid farewell to Scotland and depart for the Emerald Isle where we are met by our driver and guide before undertaking a panoramic tour of Belfast City, including the Catholic Falls and Protestant Shankhill Roads. We visit Crumlin Road Goal for a guided tour where we learn the history of the prison that held women, children, and Republican and Loyalist prisoners.
Dinner/Overnight—The Europa Hotel, Belfast (4*)
Day 10 - Sunday, September 29, 2024 - Titanic Quarter
First on today's agenda is a guided tour of one of Belfast's most iconic buildings, Belfast City Hall. After we visit the Harland and Wolff Shipyard and one of Europe's top visitor attractions, The Titanic Experience. The remainder of the day you are free to room the city. Tonight you may wish to dine in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, a vibrant part of town that is knows for its fabulous restaurants, bistros, and pubs.
Dinner/Overnight—Europa Hotel, Belfast (4*)
Day 11 - Monday, September 30, 2024 - Costal Route & Giant's Causeway
This morning we take the scenic Causeway coastal Route through the Glens of Antrim to The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO world heritage site where we will undertake a privately guided tour. Onward to Derry, where you will be led on a fascinating walking tour of the walled city.
Dinner/Overnight—Kees Hotel, Stranorlar, Co. Donegal (3*)
Day 12 - Tuesday, October 1, 2024 - Donegal
Today we travel to Donegal Town for some free time, and to visit htehome of Donegal Tweed, Triona Design. Here you will enjoy an Irish coffee while learning the history of Donegal Tweed, including a wearing demonstration on a 200 year old Hand Loom. Then we visit Belleek, home of the world-famous porcelain where we can see craftsmen hard at work. We enter the romantic domain of W.B. Yeats where we will see sites associated with the poet before arriving in Westport.
Dinner/Overnight—Westport Coast Hotel, Westport (4*)
Day 13 - Wednesday, October 2, 2024 - Ben Bulhen & Clew Bay
This morning we depart for Connemara, one of the most scenic regions in Ireland and an area that has a strong association with traditional Irish Culture. Here we will visit Kylemore Abbey a monastery that was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War 1. The remainder of the day and evening is at leisure in Westport. Be sure to venture out and enjoy a live music session in a local pub while you are here!
Overnight—Westport Coast Hotel, Westport (4*)
Day 14 - Thursday, October 3, 2024 - Connemara
Our travels take us south to Galway, where we are met by a resident guide who will entertain us with tales of local legends and characters on a walking tour of The City of Tribes. In Doolin we will board a cruise on the Atlantic Ocean for a unique view of the mighty Cliffs of Moher. Tonight we are in for a fun treat as the participate in a medieval banquet.
Medieval Banquet Dinner/Overnight—Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick (4*)
Day 15 - Friday, Oct. 4, 2024. - Galway & Cliffs of Moher
We depart our hotel and journey through Ireland's Hidden Heartlands to Dublin After a panoramic tour of the city the remainder of the day and evening are yours to explore the town centre. Tonight, we enjoy a farewell dinner with entertainment at a Dublin venue. A perfect way to end!
Medieval Banquet Dinner/Overnight—Hotel Rui Plaza - The Gresham, Dublin (4*)
Day 16 - Saturday, Oct. 5, 2024.
Sadly, our tour comes to an end. We fly home, back to Ottawa from the Dublin airpot.