14 Day Ireland & Scotland Combo

Tour duration:

14 days

Tour starts:

Edinburgh Airport / Edinburgh

Tour ends:

Dublin Airport

Trip Summary:

Tour price includes:

  • Private arrival airport transfer – Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh Hotel 
  • Private depart airport transfer – Edinburgh Hotel to Edinburgh Airport 
  • Loch Ness Day trip from Edinburgh 
  • Private arrival airport transfer – Dublin Airport to Dublin Hotel 
  • Car rental for 8 days 
  • Car hire is based on inclusive rate (includes CDW & Theft) 
  • Hotel accommodation for 13 Nights 
  • Full Irish breakfast daily (Except Day 1) 
  • Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus – 2 Day Ticket – Edinburgh City 
  • Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour Bus – 2 Day Ticket – Dublin City 
  • Gap of Dunloe Tour – Jaunting car ride & boat cruise 
  • Local Taxes 
  • Journey Through Ireland booking assistance emergency contact available while in Ireland 
  • AA Roadmap of Ireland 

Visits & Admissions included to:

  • Edinburgh Castle 
  • Royal Yatch Britannia 
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse 
  • Guinness Storehouse 
  • Dublin Castle 
  • Book of Kells at Trinity College 
  • Glendalough Visitors Center 
  • Waterford Crystal 
  • Jamesons Distillery 
  • Cobh Heritage Center 
  • Blarney Castle 
  • Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre 
  • Cruise under The Cliffs of Moher 
  • Kylemore Abbey & Gardens 
  • Irish Food Trail – Galway City 

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Tour Highlights

full tour

Itinerary

Private arrival transfer – Edinburgh

On arrival into Edinburgh Airport, you will be met by your transfer driver in the Arrivals Terminal and transferred to your city centre hotel.

 

Hop on Hop off Tour Bus – Edinburgh City

Hop aboard the Edinburgh Hop on Hop Off Sight-seeing Tour Bus. The tour will help you compare Edinburgh’s Old Town to the elegant Georgian New Town, with its 3 main streets and square at either end. Learn about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above you and hear about historic attempts to capture Edinburgh Castle.

 

Edinburgh Castle

Today you will Visit Edinburgh Castle. See the Crown Jewels and learn about the battles and sieges fought at the castle. Also you will learn about the royals who lived and died within its walls. From the Castle you will see the panoramic views over Edinburgh City.

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Edinburgh City Hotel – 3 nights

After a good night’s rest, continue your exploration of Edinburgh on board the Hop on Hop off Bus. The bus will be your mode of transport around the city and will transfer you between attractions.

 

Royal Yacht

The Royal Yacht Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

 

Palace of Holyroodhouse

As you return to the city centre, you will visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, known today as Queen Elizabeth II’s official Scottish residence.

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Edinburgh City Hotel – 3 nights

Today you will take a full day tour from Edinburgh City to the famous Loch Ness.

Pass the imposing Stirling Castle, the site where many Scottish kings and queens were crowned, including the famous Mary, Queen of Scots. Your first stop will be at Kilmahog, where we stop for some light refreshments, and the chance to see some Highland cattle up close.

You will then stop at the breath-taking Glencoe, one of the most beautiful sites in all of Scotland. This green, rolling glen is also called the “Glen of Weeping” and was the site of the 1692 massacre of the Clan MacDonald.

Continue on and pass the blue waters of Loch Linnhe, stopping in the Fort William area for a delicious lunch and then moving on to the Great Glen, a series of glens and waters. You will pass beneath British Isle’s highest mountain at 4,409 feet (1,344 meters), Ben Nevis. Travel on to admire the Caledonian Canal at Inverness and the lovely village of Fort Augustus, enjoying spectacular views of Loch Ness as you drive along the shoreline to Urquhart Castle.

Loch Ness is probably Scotland’s most famous landmark. This freshwater loch is incredibly deep and well known for the supposed sightings of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.

You can also explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle. The ruins of this ancient stronghold sit beside the loch and a modern visitor center.

Begin your return to Edinburgh, crossing the Grampian Mountains and the varied, wooded scenery of Perthshire including the lovely Forest of Atholl. In the evening, you will stop at the Victorian town of Pitlochry and have the chance to admire the many remaining stone Victorian buildings. Your tour will end back in Edinburgh.

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Edinburgh City Hotel – 3 nights

Private departure transfer – Edinburgh

This morning you will be collected by a private driver and taken to Edinburgh Airport where you will depart for Dublin, Ireland.

 

Private arrival transfer – Dublin

On arrival into Dublin Airport, you will be met by your transfer driver in the Arrivals Terminal and transferred to your city centre hotel where you can drop off your bags and start exploring Ireland’s capital city.

 

Dublin City Hop on Hop off Sightseeing Bus – 2 Day Ticket

Explore the sights of Dublin City and enjoy commentary using the Dublin City Hop on Hop off Bus service. Relax on a 90-minute city tour and then use the bus to transfer you between attractions.

 

Guinness Storehouse

Today you will visit the Guinness Storehouse and learn how the famous ‘blackstuff’ is made. Enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar with its panoramic views of the City. Sláinte!

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Dublin City Hotel – 2 nights

Use the Hop on Hop off Bus today as your mode of transport, transferring you between attractions.

 

Dublin Castle

Next on to Dublin Castle, originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled on by the Vikings it functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations.

 

Book of Kells

You will visit Trinity College, a distinguished college attended by legendary writers such as Jonathan Swift, William Congreve and Oscar Wilde to name but a few. Here you will see the famous ‘Book of Kells.’ It is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together. It was completed in 800 AD and is said to be the oldest (and most beautiful) book in the world!

 

**Optional Extra**Dublin’s Traditional Musical Pub Crawl

Why not experience the vibrancy of Dublin’s traditional drink and Irish music scene on a musical pub crawl this evening through Temple Bar – Dublin’s cultural quarter! Accompany some musicians on a fun and educational tour through the hip yet historic district, where you will visit classic pubs and bars, enjoy the local culture and encounter Irish storytelling and music at its best.

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Dublin City Hotel – 2 nights

Collect your car rental from the downtown depot which is located in Dublin City at 151 South Circular Road, Dublin 8, and depart Dublin for Wicklow.

 

Glendalough

Travel through the beautiful area of Wicklow, past the Wicklow Mountains towards Glendalough. The name Glendalough means ‘valley of two lakes’ and it is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest but its natural beauty is second to none. Continue on to Waterford City.

 

Waterford Crystal

Visit to The House of Waterford Crystal where you can enjoy a guided factory tour and enjoy the opulent retail store featuring the largest collection of the world’s most coveted name in crystal.

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Waterford City Hotel – 1 night

This morning depart Waterford City and travel to County Cork.

 

Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery

Continue on to Midleton in Cork where you will visit the Old Midleton Distillery which is home to Jameson Irish whiskey. Learn about the craftsmanship and complete the tour with a whiskey tasting.

 

Cobh Heritage Centre

Stop off at the port town of Cobh and visit the Cobh Heritage Centre and discover the “Queenstown Experience”. Cobh is famous as the port of departure for over two million people who emigrated from Ireland in the century after the Irish famine of 1848. It was also the last port of call of the Titanic on its maiden voyage in 1912. Cobh’s history tells a fantastic story. Take some time to relax on the docks, maybe have a bite to eat and take in the amazing views.

 

Kinsale

Drive on to the quaint harbor town of Kinsale, known as the ‘Gourmet Capital of Ireland.’ Marvel at the colored houses dotted on the landscape and explore the boutiques, shops, restaurants and pubs. You will discover Kinsale’s historic buildings, narrow streets, shops and galleries and activities on sea and land. It owes its unique character to the fact that it was a garrison town and significant port for over 300 years. Make your way to your Kinsale Hotel for the evening.

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Kinsale Hotel – 1 night

Blarney Castle

This morning you will head to the town of Blarney. Visit Blarney Castle, a 15th century McCarthy Castle. You will enjoy a stroll through the estate to the castle and then climb to the top and kiss the Blarney Stone. It is said that you will obtain the gift of eloquent speech by kissing the stone, otherwise known as ‘The Gift of the Gab!’

Continue to Killarney in County Kerry where you are free to enjoy the rest of the afternoon.

 

Killarney Town

Maybe head to Killarney National Park and take in the stunning scenery of mountains, lakes and woodlands. If you enjoy walking, there are walking trails mapped out beside the Waterfall which are most enjoyable. Also you have options such as a lake cruise, taking a jaunting car ride through the national park or visiting Ross Castle. The balance of the day will be at your leisure in Killarney where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the abundance of restaurants and pubs this evening.

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Killarney Hotel – 3 nights

Ring of Kerry

Today you will take on the stunning Ring of Kerry drive. It is the most renowned Day Tour in Ireland. Throughout its 110 miles, you will travel around the MacGillicuddy Reeks and the Iveragh Peninsula, along the breath-taking Atlantic Coast, Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay, returning to Killarney through the famed Molls Gap, Ladies View and Killarney National Park. En route are the lovely coastal villages of Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and the thriving market towns of Killorglin and Caherciveen. The Ring embraces many points of historic and archaeological interest.

 

**Optional Extra**Celtic Steps the Show

This evening you might like to enjoy Ireland’s top traditional Irish Music, Song & Irish Dance Show which features seventeen World Irish Dancing Championship titles between the current cast of dancers and All-Ireland Champion singers and musicians. The show aims to provide a magical evening, taking its guests on a journey through the nation’s colourful past and history to present day Ireland through the language of music, song and of course, dance.

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Killarney Hotel – 3 nights

Gap of Dunloe Tour

The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass forged between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain by glacial flows. The river running through the gap is the river Loe from where the Gap gets it’s name. 

The Gap begins at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Within easy walking distance from Kate Kearney’s cottage is a picturesque old bridge known as the ‘Wishing Bridge’. It is said that wishes made here really do come true! You will take a Jaunting Car Ride from Kate Kearneys Cottage through The Gap. Once you arrive at Lord Bandons Cottage you will be free to stop for some lunch. Afterwards you will take a cruise across Killarney Lakes and arrive at Ross Castle.

The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore this vibrant town.

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Killarney Hotel – 3 nights

Today you will depart Kerry and travel along the west coast towards the Clare. Your first stop will be the famous Cliffs of Moher.

 

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s top visitor attractions and are a designated UNESCO Geo Park. The Cliffs are 695 ft high at the highest point and range for 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare.

 

The Burren

Tour on through the Burren – an area of limestone hills which supports a wide range of flora. There are information points along the way, explaining the formation of the distinctive “Karst Landscape” which you are free to stop at. Carry on to Galway City to your hotel for the night.

 

Cruise under the Cliffs of Moher

Sail from Doolin on a voyage of discovery below the mighty Cliffs of Moher.  Your ship will depart from Doolin sailing south for approximately 20 minutes to the highest point, close to the large seastack, An Bhreannan Mor. The ship will cruise around this section for another 20 minutes, where the crew will show you the various points of interest – where the Puffins nest, O’Brien’s tower at the highest point, and the famous sea cave that featured in the Harry Potter movie the Half Blood Prince. Then sit back and relax while your captain sails back to Doolin.

Continue to Galway City to enjoy the rest of your evening.

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Galway City Hotel – 2 nights

Connemara

Travel to the Connemara region which is known for its mountains, the Twelve Bens and the beauty of the landscape with its changing colours. You will see the Connemara Marble Factory just outside Moycullen and then “The Quiet Man” bridge outside Oughterard. Enjoy the breath-taking views as you travel through the Maam Valley in the shadow of the Maamturk Mountains. Continue to Clifden where you will explore the Sky Road Loop then tour through Letterfrack before arriving at the picturesque Kylemore Abbey.

 

Kylemore Abbey

Visit Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden was originally built as a Castle in 1867 as a romantic gift by Mitchell Henry who was inspired by his love for his wife. Kylemore Abbey and the surrounding mountains and lakes are steeped in history. Learn of tales of tragedy, romance, engineering initiatives and royal visits. Return to Galway City where you can continue your exploration and enjoy the local atmosphere throughout the abundance of pubs and restaurants.

Return to Galway City.

 

Accommodation: 3* / 4* Galway City Hotel – 2 nights

Galway City

Enjoy exploring Galway city and view Eyre Square, Spanish Arch, the Claddagh District and Galway Cathedral, built on an island in the River Corrib on the site of an old prison. Explore the pedestrianized streets of this vibrant city. Eyre square situated in the heart of Galway City. Surrounded by pubs and cafes, the green’s a classic meeting point where you’re sure to experience the true atmosphere and culture of this much loved city.

 

Food Trail

Discover traditional & modern Irish food in the company of your local guides. Join this food tour to explore Galway’s most popular and hidden Irish restaurants. Become immersed in Irish culture on this fun, social and exciting walking tour of Galway City.  This is a great way to spend quality time with family and make some new friends along the way! 

 

Return car rental – Dublin Airport

Depart Galway City as you travel to Dublin Airport where you will return your car rental and check into your Dublin Airport Hotel for your last night in Ireland.

 

Accommodation: 4* Dublin Airport Hotel – 1 night

This morning, make your way by shuttle from your airport hotel to the departure terminal of Dublin Airport in time to check in for your departure flight.

Fly home with memories that will last a lifetime.

Slán Go Fóill (Goodbye For Now!)

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