Amy Graves

Endless Shores Travel

Taste of Scotland and Ireland

Jul 4, 2023 to Jul 14, 2023
Scotland/Ireland

Taste of Scotland and Ireland Tour
July 4 - 14, 2023
 
 
 
 
11 Days/10 nights
Tour starts in Glasgow, Scotland, and ends in Dublin, Ireland
Two countries, one spectacular trip!
 
See the most beloved attractions of these two countries with our small guided group. Feast in a medieval castle, cruise Loch Ness, take a jaunting car ride, and watch sheepdogs on a farm.
 
With only 26 guests on a full-sized coach, you will have plenty of room to stretch out and relax as you enjoy the beautiful scenery passing by your window.
 
CIE Tours was founded in 1932 and has a reputation for excellence rooted in their signature Irish hospitality, the genuine warmth of their guides, and a talent for fostering lasting friendships on the road. They offer exclusive access, authentic experiences, and in-depth knowledge that, in the spirit of our heritage, often begins with a story.

What’s included in this trip:

  • 11 days/10 nights guided motor coach tour
  • Hotel accommodations
  • 17 meals (to include full daily breakfast, excluding day 1)
  • Scottish and Irish entertainment
  • Transportation (busses, shuttles, and ferries)
  • Free wi-fi on a luxury motor coach
  • All entrance fees to attractions
  • Welcome drinks with the group
  • Comprehensive travel itinerary
  • Welcome gift
 

What’s not included:

  1. Travel insurance
  2. Pre/post tour hotel stay
  3. Some meals
  4. Flights
 

Itinerary (Tentative):

Day 1 Glasgow Tour l Provand’s Lordship:
Your tour begins at 2:00 PM at your Glasgow hotel. Set out on a panoramic tour of central Glasgow – a city that flourished in Victorian times due to the shipbuilding industry and international trade. Drive around George Square with its ornate City Chambers, and visit Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house, built in 1471. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner. (D) 
 
Day 2 Loch Lomond | Loch Ness Cruise:
Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its beauty. Drive across the haunting Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, admiring the wild and spectacular scenery. Continue through Fort William and on to Fort Augustus. Embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness before heading to Nairn. (B, D) 
 
Day 3 Whisky Tasting | St Andrews | Scottish Evening:
Visit Blair Athol Distillery, founded in 1798, to discover traditional whisky production and taste a sample. Travel to St Andrews, a town rich in medieval heritage and the home of golf; take a panoramic drive and have time to explore independently.  Continue on to your elegant manor house hotel outside Edinburgh; three centuries old, it’s set on 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland. Experience a Scottish evening with traditional food and entertainment. (B, D)
 
Day 4 Edinburgh Castle | Edinburgh City Tour:
Explore the principal sights of central Edinburgh from the bustling Princes Street through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town.” Walk along part of the Royal Mile where compact medieval houses reach several stories tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city on volcanic rock, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is free.  (B)
 
Day 5 Ferry to Ireland l Belfast:
Depart Edinburgh and travel through Ayrshire and along the coast. Embark on a ferry ride to Belfast. Take a panoramic drive through Belfast, seeing the highlights of this fascinating city, where the Titanic was built in the once-bustling shipyards. Visit Titanic Belfast to explore the fascinating story of the doomed ship. Then travel to Dublin, where you will enjoy some free time for dinner on your own. (B)
 
Day 6 Dublin Sightseeing | Christ Church Cathedral | Canal Dinner Cruise:
Cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry on your way to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Take in the spectacular views from these awesome cliffs, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic. Head on to Bunratty, where you’ll have a little time to relax in your hotel or have a drink in the famed Durty Nelly’s Pub nearby. Your dinner will be a medieval-style feast in a castle, complete with serenading lords and ladies. (B, D) Explore Dublin on a panoramic tour with a local guide, discovering its history and viewing its elegant Georgian buildings, Trinity College, the River Liffey, and more. Visit Christ Church Cathedral, the spiritual heart of the city for more than 1,000 years. This evening, dine on a former Guinness barge as you cruise the Grand Canal, listening to traditional Irish music. (B, D)
 
Day 7 Farmhouse Tea with Sheepdog Demonstration | Blarney Castle | Killarney:
Travel through the midlands of Ireland on your way to a traditional farm. Immerse yourself in farm life with tea and scones at a farmhouse visit and watch skilled dogs herd sheep. Head to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Head to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains. (B, D)
 
Day 8 Jaunting Car Ride | Ring of Kerry | Skellig Experience:
Step back in time as a jaunting car drives you past Ross Castle on Lough Leane. Head to the scenic Gap of Dunloe to visit Moriarty’s, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner. Embark on the Ring of Kerry drive - a winding route with breath-taking sights of mountains and coastal views. Cross the bridge to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian hermits on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island featured in the film “Star Wars VII.” Enjoy a casual lunch before a pause at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views. Return to Killarney where the evening is free. (B, L)
 
Day 9 Cliffs of Moher | Medieval Castle Banquet:
Cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry on your way to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Take in the spectacular views from these awesome cliffs, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic. Head on to Bunratty, where you’ll have a little time to relax in your hotel or have a drink in the famed Durty Nelly’s Pub nearby. Your dinner will be a medieval-style feast in a castle, complete with serenading lords and ladies. (B, D)
 
Day 10 Galway | Clonmacnoise | Dublin:
Head to lively Galway for a walking tour around the city center with a local guide. Drive to Dublin, stopping to visit the picturesque monastic ruins of Clonmacnoise, founded in 544 AD by Saint Ciaran. Your evening is free to explore Dublin’s restaurants and pubs. (B)
 
Day 11 Tour Ends in Dublin:
Your tour ends after breakfast today.
 
(B) Breakfast; (L) Lunch (D) Dinner 



Available Packages

Taste of Scotland/Ireland
Available until February 22, 2023

Starting At: $3,973.00
Deposit: $250.00

11 day/10 night Taste of Scotland & Ireland Tour
 
Non-refundable deposit due at booking of $250/per person
Final payment due 4/26/23
 
Cancellation policy:
Up to 66 days prior to departure - $250/per person
65 days to 16 days prior to departure - 30%
15 - 8 days prior to departure - 50%
7-1 days prior to departure - 90%
On day of departure - 100%
 
*A non-refundable professional planning fee of $100/per person will be billed separately by Endless Shores Travel, LLC
 

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