Highlights of Scotland and Ireland

Dublin, Co. Galway, Edinburgh, Loch Creran

From $7800 per person in low season
From $9000 per person in high season

based on 11 nights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Private guide and driver

 

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At a Glance

  • Combine the highlights of Scotland and Ireland

  • Enjoy private guided walking tours of Dublin and Edinburgh

  • Stay in a magnificent castle hotel on Ireland’s emerald West Coast

  • Set out on a blustery walk on the romantic Scottish Highlands

  • Private driver and expert guide throughout your stay to help you unlock hidden treasures

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom & Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but the UK & Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 4933 to start planning your vacation.

Itinerary

This multi-country itinerary is a perfect way to explore both Dublin and Edinburgh, as well as the glorious countryside of Scotland and Ireland. With your private guide, experience the local ways of life and admire the breathtaking scenery.

  1. Days 1-3: Dublin & the East of Ireland

    Your introduction to Ireland begins in Dublin's fair city, where you’ll stay in a central hotel. While you're in Dublin, you'll have the services of a private guide to help you explore. Take a walk through the streets of Georgian Dublin, pay a visit to Trinity College and its dazzling illuminated ninth-century manuscript The Book of Kells or be regaled with old stories from a seannachie over dinner. Or you may choose to explore the round towers in the Wicklow Mountains or some of Europe's finest Neolithic monuments in the Boyne Valley. Whatever you choose, you'll always find a welcome pint of Guinness and a fine craic waiting for you back in Dublin.

    Accommodation: The Merrion (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-6: Connemara

    Leaving the city behind, you'll travel in considerable comfort with your private driver-guide across country to the stunning West Coast of Ireland, where we've suggested an elegant country house hotel, Ballynahinch Castle. Set within a large estate, Ballynahinch is surrounded by spectacular scenery with lakes and mountains as your backdrop. The hotel is a perfect base to try your hand at some outdoor recreational activities such as fly-fishing, sailing or horseback riding. Set out with your private guide to explore the ring of Connemara, featuring isolated crofts and abbeys or journey to the Aran islands, steeped in Irish tradition and abundant in Celtic monuments.

    Accommodation: Ballynahinch Castle (3 nights)

  3. Fly from Shannon to Edinburgh

  4. Days 6-9: Edinburgh

    From Ballynahinch it is a 2-hour 30-minute drive to Shannon airport to board your flight to Edinburgh, where you’ll be met on arrival at the airport and privately transferred to your central hotel. A short distance from your hotel, you’ll be able to explore Edinburgh Castle and the historic castle climb Arthur’s Seat for a view that you’ll remember forever.

    Accommodation: The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel (3 nights)

  5. Days 9-12: West coast Scotland

    After an inspiring couple of days in the capital, your private guide will whisk you away to the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Eriska hotel, located on a private island at the mouth of Loch Linnhe. Along the way your guide will show you Stirling castle, which has played host to the coronation of many of Scotland’s former Kings and Queens. You’ll also pass by the magnificent Trossachs, an area of spectacular scenery and the perfect backdrop to enjoy a pit stop with some inviting refreshments.

    With just 25 rooms, the Isle of Eriska is a small hotel with an impressive array of facilities including a spa and golf course as well as 300 acres of land to explore. During your stay have a go at archery, sailing or mountain biking and be sure to work up an appetite to enjoy the hotels renowned fine-dining restaurant. As with all of our trips, we can include excursions most suited to you. Keen ramblers may wish to pay a visit to Glencoe, Scotland's most famous glen, with a chance to spot golden eagles who frequent the area. If you're visiting between April and July we can arrange for you to set out towards the magical island of Staffa to witness the colorful Puffins during their mating season. At the end of your trip we will take you to Glasgow airport for your departure flight.

    Accommodation: Isle of Eriska Hotel (3 nights)

Experiences

  • Bagpipe and Ceilidh Class

    Have a ball learning how to play the bagpipes and dance like a true Scot. Kilt optional! Our piper specializes in traditional ceilidh dancing and will demonstrate this energetic Scottish dance accompanied by a group of talented musicians.

  • Cliffs of Moher

    Soaring over 700 feet, the Cliffs of Moher are a magnificent 8-kilometer stretch of sea cliffs along the Atlantic coast of Clare. Wonderful views and fabulous seabird colonies make the Cliffs of Moher a must-see natural attraction in the west of Ireland.

  • Explore the Cairngorms

    The Cairngorms is the largest National Park in the United Kingdom and home to a quarter of Scotland's native forest, a third of the UK's land above 600 meters and a quarter of the rare and endangered species in the British Isles.

  • Horse-drawn carriage ride in Dublin

    The charming carriages line the edge of St Stephen's Green and the chatty drivers and their sturdy horses make for a relaxing way to sightsee.

  • Marine Wildlife & Corryvreckan Whirlpool Safari

    This exceptional boat adventure in the Firth of Lorn offers a thrilling marine wildlife experience. Watch for minke whales, orcas, dolphins, basking shark and seabirds before taking on Corryvreckan, the world's third largest whirlpool.

  • Private Tour of a Whisky Distillery with a Master Distiller

    Join a master distiller and learn the secrets of the finest whiskies in the world before sampling the golden nectar afterwards.

  • Private tour of Edinburgh Castle & Old Town

    Discover the beauty of Edinburgh's Old Town with a private guided walking tour of the city. A fantastic family-friendly venture, you'll discover the winding cobbled streets of the Old Town before heading to the world-famous Edinburgh Castle.

  • Private Walking Tour of the Burren

    The Burren landscape, with its unusual limestone rock formations, fascinating prehistoric archaeology and renowned flora and fauna, provides a spectacular terrain for a guided walk. Explore its secrets on a half-day walking tour with your private guide.

  • Sacred Iona, Puffins & Fingal's Cave

    This wonderful cruise takes you from Oban to explore the stunning holy island of Iona with its famous abbey, before continuing to see the spectacular basalt columns of Staffa, famous Fingal's Cave and, in season, a delightful puffin colony.

  • Stirling Castle & the Trossachs

    Stirling Castle is one of the most important castles in Scotland’s history. It has witnessed the

    crowning of many Scottish Kings and Queens, and the earliest parts of the building date back as far as the 15th and 16th centuries.

  • The Aran Islands

    Situated off Ireland’s west coast, the Aran Islands offer spectacular limestone pavements, awesome coastal scenery and a traditional way of life that is still very much alive. A day trip or an overnight stay will live with you long after you’ve returned.

  • The Ring of Connemara

    The Ring of Connemara is a circuit taking you through the wild beauty of Galway and Mayo. Famed for its lakes, mountains and rivers, the breathtaking scenery and isolated crofts and abbeys provide a stunning glimpse of rural Ireland.

  • Trinity College & The Book of Kells

    Trinity College is Dublin's oldest university and its cobbled front square and collection of historic buildings is a must see. The magnificent Old Library building houses the Book of Kells - a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world.

  • Visit The Guinness Storehouse

    No trip to Dublin would be complete without a trip to visit the famous brewery of the black stuff. This historical building spread over seven floors brings to life the rich heritage of Guinness.

Location

Dublin, Co. Galway, Edinburgh, Loch Creran

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