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Traditional Scottish Bagpiper
Departs: July 25th, 2023 Tour Dates & Pricing
Enjoy the gorgeous scenery, interesting folklore, and friendly people of Scotland & Northern Ireland. Spend three nights in Glasgow enjoying a panoramic tour of the city, explore Inveraray Castle, and cruise Loch Lomond. Tour Edinburgh including Edinburgh Castle, medieval Old Town, and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Cross the Irish Sea and spend two nights in Belfast including a city tour and a visit to the award-winning Titanic Belfast Museum. Marvel at the geologic wonder of Giant’s Causeway and experience the intriguing walled city of Derry. Visit Glenveagh National Park and take a peek at Belleek Pottery for quintessential Irish craftsmanship. Tour Dublin, the capital of Ireland, and explore the city on your own or visit the National Museum of Ireland before returning home.
Hosted By: Abby Walton
Anchor & Reporter
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Day 1 : Scotland Bound
We begin with an overnight flight across the pond to Scotland.
Day 2 : Glasgow
This morning we enjoy a city tour featuring the highlights of Scotland’s largest and most colorful city. Later we get to know our fellow traveling companions for a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : Inveraray Castle & Loch Lomond
Today we leave the bustle of Glasgow for the scenic splendor of Inveraray. We tour Inveraray Castle this morning. This seat of the Campbell Clan is a sprawling fortress that overlooks Loch Fyne and nestled among majestic gardens. After lunch at The George Hotel, we cruise the country’s most scenic waterway, Loch Lomond. Panoramic views of the Southern Highlands lay out before us as we glide along this impressive loch.
Day 4 : Edinburgh & The Royal Yacht Britannia
Experience Edinburgh on a guided tour featuring the history of Georgian New Town, medieval Old Town, and The Royal Yacht Britannia, the vacation home of Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for more than 40 years. The Britannia has sailed over 1,000,000 miles around the world! Later we discover iconic Edinburgh Castle. Towering above the city atop a hillside, we tour this historic fortress, one of the most important military strongholds in all of Scottish history.
Day 5 : Ferry to Belfast
We bid goodbye to Scotland today and board an impressive Superferry for a pleasant trip to Northern Ireland. The Cairnryan Superferry offers unmatched beauty as we cross the Irish Sea to Belfast. Upon arrival, we check-in to our centrally-located hotel and have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore the city and uncover its many treasures.
Day 6 : Titanic Belfast
Northern Ireland’s largest city comes alive on a panoramic Belfast guided tour. Belfast is a city rich with history, culture, and lively Irish craic. We see the Titanic Quarter, City Hall, St. Anne’s Cathedral, Queens University and the Prince Albert Memorial Clock. In the afternoon we explore Titanic Belfast, a museum commemorating the birthplace of the world’s most famous ship. Built to resemble the doomed vessel, the museum extends over nine interactive galleries and is frequently rated as one of the top museums in the world.
Day 7 : Giant’s Causeway
We receive our first glimpse of Northern Ireland’s majestic coast this morning and discover the beauty of Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and unique geological wonder offers unmatched landscapes and surreal views. This afternoon, we arrive in the walled-city of Derry and tour its iconic Guild Hall, discovering history on a walking tour of its city walls. We overnight in Letterkenny, a bonny market town in the north of Ireland and rated the country’s “tidiest town” in 2015.
Day 8 : Glenveagh Castle & Donegal
We continue to Glenveagh National Park to tour the picturesque castle where Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable have vacationed. We enjoy a scenic drive to Donegal and a dinner at our accommodations for the evening.
Day 9 : Belleek Pottery & Kells
Belleek Pottery is our first destination today. We begin in the visitor’s center and then enjoy a guided tour of the world-renowned pottery. Lunch will be in Enniskillen before visiting Kells, one of the most important Monastic sites in Ireland and home to the Market High Celtic Cross which dates from the 9th century. Tonight's dinner and our accommodations are in the Dublin area.
Day 10 : Dublin
Discover Dublin this morning on a guided tour. View Dublin Castle, the Spire of Dublin, the Guinness Factory, the Ha’penny Bridge, and visit the National Museum of Ireland. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before experiencing Irish Night at Taylor's Three Rock dinner show, our farewell to Ireland complete with delicious food, great music, and award-winning Irish dancing.
Day 11 : Return Home
July 25th, 2023 - August 4th, 2023
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 04/21/2023
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Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee International Airport
Abby Walton joined WCTV in June of 2014 as the 5:30 and 11 p.m. anchor/reporter. She also anchors the FOX 49 news at 10. Prior to WCTV, Abby spent six years at WTHI, the CBS/FOX affiliates in Terre Haute, Indiana. There, she anchored the number one morning and noon show in the area. She also produced the noon show and reported.
Abby was born and raised in the Hoosier state and attended Ball State University where she received her degree in Telecommunications News. She’s still very active within the department as a member of the BSU TCOM alumni board.
Being a part of the community is something Abby is very passionate about. Throughout her career, she’s been involved with many organizations including Autism Speaks in Indiana and the Alzheimer’s Association in Tallahassee. While in Tallahassee, Abby was the event chair, two years in a row, for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army of Tallahassee.
During her career, Abby has been honored with several awards including best news series by the Associated Press of Indiana. She’s also won several reporting awards through the Associated Press of Florida as well as Best News Anchor in 2016 and 2018. She has also received the prestigious Gracie award which is a national award given out by the Alliance for Women in Media. This was for a series of reports on girls and women living with autism spectrum disorder.
Join Abby and WCTV viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
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