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Discover Scotland & The Emerald Isle’s breathtaking scenery, folklore, and friendly locals with a special tour highlighting the region’s agricultural splendor. Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland’s largest and most colorful city, then travel to Edinburgh to explore the Royal Yacht Britannia and Edinburgh Castle. Walk the gorgeous gardens of Inveraray Castle and cruise the country’s most beautiful waterway, Loch Lomond. Browse artifacts at the expansive National Museum of Rural Life before crossing the Irish Sea by ferry to Belfast. Visit the award-winning Titanic Belfast Museum and drive along the spectacular coastline to marvel at the geological wonder of Giant’s Causeway. Observe the centuries-old skill of sheep herding at Glenshane Country Farm and stroll along the historic walled city of Derry. Learn about sustainable fishing of wild Albacore tuna at Shines Seafood and admire world-renowned craftsmanship at Belleek Pottery. Conclude this phenomenal adventure in lively Dublin with a guided city tour and an incredible experience at Taylors Three Rock Dinner and Show, featuring traditional Irish music and dancing.
August 13, 2024 - August 23, 2024
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Final Payment Date: 05/10/2024
Day 1 : Scotland Bound
We begin with an overnight flight across the pond to Scotland.
Day 2 : Glasgow
This morning, a local guide joins us for a tour of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest and most colorful city. We marvel at the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, explore the Riverside Museum of Transportation, enjoy artful city murals, and more! After checking in to Clayton Hotel, our accommodations for the next three nights, we get to know our fellow travelers over a wonderful Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : Edinburgh & The Royal Yacht Britannia
After breakfast, we travel to Edinburgh for a tour with a Blue Badge Guide, featuring the history of Georgian New Town and medieval Old Town. First, we explore The Royal Yacht Britannia, which has sailed more than one million miles around the world and served as a vacation home to the Royal Family for over 40 years. We then discover imposing Edinburgh Castle, which towers above the city on Castle Rock. Learn intriguing facts about this historic fortress, one of the most important military strongholds in the country’s history. Later, we return to our accommodations in Glasgow.
Day 4 : Inveraray Castle & Loch Lomond
Today we leave the bustle of Glasgow for the scenic splendor of Inveraray. Take in the majesty of Inveraray Castle, nestled among gorgeous gardens that overlook Loch Fyne. Discover this sprawling home’s history as seat of the Clan Campbell, one of the most powerful Highland Scottish clans, and admire its sophistication during a guided tour. After lunch at The George Hotel's pub, we cruise the country’s most breathtaking waterway, Loch Lomond. Panoramic views of the famous Scottish Highlands lay out before us as we glide along this impressive loch. A special treat this afternoon is at a local distillery, where we learn about the Scotch-making process and enjoy a tasty sample of what is famously considered the “water of life” in Scotland.
Day 5 : Ferry to Belfast
We start the day exploring Scotland's National Museum of Rural Life, a five-star museum presenting a collection of tractors, harvesters, and combines, that also functions as a historic commercial dairy farm. We then take a pleasant trip to Belfast in Northern Ireland by way of the Cairnryan Port Superferry across the Irish Sea. Upon reaching the country’s vibrant capital city, we settle into our accommodations at Grand Central Hotel and have the rest of the day to spend as we wish.
Day 6 : Titanic Belfast & Giant’s Causeway
Following breakfast, we visit Titanic Belfast, the world's largest tourist attraction dedicated to the Titanic. It celebrates the region's maritime heritage and commemorates the birthplace of the world’s most famous ship extending over nine interactive galleries. In the afternoon, we receive our first glimpse of Northern Ireland’s majestic coast on our journey to discover the rugged beauty of Giant’s Causeway. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and unique geological volcanic wonder displays unparalleled landscapes with spectacular, surreal views. This evening, we enjoy dinner together at Robinsons Bar, one of the country’s oldest pubs.
Day 7 : Glenshane Country Farm & Derry City Walls
This morning, Northern Ireland’s largest city comes alive on a guided tour of Belfast, a city rich with history, culture, and Irish craic. We see the Titanic Quarter, City Hall, St. Anne’s Cathedral, Queens University, and learn about the country's historic “troubles.” This afternoon, we travel to Maghera and stop at Glenshane Country Farm, located within the beautiful foothills of the Sperrin Mountains. Here, we meet Jamese McCloy, the owner and a fourth-generation farmer, who provides a lively demonstration of the centuries-old skill of sheep herding. Next, we travel to the historic walled city of Derry. Discover the city’s ancient fortified walls, restored cannons, and gates on a guided walking tour. Our overnight this evening is at the Radisson Blu in Letterkenney, a bonny Northern Irish metro also known as “the Cathedral Town” that started as a market town in the 17th century.
Day 8 : Shines Seafood
Our day begins at Shines Seafood, a family-owned business in Killybegs with a passion for sustainable fishing. Learn how the fishermen use traditional methods of catching Albacore tuna off Ireland’s Atlantic Coast to protect the environment and promote the wellbeing of other species. Afterwards, a scenic drive brings us to the village of Donegal. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon to explore the area’s charming shops and pubs on your own. Tonight, we have dinner together at Mill Park Hotel, tonight’s comfortable accommodations.
Learn about sustainable fishing practices in the clean Atlantic waters off the coast of Ireland. Shine's Seafood is a family owned business whose passion about quality preserved fish and sustainable fishing practices that protects the environment is contagious.
Day 9 : Belleek Pottery
Today we discover the secrets of the world-renowned pottery’s craftsmanship at Belleek Pottery with a guided tour and time to explore the visitor center. Next, we travel to Enniskillen, a quaint country town located on an island that separates the upper and lower sections of the Lough Erne lakes. Afterwards, we’re off to visit a local dairy farm and learn about small Irish dairy farming. Dinner this evening is at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa near Dublin, our accommodations for the next two evenings. Enjoy its opulent amenities and breathtaking views of the lovely Irish countryside that surrounds us.
Local dairy farm
Day 10 : Dublin
This morning, we join our local guide to discover Dublin’s best attractions on a guided city tour. View Trinity College, Dublin Castle, the Spire of Dublin, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Ha’penny Bridge, and visit the National Museum of Ireland. This evening we gather for an incredible, authentic experience at Taylors Three Rock Dinner and Show, featuring traditional Irish music and award-winning dancing.
Day 11 : Fly Home
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.