Two Week Scotland and Ireland
Summer Discovery Tour
June 7th - 21st, 2017
scotland tour, ireland tour, scotland ireland tour
"How could you ask for more...Scotland and Ireland together in one tour! We offer only a
limited amount of combined tours as I think it takes about two weeks to properly see a
country, but I believe we have captured the magic of both of these countries in the time we
have alloted. It seems to me that Northern Ireland is so often ignored and yet it has so much
to share. The Giants Causeway, the Causeway Coast and the entire coastal route to Belfast is
breathtakingly spectacular. No less spectacular is the Argyll Forrest Park and the Trossachs
National Park in Scotland. This tour will delight you from beginning to end!" - Shannon
McDonald Tate
scotland pub tour, ireland pub tour, scotland ireland tour A small intimate tour of Scotland and Ireland limited to 10 - 12 people in order to provide
a more personal experience. In keeping the tour size small we are able to take advantage
of accommodation, restaurant and sightseeing options that would not be available to a
larger group. With a small tour size we can veer off the main tourist areas and get a real
feel for these warm wonderful countries. We will not rush you from venue to venue and
each tour is designed to spend as little time on the minibus as possible. You may find
yourself staying in a delightful city guest house, a warm country house hotel or farmhouse
and a 200 year old coaching Inn all in the same visit. Full Irish breakfast each morning
and all meals as indicated in itinerary.  All accommodations. Guided minibus tour with
luggage handling. All sightseeing including any entrance fees. All taxes and service charges
and no hidden costs!
Highlights include Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb, Irish National Famine Museum,
Boyle Abbey, Kells Monastery, Loughcrew Cairns, Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Marble
Arch Caves, Ulster American Folk Park, the Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast, Belfast,
Titanic Exhibit, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Stirling Castle, Doune Castle, Blair Atholl
Distillery, The Queens View, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Perth, St. Andrews, Culloden
Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Scone Palace, Edinburgh City Tour, Edinburgh Castle and more!

$5995US per person. $895 Single Supplement. All Singles Filled
$500 per person deposit.
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Day 1 - June 7th -  You will be met this morning at Dublin International with time enough for some sightseeing and
shopping in
Ireland's Capitol City. You will take an Open Top Bus Tour with hop on and off service this afternoon. Stops
you may want to make while on the tour are
Dublin Castle, Guinness Storehouse, Phoenix Park, Kilmainham Gaol.
Old Jameson Distillery, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral and National Museum of Ireland.
This
evening we will gather for a
Welcoming Pub Dinner and Traditional Music Night to kick off the tour! Overnight
Dublin. (D)

Day 2 -
This morning we head to the West of Ireland as we make our way to Galway with a few stops along the way. First
stop today is
Emo Court, designed by the architect James Gandon in 1790 for the Earls of Portarlington. This is a
magnificent example of this neo-classical style. Inside the house, an octagonal entrance hall has doors in each of its four angles. A
larger doorway leads to the Rotunda (inspired by the Pantheon), the most splendid feature of the mansion and also the way into
two of the major rooms and out to the garden. We will Stop for Lunch before a visit to
Clonmacnoise Monastic Settlement,
an early Christian site founded by
Saint Ciaran in the 6th century on the banks of the River Shannon. The site includes the
ruins of a cathedral, eight churches (10th-13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and a large collection of early
Christian Grave Slabs. We will drive through the
"Fields of Athenry"  as we make our way to Galway and Galway Bay.
Galway is the center for the Irish-speaking regions in the West. The center of the city lies on the banks of the
River Corrib
which flows from
Lough Corrib. Dinner and Overnight Galway. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
This morning we make our way into The Burren, a unique botanical environment in which Mediterranean and
Alpine
plants rare to Ireland, grow side by side. There are more than 700 species of flowering plants here, roughly three-
quarters of Ireland’s native flora. Here is where limestone gives away to black shale and sandstone to form the dramatic
Cliffs
of Moher
. Even when shrouded in mist, the Cliffs of Moher are breathtaking, rising to a height of 650 feet out of the sea and
extending for 5 miles. After plenty of time to take in the cliffs, we will visit
Dromoland Castle for Mrs. White's World
Famous Afternoon Tea
. With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, Dromoland Castle was originally
the ancestral home of one of the few families of
Gaelic Royalty who are direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of
Ireland.
Before leaving the Burren behind, we visit the Poulnabrone Dolmen Portal Tomb. The dolmen consists of a
twelve foot, thin, slab-like, tabular capstone supported by two slender port  al stones, which support the capstone. It is truly
magnificent! We then make our way back to Galway for you to find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Galway. (B,L)

Day 4 -
This morning we visit the beautiful region of western Ireland known as Connemara, a combination of bogland,
lakes and mountains. On our way we will stop in
Clifden, framed by the grandeur of the Twelve Bens mountain range. The
town is the center of the Connemara area and is known locally as the Capital of Connemara. Clifden is a lively location
full of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés. We will then continue on to
Kylemore by way of the Sky Road where the scenery
along the way is stunning. Very few places in Ireland can match the rugged beauty and range of scenery that can be seen from
the Sky Road. Further on we find
Kylemore Abbey sheltered by the slopes of the Twelve Bens, this lakeside castle is a
romantic, battlemented
Gothic Revival fantasy. We then continue further north to Sligo where we find dinner waiting.
Dinner and Overnight Sligo. (B,D)

Day 5 -
This morning we visit the Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery. Carrowmore is the largest cemetery of megalithic
tombs in Ireland. The tombs are spread out over 1.5 square miles in the shadow of the
Knocknarea and Misgaun
Maeve(the name suggests that it was built for Maeve, the Iron Age queen of Connacht)
with each monument
standing on its own little eminence.  We will take some time to investigate
Sligo where you can do a bit of exploration, do some
shopping and then we will meet up for a
Scrumptious Afternoon Tea at Eala Bhán. This afternoon we take a lovely drive
along the shores of
Lough Gill before we visit Parke's Castle, a restored plantation castle of the early 17th century,
picturesquely situated on the shores of the Lough. We then continue our drive around the Lough before we return to Sligo where
you can explore the area around the
Garavogue River, get something to eat and maybe find some traditional Irish music.
Dinner and Overnight Sligo. (B,L)

Day 6 -
Our first stop this morning is Donegal and Donegal Castle. Built by the O'Donnell Chieftain in the 15th century,
beside the
River Eske, the Castle has extensive 17th century additions by Sir Basil Brooke. The Castle is furnished throughout
and includes Persian rugs and French tapestries. Information panels chronicle the history of the Castle owners from the O'Donnell
chieftains to the Brooke family. We will then explore Donegal and take time for you to find some lunch before continuing on north
to Derry.
Derry or Londonderry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of
Walled Cities in Europe. The Walls were built during the period 1613-1618 as defences for early seventeenth century settlers
from England and Scotland. The Walls, which are approximately 1 mile in circumference, form a walkway around the inner city
and provide a unique promenade to view the layout of the original town which still preserves its Renaissance Style street plan to
this day.
Dinner and Overnight Northern Ireland. (B,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we make our way to the Causeway Coast with a stop at the ruins of Dunseverick Castle. King
Dunsobairce
of Ireland built a fortress here in 1525BC to rule the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada, the location is named after
him. Our next stop is the
Giants Causeway where 37,000 basalt columns extend from the cliffs and into the sea. No matter
how many times I have seen this, the sheer wonder and magic of the columns never fails to impress! We stop for
Lunch at the
Smugglers Inn
before we continue on the breathtaking coastal route where rugged coastline merges into the romantic
landscape of its deep silent glens and lush forest parks. The wonders don’t stop there as the region has been made famous as

‘One of the World’s Great Road Journeys’
and one of the most outstanding scenic touring drives in the world. We will have
a few photo ops along the way before we make our way to our accommodation in
Belfast. Overnight Belfast. (B,L)

Day 8 -
Today we spend in Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city. Your morning will start with a tour of the city seeing
all the sights of the city before having some time in Belfast to find some lunch and do some shopping. You may want to make a
stop at the
Crown Liquor Saloon, a flamboyant Victorian drinking palace and visit some of the wonderful shops downtown.
Other places of interest are
City Hall, The Linen Library, St. Anne's Cathedral and the Titanic Quarter where you
will have tickets to take in the
Titanic Exhibit. Titanic Belfast extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the
exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore
the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. Explore the shipyard, travel to the depths of the ocean and uncover the true
legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began. We then make our way to our accommodation where you will have the rest of the
afternoon free before we meet up for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Belfast. (B,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we take the early ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan, Scotland. As this is such an early morning
crossing we will have breakfast on the ferry. The crossing will take just a little over 2 hours and is a very smooth sailing across
the
Irish Sea. Once in Scotland we make our way up the west coast to stopping at several locations along the way. You will see
some wonderful coastline and some beautiful glens and then we make our way along the coast to
Ardrossan, Seahill and
Largs
where we will stop for lunch. In Largs you will also find Nardini's Ice Cream Parlour which has some of the best ice
cream anywhere in Scotland! We then cross the
River Clyde by the way of the Erskine Bridge and then make our way toward
Glasgow and Stirling. Dinner and Overnight near Stirling. (B,L,D)

Day 10 -
After a good Scots breakfast this morning we are off to Stirling and Stirling Castle. Stirling is a Fairy Tale
Castle
with the star features being The Palace and the Chapel Royal. We are very excited as you will be able to step back
into the sumptuous world of
Stirling Castle's Royal Court. An ongoing project has returned the six ground floor apartments
in the castle's Renaissance palace to how they may have looked in the mid 16th century. This afternoon we
Stop for Afternoon
Tea in Stirling
before a visit to Doune Castle, a 14th century stronghold which offers a unique view into the life of the
medieval royal household. Before continuing north, we visit
Dunblane and Dunblane Cathedral, one of the few surviving
medieval churches in Scotland and always worth the visit! We will then take the leisurely drive to the
Highlands Village of
Pitlochry
where you will be able to sample one of the many eateries to be found here. Dinner on your own tonight in Pitlochry.
Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 11 -
Today we will take a day trip north to visit Culloden Battlefield and the Clava Cairns. Culloden is a desolate
stretch of moorland that looks much as it did on 16th April 1746, the date of the last battle to be fought on British soil. Here
Bonnie Prince Charlie made his last stand for the Stewart cause. The battlefield is restored to as close as possible as it was
when the two sides marched on that fateful day. We will find out why this battle that lasted only one hour changed the way of life
of the
Highlands forever. After you find some lunch we will visit the 4000 year old Clava Cairns, one of Scotland’s most
evocative sacred prehistoric sites. The cairns are dominated by a line of three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each
enclosed by stone circles. We know little about who the cairn builders were, for they left no written record. The actual remains of
those buried within the cairns no longer survive because of overzealous archaeological digging in the early 20th century.
Will stop for a
Pub Dinner on the way home.  Overnight Pitlochry. (B,D)

Day 12 -
This morning we take a lovely drive to Blair Atholl to visit Blair Castle. Bonnie Prince Charlie spent 2 days
here in this 700 year old rambling, turreted castle with over 32 rooms open to the public. This ancient seat of the
Dukes and
Earls of Atholl
enjoys one of Scotland’s finest settings in the heart of Highland Perthshire. The castle is great fun as you
can easily see the changes made over the years to keep up with the Jones. On the way back to Pitlochry we stop at the
Queen's
View
named after Robert The Bruce's wife Isabel but made popular by Queen Victoria. This is one of the most
breathtaking sights in Scotland and will become a favorite of yours. Once back in Pitlochry you can choose to visit the
Blair
Athol Distillery
, one of the Oldest Distilleries in Scotland that continues the tradition of making whisky by hand. Or you
can spend some time wandering in Pitlochry and checking out the shops! We then return to Pitlochry where the evening's
highlight will be
Dinner and then a Performance at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre! Overnight Pitlochry. (B,D)

Day 13 -
This morning we leave the Highlands behind on the way to Perth and Scone Palace, the home of the Earls of
Mansfield.
Once the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in Scotland's history. A
breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated
Stone of Scone, Scone Palace is
regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in Scotland's crown. You will want to visit the Grounds and
Gardens as well. We then make our way to
St. Andrews with a stop for Afternoon Tea along the way. Once in St. Andrews,
sightseeing will include the
Old Course and  St. Andrews Cathedral. After some time to walk across the Old Course and take
some pictures we visit the Cathedral which dates from around 1160, and was consecrated in the presence of
Robert the Bruce
in July 1318. We then make our way to our accommodation in
Edinburgh. Overnight Edinburgh (B,L)

Day 14 -
This morning you will take in all the sights of Edinburgh and the best way to see the city is by bus, so we will board an
Open Top Tour Bus and enjoy all the highlights of the city. You will want to take in Edinburgh Castle where you can see the
Stone of Destiny and the Honours of Scotland. Get on and off the bus at your own pace while seeing all the major site of
this beautiful and vibrant city. The
Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site
in 1995 in recognition of the unique character of the Medieval Old Town and the planned Georgian New
Town.
It covers both the Old and New Towns together with the Dean Village and the Calton Hill areas. There are over
4,500 listed buildings within the city. You will have the
afternoon free for shopping on Princes Street and The Royal
Mile
. Farewell Dinner and Overnight Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 15 - June 21st -
This morning we make our way to Edinburgh International for your journey home. (B)