Two Week Scotland and Ireland
Summer Discovery Tour
Featuring Castles, Pubs and Tearooms
June 14th - 29th, 2018
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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, Kells Monastery, Loughcrew
Cairns, Boyle Abbey, Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, Parke's Castle, Donegal and
Donegal Castle, Walled City of Derry, 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 to reserve your spot.
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Day 1 - June 14th -  You will be met this morning at Dublin International, but our first adventure will be north of the
city visiting
Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb. The tomb at Newgrange was built about 3200 BC. The kidney shaped
mound covers an area of over one acre and is surrounded by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly decorated with
megalithic art. After lunch we visit the
Hill of Tara, known as Temair in Gaeilge, was once the ancient seat of power in
Ireland – 142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times. In ancient Irish religion and mythology
Temair was the sacred place of dwelling for the gods, and was the entrance to the otherworld. We next visit
Kells Monastic
Site
or Ceanannus Mór, an important monastic settlement founded by St. Columba. The famous "Book of Kells" was
kept here. A
Round Tower, High Crosses and St. Columba's House are important remains on the site. Dinner and
Overnight near Kells. (B,L)

Day 2 -
This morning on our way to Sligo we visit Loughcrew Cairns, possibly the oldest cemetery in the world, it tells of
Ireland’s neolithic cultures, shrouded in myth and mystery. The tombs are located on three different hills with the largest of
the three having a
Vernal and Autumnal Equinox. In a landscape of inspiring beauty and intriguing history, the cairns
form the largest complex of passage graves in Ireland. The Cairns are megalithic structures originally built about 4000BC as
burial chambers. We then make our way to
Boyle with a stop for lunch along the way. Once in Boyle, we visit Boyle Abbey,
an impressive and well preserved
Cistercian Monastery which was founded in the 12th century under the patronage of the
local ruling family, the
MacDermotts. It was partially destroyed during the 17th and 18th centuries when it was used to
accommodate a military garrison, but Boyle Abbey nevertheless retains its ability to impress the visitor as one of the most
formidable of the early Cistercian foundations in Ireland.
Dinner and Overnight near Sligo. (B,L,D)

Day 3 -
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 and also Stop for 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 our accommodation You will be on your own for dinner in Sligo where there are many
options.
Overnight near Sligo. (B,L)

Day 4 -
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,L,D)

Day 5 -
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 reach
Belfast. Overnight near Belfast. (B,L)

Day 6 -
Today we spend in Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city and one of my favorite European cities! This
morning we will visit the
Titanic Quarter 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 spend some time in the
Heart of the
City
before taking a Black Cab Tour of the City. We then make our way back to our accommodation where you will have
time to rest up before meeting for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight near Belfast. (B,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we take the early ferry from Belfast to Stranraer, Scotland. The crossing will take about 2 hours
but is a very smooth sailing. 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 find some amazing fish and chips on our
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 to Stirling. Dinner
and Overnight Stirling. (B,D)

Day 8 -
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! Then back home with an evening free in Stirling.
Overnight Stirling. (B,L)

Day 9 -
This morning we make our way north through Callander, Balquhidder and Killin where we stop at the
Falls of Dochart. A bridge crosses over the Dochart River just as you enter the village of Killin giving a fabulous view of
the falls as they cascade down over the rocks and around the
Island of Inchbuie, which is the traditional burial place of the
MacNab Clan. If not the most impressive falls in Scotland there are easily the most accessible. We then drive along Loch
Tay
and take a wee mountain road that will take us to Glen Lyon, my favourite glen in all of Scotland! After our journey
through the glen we will stop in
Fortingall to see the Fortingall Yew Tree which is the oldest tree in Europe st over 5,000
years old! We will then take the leisurely drive to the
Highlands Village of Pitlochry where we find our accommodation
and dinner waiting.
Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,D)

Day 10 -
This morning we visit Blair Atholl and 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. It was long the residence of the
Stewarts and
Murrays
who held the title of  Dukes of Atholl. This a lovely castle in a spectacular setting that should not be missed! 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. This
afternoon we visit
Blair Atholl Distillery, one of the Oldest Distilleries in Scotland and continues the tradition of
making whisky by hand. You will have some time for shopping in Pitlochry and your are spoilt for choice in finding a place to
get dinner on your own.
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 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 where you can find some lunch before we visit the Old Course, the
Links Clubhouse
and wander this lovely town before we make our way to our accommodation a little further up the road.
Dinner and Overnight Anstruther, Kingdom of Fife. (B,D)

Day 13 -
We will take in a few of the lovely coastal villages of the East Neuk of Fife on our way to Edinburgh this morning.
We will stop in
Pittenweem to visit the Pittenweem Chocolate Shop and also in St. Monan's Kirk. St.Monan was an
Irish missionary who, around 832, lived in a cell close to where a burn meets the sea and just by the present site of the Old
Kirk which dates back to 1265. We will stop for
Afternoon Tea before we visit Dunfermline Abbey in Dunfermline.
Dunfermline Abbey was founded about 1070 by Queen Margaret, wife of Malcolm Canmore. Margaret was made a
saint, and she and Malcolm were buried here.
Robert the Bruce's body (apart from his heart, which is at Melrose) is buried
here as well. The evening is free for exploring Princes Street, the Royal Mile and the many eateries to be found in the capitol
city.
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 29th -
This morning we make our way to Edinburgh International for your journey home. (B)