Scottish Dream Tours Presents
Welsh, Irish and Scottish
Castles, Tearooms and Pubs Tour
June 25th - July 10th, 2017
16 Days on a small intimate tour of Wales, Ireland and Scotland.  This tour is limited to 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. We will not rush you from venue to venue and each tour is designed
to spend as little time on the minibus as possible. We will stay in delightful and elegant city
guest houses and fine country house hotels. Includes all accommodation, breakfast daily, all
listed meals, all entrance fees and admissions, all taxes and guided
minibus travel.
On each tour you may find yourself staying in a 500 year old coaching inn, a country farmhouse,
a boutique city hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast all on the same tour. You will dine in unique
tearooms, experience a fine afternoon tea, eat in an ancient pub and enjoy a lovely seafood
restaurant.
$6495US per person. $500 Deposit to reserve your spot. Sold Out!
Day 1 - June 25th - We will all meet at Cardiff Airport and then make our way into the city. Cardiff was made a city in 1905,
and proclaimed capital of Wales in 1955, making it the youngest capitol city in the UK. We will visit
Cardiff Castle which is
located at the heart of the capital and within beautiful parklands. The Castle’s walls and fairytale towers conceal 2,000 years of
history and much of what you see today is the 19th century restoration by the
3rd Marquis of Bute and his architect William
Burgess
. You will have time to explore more of the city before we get checked into our accommodation. This evening we have a
private after hours tour of
Castell Coch, another fairytale creation designed by William Burgess for the 3rd Marquis of
Bute
. The castle is known as a romantic folly supposedly reproducing a small medieval Welsh chieftain's stronghold. It possesses
the most remarkable interior decoration.
Welcoming Dinner and Overnight Cardiff. (L,D)   

Day 2
- After a good Welsh breakfast we take a short drive out of the city to visit Caerphilly and Caerphilly Castle.
Caerphilly is one of the great medieval castles of
Western Europe. Its immense size, making it the largest in Britain after
Windsor,
its large-scale use of water for defense and the fact that it is the first truly concentric castle in Britain all contribute to
this. The castle was constructed by
Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to conquer Glamorgan, and
saw extensive fighting between Gilbert and his descendants and the native Welsh rulers. Before we return to Cardiff we will have
a lovely
Afternoon Tea at a Country House Hotel You will then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore
more of Cardiff, do some shopping and find some dinner.
Overnight Cardiff. (B,L)

Day 3 -
Upon leaving the city behind we drive north and through the Brecon Beacons, a National Park with scenery
which is both beautiful and diverse with rolling countryside and valleys along with wide open spaces. Eventually we will find
our way to
The Hall at Abbey Cwm Hir, mid Wales most unique and beautiful stately home and historic house. This 52
Room Victorian Revival Gothic Mansion
sits in 12 acres of gardens overlooking the ruins of the 12th century Cistercian
abbey.
Paul and Victoria Humpherston bought the Hall in late 1997 and spent 9 years restoring it to a building of Gothic
splendour; boasting stunning interiors and fascinating collections. They have also restored 12 acres of Victorian gardens in a
beautiful setting above the ruins of the 12th Century
"Abbey of the Long Valley". After our tour of the house we have lunch
and then a lovely drive will take us to our accommodation in
Mid Wales. Dinner and Overnight Mid Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
We will see some breathtaking countryside and spectacular coastline as our drive takes us further north to the west coast
through
Barmouth and up the coast to Harlech and Harlech Castle. As if its spectacular situation, foreboding might, and
great power were not sufficient to ensure the fame of this magnificent castle, Harlech is also inseparably linked in Welsh myth
with the tragic heroine of
Branwen, the daughter of Llyr, of the Mabinogion. Seen from the bluff of rock to the south of
the town, the view of castle, sea and mountain panorama is truly breathtaking and remains to this day an unrivaled piece of castle
genius. We will
Lunch at Cemlyn Tearoom here in Harlech before continuing our Snowdonia Park drive to Caernarfon
Castle
. Caernarfon is architecturally one of the most impressive and possibly the most famous of Wale's castles. Its sheer scale
and commanding presence easily set it apart from the rest, and to this day, still trumpet in no uncertain terms the intention of its
builder
Edward I. Most impressive of all is the Eagle Tower crowned by its triple cluster of turrets. Dinner and Overnight
North Wales. (B,L,D)

Day 5
- Following breakfast our first visit of the day is Conwy Castle. Words cannot do justice to Conwy Castle it is by any
standards one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe. Conwy's well-preserved castle wall helps the town maintain a medieval
character lost by other Welsh castle-towns over the years. Conwy is also home to
Britain's smallest house, measuring 10 feet
by 6 feet. The structure was used as a residence from the 16th century until 1900 when the owner was a 6ft 3 inch (1.9 meters)
fisherman named
Robert Jones. Afternoon Tea in Llandudno, a seaside resort which has kept its Victorian and Edwardian
elegance and splendour. After tea we will take some time to investigate this lovely seaside resort and even take a walk along the
promenade before returning home to our accommodation.
Dinner on your own and Overnight North Wales. (B,L)   

Day 6 -
We will stop at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch on our way to the ferry
terminal at
Holyhead. This small village in Wales has the longest name in Wales and translates to  "The church of St. Mary in
the hollow of white hazel trees near the rapid whirlpool by St. Tysilio's of the red cave". Once in
Dublin we will take a short drive
out of the city to visit
Malahide Castle. Malahide Castle is one of the oldest and most historic castles in Ireland.  From 1185
until 1975, it was the home of the
Talbot family.  This was a remarkable tenure by a single family and is one of the longest in
Ireland. In 1169, at the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion, Malahide was under the control of
Hammund Mac Turkill, the
last Viking King of Dublin. Dinner and Traditional Music Night. Overnight Dublin. (B,D)

Day 7 -
Following breakfast you will tour the city aboard an Open Top Tour Bus. Your tour will start on O'Connell Street
and take you to several different stops around the city. You can get on and off at your leisure and your ticket is good all day. Well
over a quarter of the Republic's population lives in the metropolitan area of
Dublin, but the centre is relatively small and can
easily be navigated by foot. Dublin is divided by the
River Liffey and on the north side of the Liffey is O'Connell Street--the
main thoroughfare, which is intersected by numerous shopping streets, including
Henry Street and Talbot Street. On the
south side are
St. Stephen's Green, Grafton Street, Trinity College, Christ Church, St. Patrick's Cathedrals, and
many other attractions. After the tour you will want to spend time possibly taking in
Trinity College and the Book of Kells
and also visit
St. Patrick's Cathedral or Christ Church Cathedral. The afternoon is free for Shopping on Grafton Street
or Henry Street.
Tonight you can take in one of the many fabulous places to eat in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. Overnight
Dublin. (B)

Day 8 -
Our first stop of the day is at Newgrange Megalithic Passage Tomb. Newgrange was built about 3200 BC, making it
older than
Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Newgrange was built during the Neolithic
or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley, 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. We
will stop for lunch before heading to
Northern Ireland to visit the Beaghmore Stone Circles just outside of Cookstown.
Beaghmore,
"the moor of the birches", was first uncovered in 1945 when 1269 stones were uncovered.  Further work in 1965
revealed a total of seven circles, six of which are paired, along with many cairns, some of which have associated stone rows.

Dinner and Overnight Northern Ireland. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
This morning we take in the Causeway Coast with the first stop at the ruins of Dunseverick Castle. King
Dunsobairce
of Ireland built a fortress here in 1525BC to rule the ancient Kingdom of Dariada, the location is named after
him. The rest of the day will be spent taking in the splendor of the
Northern Ireland Coastline. We will follow the coastline
taking in
The Giants Causeway where 40,000 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 will stop in Bushmills for you to find
some lunch before we continue along the coastline of
Northern Ireland through Balintoy, Cushendun, Cushendall,
Carnlough
and then to Belfast. Along the way we will make a few stops as we will be seeing some amazing scenery and have
some of best ice cream in Ireland! Once in Belfast you can find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Belfast. (B,L)

Day 10 -
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. After a day of investigating the city we will meet up for
Dinner. Dinner and Overnight Belfast.
(B,D)

Day 11 -
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 12 -
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 will have
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. Overnight Pitlochry. (B,L)

Day 13 -
After breakfast we will drive to 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. Next we visit Blair
Atholl and Blair Castle and Gardens
. Bonnie Prince Charlie spent 2 days here in this 700 year old rambling, turreted castle
with over 32 rooms open to the public. You can also visit the lovely walled
Hercules Garden. We then make our back into
Pitlochry to visit
Blair Athol Distillery, one of the Oldest Distilleries in Scotland and continues the tradition of making
whisky by hand. The distillery dates back to 1825 and we will take a tour of the distillery followed by a wee dram! This evening's
highlight will be a
Performance at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre! Dinner and Overnight Pitlochry. (B,D)

Day 14 -
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. This afternoon will be spent in and around
St. Andrews. Sightseeing will include St. Andrews Old Course and St. Andrews Cathedral. The Cathedral dates from
around 1160, and was consecrated in the presence of
Robert the Bruce in July 1318. The rest of the afternoon and evening free
for shopping on
Princes Street and the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight
Edinburgh. (B,L)

Day 15 -
After breakfast you will take in the sights of Scotland's Capitol City aboard an Open Top Tour Bus where on
your way about the city you will see
Holyrood Palace, Grey Friar's Bobby and Deacon Brodie's. Edinburgh Castle is a
must stop as is The Royal Mile
. 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. After an afternoon of taking in Princes Street we will
gather for a
Farewell Dinner. Overnight Edinburgh. (B,D)

Day 16 - July 10th -
Today we make our way to Edinburgh International Airport to make our way home.