Scottish Dream Tours Presents
Welsh, Irish and Scottish
Castles, Tearooms and Pubs Tour
May 27th - June 11th, 2018
scotland ireland wales tour, scotland ireland wales small group tour 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. $995US single supplement. All singles spots filled.
$500 per person deposit to reserve your spot. Make deposit here:
Day 1 - May 27th - 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 Burges 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.
Light Supper and Overnight North Wales. (B,L,D)   

Day 6 -
This morning we leave Wales behind as we 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". You will have time for some last minute shopping for some Welsh
goodies before we then board our ferry to
Dublin. It is a very nice crossing and before you know it, we will be in Irelnd's Capitol
City. We will make our way to our accommodation where we will get settled in and then partake in a delightful
Afternoon Tea
as a wonderful welcome to Ireland! You will then have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore Dublin and take in
one of the amazing eateries to be found in the city.
Overnight Dublin. (B,L)

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. This evening we will gather together for a
Traditional Irish Night. Overnight Dublin. (B,D)

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 on the way to Belfast 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 we can stop for you to 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 will Lunch
in Tullibardine Cafe
at the castle before we 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,L,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. You will want to wander the gardens and
grounds before we settle in for a lovely
Afternoon Tea in Perth before continuing on to Edinburgh where you will have 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 - June 11th -
Today we make our way to Edinburgh International Airport to make our way home.