Landscapes of Scotland & Ireland with Martha Reed

Jun 2-16, 2019 / 15 DAYS

Traverse small villages, beautiful countrysides, and seaside cliffs.

Travel through the landscapes of Scotland and Ireland, where hundreds of years of history spring suddenly to life. Start your journey in Edinburgh wit…

Your package includes

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 whiskey tasting
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • 1 ferry transfer

Included highlights

Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Titanic Belfast Museum, Kilbeggan whiskey distillery, Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Peninsula, Blarney Castle, St. Patric…

Tour pace

On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or s…

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Jun 02: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Edinburgh today.

Edinburgh / 3 NIGHTS

Jun 03: Arrival in Edinburgh

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Scotland! Gather with your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Jun 04: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast

Follow a Scottish local on a sightseeing tour of the city.

• View the Georgian New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO-listed sites

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott monument

• Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone

Enjoy a free afternoon in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

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Rosslyn Chapel & Glenkinchie Distillery
6 hours
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Famous for its connections to the Holy Grail as depicted in the best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, Rosslyn Chapel is a place shrouded in mystery and legend. Step inside with a local guide to marvel at the crypt, colorful stained glass windows, and the intricate carvings that adorn the interior pillars and arches. Then, discover how Scotch whisky, or “the water of life,” is made during a tour of Glenkinchie Distillery, one of six single-malt distilleries in the Scottish Lowlands. Here, you’ll enjoy a tasting before heading back to Edinburgh. Please note: There is no photography permitted inside of Rosslyn Chapel.6 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

Jun 05: Free day in Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day exploring Edinburgh or add an excursion.

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Coastal Scotland & St Andrews Pub Lunch
8 hours
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Travel from Edinburgh to the beautiful Scottish coast, stopping to explore the traditional fishing village of Anstruther in East Neuk. Then, join a local guide for a visit to St Andrews, famous for being the birthplace of golf—as well as the location of Scotland's oldest university. When you arrive, sit down to a traditional pub lunch of fish and chips—a local favorite. Then, pass by the 16th-century grounds of St Andrews University, the alma mater of Prince William, who met Kate Middleton here. You’ll also enter the ruins of the town’s medieval cathedral and 13th-century castle, which overlooks the North Sea. After your tour, enjoy free time to explore the town before returning to Edinburgh.8 hours and departs in the morning with lunchSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Glasgow / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 06: Glasgow via Stirling Castle

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the picturesque Scottish countryside to explore Stirling Castle, where King James VI once lived. Then, continue on to Glasgow for a tour with a local guide.

• Discover local highlights, including George Square and the River Clyde

• Admire the city’s university and medieval cathedral

• Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which features everything from medieval suits of armor to a collection of works by Scottish artists

Later, sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Jun 07: Free day in Glasgow

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Glasgow or add an excursion.

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Inveraray Castle & Trossachs National Park
6 hours
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Admire striking scenery as you spend the day in the Scottish Highlands. Start off by journeying to Inveraray Castle, one of the most famous castles in Scotland. This iconic site has been featured in the popular television show Downton Abbey, and its history as an ancestral home on the shores of Loch Fyne stretches back to the 15th century. Join a local guide for a tour of the castle before enjoying free time for lunch in the town of Inveraray. Then, make your way to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland's first national park, for a scenic drive. Stop along the way to admire striking lake and mountain scenery before heading back to Glasgow. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April to mid October.6 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Belfast / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 08: Ferry to Belfast

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to the village of Cairnryan where you’ll board a ferry for your voyage across the Irish Sea to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Sit down for an included dinner with your group this evening.

Jun 09: Sightseeing tour of Belfast

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland.

• Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall and the Grand Opera House

• Learn all about Belfast’s long history, from its origins in the Bronze Age and rise as an international seaport to its role in the conflict known as “the Troubles”

• Enter the Titanic Belfast Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history

Enjoy a free afternoon in Belfast or add an excursion.

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Giant's Causeway
6 hours
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Pay a visit to the rugged Giant’s Causeway, a series of naturally formed basalt columns. The hexagonal columns, which you can walk on, are 60 million years old and originated as volcanic lava. A colorful local legend says that mythical giant Finn McCool built the walkway so that he could cross the sea to Scotland. Please note: Raingear is recommended for this excursion.6 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Galway / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 10: Galway via Kilbeggan distillery & sightseeing tour

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Galway, stop for a tour and whiskey tasting at Kilbeggan distillery. Then, continue on to Galway for a sightseeing tour led by your Tour Director.

• Stroll past Lynch’s Castle, Galway Cathedral, the Druid Theater Company, and the broad expanse of Eyre Square

• View the city’s medieval walls and Spanish Arch

• Peruse authentic Claddagh rings in a local shop

Jun 11: Free day in Galway

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Galway or add excursions.

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Castle Banquet Dinner
4 hours
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Enjoy a feast fit for a king inside walls of a nearby castle. Sip from a goblet of mead and learn the castle's history before proceeding to the banquet hall, where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous, four-course dinner and an evening of live entertainment, including songs and stories.4 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

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Kylemore Abbey & Connemarra National Park
9 hours
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Make your way to the island village of Cong, situated on the border of counties Galway and Mayo. Here, enjoy free time to stroll through the town’s charming streets, catching glimpses of the nearby Ashford Castle. Then, continue on to Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine convent founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. Here, you’ll have time to explore the abbey’s interior and walled Victorian gardens. After free time for lunch on your own, take a scenic drive through the Irish countryside to Connemara National Park, one of the country’s most beautiful and unspoiled places. Make photo stops in the Inagh Valley and Maam Cross before returning to Galway.9 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

County Kerry / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 12: County Kerry via the Burren, Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the Irish countryside to County Kerry today, taking time to view spectacular scenery en route.

• Pass through the Burren, a unique limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers

• Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher

• Take a guided tour of the 13th-century Bunratty Castle

This evening, sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Jun 13: Dingle Peninsula & Killarney National Park

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way along the dramatically rugged terrain of the Dingle Peninsula.

• Take a scenic drive along the Slea Head Drive, enjoying impressive coastal views  as you go

• Enter the Gallarus Oratory, an early Christian church overlooking the harbor at Ard na Caithne

• Enjoy photo stops at Coumeenole Beach, Slea Head, and Dunbeg Fort

After free time for lunch in the town of Dingle, head to Killarney National Park for photos at Ross Castle on Lough Leane.

Dublin / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 14: Dublin via Blarney Castle

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Dublin this morning, stopping to explore Blarney Castle along the way.

• Explore the castle’s dungeon, court, and battlements

• Kiss the legendary Blarney Stone

Jun 15: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

• Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence, and pass by the  world-famous Guinness Storehouse

• Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church

• Pass St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square  as you go

• See Trinity College and walk past Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue, ending in the Temple Bar district

Spend a free afternoon in Dublin or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with your group.

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Glendalough
5 hours
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County Wicklow has some of the wildest and most spectacular mountain scenery in Ireland, as well as many of the country’s most important historic sites. Journey through Wicklow’s captivating landscapes to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking raiders in the 10th century. Here, you’ll see St. Kevin’s Cross, marking the place where the saint lies buried. You’ll also view the remains of the sixth-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by monks as a place of refuge. Your Tour Director will lead you on a tour of the site, and then you'll enjoy free time.5 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jun 16: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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