2017 Scottish & Irish Gold 15 Days / 14 Nights
Your Scottish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you
meet your tour director at your Glasgow hotel and
set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow.
See the main attractions including parks and
squares and view extensive art collections at
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Chat with
your tour director and fellow travelers over a
welcome drink before dinner in your hotel.
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to
appreciate views of Highland peaks. Drive to
Inveraray and browse around the town before
touring Inveraray Castle, home of the Campbells
and used as a location for the Downton Abbey
series. Drive through Glen Coe, often considered
one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful
places, and on to the coast to your hotel in
Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping
for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Take a
ferry to the Isle of Skye and visit the Clan Donald
Centre at Armadale Castle. Drive through the
island and return to the mainland by bridge,
stopping for photos at the famous Eilean Donan
Castle. Then drive along the beautiful shores of
Loch Ness, famous for its monster. End the day
at your hotel in Nairn, a manor house property set
in spacious grounds near the North Sea.
A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden
Battlefield Visitor Centre. Learn about the battle which took place on 16th April 1746 when
British Government forces defeated the army of
Prince Charles Edward Stuart. The Visitor Centre
explains how events led to the conflict and was
the end of the clan system in Scotland. Continue
through majestic Highland scenery to Leault
Farm where dogs herd sheep. Drive past the
Grampian Mountains to your gracious
manor-style hotel near Pitlochry.
Your first stop today is Blair Castle, home of
the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Dating back to
1269, the castle has been transformed through
the ages, from a strong medieval fortress to a
Victorian castle in the baronial style. You will
learn about Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie
Prince Charlie, Queen Victoria and the Atholl
Highlanders. Visit Blair Athol Distillery to learn
about whisky making and sample a “wee dram”.
Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore the
hotel gardens, museum and facilities or browse
around the town of Pitlochry.
Visit Glamis Castle, legendary setting of
Macbeth and childhood home of the late Queen
Mother. Drive across the modern Tay Bridge to
St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” See the famous
Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course
on a panoramic drive. If you prefer, browse
through the medieval town with its ruined
cathedral and castle. Drive south into Edinburgh,
Scotland’s capital and enjoy a Scottish Evening
with dinner, haggis, bagpipes and kilts.
This morning explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing
tour. Compare and contrast the wide streets and
elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old
“New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval
townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest
part of the city. Visit the imposing Edinburgh
Castle and admire splendid views. Spend
the afternoon and evening at leisure.
On July 30 to August 20 departures
enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military
Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
Depart Edinburgh early this
morning and drive south
through Ayrshire and along
the coast. At Cairnryan take
a ferry ride to Belfast and
enjoy lunch on board.
Close to the Belfast ferry
terminal in the heart of the
docks, visit Titanic Belfast to
learn about this famous liner through
state-of-the-art displays. Drive south to Dublin
where you are free to dine independently.
Leave Dublin and visit Clonmacnoise Monastic
site, founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran on the
banks of the River Shannon. See elaborate high
crosses as well as many church ruins and round
towers. Drive to Galway for a gentle walking tour
before checking in to your hotel, located near
specialty stores, cafés and pubs. Enjoy free time
before dining in your hotel.
Drive through the heart of Connemara to Leenane
to embark on a short cruise of Killary Harbour, a
9-mile fjord. Enjoy views of hills where traces of
“lazy beds” of potato ridges from the 19th century
can still be seen. Stop for a casual lunch and tour
Kylemore Abbey, an impressive mansion that is set
in a lovely location by a lake. Return to Galway
where the evening is free.
Travel south around Galway
Bay to see the Cliffs of Moher,
which rise almost 700 feet
above the pounding Atlantic surf. Watch
trained working dogs herd sheep and take a ferry
across the River Shannon. Drive to Killarney and
take a horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle
to view the wonderful scenery. This evening head
out to enjoy an Irish Night featuring a lively show
Travel around the famous Ring of Kerry route.
Visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the rocky
offshore islands and savor a casual lunch. Stop
at Moll’s Gap for great views and tour Muckross
House to see period furnishings. Enjoy free time
to browse around Killarney.
Drive to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone
of Eloquence.” Stop in Dungarvan at the Marine
Bar for a creamy Irish coffee and an informal
traditional music session. Check into your historic
Waterford hotel. At the House of Waterford Crystal
watch glass blowing and cutting by master
craftspeople and see intricate trophies.
Start your day with a fun walking tour to discover
Waterford’s long history. Then visit the Medieval
Museum, which incorporates a 13th century
Choristers’ Hall. Stop in Kilkenny for a look around
the city center before heading to your hotel in
Dublin and savor an elegant farewell dinner at
Your tour ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner