Trip Type : Group Tour
10 Day Taste Of Scotland & Ireland tour

10 Day Taste Of Scotland & Ireland

CIE Tours
4.6 . Excellent
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
10 days
From: $ 1,477 $ 148 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Enjoy a true Scottish Evening
  • Enjoy a Dublin Canal Cruise Dinner
  • Visit Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
  • Embark on a Loch Ness Scenic Cruise
  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher
  • Enjoy a jaunting car ride to view Ross Castle set on Lough Leane.
  • Visits and admissions to Provand’s Lordship, Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience, Cliffs of Moher

Short Description

Glasgow is a city that flourished in Victorian times due to the shipbuilding industry and international trade. Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty. Travel through the deep valley of Glen Coe, notorious for the Campbell massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Belfast for a visit to Titanic Belfast.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Glasgow
End City Shannon

Itinerary

Day 1: Glasgow Highlights

Meals: Dinner

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. This is a city that flourished in Victorian times due to the shipbuilding industry and international trade. Drive around George Square with its ornate City Chambers and visit Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house built in 1471. The house was originally part of a hospital and has been extensively restored and furnished. Join your tour director, guide and travel companions for a welcome drink before dinner.

Day 2: Loch Lomond & Loch Ness Cruise

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty and through Glen Coe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Drive through Fort William and stop at a woolen mill for some refreshment and shop for quality Scottish goods. At Fort Augustus embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness to keep an eye out for “Nessie.” Continue your journey north to Nairn for your next overnight stay.

Day 3: Whisky Tasting & St Andrews

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Drive to Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry to see how whisky is distilled and sample some before continuing south to St Andrews, renowned as the “Home of Golf”. Take a panoramic drive around and then spend some time exploring on your own. Head towards Edinburgh and your gracious manor house hotel, set on 1,000 acres with two golf courses and spa facilities a few miles from the city. Dine at a Scottish Evening on some excellent local cuisine with haggis, followed by a lively show with bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing.

Day 4: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour

Meals: Breakfast

This morning tour the principal sights of central Edinburgh. Drive along the bustling Princes Street and through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The balance of the day is free. On August 01 to 22 departures, seats are reserved for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Day 5: Ferry to Ireland & Titanic Belfast

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast. At Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Belfast and enjoy a casual lunch on board. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner which was built in the adjacent docks. State-of-the-art displays describe working conditions in the shipbuilding industry and the construction of the Titanic. Drive south to Dublin and check in to your hotel, located overlooking Dublin Bay. The evening is free.

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing & Canal Dinner Cruise

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Tour central Dublin today to see fashionable shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view elegant Georgian squares and pass the General Post Office, where the 1916 Uprising started. Take a brief walk through Trinity College with a student guide to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells and learn how monks created this and other masterpieces. In the evening enjoy a canal dinner cruise with traditional Irish music aboard a former Guinness barge through central Dublin.

Day 7: Farmhouse Tea & Blarney Castle

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Travel through the midlands of Ireland, stopping for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel. Visit a farmhouse for tea with scones and watch skilled sheep dogs herd sheep. Continue south to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods. Drive to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains where you’ll check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. Afterwards you may like to explore some of Killarney’s famous “singing pubs.”

Day 8: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Experience a jaunting car ride to view Ross Castle set on Lough Leane. Then embark on the Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with breathtaking sights of mountains and coastal views. Drive through Killorglin and Cahirciveen to cross the bridge to Valentia Island. Visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian hermits on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island, and how it featured in the “Star Wars VII” movie. Enjoy a casual lunch and stop in the pretty village of Sneem. Pause at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views and return to Killarney where the evening is free.

Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Castle Banquet

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon to reach the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. If you wish, you may visit the Folk Park, have a drink in the 200-year-old Durty Nelly’s Pub or shop at the Bunratty Mills. In the evening head to either Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a memorable medieval-style feast where the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages.

Day 10: Tour Ends Shannon

Meals: Breakfast

Your program ends after breakfast today.

Availability

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Price Per Day: $ 148 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 270
  • Single Supplement: $ 539

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10 Day Taste Of Scotland & Ireland

Our Guide was awesome. John did an amazing job

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I took my 80 year old Dad and he bragged about it every day till he passed 5/2020. It was the best thing I have ever done. Wish I could do it again with him.
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Best vacation ever

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Best vacation EVER!!! The locations and landscapes were breathtaking. There is beauty everywhere in both countries. The hotels, meals and attractions were top notch. The very best part of the tour was our driver/ tour director, John Greene. His charming personality and incredible knowledge made the trip an even more wonderful experience. We can not say enough positive things about him! John took very good care of all 38 of us and kept the tour running smoothly. We loved exploring the lands and embracing the cultures and all the experiences were great! We can't wait to go on our next tour! We also like to thank Annika Norstorm- our Scottish Tour guide- she was fabulous!
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We had a phenomenal time

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We had a phenomenal time on our Taste of Scotland and Ireland tour. Pat, our driver, and Malackey, our tour guide for Scotland, were so informative and funny. Pat was so skillful at handling the bus, meandering the tight spaces on the country roads. There were a couple of time I felt like I should "suck my breath in" to help out but Pat pulled it through every time.

Both countries were exquisite and this tour showed us the best of both Scotland and Ireland.

We definitely would book another trip with CIE.
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Both unfair and unacceptable

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Like many others here, we have clients booked with CIE Tours, and their tours have been canceled, in one case twice. CIE only offers a future travel credit, without option for a refund. They say that their policy is like other tour operators, however, Globus Family of Brands and others that we work with are offering the option for a full refund in the case that they cancel the tour. Clients are upset and CIE's policy is both unfair and unacceptable.
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Here is their policy on their own website

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Here is their policy on their own website.
CIE TOURS CANCELLATIONS: If it becomes necessary to cancel a coach tour prior to departure, at the discretion of the company, CIE Tours will offer the next available date at no additional land cost or will make a full refund of all monies paid to CIE Tours. CIE Tours cannot accept responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to such a tour booking or for any cancellation penalties due to non-refundable airfares, unless ticket is purchased from CIE Tours. Airline penalties may apply.
And yet they will not honor it. Stay away from this company. They do not care about you after they get your money.
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Details

Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

The Glasgow City Hotel

Glasgow (1 night)

Newton Hotel

Nairn (Sun & Tue depts.) or

Columba Hotel

Inverness (Fri depts.) (1 night)

Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel

Edinburgh (2 nights)

Royal Marine Hotel

Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (2 nights)

Killarney Avenue Hotel

Killarney (2 nights)

Bunratty Castle Hotel

Bunratty (1 night)

 

Cancellation policy

All cancellations must be advised in writing (by mail, fax or e-mail) to CIE Tours prior to tour departure during normal business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm GMT/BST, Mondays through Fridays). Cancellations received within 70 days of departure date are subject to the following penalties on the land portion:

Between: 70 days or longer Forfeiture of deposit

69 & 46 days 25% per person

45 & 8 days 35% per person

7 & 1 days 50% per person

On day of departure 100% per person

Minimum cancellation fees are $38 per person.

Trip ID#:

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Meals Included

9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 6 Dinners

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