Trip Type : Group Tour
The Scots Irish Tour tour

The Scots Irish Tour

CIE Tours
4.6 . Excellent
90%
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
11 days
From: $ 2,085 $ 190 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Enjoy Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle
  • Discover some of the island and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to understand the history of the powerful Lords of the Isles
  • Enjoy the views of the magnificent Highlands as you drive south through Glen Coe
  • Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays
  • Explore Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870

Short Description

Explore Scots Irish history on this itinerary when you start in Edinburgh, head into the Highlands and drive through the Isle of Skye. Take a ferry to Ireland to discover Belfast and Derry and stay in Kilronan Castle Hotel. Discover local history and fun stories on walking tours in many storied towns. The longer tour stays in Killarney and ends in Dublin. 

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 Edinburgh
End City Galway

Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh & Royal Yacht Britannia

Your Scottish trip starts at 2:00 pm from your hotel, located on two golf courses a few miles from the city center. Drive to Leith for a tour around the Royal Yacht Britannia, the floating home of The Queen on many of her travels around the world. See the various parts of the ship, including staterooms and public spaces, together with photos of important visits. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink with your tour director and guide. Then you are free for independent dining this evening.

Day 2: Edinburgh Castle & City Tour

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Tour central Edinburgh to see the highlights. Drive along the bustling Princes Street and through the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle, which contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The balance of the day is free. Dine at a Scottish Evening and enjoy a lively show with bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing. On August 06 to 22 departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle, and your Scottish Evening will be the day before.

Day 3: St Andrews & Highland Scenery

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Travel north to St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university. Take a walking tour around the town to learn about the famous people and happenings here. Visit the picturesque ruins of St Andrews Cathedral. Take a break in Pitlochry and continue through majestic Highland scenery to your hotel in Inverness (Sun departures) or Nairn (Tue departures).

Day 4: Isle of Skye & Clan Donald Centre

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Drive alongside Loch Ness and through wild Highland scenery, pausing for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle and cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge. Discover some of the island and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to understand the history of the powerful Lords of the Isles. Return to the mainland by ferry and take the “Road to the Isles” through some majestic Highland scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument.

Day 5: Glen Coe & Rabbie Burns

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning enjoy final views of the magnificent Highlands as you drive south through Glen Coe and alongside the lovely shores of Loch Lomond. Stop briefly in Alloway to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. Travel along the coast to Cairnryan for a short ferry ride to Belfast. Check in to your hotel where dinner is served.

 

Day 6: Titanic Belfast & Ulster Folk Park

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Take a gentle walk with a Belfast guide to see the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and Victorian buildings, including the Opera House and the Crown Liquor Saloon. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Browse around the city on your own in the afternoon and in the evening visit the Ulster Folk Park for a fun country-style dinner and traditional music.

Day 7: Giant’s Causeway & Derry’s Walls

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Drive along the scenic route of the Nine Glens of Antrim, for views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Stop at the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns which have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Pause for photos at ruined Dunluce Castle. In Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls before driving to Letterkenny.

Day 8: Glenveagh National Park & Kilronan Castle

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Travel to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Learn about the history of the mansion on a guided tour and walk around the extensive gardens filled with exotic plants. Stop in Donegal town and visit the beautiful Cistercian ruins of Boyle Abbey before continuing to Kilronan Castle.

Day 9: Enniskillen Castle & Free Time

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Drive north this morning to Enniskillen, strategically situated on the banks of the picturesque River Erne. Tour Enniskillen Castle, which was once the home of the Gaelic Maguire chieftains and take a look around the town on your own. In the afternoon relax in your lovely castle hotel.

Day 10: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Head to Galway city for a walking tour with a local guide to see Lynch’s Castle and Eyre Square. View the Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. In the early evening head to 15th century Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a fun medieval-style banquet and check in to your hotel in Ennis afterwards.

Day 11: Tour Ends in Ennis

Meals: Breakfast

Your tour ends after breakfast.

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Price Per Day: $ 190 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 265
  • Single Supplement: $ 654

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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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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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I can't say how disappointed I am with CIE Tours

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I can't say how disappointed I am with CIE Tours. I have had to cancel a planned tour of Ireland this year for two due to Covid 19 and the risk involved due to age and compromised immune systems of the parties involved.
CIE tours are unwilling to offer refunds of our deposits. I certainly could not recommend them to our friends and families as a reliable tour operator.
I have spoken to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Ireland who quoted me the Package Holidays & Travel Trade Act and who said we are entitled to a refund of deposits paid.
I am very unhappy with this situation and am considering my next move if this matter is not resolved to my satisfaction.
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3 couples booked a trip with Cie to Ireland

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3 couples booked a trip with Cie to Ireland and they canceled due to corona virus. They are refusing to give us a refund and offering
a trip cridut only or charging us a 2500$ penalty. Be careful they are not a reputable company! Very hard to deal with!
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charged administrative fee for air fare

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charged administrative fee for air fare when Aer Lingus was providing full 100% refunds. I was booked on a tour then Covid came and Ireland closed. My tour was cancelled and I'm out $652.00.
called several times even EMAILED CEO
Elizabeth Crabill explaining I was an RN in NY on the frontline...and got nowhere. Pretty poor customer service but even poorer sense of humanity..Shame on you all!!
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

  • Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club: Edinburgh (2 nights)
  • Columba Hotel: Inverness (Sunday Departure) or
  • Newton Hotel: Nairn (Tuesday Departure) (1 night)
  • Isles of Glencoe Hotel: Ballachulish or
  • Ballachulish Hotel : Ballachulish (1 night)
  • Europa Hotel: Belfast (2 nights)
  • Station House Hotel – Letterkenny: Letterkenny (1 night)
  • Kilronan Castle: Ballyfarnon (2 nights)
  • Temple Gate Hotel: Ennis (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 €35 per person.

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Meals Included

10 Breakfasts and 9 Dinners

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