Celtic Highlights

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Knobby knees? Skinny calves? Thick ankles? No matter here. You can show them off with pride on this tartan-filled tour through the kilted and Celtic countries of Scotland, Ireland and Wales with the added bonus of England’s postcard-perfect Lake District. Whether you’re in search of heritage, haggis, rolling glens or smooth Guinness, there’s so much to discov...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Blair atholl: Visit Blair Castle
    • Edinburgh : Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace (excluding August and other occasional dates)
    • Grasmere: Visit Wordsworth’s village, try original Grasmere gingerbread
    • Liverpool : Visit The Beatles Story
    • Caernarvon : Admire the impressive castle
    • Holyhead–dublin : Cross the Irish Sea by ferry
    • Dublin : Orientation drive
    • Kildare : Guided tour of the Irish National StudROCK OF CASHEL
    • Killarney: Visit the popular resort town
    • Ring of kerry: Scenic peninsula drive

What's this trip about?

    Knobby knees? Skinny calves? Thick ankles? No matter here. You can show them off with pride on this tartan-filled tour through the kilted and Celtic countries of Scotland, Ireland and Wales with the added bonus of England’s postcard-perfect Lake District. Whether you’re in search of heritage, haggis, rolling glens or smooth Guinness, there’s so much to discover on this Celtic tour of Britain and Ireland. Ancient castles? Check. Legendary lochs? Indeed. Sparkling seascapes and hallowed battlefields? You can bet your boots. Speaking of betting, you’ll visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare, a working stud farm and the beating heart of Ireland’s esteemed thoroughbred racehorse industry. From the storied cities to the tiny towns, you’ll feel your own heart beat as you savor the deep-rooted traditions and customs of the Emerald Isle and the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start City GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
End CityGLASGOW

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • United Kingdom
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Ireland

Attractions

  • Belfast
  • Blair Castle
  • Britain
  • Derry
  • Dublin
  • Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh
  • Galway
  • Glasgow
  • Inverness
  • Lake District
  • Liverpool
  • Loch Lomond
  • Loch Ness
  • Snowdonia

Activities

  • Culture

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

Welcome to Glasgow! Free time. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

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Day 2: GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–INVERNESS

Secret Keys to Scottish Lochs GLASGOW Orientation drive to see the 12th-century cathedral, university buildings, and Georgian squares. HIGHLANDS Take a scenic drive along Loch Lomond and Loch Linnhe, and through Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe. FORT WILLIAM See the gateway...

Day 3: INVERNESS–CULLODEN–BLAIR ATHOLL–EDINBURGH

A Red Moor & A White Castle CULLODEN Visit the Culloden Moor battlefield site and visitor center. BLAIR ATHOLL Visit Blair Castle. (Breakfast) 163 mi / 262 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORIC SPOT If these walls could talk, they would tell how the 19 generations of...

Day 4: EDINBURGH

Drummers, Pipers & Precious Jewels EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, the Old Town, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Free time in the afternoon. THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend th...

Day 5: EDINBURGH–GRETNA GREEN–GRASMERE, ENGLAND–LIVERPOOL

Songs, Sonnets & Secret Vows GRETNA GREEN See where the Scottish blacksmith performed weddings for eloping young couples. LAKE DISTRICT Take a scenic drive. GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village and sample [LF] the original Grasmere gingerbread. LIVERPOOL V...

Day 6: LIVERPOOL–NORTH WALES–DUBLIN, IRELAND

Forest Sprites & Ferry Sights NORTH WALES Scenic drive through the forest village of Betws-y-Coed and Snowdonia National Park. Take a ferry to cross from Holyhead to Dublin. (Breakfast) 117 mi / 188 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT NATURAL WONDERS Pass through Snowdonia ...

Day 7: DUBLIN

Ireland’s Capital City DUBLIN Take an orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Free time. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CITY SIGHTS “In Dublin’s fair city where girls are so pretty” you’ll also find...

Day 8: DUBLIN–KILDARE–CASHEL–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY

The Winner’s Circle KILDARE [LF] Visit the world renowned Irish National Stud. CASHEL See the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached. BLARNEY Visit the village known for its magical Kissing Stone. KILLARNEY Free time. (Breakfast,Dinner) 231 mi / 372 km

LOC...

Day 9: KILLARNEY–RING OF KERRY–ADARE–LIMERICK

Irish Eyes & Cheeky Rhymes RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland's southwestern peninsula. ADARE Stop at the quaint village to see its pretty thatched cottages. LIMERICK Free time. (Breakfast) 167 mi / 268 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT NATURAL WONDERS ...

Day 10: LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO

Notes Above High Sea CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. GALWAY Free time. (Breakfast,Dinner) 188 mi / 302 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT PICTURE PERFECT Feast your eyes on a stunning spectacle of sea and sky at the Cliffs of Moher on the W...

Day 11: SLIGO–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST

Giant Steps in Northern Ireland DERRY [LF] Walk on top of the city walls with a Local Guide. GIANT’S CAUSEWAY See more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed millions of years ago. (Breakfast,Dinner) 200 mi / 322 km

LOCAL FAVORITE CULTURAL GEMS Irelan...

Day 12: BELFAST–GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

A Grand Ship & Great Scots BELFAST Visit the Titanic Belfast experience. Take a ferry crossing to the maritime port of Cairnryan on Scotland’s west coast en route to Glasgow. (Breakfast,Dinner) 82 mi / 132 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORIC SPOT Explore the fascin...

Day 13: GLASGOW

Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Accommodation

Clayton Hotel GlasgowThe hotel is situated on Clyde Street overlooking the beautiful River Clyde and just a 10 minutes' walk from George Square, and Glasgow's main shopping streets, art galleries, bars and restaurants. All rooms are air-conditioned and include King Koil mattresses for an enhanced sleep experience, HD TVs with Chromecast, WIFI and complimentary use of fitness suite. GlasgowUnited Kingdom286 Clyde StRadisson Blu GlasgowOffering free high-speed, wireless Internet access throughout, the hotel compromises 250 rooms with complimentary amenities like iPod docking stations, bathrobes and slippers. Collage Restaurant, two stylish bars, access to LA Fitness and a first floor dedicated solely to meetings and events round out the offerings. Glaswegian hospitality and Radisson Blu service standards blend to offer guests a memorable, upscale stay.GlasgowUnited Kingdom301 Argyle St.AC Hotel by Marriott InvernessWhere the River Ness meets the Moray Firth, AC Hotel Inverness, the largest hotel in the city, offers modern accommodation in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. This perfectly positioned hotel is only a short walk from Inverness Railway Station and the finest shopping and sightseeing spots. Our thoughtfully designed guest rooms offer modern decor, flexible workspace, free Wi-Fi, a smart TV and plenty of space to unwind or focus before your meeting in a calm environment. The perfect blend of form and functions for a stay in Inverness. Start the day with a European-style breakfast and end it with hand crafted cocktails at the AC Lounge. The restaurant completes the offer with tapas-style bites and local flavors, perfectly paired with iconic views across the river. After a long day of exploring the legend of Loch Ness, let us pour you a glass of our signature gin tonic whilst you welcome a moment of tranquility on our riverside terrace. Unfold an enriching stay in one of Scotland¿s most picturesque cities. InvernessUnited KingdomMercure Inverness HotelEnjoy warm Highland hospitality in Old Town Inverness at Mercure Inverness Hotel. Rebuilt on the site of the original Caledonian Hotel, the modern hotel is just 200 meters from Inverness train station and a caber toss from the city's numerous pubs and restaurants. All 121 guest bedrooms have HD TV and complimentary high speed WiFi. Enjoy panoramic views of the River Ness in the hotel's riverside restaurant or explore The 33 Church Street Bar & Brasserie signature menue. InvernessUnited KingdomChurch St,Marriott CourtyardCourtyard by Marriott Edinburgh is the newest edition to the Scottish capital, combining heritage and style with an innovative design and locally inspired furnishings. The hotel has a prime location, just a five-minute walk from Princes Street and Waverley Station. Spacious, modern hotel rooms include quality amenities, such as a selection of in-room entertainment, plush bedding, and a work desk. Meals are served in The Lantern Room and the lobby offers an innovative and sophisticated space for working and relaxing. EdinburghUnited Kingdom1 - 3 Baxter's PlaceThe Municipal Hotel Liverpool- MgalleryOriginally built in the 1860's, the building has been transformed into a luxury hotel featuring 179 stylish rooms. Palm Court bar occupies the central atrium serving cocktails and coffee whilst Seaforth Restaurant takes influences from Liverpool's trade history. 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The hotel property boasts 160 exceptionally appointed guest rooms and suites offering every amenity to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay for all guests.  This central Dublin hotel is the ideal location for corporate or leisure stays in Dublin. It is on the doorstep of a host of Dublin tourist attractions within walking distance.Dublin 1IrelandAmiens StreetKillarney Towers HotelKillarney Towers Hotel offers spacious and bright rooms, designed, furnished and decorated with comfort and convenience in mind. The hotel boasts restaurants, bars, a concierge service and on-site fitness facilities.KillarneyIrelandCollege SquareScotts Hotel KilarneyLocated in the heart of Killarney town centre, they is access to Scotts Hotel from East Avenue Road and College Street. It is within walking distance to Killarney National Park, restaurants, shops and bars. 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