Sights of Scotland and Best of Ireland Tour

From $2948 (was $3198)

per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

20 Days

Includes 28 meals on tour
Passport Required

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Introduction

By combining our Scotland & Ireland tours you create a wonderful 20 day program where you’ll see and experience the best of both countries, full of history, culture, stunning scenery and some of the most friendly people in the world.  Scotland is a country with a fantastic mix of stunning landscapes, wildlife, combined with a colorful history and epic battles.  You will see Edinburgh, the capital with its Royal connections, the Highlands including the Cairngorm Mountains, Loch Ness and Inverness, the Isle of Skye, Fort William and the UK’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, and finally Glasgow.  Once in Ireland, the "Emerald Isle", witness truly indescribable natural beauty visiting the awe-inspiring vistas and along the Ring of Kerry, famous 700-foot high Cliffs of Moher and unique Giant’s Causeway.  See Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, and explore some of Ireland’s most intriguing cities, including Dublin, and Belfast in Northern Ireland.  Along the way we’ve included visits to palaces and castles, museums and historic sites where you’ll get a real insight into these lands’ Celtic roots.

Check out our Travel Blog for more tips and ideas for your Sights of Scotland and Best of Ireland Tour! 

Trip includes

  • 18-Nights Hotel Accommodations: Based on twin/double rooms in moderate hotels.

  • Sightseeing: Special events as listed.

  • Meals: 18 breakfasts & 10 dinners included (includes welcome and farewell dinners).

  • Intra-tour flight: from Glasgow to Dublin.

  • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room throughout your tour for one piece of checked baggage per person.

  • Fully Escorted: A professionally trained Tour Director in Scotland and professional driver guide in Ireland. They will provide you with a wealth of information during your tour and their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.

Activity Level

Moderate
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Trip highlights

  • See Edinburgh and tour Edinburgh Castle
  • Witness the spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands
  • Discover Loch Ness and enjoy a scenic cruise
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the "Gift of Gab" at Blarney Castle
  • Take one of Europe's most famous drives, the Ring of Kerry, with its spectacular scenery of lakes and rivers
  • See the incredible Cliffs of Moher and Giant's Causeway

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Sights of Scotland and Best of Ireland Tour

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Sights of Scotland and Best of Ireland Tour

Tour Starts: Edinburgh, Scotland

Tour Ends: Dublin, Ireland

Day 1

Depart for Edinburgh, Scotland

Your Scotland and Ireland vacation begins as you depart on your transatlantic flight. Overnight in flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Scotland

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, a friendly YMT representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel, where the rest of the day is yours to spend at your leisure. This evening you’ll get a chance to meet your YMT Tour Director and fellow travelers at the Welcome Dinner. (D)

Hotel Dakota Edinburgh or similar

Day 3

Edinburgh

Your first full day in Scotland starts with a comprehensive tour of Edinburgh. The beautifully maintained capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you will go past the Royal Scottish Academy, The Georgian House, St. Giles Cathedral, The Scottish Parliament, Palace of Holyroodhouse and Greyfriars Bobby. Your final stop this morning is a visit to Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny, and Edinburgh’s oldest building, St. Margaret’s Chapel. The guided portion of the day concludes at lunchtime, after which you are free to remain in the city and explore on your own, or to join our afternoon optional tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia docked at Leith, Edinburgh’s official port. (B)

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Day 4

Edinburgh to The Highlands:

After a delicious breakfast, we’ll head to one of the most historically significant places in all of Britain—the iconic Scone Palace in Perth. Scone Palace is the home of the Earl of Mansfield, and has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots since the 9th century. Robert the Bruce was crowned at Scone in 1306, and the last coronation was of Charles II in 1651. You will also visit a working sheepdog farm for a tour and demonstration of what these highly trained collies and shepherds, in teams of up to 8, can do! You’ll learn about the history of shepherding in the Scottish Highlands, and perhaps even meet a few puppies and baby lambs before you go! Before you reach your hotel, you’ll see Britain’s tallest mountain range in Cairngorms National Park. (B, D)

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Day 5

Loch Ness & Inverness:

Enjoy stunning views of Inverness and the Moray Firth as you make your way into the Great Glen, and Loch Ness. Up to 755 feet deep at places, the murky lake has plenty of hiding space for the mythical Loch Ness Monster, or “Nessie,” as she has been referred to locally since her first sighting in 1933. You’ll take a short scenic cruise across the loch to Urquhart Castle, where you will have time to explore the ruins dating back to the 13th century. Enjoy the afternoon at your own pace, taking in the sights of Inverness, the ancient capital of the Highlands, populated since 565 BC. (B)

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Day 6

The Highlands:

Our first stop this morning is the historic site of the bloody Battle of Culloden Moor. This brutal battle in April 1746 saw thousands of casualties and marked the end of the 60-yearlong Jacobite Uprising against the English monarchy. Enjoy an innovative interactive exhibit about the battle, as well as area history at the Visitor Centre. Finally, no trip to Scotland would be complete without a lesson on its beautiful Scotch Whiskey. Enjoy an informative distillery tour and tasting. (B, D)

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Day 7

Isle of Skye & Western Highlands:

Today you’ll visit one of the most ruggedly beautiful places in Scotland, the unforgettable Isle of Skye. Skye has been occupied since the Mesothelic era, and you will learn some of that history at the verdant Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum. A short ferry crossing will then take you back to the mainland, where you will continue to Fort William to take in views of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis (4,409 feet). (B)

Loch Fyne Hotel & Spa or similar

Day 8

Argyll and Glasgow:

Today’s itinerary takes you farther south along the rugged shoreline into Argyll. First, you will visit Inveraray Castle, built in 1743 in the Gothic Revival style. You’ll enjoy seeing the extensive collection of pikes, muskets and other weaponry. There will also be a short break on the banks of Loch Lomond, the largest lake in the country. After leaving the tranquility of the Highlands, your trip takes you into Glasgow, the biggest city in Scotland. (B)

Hotel Ibis City West or similar

Day 9

Glasgow:

During a panoramic morning city tour, you will see the remnants of the monastery at Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis, an ancient cemetery in the middle of the city. You will also visit George Square, named after King George III and the de facto center of Glasgow. The rest of the afternoon is yours until our final sit-down Farewell Dinner. (B, D)

Hotel Ibis City West or similar

Day 10

Glasgow to Dublin:

Today, bid farewell to Scotland, as you fly to Dublin for the next stage of your tour. A YMT representative will welcome you at Dublin Airport and transfer you to the hotel while the rest of the day is at your leisure. Dublin is usually the first port of call for most visitors and this vibrant, colorful city offers a compelling mix of history, culture, traditional pubs, elegant architecture, great shopping and dining. The great thing about Dublin is that the city is compact, so the shops and restaurants, the River Liffey and many of the highlights are all within walking distance of each other and easy to explore on foot. This evening learn about the exciting days ahead, then relax over dinner. (B,D)

Sandymount Hotel or similar

Day 11

Dublin Sightseeing

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of the highlights of this rich historical city. See the Bank of Ireland, built in the 18th century to house the Parliament; and Leinster House, where the government convenes today. Stop to see famous St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Originally built in 450 AD, then rebuilt in 1191, it is still the largest church in Ireland. This afternoon is at leisure and leaves you plenty of time to visit Trinity College to see the Book of Kells, a 9th century version of the Christian gospels (extra charge). (B)

Sandymount Hotel or similar

Day 12

Dublin to Waterford:

Today, we begin our motor coach tour of Ireland heading south to our first destination, the Rock of Cashel – a cluster of historic ruins that sits on a towering hilltop rising 200 feet above the surrounding plains. This afternoon we arrive in Waterford, the oldest city in Ireland and home to the famous crystal where we take an included factory tour. (B)

Fitzwilton Hotel or similar

Day 13

Waterford to Killarney:

This morning we continue on to Cobh, the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912. Learn the history of the town when we visit the Cobh Heritage Centre. Next we visit Blarney Castle, one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic castles. Explore the castle, and if you want to climb the 125 steps of the spiral staircase, perhaps kiss the Blarney Stone, so you can, as tradition says, acquire the “Gift of the Gab.” Our tour ends today in Killarney where you spend the next two nights. (B, D)

Killarney Oaks or similar

Day 14

Ring of Kerry Excursion:

This morning we take one of Europe’s most famous drives, the Ring of Kerry, offering spectacular scenery of lakes and rivers on the Iveragh Peninsula. Back in Killarney this evening, perhaps you’ll want to relax at the hotel or explore the village at your leisure. (B)

Killarney Oaks or similar

Day 15

Killarney to Galway:

Today stop at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, to see one of the most complete and authentic medieval fortresses in Ireland. Next, we drive through the scenic Burren area, stopping to view the picturesque Cliffs of Moher, with incredible views of the Atlantic. We arrive in the Galway area by late afternoon. (B, D)

Clare Galway Hotel or similar

Day 16

Galway to Sligo:

Today, we travel through the beautiful and rugged landscape of the Connemara region, then, on through the quiet hills and maze of gentle lakes and rivers. Next we visit the palatial Kylemore Abbey, majestically nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain. Our drive continues through Westport, and today’s journey ends late this afternoon when we arrive in the Sligo area. (B, D)

Hotel Radisson Blu Sligo or similar

Day 17

Sligo to Belfast:

This morning we enjoy a delightful 30-minute visit to Belleek Pottery and a visit to the Ulster and American Folk Park, a living history settlement showing Ireland in the mid-1800s. Continue to Belfast for the next 2 nights (B, D)

Park Inn Belfast or similar

Day 18

Giant's Causeway:

Today enjoy a scenic excursion all the way to the North Channel of the Irish Sea. We drive along the beautiful coastal road and take in stunning scenery. We spend time exploring “The Giant’s Causeway,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site with remarkable rock formations made up of over 40,000 hexagonal stacks. (B)

Park Inn Belfast or similar

Day 19

Belfast and Dublin:

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland. It was in this Victorian city that the ill-fated Titanic was built in 1911 and we include a visit to Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. In the afternoon, we drive back to Dublin. (B, D)

Sandymount Hotel or similar

Day 20

Depart Dublin for Home:

Today, bid farewell to Ireland, taking home a suitcase full of memories and stories to share about your YMT Scotland and Ireland vacation! (B) 


This tour is not suitable for those who have difficulty walking. The included sightseeing and optional tours will involve walking and standing, steps, stairs and uneven ground at ancient sites and other locations. Accommodations used throughout this tour are commonly situated in rural, scenic areas and local amenities may be limited.

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.


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