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Introducing the Ultimate Tour of Ireland & Scotland.
Immerse yourself this the rich Celtic culture and iconic scenery these enchanting countries have to offer.

Think old towns and villages bustling character, vibrant cities, the best Scotch whisky (or Irish whiskey), historic sites aplenty, fairytale castles, unrivalled coastlines and wildlife all around.

The beauty of these lands await you and as you transcend our beautiful landscapes you will create memories that last a lifetime.

Arrival & Departure Location:

Arrival: Edinburgh International Airport (Scotland)
Departure: Dublin International Airport (Ireland)

Hotels in Scotland

  • Hotel Du Vin, Edinburgh (2 Nights)
  • The Dowans Hotel, Speyside (2 Nights)
  • The Airds Hotel, Port Appin (1 Night)
  • Lochgreen House, Troon (1 Night)

Hotels in Ireland

  • Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry/Londonderry (1 Night)
  • Glenlo Abbey, Galway (1 Night)
  • The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney (2 Nights)
  • The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin (1 Night)

Points of Interest (Scotland)

  • Arrival - Edinburgh: Scott Monument, North Bridge, The Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat.
  • Guided Walking Tour: The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace.
  • Cairngorm National Park, Blair Castle, The House of Bruar, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Speyside
  • Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Macallan Distillery
  • Private Boat Tour of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Fort William, Glencoe, Castle Stalker View, Port Appin
  • Oban, McCaig Tower, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Culzean Castle, Troon

Points of Interest (Ireland)

  • Arrival in to Northern Ireland (Ferry) - Ballymoney, Dark Hedges, The Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Derry/Londonderry
  • Letterkenny, St Eunan’s Cathedral, County Donegal, County Sligo, High Crosses at Drumcliffe, Benbulben, County Galway
  • Wild Atlantic Way, The Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, Adare, Killarney
  • Ring of Kerry Tour: Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Rossbeigh Beach, Cahersiveen, Sneem Village, Moll’s Gap, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Mountains, Killarney National Park, Muckross House & Gardens
  • Blarney Castle, Cork, Kilkenny Castle, K-Club, Dublin

Included:

  • Personalised itinerary
  • Executive vehicle (Mercedes V-Class or similar) & knowledgable chauffeur driver for route according to itinerary
  • Services of private local guides in activities according to itinerary
  • Admissions to all sites according to itinerary
  • Accommodation according to itinerary
  • Breakfast at all Hotels Included
  • Co-ordination and support / 24 h. assistance during the trip
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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival - Edinburgh: Scott Monument, North Bridge, The Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat.

Accommodation – Hotel Du Vin, Edinburgh
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Arrival – Edinburgh: View Scott Monument, North Bridge, The Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat.

Upon your arrival at Edinburgh airport you will be met by your private chauffeur, who will help with your bags and show you to your executive vehicle. From the airport, you will drive into the heart of Edinburgh, passing many historical sites, architectural wonders and inspiring scenery, including the Scott Monument, North Bridge, The Scottish Parliament, Arthur’s Seat, and Edinburgh Castle.

After a brief driving tour of the city centre you will be dropped off at Hotel Du Vin located in Edinburgh’s historic old town. While it sits on a lovely quiet street, Hotel Du Vin is just a short walk from all the major attractions and hospitality based in the old town.

If you fancy dining out, we highly recommend The Wedgwood restaurant based at the bottom of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The Wedgwood uses a traditional Scottish larder, occasionally blending it with some delicious Asian cuisine.

Day 2Guided Walking Tour: The Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, St Giles Cathedral, Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Palace.

Accommodation – Hotel Du Vin, Edinburgh
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Arrival – Edinburgh: View Scott Monument, North Bridge, The Royal Mile, Arthur’s Seat.

After a relaxing breakfast, you will be met by a private guide who will take you on a walking tour of Edinburgh. Your first stop of the day will be Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle was voted Scotland’s best paid tourist attraction and for good reason. The castle is steeped in history with the oldest part of the building dating back to the 12th century. The castle houses the famous Crown Jewels, The Stone of Destiny, and Mons Meg — the huge cannon which could fire a 150kg stone.

From Edinburgh castle you will stroll down the historic Royal Mile, passing traditional pubs, souvenir shops, and street performers. If you fancy a pint and a bite to eat, we recommend visiting the Jolly Judge, a little hidden gem which provides a warm Scottish welcome and a cold pint to cure your thirst. Your next stop will be St Giles Cathedral. The church was formed in the 1120’s and is known as the ‘Cradle of Presbyterianism’. The architecture and design are breath-taking, though the highlight has to be the beautiful stained-glass windows.

Your tour continues down the Royal Mile before reaching the Scottish Parliament at the Canongate. If time permits, you can visit the debating chamber and see Scottish democracy in full flow. The tour lasts about an hour and you will learn about the architecture of the building, parliamentary procedure, and see an art collection.

Your final stop of the day will be Holyrood Palace. Just a short walk from the Parliament, you can tour this grand castle and gardens. This multimedia tour explores 14 state apartments, the royal gardens, and Holyrood Abbey.

After a great day touring the old town, you will return to the Hotel Du Vin. If you want to dine out, we highly recommend The Witchery based by Edinburgh castle. The blood-red gothic interior creates a fabulous ambience and the food is second to none.

Day 3Cairngorms National Park, Blair Castle, The House of Bruar, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Speyside

Accommodation – Dowans Hotel, Speyside
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Cairngorms National Park, Blair Castle, The House of Bruar, Dalwhinnie Distillery, Speyside

After a hearty breakfast, your chauffeur will be waiting and the journey north will begin. You will weave through the Perthshire countryside and into the Cairngorms national park. The scenery is truly beautiful here and this is a paradise for keen photographers. Your first stop of the day will be Blair Castle. The castle is elegantly situated in the Perthshire countryside and has played a very important role in Scottish history. From a visit by Mary Queen of Scots, to playing a crucial part in the Jacobite uprising, the castle has witnessed many of Scotland’s defining historical moments.

Next, you will visit The House of Bruar for lunch and shopping. This upmarket shopping centre has a huge range of tweed clothing and outdoor wear.

You will continue to weave through the Cairngorms until you reach Dalwhinnie Distillery. Surrounded by the freshest spring water and peat from local bogs, Dalwhinnie is a whisky making mecca. The single malt crafted at Dalwhinnie has many of the classic traits of a Speyside malt: sweet, slightly tangy, and notes of vanilla. You will tour the distillery and learn about the art of scotch whisky production. At the end of the tour you will be treated to a complimentary whisky and chocolate tasting.

Your private chauffeur will drop you off at the Dowans Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of the Speyside whisky region. The hotels sits above the village Aberlour and overlooks the River Spey.

Day 4Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Macallan Distillery

Accommodation – Dowans Hotel, Speyside
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Macallan Distillery

After a luxurious breakfast, your chauffeur will be waiting and you will tour the famous Speyside region. The first stop of the day will be Culloden Battlefield. You will learn about the fall of the Jacobite’s, as they were outwitted by British forces, leading to the brutal slaughtering of over 1000 men.

You will then route to Cawdor castle. This fairy-tale castle has strong links to Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’. Dating back to the 14th century, you will explore this archaic castle and gardens that sit perfectly within the surrounding highland countryside.

After a busy morning of touring, you might like a relaxing lunch stop at Boath House. The Kaleyard Restaurant, set within their beautiful gardens offers a tasty menu, using ingredients foraged from the surrounding garden. You will enjoy exquisite views and a tranquil dining experience.

The final activity of the day will be a tour of the Macallan Distillery. You will be taken on the “Six Pillar” tour and your knowledgeable guide will talk you through the revered Macallan distilling process. At the end of the tour you will be treated to a nosing and tasting which has been carefully selected to highlight the natural aromas and flavours that make Macallan one of the world’s favourite whiskies.

After an eventful day of touring, you will retreat to Dowans Hotel for a relaxing evening.

Day 5Private Boat Tour of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Fort William, Glencoe, Castle Stalker View, Port Appin

Accommodation – Airds Hotel, Port Appin
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Private Boat Tour of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Fort William, Glencoe, Castle Stalker View, Port Appin

Make sure you have a hearty breakfast, as today you will be seeing some of the best scenery Scotland has to offer. Your private chauffeur will take you north to the banks of Loch Ness. Touring around the banks of Loch Ness, you will stop at the town of Drumnadrochit. You will take a private boat tour of the loch and your captain Gordon will tell you about all the legends that surround this mighty loch. Make sure you have your camera at the ready, as the glistening water and panoramic highland backdrop will take your breath away. You might even catch a glimpse of “Nessie” the world-famous Loch Ness monster.

After your Loch Ness adventure, you will stop at Urquhart Castle. Perched on the banks of Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle is over 1000 years old. You can tour the Grant Tower, enjoy stunning views over the loch, and visit the dingy prison cell if you dare.

You will then route south-west, passing through the scenic town of Fort William which sits at the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain. We highly recommend stopping off at Inverlochy Castle, one of the most regal hotels in Scotland. Why not enjoy high tea at this grand establishment.

Continuing your journey south, you will travel through Glencoe. The valleys and mountains of Glencoe are some of Mother Nature’s finest creations. Sculpted by massive glaciers and volcanic lava, Glencoe is a photographer’s dream. If time permits, you can visit Glencoe Village and be swept into the past as you see how ancient highlanders used to live.

Meandering down the stunning west coast you will pass Castle Stalker before arriving at Airds Hotel, your accommodation for the evening. This boutique hotel is revered for its fine seafood and tranquil location. Take in the magical views of the rugged west coast and enjoy the crisp sea breeze.

Day 6Oban, McCaig Tower, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Culzean Castle, Troon

Accommodation – Lochgreen House, Troon
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Oban, McCaig Tower, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Culzean Castle, Troon

After a relaxing breakfast, your chauffeur will be waiting and you will travel down the glorious west coast until you reach Oban. This quaint seaside town is a favourite amongst tourists. You can walk around the bay and take in views of the Atlantic Ocean, before taking a stroll to McCaig’s tower.  The tower looms over the town and offers great views of Oban Bay. If time permits, we strongly suggest visiting Oban’s chocolate shop which makes tantalising chocolate in front of your eyes.

From Oban, you will travel south, cutting through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. Your driver will take you to all the best photo stops, where you can enjoy crystal clear waters and lush greenery. We recommend stopping for lunch at the Lodge on Loch Lomond, which sits at the beach front at the pretty little village of Luss. The restaurant offers a traditional Scottish menu and great views while you dine.

You will continue down the west coast until reaching Culzean Castle. Perched on the Ayrshire cliff tops, there is nowhere else quite like Culzean Castle in Scotland. The castle was designed in the late 18th century and you will be left amazed at the towering turrets, spiral staircases, grand furniture and impressive art collection. Explore the 260-hector country park that is laden with conifers, beeches, craggy caves, and outstanding views of the sandy coastline.

After an exciting day touring the west coast, you will be dropped off at Lochgreen House Hotel. This excellent 4-star hotel enjoys panoramic views across Royal Troon Golf Course and the Isle of Arran. The award-winning restaurant treats you with fantastic service.

Day 7Arrival in to Northern Ireland (Ferry) - Ballymoney, Dark Hedges, The Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Derry/Londonderry

Accommodation – Bishop’s Gate Hotel, Derry/Londonderry
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Arrival in to Northern Ireland (Ferry) – Ballymoney, Dark Hedges, The Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Derry/Londonderry

An early rise will be required as you will be leaving Scotland on a short ferry to the Emerald Isle. The Scottish leg of the tour may be over, but we promise the Irish half will be just as magical.
You will take drive down the South Ayrshire coastline until you reach the village of Cairnryan. Here you will board your ferry and take a quick 2 hour trip across the Irish Sea.

As you arrive in to the town of Larne, on the east coast of County Antrim, you will be greeted by your Irish chauffeur and your Emerald Isle adventure will begin. Venturing up to the north coast of Ireland you will pass through Ballymoney before reaching the famous Dark Hedges. Planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century, these iconic beech trees were meant to impress visitors entering a Georgian estate. If you are a Game of Thrones® fan you will be interested to know that the Dark Hedges are used to portray ‘The Kingsroad’, featured in Season 2.

You will meander north until you reach the Giant’s Causeway. The Giant’s Causeway is one of Ireland’s most popular beauty spots and Mother Nature did a fantastic job of crafting these large, hexagonal stone pillars that rise from the sea. There are over 40,000 of these basalt hexagonal rocks which date back over 60 million years. Make sure to have your camera at the ready, as many argue the Giant’s Causeway is the 8th wonder of the world.

If time permits, you can tour Dunluce Castle. This coastal ruin dates back to 1513 and has a turbulent history having been seized by the MacDonnell clan in the 1550’s. You will learn many a tale as you tour the castle; from the stories of a mythical banshee, to a stormy night when half the castle kitchen tumbled into the sea.

After a busy day touring, you will travel west until you reach Londonderry/Derry. You will pass by the Derry Walls and Bogside, which have played an important role in Irish history. Your driver will drop you off at Bishop’s Gate Hotel. Situated at the heart of the cathedral quarter, this luxury 5-star hotel blends Edwardian architecture with impeccable service.

Day 8Letterkenny, St Eunan’s Cathedral, County Donegal, County Sligo, High Crosses at Drumcliffe, Benbulben, County Galway

Accommodation – Glenlo Abbey, Galway
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Letterkenny, St Eunan’s Cathedral, County Donegal, County Sligo, High Crosses at Drumcliffe, Benbulben, County Galway

On this day you will be taken across the border, leaving Northern Ireland and entering the Republic of Ireland. Your first stop of the day will be the traditional Irish town of Letterkenny. The town is famed for St Eunan’s Cathedral, which played an important role when the English tried to force Protestant Faith on both the local Presbyterians and Roman Catholic community. You will tour this ancient cathedral soaking up the architecture and fine views of the local area.

Travelling south, you will journey through County Donegal and into County Sligo, where you will find the High Crosses at Drumcliffe. If time permits, you will visit Benbulben a towering limestone mountain that stands over 500 meters high. Nearby is Carrowmore, a Neolithic site home to more than 30 Cairns, many of which are even older than the pyramids.

Weaving south, you will enter County Galway where you will be dropped off at Glenlo Abbey. Set in 138 acres of exquisite Irish countryside and along the banks of Lough Corrib, this luxurious country hotel offers exceptional service and a double AA rosette restaurant. This is the perfect venue to relax and you can make use of the great facilities that include archery, fishing, falconry, and golf.

Day 9Wild Atlantic Way, The Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, Adare, Killarney

Accommodation – The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Wild Atlantic Way, The Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, Adare, Killarney

After a luxurious breakfast, your personal chauffeur will take you south down the Wild Atlantic Way, where you will enjoy the beautifully rugged coastlines. You will stop at the Cliffs of Moher, which were voted Irelands favourite tourist destination in 2019 and 2020. The cliffs stand at over 700 feet above sea level and the views of the Atlantic Ocean are memorising. Take a deep breath, inhale the fresh sea breeze and let the ambience created by the Cliffs of Moher run through your veins.

Continuing down the west coast, you will pass through many charming towns and villages, including Limerick. Shortly after you will stop at the revered Adare Manor for afternoon tea. This luxury 5-star manor hotel is set to host the Ryder Cup in 2026. The Manor is surrounded by manicured gardens, fountains, pristine lawns, and hedges cut into a maze. You will dine in The Gallery, which blends attention to detail with elegance in everything from the china teacups to the stained-glass windows; there is no finer venue for afternoon tea.

You will then be taken to Killarney and dropped off at The Europe Hotel & Resort. Set by Loch Léin, Killarney’s largest lake, you will be treated to incredible views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Range. Expect nothing less than a warm Irish welcome and great service.

Day 10Ring of Kerry Tour: Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Rossbeigh Beach, Cahersiveen, Sneem Village, Moll’s Gap, MacGillycuddy's Reeks Mountains, Killarney National Park, Muckross House & Gardens

Accommodation – The Europe Hotel & Resort, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Ring of Kerry Tour: Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Rossbeigh Beach, Cahersiveen, Sneem Village, Moll’s Gap, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains, Killarney National Park, Muckross House & Gardens

After breakfast, your personal chauffeur will be waiting and you will start your journey around the Ring of Kerry. Journeying west, you will pass through Killorglin and Glenbeigh before stopping at Rossbeigh Beach. Stroll along the sandy beach and enjoy the views of the rippling ocean stretching out in front of you. You may have worked up an appetite by this point, so we suggest stopping for lunch at Cahersiveen. This charming coastal town is the birthplace of Irish legend Daniel O’Connell.

You will weave round the breath-taking Ring of Kerry coastline where you will be able to view Valentina Island. Continuing around the coastline you will pass Skellig Island, a craggy island featured in the Force Awakens and definitely a worthy photo opportunity for the eager Star Wars fan.

Your next stop will be the charming Sneem Village, or as it’s romantically known “the way the fairies went”. Often described as the “knot” of the Ring of the Kerry, because this is where the lakes and the mountains meet, the village is the perfect place to stop for some refreshments.

Following the trail, you will pass through Molly’s Gap which slices between MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains and is one of the most popular photo stops on the route. You will then head north to Killarney National Park, which is peppered with glinting lakes and lush greenery. You will take a tour of Muckross House and Gardens. This 19th century mansion is the must-see tourist attraction in Kerry. Stroll through the manicured gardens and enjoy the fine architecture which was designed by William Burn, a skilled Scottish architect from that era.

After touring Muckross House, you will make the short trip back to The Europe Hotel, where you can enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 11Blarney Castle, Cork, Kilkenny Castle, K-Club, Dublin

Accommodation – The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

Activities – Blarney Castle, Cork, Kilkenny Castle, K-Club, Dublin

Unfortunately, this is your last full day of touring. However, you have a very exciting route ahead. You will drive east until you reach Blarney Castle. Perfectly placed next to the River Martin, Blarney Castle dates back to the early 1200’s. The castle was rebuilt in the 15th century by the notorious McCarthy family. You can tour the castle and gardens. However, the main attraction is the Blarney Stone, found at the very top of the castle. If kissed, this magical stone is said to pass you “the gift of the gab”.

You will pass through the city of Cork and we highly recommend having lunch at one of the traditional Irish pubs.

Travelling north through the ancient east you will stop at Kilkenny Castle. Kilkenny Castle was built shortly after the Norman conquest but has transformed numerous times throughout its 800-year history. Most recently, the castle underwent a Victorian remodelling and thousands of visitors flock to the castle each year. Stroll around this grand castle and enjoy the 50 acres of surrounding gardens that include a rose garden and man-made lake.

If time permits, you can visit the world-famous K Club which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2006. Enjoy high tea with stunning views of the parkland golf course.

After a great final day of touring, you will arrive in Dublin and be dropped off at The Shelbourne Hotel.

Day 12Departure

Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur Transfer

After an unforgettable trip around Scotland and Ireland, you have reached the end of the tour. Your chauffeur will escort you to Dublin Airport and you can wave farewell with memories that will last a lifetime.

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