Scots Irish, Northern Ireland Coach Tour - 15 day tour of Scotland, Northern Ireland by ferry and Tour of Ireland

Scots Irish and More
Tour the glorious scenery of the Scottish Highlands, visit the main cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh before taking a ferry to Northern Ireland Scots Irish more map

This tour is one of our most popular large coach tours – with 27-48 people on board.
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Scots Northern Irish & More Coach Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Edinburgh | Scotch Whisky Experience*

Your tour departs at 2:00 PM from your hotel. Head out to The Scotch Whisky Experience on the famed Royal Mile. Learn about the art and aromas of whisky production, taste a dram of single malt or blended whisky, and view the world's largest collection of Scotch whisky. For dinner you'll hear colorful tales of Scottish history and culture while tasting a range of flavorful whiskies paired with local dishes. (August 6-22 departures will instead have free time to explore and dine independently.) (D*)

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Day 2 Edinburgh Panoramic Tour | Edinburgh Castle | Independent Sightseeing
See the highlights of central Edinburgh including the bustling Princes Street and the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town.” Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore. Enjoy a Scottish evening with dining and a lively show with bagpipes, kilts, and Highland dancing. The August 4th - 20th departures watch the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B, D)

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Day 3 Chocolate Tasting | Blair Castle | Highlands
Head through the scenic countryside of Perthshire to visit Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier for a tasting of award-winning chocolates with an expert chocolatier. All the chocolates are made on-site with sustainable ingredients, including local heather honey and berries, and fresh cream from local herds of Scottish Friesians. Next, visit Blair Castle; this citadel, with its romantic turrets and towers, dates back to the 13th century. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to Inverness (Sunday departures) or Nairn (Tuesday departures). (B, D)

Day 4 Loch Ness | Isle of Skye | Armadale Castle

Travel alongside Loch Ness, passing the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge and visit Armadale Castle, returning by ferry. Take the “Road to the Isles” past lochs, lush woodlands, and heather-covered moors of the majestic Highlands, stopping for photos around scenic Glencoe. Continue through The Trossachs to your hotel in Dunblane. (B, D)

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Day 5 Stirling Castle | Ferry to Belfast

Head to Stirling, where you'll tour Stirling Castle. Perched on volcanic rock above the town, this grand castle is one of Scotland's most important. Explore the richness of the 16th-century decor of the palace, once the childhood home to Mary Queen of Scots. Drive on through southwestern Scotland to Cairnryan and board the ferry to Belfast, where you'll dine in your hotel this evening. (B, D)
Royal Highland Show Day 6 Titanic Belfast & Crosskeys Inn
At Titanic Belfast, delve into the history of the famous liner. Walk with a local guide to see the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and Victorian buildings, including the Opera House and the Crown Liquor Saloon. Your afternoon is free to explore. In the evening, visit Crosskeys Inn for dinner and entertainment. (B, D)

Day 7 Nine Glens of Antrim. Giant’s Causeway & Derry’s Walls
Enjoy ocean and mountain scenery as you travel the Nine Glens of Antrim. Discover the Giant's Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns rising out of the sea, and pause for photos at the Dunluce Castle ruins. Head to Derry for a walking tour with a local guide to see how this city, with its painful history, has been transformed into a thriving cultural hub. Proceed on to your hotel in Letterkenny. (B, D)


Stobo CastleDay 8 Glenveagh National Park & Kilronan Castle
Visit Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Enjoy a guided tour and stroll the extensive gardens. Head to Donegal town, and visit CIE Tours preferred shopping partner Triona Design before enjoying free time to explore the town and have lunch independently. Head to Belleek Pottery to watch skilled craftspeople create delicate, highly decorative pieces. Travel to luxurious Kilronan Castle with time to relax before dinner in the castle's fine restaurant. (B, D)

Day 9 Arigna Mining & Carrick on Shannon
Visit the Arigna Mining Experience to discover local history and life as a coal miner in the Arigna Valley. Visit Lough Key Forest Park to explore how humans have shaped the landscape on this old estate over thousands of years. Walk through tunnels used by servants in the 19th century, see the sunken garden, and then walk along with the Tree Canopy Bridge for panoramic views of nature and the shimmering lake. Return to the charming village of Ballyfarnon and relax in your castle hotel before dinner. (B, D)


Northern ireland TourDay 10 Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Head to Galway and join a local guide for a gentle walking tour. See the narrow streets, the medieval city walls, and Lynch's Castle. Travel through the Burren and see its limestone hills, often blooming with a vast array of wildflowers. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, soaring high above the Atlantic. In the evening, head out to a castle for a medieval-style banquet. (B, D)



Blarney CastleDay 11:  South Pole Inn | Dingle Peninsula | Slea Head | Killarney Take a ferry across the River Shannon Estuary to discover the Dingle Peninsula. Enjoy the views from Slea Head at the westernmost tip. Stop in Dingle to explore and sip an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn. Head to Killarney, a town settled beside three lakes in the shadow of Ireland's highest mountains. (B, D)

Day 12: Jaunting Car Ride | Ring of Kerry Highlights | Sheepdog Demonstration

Enjoy a horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane, Killarney's largest lake. Visit Moriarty's in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe. Next, see the highlights of the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, with its breathtaking vistas of mountains, cliffs and beaches. Head to Kenmare for lunch. Visit a traditional farm and see dogs herding sheep. Return to Killarney for a free evening. (B, L)

Day 13: BLARNEY CASTLE & ABBEY TAVERN
Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or stroll through the gardens. Travel through the rich dairy country of Cork and Tipperary, past the gentle slopes of the Galtee Mountains. Arrive in Dublin and enjoy a festive dinner at the Abbey Tavern followed by traditional entertainment. (B, D)

Day 14: DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING
Explore Dublin at your own pace with an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin's top attractions - Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Museum. (B))

Day 15: TOUR ENDS IN DUBLIN
Your tour ends after breakfast.(B)

From the Irish Times: (About Irish in the USA) A second surprise followed with publication of a number of opinion polls which revealed that a majority of those who indicated an Irish background were Protestant and not Catholic, as had been widely assumed. For example, a survey by Gallup in the 1980s put the proportion of Protestants at 54 per cent. Another explanation is that these figures of Irish with a Protestant background include descendants of people who were Catholic. Several historians have argued that numbers for the Irish in the 18th-century American colonies include Catholics, who became Protestant because there were very weak Catholic Church structures. During the 19th and 20th centuries, in predominantly Protestant America, people from a Catholic background became Protestant. A good example was Ronald Reagan whose father was from an Irish Catholic background, but who followed the Protestant faith of his mother.  
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What's Included

  • GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFERS
    When we book your flights together with a coach tour, we include complimentary group transfers on the starting and ending date of tours at times specified on each itinerary-a $30 per person fee applies to land only bookings.
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach throughout
  • Services of professional driver/guides
  • Superior first class hotels with private bath/shower for 14 nights
  • Full Scottish or Irish breakfast daily (B)
  • 14 nights in hotels listed
  • 14 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) and 11 dinners (D) including a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, and a festive Medieval castle banquet.
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Visits and admissions
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
    • Marriott Dalmahoy Hotel Edinburgh (2 nights)
    • Columba Hotel Inverness (Sunday Departure) or
    • or Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn (Tuesday Departures)(1 night)
    • Doubletree Hydro Dunblane (1 night)
    • Europa Hotel Belfast (2 nights)
    • Station House Hotel Letterkenny (1 night)
    • Kilronan Castle Ballyfarnon (2 nights)
    • Temple Gate Hotel Ennis (1 night)
    • Killarney Plaza
    • Dublin Radison Blu

Price per person sharing a twin or triple room. ONLY ONE TRIPLE ROOM IS AVAILABLE PER DEPARTURE - BOOK EARLY. Save 10% per person on coach land tour prices if you 8 & under 18 and traveling with at least one full fare paying passenger. Airfare is available from many cities. Just ask.

SCOTS IRISH MORE TOUR 2023
15 DAYS $3875 USD
SINGLE ROOM  SUPPLEMENT FROM $ ASK
SUN,TUES, DEPARTURES
APR 2,16,23,30
MAY 7,16,21,28, 30
JUNE 6,13,21,28
JULY 2,11,23,25
AUG 1,13,22,27,25
SEPT 1,3,5,8,10,12,15,17,19,22,24,26,29
OCT ASK

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