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Scotland & Ireland: Stories & Legends 2018


12 days from $6,495

Limited to 24 guests

Explore Scotland and the Emerald Island on a journey encompassing hilltop Edinburgh and the rugged Scottish Highlands, as well as Dublin, Belfast and scenic Western Ireland.

A&K Advantages

Discover captivating cities, mountainous lands and coastlines, and incredible legends in two vibrant countries

Sample Scotland's "water of life" on a visit to a Scotch whisky distillery and meet its craftsmen

Explore the city of Belfast and visit Titanic Belfast, where the famous ship was built

Experience the region's musical heritage with intimate performances in Scotland and Ireland

22 meals, with 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 dinners

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
DAY 2
EDINBURGH | Castle and Crown Jewels
DAY 3
ST. ANDREWS | Birthplace of Golf
DAYS 4–5
INVERNESS | Heart of the Highlands
DAYS 6–7
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND | The 'Titanic' & Giant's Causeway
DAY 8
OMAGH | The Living Past
DAY 9
WESTPORT, IRELAND | Wild Connemara
DAY 10
STROKESTOWN | The Famine Years
DAY 11
DUBLIN | St. Patrick's Cathedral
DAY 12
DEPART DUBLIN
DAY 1
ARRIVE EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Arrive in bustling Edinburgh and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.

The Glasshouse
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
EDINBURGH | Castle and Crown Jewels

Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the magnificent Scottish Crown Jewels. Drive the Royal Mile, past St. Giles’ High Kirk, to Holyrood Palace, Queen Elizabeth’s official residence in Scotland (subject to closure for official events).

The Glasshouse
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3
ST. ANDREWS | Birthplace of Golf

Drive to St. Andrews, where you walk the legendary Old Course. Later, travel to Pitlochry for lunch at Hettie’s Tearoom and time for shopping. Tonight, enjoy a festive dinner set to authentic Scottish dancing and bagpipe music.

Kingsmills Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 4–5
INVERNESS | Heart of the Highlands

Travel to the rugged North Sea coast of the Highlands. Explore the richly adorned Dunrobin Castle and witness falconry in its gardens. Visit the Glenmorangie whisky distillery, tasting the spirit and meeting with its makers. The next morning, travel to Culloden Moor, where the Jacobite army was defeated in 1746. Cruise the enigmatic waters of Loch Ness, stopping to explore Urquhart Castle and returning along its pretty southern shore. View the cascading Falls of Foyers before returning for dinner at a local restaurant.

Kingsmills Hotel
Meals: Breakfast (Day 4); Breakfast, Dinner (Day 5)
DAYS 6–7
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND | The 'Titanic' & Giant's Causeway

This morning, fly Dublin before driving to Belfast, Northern Ireland for a close look at the history of this rapidly changing city. Take a self-guided tour of the interactive Titanic Museum, which features artifact-laden galleries and an ocean exploration exhibit.  Continue to your hotel, where you have dinner. The next day, visit the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Belfast along the Antrim Coast road, one of Europe’s most scenic drives, pausing at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, which connects the mainland to Carrick Island far below. Before lunch, partake in an Irish breadmaking demonstration.

Culloden Estate & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Day 6); Breakfast, Lunch (Day 7)
DAY 8
OMAGH | The Living Past

Explore Belfast before travelling to Omagh for lunch. Then, experience the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, a fascinating tribute to the strength of the bonds between Ireland and America through the centuries. Tonight, check into your hotel in the Republic of Ireland.

Markree Castle
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
WESTPORT, IRELAND | Wild Connemara

Drive this morning to the charming town of Ballina and see the Dolmen of the Four Maols, a stone tomb that dates back to the Celtic period. Continue through the beautiful landscapes of the Connemara countryside to Westport. Over lunch in a cozy pub, enjoy a true Irish cèilidh (musical gathering) in this home of traditional music.

Markree Castle
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
STROKESTOWN | The Famine Years

Visit 18th-century Strokestown Park House for a private tour. While there, explore the Irish National Famine Museum for insight into this sad chapter of the nation's history. Visit Ireland's oldest distillery, Kilbeggan, for a tour and tasting before continuing to your hotel in Dublin.

Dylan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 11
DUBLIN | St. Patrick's Cathedral

Explore Dublin this morning, visiting Trinity College to view the eight-century Book of Kells, one of the most famous illustrated manuscripts in the world. Continue to the renowned Guinness Storehouse, situated on what was once the world’s largest brewery and enjoy a well-earned pint. Spend an afternoon exploring Dublin at leisure, and then gather for a memorable farewell dinner.

Dylan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 12
DEPART DUBLIN

Transfer to the airport and board your flight.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Oct 08 - Oct 19
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Journey Details

Internal Airfare: Economy class from $230

(Inverness/Belfast)

Minimum age is 10 years old.

First group event: welcome briefing at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 11.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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