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Scotland & Ireland: Stories & Legends 2019


12 days from $6,995

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.

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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 | A Troubled History
DAY 8
BELFAST | Memorial to ‘Titanic’
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

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). Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the magnificent Scottish Crown Jewels.

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 leisure and time to explore. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Ness Walk
Meals: Breakfast, 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 to Inverness. Later, visit a pub for a performance of authentic Scottish dancing and bagpipe music followed by dinner at a local restaurant.  

Ness Walk
Meals: Breakfast (Day 4); Breakfast, Dinner (Day 5)
DAYS 6-7
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND | A Troubled History

This morning, fly to Dublin and then drive north to the rapidly changing city of Belfast. Take an orientation tour to gain insight into the turbulent history of Northern Ireland. Then, spend the evening at leisure. The next day, visit the stunning Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Belfast, driving through the spectacular scenery of the nine green Glens of Antrim, stopping for afternoon tea at Ballygally Castle en route. This evening, enjoy an evening of craic agus ceol — fun and song — with a pub crawl featuring live traditional Irish music and led by local musicians.

Culloden Estate & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Day 6); Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Day 7)
DAY 8
BELFAST | Memorial to ‘Titanic’

Take a self-guided tour at the interactive Titanic Museum, which features artifact-laden galleries and an ocean exploration exhibit. Continue to the Armagh Cider Company for a tour and tasting, followed by lunch. Drive to your elegant castle hotel in the Republic of Ireland.

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

Drive to Westport, taking in beautiful landscapes en route. After enjoying lunch on your own, visit a local farm to see working sheep dogs in action. Then, prepare a loaf during an Irish breadmaking demonstration. This evening, enjoy dinner in the nearby town of Sligo.

Markree Castle
Meals: Breakfast, 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.

Brooks Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 11
DUBLIN | St. Patrick's Cathedral

Explore Dublin this morning, visiting Trinity College to view the eighth-century Book of Kells, one of the most famous illustrated manuscripts in the world. Continue to the fascinating Howth Castle, home to the same family for more than 800 years. Spend an afternoon exploring Dublin at leisure, and then gather for a memorable farewell dinner.

Brooks 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 07 - Oct 18
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Journey Details

Internal Airfare: Economy class from $230 (Inverness/Dublin)

Minimum age is 10 years old.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 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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