Best of Ireland and Scotland (Summer 2018)
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Additional Included Highlights
- Dublin: Along the River Liffey and O'Connell Street, you will see the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, Custom House and the elegant Georgian Squares. Waterford: See Reginald's Tower and the ruined city walls. Cork: An orientation of the city will show you City Hall and the Opera House. Galway: See the Lynch Memorial, Church of St Nicholas Spanish Arch and Eyre Square. Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Londonderry: See the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street on your way to the Gothic Guildhall. Fort William: View the WWII Commando Memorial and Ben Nevis. Inverness: See the sights on your orientation of the city. Highlands: Visit the prehistoric burial cairns of Clava. St Andrews: Visit the university town and see the golf course where the sport was invented. Edinburgh: See Holyroodhouse at the end of the Royal Mile. Scenic Drives: Ring of Kerry, Connemara, Antrim Coast, Ayrshire Coast, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Loch Ness, Culloden Moor and the Grampian Mountains.
- Highlands: Sample a ‘wee dram’ and learn the fascinating process of whisky production at the Glen Ord Distillery.
- Edinburgh: An unforgettable Celebration Dinner sees you dining on a sunny evening, watching the occasional estuary traffic, and toasting to new-found friends!
- Ardgowan: Sir Ludovic Shaw Stewart welcomes you with a tour of his property, set on a 10,000-acre coastal estate. Learn of the histories of the area, the Shaw Stewart family and the house, followed by the delightful and elegant tradition of a Scottish High Tea.
- Dining Summary:: 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT), 5 Dinners (D) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.
- Edinburgh: Your Local Expert walks with you inside the walls of the Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.
- Dublin: Enjoy VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a University insider.
- Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and visit the Japanese Gardens.
- Waterford: Meet a master craftsman and see the showroom on your guided tour of the House of Waterford.
- Killarney: A local Jarvey informs you of the history, legend and folklore of Killarney aboard a famous jaunting car ride.
- Londonderry: What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you inside the city walls.
Signature and Highlight Hotels
- Inverness: The signature Kingsmills Hotel comprises of an extended 17th century residence, presenting a seamless blend of style and substance.
- Ballygally: Ballygally Castle is a stunning 17th century castle which overlooks the golden sands of the bay and offers excellent facilities.
Top Rated Highlights
- Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of Nessie during a cruise.
- Highlands: Find out why the Battle of Culloden changed the Highland way of life forever at the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre.
- Blarney Castle: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts!
- Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages, as you travel the magical Ring of Kerry.
- Cliffs of Moher: Look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
- Galway: Enjoy an orientation tour of the many landmarks in Galway such as the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
- Giant's Causeway: Steeped in legend, the awe-inspiring coastal scenery is a spectacle to behold.
- Edinburgh: A hush descends and eyes turn to the castle. The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge. For a limited time in August, witness the incredible spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
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