Is the UK and Ireland on your travel list for 2019? Perhaps you’ve been before and want to revisit the rolling hills and charming towns, or maybe you’re looking to visit this part of the world for the very first time. Whether it is your first visit, or you’re drawn back time and time again, there is plenty to discover here. We’ve introduced these new itineraries to our UK & Ireland collection to give you even more choice in 2019.
This trip around the Emerald Isle is perfect for the whole family. You’ll visit the home of the last remaining leprechauns and learn about the beliefs that surround these lucky people from a local specialist. Stop in at the Winterfell Castle Archery Range movie set for a behind the scenes insight into the Game of Thrones series, don some costumes, and test out a medieval bow and arrow. Plus, more stories, myths and legends await with a visit to Giant’s Causeway, the tunnel of Dark Hedges, and the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre.
Learn the art of sheepdog handling at a local farm where you’ll enjoy morning tea before heading to the soaring Cliffs of Moher. The views don’t stop there – your trip will also take you along the stunning Ring of Kerry to marvel at towering mountains, glistening lakes, and a breathtaking coastline. You’ll leave Ireland with incredible family memories, and maybe even the ‘gift of the gab’ after kissing the legendary Blarney Stone.
Set off on this small group discovery of Scotland to find gardens, glens and castles that will take your breath away. Wander through the seaside town of St. Andrews, admire the scenery of Cairngorms National Park deep in the Scottish Highlands, and enjoy a tasting at a local whiskey distillery. The fishing town of Ullapool boasts charming whitewashed cottages, Loch Ness is home to beautiful scenery and infamous secrets of the deep, and the Isle of Skye showcases history with a visit to Dunvegan Castle and nature with a scenic drive along the dramatic Trotternish Ridge.
On this trip you will hop aboard the iconic Jacobite Steam Train and enjoy a first class journey to Fort William, complete with a high tea and views to impress. In Fort William, you will stay at the 19th-century Inverlochy Castle where you will revel in elegant fine dining and feel like royalty. Bid farewell to your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end in Edinburgh after a blissful 11 days discovering the best of the Scottish Highlands.
See the highlights of Ireland and Scotland on this 12 day tour from Dublin to Edinburgh. On this journey you can tick off iconic highlights including St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Blarney Castle (perhaps kiss the legendary Blarney Stone!), the stunning Cliffs of Moher, the impressive Giant’s Causeway, and the grand Edinburgh Castle.
You’ll also wander the cobblestone streets of Kilkenny, check out some sights along the Ring of Kerry, explore the pretty town of Adare, and make a stop at the coastal town of St. Andrews – just to name a few! On this itinerary you’ll get a highlight reel of spectacular scenery from vast moors to stunning lochs, and an introduction to the charming towns and vibrant cities of Ireland and Scotland.
Join Luxury Gold for an exploration of the Castles and Kingdoms of the UK and Ireland. Journey through this stunning landscape steeped in quaint towns, commanding castles, and rich history. Start your discovery amidst the bustling cityscape of London where you’ll delve beyond the modern hubbub to uncover traditions and treasures. Sightsee the icons including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace, plus experience the exclusive Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London and meet a Royal Horse Guard at the Household Cavalry Museum.
Visit the royal residence of Windsor Castle, feel the intrigue of the mysterious Stonehenge, and explore the Georgian city of Bath. Wind through the rolling hills and charming historic towns of the Cotswolds, explore the medieval streets of York, and discover the stunning Lake District before crossing into Scotland where Edinburgh awaits, boasting the impressive Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. Onward to learn about the history of Northern Ireland in Belfast and visit the rugged natural phenomenon of Giant’s Causeway with a local ranger.
Continue through Ireland where you’ll get a special insight with an after hours visit to the Little Museum of Dublin and sample Guinness at the iconic Guinness Storehouse. Enjoy a truffle tasting at a local farmers’ market in Kilkenny, visit Blarney Castle (home to the legendary Blarney Stone), and try your hand at traditional Irish dancing. Marvel at the scenery as you drive along the Ring of Kerry, take in the craggy clifftops of the Dingle Peninsula, and drink in the breathtaking views of the Cliffs of Moher before your trip ends on a high with a stay at the luxurious Ashford Castle.