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Exploring Scotland & Ireland featuring The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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 Trip Length
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 Trip Starts
Edinburgh
 Trip Finishes
Dublin
12 Day Exploring Scotland & Ireland featuring The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Itinerary (Collette)
Countries Explored: Scotland Northern Ireland Ireland
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Accommodation
4 Star
Max. Group Size
44
Trip Style
Classic
Trip Code
COL199A

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Collette's 12 Day Exploring Scotland & Ireland featuring The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Bask in the warm Celtic culture and majestic scenery of two remarkable lands. Come to know the regal city of Edinburgh on a panoramic coach tour or by foot – it’s your choice! Learn the secrets of making Scotch whisky and enjoy a tasting. Explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Be transported to a bygone era with an invitation to an Irish Céilí. Visit the Titanic Experience Museum in Belfast and remember the century-old tragedy that shook the world.

Walk...read more the Giant’s Causeway (UNESCO) and soak up incredible views of the Causeway Coast, one of the world’s most breathtaking rail journeys. Tour intriguing Glenveagh Castle and its surrounding national park in Donegal, a natural wonderland. Visit Ireland’s bustling capital city of Dublin and tour historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. From rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await.

Itinerary

Your tour opens in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. Tonight, experience how traditional Scottish ingredients are getting a modern twist during a welcome dinner at one of the city's popular restaurants. (D) Stay: Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile (2 Nights)

This morning, it's your choice! Get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic tour; explore both Old Town and New Town before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse,* the Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary, Queen of Scots -OR- for a different perspective, join a local expert for an in-depth walking tour of Edinburgh's Old Town; meander the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways before descending into the city's underground vaults to uncover a world unchanged since the 18th century. Later this evening, take your seat at the spectacular, world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of Scotland's greatest events. (B)

Travel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf – see the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Next, stop at Dunkeld, a charming town that has played a significant role in Scottish history, particularly the first Jacobite Rising. Continue on to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. (B/D) Stay: Best Western Palace Hotel

This morning, visit famed Urquhart Castle on the bank of Loch Ness. Explore the ruins of this historic stronghold where acts of chivalry and defiance exhibit more than 1,000 years of Scottish history. Continue south through Scotland's stunning Great Glen and Glencoe, taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Highlands. (B/D) Stay: Gleddoch Golf & Spa Resort, Langbank (2 Nights)

Take in a tour and tasting of at one of Scotland's popular distilleries and experience for yourself why Highland whisky is considered the world's finest. Continue on to the charming town of Luss and enjoy time at leisure to explore this historic village nestled on the ‘bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond. This afternoon, board a scenic cruise of the Loch, taking in its iconic shoreline, before returning to your hotel. (B/D)

Enjoy a leisurely morning at your hotel before traveling to the Scottish Lowlands. Visit the farm of Janet and Neale McQuistin to learn about their move toward sustainable farming practices and to meet their herds of highland coos and ewes. Enjoy a farmhouse lunch before traveling along the scenic Ayrshire coast to your ferry. Cross the famed Irish Sea as you head for Northern Ireland's capital city of Belfast. (B/L) Stay: AC Hotel by Marriott (2 Nights)

Enjoy a privately guided tour of Belfast, Northern Ireland's largest city. Learn about the struggles in this great city's history as you pass through its distinctive neighborhoods. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the massive cranes of the Belfast shipyard. Complete today's tour with a visit to the award-winning Titanic Experience museum. Later, you are invited to a traditional Irish Céilí. This experience takes you back to the cobblestoned streets and Irish fare of turn-of-the-century Ulster. Enjoy a hot toddy or a glass of Guinness as you lose yourself in the rousing music. Then it's time to dance! (B/D)

Venture along the stunning Antrim Coastal Route, stopping at the Giant's Causeway (UNESCO). Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles an old cobbled road leading mystically into the sea. Then, embark on one of the world's most beautiful railway** journeys along the Causeway Coast. Soak up the incredible scenery before arriving in the walled city of Derry. Set out on a walking tour featuring the medieval city walls, St. Augustine's Cathedral, and the Guildhall. Perhaps you will discover why Derry is one of Ireland's best-kept secrets during an optional evening of storytelling and traditional music at one of the city's best farm-to-table restaurants. (B) Stay: City Hotel (2 Nights)

Today's journey showcases the rugged beauty of County Donegal. Visit spectacular Glenveagh National Park, a natural wonderland with 40,000 acres of mountains, lakes and woodland. Enjoy a guided visit to stately Glenveagh Castle, set amidst the colorful splendor of one of the finest gardens in Ireland. Tonight, it's Diner's Choice choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of Derry's great restaurants. (B/D)

Depart on a journey through the scenic countryside of Northern Ireland, stopping in Armagh to view the twin cathedrals dedicated to Ireland's Patron Saint. The two St. Patrick's Cathedrals, one Catholic and one Protestant, symbolize the two souls of Ireland. Then, visit a family-run cider farm. Meet the family and explore the orchards before sampling their award-winning Irish ciders. Continue on to the Republic of Ireland. Your day concludes in Dublin, Ireland's vibrant capital city. (B) Stay: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge (2 Nights)

A locally guided tour of Dublin highlights the world-renowned St. Patrick's Cathedral, O'Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and the city's magnificent rows of lovely Georgian town homes. Spend the rest of your day at leisure as you delve further into Dublin's cultural treasures. This evening, toast the end of an incredible adventure during a farewell dinner at one of the city's most popular local restaurants. (B/D)

Your tour comes to a close. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Be transported to a bygone era during a traditional “night on the town” in 20th-century Ulster.
  • Embark on one of the world's most breathtaking rail journeys along the Causeway Coast.
  • Meet highland coos and ewes at a family-run farm in the Scottish borders.
  • Tour the "Fair City" of Dublin with a local guide.
  • Set out on a walking tour of Derry featuring its medieval city walls.
  • Explore the ruins of historic Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.
  • Embark on a scenic cruise on Loch Lomond.
  • See the world – famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a tribute to Scotland's traditions.
  • Sample the "Water of Life" at a Scottish whisky distillery.
  • Taste apple cider at a family-run farm.
  • Join in the fun during a night of traditional Irish food and entertainment.

  • Expertly crafted itineraries
  • 4-star+ accommodation
  • Skilled and engaging tour managers
  • Expert local guides with insider knowledge
  • Attraction entrance fees
  • Many meals full of local flavour
  • Unparalleled sightseeing
  • Enriching cultural experiences
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • Plus, access to Wi-Fi hotspots on tour

  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.

  • Arriving Flight: The closest arrival airport is Edinburgh Airport (EDI) Airport, Please make sure your flights arrive before 12:00am
  • Departing Flight: The closest departure airport is Dublin (DUB) Airport, Please do not book flights departing earlier than 12:00am on the last day

  • Private, chauffeur service is included for all air-inclusive tour bookings. This personalised service is included within a 40km radius from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Cairns and Hobart airport gateways. Service is available between 41-70 kms for a small fee.

  • Airport transfers at your arrival and departure destination are not included in the price of the tour.
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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