The Scots Irish Tour (10 days/9 nights/199 meals)

The Scots Irish Tour (10 days/9 nights/199 meals)

The perfect combination of two great countries in one itinerary! Explore the glorious Scottish Highlands, look for the Loch Ness Monster on a Loch Ness cruise, and sample Scots whisky. Visit St Andrews and Edinburgh, take a quick ferry ride to Ireland and get to know the southern part of Ireland, including Dublin, Blarney, Killarney and the Cliffs of Moher.

ALL your sightseeing, hotels, and attraction entries are covered AND you get a full Irish breakfast every day (except day 1) plus 10 dinners! Tour operator (CIE Tours) have over 85 years experience and guaranteed departures. 

Please contact us for more information and to book: sales@britishtips.com or 021 975 2047

Starts in Edinburgh and ends in Ennis.

 

Rates vary according to dates. Please contact us for more information.

2018 price per person* April- October 2018

R35 440 – R43 840 INCLUDES all hotels 4* and  17 meals

Because the tour includes so much, it’s great value for money!

*Prices  valid until 31 October 2018, and are subject to continued availability and major currency fluctuation.

Single supplement applies.
Children 8 – 18 years pay 90% of adult rate; children under 8 years not permitted (consider a self-drive tour!).


Highlights – ALL included (see below for full itinerary)

Scotland

  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Highlights of central Edinburgh (walking tour)
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Scottish evening with traditional Scottish cuisine and a lively show of Highland dancing and bagpipes. (NOTE: On July 30 to August 20 departures, tour will visit the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the Scottish evening will move to the following day.)
  • Blair Castle
  • Blair Atholl Whisky Distillery tour and tasting
  • Explore Pitlochry
  • Travel to Inverness (Sunday departures) or Nairn (Tuesday departures)
  • Stop for photos at Eilean Donan Castle

Skye Bridge to Isle of Skye

  • Isle of Skye
  • Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle

Ferry to mainland 

  • Road to the Isles through some majestic Highland scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument.
  • Travel through Glen Coe and alongside the lovely shores of Loch Lomond.
  • Alloway to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Ferry to Belfast

Ireland

  • Titanic Experience Belfast
  • Belfast walking tour
  • Ulster Folk Museum for a fun country-style dinner and traditional music
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Stop for photos at Dunluce Castle
  • Derry walking tour
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Donegal (free time)
  • Belleek China Factory tour and display
  • Kilronan Castle
  • Arigna Mining Centre
  • Carrick on Shannon (free time)
  • Galway walking tour
  • The Burren and Cliffs of Moher
  • Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a fun medieval-style banquet.

Includes:

“No optional extras” policy

  • Breakfasts: 9
  • Dinner: 10
  • Welcome drink
  • Entry to attractions
  • Free wi-fi on the coach
  • Daily sightseeing and entry to attractions
  • Document wallet, backpack, luggage tags
  • All on-tour transport including ferries and shuttles
  • Local tour guide’s services
  • Local taxes, hotel service charges, suitcase handling (1 per person)


Does not include:

  • Certain meals and drinks
  • Shopping
  • Flights


On the coach

  • Breaks at approximately 2-hour intervals to stretch your legs, take photos, etc.
  • Seats are rotated daily so all passengers have a chance to sit at the front of the coach.
  • Seat belts must be worn.
  • Emergency toilets are available on the coaches but cannot be used while coach is in motion. Frequent bathroom breaks are included in the itinerary.

 


 

Need to know

  • Clothing: comfortable and casual – remember to pack comfortable walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket.
  • Luggage: 1 piece of luggage + 1 carry-on
  • Money: Most components are prepaid. You may need money for lunches and dinners when there is an evening at your leisure. You will also need money for shopping. We recommend carrying small denominations, and use credit or ATM cards (most towns have ATMs).
  • Currency: Northern Ireland and Britrain: Pound Sterling £  | Southern Ireland (Republic of Ireland): Euro €
  • Tipping: It is customary to tip your driver and guide at the end of the tour. Feel free to contact us for more info.


Full itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh & Royal Yacht Britannia
Tour begins 14h00 (2PM) at your Edinburgh hotel. Tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, the floating home of The Queen on many of her travels around the world. Explore various parts of the ship, including staterooms and public spaces, together with photos of important visits. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dinner.
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Day 2: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Head out to see the highlights of central Edinburgh including the bustling Princes Street and the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle, which contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore on your own. Dine at a Scottish Evening and enjoy a lively show with bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing. On August 05 to 21 departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle, and your Scottish Evening will be the day before.
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Day 3: BLAIR CASTLE & HIGHLAND SCENERY
Head through the rolling green countryside of Perthshire to visit Blair Castle, home of the Duke of Atholl. Enjoy a tour of Blair Athol Distillery where you can see the process of whisky production and sample the finished product. Take a break in Pitlochry for some free time to explore and have lunch independently. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to Inverness (Sun departures) or Nairn (Tue departures).
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Day 4: ISLE OF SKYE & CLAN DONALD CENTRE
Travel alongside Loch Ness and through wild Highland scenery, pausing for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to understand the history of the powerful Lords of the Isles. Return to the mainland by ferry and take the “Road to the Isles” through some majestic Highland scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument.
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Day 5: GLEN COE & RABBIE BURNS
Enjoy views of the magnificent Highlands as you travel through Glen Coe and alongside the lovely shores of Loch Lomond. Stop in Alloway to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. Embark on a short ferry ride to Belfast.
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Day 6: TITANIC BELFAST & ULSTER FOLK MUSEUM
At Titanic Belfast delve into the history of the famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Take a walk with a local Belfast guide to see the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and Victorian buildings, including the Opera House and the Crown Liquor Saloon. Browse around the city on your own in the afternoon and in the evening visit the Ulster Folk Museum for a fun country-style dinner and traditional music.
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Day 7: GIANT’S CAUSEWAY & DERRY’S WALLS
Enjoy the scenic route of the Nine Glens of Antrim, known for views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Discover the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns which have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Pause for photos at ruined Dunluce Castle. Head to Derry and enjoy a walking tour with a local guide to see the 17th century city walls, which are some of the best-preserved in Europe, and the Diamond, the main central square.
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Day 8: GLENVEAGH NATIONAL PARK & KILRONAN CASTLE
Visit Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Enjoy a guided tour and stroll through the extensive gardens filled with exotic plants. Spend some free time in Donegal and have lunch independently before heading to the Belleek China Factory. Watch skilled craftspeople mould and decorate clay to form delicate and highly decorative pieces. Travel to the luxurious Kilronan Castle with time to relax before enjoying dinner in the castle’s fine restaurant.
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Day 9: ARIGNA MINING EXPERIENCE & CARRICK ON SHANNON
Visit the Arigna Mining Centre to experience what life was like for a coal miner in the Arigna Valley before the mines closed down. Browse through the exhibition area which outlines 400 years of mining history in the area. Then enjoy some free time in the historic town of Carrick on Shannon, situated on the River Shannon. In the afternoon relax in your lovely castle hotel before dinner.
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Day 10: CLIFFS OF MOHER & MEDIEVAL CASTLE BANQUET
Head to Galway city and join a local guide for a gentle walking tour. See the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and the narrow streets. Travel through the Burren, an area of limestone hills which supports a wide range of flora. View the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 200m above the Atlantic Ocean. In the evening head to either Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a fun medieval-style banquet.
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Day 11: Tour ends in Ennis
Your tour ends after breakfast.
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B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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