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Got 10 days on the Celtic coast and not sure how to spend it? Well, you’re in luck! This 10-day split tour of Scotland and Ireland offers you and your group to see some of the best tourist sites, some incredible nature walks, a beautiful mix of vibrant cities and authentic rural tours, all with your very own private driver-guide!
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We start off your 10-day tour of Scotland and Ireland by visiting the stunning Scottish Capital: Edinburgh.
Situated on the beautiful East Coast of Scotland, Edinburgh is perched on a group of hills and has a fascinating history! Your tour will start the moment you arrive on our bonnie wee shores as your driver-guide collects you from the airport and takes you for a short city tour en route to your hotel.
Once you’ve had a chance to freshen up, we’ll head off into the city to explore its many fantastic sites! First, we’ll head for a tour of Edinburgh Castle, which stands strongly above, looking over the city it was built to protect back in the 12th Century. From the Castle, we’ll head to Holyrood Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia before taking a short walk down the winding paths and cobbled streets of the Royal Mile; the main thoroughfare of the Old Town.
Your driver-guide will then return you to your hotel for a well-deserved rest ahead of a busy Day Two in Scotland!
On Day Two of our tour of Scotland, we head out of the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh and over to the West Coast of Scotland to visit Loch Lomond; the largest freshwater lake in the UK.
Here, we will stop at the charming and picturesque village of Luss which lies on the banks of the loch.
Once we’ve explored the village and perhaps got a bit of lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll head north, through the Highlands of Scotland. En route, we’ll be greeted by perhaps Scotland’s most dramatic landscape; Glencoe. We’ll go for a quick hike to see the Three Sisters up close before carrying on to the Nevis Range to see Ben Nevis - the highest mountain in the whole of Britain.
You’ll have the chance to take a gondola trip up the Nevis Range (which makes for truly unbelievable photo opportunities) before finishing our day with a short drive to Fort William where you will be dropped off at your accommodation, leaving enough time in the night for you and your group to explore the town and enjoy its local bars and eateries.
After breakfast, your driver-guide will take your group from Fort William along to the road to the Isles where you’ll pass the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct (which features in multiple Harry Potter films).
We’ll quickly stop to view the Jacobite Express Steam Train cross the viaduct before continuing our journey west before arriving at Mallaig; a quaint fishing town. We’ll then board the ferry across to the stunning Isle of Skye, where we can spend the afternoon driving around the beautiful island, stopping to take in the views of the Cuillin Mountains and possibly visiting the town of Portree before driving across the Skye Bridge and onto Eilean Donan Castle: Scotland’s most photographed castle.
Finally, we’ll bring Day Three to an end with a scenic drive back to Fort William and to your accommodation for the night.
We’ll start Day Four by leaving Fort William and heading to the ruins of Kilchurn Castle. This ruined structure on a dramatic rocky peninsula at the north-eastern end of Loch Awe in Argyll and Bute was first constructed in the mid-15th Century as the base of the Campbells of Glenorchy, who extended both the castle and their territory in the area over the next 150 years.
Once you’ve explored the castle, we’ll head over to Inveraray to take a short tour of its castle - which has been the seat of the Dukes of Argyll, Chiefs of Clan Campbell, since the 18th century.
We’ll then head back through Inveraray and down the West Coast to reach Scotland’s biggest and most populous city: Glasgow.
In Glasgow, if we have time we can visit incredible buildings and tourist attractions such as Glasgow Cathedral and the University which was first built back in 1451.
You’ll then be dropped off at your accommodation in the city center of Glasgow, allowing you time to explore the city’s incredible array of restaurants and bars throughout the evening.
After breakfast in Glasgow, we’ll head south en route to Culzean Castle - the former home of the Marquess of Alisa, the Cheif of Clan Kennedy.
The Castle is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and became the Scottish Home of President Dwight D Eisenhower after the top floor was gifted to him y the people of Scotland as a thank you for his wartime service.
Once you’ve had a chance to explore the castle and take in its views, we’ll head to the charming village of Alloway - best known as the birthplace of Robert Burns.
We’ll spend the evening in Ayrshire ahead of the Ferry over to Ireland on the following morning.
After bidding a fond farewell to Scotland, we sail across the Irish Sea and arrive in Belfast.
Once you arrive we’ll head over to the Titanic Museum, where you can explore the sights, sounds, smells, and stories of the Titanic in its new interactive tourist experience.
Located on the spot where the ship was originally created in 1912, the exhibition follows the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.
In the evening, you might want to explore the city’s excellent range of restaurants and bars; if you’d like a more formal introduction to Irish drinking culture, we can arrange a private whiskey tasting for your group with traditional Irish folk singers to provide some authentic background melodies.
Today we make the 1-hour drive over to Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, the unforgettable Giants Causeway and Antrim coast road. The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption. Your driver-guide will be sure to fill you in on all the mythology that surrounds the Causeway!
Also in the area, you have Dunluce Castle which was built in the late 1500s, as well as the world’s oldest Irish whiskey distillery: Bushmills. If you are brave enough, you can also cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which was first erected by fishermen more than 350 years ago and spans 20 meters and is 30 meters above the rocks below. After a busy day, we’ll head over to the town of Donegal and to your accommodation for the night.
After a lovely night in Donegal, we will make our way to the famous Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs stretch for five miles along the Atlantic coast, reaching an incredible 668 feet at their peak and are without doubt one of the most impressive coastlines Ireland has to offer.
Once back in the car we will take the scenic shore drive to the quaint little village of Doolin. At the end of this long day, you would make the 90-minute drive to Galway City and your hotel for the night.
Galway itself is a wonderfully charismatic and picturesque little harbor town. Despite being small in size, Galway is bursting with character and is known as the cultural heart of Ireland for a reason. We would advise spending your night here enjoying some of the traditional music found in the various bars and pubs in the city.
After breakfast, your driver-guide will take you across Ireland and to the Island’s biggest city: Dublin. While visiting you might want to visit the Garden of Remembrance and The Customs House. Dublin Castle, which has its origins back in the 13th Century, is another major feature.
The Georgian doors of Dublin are another popular “must-see”. You’ll love seeing their color and decoration first-hand, and hearing about the important part they played in Dublin’s history.
In the heart of Dublin, tucked away down cobbled lanes, you’ll complete your tour at Trinity College Library. Here you’ll find the world-famous Book of Kells. Dating to 384AD, this ornately decorated vellum book contains the four Gospels in Latin. Historically, it’s extremely significant and carefully preserved here in Ireland.
At the end of the day, you will be dropped off at your accommodation in order for you to enjoy a good night’s sleep.
On the final day of our tour, we’ll spend the morning visiting O’Connell Street and the General Post Office (GPO). If we have time before your flight, you might want to visit the National Gallery in Dublin, or if your family has any Irish heritage then you might be keen to visit the Irish Immigration Museum.
We’ll then head over to the airport in time for your onward flight and bring our tour to a close.