14 Day Scottish & Irish Tour Itinerary
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Are you ready for the ultimate vacation of Ireland and Scotland? We have designed our complete 14 day driver guided tour itinerary to ensure that you experience the full spectrum of the diverse and fascinating cities and towns in the two nations. Encompassing Southern Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland and ranging from the quaint and picturesque to the modern and cosmopolitan you will see it all in comfort and style as your private chauffeur guides you between cities and between countries on this unforgettable tour.
We put our client experience at the heart of our business, and as such we only offer private tours for individuals, families and small groups in order to make sure we can fulfil all your needs and that you can avoid the time limits, queues and hassle associated with large group tours. Read on for more about our 14 day Irish and Scottish tour itinerary or get in touch to find out how we can tailor a tour unique to you.
The itineraries we offer on our site are a template, where we hope you can find out more about what you'd like to do and see in Scotland and Ireland, before getting in touch with our expert travel planners to design you a fully customized and truly unforgettable private tour!
Day 1 & 2:
So it begins! Your private driver will be there to collect you from the airport or wherever your preferred pick up point is. Once you are all comfortably seated in our luxury air conditioned vehicle you can relax knowing that all the organisation and planning has been taken care of!
Dublin is the capital of the south and the largest city in all of Ireland. With its rich mix of history, tradition and culture, we suggest that you should take two days to experience the wealth of interesting locations and activities Dublin has to offer. Highlights include:
The Doors of Dublin - you’ll never see two identical doors as you wander through Dublin city, and their unique and colorful charm give the city an unmistakable character
Enjoy the traditional bars and music in the city’s temple bar district
Visit Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland and where the hallowed and carefully preserved ‘Book of Kells’ Dating to 384AD, is stored
Pour your own pint of the black stuff in the Guinness storehouse
O’Connell Street and the General Post Office (GPO), where the Proclamation was read on Easter Sunday 1916, for the very first time.
Your driver guide will meet you early in the morning to begin your journey to the capital of the North - Belfast.
Explore the Titanic quarter - There is now a world class interactive museum on the site where the fateful ship was built back in 1911
Travel through the Gaeltacht Quarter where you will hear the locals speaking in their traditional Gaelic Irish language
Political mural tour - Learn the complicated history of the troubles explored through a series of famous murals throughout the city, and eventually arriving at the Peacewall where you can even write your own message.
Enjoy a drink in the Crown bar - This is actually owned by the National Trust, and is probably the most famous pub in Belfast. It dates from at least 1826, and features an incredible ornate interior of tiles, original gas lamp fixtures and a beautiful carved ceiling.
We will depart early and begin a scenic drive along the Causeway Coastal Route Passing 12th-century Carrickfergus Castle en route to the northern tip of Ireland.
Stop in the picturesque village of Carnlough and take a walk by the small harbour.
Continue along the coast and then through the Glens of Antrim, hearing the myths about the fairies and leprechauns said to reside there.
Stop for lunch in the coastal town of Ballycastle, before walking across the awe inspiring Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.
Discover Northern Ireland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, the incomparable Giant’s Causeway, and hear the legend about the Giant Finn MacCool and the uniquely shaped stones.
Dunluce Castle and the famous Dark Hedges (one for the Game of Thrones fans!)
Arrive in Derry/Londonderry for the night
April 29th - In the morning explore the famous walled city of Derry, the second largest city in Northern Ireland. You may be interested to explore:
the award-winning Martin McCrossan Derry Walls walking tour.
Free Derry Corner (where the U2 song ‘Sunday Blood Sunday’) came from.
Walk the streets and view the painted murals on the gable walls of people’s homes.
Then in the afternoon we will drive down to The picturesque harbor town of Galway, known as the ‘Cultural heart of Ireland’.
We will begin at the central square and head down high street, where you might want to stop for a taste of the local cuisine in one of the many nearby cafes and restaurants (Irish stew for lunch perhaps!)
With many street performers, singers and dancers you can enjoy walking and listening to the sites and sounds of the town as you head down to the Latin Quarter. Here you will encounter Cobblestone and brick pedestrian-only streets, outdoor dining, interesting shops, street vendors and colorful historic buildings as you approach the Spanish Arch - originally constructed in 1584. Standing where the River Corrib churns wildly into the Atlantic Ocean, there is no better place to get a sense of the port town that Galway once was.
From here you can enjoy the sunset over Galway Bay. With a beautiful walk near the seaside, you can enjoy the tranquility of the seagulls, swans and old boats along the harbour.
You might want to spend the evening in the ‘Crane Bar’. A pub whose traditional music sessions will transport you to another age.
Today you will visit the Cliffs of Moher - one of the most stunning locations of natural beauty in all of Ireland.
We begin the day by first stopping at the fishing village of Kinvara to see Dunguaire Castle and The Burren - home to 75% of Ireland’s native flora & location of numerous ancient monuments.
Carrying on to Kilfenora to see the famous Celtic Crosses (Irish High Crosses).
Make our way to the coastal village of Doolin
Experience the 200-metre high, 8kms long Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands as you take your time to soak up the natural beauty of the Cliffs - a truly unforgettable site for your wedding anniversary.
Finish the day by staying overnight in Limerick - a town resplendent with medieval history.
One of Ireland’s most renowned driving routes, the Ring of Kerry, is a 179 km long circular route that forms part of The Wild Atlantic Way. Along the way you will encounter some of the most stunning coastal landscape imaginable, along with friendly rural seaside villages straight out of a fairy tale.
First-stop is Killorglin, on-route you might opt to stop by Brendan Farris. An Irish border Collie trainer whose sheepdog demonstrations are quite an experience!
We will move on to explore the rugged scenery and astonishing views offered on the Dingle peninsula and if you’re looking for a beautiful escape, then Slea Head drive will definitely be one of the highlights on this tour. It has been voted in the top 100 most beautiful places in the world.
From here we will take the mountain pass up through Molls Gap, where you will see the staggering views of stunning Skellig Island.
You have the option of reserving plane tickets or taking the relaxing Ferry ride across to Scotland.
If you choose to take the Ferry then the crossing over the Irish Sea takes just over two hours and your Scottish adventure will begin when the boat docks in Cairnryan and we begin our drive to Glasgow. Previous winner of the European city of culture award and voted the UK’s friendliest city, Glasgow is the perfect place to spend your first day and night in Scotland. Some of the must see attractions in this exciting city are:
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum - The building itself is a fine example of Baroque architecture constructed in fetching red sandstone. The museum contains many incredible collections, including works from European masters including Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Monet. Like all museums and parks in Glasgow it is free to enter.
From the museum you can talk a walk in Kelvingrove Park along to the gorgeous landscaped gardens and tropical flora housed at the Botanic Gardens.
Talk a walk down Ashton Lane, a quaint little cobbled alley bustling with cafes, bars and nightlife.
Take in some of the cities world famous cultural attractions such as the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland.
Explore some of the cities’ various architectural treasures such as the medieval Glasgow Cathedral, the Neo-Gothic University of Glasgow and the Art Nouveau inspired wonders designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Admire the victorian style architecture and monuments in George Square before taking a short walk to the cities Modern Art Gallery to see the iconic statue of the Duke of Wellington with the traffic cone on his head - The cone is a Glasgow institution, and no matter how many times officials remove it, it will inevitably re-appear. Frequently the duke’s horse will also be sporting a traffic cone for good measure!
In the evening Glasgow is famous as Scotland’s liveliest city for bars and pubs where you can enjoy a drink or two! Whether you prefer the bohemian vibes of the West End or the more sumptuous Merchant city, your driver guide can give you a steer on what to expect.
After the exuberance of Glasgow city centre we will start the day by getting away from it all and relaxing near the tranquil shores of Loch Lomond - The largest freshwater lake in the UK.
We will then set out on a dramatic drive through the sweeping hills and majestic scenery of Glencoe, Scotland’s most scenic and romantic Glen. In fact so highly regarded is the natural beauty of Glencoe that it has served as the locations for mega Hollywood franchises like the James Bond series and the Harry Potter movies.
Your driver will then take you onwards to the village of Fort William where you can take a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train across the Glenfinnan viaduct - again synonymous with the Harry Potter films.
Can you really say you have truly visited Scotland if you haven’t been to one of its magnificent islands? The Isle of Skye is perhaps the most irresistible of them all.
We will set out early in the morning to begin the drive from Fort William, stopping at the gorgeous Eilean Donan castle - known as the ‘most photographed Castle in Scotland’ you may recognise it from James Bond: ‘Skyfall’ the outlander TV series or one of the many other productions it has been selected to feature in.
We will then cross the Skye Bridge into the isle of Skye itself. You will immediately recognise why Skye was voted one of the 'Best Islands to Visit in 2020'. Some selected highlights include:
the Old Man of Storr
Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls - Offering gorgeous panoramic views of waterfalls, sheer cliffs & sea
The fairy Pools - Rock pools of crystal clear water than can give off an almost supernatural shades of green, blue and purple
Dunvegan castle: Tour the award winning castle and estate.
After a full days exploration you can rest in the lovely little village of Portree, enjoy some of the fabulous local produce and book into a guest house here to recharge your batteries for the following days adventures!
Are you ready to go monster hunting!?
Today we will visit perhaps the most famous location in all of Scotland, Loch Ness, home to the legendary (and potentially, definitely, maybe real) Nessie.
Your driver will take you to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre so you can arm yourself with all the facts in case you need to defend yourself from a monster attack at any point later on in the day!
We will then take you to the most scenic spot to view and appreciate the Loch - a small little village called Fort Augustus. Here you can join the locals for a bite to eat and if you would like to actually sail on the Loch they can take you out on one of their boats. With this being Scotland, there are naturally the ruins of another Castle in the area we will take you to visit the former Urguhart castle on the trip.
Before taking you back to Inverness for the evening we will visit the Falls of Foyers, a gorgeous waterfall with an exhilarating drop of 165 feet leading directly into Loch Ness.
Today we will take a breathtaking driving route around the cairngorms taking in some of the most outstanding landscapes, scenic vistas and stunning natural beauty in all of Scotland.
In the afternoon we will arrive at St Andrews, a small town with huge influence and significance on Scottish history.
Follow in the footsteps of Prince William as you tour the grounds of Scotland’s oldest academic institution, the University of St. Andrews.
Visit the relics of St Andrew Cathedral - formerly the headquarters of the Scottish medieval church.
The old course at St Andrews - considered to be the oldest and most prestigious golf course in the world.
Take a relaxing stroll along the beach.
Some might say we have saved the best for last, on your penultimate day of your vacation we will drive into the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Divided between the Medieval Old Town and the stylish and refined Georgian New Town, with simply gorgeous architecture and a vibrant beating cultural heart, Edinburgh has been known to make even the coldest of hearts melt!
Edinburgh Castle - the most famous and significant in all of Scotland.
The historic Royal Mile the home of many notable sites such as the gorgeous St Giles’ Cathedral, the Scottish Parliament building and the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh - Holyroodhouse.
The Scott Monument - a towering tribute to the author Sir Walter Scott. If you are feeling in an athletic mood you can climb the 287 steps to the top of the monument to enjoy the quite literally breath-taking views of the city.
Fans of the Harry Potter books and films will have a special interest in Edinburgh as the city and many of its locations had a great influence on J.K Rowling and the novels. Sights include the cafe where the author first conceived of and wrote the books, and the real-life Diagon Alley which can be found on Victoria Street.
Pay a final visit to Princess Street in Edinburgh’s new town to pick up some last minute souvenirs of your Ireland and Scotland vacation before it is time for your driver to take you to the airport.
Your driver-guide will help you with your bags to the check-in desk, making sure there are no final glitches, before saying farewell and bringing your incredible 14 day tour of Ireland and Scotland to an end...
Until next time.