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2023 Tour Details
Knobby knees? Skinny calves? Thick ankles? No matter here. You can show them off with pride on this tartan-filled tour through the kilted and Celtic countries of Scotland, Ireland and Wales with the added bonus of England’s postcard-perfect Lake District. Whether you’re in search of heritage, haggis, rolling glens or smooth Guinness, there’s so much to discover on this Celtic tour of Britain and Ireland. Ancient castles? Check. Legendary lochs? Indeed. Sparkling seascapes and hallowed battlefields? You can bet your boots. Speaking of betting, you’ll visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare, a working stud farm and the beating heart of Ireland’s esteemed thoroughbred racehorse industry. From the storied cities to the tiny towns, you’ll feel your own heart beat as you savor the deep-rooted traditions and customs of the Emerald Isle and the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands.
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GLASGOW Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinnerCULLODEN MOOR Visit the battle site’s visitor centerBLAIR ATHOLLVisit Blair Castle EDINBURGH Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood PalaceGRASMEREVisit Wordsworth’s village, try original Grasmere gingerbreadLIVERPOOL Visit the Beatles StoryCAERNARVON Admire the impressive castleHOLYHEAD–DUBLIN Cross the Irish Sea by ferryDUBLIN Orientation driveKILDARE Guided tour of the Irish National StudROCK OF CASHELTake photographs of this famous landmarkKILLARNEYVisit the popular resort townRING OF KERRY Scenic peninsula driveADARE Admire the thatched cottagesCLIFFS OF MOHER Savor the spectacular viewsGALWAY OrientationDERRY Guided walking tour on the city walls COUNTY ANTRIM Take pictures of Dunluce Castle, visit Giant’s CausewayBELFAST Guided “Living History” tourBELFAST-CAIRNRYAN Cross the North Channel by ferry
Motorcoach; ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Belfast-Cairnryan. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Full English breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners
ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND Welcome to Glasgow! Free time. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–INVERNESS Secret Keys to Scottish Lochs GLASGOW Orientation drive to see the 12th-century cathedral, university buildings, and Georgian squares.HIGHLANDS Take a scenic drive along Loch Lomond and Loch Linnhe, and through Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe.FORT WILLIAM See the gateway to Ben Nevis, UK’s highest peak.LOCH NESS Visit the legendary lake.
Breakfast Dinner 178 mi / 286 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT EPIC RIDE They can take the low road, but we’ll take the high road on a scenic ride through magic and mystery of the moors and glens of the Scottish Highlands. From lovely Loch Lomond and Loch Linnhe to the boggy expanses of Rannoch Moor and the dizzying beauty of Glen Coe and Ben Nevis, you’ll discover the legends of Loch Ness and more across the beauty of Scotland’s magnificent scenery.
INVERNESS–CULLODEN–BLAIR ATHOLL–EDINBURGH A Red Moor & A White Castle CULLODEN Visit the Culloden Moor battlefield site and visitor center.BLAIR ATHOLL Visit Blair Castle.
Breakfast 178 mi / 286 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTHISTORIC SPOT If these walls could talk, they would tell how the 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl have loved, won, and lost through seven centuries of history at Blair Castle, visited over time by Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Queen Victoria.
EDINBURGH Drummers, Pipers & Precious Jewels EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, the Old Town, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Free time in the afternoon.EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. (Departures August 7 through August 21 only).
BreakfastTOUR HIGHLIGHTMUSIC & MASTERPIECES Ascend to Castle Rock to explore Edinburgh Castle, one of the most important historical strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, with an 11,000-year history as "the most besieged place in Great Britain.” Here, you’ll find the royal regalia and Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The Castle forms the background of the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an extravaganza of bagpipes and drums performed en masse in August each year.
EDINBURGH–GRETNA GREEN–GRASMERE, ENGLAND–LIVERPOOL Songs, Sonnets & Secret Vows GRETNA GREEN See where the Scottish blacksmith performed weddings for eloping young couples.LAKE DISTRICT Take a scenic drive.GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village and sample the original Grasmere gingerbread.LIVERPOOL Visit The Beatles Story for a fascinating journey into the life and music of the Fab Four.
Breakfast 235 mi / 378 kmLOCAL FAVORITETIMELESS TRADITIONS Sweeten the day with classic Grasmere gingerbread and hear the story of Sarah Nelson, the Victorian cook who invented the world famous cross between cake and biscuit in 1854.
LIVERPOOL–NORTH WALES–DUBLIN, IRELAND Forest Sprites & Ferry Sights NORTH WALES Scenic drive through the forest village of Betws-y-Coed and Snowdonia National Park. Take a ferry to cross from Holyhead to Dublin.
Breakfast 131 mi / 210 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTNATURAL WONDERS Pass through Snowdonia National Park’s forests, rugged mountains and sweeping coastline, where Welsh and the language of nature are spoken in stunning style.
DUBLIN Ireland’s Capital City DUBLIN Take an orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Free time.
BreakfastTOUR HIGHLIGHTCITY SIGHTS “In Dublin’s fair city where girls are so pretty” you’ll also find great personality and charm. The charisma of Dubliners and the bounty of pubs here is matched only by the gorgeous Georgian Squares, 12th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the legendary library of Trinity College.
DUBLIN–KILDARE–CASHEL–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY The Winner’s Circle KILDARE Visit the world renowned Irish National Stud.CASHEL See the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached.BLARNEY Visit the village known for its magical Kissing Stone.KILLARNEY Free time.
Breakfast Dinner 231 mi / 372 kmLOCAL FAVORITECULTURE & TRADITION The Irish National Stud is home to the long tradition of Ireland’s love of horses. This horse breeding facility in County Kildare, considered the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, continues to inspire all who visit, including Queen Elizabeth II. Hear about some of the world’s most magnificent champion stallions that have made racing history since the turn of the 20th century.
KILLARNEY–RING OF KERRY–ADARE–LIMERICK Irish Eyes & Cheeky Rhymes RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland's southwestern peninsula.ADARE Stop at the quaint village to see its pretty thatched cottages.LIMERICK Free time.
Breakfast 167 mi / 268 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT NATURAL WONDERS Explore the emerald tapestries of green fields and ocean views that make other coastlines green with envy. The Ring of Kerry begins and ends in Killarney, taking you on a trip along the southwest coast of Ireland. Discover a paradise of panoramic cliffs, lush landscapes, and breathtaking beaches of the Iveragh Peninsula.
LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO Notes Above High Sea CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean.GALWAY Free time.
Breakfast Dinner 188 mi / 302 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTPICTURE PERFECT Feast your eyes on a stunning spectacle of sea and sky at the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way. Try to resist the inspiration that has moved artists, poets, and scientists throughout the ages as you stand on the edge of 320 million years of geologic perfection on the rugged coastline of County Clare.
SLIGO–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST Giant Steps in Northern Ireland DERRY Walk on top of the city walls with a Local Guide.GIANT’S CAUSEWAY See more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed millions of years ago.
Breakfast Dinner 187 mi / 301 kmLOCAL FAVORITE CULTURAL GEMS Ireland’s only fully preserved historic walled city, Derry also took centre stage when Amelia Earhart landed her plane nearby having flown from Newfoundland in 1932. Walk on top of the 400-year-old city walls and hear the history of this vibrant place that links the Wild Atlantic Way to Causeway Coastal Route.
BELFAST–GLASGOW, SCOTLAND A Grand Ship & Great Scots BELFAST Visit the Titanic Belfast experience.Take a ferry crossing to the maritime port of Cairnryan on Scotland’s west coast en route to Glasgow.
Breakfast Dinner 82 mi / 132 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTHISTORIC SPOT Explore the fascinating Titanic Belfast experience for an in-depth look at the history and mystery of the legendary ocean liner. See artifacts and hear amazing accounts of Belfast’s boom in shipping and those who built her. Learn about the courage and loss of all involved on a fateful night in April 1912. Get an immersive look at the launch, sinking, and final resting place of the doomed ship, with myths and reality revealed.
GLASGOW Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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