Celtic Highlights (GD)

13 days from Glasgow to Glasgow

2019 Tour Details

From their breathtaking scenery to their vibrant cities and small towns, this fascinating tour delivers the best of Scotland, England’s Lake District, North Wales, and the Emerald Isle. You’ll start and end in Glasgow and overnight also in Inverness and Edinburgh in Scotland; Liverpool, England; Dublin, Killarney, Limerick, and Bundoran in Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Throughout the tour, you’ll learn about the history and cultures as you visit some of the areas’ must-see attractions. For example, you’ll enjoy a “Living History” tour in Belfast accompanied by a Local Guide who will give you a glimpse into life in the city and its history like only a local can.

You’ll also experience stunning scenery on this Britain and Ireland tour. Keep your eyes out for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland’s beautiful Highlands. Travel through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park in Wales, with picturesque villages, mountains, and lakes. Follow Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive with sparkling seascapes, brightly colored farmhouses, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney. Visit the spectacular 668-feet Cliffs of Moher and awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, composed of thousands of basalt columns formed millions of years ago.

But that’s not all…Globus has also included out-of-the-ordinary experiences just for you. For example, you’ll visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare, where you’ll enjoy tea and scones at its Japanese Gardens Restaurant. You’ll also taste the famous gingerbread crafted in Grasmere in England’s Lake District. Or how about a walk with a Local Guide on the old city walls in Derry, Northern Ireland?

Bustling cities, smaller towns, scenic castles (Caernarvon, Edinburgh, and Blair Castles), breathtaking landscapes, tasty treats, and so much more are offered on this incredible Britain and Ireland tour.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

GLASGOW
Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner

CULLODEN MOOR

Visit the battle site’s visitor center

BLAIR ATHOLL
Visit Blair Castle

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace

GRASMERE
Visit Wordsworth’s village, [LF] try original Grasmere gingerbread

LIVERPOOL
Visit the Beatles Story

CAERNARVON
Admire the impressive castle

HOLYHEAD-DUBLIN
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry

DUBLIN
Orientation drive

KILDARE
Guided tour of the Irish National Stud, enjoy [LF] tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant

ROCK OF CASHEL
Take photographs of this famous landmark

KILLARNEY
Visit the popular resort town

RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive

ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

GALWAY
Orientation

KNOCK
Visit the religious site

DERRY
[LF] Guided walking tour on the city walls

COUNTY ANTRIM
Take pictures of Dunluce Castle, visit Giant’s Causeway

BELFAST
Guided “Living History” tour

BELFAST-CAIRNRYAN
Cross the North Channel by ferry

Headsets throughout the tour

Notes:

NOTE:

  • August 7,14, 21 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Belfast-Cairnryan. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Glasgow

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive In Glasgow, Scotland. Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.
Dinner Dinner

Day 2

Glasgow–Fort William–Inverness. Your Celtic adventure starts in earnest with a city drive, taking in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. On the way this morning: the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, lovely Loch Linnhe, and Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster. Spend the night in Inverness, the Highland capital.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

Inverness–Culloden–Blair Atholl–Edinburgh. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTER, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, drive through the Cairngorms National Park and visit BLAIR CASTLE, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Tonight in Edinburgh, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

Edinburgh. Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this evening. For departure numbers August 7, August 14, and August 21, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

Edinburgh–Gretna Green–Grasmere, England–Liverpool. On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green. Then, leave the land of the Scots and journey into England through the tranquil Lake District to Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, to try original [LF] GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. In Liverpool, visit the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.”
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

Liverpool–North Wales–Dublin, Ireland. Travel to lovely Betws-y-Coed, then through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park and over breathtaking Llanberis Pass. After a stop at Caernarvon, cross Britannia Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair.... At Holyhead, board your FERRY and cross the Irish Sea to Dublin. For a first taste of Ireland, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter?
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Dublin. An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, you might want to take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

Dublin–Kildare–Cashel–Blarney–Killarney. Horse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. After your guided tour, enjoy [LF] TEA and SCONES at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant. On the way to Killarney, stop at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached, and in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

Killarney–Ring of Kerry–Adare–Limerick. Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Have your camera ready for sparkling seascapes, brightly colored farmhouses, subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. In the afternoon, travel via quaint Adare to Limerick. A suggestion for a very special night out: an optional medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

Limerick–Cliffs of Moher–Galway–Knock–Bundoran. Motor to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren, reach Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Visit Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world, then spend the night in Bundoran.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 11

Bundoran–Derry, Northern Ireland–Giant's Causeway–Belfast. First highlight today is Derry, situated on the banks of the Foyle River, and a [LF] WALK on the Old Town walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, take your photographs of Dunluce Castle, then visit awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Stay in Belfast tonight, Northern Ireland’s seat of government.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 12

Belfast–Glasgow, Scotland. On this morning’s “Living History” tour in the company of a Local Guide, learn more about this fascinating city where the Titanic was built. Board your FERRY for the crossing of the North Channel to Cairnryan on the west coast of Scotland. Back in Glasgow, celebrate the success of your journey with a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

Glasgow. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

DAWN SCASE

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

"A wealth of history is packed into our islands and I'm passionate about bringing each country and region to life, highlighting their character through stories, music and culture. Born in Northern Ireland with Scottish ancestry, married to a Welshman and living in England I adore every part of our British Isles and very much look forward to showing you around!"

Tour Director -  DAWN SCASE

 Accommodations

BELFAST

STORMONT HOTEL

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

DUBLIN

THE GIBSON

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

EDINBURGH

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON - EDINBURGH CITY CENTRE

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

GLASGOW

JURYS INN GLASGOW

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First-Class
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INVERNESS

MERCURE INVERNESS HOTEL

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First-Class
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KILLARNEY

SCOTTS HOTEL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LIMERICK

CLAYTON HOTEL LIMERICK

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

LIVERPOOL

NOVOTEL LIVERPOOL

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First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SLIGO

CLAYTON SLIGO

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Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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