Air Dispatch Scotland & Ireland 2018
- TOUR DATES: August 10 to 21, 2018
- 11 nights in 3/4 star hotels
- Edinburgh Scottish Evening with dinner & wine
- Canal Dinner Cruise in Dublin
- Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle
- Farmhouse for tea & scones and working sheepdog demonstration
- Additional option of the Edinburgh Tattoo
Day 1 Friday August 10
Arrival into Glasgow airport. Transfer to your hotel. Join your travel companions for a welcome drink before dinner and overnight.
Day 2 Saturday August 11
Breakfast. Meet your tour guide and set out on an introductory tour of central Glasgow. This is a city that flourished in Victorian times due to the shipbuilding industry and international trade. Drive around George Square with its ornate City Chambers and visit Provand's Lordship, Glasgow's oldest house built in 1471. The house was originially part of a hospital and has been extensively restored and furnished. Dinner and overnight
Day 3 Sunday August 12
Breakfast. Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its unsurpassed beauty and through the deep valley of Glen Coe, notorious for the Campbell massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Drive through Fort William and stop at the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, which offers a good selection of quality Scottish goods. Short cruise on Loch Ness to keep an eye out for 'Nessie'. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Monday August 13
Breakfast. We visit a whisky distillery, learn how its distilled and sample some. Continue south to St Andrews, renowned as the 'Home of Golf' and for its university, Scotland's oldest. Spend some time to explore on your own. Drive south to Edinburgh. Overnight
Day 5 Tuesday August 14
Breakfast. This morning tour the prinicpal sights of Edinburgh. Drive along the bustling Princes Street and through the gracious, wide streets of the 200 year old Gregorian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where compact medieval houses reach 11 floors tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of the Scone. The balance of the day is free.
Dine at a Scottish Evening on some excellent Scottish cuisine followed by a lively show with songs, stories and traditional dancing. Overnight.
Day 6 Wednesday August 15
Breakfast. Day at lesiure in the Scottish capital.
Option: In the early evening we'll head to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle for the Military Tattoo (additional cost) - for a fantastic evening of music, pomp and pageantry, which ends with the spectacle of the lone piper patrolling the battlements, silhouetted against the night sky. Overnight.
Day 7 Thursday August 16
Breakfast. Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast, At Cainryan take a ferry ride to Belfast and enjoy a casual lunch on board. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner which was built in the adjacent docks. State-of-the-art displays describe working conditions in the shipbuilding industry and the construction of the Titanic. Drive south to Dublin and check into your hotel. This evening is free. Overnight.
Day 8 Friday August 17
Breakfast. Tour central Dublin today to see fashionable shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view elegant Georgian squares and pass the General Post Office, where the 1916 Uprising started. Walk through the campus of Trinity College with a student guide to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century book of Kells and learn how monks created this and other masterpieces. In the evening enjoy a canal dinner cruise with traditional Irish music aboard a former Guiness barge through central Dublin. Overnight.
Day 9 Saturday August 18
Breakfast. Travel throught the midlands of Ireland, stopping for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel. Visit a farmhouse for tea with scones and watch skilled sheep dogs herd sheep. Continue south to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous 'Stone of Eloquence'. Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods. Drive to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains. Check in at your hotel and relax before dinner. Afterwards you may like to explore some of Killarney's famous singing pubs. Dinner and overnight.
Day 10 Sunday August 19
Breakfast. Visit Ross Castle set on Lough Leane. Then embark on the Ring of Kerry - a winding route with breath-taking sights of mountains and coastal views. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge to visit the Skellig experience which describes the austere lives of early Christian monks on the nearby islands. Enjoy a casual lunch and stop in Sneem to admire brightly painted houses. Pause at Moll's Gap for stunning views before returning to Killarney where you have an evening free for independent dining and activities. Overnight.
Day 11 Monday August 20
Breakfast. Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon to reach the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. If you wish, you may visit the Bunratty Folk Park, have a drink in the 200 year old Durty Nelly's Pub or shop at the Bunratty Mills. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable medieval style feast where the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages. Overnight.
Day 12 Tuesday August 21
Breakfast. Transfer to Dublin airport
Photographs:George Square ©Visit Scotland; Loch Ness © Visit Britain; Dublin
Included in the per person price: 11 nights bed and breakfast in 3/4 star hotels; 4 dinners; Edinburgh Scottish Folklore Evening with Dinner; Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet; Dublin Canal Boat Dinner Cruise; Lunch in Sneem on the Ring of Kerry; Tour coach; Driver/guide; Whisky Distillery with Tasting; Irish Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog demonstration; Attraction entrance fees; Provand's Lordship; Edinburgh Castle; Belfast Titanic Museum; Trinity College with Book of Kellsl Blarney Castle and Gardens; Skellig Experience; Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre; Bunratty Castle and Folkpark; Loch Ness Cruise; Scotland to Ireland Ferry; River Shannon Ferry
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