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Highlights of Ireland & Scotland (9030)

12 Day Tour from Dublin to Edinburgh

2023 Tour Details

Discover the treasures of Ireland and Scotland on your affordable tour from Dublin to Edinburgh. In Dublin’s fair city, you’ll drive along the statue-lined O’Connell Street and see the elegant Georgian squares with their red-brick townhouses. You’ll also see Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. En route from Dublin to the seaside resort of Tramore, take a stroll through the pretty lanes of Kilkenny, and see the city famous for its Irish crystal—Waterford. In Blarney, home of the fabled Stone of Eloquence, time to browse or buy irresistible Irish handicrafts and crystal. On your way to Killarney, stop for spectacular photo opportunities along the Ring of Kerry. You’ll travel to Limerick, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, and the cosmopolitan seaside city of Galway. Drive along Donegal Bay, with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches to Derry. Continue to the north coast’s awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway—40,000 interlocking basalt columns that were formed by volcanic eruptions some 60 million years ago. An amazing sight!

Next, to Belfast, where the Titanic was built. You’ll board a ferry for an Irish Sea crossing to Cairnryan, then on to Glasgow. Your budget-minded travel through Ireland and Scotland delves into the lush and rugged country of Scotland with magical scenes such as the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, wild landscapes of Rannoch Moor, Loch Ness, and Scotland’s famed whisky region. From the spectacular Cairngorms National Park to the beautiful Victorian resort of Pitlochry, and the home of golf, St. Andrews, you’ll cross the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh for royal Scottish history in the home of historic scientists, inventors, and novelists. Your value-minded tour of Ireland and Scotland is chock-full of priceless experiences, sights, and memories brave and true!

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 Tour Highlights

Notes:

Departures July 28, August 4 and 11 include Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Transportation:

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Irish Sea crossing by day ferry

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with choice of menus

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, there’s time to rest or discover the vibrant Irish capital. Why not end the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse?

Day 2

DUBLIN Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions to start your day in the “Fair City” with an orientation drive along statue-lined O’Connell Street; elegant Georgian squares with their tall red brick townhouses, multi-hued doors and wrought-iron decorated windows; Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College; and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure. Maybe join an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3

DUBLIN–KILKENNY–WATERFORD–TRAMORE Kilkenny, with its medieval cobblestone streets and Old-World charm, is your first destination today. There is time to stroll through pretty lanes with vibrantly painted houses and enjoy a morning coffee. Continue on to Waterford, famous for its exquisite crystal, before arriving at the seaside resort of Tramore. Before dinner, an optional pub tour might be fun.
Today’s Distance: 128 mi/ 205 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 4

TRAMORE–BLARNEY–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY The first of today’s highlights is Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish handicrafts and handmade crystal. At Kenmare, join part of the Ring of Kerry, and stop for spectacular photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before arriving in the popular resort town of Killarney.
Today’s Distance: 178 mi/ 293 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

KILLARNEY–ADARE–LIMERICK In Killarney this morning, there is time for an optional horse-drawn jaunting car ride along the National Park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. Then to Adare, renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns. Its main street is punctuated with beautiful stone buildings and thatched cottages, medieval monasteries, ruins, and a picturesque village park. On to Limerick and, this evening, consider joining an optional medieval-themed banquet.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 113 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO Breathtaking scenery awaits you today. Start with a visit to the spectacular 668-foot Cliffs of Moher and fantastic views over the Atlantic and Clare coast. Then, cross the limestone plateau of The Burren and stop in Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan district with vibrant shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Your destination for tonight is Sligo.
Today’s Distance: 178 mi/ 293 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 7

SLIGO-DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST Drive along Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches to Derry, the walled city on the banks of the Foyle River. Continue on to awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear how millions of years ago, the more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed. Overnight in the vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

BELFAST–ALLOWAY, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW Enjoy a leisurely morning in the capital city of Northern Ireland before boarding the ferry for the Irish Sea crossing to Cairnryan. On your way to Glasgow, stop in Alloway, the birthplace of Scottish poet Robert Burns.
Today’s Distance: 100 mi/ 160 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM– FORT AUGUSTUS–CULLODEN MOOR–HIGHLANDS Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, and proceed via wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, beneath Ben Nevis and Fort Augustus. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster, on the way to Culloden Moor where the Jacobite Rising, with Bonnie Prince Charlie at its helm, came to a tragic end at the hands of the Hanoverians.
Today’s Distance: 202 mi/ 325 km
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 10

HIGHLANDS–PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH Travel through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park to Pitlochry, the Victorian mountain resort set amongst a beautiful scenery. Then, head to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing. Finally, cross the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. A suggestion for this evening: a traditional Scottish night out with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Today’s Distance: 176 mi/ 284 km
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11

EDINBURGH A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town,” home to famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” visit Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure. For departures July 28, August 4, and August 11, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned Military Tattoo.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

EDINBURGH Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, 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.

NICI RIDGE

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

"It's a real pleasure to guide around Great Britain and Ireland and to bring to life the history of our ancestors. There is a story for every corner; our land is a puzzle of fascinating history and as we travel through the country side and cities you will see the complete picture. Guiding for me is being able to leave you with memories you'll never forget."

Tour Director -  NICI RIDGE

PIETER CORDWELL

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

"I've been a Tour Director all my life. My father has been a Tour Director since before I was born, so I have literally been brought up to do this. The soundtrack of my childhood was the stories of British history, and I've always loved sharing those stories with others. Now, I get to do just that!"

Tour Director -  PIETER CORDWELL

TOM BURTCHAELL

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

"I was brought up in a house where history and tourism were in the air and inevitably I caught the bug. My first ever tourism and hospitality job was as a young teen and I've been involved since. I have a passion for meeting people and imparting information on landscapes, history, geography and culture. I strive to create positive memories that will last long after the tour has finished."

Tour Director -  TOM BURTCHAELL

 Accommodation

DUBLIN

THE BONNINGTON DUBLIN HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

TRAMORE

MAJESTIC HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

KILLARNEY

KILLARNEY COURT HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

LIMERICK

LIMERICK CITY HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

SLIGO

SOUTHERN HOTEL SLIGO

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

BELFAST

JURYS INN BELFAST

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

GLASGOW

LEONARDO INN GLASGOW WEST END

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

HIGHLANDS

CARRBRIDGE HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

EDINBURGH

LEONARDO HOTEL EDINBURGH MURRAYFIELD

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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