Ireland & Scotland Experience
- Dublin City
- Guinness Storehouse
- Blarney Castle
- Giants Causeway
- Ring of Kerry
- Cliffs of Moher
- Belleek China
- Giants Causeway
- Loch Lomond
- Urquhart Castle
- Loch Ness
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Clan Donald Skye Centre
- Visit to a local Kiltmaker
- Edradour Whisky Distillery
- Irish Tour Director and luxury motorcoach while in Ireland & Scotland
- 12 Nights Hotel: Dublin (1), Killarney (2), Galway (1), Donegal (2), Belfast (1), Glasgow (1), Inverness (2), Edinburgh (2)
- Full Breakfast Daily
- 8 Dinners
- Entrances as outlined above
Day 1 Arrival in Dublin
Céad míle fáilte! A hundred thousand welcomes! Collect you luggage, clear customs and meet your Tenon Tours representative who will assist with the transfer to your centrally located Dublin hotel. Check-in, freshen up and head out to explore Dublin on a panoramic drive around the city with your driver/ guide. Later visit the Guinness Storehouse and sample a free pint in the Gravity Bar atop the building while enjoying the 360 degree view of Dublin.
Overnight in Dublin
Day 2 – Killarney via Blarney Castle
Today we will depart Dublin for the south west of Ireland. On route to Killarney, we will stop at one of the most famous spots in Ireland, Blarney Castle, home to the Blarney Stone. It is reputed that if you kiss the Blarney Stone, you will never be lost for words again. We will continue on to Killarney, where we will check in to the hotel for the next two nights. You will have time to explore the town before we have dinner together in the hotel.
Overnight & Dinner in Killarney
Day 3 – Ring of Kerry
Today we will travel the 110 mile Ring of Kerry, that traces the coastline of the Inveragh Peninsula, so be prepared for some breathtaking views. There is always something new to appreciate in the combination of ocean, islands, mountains, light and ever-changing weather patterns. The first town along the route is Kilorglin, famous for Puck Fair. Continuing along the Peninsula, you will capture outstanding views of the Blasket Islands and the Dingle Peninsula. As we meander along we will pass through Molls Gap and onto Ladies View, named after Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting. The vistas of lakes and mountains remain magnificent today. This evening, you are free to enjoy the town of Killarney with its many fine restaurants and pubs, on your own.
Day 4 – Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Today we depart Killarney for Galway. Once aboard the coach we will take the drive north leaving the Kingdom of Kerry behind us. Crossing the river Shannon by ferry allows you to take in the scenic view of the Irish coastline. We then travel along the beautiful and rugged coast of Clare for a visit to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. These spectacular Cliffs stretch for about 5 miles and are over 700 feet high. We continue on to the lively city of Galway which is bursting with arts, music, dancing, pubs and lots more. After checking into the hotel you are free to go explore.
Dinner & Overnight: Galway
Day 5: Donegal via Sligo
Today we depart Galway and head north to Donegal. En route, we will stop in Sligo to an area known as Yeat’s Country, after the famous poet, W.B. Yeat’s. Along with beautiful scenery, it is also home to Yeat’s grave. Our next stop will be to the border town of Belleek, in Northern Ireland. Belleek is home to the famous Belleek China and Porcelain. We will then arrive at our hotel in Donegal and will have dinner together tonight in the hotel.
Dinner & Overnight: Donegal
Day 6: Donegal
After a delicious breakfast this morning, we will board the bus and drive to West Donegal, where the mountains, sea, and green fields will take your breath away. Donegal is considered one of, if not the most, beautiful counties in Ireland. And once we see the majestic Slieve League Cliffs and fishing port town of Killybegs, you will know why! Once we arrive back at the hotel, you will have time to relax or walk around the town before dinner together tonight.
Dinner & Overnight: Donegal
Day 7: Giant’s Causeway & Belfast
Today, we depart Donegal and head along the rugged and beautiful Antrim Coastline. We “walk in the footsteps of giants” with a visit to the Giants Causeway. It is an area of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption; however the legend is more convincing for those who prefer a more colorful story and something to do with “Giants”. We will then continue on to Belfast, where we will check in to our hotel. You will have time to enjoy the lively city this evening, before we leave for Scotland in the morning.
Day 8: Ferry Over to Glasgow
Today, we will board the ferry in Belfast heading north across the sea to Glasgow, Scotland. Once in Glasgow we will check into our hotel, before enjoying a panoramic tour around the city. Dinner tonight will be in the hotel as a group
Dinner & Overnight: Glasgow
Day 9: Inverness via Loch Lomond, Glencoe, & Loch Ness
After departing Glasgow, we will head north into the Highlands. On our way to Inverness, we will stop on the bonnie, bone banks of Loch Lomond. We will take a cruise around the famous lake, before continuing on to Glencoe. This is where the Highlands are spectacular and the setting for such movies as Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. We continue north to Urquhant Castle, located on the banks of Scotland’s other famous lake, Loch Ness. This ruined castle was one of the largest strongholds of medieval Scotland. The area around the castle is also where the majority of The Loch Ness Monster sightings have occurred. After our day of sightseeing, we will arrive in Inverness and check into the hotel for the next two nights. You will have time to either relax or explore the town before dinner together tonight.
Dinner & Overnight: Inverness
Day 10: Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye
Today after breakfast, we will head southwest of Inverness to Eilean Donan Castle. Founded in the 13th century, this picturesque castle has been featured in many photographs and movies throughout the years. We will drive to the Isle of Skye to the the Clan Donald Skye Centre. This estate is 20,00 acres and features beautiful gardens, walking trails, Armadale Castle, and the Museum of the Isles. After our visit to the estate, we will head back to Inverness where you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore the town or do some shopping on your own.
Dinner & Overnight: Inverness
Day 11: A Day of Scottish Tradition: Kiltmaking & Whiskey
Today we say goodbye to Inverness and the Highlands, but before doing so, we will learn about a Scottish Highland tradition and visit a local kiltmaker. En route to Edinburgh, we will stop in the Victorian town of Pitlochry. The town features beautiful hills, stone buildings, and a diverse range of restaurants and local shops. Also located in Pitlochry, is the Edradour Scotch Whisky Distillery. We will stop and take a tour of Scotland’s smallest distillery and of course be treated to a “wee dram” of Edradour on arrival. We will continue on and arrive in Edinburgh. The rest of the day, you will be free to explore the city and have dinner on your own.
Day 12: Edinburgh
Today, after breakfast, we will take a walking tour of historic Edinburgh. We will have an opportunity to visit St. Andrew Square, Scottish Parliament, and Old Town. And after the tour if you are feeling ambitious, you can climb Arthur’s Seat, a dormant volcano right in the middle of Edinburgh! The views, as you can imagine, are breathtaking. Tonight, we will have our final dinner of the tour together as a group.
Dinner & Overnight: Edinburgh
Day 13: Depart Edinburgh for the United States
Pack your bags and head for Edinburgh Airport, where you will board your flight for home. Carry on your photos and memories and bring a bit of Ireland & Scotland home with you!