Retired and ready to roam? Ireland and Scotland are the perfect blends of vibrant rolling hills, green clifftops, castles, and rich history to explore at whatever pace you’d like. And, you’re in luck — they’re also two of our most popular destinations, so we’ve got a few tips and tricks up our sleeve! Here are some must-hit spots for seniors to visit when traveling to the lands of lochs, legends, and lore. 

We’ve also linked a few of our itineraries we think are the best and most popular for our traveling seniors, any of which are fully customizable to ensure you include the essentials on your travel list! 

Ireland

Welcome to the Emerald Isle! Begin in Dublin where the streets are stirring with live music, gift shops, pubs, and plenty of jovial Irish spirit. Here, you can enjoy walks along the stone streets in the city’s heartbeat and visit the infamous Guinness Storehouse where you’ll find seven stories of wheat barrels, machinery, brews, and pour-your-own experiences, finishing at the 360° Gravity Bar. Afterwards, visit the beautiful campus of Trinity College where you’ll find the Book of Kells exhibit in the large, cavernous library. 

See the storied halls and large gardens of Kilkenny Castle, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland. The castle is open year-around and its fifty acres offer much to be seen and explored, including a terraced rose garden, an intricate courtyard, royal decor, and plenty of tumultuous history to learn about. 

You’ll see the gorgeous, quiet countryside of Killarney and County Clare, with thatched cottages that look like something out of a fairytale. Browse shops and, if you’re up for it, visit the mighty Cliffs of Moher—heads up, be prepared for some heavy breezes! While this stop will have a bit of walking to the cliffs and some misty weather, we think the view is absolutely worth it.

The quaint, charming city of Galway is a traveler favorite, with many pubs, restaurants, shops, and walking paths to explore. If you’ve ever heard of the famed Claddagh Ring, here’s the place to purchase the souvenir. 

A self-drive tour of the Ring of Kerry is a perfect day tip! You may go at your own pace, make stops as you wish, and view the beautiful coastal inlets, rolling countryside, and breathe in the fresh sea air. The circuit takes about 3.5 hours, and you’ll take in views you’ll remember forever. 

While these are just a few highlights not to miss, the below inspirational itineraries have more details and fully-customizable days: Best of Ireland, Enchanted South.

Scotland

Welcome to Scotland! You’ll feel the magic in the air the moment you’re off the plane. Enjoy the day in Edinburgh, and you can begin with a hop-on hop-off tour to get your bearings and see the beautiful cityscape. A popular attraction is the Royal Yacht Britannia, the boat that’s sailed over 1,000,000 nautical miles and was the former yacht of Queen Elizabeth 11. You’ll explore five decks, state apartments, and even enjoy tea and scones in the Royal Deck Tea Room! 

Visit the mountaintop Stirling Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned. You’ll learn about the architecture and history, and the view from the top is well worth the visit! Then, make your way to Loch Lomond, a large lake in southern Scotland. You’ll see a magnificent view of the low mountains and the smooth, reflective lake, plus the park is a great place to sneak a peek at red deer and other wildlife—you can even take a hawk walk and spot some birds of prey. Did you know the area was the first place to become a national park in Scotland? 

The incredible Isle of Skye is full of craggy coasts, stunning sunsets, and shimmering waterfalls. You can visit fairy pools, go fishing, and spot the Old Man of Storr, a rocky hill on the Trotternish Peninsula which is believed to have been an ancient burial ground. The Quiraing walk begins here, and you can go just as far as you wish and still see endless cliffs and inland lochs. 

Near the end of your trip, travel to Inverness and visit St. Andrews, which is so much more than just the home of golf! Explore the remains of the cathedral which dates back to the 12th century and walk in the footsteps of golf legends on the Old Course. A walking tour will take you through the city’s history, restaurants, relics, and off-the-beaten-path stops such as the Knights Templar and the St. Andrews Meridian Line. We recommend tasting lots of the local food, too!

If you’d like to customize one of our Scotland itineraries, we’d recommend starting with The Best of Scotland or our Grand Tour of Scotland. Visit as much or as little sites as you like, but no matter what you’ll come back from a most unforgettable vacation.

Whether you’re hoping to visit Ireland or Scotland, or both (we really think they’re the perfect duo!), we’d love to take you there and help plan the perfect itinerary. Browse other personalized trips below. See you soon!

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Best of Scotland

11 Days | 10 Nights
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Edinburgh is the starting point on this iconic 10-day tour of Scotland. Walk the cobblestone streets of the Royal Mile with its magnificent Edinburgh Castle at the top. Discover the many different sides of this city. Heading west from Edinburgh, you will see the lochs and glens that – along with the highlands and islands – make this country such a spectacular destination.

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Grand Tour of Scotland

Grand Tour of Scotland

15 Days | 14 Nights
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Scotland, at your leisure. Taking it one historic castle, distillery, and breathtaking glen at a time, savoring the amazing food and drink that Scotland is famous for along the way. 

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Historical Adventure of England & Scotland

8 Days | 7 Nights
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Enjoy an introduction to England and Scotland with this 7-night tour. Take in the highlights of cosmopolitan London before moving northward to the Roman walled city of York and onto bonnie Scotland to enjoy its capital city of Edinburgh and the magical highlands.

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11 Days | 10 Nights
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Northern Ireland at its finest. Drive the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, walk in the footsteps of giants, and see Game of Thrones locations.

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The Island of Ireland

15 Days | 14 Nights
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From Northern Ireland to the south, great cities like Dublin and Belfast to the Wild Atlantic Way, this tour embraces the best that Ireland has to offer.

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The south brings the bustling capital, the medieval city of Kilkenny, and one of the wildest, most enchanting coastal touring routes in the world.

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