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Wonders of Ireland & Scotland

(14 days / 13 nights)

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Let yourself be swept away on a Celtic getaway

Come experience the beauty of Ireland and Scotland on a small group tour. You'll see the highlights of both countries and enjoy the expert services of a local tour guide. First, you’ll tour Ireland, from Dublin to the west coast. Then you’ll head to Northern Ireland before taking the ferry to Scotland to see its cities and Highlands. This is the ideal way to see both countries, learn about their culture and history, while meeting fellow world travellers.

14 days / 13 nights

Price p.p. from

The amount will be charged in EUR

Approx 5519 EUR

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Groups limited to 15 travellers
  • Seamless travel experience
  • Experienced drivers in both countries
  • Friendly guide through your whole tour
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Service from trusted travel experts in Scotland & Ireland
  • 100% guaranteed departures
  • 24/7 helpline during your tour
  • Great customer reviews
  • Carbon offsetting included

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  • Optional cancellation insurance
  • Affordable deposits from 10%

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the historic and vibrant Irish and Scottish capitals, Dublin and Edinburgh
  • Visit local distilleries to taste the flavours of Scotland and Ireland
  • Discover ancient castles like Stirling Castle, Bunratty Castle and Blarney Castle
  • Experience Ireland’s most scenic peninsula, the Ring of Kerry
  • Take in the fresh air of the Cliffs of Moher and its sweeping scenery
  • Immerse yourself in traditional Irish culture and music in Galway
  • See some of Scotland’s top sights on the iconic Isle of Skye
  • Admire the striking natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands
  • Sail along the tranquil and mysterious Loch Ness
  • Hassle-free travel experience with a local tour guide in Ireland and Scotland

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Culture and History i, Heritage i, Highlands i

Pace level

Level 2/3 (Classic) i

Activity level

Level 2/4 (Moderate) i

Season

Apr - Oct

Max group size

15

Departure

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Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Culture and History i, Heritage i, Highlands i

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN IRELAND

    Upon your arrival in Dublin, make your way to your accommodation in the city centre. You may choose to take a taxi or use public transport, but for a more direct and comfortable ride, we will be happy to organise a private airport transfer for you.

    Then immerse yourself in the eclectic mixture of heritage sites, museums and historic pubs of the Irish capital. Take a stroll along the cobbled streets of the Temple Bar district, grab a pint at the Guinness Storehouse for a taste of the world-famous beer or visit the historic Trinity College to see the ancient Book of Kells.

    You could enjoy an afternoon tea sightseeing tour of the city on a vintage bus or stroll along the characterful O’Connell Street filled with interesting shops and landmark buildings.

    Spend the night at Dylan Hotel or similar.

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details See Activities for this day
  • Day 2: INTO THE IRISH COUNTRYSIDE

    Today, your guide will pick you up to start your adventure around Ireland. The tour will start with a drive across the beautiful midlands and towards the west coast. Take in the rolling hills and lush countryside during the journey.

    On the way to Galway, we’ll have the opportunity to learn about Irish history at Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. You will also visit a local whiskey distillery for a tour and tasting.

    Finally, we’ll arrive in Galway, a lively city by the Atlantic Ocean, where we’ll enjoy dinner as a group.

    Spend the night at Park House Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Trim Castle
    • Tour and tasting at local distillery
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Dinner at the hotel restaurant

    Average travel & exploration time: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 3: EXPLORING GALWAY

    Today you have a choice of exploring Galway at your leisure or joining an optional excursion to the Aran Islands. These three windswept islands are one of the few places where the Gaelic language, culture and music still truly thrive. On the tour you’ll take a ferry to Inis Mór (Inishmore), the largest of the islands. Here, you’ll hop on a guided bus tour so you can learn more about the history and culture of the local community. You’ll also have some free time to explore at your leisure before returning to the mainland.

    Spend another night at Park House Hotel or similar. 

    Included:
    • Breakfast at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 8-9 hours

    Attractions Accommodation details See Activities for this day
  • Day 4: IRELAND’S JEWEL, THE CLIFFS OF MOHER

    Today we’ll continue south along the Galway Bay. The first stop of the day will be Dunguaire Castle, where you’ll have the opportunity to take some scenic photos. Sitting on a rocky outcrop overlooking the bay, it is one of the most photographed castles in Ireland. Then we’ll pass by Poulnabrone Dolmen, one of Ireland’s oldest megalithic monuments.

    Finally, we’ll reach the west coast to visit Ireland’s top attraction, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. This is a true showcase of the country’s iconic coastal scenery. Walk along the paths, try to spot some seabirds and take in the views of the fierce Atlantic Ocean.

    Later, we’ll make a stop at the 15th-century Bunratty Castle. We’ll take some time to visit the castle and learn about its history before arriving in Killarney.

    Spend the night at Randles Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Cliffs of Moher visitor centre
    • Entrance to Bunratty Castle
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Dinner at the hotel restaurant

    Average travel & exploration time: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 5: THE RING OF KERRY

    Today, we’ll take in the magic of the Ring of Kerry. This is one of Ireland’s most famous routes and a must-see when visiting its countryside. Along the way there’ll be plenty of stops for you to take photos and admire the striking landscape.

    We’ll first take some time to wander around the grounds of Kells Bay House to see its primeval forest of planted giant ferns. Then, if the weather allows, we’ll stop by the charming Derrynane Bay with its striking white sands.  Later, we’ll complete the circular tour ending back inside the Killarney National Park, where we’ll visit the picturesque Torc Waterfall.

    Spend another night at Randles Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Kells Bay House
    • Breakfast at your hotel

    Average travel & exploration time: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 6: BLARNEY CASTLE AND IRISH HERITAGE

    Today, we’ll drive south to explore Blarney Castle, a legendary medieval stronghold. It is well worth visiting because it is home to the Blarney Stone, surrounded by many myths and tales.

    We’ll then spend some time in Cork, Ireland’s second largest city, before driving north to stop for a photo opportunity at the Rock of Cashel. This historic site is a fantastic collection of medieval buildings that span over 1000 years of history. Later, we’ll arrive in Kilkenny. This is a beautiful medieval town nestled around a majestic 12th-century castle.

    Spend the night at Butler House Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Blarney Castle
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Dinner at the hotel restaurant

    Average travel & exploration time: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 7: JOURNEY TO NORTHERN IRELAND

    This morning we make our way back to Dublin. Your first visit will be at the charming 12th-century Malahide Castle.

    The next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange. Here you can see impressive megalithic passage tombs which are believed to be older than the Great Pyramids of Egypt. This is one of Ireland’s most popular and fascinating attractions. You’ll also make a short stop to admire the high crosses of Monasterboice, the historic ruins of a Christian settlement. We’ll then cross into Northern Ireland (part of the UK) to reach the capital Belfast.

    Spend the night at Europa Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Malahide Castle
    • Entrance to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Newgrange
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 8 hours

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  • Day 8: TRAVEL BY SEA TO SCOTLAND

    Today you say goodbye to the Emerald Isle as you journey to Scotland. You have the early morning to explore the centre of Belfast at your leisure. Then you join your guide and the group to board the ferry to Scotland. The crossing will take a bit less than 3 hours, so you’ll have time to relax on board and admire the views of the Irish Sea. In Cairnryan, we’ll be picked up by our new bus driver and taken to Glasgow. Here you’ll have the rest of the day at your leisure to explore Scotland’s largest city.  

    Spend the night at Sandman Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    Ferry crossing from Belfast to Cairnryan
    • Breakfast at your hotel

    Average travel & exploration time: 8 hours

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  • Day 9: INTO THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

    Today, your group will set off on your epic trip around Scotland. The tour will start with a stop by the beautiful city of Stirling, where you will visit the impressive Stirling Castle sitting atop the hill overlooking the town below. You’ll see the Wallace Monument in the distance.

    Then we’ll adventure ourselves into the Highlands. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to go for a forest walk at the picturesque Hermitage, followed by a visit of the nearby town of Dunkeld. Your guide will continue through the Cairngorms National Park where you will stop at the Highland Folk Museum.

    Later, we arrive in Inverness, where we’ll stay for the next 2 nights. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner at your accommodation with the group.

    Spend the night at Drumossie Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    •Entrance to Stirling Castle
    • Entrance to Highland Folk Museum
    • Breakfast at your accommodation 
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 8 hours

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  • Day 10: HISTORIC HIGHLIGHTS OF INVERNESS-SHIRE

    Today we’ll spend a whole day discovering the surrounding region of Inverness. It sits in a scenic location, at the mouth of the Moray Firth, and is at the heart of Highland history.  

    The first stop of the day will be at the haunting Battlefield of Culloden Moor. This is the site where the last battle on British soil occurred in 1746, which also marked the end of the Highlander way of life. We’ll have some time to explore the visitor centre before getting back on the road. The next stop will be a visit to an even older site, the Bronze-age cemetery, Clava Cairns. This historic site includes passage graves, ring cairns and standing stones dating back roughly 4,000 years, making it older than Stonehenge.

    In the afternoon, we’ll head north to explore the beautiful Black Isle Peninsula. One of the top spots here is Chanonry Point, where dolphins can sometimes be spotted at low tide.

    Spend another night at Drumossie Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Culloden Battlefield
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 8 hours

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  • Day 11: LOCH NESS & EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

    Experience some of Scotland’s most famous attractions today. Your guide will take you to the mysterious Loch Ness, where you will hop aboard a boat tour. This is your chance to take photos of the dramatic surroundings and see if you can catch a glimpse of Nessie.

    Next up we’ll drive through verdant countryside before making a stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a sight you will surely recognise from films. Then we’ll finally reach the Isle of Skye area where dinner will be served at tonight’s accommodation.

    Spend the night at Balmacara Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Loch Ness boat tour
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 8 hours

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  • Day 12: THE ISLE OF SKYE

    We start the day early to explore the magic of Skye, a haven for nature lovers. You’ll first have some time to wander through the colourful streets of Portree before we head to the northern part of the island, the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula. This is where so many of the island’s mythical and spectacular landscapes lie.

    We’ll drive over the majestic hills, like the famous Quiraing, admiring the jaw-dropping natural sights along the way. You’ll see the iconic “Old Man of Storr” rock pinnacle, a plummeting waterfall and maybe even some dinosaur footprints at a local beach.

    Later, we’ll leave Skye behind and take the ferry back to the mainland. From here we’ll drive down to Fort William, passing by the scenic Glenfinnan. Here you can admire the Glenfinnan Viaduct high above. You may recognise it from the Harry Potter film series. At your hotel, you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

    Spend the night at the Isles of Glencoe Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Ferry crossing from Armadale to Mallaig
    • Breakfast at your hotel
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 9 hours

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  • Day 13: THE TROSSACHS’S BEAUTY & WHISKY

    This morning, travel through the impressive Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Your first stop of the day is in Luss, a charming medieval village on the banks of Loch Lomond. Then we’ll spend some time in the historic town of Doune where we’ll enjoy a tour and tasting at Deanston Whisky Distillery. The last stop on this tour will be the Kelpies, 2 impressive horse-head statues that will capture your attention.

    Back in Edinburgh, your driver will drop you off at your accommodation and you’ll say goodbye to your guide. Tonight you can enjoy dinner at one of Edinburgh’s many gourmet restaurants and spend the evening at your leisure exploring the Royal Mile or the New Town.

    Spend the night at Voco Haymarket or similar.  

    Included: 
    • Tour and tasting at Deanston Distillery
    • Breakfast at your accommodation 

    Average travel & exploration time: 7 hours

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  • Day 14: DEPARTURE FROM SCOTLAND

    On your final day in Scotland, make your way back to the airport for your departure flight. You can also arrange a private airport transfer or additional nights in Edinburgh while booking your tour. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may have time for a visit to one of Edinburgh’s many attractions.

    Included:
    • Breakfast at your accommodation

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Optional extras

Customise your adventure with these Optional Extras.

We recommend adding your extra activities to the tour now for the best booking experience and to secure your spot, as activities are likely to sell out.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

The Dylan is a 5-star boutique hotel located near the city centre of Dublin. The hotel sits in a leafy neighbourhood by the Grand Canal in the south of the capital. Stay at the Dylan Hotel...

Park House Hotel is located near the leafy Eyre Square and within the vibrant city centre of Galway. It will remind you of classic hotels with its modern style and luxury bedrooms. In-ro...

Park House Hotel is located near the leafy Eyre Square and within the vibrant city centre of Galway. It will remind you of classic hotels with its modern style and luxury bedrooms. In-ro...

Randles is a 4-star, family-owned hotel located in Killarney. This scenic town borders the lush national park of the same name. Here you can expect to experience all the charms of the Iris...

Randles is a 4-star, family-owned hotel located in Killarney. This scenic town borders the lush national park of the same name. Here you can expect to experience all the charms of the Iris...

Butler House is a unique hotel located in the centre of Kilkenny. You’ll find it just south of the majestic Kilkenny Castle and its lush grounds.  This Georgian home was built...

Located in the heart of Belfast, Europa is a world-famous upscale hotel that offers the finest Irish hospitality. You’ll be treated to a luxurious stay here. The 4-star hotel is ho...

Sandman is a 4-star hotel located in central Glasgow near Blythswood Square. It combines Scottish style with luxurious charm for an ideal base in Scotland’s largest city. There are...

Come stay at a luxury 4-star hotel just outside Inverness. Drumossie is set amidst a 9-acre parkland for a peaceful atmosphere. From your room, you’ll feel like you are having a trad...

Come stay at a luxury 4-star hotel just outside Inverness. Drumossie is set amidst a 9-acre parkland for a peaceful atmosphere. From your room, you’ll feel like you are having a trad...

Just before arriving on Skye, you’ll come across this charming hotel overlooking the scenic Loch Alsh. It is steeped in history as the estate dates back to the early 20th century and...

The Isles of Glencoe is nestled amidst a striking landscape of deep valleys and rolling mountains in the Scottish Highlands. You’re sure to enjoy the remote feel and natural surround...

voco offers a relaxing hub in Scotland’s capital just a short walk from all the city’s highlights. You’ll find this hotel has a modern vibe combined with sleek design and...

The hotels mentioned are our first priority for this tour. Please note that although we have included specific accommodations in the tour, these are subject to change in some cases. We reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard. We will send you the final list of hotels before you arrive for your tour.

Guaranteed departures

Group size: Maximum group size is 15 participants.

Price p.p. from

Approx 5519 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

  • Arrival
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    Availability
  • Tuesday 30 April 2024
    Sold out
  • Tuesday 7 May 2024
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  • Tuesday 11 June 2024
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  • Tuesday 20 August 2024
    6655 EUR
    1 space left
  • Tuesday 10 September 2024
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Our best price per person when booking for two.

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Tour Information

We recommend that you read carefully through the following information about what the tour includes, the accommodation, and other useful information for your travels.

Please note that this tour is not recommended for families with children under the age of 13. As the local legal drinking age is 18, those aged 17 and under will not take part in the distillery tours.

OUR NORDIC VISITOR GUIDES
This tour package includes the professional service of an experienced tour guide. They will accompany you across Ireland, on the ferry crossing and on the Scottish portion of the trip.

Your guide will offer their local knowledge and share stories with you. They will be a valuable resource for questions about local customs, language, food and other practical travel information.

You’ll also be in good hands as they will act as the logistical organiser for the group. They will ensure that everything is running smoothly and that you’re having a good time during your holiday. When you travel on a guided small group tour with Nordic Visitor, you get a personal experience of Ireland and Scotland.

There will also be drivers in each country. Your driver in Ireland will drop you and your guide off at the port in Belfast and your Scottish driver will pick you up after the ferry crossing.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts carefully selects hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses around the country based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort.

Due to the historic nature of the properties included in the tour, please note that room sizes and views may vary. Many of the rooms are only accessible by stairs and none of the properties have elevators. Triple rooms are not available for this tour and twin rooms are limited.

Please contact us for booking assistance if your group contains 3 or more people.

FOOD & DRINK
A daily breakfast buffet is included at the hotels during your stay. You will also enjoy 8 included dinners, as per the package inclusions. They will usually either be a set dinner menu or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients (drinks not included).

Please notify your travel consultant at the time of booking of any dietary restrictions or allergies.

Other meals are not included and are at your own expense. The driver and guide will make sure to stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch.

WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR TRIP
• A small backpack to store your daily items on the bus
• Waterproof jacket and trousers
• Sturdy hiking shoes or boots
• Camera with extra batteries
• Sunglasses and sunscreen

For more information on what to pack, please visit our online Travel Guide

LUGGAGE
This tour is by mini-bus and so, to ensure comfortable seating for everyone, there is a limit to the size and amount of luggage you can bring. Each guest is allowed 1 large suitcase or bag, which can be stored in the back of the van, and one smaller item (e.g., a small backpack or day bag) for daily essentials.

Each guest is allowed one suitcase (total length, width and height cannot exceed 158cm, or weigh more than 20kg) and one smaller item (e.g., a small backpack or day bag) for daily essentials.

If you have more luggage, we ask you to please make arrangements to store it while you are on the tour. Please ask your Nordic Visitor travel consultant if you have any questions about your bags.

FITNESS & ACTIVITY LEVEL
Please note that this tour includes some walking at a few of the sightseeing stops. This means you need to be prepared and able to walk between 1-3 kilometres (0.5 to 2 miles) on certain days. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the bus each day.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that the tour programme is dependent upon weather conditions and may be altered if these are not favourable. In the case of major changes to the itinerary, you will be notified and we will do our best to make sure that your experience is not affected.

DEPARTURE FROM EDINBURGH
The tour ends in Edinburgh, Scotland. If you are planning on departing from Glasgow, we would be happy to arrange for a private transfer to Glasgow Airport. You can also reserve an additional night at the end of your stay in Glasgow or Edinburgh if preferred.

Even though this group tour ends in Scotland, you may prefer to purchase a return flight from your home to Ireland. If this is the case, we can assist you in booking your return flight from Edinburgh to Dublin.

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are billed in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. This means conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip.

At that time, they’ll confirm the availability of your tour. Then the booking process starts, which may take a few weeks. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip. You will also receive more information about what to expect during your trip.

CARBON OFFSETTING YOUR TOUR
Nordic Visitor is working on offsetting the estimated carbon footprint of your package. We’ve partnered with an environmental fund in Iceland to carbon offset all our tours. Carbon offsetting your international flights is not included, but we highly recommend you look into possibilities with your airline or directly through a local environment fund.

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