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Complete Scotland & Ireland

(17 days / 16 nights)

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Be charmed by the Irish and Scottish culture

Take the wheel to discover the gems of Scotland and Ireland on this independent self-drive tour. You’ll have the chance to roam around the capital cities, Edinburgh and Dublin, and fully immerse yourself in their cultures and traditions. Drive the Scottish Highlands to admire its dramatic valleys and glistening lochs and take in the green countryside of Ireland to see its stunning coastline and quaint villages.

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  • Handpicked hotels by local travel experts with breakfast included
  • Reliable rental cars from our trusted car rental agents
  • Comprehensive itinerary, personalised map and travel guide
  • 24/7 helpline throughout tour
  • Local travel experts with first-hand experience
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  • Rearrange your dates once with no change fee
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Tour Highlights

  • Explore some of Scotland’s top sights on the famous and breathtaking Isle of Skye
  • Stroll up the Royal Mile and discover the capital city Edinburgh
  • See the striking natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands
  • Walk along the mysterious Loch Ness and visit the castle on its shores
  • Discover historic sites around the country with the Scottish Heritage Pass
  • Explore the historic and vibrant Irish capital Dublin
  • See the gems of Ireland’s most iconic driving route, the Ring of Kerry
  • Immerse yourself in traditional Irish culture and music in Galway
  • Discover ancient castles and medieval sites such as Bunratty Castle and The Rock of Cashel
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and receive the Gift of Gab

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Best Seller i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Heritage i, Highlands i

Season

Apr - Oct

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2448/1521 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN EDINBURGH

    Make your way into Edinburgh city centre where your hotel will be located. Many travellers opt 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. For those arriving early in the day, we recommend spending the afternoon walking through the city, strolling along the Royal Mile and exploring the Old Town and New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also plenty of museums and landmarks to visit within the city centre, including the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

    Included: Entrance to Edinburgh Castle

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  • Day 2: INTO THE HIGHLANDS

    Start your road trip driving into the Highlands. On the way you’ll have many possible stops, such as the picturesque village of Dunkeld and the 13th-century Blair Castle. Driving through the Cairngorms National Park you could also stop at the Highland Folk Museum. Arriving near Inverness, you can drive to the Battlefield of Culloden Moor, to see where the last battle on British soil occurred in 1746, marking "the beginning of the end for the Highlands." Nearby you can visit Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones dating back roughly 4,000 years.

    Spend the night in the Inverness area.

    Included: Entrance to Battlefield of Culloden Moor

    Driving distance: 251 km / 156 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 3.5 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 3: LOCH NESS, CASTLES & ISLE OF SKYE

    Today's journey will take you from Inverness to the famous Isle of Skye. Drive along the shores of Loch Ness where, if time allows, you could take a boat tour in search of its notorious and elusive monster. You can also explore the nearby Urquhart Castle ruins. Later, make a stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle before arriving on Skye. Your first stop on the island will be at the scenic village of Portree, where you can explore and admire its colourful buildings and dine at a local restaurant.

    Spend the night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.

    Included: Entrance to Urquhart Castle

    Driving distance: 185 km / 115 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 3.5 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 4: THE ISLE OF SKYE

    Today take full advantage of your time on Skye, a haven for nature lovers. We recommend driving to the northern part of the island and taking your time around all the attractions on the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula. There you can enjoy a walk up to “The Old Man of Storr” rock pinnacle and see the beautiful Kilt Rock waterfall. Other highlights include the Quiraing rock face, the An Corran Beach at Staffin, where you may spot ancient dinosaur footprints, and the mystical Fairy Glen.

    Spend another night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.

    Driving distance: 70 km / 45 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 1.5 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 5: SLEAT PENINSULA & GLENFINNAN

    Head south to the Sleat Peninsula, admiring the beautiful beaches, lochs, and glens of the region. You may wish to stop on the way to enjoy a walk to the crystal-clear Fairy Pools at the foot of the Black Cuillin Hills or to sample single malt whisky at the local distillery. This afternoon catch a ferry from Armadale to Mallaig on the mainland. On your journey to Fort William, we recommend a stop at Camusdarach Beach and Glenfinnan. Admire the Glenfinnan Monument, overlooking Loch Shiel, and the viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films.

    Spend the night in the Fort William area.

    Ferry duration: 30 minutes

    Included: Entrance to Glenfinnan Monument

    Ferry from Armadale to Mallaig: 30 minutes

    Driving distance: 135 km / 85 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 6: TRAVEL ALONG DRAMATIC GLENS

    Today's journey takes you past Scotland’s most famous valley, Glen Coe, which offers world-famous scenery. You could stop at Rob Roy’s grave at Balquidder and at the beautiful Falls of Dochart in the village of Killin. Alternatively, you could travel the longer scenic route via the seaside town of Oban onto the historical valley of Kilmartin Glen and past the charming village of Inveraray. This region is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland, including cairns, standing stones, and castles.

    Spend the night in the Trossachs National Park area.

    Driving distance via Glen Coe: 130 km / 80 miles

    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours (without stops)

    Driving distance via Kilmartin Glen/Inveraray: 285 km / 180 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 4.5 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 7: TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK TO GLASGOW

    Today’s drive will take you to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Drive through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, where you could stop for a nature walk, enjoy an optional steamship tour on Loch Katrine, or visit a local whisky distillery. For a fun photo opportunity, don’t miss Doune Castle, featured in Monty Python & the Holy Grail and the Outlander TV series. If time allows, you could also stop by Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top attractions. Enjoy the evening at your leisure in Glasgow.

    Spend the night in Glasgow. 

    Included: Entrances to Doune Castle and Stirling Castle

    Driving distance: 109 km / 68 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 8: TRAVEL TO DUBLIN, IRELAND

    Today, board a flight to Dublin, Ireland for the second portion of your tour. Upon your arrival in Dublin, start exploring this amazing city, with its eclectic mixture of heritage sites, museums and historic pubs. You can take a stroll along the cobbled streets of the Temple Bar district or visit the historic Trinity College to see the ancient Book of Kells. Alternatively, you could enjoy an afternoon tea sightseeing tour of the city on a vintage bus or grab a pint at the Guinness Storehouse for a taste of the world-famous beer.

    Spend the night in Dublin.

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  • Day 9: TOWARDS THE IRISH WEST COAST

    Start your road trip towards the west coast, passing through the beautiful midlands. Your first stop is Trim Castle where you can learn about Irish history at the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. You could also make a pit stop at Kilbeggan Distillery to see how the local whiskey is made. Later, we recommend roaming around the atmospheric ruins of Clonmacnoise. Finally, arrive in Galway, a lively city by the Atlantic Ocean. The colourful city is the perfect place to taste some Irish delicacies with its famous food scene and numerous pubs.

    Spend the night in the Galway area.                                    

    Driving distance: 229 km / 142 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 10: DISCOVER RUGGED CONNEMARA

    Visit the striking region of Connemara with its landscapes characterised by rugged mountains, white sand beaches, picturesque lakes and heathlands. Stop by Killary harbour, Ireland’s only true fjord with a length of 16km (9.9miles). Further along, visit Kylemore Abbey where you can admire spectacular Gothic architecture and take a stroll in the Victorian Walled Garden.

    For a more leisurely day, you can opt for a boat trip to the Aran Islands. These three windswept islands are one of the few places where the Gaelic language, culture and music still truly thrive.

    Spend another night in the Galway area.

    Driving distance around Connemara: 214 km / 133 miles

    Estimated driving duration: 4.5 hours (without stops)

    Driving distance to Aran Islands: 76 km / 47 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 2.5 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 11: CLIFFS OF MOHER & LIMESTONE LANDSCAPES

    Start the day by visiting Dunguaire Castle. Sitting on a rocky outcrop overlooking Galway Bay, it is one of the most photographed castles in Ireland. Further ahead, explore the unique, lunar-like landscape of The Burren. Here you can visit the iconic portal tomb Poulnabrone Dolmen, one of Ireland’s oldest megalithic monuments.

    Next stop is the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, Ireland’s top tourist attraction, showcasing some of the country’s most iconic coastal scenery. On a sunny day the views are expansive, but even a stormy day can be exhilarating with the powerful Atlantic below.

    Spend the night in the Doolin/Lisdoonvarna area.

    Driving distance 111 km / 69 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 2.5 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 12: MEDIEVAL CASTLES & PICTURE-PERFECT VILLAGES

    Start the day visiting the 15th-century Bunratty Castle. Here you’ll also find the Bunratty Folk Park, where you can experience Irish rural life from the 1800s. We then recommend stopping at Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages with its thatched cottages housing craft shops and restaurants. In the afternoon, explore Killarney National Park set beneath Ireland’s highest mountains. You can visit the 19th-century mansion of Muckross House, take an optional Jaunting Car tour of the park or a boat trip on the peaceful Lough Leane, departing from the medieval Ross Castle.

    Spend the night in the Killarney/Tralee area.

    Driving distance: 206 km / 128 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 2.5 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 13: RING OF KERRY

    Take in the magic of the Ring of Kerry, a classic “must do” scenic drive of the Irish countryside. Stop at Kells Bay House, to see its primeval forest of planted giant ferns. Other highlights include the ancient stone forts of Caherdaniel and Staigue, and Derrynane Bay with its beautiful white sand. Complete the circle with a visit to the picturesque Torc Waterfall. Today, you could also take an optional boat tour from the coast to see the Skellig Islands from up close. These otherworldly islands were recently featured in the Star Wars movies.

    Spend another night in the Killarney/Tralee area.

    Driving distance:198 km / 123 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 4.5 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 14: GARNISH ISLAND & IRELAND’S SOUTH COAST

    Today, you will travel over the scenic, winding Caha Pass to the colourful village of Glengarriff. From here, we recommend taking a short boat trip, with the opportunity to spot a seal colony on the way, to Garnish Island, which features a world-renowned garden. You could also visit the 18th-century Bantry House. Later, travel via Kinsale, a popular resort town with its picturesque yachting harbour and historic forts. Continue to Cork, a buzzing city with a vibrant cultural scene.

    Spend the night in the Cork area.

    Driving distance: 191 km / 119 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 3.5 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 15: ANCIENT CASTLES & THE BLARNEY STONE

    This morning, you can visit Blarney Castle, a legendary medieval stronghold that houses the Blarney Stone, surrounded by many myths and tales. Then we recommend stopping at the photogenic harbour town of Cobh. It is known as the last port of call of the Titanic in 1912! Continue to Cashel, where you can visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland’s most visited attractions. The site offers a fantastic collection of medieval buildings that span over 1000 years of history. Later, drive to Kilkenny, a medieval town nestled around a majestic 12th-century castle.

    Spend the night in the Kilkenny area.

    Driving distance: 208 km / 129 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 16: THROUGH THE WICKLOW MOUNTAINS TO DUBLIN

    If you wish to spend more time exploring Dublin, you can head straight to the city this morning.

    Alternatively, we highly recommend a drive through the scenic Wicklow Mountains to take in the beautiful views. In the area you could visit Glendalough, a 6th-century monastic settlement, and the Powerscourt Estate, featuring the restored mansion Powerscourt House. On the estate, you will find Ireland’s highest waterfall as well as magnificent gardens. Back in Dublin, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure, perhaps with a fine Irish dinner to top off your amazing journey.

    Spend the night in Dublin.

    Driving distance to Dublin: 123km / 77 miles

    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours (without stops)

    Driving distance via Wicklow Mountains: 165km / 102 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 3 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 17: DEPARTURE

    To get to Dublin Airport, you can take a taxi, or we can arrange a convenient private transfer directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can use the morning to enjoy some last-minute shopping, visit one of the many attractions or simply relax and take in the atmosphere of the city one last time.

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Map

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