Scotland and Ireland with London

Duration

16 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Edinburgh,Scotland

Available

April 2021 / October 2021

Cities to visit: Edinburgh,Scotland; Stirling, Scotland; Pitlochry, Scotland; ; Inverness; Fort William; Loch Lomond, Scotland; Glasgow; Belfast; Dublin; Kilkenny; Cashel (Tipperary); Cork, City and County; Kinsale; Killarney; Limerick; Cliffs of Moher; Galway; Caernarfon, Wales; Liverpool; Stratford; Oxford, Inglaterra; London

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Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:  Sightseeing tour. 

Welcome to Scotland. Welcome to  EDINBURGH . 13.00 hrs.- (approximate time)  Sightseeing tour with a local guide to the Scotland’s capital city and one of the most active cities in Northern Europe. Its monumental centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its castle overlooks the city, its steep streets and its parks. Free time after the tour.  We will subsequently take our visitors to the hotel. 

Free day. You can enjoy the charm of this city and explore and discover memorable places. 

Total distance covered: 305 km 
Countryside:  Pretty scenery throughout the stage, especially in the afternoon when we go through the Cairngorms mountains.   

08.00hrs - Edinburgh –Departure-. We travel to another historic city near Edinburgh. 
09:15hrs- Stirling  –Arrival-. Time for a stroll in its historic centre overlooked by its great castle. After this, in the bus, we will go to the  Wallace Monument,  erected in honour of William Wallace, a thirteenth century Scottish military hero. We get there along the path that climbs up to the base of the monument (tickets to the monument are not included, but you can walk up the path without having to pay).   

11.00 hrs - Stirling/Wallace Monument –Departure-.  
12:45 hrs - Pitlochry . -  On our arrival, we include tickets to a traditional  Whisky distillery : Blair Athol, where Bell´s is produced.  After this, free time in this picturesque town for lunch.    

15.00hrs - Pitlochry –Departure-.  
15.15 hrs - Blair Castle. -   Tickets are included  to this beautiful palace with its impressive gardens. -    

16.45 hrs - Blair –Departure-. We travel to the north of Scotland, pretty mountain scenery lining our way. 
18.45hrs -  INVERNESS , Arrival at the maritime city very near Loch Ness.   Dinner included and accommodation.   

NB:  The hotel infrastructure in the north of Scotland is highly limited. In some departures (normally in the month of August) accommodation may be offered in a town near Inverness. -

Total distance covered: 250 km 
Countryside: Magnificent scenery, lakes, high mountains sometimes with snowy peaks.  
Notes: We recommend having some warm clothes to hand, you may need them to enjoy the boat trip more. The schedules of this stage may change depending on the time assigned for the Loch Ness crossing.   

08.00 hrs - Inverness –Departure-. We have a stage loaded with thrills.  Amidst very beautiful scenery, forests, lakes, empty lands and fields in the North of Scotland.  
10:30 hrs -  EILEAN CASTLE,  a very picturesque castle in the waters of the fiord. We will remember the ghosts that fill the castles of Scotland. Tickets included.    

11:30 hrs - Eilean Castle –Departure-. Mountings and lakes line our way. 
12:45 hrs - FORT AUGUSTUS where we will see the lock system and have time to stroll and find a place for lunch.   

14.00 hrs - Fort Augustus –Departure- . We go round LOCH NESS .  We will see the mediaeval URQUHART Castle i n ruins by the lake ( tickets included) .  

At around 15:30 hrs we include a boat trip from Urquhart Castle in the dark waters of the lake, for around 60 minutes to Dochgarroch.   
17.00 hrs - Inverness. Arrival in the capital of the Highlands and the only city of the region on the mouth of the river Ness. Dinner included and accommodation in INVERNESS.  

Total distance covered:  370 km  
Countryside:  Once more, beautiful lake and mountain scenery, huge open spaces, isolated areas and thick forests.  

07:30hrs - Inverness –Departure-. We travel back to Aviemore through isolated regions, subarctic flora and mountains. On our way, we will make a brief stop at Spean Bridge, by the monument to the commandos who trained here for the Normandy invasion in the Second World War. We photograph Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the British Isles.   
10.00 hrs - Fort William  –Time for a coffee in this tourist city.    

10:45 hrs - Fort William –Departure-. We follow some sections of coastline, fjords by the ocean. - On our way we will pass  Kilchurn Castle.  A castle in ruins that projects its image over a beautiful lake.   

13:30 hrs -  Inveraray  –Arrival-. A historic, picturesque small town by a lake with a beautiful castle (tickets not included). Time to have a stroll and for lunch.   

15:30 hrs - Inveraray –Departure-. Our road takes us round part of Loch Lomond with its beautiful scenery,   
17:30 hrs - Glasgow  –Arrival-, free time in which we suggest a stroll around the centre of this Victorian capital. -

Total distance covered: 295 km.
  
 Scenery: Seaside, hills, woods.  
Notes: Remember to keep your passport; it will be requested at the point of embarkation.  It is helpful if you can travel with some Scottish bank notes. Scotland mint their own notes, as does the North of Ireland. These Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes can be used easily in Scotland and Ireland respectively, but they may not be accepted in England and they are not valid in international banks. That is, if you have any Scottish or Irish notes left over, you will not be able to exchange them outside the United Kingdom. We recommend that you make sure you don´t have any Scottish bank notes left over on leaving Scotland and especially after our crossing to Belfast.   
The schedules for this whole stage may vary depending on the boat. 

08.00 hrs -Glasgow - Brief tour on the coach while leaving the city and then we travel toward the east coast of Scotland. 

In Cairnryan we board a modern ferry to Ireland . Normally the boat leaves at 11.30 hrs. Crossing. The boats are very modern; you can shop in its stores or have lunch in its bars.
   
13.45 hrs - We get off the boat in Belfast.   Arrival in this city of Victorian architecture which reminds us of the difficult coexistence between Protestants and Catholics in this area.- After a look round the Catholic and Protestant neighbourhoods that remind us of their troubled past, we visit the famous murals. Free time in the city centre.  
16:30 hrs - Belfast –Departure-. We continue to the Republic of Ireland (Eire).  
18:30 hrs - Dublin  –Arrival at hotel-.  

Dublin - Sightseeing tour of the city. A guide will tell us about the history of the city, its Georgian neighbourhoods, its bustling city centre streets and the University. Afternoon free in the Irish capital. You will be able to wonder round the lively banks of the River Liffey and visit its museums or the famous Guinness brewery (admission not included).  
(Note: Occasionally, depending on our time of arrival in Dublin, the sightseeing tour of the city may be made on the previous afternoon).

Total distance covered: 330 km 
Countryside: Pleasant countryside, forests, hills, picturesque villages on the way.    

08:30 hrs - Dublin –Departure-. We start our trip to Powerscourt, very close to Dublin. 
09:15 hrs - POWERSCOURT, with our tickets included, we will visit the magnificent Palace Park designed in the eighteenth century, considered one of the prettiest parks in Ireland with its fountains, its Japanese garden and its pet cemetery.   

10:30 hrs - Powerscourt –Departure-.  We go on our way towards the south of Ireland, passing through the Wicklow National Park.  
12:30 hrs - KILKENNY we have time for lunch and a stroll in this city full of life with its castle, cathedral and beer houses, etc.   

14:30 hrs - Kilkenny –Departure-.  
15:30 hrs- CASHEL –Arrival-. A mediaeval fortress that symbolises the Irish’s struggle against the English. Tickets included to Cashel Castle-Rock and time in the village.   

17.00 hrs - Cashel –Departure-. 
18.15 hrs - CORK, Arrival at the end of the afternoon. Time for a stroll around the centre of Ireland’s second largest city. Dinner in the hotel included. 

Total distance covered: 245 km 
Countryside: Pretty countryside, above all in Killarney National Park    

08:15hrs- Cork –Departure-.  
09.00hrs - KINSALE –Arrival, we stop alongside Charles Fort to admire the views over the ocean beside the seventeenth century fortress. After this, we come to the centre of the village considered the prettiest of all of Ireland’s fishing villages. Time for a stroll in the historic centre with its maritime flavour.   

10:30 hrs - Kinsale -departure.  
12:30 hrs - KILLARNEY, a tourist city in the heart of Ireland. After time for a stroll and to have lunch, we include a romantic ride in a horse-pulled carriage through the national park, amidst gardens and by the lake. In our carriage we come to ROSS CASTLE and its marvellous views by the lake. Here we include a short boat cruise with magnificent views of the lake.    

16.00hrs - Killarney –Departure-. We continue on our way. We take a brief stop in ADARE, a small village that maintains its picturesque stone houses with thatched roofs, and the ruins of an ancient abbey. 
18.00 hrs - LIMERICK Arrival and free time to stroll by the river, to visit the cathedral or see its castle, etc. 


19.30 hrs - Transfer to the hotel, dinner included.

Total distance covered: 190 km  
Countryside: Impressive scenery on the Moher cliffs    

08:30 hrs - Limerick –Departure-. Near this city. 
09.00hrs - Bunraty Folk Park. We include tickets to this open air museum complex, a marvellous park where we will get a glimpse of what life was like in Ireland in the past, it’s typical cottages, its ancient trades and mediaeval castle. Time to stroll. 

11.30hrs - Bunraty Folk Park –Departure-. We travel to the coast amidst green scenery and hills. 
11.30 hrs- MOHER CLIFFS, overlooking the ocean (entrance included) . Those who want to, can walk to O’Brien’s Tower (tickets not included, sometimes closed because of the weather). Time for lunch.    

14.00 hrs -departure. 
15.00 hrs -  Caherconnel Fort, Arrival at this circular stone Celtic Fort in the heart of the carstic scenery of BURREN NATIONAL PARK. Maybe we can see the display of shepherd dogs, and see how they drove their sheep.  

16:30 hrs - Departure. We stop to take photos in this area, where we find the Poulnabrone Dolmen. Our road goes on through attractive scenery and little isolated villages.   

18.15hrs- Arrival in GALWAY, time to see the city and its university atmosphere, with a picturesque pedestrian area. 
19.45 hrs.- Transfer to the hotel.

Total distance covered: 295 km 

090 hrs - Galway –Departure-.  

10.00 hrs - Cong - Arrival in this small picturesque town in the magnificent area of lakes where John Ford filmed “The Quiet Man”. We will see the ruins of the Royal Abbey and stroll around the fantastic Ashford Castle, now turned into a hotel. Time to have a stroll.    

11.30 hrs - Departure. We going towards the centre of Ireland. 
13.00 hrs - Clonmacnoise:   Time for lunch before we visit the ruins of the Celtic monasteries. (Ticket and tour included). 

15.45 hrs– Clonmacnoise –Departure-. We continue on our route.   
17.15 hrs -  Dublin; Arrival. -   

NB:  The Clonmacnoise complex only allows a certain number of people to enter at a time. Sometimes your visit may be at a different time, depending on what we are allowed to do. We will adapt the stage for all of the planned visits to be made.

Total distance covered: 200 Km.   
Scenery: We pass through Wales: beautiful maritime landscapes along the Irish Sea. Remember to have your passport to hand; it may be required to enter the United Kingdom.   


06.45 hrs  Departure from the hotel to board the modern ferry that departs at 08.05 hrs. Crossing of approximately 3 1/2 hrs (occasionally, due to technical reasons or because of bad weather, we may take a different ferry). 
11.30 hrs Disembark in Holyhead, a port situated on an island in north Wales.  
12.15 hrs Caernarfon .- After crossing the Britannia bridge, we arrive at this town, which is a World Heritage Site situated on the seashore, with its spectacular castle that dominates the bay and its medieval streets. This is where those who are in line for the throne have been crowned since the Fourteenth Century ("the Prince of Wales"). Time to walk around and have lunch.  
13:45 hrs Caernarfon –Departure-. We follow the coast towards England.  
16:45 hrs Liverpool  –Arrival at hotel.- We suggest a visit to the Beatles Museum (admission not included) so that you can discover this fascinating place and the Albert Dock.  

Total distance covered : 400 km.
   
Scenery: Picturesque hilly countryside.    

07:45 hrs- Liverpool  –Departure-. Brief bus tour round this World Heritage Site, taking in some of the iconic sites in the city. Travel towards the heart of England. 
11:00 hrs- Stratford Upon Avon .- The small town where Shakespeare was born, with its beautiful gardens and Tudor houses. Time, if you wish, to visit the house where Shakespeare was born (admission not included), to stroll around and have lunch. 
13:00 hrs - Stratford –Departure-. We cross beautiful landscapes of the Cotswolds, with its hills and cottages with thatched roofs. 
14:30 hrs- Oxford  –Arrival-. Free time in this prestigious University city and to visit one of its spectacular main colleges. Time to stroll around.  
16:30 hrs - Oxford –Departure-. 
18:00 hrs - London  –Arrival-.          

A c omprehensive tour of London i s included today. Our visit begins in the early morning.   The contents vary, depending on local guides, traffic and the weather. We will visit Hyde Park, Oxford St, the City, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London, the Thames, Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. During the visit we will stop at Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard (it is not always possible to see this ceremony).  The visit ends in the central part of the city .  Free afternoon. Our guide will offer you an optional outing to Windsor Castle. 
18:00 h.   In the evening, we will meet at a a meeting point in  Piccadilly Circus  where our guide will accompany you to Leicester Square, China Town and Soho with its amazing atmosphere, its theaters and bustle . Time for dinner in this area with numerous ethnic restaurants (Indian, Thai, Chinese, international, and so on). 

20.30 h.   return to the hotel from Piccadilly.  
Note: In some cases, this evening event will be organised the previous day, when we arrive in London.

Free day. You can enjoy the charm of this city and explore and discover memorable places. 

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