15 days

Celtic Villages & Islands

Celtic Villages & Islands

Traditional Irish Pub

Wicklow National Park

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Loch Lomond

Dunvegan Castle in Skye

Cliffs of Moher

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  • The traditions of Celtic culture run deep. Spanning from mythological fairies and banshees to ceremonies, festivals and rituals – passing through the villages of Scotland and Ireland will leave you with a lingering sense of magic. To visit these lands is to travel back in time to a world you perhaps never knew existed.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Edinburgh

    • You will arrive in Edinburgh today, and settle in to your hotel.
    • There are no activities planned for today, but if you arrive early we recommend getting out and exploring some of Edinburgh's iconic sights.
    • You may wish to visit Edinburgh Castle, Hollyrood House, the new Scottish Parliament building, the Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith, or the Museum of Scotland.
    • Another lovely way to spend your time is taking a walk up Calton Hill for a great view over the city and the Firth of Forth. Similarly wandering around the beautiful Georgian terraces of Edinburgh's New Town is a great option.
    Edinburgh Capital Hotel or similar

    Day 2 - Edinburgh to Oban

    • You will leave Edinburgh today and head west.
    • Your journey will take you to Stirling Castle.
    • From Stirling Castle, you will carry on via the Trossachs National Park and the pretty village of Crianlarich to Oban, the gateway to the Isles. On arrival, the energetic among you might enjoy a short but steep hike up the hill to visit McCaig’s Tower, the Colosseum lookalike which stands above the town and provides spectacular views over the bay and islands.
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Isle of Mull day trip

    • This morning, you will take a ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull before jumping on another boat for a coastal tour around Mull, Iona and Staffa.
    • This area is a haven for a huge variety of wildlife including whales, dolphins, seals, sea otters and huge numbers of sea and water birds. Iona is known as the burial place of Kings and many ancient kings lie there including Macbeth. It also has a beautifully restored Benedictine Monastery.
    • Staffa is tiny island formed from basalt columns. It is home to a puffin colony and the famous Fingal's Cave. Felix Mendelssohn, visited here and was inspired to compose the Hebrides Overture, also known as Fingal's Cave. See the beautiful village of Tobermory with its many coloured houses before heading back to Oban for the night.
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 4 - Oban to Glencoe

    • From Oban, you will travel on to the spectacular Glen Nevis, a valley that nestles in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Scotland.
    • There are walks of various lengths and gradients to choose from with plenty of time to enjoy the stunning scenery.
    • You will travel on to Glencoe for the night.
    The Glencoe Inn or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 5 - Glencoe to Isle of Skye

    • This morning you will take a short drive before arriving in Fort William to travel the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig, described as one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world. The scenery is stunning.
    • You will cross the Glenfinnan viaduct that was used as a location in Harry Potter on your way to Mallaig.
    • Here, you will swap train for ferry for the short crossing over to Skye. You will embark on a tour of Skye upon arrival.
    Flodigarry Country House Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 6 - Isle of Skye - Loch Ness - Inverness

    • Before leaving Skye this morning, you will visit Dunvegan Castle, home to the chiefs of the Clan Macleod for the last 800 years.
    • You will cross the bridge over Loch Alsh to the mainland before carrying on to Loch Ness. Here you will experience a truly Scottish experience of whiskey tasting at Glen Ord Distillery. You will then continue onto Inverness for the night.
    Ardross Glencairn Guesthouse or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 7 - Inverness - Loch Ness - Glasgow

    • This morning, you will leave the Highlands for a journey south to Glasgow.
    • First you will travel by boat along Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle in its magnificent setting on the banks of Loch Ness. Travel by boat back to Inverness before continuing Glasgow, taking in the stunning scenery of the drive through Trossachs National Park.
    • Enjoy your final evening in Glasgow.
    Belhaven Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 8 - Glasgow to Belfast

    • Today you will leave Scotland behind and travel by private transfer to the ferry port and then by ferry to Northern Ireland.
    • You will be collected from the ferry port and transferred to your hotel.
    • You will have some free time to aquaint yourself with this storied city.
    Dukes at Queens or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 9 - Belfast - Giant Causeway - Belfast

    • Morning tour of Belfast, see the sight and neighbour hoods. In the afternoon, travel to see the natural wonder Giant Causeway.
    Dukes at Queens or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 10 - Belfast - Enniskillen - Galway

    • You will have the opportunity to explore more of Belfast this morning on a city tour of the local neighbourhoods.
    • Upon completing the tour, you will head to Enniskillen Castle.
    • Built over 600 years ago by Gaelic Maguires, Enniskillen Castle stands beside the River Erne in County Fermanagh. It was one of the most strategically important castles in the area thanks to its proximity to Ulster.
    The Eyre Square Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 11 - Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Galway

    • Today will start with a drive to Doolin, where you will embark on a boat tour along the spectacular Cliffs of Moher (weather dependent). The sheer rocky cliffs rise from the deep blue ocean, and are topped with rolling green fields.
    • You will also visit the Galway Cathedral. Its full name, the Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas, is far more elaborate than the simplicity of the structure.
    The Eyre Square Hotel or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 12 - Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Limerick - Dingle - Ring of Kerry

    • You will visit St John's Castle in Limerick, a medieval masterpiece that has just undergone a major refurbishment, before taking in sweeping views during a scenic drive to Dingle Peninsula.
    • You will spend the next two nights at the Ring of Kerry.
    Towers Hotel Glenbeigh or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 13 - Ring of Kerry

    • You will embark on a sightseeing tour around the Ring of Kerry this morning, before tucking into a traditional Irish lunch at a local pub.
    • Pubs are the heartbeat of Ireland, whether you're interested in guzzling beer or simply getting to know more about Irish culture, pubs are definitely an important part of any Irish adventure.
    • Chowders, stews and fish and chips are Irish pub staples, but some of the more classic dishes like coddle, boxty and champ are definitely worth sampling.
    • If you just order a beer in an Irish pub, you'll get a Guinness. The Irish take their beer seriously, so this is a great chance to taste a variety of rich 'real ales'.
    Towers Hotel Glenbeigh or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 14 - Ring of Kerry - Blarney - Dublin

    • Today brings with it the opportunity to take in some history at Blarney Castle, built in 1446, and Jerpoint Abbey.
    • A ruined Cistercian abbey that dates back to the second half of the 12th century, Jerpoint Abbey is especially noteworthy due to its stone carvings.
    • Continue on to Dublin for a farewell dinner.
    Albany House or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 15 - Dublin

    • Your tour will come to an end today after breakfast.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader.
    • Coastal tour around Iona and Staffa
    • Travel on the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig, described as one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world
    • Visit many Irish castles and Cathedrals

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Other meals
    • Drinks
    • Optional additional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips
    • Items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PECV
Group size 4 - 16
Start City: Edinburgh
End City: Dublin
Style: Small Group

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