15 days

Celtic Villages & Islands

Celtic Villages & Islands

Cliffs of Moher

Dunvegan Castle in Skye

Loch Lomond

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Traditional Irish Pub

Wicklow National Park

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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.

    Why we love it

    • Discover the grandeur of Scotland in the likes of Stirling Castle and Glen Ord whiskey distillery
    • How often do you get to ride on something so historic as the Jacobite Steam Train
    • Sailing on Loch Ness brings you in contact with one of Scotland's most hyped mysteries.
    • Travel by ferry to the breathtaking Islands of Scotland – Skye, Mull, Iona
    • Swap the storied history of Belfast for folklore at the Giant's Causeway
    • Soak up the vibrancy of Galway's nightlife
    • Journey around the breathtaking Ring of Kerry


    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.
    • Built around two hills, this historic capital city has so much to offer. Great museums and art galleries. The tangled walkways lead you to pubs and restaurants.
    • The castle is a must! This historic fortress is built on top of Castle Hill, stands out over the city. See the different architectures styles from over the centuries.
    • Then walk the royal mile to the new Scottish Parliament building and the Palace of Holyrood House.
    • For those wanting great views, it is well worth a walk up Calton Hill for a great view over the city and the Firth of Forth.
    Apex International Hotel

    Day 2 - Edinburgh to Oban

    • This morning we leave Edinburgh behind and head west towards Oban.
    • En-route we stop off at Stirling Caste. We then drive through Trossachs National Park and the picturesque village of Crianlarich to Oban.
    • We check into the hotel and relax but for the the more energetic, take a short but steep hike up the hill to visit McCaig's Tower, the Colosseum lookalike which stands above the town. It provides great views over the town, bay and islands.
    Barriemore Guest House or similar

    Day 3 - Isle of Mull day trip

    • The following day we travel by ferry up The Sound of Mull to Tobermory. The colourful houses that line the harbour welcome you to the island. We then change boats for a coastal tour around Iona and Staffa. These islands are a haven for wildlife. Whales, dolphins, seals and sea otters have all been spotted.
    • Iona is known as the burial place of Kings, including Macbeth. Staffa is the smallest of the 3 islands and is formed from basalt columns. 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.
    • We then travel back by ferry to Oban for the night.
    Barriemore Guest House or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 4 - Oban to Glencoe

    • This morning the scenic drive takes us to Glen Nevis. A valley that nestles in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in Scotland. Here there is time to enjoy the stunning scenery and take part in walks of various lengths and gradients before travelling on to Glencoe for the evening.
    The Glencoe Inn or similar

    Day 5 - Glencoe to Isle of Skye

    • Travel by Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig, known as one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world. The train will cross the Glenfinnan viaduct that was used as a location in 3 Harry Potter films.
    • On arrival in Mallaig, we swap the train for the ferry for a short crossing to Skye.
    • This evening is free to relax our feature stay hotel.
    Uig Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 6 - Isle of Skye - Loch Ness - Inverness

    • We visit Dunvegan Castle, built on rock in an idyllic loch side setting, it is home to the chiefs of Clan Macleod for the last 800 years.
    • Stopping off at Glen Ord, we'll take a tour of this famous whisky distillery and will sample a delicious single malt, before continuing to Inverness for the evening.
    Ardross Glencairn Guesthouse or similar

    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.
    The Heritage Hotel or similar
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 8 - Glasgow to Belfast

    • This morning we take a private bus from Glasgow to Troon where we catch a ferry to Larne. Then we continue by private bus to Belfast.
    • As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
    • Birth place of the Titanic, Belfast is a compact city with many things to see and do. Wander the streets of the bohemian Cathedral Quarter, walk to the leafy suburbs of South Belfast full with restaurants and bars, or visit City Hall in Donegall Square.
    The Crescent Townhouse or similar

    Day 9 - Belfast - Giant Causeway - Belfast

    • Explore Belfast on a city tour of the local neighborhoods to get more of a feel of this regenerated city. Using a Black cab the tour will take you into to the areas that are synonymous with "The Troubles", namely The Shankill Road, the unionist protestant area and the Falls Road which is the nationalist and catholic area, as well as the "Peace Wall". You will have a driver of each religion who can provide insight to the situation then and now, better than any one individual. We stop to discuss individual murals on the roads as well as memorials, stories and life in Belfast.
    • We'll also drive to an iconic natural wonder - The Giant's Causeway. This part of the rugged, wild, north Atlantic coastline is home to roughly 40,000 basalt columns which have inspired artists and storytellers for centuries. Depending on the school of thought you wish to believe, they are either the result of an ancient volcanic eruption or the impressions of a giant's footsteps!
    The Crescent Townhouse or similar

    Day 10 - Belfast - Enniskillen - Galway

    • We travel to Enniskillen Castle. It was built in the 16th Century and is now home to the Fermanagh Country Museum. Built by Gaelic Maguires, the castle stands beside the River Erne. It was one of the most strategically important castles in the area thanks to its proximity to Ulster.
    • We'll then move across the border and into Southern Ireland and on to Galway where we'll spend the next two nights. You'll need to switch your Pounds for some Euros at this point.
    The Eyre Square Hotel or similar

    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

    Day 12 - Galway - 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 nights of days 12 and 13 at the Ring of Kerry.
    Towers Hotel Glenbeigh or similar

    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

    Day 14 - Ring of Kerry - Blarney - Dublin

    • Today brings with it the opportunity to take in some history at Blarney Castle, built in 1446.
    • There is also the option to visit 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.
    • We then continue onto Dublin where you'll have the afternoon at leisure to explore. The evening brings with it a farewell dinner as you say goodbye to your fellow travellers.
    Albany House or similar

    Day 15 - Dublin

    • Your tour will come to an end today after 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
    • Gratuities for essential services in tour package

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Other meals
    • Drinks
    • Optional additional tours or activities during free time
    • Gratuities for tour leader
    • 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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