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CIE Tours 2022 - 10 Day Taste Of Scotland & Ireland

9 Nights / 16 Meals
Overnights: 1 Glasgow, 1 Nairn, 2 Edinburgh, 3 Dublin, 2 Killarney, 1 Bunratty
From Glasgow to Shannon
Tour Code #: GB-SCA-22-10D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $2,845

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:

Enjoy reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 2 – 23 departures. Experience farm life as you sample freshly baked scones with tea and watch a sheepdog demonstration. Discover the rich history and local lore of Edinburgh, Galway and Dublin with local guides. 

Trip Highlights:

Blair Athol Distillery  Scottish Evening* Blarney Castle Cliffs of Moher Dublin Canal Cruise with Dinner Edinburgh Castle Loch Ness Cruise Skellig Experience Medieval Castle Banquet Titanic Belfast Sheepdog Demonstration 

August 2 – 23 departuresDining Experiences:

9 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 6 Dinners* (D) 

*Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner.Hotels:

DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow CentralGlasgow (1) Muthu Newton HotelNairn (1) Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Clubnear Edinburgh (2) Hyatt Centric The LibertiesDublin (2) Killarney Avenue HotelKillarney (2) Bunratty Castle HotelBunratty (1) Maldron Hotel Pearse StreetDublin (1) 

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Glasgow Tour | Provand's Lordship
Your tour begins at 2

Day 2: Loch Lomond | Loch Ness Cruise
Travel alongside the famous Loch Lomond, renowned for its beauty. Drive across the haunting Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, admiring the wild and spectacular scenery. Continue through Fort William and on to Fort Augustus. Embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness before heading to Nairn. (B, D)

Day 3: Whisky Tasting | St Andrews | Scottish Evening*
Visit Blair Athol Distillery, founded in 1798, to discover traditional whisky production and taste a sample. Travel to St Andrews, a town rich in medieval heritage and the home of golf; take a panoramic drive and have time to explore independently.  Continue on to your elegant manor house hotel outside Edinburgh; three centuries old, it's set on 1,000 acres of beautiful parkland. Experience a Scottish evening with traditional food and entertainment. August 2 - 23 departures enjoy time to explore and dine independently. (B, D*)

Day 4: Edinburgh Castle | Edinburgh City Tour
Explore the principal sights of central Edinburgh from the bustling Princes Street through the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town.” Walk along part of the Royal Mile where compact medieval houses reach several stories tall. Visit Edinburgh Castle perched high above the city on volcanic rock, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels. The rest of the day is free. The August 2 - 23 departures attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade. (B)

Day 5: Ferry to Ireland | Belfast
Depart Edinburgh and travel through Ayrshire and along the coast. Embark on a ferry ride to Belfast. Take a panoramic drive through Belfast, seeing the highlights of this fascinating city, where the Titanic was built in the once-bustling shipyards. Visit Titanic Belfast to explore the fascinating story of the doomed ship. Then travel to Dublin, where you will enjoy some free time for dinner on your own. (B)

Day 6: Dublin Sightseeing | Christ Church Cathedral | Canal Dinner Cruise
Explore Dublin on a panoramic tour with a local guide, discovering its history and viewing its elegant Georgian buildings, Trinity College, the River Liffey, and more. Visit Christ Church Cathedral, the spiritual heart of the city for more than 1,000 years. This evening, dine on a former Guinness barge as you cruise the Grand Canal, listening to traditional Irish music. (B, D)

Day 7: Farmhouse Tea with Sheepdog Demonstration | Blarney Castle | Killarney
Travel through the countryside to a traditional farm, where you'll savor tea and homemade scones and watch sheepdogs display their skills at herding sheep.  Head to Blarney Castle and climb the winding stairs to kiss its famous stone, or enjoy the gardens. Move on to the lively lakeside town of Killarney, where you'll have dinner. (B, D)

Day 8: Jaunting Car Ride | Ring of Kerry | Skellig Experience
Step back in time as a jaunting car drives you past Ross Castle on Lough Leane. Head to the scenic Gap of Dunloe to visit Moriarty's, a CIE Tours preferred shopping partner. Embark on the Ring of Kerry drive - a winding route with breath-taking sights of mountains and coastal views. Cross the bridge to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience, which explains the life of early Christian hermits on Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island featured in the film “Star Wars VII.” Enjoy a casual lunch before a pause at Moll's Gap for panoramic mountain views. Return to Killarney where the evening is free. (B, L)

Day 9: Cliffs of Moher | Medieval Castle Banquet
Cross the Shannon Estuary by ferry on your way to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Take in the spectacular views from these awesome cliffs, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic. Head on to your hotel. Your dinner will be a medieval-style feast in a castle, complete with serenading lords and ladies. (B, D)

Day 10: Tour Ends in Shannon
Your tour ends after breakfast today. (B) B

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