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CIE Tours 2021 - 14 Day Scottish & Irish Dream

13 Nights / 22 Meals Overnight: 1 Glasgow, 1 Ballaculish, 1 Nairn, 2 Pitlochry, 2 Edinburgh, 2 Dublin, 2 Killarney, 1 Bunratty, 1 Dublin
From Glasgow to Dublin
Tour Code #: GB-DRATAA-21-14D   CIE Tours Retail Price From: $3,345

CIE Tour Highlights:

Authentic Local Experiences:

Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on August 1 - 22 departures.  Sample a "wee dram" as you explore whiskey making at Blair Athol Distillery.Visit a farm in the beautiful mountains of county Kerry and watch border collies hard at work as they round up sheepTour the magnificent State Apartments of Dublin Castle - once the living quarters of the viceregal court, the Apartments today are the venue for Presidential Inaugurations and other offical ceremonies 

Trip Highlights:

Edinburgh CastleBlarney CastleBuilt nearly 600 years ago by one of Ireland's greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy,this stronghold has been attracting attention ever since. Millions have flocked to Blarneyto kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of the tower, making it one ofIreland's greatest treasures.Inveraray CastleCliffs of MoherOne of Ireland's top visitor attractions, the cliffs are 700 feet high and extendfor 5 miles over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. O'Brien'sTower stands proudly on a headland and one can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay and Connemara.The cliffs are home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds.St AndrewsEdinburgh CastleThe rock on which today's castle stands has been a stronghold for over 3000 yearsand Edinburgh Castle has dominated its surroundings for centuries. See the 12th century St. Margaret'sChapel, the monumental great hall of James IV, opened in 1511, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.Scottish Evening*Inveraray CastleInveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland.Titanic BelfastIsle of SkyeThe Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly island in Scotland's Inner Hebrides. The island is dominated by the Cuillin Hills and is often referred to as the “Misty Isle”. It is associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie who fled there after the Battle of Culloden.Irish Night in DublinSkellig ExperienceYou can experience many aspects of those offshore Skellig islands while remaining on the dry land, in a custom built, stone clad, grass roofed, prize winning building located right on the waterfront beside the Valentia Island bridge at Valentia, County Kerry!Blarney CastleSt AndrewsGolf has been played on the Links at St Andrews since around 1400 AD and the Old Course is renowned throughout the world as the Home of Golf. By the 19th century it was part of the way of life for many local people and golf. Golf still plays a major part in the culture and economy of St Andrews today.Cliffs of MoherMedieval Castle BanquetDublin CastleRing of KerrySkellig ExperienceSheepdog DemonstrationTitanic BelfastOpened in April 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the sinking of this iconicship, this new visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic from conceptionand construction right through the maiden voyage and tragic ending.

Dining Experiences:

13 Breakfasts (B),1 Lunches (L) and 8 Dinners (D) * Meal counts vary on Tattoo departures, as the Scottish Evening is replaced with the Tattoo and an independent dinner.

Hotels - 13 Nights:

Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor Glasgow (1 night)
 Isles of Glencoe or Ballachulish Hotel Ballachulish (1 night)
+ Muthu Newton Hotel Nairn (1 night)
+ Atholl Palace Hotel Pitlochry (2 night)
+ Norton House Hotel & Spa Near Edinburgh (2 nights)
+ Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge Dublin (2 nights)
+ Killarney Towers Hotel Killarney (2 nights)
Bunratty Castle Hotel Bunratty (1 night)
Academy Plaza Hotel Dublin (1 night)
+ Or alternate hotel of similar quality

CIE International Tour Itinerary

Day 1:  Glasgow City Tour | Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Your tour begins at 2

Day 2: Loch Lomond Cruise | Inveraray Castle
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond with views of Highland peaks. Stroll through Inveraray before touring Inveraray Castle, featured in “Downton Abbey” series. Drive through Glencoe, considered one of Scotland's most beautiful places, and continue on to Ballachulish on the shores of Loch Leven. (B, D)

Day 3: Isle of Skye | Loch Ness
Travel on the scenic "Road to the Isles", stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Ferry to the Isle of Skye to visit the romantic ruins of Armadale Castle. Back on the mainland, travel along the shores of Loch Ness. End the day at your hotel in Nairn, a lovely manor house set on spacious grounds near the North Sea. (B, D)

Day 4: Culloden Battlefield | Sheepdog Trials
Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about the historic battle. Walk around the serene  moorlands to see mounuments commemorating the troops. Immerse yourself in farm life at a local farm as you watch dogs herd sheep.  Travel to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)

Day 5: Blair Castle | Whisky Tasting
Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie and how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlands. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the hotel gardens and museum, or browsing around Pitlochry town. (B, D)

Day 6: Glamis Castle | St. Andrews
Visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf". See the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course on a panoramic drive. Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner and entertainment. August 1 - 22 departures enjoy an evening free to dine independently.  (B, D*)

Day 7: Edinburgh Castle | City Tour
Take a panoramic tour of Edinburgh, from the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses of the Royal Mile to the elegant mansions and wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian "New Town". Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of the city.  The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping and dining. August 1 - 22 departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade (B)

Day 8:  Titanic Belfast | Dublin
Say farewell to your Scottish guide and embark on a ferry ride to Belfast. Visit Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art attraction that will immerse you in the full story of the ill-fated ocean liner, built in the nearby ship yards in 1912. In Dublin check out the local pubs for an independent dinner. (B)

Day 9: Dublin | Merry Ploughboy Pub
Explore Dublin independently on a Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour, and choose one of four top attractions to visit with your included voucher

Day 10: Blarney Castle | Killarney
Head for Blarney Castle today, stopping for a photo opportunity at the Rock of Cashel along the way. Climb the winding staircase to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, which legend says will give you the gift of the gab. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine old castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland's highest mountains, Macgillycuddy's Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 11: Ring of Kerry | Skellig Experience
Take the Ring of Kerry drive - a winding route with awesome mountain and coastline views.  Stop off in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe to visit our CIE Tours preferred shopping partner Moriarty's.  Enjoy lunch before crossing to Valentia Island and the Skellig Experience which describes nearby islands.  Watch a demonstration of highly skilled dogs herding flocks of sheep.  Spend the evening in Killarney (B, L)

Day 12: Cliffs of Moher | Medieval Castle Banquet
Take a ferry across the River Shannon estuary and visit the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches high above the Atlantic.  Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, relax and enjoy free time before heading out for a memorable medieval style feast complete with songs and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages (B, D)

Day 13:  Galway City | Dublin
Drive north to Galway for a panoramic tour of the city with some free time on your own to explore. Travel across the country to Dublin. Spend the final night of your tour independently exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area or experiencing one of Dublin's fine restaurants. (B)

Day 14: Tour Ends in Dublin
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)

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