Ireland Scotland Family Vacation
15 Day Special Irish-Scottish Escorted Tour
GUARANTEED SMALL GROUP - FAMILY VACATION - THIS TOUR IS LIMITED TO 15 PERSONS
Our two week adventures are designed to delight every member of the family, from school-age children to grandparents. Our family journeys combine the joy of seeing, doing and learning as a family with ample opportunity for just plain family fun. On this tour you will stay in Ireland's most lively towns and experience traditional Scottish culture.
Saturday - DEPART FROM HOME Your Irish vacation begins the moment you board your flight. Destination: SCOTLAND.
Sunday – EDINBURGH The "City of Princes". Take a panoramic tour of the principal sights of this elegant Georgian city. Drive along Princes Street, the Royal Mile and through the 200 year old New Town. See the medieval section of the city and Edinburgh Castle which dominates the city center and contains many interesting exhibits. View highlights including St. Gile's Cathedral, Burns Monument, National Gallery, and the Palace of Holyrood House. Take a stroll to your welcome dinner with traditional Scottish entertainment. (D)
Monday –DAY TOUR TO ST. ANDREWS & PERTH Drive north following country roads through rolling farmland to St. Andrews. Known as the home of golf, it is also well known for its university--the oldest in Scotland. The old medieval cathedral town is home to the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the Old Course. The town has cobbled streets, interesting shops, a ruined castle and church. Choose to visit the British Golf Museum with its displays chronicling the history of golf, photograph the facade of the venerable Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, stroll a portion of the Old Course or browse the town's shops for golf items, woolens and souvenirs. Then we visit a working distillery to sample a "wee dram". (CB)
What our clients say: “Thank you so much for setting up our Reidy family trip to Ireland. We had a wonderful time and were able to see a great deal in a short period of time, thanks to our guide, Martin Hogan. He was wonderful and became part of the family. We were able to find the house my father was born in as well as a cousin we never knew existed in Kilgarvin. We will be back again. Thanks much for everything.” The Reidy Family. Dick Reidy
Tuesday – STIRLING/GLENCOE/FT. WILLIAM AREA Stirling Castle is an historically and architecturally important castle in Scotland. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned here. Visit the largest medieval banqueting hall ever built in Scotland and the Great Kitchens which dramatically bring to life how lavish banquets were created in James IV's day. The Tapestry Studio has been working on a recreation of The Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries here, and you can watch the weavers at their task. Enjoy the mystical mountains of Glencoe. In the 1692 battle here, 40 members of the MacDonald clan were massacred in cold blood by the Campbells for not forswearing the Jacobite cause. They say you can still hear their cries! The Ft. William area is our home for the next three nights. (CB)
Wednesday – RIDE THE HARRY POTTER TRAIN/ISLE OF SKYE Ride the Jacobite “Hogwarts Express” (The West Coast Railway Company) steam locomotives. We head by ferry to Skye, and up to Portree, where pastel houses line the harbor. Skye has ruined castles, awesome scenery, Viking fortresses and is home to legendary clans, immersed in Celtic myths & legends. Stand on the battlements of timeless castles. We stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film “Highlander” and a James Bond movie, set at the junction of three lochs as protection against Viking raiders. (B)
Thursday – INVERNESS/LOCH NESS MONSTER EXCURSION Drive alongside Loch Ness, where we enjoy monster hunting at the ruined Urquhart Castle. Nearby is the Culloden Battlefield, the last battle ever to be fought on British soil. Clava Cairns, a burial site dating back to around 2000 B.C. may be visited instead. Time allowing, shop in Inverness, the capital of the highlands. (B)
Friday - LOCH LOMOND/CASTLE STAY Travel to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the largest fresh water lake in the UK with its 38 Islands. In the conservation village of Luss, many of the fully restored cottages were originally erected to house workers in the cotton mill and slate quarries of the 18th and 19th centuries. Continue to our castle home, A fascinating 13th-century fortress set within acres of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the river Esk for overnight. (B)
Saturday -EDINBURGH/DUBLIN Board your flight to Dublin (included in air/land price). Arrive in Dublin, Ireland's capital, which has retained its Georgian elegance, and transfer to your hotel. Time free to relax. (B)
Sunday - DUBLIN Our afternoon of Dublin takes you to Trinity College to see the illuminated Book of Kells, and St. Patrick's, Ireland's national cathedral. Visit the Guinness Storehouse in the heart of old Dublin, where you sample Ireland's most famous creamy stout. Optional: Storytelling, dinner and traditional music in a candelit Dublin pub: The scene is set in one of Dublin's oldest pubs. As early as the 1600's, it was a popular haunt. The Seanachi, the Irish word for storyteller, entertains with oral tales of fairies, Celtic warriors and legendary deed-doing. Tales are told and songs sung and everyone is made to feel welcome. With turf fire glowing a perfect setting in which to take you back through the romantic mists of time. History comes alive tonight!(B)
Monday - DUBLIN/WICKLOW "BALLYKISSANGEL" Tour to Avoca, the mythical "Ballykissangel", to visit the handweavers who capture the subtle hues of heather and fields in their fabric. The rest of day is free to relax and explore Dublin's parks and Georgian squares. Its brick row houses are famous for their glass laced doors. Afternoon shopping on your own. The evening is free to enjoy this bustling city and friendly people -- maybe you'll want to visit one of Dublin's famous singing pubs!(B)
Tuesday -KILKENNY Enjoy the relaxed pace of Ireland, known for its bogs and turf fires, rich farmlands and scenic countryside. Travel through the Curragh, the horse breeding center of Ireland. Kilkenny, with its cobbled streets, is one of the finest examples of an Irish medieval town. You visit Kilkenny Castle, followed by a pub lunch. Time free for exploring on your own. (B,D)
Wednesday - BLARNEY/COBH/KILLARNEY Departures June onwards visit the new Waterford Crystal facility and store. This morning you take the scenic route to Cobh, originally a small fishing village. Cobh was the departure point for many Irish immigrants in the 19th century, and is associated with the loss of the Titanic. Visit Blarney, with a chance to kiss "The Stone". Travel through landscapes of the rarest green, where herds of black and white cows peek from every hill on the way to Killarney. (B, D)
Thursday - RING OF KERRY EXCURSION An incredible day awaits! The scenic and spectacular Ring of Kerry offers unrivaled views of County Kerry's magnificent shoreline, one of nature's masterpieces. Traveling via Killorglin you see beautiful mountain vistas and rugged landscapes along the way. Travel through Killarney by pony and trap. Have your camera ready! A musical pub evening is in store for us tonight, complete with local entertainment. (B,D)
Friday - ADARE/SHANNON Visit Muckross Traditional Farm for tea and scones, where you will see villagers practicing ancient farming techniques. Then travel to Adare, a town of thatched cottages. Optional and highly recommended: A night like no other. Medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. You'll be transported back in time as you sip the traditional mead in the great banquet hall and don bibs to eat authentic recipes with your fingers! Madrigal singers, and musicians bring the era to life.(B)
Saturday - HOMEWARD The tour ends with a transfer to Shannon Airport. (B) Transfers and hotels available to Dublin available at added cost.
Ireland Scotland Trip Includes:
- Round trip airfare from New York or Boston. Flight Shannon/Edinburgh at added cost. Many cities are available.
- Airport transfers according to the schedule below.
- Minibus or motorcoach transportation.
- First-class accommodations for 14 nights; room with private bath.
- 14 breakfasts (B & CB)
- 1 dinner with Scottish music, 1 castle dinner in Ireland (D)
- Baggage handling at hotels.
- All taxes and service charges.
- All sightseeing and entrance fees.
Edinburgh - hop on hop off tour voucher Highlands - Ride the Hogwarts Express, Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield or Clava Cairns, Stirling Castle St. Andrews - Castle and Cathedral Perth - Distillery Skye - Ferry to the Isle of Skye Scenic Drives - Royal Mile, Princes Street, magnificent Glen Coe, the road to Skye, Braveheart Country, searching for the Loch Ness Monster, Scottish Highlands, Luss, Book of Kells at Trinity College, "Ballykissangel" and Guinness Brewery & Pub visit, Kilkenny Castle, Blarney Castle, Killarney by pony and trap and Ring of Kerry tour, Muckross Traditional Farm
Your 3* & 4* B&B's/hotels/castles:
Edinburgh Apex European Hotel (2 nights)
Fort William/Skye/Inverness Bed and breakfast (2 nights)
Edinburgh Dalhousie Castle/Borthwick Castle(1 night)
Dublin Grafton Capital 2 nights
Kilkenny Homestay 1 night
Killarney Dromhall 2 nights
Shannon Oakwood Arms 1 night
Save $611 per person on coach tours if you are 5-11 and sharing with two paying passengers. Single Room Supplement: $1061. Twin supplement for Dromoland Castle $233. Tattoo tickets on August departures available at a cost of $130.
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*Airfares are estimates only, based on limited availability and are subject to change. The air inclusive prices above are for general information only and not a reflection of current seat availability. Prices are inclusive of air tax.
Airfare at added cost plus $239 air taxes. Land tours begin in England one day later than departure date shown. Airfares are estimates only, based on limited availability and are subject to change. The air inclusive prices above are for general information only and not a reflection of current seat availability.
Airfare between Ireland and Scotland not included in land price: Airlines between Ireland and Britain and the continent have LOWER weight restrictions than transatlantic flights. If you a re taking Ryanair, Flybe, Aer Lingus or others between countries PACK LIGHT. RESTRICTIONS CAN BE AS LOW AS 15 KILOS OR 33 POUNDS, AND 1 SUITCASE ONLY IS ALLOWED.
This tour is operated by Lynott Tours