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My Dream Trip - Ireland & Scotland: A Celtic Heritage
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My Dream Trip - Ireland & Scotland: A Celtic Heritage

10 days & 9 nights,

Dublin, Belle Isle, Giants Causeway, Islay & Edinburgh

Accompanied by Europe Destination Specialist Ashley Rudnansky, immerse yourself in Celtic history and culture on this small group Escorted Dream Trip. Visit Dublin and Edinburgh, paddle the waters of Lough Erne in a kayak, spend two nights in a private island castle, explore monastic islands, get an in-depth introduction to the favorite spirits of Ireland and Scotland on distillery visits, and enjoy an extraordinary culinary experience within the walls of Edinburgh Castle.

  • Day 1
    Arrive Dublin, Ireland

    Upon arrival in Dublin, you will be met and escorted to your hotel. After checking in, meet your local historian guide for a walking tour of central Dublin. End at the legendary Guinness Storehouse for a connoisseur's introduction to one of Ireland's most beloved beverages.

    The Merrion Hotel - 1 Night
  • Day 2
    To Belle Isle

    After breakfast, depart Dublin and head north-west toward Donegal. Stop at beautiful Lough Erne, where you hop into a kayak and paddle out to visit several deserted monastic islands in the center of the lake. Later, continue to your private castle on the shores of Belle Isle and savor a welcome dinner with your fellow travelers, followed by a performance of traditional Irish folk music.

    Belle Isle Castle - 2 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 3
    Belle Isle

    Depart to Mullaghmore for a private boat trip to the deserted monastic island of Inishmurray, accompanied by a local maritime archaeologist. Alternatively, choose to embark on a guided hike in the Glens of Leitrim or around the imposing mountain of Ben Bulben. Return to your castle in the afternoon to listen to traditional tales from an acclaimed storyteller, followed by dinner.

    Belle Isle Castle (B, D)
  • Day 4
    To Giant's Causeway

    Depart your castle and head north to discover the fascinating culture and natural wonders of Northern Ireland. In Derry City, visit the city walls with your private guide, and hear firsthand of the area's turbulent recent history.

    Bushmills Inn - 2 Nights (B, L)
  • Day 5
    Giant's Causeway

    Leave the city to hike the north Antrim coast from Ballintoy to the fabled Giant's Causeway. Along this scenic route, stop to enjoy the views while enjoying a picnic lunch. This afternoon, sample Northern Ireland's favorite whiskey at the Old Bushmills Distillery.

    Bushmills Inn (B, L)
  • Day 6
    To Islay, Scotland

    Bid farewell to Derry and drive to Portrush where you'll board your private boat to the enchanting island of Islay, known as the Whisky Isle, on Scotland's wild Atlantic west coast. Upon arrival, enjoy an afternoon tour and tasting at a famous distillery before retiring to one of Scotland's grandest and most historic country house hotels for dinner and a two-night stay.

    Islay House Hotel - 2 Nights (B, D)
  • Day 7

    Delve into the world of single malt Scotch Whisky during an exclusive craftsman's tour at the famous Bowmore Distillery, then enjoy a short guided circular hike to Islay's famous American Monument, which lies on a local RSPB Nature Reserve.

    Islay House Hotel (B)
  • Day 8
    To Edinburgh

    Take an unforgettable flightseeing expedition this morning as you discover Scotland by air en route to Glasgow. Enjoy a gourmet lunch on the shores of Loch Lomond before heading south to Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh. This evening, enjoy an exclusive dining experience with entertainment within the walls of Edinburgh Castle.

    The Balmoral Hotel - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
  • Day 9

    Return to Edinburgh Castle this morning for a private visit and exclusive viewing of the Crown Jewels before the castle opens to the public.

    The Balmoral Hotel (B)
  • Day 10
    Depart Edinburgh

    After breakfast, bid farewell to Scotland and your traveling companions, as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.

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