Discover Scotland & Ireland in 15 days
15 DAYS, 14 NIGHTS | Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, Dublin, Dingle & Cliffs of Moher
PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY
Enjoy the Best of Scotland & Ireland in 15 Days with your very own chauffeur-guide! You'll walk the Royal Mile in Edinburgh; study the fairways at St. Andrews, try a wee dram at a whisky distillery, explore the Highlands, visit Culloden Battlefield, and cruise Loch
Ness. You'll stay in Edinburgh, Culloden and on the Isle of Skye, view dramatic mountain scenery, and go back in time amongst Stirling and Urquhart Castles. You'll fly from Edinburgh to Dublin to explore the Emerald Isle where you'll experience Gaelic tunes, gourmet cuisine, and magnificent raw scenery. You'll explore the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, and Cliffs of Moher, and visit the must-see sites, and charming towns, from historic Dublin, the Rock of Cashel, to eerie mysteries left by unknown Celtic people. Discover Scotland & Ireland!
Day 1: Edinburgh & Royal Yacht Britannia
Arrive Edinburgh airport where you will be met by your chauffeur-guide. On your way into Edinburgh you’ll visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former yacht of the Royal family. You’ll then arrive at your hotel in central Edinburgh for a 2-night stay. Enjoy some time to relax, and settle into your accommodation before a welcome dinner with some whisky tastings.
Day 2: Edinburgh
Today, enjoy a private-guided tour learning about Edinburgh’s long history. You’ll see how the medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile contrast with the fine Georgian architecture of the 200-year old New Town and learn about many prominent Scottish inventors, doctors and writers for whom Edinburgh is famous. Then climb up to the imposing Edinburgh Castle, to tour this historic military stronghold, the birthplace of the city, and soak up the dramatic views. In the afternoon, wind your way through the medieval streets, ending at the impressive Palace of Holyrood, the Scottish residence of The Queen.
Day 3: Blackness Castle & St. Andrews
This morning, you’ll be driven to Blackness Castle, just outside of Edinburgh, on the south shores of the Firth of Forth. Mighty fortifications make this 15th-century castle look like a ‘ship that never sailed.’ Blackness was never just a peaceful lordly residence, its enduring roles were as a garrison fortress. You'll then cross the Firth of Forth for the beautiful medieval city of St. Andrews, set on the stunning north coast of the Kingdom of Fife. You’ll enjoy a private-guided walking tour visiting Scotland’s oldest university (founded in 1413), the ruins of the 12th century cathedral and castle, the historic town, packed with history and charm, and the oldest golf course in the world. Continue your journey to the Scottish Highlands for a two-night stay in Culloden – a 10-minute drive from Inverness.
Day 4: Whisky Tasting & The Scottish Highlands
Today, tour the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising — the Culloden Battlefield, where, in 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat ended decades of Scottish rebellion against the British government. Continue to the nearby turreted Cawdor Castle for lunch. Tour the castle and enjoy the gardens. This afternoon, enjoy a scenic journey through the Cairngorms National Park for a visit to the Glenlivet Distillery to learn about how whisky is made and sample a “wee dram”. You'll finish the day with a visit to the Neolithic Clava Cairn Stones, said to have inspired Outlander.
Day 5: Loch Ness & Fort Augustus
This morning, enjoy a panoramic cruise of Loch Ness before the boat drops you at the shore to explore the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle. Continue to Fort Augustus, where Loch Ness meets the Caledonian Canal. In the
afternoon, continue your journey, through magnificent mountain scenery to one of Scotland’s most iconic images, Eilean Donan Castle. You’ll then cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye for a 2-night stay.
Day 6: Isle of Skye
Today, explore the Isle of Skye. You’ll first have an opportunity to climb to the Old Man of Storr, a large pinnacle of towering rock with views over the Islands of Raasay and Rona, and beyond to the mainland. Then continue to Kilt Rock, a sea cliff with huge, vertical basalt columns, and to the top of the spectacular Quiraing mountain pass. Enjoy lunch in Flodigarry, where Flora MacDonald (who aided Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape) once lived. This afternoon, step back in time at the Skye Museum of Island Life, and visit the ruins of Dun Beag iron-age broch, a circular dry-stone tower, large enough to serve as a fortified home.
Day 7: Glenfinnan & Glencoe
Say goodbye to the Isle of Skye and leave by ferry from Armadale to Mallaig. Follow the coast south, by the silver sands of Morar, stopping at the Arisaig Land Sea & Island Center and the Glenfinnan Tower Monument, where Bonnie Prince Charles raised the Scottish flag. Continue your journey to Glencoe, site of Scotland's most infamous massacre. Arrive at your accommodation by the shores of Loch Linnhe for an overnight stay.
Day 8: Stirling Castle & Dublin
Leave through the beautiful and mountainous landscape of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor on your way back to Edinburgh. En-route, visit Stirling Castle, including the newly restored Renaissance Palace (last stronghold of Scotland, besieged by William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and residence of the Stewart monarchs including Mary Queen of Scots and King James). You'll then fly from Edinburgh to Dublin for a 2-night stay.
Day 9: Dublin
This morning, enjoy a private-guided walking tour learning about Dublin's often calamitous history, from the days of Viking raids to the hard centuries of British occupation, to its remarkable literary legacy, to the modern city of today. Finish with a visit to the stunning Old Library, Trinity College, for an illuminating look at the remarkable Book of Kells, a jolt of Irish creativity that helped pull Europe out of the Dark Ages. The rest of your day will be free to take in some of Dublin's other world-class sights, such as the National Museum, Guinness Storehouse or Dublin Castle.
Day 10: Rock of Cashel & Blarney Castle
Today, say goodbye to Dublin as your chauffeur-guide drives you across the Emerald isle. On your way visit one of Ireland's most historic and evocative sights: The Rock of Cashel. St. Patrick himself was here more than 1,500 years ago, and ever since, the Rock has been the spiritual heart of Ireland. From the craggy remains of the cathedral and castle to the views stretching out across the Plain of Tipperary, this is one Ireland’s most spectacular historic sites. From Cashel continue to Blarney Castle where you may climb the tower and kiss the famous Blarney Stone, said to bestow the “gift of the gab” upon all who dare. Then to Kenmare, in the south west corner of Ireland, for an overnight stay,
Day 11: Killarney National Park
Today experience the spectacular wild scenery of Killarney National Park. View Molls Gap, Ladies View and Torc Waterfall, and visit the evocative Ross Castle and the beautiful Muckross House & Gardens, all set against stunning beauty. Enjoy a jaunting car ride (horse carriage ride) in the National Park. At the end of your day, arrive in the pastel-painted, quintessentially Irish harbor town of Dingle for a 2-night stay.
Day 12: Dingle Peninsula
Experience some of Europe's wildest natural beauty and most ancient Christian sites. Follow the famous Slea Head Drive, arguably the most beautiful road in Ireland. The tour will include visits to the ancient Famine Cottages, where there will also be a sheepdog demonstration by a local farmer, and stops at Dunbeg Fort and Coumeenole Beach. You’ll visit the strikingly situated Great Blasket Centre, where you'll get a close-up look at the language, literature, and daily life of a traditional Gaelic Blasket community. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to soak in more of Dingle's charms and enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 13: Wild Atlantic Way
Depart Dingle, and continue on to Tralee for the Wild Atlantic Way, crossing the Shannon estuary by ferry, and passing more spectacular scenery along the way. Explore the dramatic coastline of County Clare and arrive at the sumptuous surroundings of the Ballinalacken Castle Country House Hotel for a 2-night stay. The location of the Ballinalacken is fabulous. Right on the coast, it sits up high and boasts magnificent views of the Atlantic, and the Aran Islands. Tonight enjoy a gourmet dinner in Lord O’Brien’s former dining room.
Day 14: Cliffs of Moher & Burren
Visit the sensational Cliffs of Moher, explore the intriguing landscape of the Burren (the largest limestone area of Europe), the ruins of the ancient abbey of Corcomroe, the prehistoric Poulnabrone dolmen (an eerie mystery left by unknown Celtic people), Caherconnell Fort, (a medieval stone ringfort), and the picturesque town of Ennis. You may also opt for a boat trip to Inis Oírr, one of the Aran Islands, with spectacular views of the Cliffs of Moher from the sea. Upon returning to the hotel, enjoy a guided tour of the hotel’s private castle. Tonight, a farewell gourmet dinner is reserved for you.
Day 15: Transfer to Shannon Airport
Today, leave with your chauffeur-guide to Shannon Airport, from where there are both direct and connecting flights to North America.
Included with this private tour:
14 nights of hotel accommodation
7 three-course gourmet dinners
Your very own professional
chauffeur-guide and luxury vehicle
Airfare Edinburgh to Dublin
All entrance fees
Professional local guides
Ferry fares, tolls & taxes
Loch Ness cruise
Choose your Accommodation
In this category we have hand-picked five-star guest houses or smaller luxury hotels. These lodgings are often family owned and offer a truly unique, authentic and welcome atmosphere where you are more likely to engage with local people than in a higher-end hotel. Some tours involve a mixture of both Superior and Luxury Boutique.
Through years of experience we have hand-picked luxury boutique hotels which are not only very comfortable in the traditional sense, but as importantly offer gourmet food, and an ambience of lasting memory. All our hotel choices are of unique character, range from 4-star to 5-star, and are either downtown, or enjoy a spectacular rural or village setting. Our detailed offer to you will specify the hotels recommended.
Scotland & Ireland
Such a great trip! Loved that we were able to see the best of Scotland and also Ireland. I can't thank you enough for taking such great care of our group. All the little extras and details could not have happened on one of those cookie-cutter tour groups. You were the best guide ever and we loved our trip. Can't wait to plan next year with you!
Terri. W - Virginia
Choose your dates. Price is determined by season, accommodation, and the number of people in your group. Prices below are a guideline, and may change in accordance with your individual preferences.
From $5890 per person (group of 6 people)
From $6890 per person (group of 4 people)
From $7990 per person (group of 2 people)
All prices are in US dollars and based on sharing a room for double occupancy, and may vary at peak periods.
This tour can be customized to your wishes. Simply call, or email us with your specifics and we'll plan a program that's right for you.
For me, our trip to Scotland and Ireland couldn't have been better. Your careful research and planning made for a full, yet relaxing and absolutely delightful trip. We saw so many sights and beautiful natural landscape. I felt like we had all the time we wanted at each stop, were able to leave when we were done, and had flexibility to make extra stops. How refreshing compared to large group tours! And I felt safe at all times with your driving and with Noel in Ireland. Both of you made wonderful company without feeling at all intrusive.
The accommodations were just beautiful! Elegant, comfortable and relaxing, great service. The excellent food, choices, presentation and sevice were all just amazing. Looking back, I realize that, while we were busy and active all day, we weren't too exhausted to enjoy those fantastic dinners. I'm sure your traveling experience and planning, along with us being able to relax while we were driven, made that possible.
Thank you so much! I enthusiastically recommend Wanderlust tours.
Cynthia H. - Wisconsin
Just a few tour highlights:
Edinburgh's Royal Mile & Castle
Stirling & Urquhart Castles
Loch Ness cruise
Isle of Skye
Cliffs of Moher