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Scotland & Ireland
12 Nights

Welcome to the ultimate Scottish and Irish adventure, where you’ll find warm locals, trendy cities and breathtaking scenery everywhere you turn. On this trip you’ll see highlands bagpipes & whisky go head to head with Irish folk songs & Guinness: it’s impossible to choose a favourite, which is why you need to do them both. And with heaps of eye-widening travel inclusions like Blarney Castle and a cruise around Loch Ness, there’s no better way than this 13-day journey, starting in Edinburgh and finishing off in Dublin.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

The trip price does not include the costs of international flights (to/from the start or end the trip). Price is per person based on a lead in rate and subject to availability depending on the departure date. (High and low season rates apply).

Single supplement rates available on request.

Trip Itineraries are subject to change.

Discount can be combined with other brochure discounts where applicable, does not apply to extra nights’ accommodation, optional extensions, airfares, flight supplements and surcharges, taxes and fees and airport transfers. All guests aged 12+ must be fully vaccinated by the first day of their cruise/tour with an approved COVID-19 vaccine (two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra Zeneca, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson), with the final dose administered no less than two weeks prior to the start of their cruise/tour. Subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. All cancellation policies apply as per Contiki.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVE EDINBURGH

Edinburgh

Royal mile, old Castle, home of the brave, Edinburgh is going to turn it on from start to end. With days of good time ahead, go out in search of haggis, a whisky bar and join the jolly locals before meeting up with the crew tonight, in anticipation of the good times that are yet to come.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City West (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Enjoy an evening of traditional Scottish food, music and dancing (haggis for the brave)

GBP 39.00

DAY 2 - EDINBURGH

Edinburgh

Today is yours to roam free - but if you want to get the low down on the history of this city why not join our local guide for an optional tour of Edinburgh Castle (which is resting on an extinct volcano!!) to kickstart your love affair with this city. Or maybe you'll do a spot of tartan shopping on Princes Street. Strictly for the purpose of being cultural, you should probably make time for a traditional deep fried chocolate bar during your day. The things we do for cultural immersion...

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City West (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Get exclusive entry and a guided tour of the richly historical Edinburgh Castle

GBP 20.50

  • Listen to local stories & sip local whisky on this traditional Scottish evening

GBP 23.00

DAY 3 - EDINBURGH TO SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS VIA ST ANDREWS

Edinburgh

Wake from your fried chocolate food coma crazy travellers, it's time to blaze a trail out of Edinburgh & head for the Scottish Highlands.

St. Andrews

On the way to the main affair of the day we'll stop by St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, would you believe? As well as Scotland’s oldest university town.

Scottish Highlands

Already blown away by the beauty of the rugged mountain scenery en route, we'll arrive in the Scottish Highlands amped up for mystical tales and a lake cruise on Loch Ness.

Stay

Columba Hotel Iverness (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Try and spot 'Nessie' on a cruise along the spectacular Loch Ness
  • See the Swilcan Bridge when you visit the home of golf, St Andrews

DAY 4 - SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS TO WEST HIGHLANDS VIA GLENFINNAN VIADUCT

Scottish Highlands

We might be coming down from a high (geographically speaking) this morning, but as we seek out the stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct, the mood will only be rising. Feast your eyes on the railway viaduct – once a calling stop for the magical Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films and the breathtaking waters of Loch Shiel,
which seems to stretch on endlessly.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

West Highlands

Before the day's out we'll set our eyes on Britain's highest mountain. Whether capped by snow or overflowing with green, it's sure to take your breath away & leave you more than content with your day's discoveries.

Stay

Regent Hotel Oban (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain

DAY 5 - WEST HIGHLANDS TO GLASGOW VIA STIRLING

West Highlands

After a few days of remote and rugged goodness, a change of pace in Scotland's biggest city is sure to fire things up a notch.

Stirling

We make a stop in Stirling, known for it's famous Castle nestled right on a hill, and the town where William Wallace took on the English and yelled "Freeeedom!"

Glasgow

Get involved with everything great about Glasgow. Live music on every corner, a gothic cathedral & plenty of quirky characters make this city unique.

Stay

Ibis Budget Glasgow (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Stirling Castle & the William Wallace Monument

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Eat with local hosts & be serenaded by local musicians in a traditional pub in Glasgow

GBP 37.00

DAY 6 - GLASGOW TO DUBLIN VIA LARNE

Glasgow

Scotland, you've been unreal. If Ireland puts on half the show you did, we have many happy days ahead of us.

Larne

We arrive in the port town of Larne, your first steps on Northern Irish soil, but not for long...

Dublin

So much more than the capital city, Dublin is a place of heritage, character, and more cute pubs than you could crawl in a week.  End the day with a lively night of festivities at the cobbled lanes of Temple Bar.

Stay

Travelodge Dublin City Centre (or similar)

DAY 7 - DUBLIN TO CORK VIA KILKENNY

Dublin

That's us done with Dublin…for now. But fear not Dub-lovers, we'll get another taste of this fine place before our trip comes to an end.

Kilkenny

Break up your coach hangs with some bicycle time in a village sure to leave you wanting Irish in your blood. It's a castle, a cathedral & mountains of medieval charm before we hit the road again for Cork.

Cork

Welcome to vibrant Cork! But not before the chance to sample some of Ireland's famous whiskey at the Jameson's Distillery in Middleton. Yum! Even when the skies are grey, Cork is covered in colour and good vibes. Stroll the River Lee or grab your first Guinness in the comfort of a pub, if you didn't get your hands on one in Dublin.

Stay

Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a journey through history & take part in a tutored whiskey tasting to become a certified Irish Whiskey taster

GBP 18.00

  • Cycle through the historical and cultural wonders of Kilkenny

GBP 19.00

DAY 8 - CORK TO GALWAY VIA BLARNEY AND CLIFFS OF MOHER

Cork

Hopefully you exhausted all of your cork puns yesterday, as today we are moving on, sightseeing our way to 2-nights in Galway.

Blarney

Irish folklore tells us there's a chunk of limestone built into a castle that grants its kissers the gift of the gab. Pucker up kids, we're paying her a visit!

Cliffs Of Moher

If heights aren't your cup of English Breakfast, you best sit this one out. Spine tingling, nail biting cliff faces are there to tremble at for those without fear.

Galway

From the moment we arrive in Galway, you'll understand why 2-nights were needed here. Everything you've dreamed Ireland to be is tucked into this small, atmospheric city. Step into a local pub and down Irish stew over live music and chats with locals. Outside will be just as lively, with buskers & colourful buildings lining the streets.

Stay

Travelodge Galway City Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Galway Walking Tour
  • Visit Blarney Castle and get the gift of the gab as you kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

DAY 9 - GALWAY

Galway

Try your tongue at some Gaelic and carry on exploring gorgeous Galway. Or, if you hear the call of the wild, you can sign yourself up to a ferry ride to Aran Islands (summer departures only) where you can dance around with horses and take a bike ride around the picturesque farms, or head up to Dún Aonghasa (the ruins of a prehistoric fortress) - make sure you take photos, this area is not for the faint-hearted! Irish life, you so sweet.

Stay

Travelodge Galway City Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Explore the ancient cultural churches and hike and cycle along the beautiful Aran Islands (Summer Only)

GBP 30.00

DAY 10 - GALWAY TO LONDONDERRY

Galway

Goodbye Galway, hello more Irish eye-candy. Today we continue on towards to Londonderry.

Londonderry

Here in Londonderry, 17th century walls stand at 8 metres high speaking of times gone by when this area was in battle. Times may have changed, but we're still keen to soak up the history and learn a thing or two from our wise Local Guide.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Derry (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Meet Jamese, a 4th generation shepherd, he will show you the ins & outs of his farm, from bouncing border collies to shepherds' sheep shearing we get to experience true Ireland & give back at the same time (Contiki Cares)

GBP 28.00

  • Take a LegenDerry Walking Tour and uncover Ireland's troubled recent history

GBP 10.00

DAY 11 - LONDONDERRY TO BELFAST VIA GIANTS CAUSEWAY

Londonderry

Laters Londonderry, we've got a one way ticket to Belfast and a whole lot more exploration to do.

Giant's Causeway

UNESCO World Heritage site of the Giant’s Causeway - also known as those giant rock columns you've probably drooled over on Pinterest needs to be seen to be believed. Get those hashtags ready, a snap with the group is essential on the mind-blowing natural formation.

Belfast

Next up - we'll arrive in Belfast. Concluding the day will be a driving tour and a trip to the Titanic museum where parts of the world's most famous ship can be seen.

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Belfast City (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Learn about the troubled history of Belfast on a locally guided tour
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage listed Giant’s Causeway

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the epic Titanic Museum and learn all about the doomed ship at its original home, Belfast

GBP 16.65

DAY 12 - BELFAST TO DUBLIN

Belfast

With one night left in Ireland and on tour, we're on the fast track to Dublin where our Irish fairytale first began.

Dublin

A promise is a promise. Here we are back in the city that started our Ireland infatuations. Use this second stint to do your missed critical activities such as visiting the Guinness Storehouse where you can learn how to pull a pint the Irish way.

Stay

Travelodge Dublin City Centre (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Visit the famous Guinness Storehouse and learn how to pour a pint of the black stuff

GBP 17.50

  • Experience some good old 'Irish Craic' with an evening of delicious food, drinks, traditional dancing, and some good laughs together

GBP 52.00

DAY 13 - DEPART DUBLIN

Dublin

We leave Ireland today with leprechauns in our hearts and memories in our souls. Say goodbye at breakfast as it will be the last bite our crew has together.

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