7 DAY IRELAND & SCOTLAND TOUR ITINERARY
Day 1: Monday
Edinburgh – Port Stewart (Derry)
Book your tour nowTravel down the beautiful Ayrshire coast home of Scotland's national Bard Robert Burns. Cross the Irish sea with amazing views of Arran and the Mull of Kintyre over to Ireland. On the stunning Antrim coast dare to cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and step in the footsteps of Celtic Giants at the Giants Causway World Heritage Site. Hear increadible tales of whiskey and clans as we see the dramatic castles, beaches and cliffs, before spending the night in county (London)derry.
Day 2: Tuesday
Port Stewart – Donegal Town
Visit the medieval walled city of Derry and hear about 'the troubles' of Northern Ireland amongst the murals at the site of tragic 'Bloody Sunday'. Cross the border into the Republic of Ireland taking in the increadible views from an ancient hillfort. Learn of Saints and Leaprichaun's through breathtaking Gaelic speaking Glencolmcille to the highest seacliffs in Europe before spending the night in lovely Donegal Town.
Day 3: Wednesday
Donegal - Dublin>
More about the 'troubles' passing through beautiful Enniskillin. Visit the monk's tower in Kells where the famous 'book of Kells' was held in the 6th century. Hear about the most famous battle in Irish history along the river Boyne. Explore the capital city Dublin where you will have time to see some of its many attractions including the Guinness brewery, Old Jameson distillery, Kilmainham jail and of course Irish music in the pubs of lively Temple Bar.
Day 4: Thursday
Dublin – Edinburgh>
After a morning in Dublin hear of the massacre in Drogheda and see Oliver Plunket's severed head. – Yes a real head! Cross the border to the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast and view the murals along the Republican Falls road and Unionist West Belfast, before crossing the Irish sea back to Scotland. We travel through Scotland's biggest city Glasgow before returning to Edinburgh.
Departing Edinburgh, we head North over the Forth Road Bridge, across the Kingdom of Fife towards the beautiful Highlands. Our first stop is at the village of Dunkeld - a Highland gateway village and once the ancient capital of Scotland. Heading into the heart of the highlands, we pass through the Grampian mountains, where we hear tales of Roman invasion, and a very rebellious Scotland.
Driving via Inverness, we then head down the shores of Loch Ness along the north of the Loch in search of a certain monster called Nessie, and take in the views of Urquart castle, a ruined stronghold on the shores of the Loch. Then, heading through Glen Morriston, we are now on our way westward to Skye.
Over the Skye Bridge we arrive at the village of Kyleakin where we will be spending the next two nights in our cosy wee hostel, with it's real fire and wonderful coastal views.
Isle of Skye
And now our adventure gets even better - a day exploring one of Scotlands most famous Islands. Before heading to its northern tip, we pass through themighty Cullin mountains on to Portree the island's Capital, where we stop for supplies and also for a wee look at this village, with its quaint little fishing harbour.
The Trotternish peninsula is the focus for the rest of the day, stopping at amazing waterfalls and the seriously haunted ruined Macdonald stronghold perched atop a sea cliff. We scramble up one of the island's amazing rock formations, a small mild hike to suit all, so leave your high heels at home. Now it is time to bring it down for a little chill time and to pay our respects to the “little people” at the enchanting Faerie Glen. As the sun goes down we head back to the village of Kyleakin in time for a pint at the local pub.
Isle of Skye - Edinburgh
Departing Skye we head to the mainland, where our last full day of adventure begins at one of Scotland's most picturesque castles -Eilean Donan, as featured in the movie Highlander.
It's then a very scenic drive through the lands of Kintail, where every mountain has a story of romance, adventure or betrayal. Gliding through the colours and scenery of Glen Shiel and Glen Garry, we head down to Fort William and then on to the breathtaking Glen Coe, the scene of Scotland's most haunting Clan massacre. This glen is definitely one of Scotland's jewels. While hearing the tales of its dark past, you also have a chance to absorb its amazing atmosphere.
Continuing south over desolate Rannoch Moor we then head out of the Highlands and down to Stirling, to pay homage to William Wallace - the hero of Scotland's struggle for independence - at the Wallace Monument. Edinburgh is our final destination, arriving back in our dynamic Capital for some heart-felt goodbyes.
*Please Note… tours may alter from this itinerary due to weather, road works etc.