Best of Ireland & Scotland - Insight Vacations

Best of Ireland & Scotland (Summer 2017)

Duration: 15 days Visiting: Ireland, Scotland

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Despite the many regional variations between Ireland and Scotland, they share a natural affinity, tracing back to their Gaelic roots, together with stunning landscapes, and warm-hearted communities.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Dublin

    On arrival at Dublin Airport, your airport transfer service leaves for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 & 13:30. At night, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception with drinks and the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

  3. Day 3

    In Dublin’s Fair City

    Orientation takes you past the Custom House and along O'Connell Street. Travel along the River Liffey to see the Guinness Brewery and Dublin Castle before admiring the historic buildings of the Georgian section of the city. Enjoy your VIP priority entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a University insider, gaining their insight into modern life and the establishment's impressive history.

  4. Day 4

    Waterford and Cork

    Kildare offers a look behind the scenes at one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres and visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a ‘journey through life'. Then head for Waterford to see Reginald's Tower, the ruined city walls and for a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal and meet a master craftsman. Then travel on to Cork, Ireland's second most populous city, built on the River Lee.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Travel to Blarney Castle and Killarney

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, see Cork’s City Hall and Opera House, before visiting ruined Blarney Castle, the home of the famous Stone of Eloquence, once kissed – never forgotten! Continue on to Killarney where you join a local ‘Jarvey’ on-board one of the jaunting cars. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Ring of Kerry Experience

    (Relaxed Start) Tour the superb seascapes, towering cliffs and spectacular mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Follow the narrow road as it winds through delightful villages like Sneem, cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll's Gap and admire Queen Victoria's ‘Ladies View'. Return mid-afternoon for time at leisure.

  7. Day 7

    To Limerick, the Land of Song and Legend

    Begin the day with a delightful ferry ride across the Shannon Estuary. Journey to the Visitors’ Centre at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy magnificent views of the Clare Coast before continuing to Limerick. See St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle and the Treaty Stone.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Glorious Galway to Sligo Bay

    (Relaxed Starts) Join your Tour Director in Galway to see the infamous Lynch Memorial and the Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his discovery of America. Also see the aged Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F Kennedy. Tour the wild Connemara region, a scenic wonderland of rivers, lakes and silent hills. In the evening, your perfect country retreat is set on the scenic shores of Sligo Bay.

  9. Day 9

    Walk in the Giant’s Steps on the way to Ballygally

    The day begins in Drumcliffe, with a visit to the final resting place of Ireland's famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Cross into Northern Ireland to visit Derry. What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall. Continue around the coast to the amazing Giant's Causeway, then take a spectacular drive along the Antrim coast road to your hotel, that overlooks the sea at the head of Ballygally Bay.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Ayreshire Coast and Burns Country

    (Relaxed Start) Ride the ferry to Scotland and continue along the Ayrshire Coast, taking in views of the Firth of Clyde and the Island of Arran. Pass The Open golf links of Turnberry before arriving in Alloway, where you visit Robert Burns' birthplace and see the Burns' monument Brig 'O Doon'.

  11. Day 11

    Journey through Glencoe and Loch Ness to Inverness

    In the morning, head north for a scenic drive along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Absorb the dramatic landscape of Glencoe, still echoing with the cries of massacred clansmen, before reaching Fort William. Pause at the Commando Memorial for a view of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then go on a journey of discovery on a Loch Ness cruise.  Soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of 'Nessie' in the heart of Scotland's great glen.

  12. Day 12 - Relaxed Start

    A Highlands Experience

    (Relaxed Start) Participate in an orientation tour of Inverness before driving out to the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally defeated. Not much more than a cannon shot away lie the prehistoric Clava burial cairns, dating back to around 2,000BC. Then have a 'wee dram' at a visit to the Glen Ord Distillery, hear stories of the whisky smugglers and delve into the fascinating world of the single malt.

  13. Day 13

    St. Andrews and Edinburgh

    A scenic drive takes you through the Grampian Mountains past the Duke of Atholl's Blair Castle. Drive down and cross the Tay to visit St. Andrews, the home of golf. Continue across the majestic Forth Road Bridge to the Scottish capital. In the evening, selected departures attend the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

  14. Day 14

    Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital of Culture

    In the morning, join your Local Expert for a visit to Edinburgh Castle, housing the Scottish Crown Jewels. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Queen's Holyroodhouse Palace. Turn onto Princes Street, past the Scott Memorial to see Edinburgh's famous Georgian New Town. Later, there is still time to shop. In the evening, join your friends at a stylish restaurant for a grand finalé Celebration Dinner. Bon Appetit!

  15. Day 15

    Farewell Edinburgh

    Transfers arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 06:15 & 09:00.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Dublin: VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity college with a University insider.
  • Ballygally: Ballygally Castle is a stunning 17th century castle which overlooks the golden sands of the bay and offers excellent facilities.
  • Kildare: Join an equine professional for a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens.
  • Londonderry: What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the gothic Guildhall.
  • Alloway: Explore the famous site in Alloway where Burns was born and learn about the inspiration behind his greatest works.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts!
  • Killarney: A local 'Jarvey' informs you of the history, legend and folklore of Killarney aboard a famous jaunting car ride.
  • Killarney: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages, as you tour the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Giant's Causeway: Steeped in legend, the awe-inspiring coastal scenery is a spectacle to behold.
  • Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery and hear intriguing tales of 'Nessie' during a cruise.
  • Highlands: Find out why the battle changed the Highland way of life forever at the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre.
  • Edinburgh:For a limited time in August, witness the astonishing spectacle of the Military Tattoo.
  • Edinburgh: Walk within the walls of the Castle to view the Scottish Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dublin: See the Custom House and elegant Georgian Squares.
  • Waterford: See Reginald's Tower, the ruined city walls and enjoy a guided visit to the Waterford Crystal Factory and Showrooms.
  • Cork: Enjoy an orientation tour.
  • Limerick: See King John's Castle and St Mary's Cathedral.
  • Galway: See the Cathedral, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square. Drumcliffe: Visit the final resting place of Irish poet Willain Butler Yeats.
  • Londonderry: See ‘Derry's Walls' and Georgian houses.
  • Great Glen: View the Commando memorial and Ben Nevis.
  • Highlands: Drive along Loch Ness. Visit the prehistoric burial cairns of Clava.
  • St Andrews: Visit the university town and see the golf course.
  • Edinburgh: Enjoy a guided city tour down the Royal Mile past Holyroodhouse and over to the 18C ‘New Town'.
  • Scenic drives: Connemara, Ring of Kerry, Antrim & Ayrshire Coasts, Glencoe, Grampian Mountains, Loch Ness, Loch Lomond

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Highlands: Sample a ‘wee dram' and learn the fascinating process of whisky production at the Glenlivet Distillery.
  • Edinburgh:An unforgettable Celebration event sees you dining on a sunny evening, watching the occasional estuary traffic, and toasting to new-found friends!
  • 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 5 three-course Dinners (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Ballygally: Ballygally Castle is a stunning 17th century castle which overlooks the golden sands of the bay and offers excellent facilities.
  • Inverness: The signature Kingsmills Hotel comprises of an extended 17th century residence, presenting a seamless blend of style and substance.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Port Of Cobh Excursion

Drive to the pretty riverside village of Cobh (pronounced "Cove") which was the last port of call for the Titanic. Explore the Heritage Centre and relive the story of the emigration of Irish people and the life of this once great passenger port.

Adult Price: EUR 22.00

Code: COR0001

Cork Dinner

Lively and fun loving, Cork city is justly celebrated for fine local produce and great restaurants. Tonight, take the opportunity to dine out and enjoy the great atmosphere and vibrant heart of Ireland's 'rebel' city. Three course dinner with a drink.

Adult Price: EUR 45.00

Code: COR0002

Irish Countryside & Glendalough

An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. Pass through the pretty Wicklow Mountains to the picturesque setting of St. Kevin’s great 6th Century monastic site at Glendalough. After exploring the monastic remains return to Dublin via the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Adult Price: EUR 21.00

Code: DUB0006

Dinner & Irish Cabaret

Over an excellent dinner of quality Irish food, enjoy a nonstop show of comedy, dance, song and music. Ireland’s musical history unfolds in a cabaret that will delight you long after the night has ended. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the fun, and it’s all wrapped up in the spirit of Irish humour. At the end of your meal, cap off one of Ireland’s best nights out with an Irish Coffee.

Adult Price: EUR 71.00

Code: DUB0008

An Epic Voyage

Stroll with your tour director along the Banks of the Liffey to view the historic architecture of Custom House Quay, including the Triumphal Arch of 1813 and the ever poignant Famine Memorial statues. Enter the two-century-old Vaults, for an exclusive reception of canapés and drinks, before touring "Epic". Here, walk with your ancestors to hear how the emigrating Irish influenced the four corners of the world and modern life as we know it.

Adult Price: EUR 43.00

Code: DUB0014

Scottish Dinner & Cabaret

Join us for a lively and memorable evening of traditional Scottish song, dance, tartan and bagpipes. In addition to wine and dinner, your kilted hosts will lead you through some of the best-loved Scottish music and songs. You'll learn a Highland dance or two and sample Scotland’s national dish - haggis. An exceptional Scottish experience!

Adult Price: GBP 58.00

Code: EDI0002

Royal Yacht Britannia

This magnificent ship has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. For four royal couples, Britannia was to provide a honeymoon sanctuary before the onset of married life in the world's most photographed family. Now berthed in Leith, you are welcomed on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences.

Adult Price: GBP 18.00

Code: EDI0003

Edinburgh's Most Haunted

Join our Ghouls and Ghosts to embark upon a scary and mirth-filled tour of Edinburgh's old town as never seen before! We'll enjoy a drink afterwards to calm our nerves before returning to the land of the living.

Adult Price: GBP 27.00

Code: EDI0005

Glasgow Dinner

In recent years, Glasgow has developed a fearsome culinary reputation. With its elegant and chic atmosphere, this restaurant is very much at the forefront. In the hub of Glasgow's vibrant cosmopolitan capital, enjoy an evening of Scottish fayre and experience the unique atmosphere of the city at night. This meal may be offered as a lunch.

Adult Price: GBP 37.00

Code: GLA0001

An Evening with Nessie

Join us at the only pub on the shores of Loch Ness, overlooking Dores beach. Enjoy a drink whislt listening to the tales of Steve, a man who has devoted over twenty-five years of his life to hunting for the elusive Loch Ness Monster. A unique evening, following the journey of the ultimate "Nessie Hunter"!

Adult Price: GBP 20.00

Code: INV0001

Gaelic Roots

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

Adult Price: EUR 33.00

Code: KIL0008

Shannon Castle Banquet

Calling all Lords and Ladies! Please be seated for a delicious banquet in the great hall of the castle. In the splendour of a bygone age, entertainment is provided by the court jester, castle musicians and attendants of the medieval court. It won’t be long before you're making merry with the fine music, singing, dancing, good food and laughter. You'll be sure to take home warm memories of this delightful evening.

Adult Price: EUR 69.00

Code: LIM0001

Doune Castle and the Trossachs Drive

We enjoy a drive through the beautiful Trossachs to visit Doune Castle, overlooking the beautiful village of Doune. Famous for its association with Monty Python and now used as a film location for Game of Thrones, Doune is also the main Castle in the new hit show, Outlander.

Adult Price: GBP 26.00

Code: LOC0003

Blair Castle

Journey into the fascinating past with a visit to the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl. Brimming with treasures inside and out, magnificent Blair Castle is set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery. During your informative tour, see how the castle has been transformed through the ages and learn how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army.

Adult Price: GBP 20.00

Code: SCO0002

Accommodation

 

Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane Dublin

Dublin (Central) - Ireland

Complimentary Wifi

Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane, Dublin

Oriel House Maldron Hotel Cork

Cork (Central) - Ireland

Complimentary Wifi

Oriel House/Maldron Hotel, Cork

Killarney Avenue Killarney

Killarney (Central) - Ireland

Complimentary Wifi

Castle Oaks House Hotel Limerick

Limerick (Scenic) - Ireland

Complimentary Wifi

Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa Sligo

Sligo (Scenic) - Ireland

Complimentary Wifi

Radisson Blu Sligo, This hotel has panoramic views of the bay and mountains. All rooms are equipped with TV, Internet access & mini-bars.

Ballygally Castle

Ballygally (Scenic) - Northern Ireland

Complimentary WifiSignature Hotel

Ballygally Castle Hotel, This 17th Century hotel faces the sandy beaches of Ballygally Bay. The rooms are full of character and charm with all the top facilities of a modern hotel.

The Winnock Hotel Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond (Scenic) - Ireland

Complimentary Wifi

Kingsmills Hotel Inverness

Inverness (Central) - Scotland

Signature HotelComplimentary Wifi

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.

The Roxburghe Holyrood Hotel Edinburgh

Edinburgh (Central) - Scotland

Complimentary Wifi

The Roxburghe/Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh

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  • 5 out of 5

    Tour Guide

    10/2/2016 Larry Andrews, Peoria, United States

    Robbie was wonderful

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  • 5 out of 5

    Best of Ireland and Scotland

    9/25/2016 Joseph Gallagher, US, United States

    Truly a wonderful experience. It was a well-planned and executed tour with the wonderful Jacquie Pangman as our Tour Director. We will be sure to tell all our friends and family about the trip and the great services provided.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Great Trip to Ireland and Scotland

    9/19/2016 Andrew Garcia, Santa Clarita, United States

    My wife and I had a great time on our recent Insight Tour of the Best of Ireland and Scotland. The tour manager and drivers were excellent. The food and the sight seeing was excellent.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Incredible Tour

    9/11/2016 Kelsey Ramirez Raub, Santa Clarita, United States

    This was a marvelous tour. Our tour director, Shona Finney, was an absolute delight. Not only was she incredibly knowledgeable, but she made the tour so much fun. I guess the best way to describe the extent of the tour is to tell about an incident which happened after we returned home. Some friends of ours happened to be visiting from Dublin. We had them over for dinner and they had a lot of fun reviewing our itinerary and pictures. Sean exclaimed, "I want to go on this trip!! You saw everything!!" True story.

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  • 5 out of 5

    A wonderful Tour

    8/29/2016 Keith Smith, Cranebrook, Australia

    Just finished this great Insight Tour on 17th August. What can I say but this tour was wonderful. Toured with Canadians and Americans. My wife and I were the only Aussies. A great mix of people and a great mix of places to see and go in Ireland & Scotland. The hightlight for us was the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. A wonderful night in a wonderful city, and it didn't rain. There were many other highlights in both Ireland and Scotland. Too many to mention her, but be assured if you take this tour you will not be dissapointed. Dublin, Cork, Waterford and of course Killarney. Jaunting Carts, The Ring of Kerry just to name two. The Giants Causeway was another highlight. Scotland had its share of highlights as well. Glasgow, Inverness,The highlands and St Andrews. Our Tour Director was was Jacqueline, a true tour professional. Her knowledge of Ireland and Scotland was amazing. Thank you Jacquie for your professionalism and enthusiasm. Our driver was Pat, a wonderful driver who was always there with a helping hand or kind word when needed. Thanks you pat, a very professional driver. Tanks to Insight for a wonderful time. Enjoyed every day.

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  • 5 out of 5

    kudos for insight tours

    8/26/2016 Ralph Dupree, New Bern, United States

    gene & i had a great tour and cannot express the fun we had along with green scenery, great experiences and a fabulos tour guide. if you are fortunate to get jackie for your guide consider yourself lucky. we could have done without the whiskey tour in scotland. the highlight of our trip had to be the tattoo in edinburgh. judy & gene du pree

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  • 5 out of 5

    A great trip

    8/24/2016 William Schwartz, Vernon Hills, United States

    We had a great time. We celebrated our 47 wedding anniversary while in Ireland. The whole tour celebrated with us making it a very special day, August 9. Of particular note is the fact that we had premium seats for all the events. This made the events even more enjoyable. I want to mention that our tour guide, Jackie Pangman did an excellent job in every aspect of the trip This was our third trip on Insight. I am sure there will a fourth. William schwartz

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  • 5 out of 5

    Bus Tour

    7/5/2016 Johanna King, Manukau, New Zealand

    Our tour guide Shona was wonderful and so was Tom our bus driver. It was a wonderful 2 weeks and so enjoyable.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Amazing Tour

    6/30/2016 Judson Hightower, Oak Ridge, United States

    We recently went on the Best of Ireland and Scotland tour and it was fabulous. Our guide, Shona Finnie, and our driver, Tom, were just perfect in every way. Shona provided us with a very detailed history of both countries as we travelled though the beautiful countryside and pointed out many points of interest and explained how they fit into the history. She also told us many funny stories that kept the entire group constantly entertained. The optional excursions, food and accommodations were all good and interesting. We highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in visiting Ireland and Scotland and learning more about their people, culture and history,

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  • 5 out of 5

    FAULTLESS TOUR OPERATOR

    6/30/2016 Robert Hudswell, Manukau, New Zealand

    ITINERARY , INCLUSIONS , ACCOMMODATION , THE BUS WERE ALL FIRST CLASS. OUR GUIDE , SHONA AND OUR DRIVER TOM WERE TOTALLY PROFESSIONAL AND A DELIGHT TO TRAVEL WITH . WE WOULD NOT CONSIDER ANY OTHER TOUR COMPANY TO TRAVEL WITH ON FUTURE HOLIDAYS. BOB HUDSWELL AND JOSIE KING.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Terrific Tour

    6/29/2016 Gary Waldron, Omaha (NE), United States

    We had an excellent tour which to a great extent was due to our tour guide Shona Finnie. She was well organized and added much insight since she was a native from Glasgow. She also added much levity during the tour plus Irish songs. The tour more than met our expectations as we saw so many attractions. This resulted in my taking 444 photos. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to explore the historical cathedrals, castles, etc. along with a beautiful landscape. The only change I would recommend is to add a Guiness Brewery tour to the overall tour.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Best of Ireland and Scotland

    9/6/2015 Margaret Glass, Surrey, Canada

    Just got back from a wonderful bus tour through Ireland and Scotland. The weather was dry, sunny and cool for the two weeks. The scenery was gorgeous. We went along the coastline of Ireland, everything was very green, tons of well fed sheep and cows. We had a very personable tour guide, who made the trip really enjoyable. Scotland has beautiful highlands which were a sea of heather. We got to see the last performance of the Military Tattoo which was wonderful. This was my second Insight bus tour, and this time I was traveling by myself. Everyone included me. It is a great way to travel, sitting up high in the bus, with total freedom to take pictures, no worries about driving on the wrong side of the road. There are lots of stops to explore as a group or on ones own.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Wonderful Trip

    9/2/2015 Karen Wood, Stuart (VA), United States

    We had the best tour guide I've ever come across. We saw amazing sights and stayed in nice places. This was our dream vacation and the insight tour was one of the best ones we've been on yet. The bus was sooo comfortable. The guide kept us laughing so the traveling seemed a lot quicker. He knew so much about the history of every place we went and went out of his way to be sure everyone was ok and comfortable. All of the hotels except for 1 had very comfortable beds and were clean and well staffed. The Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin was amazing! The lobby staff was outstanding! The bed was like sleeping on a cloud. One morning my husband looked at his watch wrong and we ended up downstairs at 5:45 in the morning. The man at the desk was so friendly and nice, and managed to procure us some coffee and juice while we waited for breakfast. I wasn't in the best of moods when I came down but he had both of us in smiles in short order. Every issue that came up before, during, and after the trip was addressed and resolved to our satisfaction. I'm pretty picky, so that is really saying something!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Outstanding

    8/25/2015 Derek Williams, Enfield, Canada

    Again it was amazing, professionally run, Cleodagh and Allen made the trip for us. Our third time and nothing but great praises on this company and employees. To Cleodagh thanks you're the best . Allen great job in Sterology.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Best of Ireland and Scotland

    7/15/2015 Cheryl Neuharth, San Diego, United States

    second trip with Insight vacations. Both trips met and exceeded expectations. Tour guide knowledgeable,humorous. Driver polite and kept bus spotless. Two more countries checked on my travel list. Don't know yet where to go next. I do know it will be with Insight.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Turas is Fearr Riamh

    6/30/2015 Robert Badger, Benbrook, United States

    We got back from the tour last week and it was AMAZING! Our Tour guide Robbie and driver Gerry were the best. The trip would be incredible with a mediocre guide, but Robbie Joyce was hands down the best ever! His knowledge of the history and the sites combined with his story telling transport you the time when Blarney Castle was more than just the home to the Blarney Stone. His passion paints a living image of the Battle of Culloden. The lodgings provide were very nice, although most are not air conditioned. Those that are not air conditioned will often have a fan if you ask the staff (at no charge). The meals provided were very tasty, and the optional adventures are mostly worth the additional charge. I can't wait for our next adventure!

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  • 4 out of 5

    Best of Ireland and Scotland

    6/26/2015 Julie Faulkner, Little Grove, Australia

    We had never been on an escorted bus tour before and had always planned and booked everything ourselves. I was quite nervous about being on a bus for 14 days with people I wouldn't necessarily socialise with and didn't even know. Hugh our tour guide made everything so comfortable and took care of everything. The bus was extremely comfortable and the wifi a great bonus. I have changed my mind now about guided bus tours and would definitely do another one with Insight and recommend Insight tours as the company to choose.(We have just done a 10 day tour with another company and I'd always now choose Insight!)

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  • 5 out of 5

    Fantastic trip

    6/22/2015 Judith Burns, Taree, Australia

    We're does one start????????? FABULOUS!!!! Saw SO much in comfort with a very courteous & helpful bus driver. Our guide was OUTSTANDING !!! Couldn't do enough for you and his knowledge helped to bring each place to life. Accommodation was overall very good, food overall very tasty and the little extras Hugh (our tour guide) provided were very well appreciated and unexpected. Scenery on the trip was magical & truly overall it was THE BEST. We would recommend the trip to anyone considering a trip to see Ireand & Scotland. Only downside didn't get to visit Belfast maybe could have left out a couple of stops to include this in the itinerary. would definitely travel with Insight again.GGL

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  • 5 out of 5

    Thank you Hugh McMillan

    6/21/2015 Robert Pittman, Ketchum, United States

    The trip we took was a testament to the quality of our guide. Hugh was excellent. His vast knowledge of the regions we visited, and the historical significant to then and now, added so much to the overall sightseeing, and off bus experiences. His quick wit added a special quality to our tour. The hotels were for the most part 4 star, the bus was clean as a whistle (Thank you Jim, our excellent driver). We will definitely do another trip with Insight, especially if all the guides are as informative as Hugh. Thanks again Hugh and Insight Tours.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Excellent Tour

    6/21/2015 Judith Pittman, Ketchum, United States

    We just got back from 15 day tour around Ireland and Scotland. This was our first coach tour, and were a little hesitant about the experience. We travel on our own a lot and on Silverseas and Regent Cruise lines frequently. It turned out tone a wonderful experience. The hotels, except for one, were definitely 4 star, the special experiences were well organized and the stops were relevant. BUT, the most memorable part of our trip was our encyclopedic guide, Hugh McMillan. The trip would not have been the same with out his knowledge, his wit, his desire to make sure all the guests needs were met, and his concern about all aspects of the trip. THANK YOU HUGH FOR ALL YOU DID FOR US. I am sure I speak for all of us on the tour. We will definitely do another Insight Tour. Also, a big thanks to our driver, Jim. Did a great job and thanks for all the help.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Trip of a lifetime

    6/5/2015 Carol Lawson, Lewis Center, United States

    On May 14/27 I took my daughter and two granddaughters on insight vacation to Ireland and Scotland. My AAA agent Jane Rosen ,Columbus Ohio said she felt Insight was a real good choice . She was oh so right . Our trip from beginning to end was far beyond our expectations . I feel our guide Michael Doughty was perfection. He was professional yet kind,warm and a joy to see each and everyday. I had no idea the hours he must have worked in each day but you never would have known it. He kept our interest .it seemed to me in both Ireland and Scotland his knowledge about things he was asked and things we were seeing was amazing . Mike was also a great story teller . To me ,my daughter ,and granddaughters ages 21 and 26 he made Ireland and Scotland come alive . We enjoyed all the friends we met on the coach . Thanks Insight. Carol Lawson vr8d

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  • 4 out of 5

    Great trip

    10/8/2014 Joan Perrott, Sturgeon County, Canada

    Our trip was great. Insight is first class!! Our guide ,Michell was excellent,she took great care of us beyond the call of duty. Our drivers Gerry and Pat were also helpful and friendly. I will travel with insight again and have recommended them to many as they choose top of the line hotels and great options.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Truly was the Best of Ireland and Scotland

    8/28/2014 Josephine Webb, Park Holme, Australia

    We arrived in Dublin airport on Tuesday 5th of August and to our great relief was met at the arrivals door by a smiling Geraldine from Insight tours.( That set the perfect tone for the rest of our trip! )She was very friendly and helpful , got us to the bus and then hotel. Our welcome dinner was our introduction to fellow travellers and our fabulous tour director Aine , she was FANTASTIC ! Aine was well organised, knowedgable and funny ! The perfect host , she just couldn't do enough for you. We felt very well looked after and really felt she made the trip an exceptional experience. Didn't miss a thing, packed full of great adventures, fabulous sights and bus full of wonderful people that I am thrilled I can now call friends. Our bus driver Colin was another wonderful person, very helpful ,friendly and we felt very safe with his exceptional driving skills. All I can say is highly recommend this trip to everyone ! Every aspect was fabulous , the hotels , the sights ,the people, the high standard of cleanliness of the bus and great leg room to ! But the true icing on the cake was the wonderful scenery which was shown to is full potential by the fabulous team of Aine and Colin ! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Loved it !!! Kind regards Robyn Webb and Josie Webb

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  • 5 out of 5

    What a difference the Tour Director makes !!!!! Michael Daugerty made a great trip AMAZING !

    8/18/2014 Nancy Lyn Leeder, Scottsdale, United States

    We are veterans of tours - this was our 9th and we would have to say the best to date. We have grown to expect very knowledgable and well versed guides but the 16 days on this tour with Michael was absolutely a pure pleasure. Born and raised in Ireland but transplanted to Scotland and the hungry mind of a historian that loved both, he fed us the history of each with such command of the subject matter it's hard to comprehend how the brain could retain so much. Not a note in hand or card to assist and a sense of humor that kept us all eager for his next tale, the days flew by far to quickly. His gentle manor and soft touch with the group made for a cohesive and great experience we had not found on other tours where things did not click into place the way this one did. The hotels were very nice - included items such as important sights, meals and snacks were exceptional compared to former trips...optionals were few and great choices that were well chosen and quite reasonably priced. This was simply a fabulous tour - well designed and paced with plenty of time allotted and if you are fortunate enough to have an exceptional Tour Director like Michael Doughty...it will be an experience you will not soon forget.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Wonderful Ireland/Scotland experience

    8/17/2014 Pamela Kund, Riverside, United States

    My Husband and I enjoyed the Insight Vacation tour immensely, with the tour guide Robbie Joyce, and drivers providing exceptional service. Hotel arrangements, luggage transfers, additional activities, and meals were more than we expected. Combine those factors with the lovely people we met who came from many places in the world, and we had a memorable life experience. Additionally, Jennifer Shouse of AAA did a superlative job of coordinating our trip with both us, and with the three other couples in Illinois who joined the tour to share our fun. Thanks a million Insight, this was dollars, euros, and pound sterlings well spent.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Best of Ireland and Scotland Jul/Aug 2014

    8/14/2014 Tracy Macdonald, Brandon, United States

    What a wonderful tour! Breathtaking scenery! We thoroughly enjoyed every minute! I think the hi light was the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh. Our tour guide, Siobhan, was extremely knowledgable and fun! Alan, our driver, did a remarkable job! I wouldn't change a thing! Thank you, Insight, for another amazing tour!

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  • 5 out of 5

    Beautiful, interesting, and entertaining

    7/7/2014 Terry Gideon, New Westminster, Canada

    We saw so much and learned so much.Our tour director was always entertaining. He also took good care of us. We saw everything from world heritage scenery to haunted castles, breweries to dog farms, yes, a dog farm which everyone agreed was a true highlight of the trip. I highly recommend this trip.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Best of Ireland and Scotland - Mike Doughty and Jim Johnson are the BEST!

    7/1/2014 Ann Marsh, Dallas, United States

    We just returned from our Best of Ireland and Scotand trip - the best part of the trip was our tour director, Mike Doughty, and his right-hand man and tour driver, Jim Johnson. They made the trip educational, entertaining and fun! One of our highlights - and there were many - was the visit to the working highland farm where we were exposed to a glimpse of a shepherd's life with his dogs. It was amazing to watch a 10-week old pup herd a dozen sheep on her own! This was an incredible experience to get a taste of Ireland and Scotland...wants us to go back for a more extended visit!

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  • 5 out of 5

    A Great Tour Guide

    6/2/2014 David Smith, Rochedale South, Australia

    Our recent tour of Ireland and Scotland (May 2014) was fantastic from first to the last day. The tour guide Robbie Joyce with his knowledge of both destinations was second to none. He was especially helpfully in regards to sourcing restaurants who could provide my wife with meals which were Coeliac friendly. From what I noticed, all requests from the tour group regarding all there requests were met. If we were to do another Insight Tour again and I could choose my tour guide I would choose Robbie. Please pass on to Robbie my above feedback so he can be assured of a job well done.

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  • 5 out of 5

    A magnificent journey lead by a first class tour guide

    5/16/2014 Dana Law, El Cajon, United States

    My wife and I had a wonderful adventure in Ireland and Scotland. Our tour guide, Michael Doughty, was terrific. He had a wealth of knowledge about our trip. He was a historian, raconteur, humorist and fixer. He made our trip educational, easy and fun. We learned a lot from the local guides as well. Special mention to our driver, Jim Johnson. A true gentleman and professional. Sincerely, Dana and Donna Law

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  • 5 out of 5

    Best of Ireland and Scotland

    10/3/2013 Linda Perrier, Calgary, Canada

    A wonderful trip. Our first coach trip experience and I would give it top marks. Our Tour Director/Manager, Michael, was on top of every detail. He was extremely knowledgeable about both Ireland and Scotland, providing wonderful history lessons. And, did I mention, told some great 'stories' which made us all laugh. Our Tour Driver, Patrick was also wonderful...very patient with us all, and had a great laugh. I would definitely do the same, or a different tour, again with the same team at the helm. Thanks Michael and Patrick for helping make the trip most enjoyable.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Ireland & Scotland in August

    8/28/2013 Michael Shapiro, Kings Park, United States

    We were very fortunate to have such a fantastic Tour Guide: Aine. She brought the 38 of us together and made us all feel like friends. Further, she was extremely "insightful." She gave us information in an enlightened fashion that made us wish for more. Our bus driver Tom was also a great driver. With Aine at the helm and Tom driving we all felt very comfortable. Kudos to the company. Clearly a 5 star rating! Thanks for a great journey, M & O :-)

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  • 4 out of 5

    3rd Tour with Insight - Quality maintained

    8/27/2013 Phillip Hamilton, Lambton, Australia

    The tour was filled with interesting highlights and options. The knowledge of the tour guide and local guides was excellent. Would recommend this tour to others.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Best of Ireland and Scotland was a treat

    8/13/2013 Rhoda Mccullough, Etobicoke, Canada

    Loved our tour this summer! Tour Director John and driver Tony were amazing. From Dublin and the "Book of Kells" and the Guinness museum/factory to the Ring of Kerry, Adare and special treats like the towns of Cobh and Cong, the Republic of Ireland was a joy. And of course kissing the Blarney stone was pretty special. Then on to Northern Ireland and Derry/Londonderry with our fantastic city guide Rowan MacNamara - what a fascinating city with such an amazing and often difficult history - it was definitely worth visiting. Now I'll have to go back to Ireland and explore more! And Scotland... just fantastic. The history, the scenery... everything exceeded our expectations.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Great tour

    7/17/2013 Marvin Vandermeulen, Ada, United States

    This was our second Insight tour, We had a great time! The tour director, Nigel, was knowledgeable and easy to understand. He has a vast knowledge of the countries and a storehouse of trivia that is entertaining and informative.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Best of Ireland and Scotland

    7/12/2013 Denise June Young, White Rock, Canada

    This was my fourth tour with Insight and I loved it! Our Tour Guide, Michael was excellent and our Driver, Billy kept the coach immaculate and drove with great skill. They were a very professional team in every way. Michael's knowledge of local history and landmarks was incredible. He was also very organized and kept everything running smoothly. This is a nicely balanced tour with driving days that were so enjoyable. The scenery, especially in Ireland, was breathtaking. If these countries aren't on your Bucket List they should be. I would highly recommend the Best of Ireland & Scotland Tour.

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  • 4 out of 5

    Wonderful trip to Ireland and Scotland

    6/26/2013 Catherine Harrison, Green Bay, United States

    I would like to say that our trip to Ireland and Scotland was wonderful. Our weather was great but the best part was the people we encountered on our trip. Our guide John was knowledgeable and compassionate. Our city guides, Mary in Dublin and Rowan in Londonderry were exceptional. The meals and accommodations were top notch.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Great time on May 1 2013 trip

    5/31/2013 Stanley Alexander, Davie, United States

    We had a wonderful time our tour director Siobhan and driver Jim were the best! All the optional trips were fun especially the Ballygally Castle dinner. Siobhan arranged for us to be the Earl and his lady for the evening since it was our 48th wedding anniversary. This was the most fun ever! Siobhan was so helpful in everything and really knows her geology and history!

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  • 5 out of 5

    1st

    5/21/2013 Alexander Edmonds, Hampstead, United States

    Our first tour. Have always traveled on our own. This was a wonderful experience. Will definitely do it again. The actual tour was wonderful. Our Tour Guide was exceptional! I would give it an A+.

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  • 4 out of 5

    Roberta's visit

    5/8/2013 Roberta Thorne, San Carlos, United States

    I had a great time. Our tour guide, Robbie, was funny, informative, very knowledgeable about the areas we visited. Surprising side trips like the horse stud farm which I didn't really think I would care much about, was fascinating. Not being able to stay in one place very long, Robbie filled us in on the different cultures, habits, idiosyncrasies, etc. of the passing country. Learning about the histories, see the beautiful countries, and meeting lots of nice companions was all good.

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