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Welcome to Dublin.
On arrival at Dublin airport, your airport transfer service leaves for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:00. Join your Travel Director at 18:30 for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, an opportunity to get to know each other over a meal with wine.
In Dublin’s Fair City.
An orientation with your Travel Director will take you past the Custom House and along O'Connell Street. Travel along the River Liffey to see the Guinness Storehouse 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.
Waterford and Cork.
Kildare offers a look behind-the-scenes at one of the country's main racehorse breeding centres. You will also visit the finest Japanese Gardens in Europe, for a ‘journey through life' as you wander by the beautiful floral displays. Then head for Waterford to see Reginald's Tower, the ruined city walls and for a guided visit of the House of Waterford Crystal to meet a master craftsman. Continue on to Cork, Ireland's second most populous city, built on the River Lee.
Blarney Castle and Killarney.
In the morning, travel along the Grand Parade and see Cork's City Hall and Opera House. Continue on to visit the ruined 15th century Blarney Castle, home of the famous Stone of Eloquence - once kissed, never forgotten! Then, onto Killarney where you join a local jarvey onboard a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Ring of Kerry Experience.
Tour the superb seascapes, towering cliffs and spectacular mountains of the Ring of Kerry. Journey past lush lakelands and through delightful villages like Sneem. Cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll's Gap and admire Queen Victoria's Ladies View. Upon returning in the mid-afternoon, the rest of the day is at leisure.
The Cliffs of Moher.
Begin the day with a short 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 your hotel located at the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.
Glorious Galway to Sligo Bay.
Join your Travel 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.
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 Londonderry. What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he walks with you 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 to your hotel, overlooking the sea at the head of Ballygally Bay.
High tea at Ardgowan Estate.
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry and journey to Ardgowan, set on a stunning 10,000-acre coastal estate. Meet Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart for a tour of the expansive house and learn the history of the area, family, estate and its contents - you may even hear about the ghost! Delight in freshly made, traditional Scottish tea, scones, cakes and a selection of sandwiches. Continue to Glasgow where your Travel Director will show you the city's grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral.
Glencoe and Loch Ness.
A scenic drive takes you 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. Continue on to Loch Ness and embark on a cruise to soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of Nessie in the heart of Scotland's great glen.
A Highlands Experience.
In the morning, see the sights of Inverness before travelling to the Culloden Moor Visitor Centre, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite army was finally defeated. Not much more than a cannon shot away lies the prehistoric Clava burial cairns, dating back to around 2,000 B.C. Then have a 'wee dram' during a visit to the Glen Ord Distillery, hear stories of the whisky smugglers as you delve into the fascinating world of the single malt.
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. As you arrive, pass the Old Course, the home of golf since its invention in the 15th century. Enjoy free time to explore. Why not wander to St. Andrews University where the love story of Kate Middleton and Prince William began? Alternately, stroll to West Sands Beach where the famous 'Chariots of Fire' scene was filmed. Continue across the majestic Forth Road Bridge to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. In the evening, select departures attend the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Scotland’s Capital of Culture.
In the morning, join your Local Expert for a visit to Edinburgh Castle, housing the Honours of Scotland, its Crown Jewels. See the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg. At the bottom of the Royal Mile stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen. Turn onto Princes Street, past the Scott Memorial to see Edinburgh's famous Georgian New Town, with its Adam facades. In the afternoon, you are at leisure to continue exploring as you wish, or perhaps go shopping. Join your friends at the stylish Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, located in the heart of Edinburgh's West End. Your grand finale Celebration Dinner is a mouthwatering meal of modern Scottish cuisine with a Parisian twist, and is of course served with wine.
Your journey comes to an end after breakfast with transfers arriving at Edinburgh airport at 06:15 and 09:00.
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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
An afternoon drive takes you through the rural countryside of County Wicklow - the garden of Ireland. With our Local Expert, we'll pass through the pretty Wicklow Mountains to the picturesque setting of St. Kevin’s great 6th Century monastic site at Glendalough. Afterwards, we'll explore the monastic remains before returning to Dublin via the Great Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Adult Price: EUR 25.00
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
Experience this intriguing port town, home to the world's second-largest natural harbour. We’ll visit stunning St Colman’s Cathedral to hear of the town’s maritime past and also visit the Queenstown Story to discover how the town became the single most important port of emigration from Ireland.
Adult Price: EUR 23.00
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 46.00
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 34.00
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 73.00
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.
Adult Price: GBP 40.00
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, Doune Castle is 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
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
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 60.00
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 visit, 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
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 23.00
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
Cork (Contemporary) - Ireland
Newly built Maldron Hotel South Mall is perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, overlooking the River Lee on Beasley Street and only a short walking distance to the cities sights.
Dromoland (Tradional) - Ireland
Set in the heart of west-coast Ireland's beautiful County Clare, The Inn At Dromoland is situated on 450 acres of wooded countryside and features panoramic views of the Clare Hills and Shannon Estuary. Your spacious, traditional-style room will ensure a comfortable stay.
Sligo (Traditional) - Ireland
Clayton Hotel Limerick: is perfectly located beside the River Shannon in the heart of the City Centre. Enjoy a comfortable stay in tastefully furnished rooms with modern amenities, including free WiFi to stay in touch with friends and family.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa: Beautifully set overlooking Sligo Bay, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo features contemporary furnishings that create a homely feel. Your comfortable room is tastefully decorated with modern furnishings and a splash of colour.
Ballygally (Castle) - Northern Ireland
Ballygally Castle is a stunning 17th century castle which overlooks the golden sands of the bay and offers excellent facilities.
Glasgow (Contemporary) - Scotland
The Radisson Blu Glasgow features award-winning architecture, boasting a stunning atrium and rooms with wall-to-ceiling windows
Our guests rate us 11502 independent user reviews received during the past year.out of 5 based on
05 December, 2018
Trip: We covered a lot of land in a short period of time and feel we saw the best of both areas. The Tour Director Bus Driver were excellent!
Service: We were very happy with all of the Customer Service Agent/staff we had contact with, both US & Europe. All conducted business very professionally.
05 December, 2018
Trip: I would have liked a two night stay in most of the locations.
Service: Our guide and driver went way above and beyond to make our trip stress free and memorable.
25 October, 2018
Trip: This was a treasure of a trip. Also made even better by tour director Mike. Two days in Dublin was a nice entry to most morning of 'bags and breakfast at 7, on the bus by 8'. I am not complaining...it was fine. Cork, Killarny, Limerick...all of Ireland was fantastic. The jaunty ride was fun, the ring of Kerry was amazing, the cliffs of Mohr breathtaking but my favorite would be the giants causeway...just incredible. Mike made sure we had enough time to see every attraction just long enough. We stopped at many spots less known but so interesting. The knowledge of Mike was always a good lead in to the sights of castles and battlefields and ruins and towns...just about everywhere. We missed Tea and scones with the duke due to high winds ...the ferries couldn't run but insight was hard at it finding a new plan...which was Belfast to the titanic exhibit. Inverness was lovely. Would've liked a little longer at st Andrews as there is much to see. The loch Ness ferry ride could be replaced with something else in my humble opinion. Edinburgh was terrific. So much to do. We are very happy we stayed an extra 3 days to see things not included in the tour. I would definitely recommend this tour but would insist on having Mike Doughty as the tour director. The others are fine I'm sure but Mike was stupendous. Hotels were very nice...especially Edinburgh's MacDonald Holyrood hotel and the avenue hotel in Killarney. The Irish Caeli...may be misspelled...at Taylor's in Cork I think was very fun and up close as we were the only group there. The big Caeli at the Avenue hotel we were very far back so it was hard to see much when you are watching feet from the knees down and all you can see are bald heads. There were a myriad of sights and info for 13 days and we are so glad we went and went with insight. I forgot to mention our driver Eugene...what a peach and a very conscientious and competent driver. Mike and Eugene as a team...what a delight.
Service: We phoned to reserve our trip. The agent asked all the right questions and we were booked. We then got an email when it was time to pay the remaining balance and received our packages in the post. Everything was easy and efficient.
24 October, 2018
Trip: The itinerary was well thought through and very interesting. The local guides were especially informative.
Service: This was our first tour with Insight Vacations and we would travel with them again. A good mix of history, scenery, visits to significant places and "Insight Flourishes". Sean was an excellent Tour Director with a strong background in the history of the countries. He was also very organized and kept the trip moving along smoothly. Jimmy was an excellent driver and was always there to help when getting on or off the coach. They were also a great help in getting the luggage on and off the coach and into the hotels for a speedy delivery to our rooms!
24 October, 2018
Trip: We were kept interested and captivated the complete trip.
Service: Pick up and drop off at airports were without a hitch. Tour director and coach drivers were informative and friendly. The transporting of luggage was a plus on this trip also the seat spacing on coaches was appreciated. Would not hesitate to recommend this vacation to anyone. In closing we would like to thank Sean McKeown for his great knowledge and personality.
22 October, 2018
Trip: A well prepared variety of things to see & do.
Service: Very organized & had us well prepared to enjoy ourselves.
22 October, 2018
Trip: good trip and itinarary exellant hotels
Service: first rate experiance great driver and director
22 October, 2018
Trip: Didn’t get enough time in a few cities. Felt rushed through.
Service: Clodaugh was an excellent guide. She was funny, experienced and so organized. She taught us so much about the countries we were seeing. We saw incredible beauty and had a Good time with new friends.
18 October, 2018
Trip: Would loved to have had more time in Glasgow. Such a vibrant city.
Service: Our tour director & driver were patient & caring. Trip very informative. Our bus mates became close knit,as there was often good vibes throughout the trip!
17 October, 2018
Trip: No itinerary can satisfy everyone because we all have different interests. The emphasis on historical sites was the reason for our visit.
Service: Customer service was extremely helpful in arranging all the necessary details. The trip went off without a glitch.
17 October, 2018
Trip: Perhaps Insight can address the issue of colds, coughs and the like that spread rather quickly among the travelers within the confines of the coach. Provide masks???
Service: Sean was a gem. I recommend Insight Vacations all the time.
17 October, 2018
Trip: Well planned & organized. Never felt bored
Service: Overall great holiday. We thought we were going to have a more active holiday, more hiking walking. Bit too sedateas far as activity level. Also do not like to be part of a large group of 40 people. Invkeded dinners were not personal enough and the foods were limited in selection as greater numbers were being served.often the rooms where they put us for our dinners were like board rooms with no decor or interest at all. Enjoyed hotel rooms on the whole. Would have liked the option of upgrade whenever possible both in rooms & higher level of dining options. Enjoyed the tours and meeting the local people. Tour guide was very good in communications and knew her material. Our briefings & guides were excellent. The weather was superb❤️