Day 1 - Edinburgh to Oban
Discover the real stories behind Wallace and Bruce at the Wallace monument.
Into the Highlands through Rob Roy country. Campbell stronghold of Kilchurn Castle built in the 1440's.Lunch at the fishing town of Inveraray on Loch Fyne. Ancient lands of Kilmartin Glen's standing stones and burial cairns dating back 3000bc. Finishing at Oban gateway to the isles.
Day 2 - Oban to Pitlochry
Driving by the Stuart Seafort of Castle Stalker and a wander in the magnificent Glen Coe. A photo stop at the UK largest mountain Ben Nevis. Hairy coo kissing. A wee wander through the Caledonian Pine Forest and then a swim in Loch Ness. A drive through Inverness and onto the Highland boundary for dinner at Pitlochry.
Day 3 - Pitlochry to Edinburgh
First a taste of the whisky and then onto explore a giant's forest for some coffee. A climb up to the top of an 11 century round tower (only two left in Scotland). Last part of the tour exploring the amazing history of a town which is home to the 4 century legend of St Andrew and many a golfer's dream.
Day 4 - Edinburgh to Portstewart
An early morning departure from Edinburgh (about 7.30) to catch an early ferry to Belfast around arriving around midday for a city tour, both the political side, the wall murals which portray its turbulent past and its castle overlooking the city on Cave Hill. The beautiful Antrim Glens & the spectacular Causeway Coast including Murlough Bay & the Giant's Causeway before our overnight stop in the seaside town of Portstewart (Home town of Jimeoin).We not only visit the Giants Causeway but also the Antrim Glens and some of our favourite off-the-beaten-track walks before we spend the night in the lively Irish seaside town of Port Stewart.
Day 5 - Portstewart to Donegal
We head to cliff edge Musendon Temple home of the Bishop of Derry before heading to Derry its self to have lunch and walk the walls of one of Britain best preserved walled city. After lunch, we cross the border into Donegal in the republic of Ireland and, weather permitting there is the opportunity to climb Mount Errigal a dramatic quartz mountain before our overnight stop in Donegal town.After lunch, we cross the border into Donegal in the Republic of Ireland and, weather permitting there is the opportunity to climb Mount Errigal a dramatic quartz mountain before our overnight stop in Donegal town.
Day 6 - Donegal to Galway
We head south through county Sligo which inspired the writing of WB Yeats and visit a famine graveyard. Then it is on to Conemara national park, the "Chocolate Box" Kylemore Abbey and, depending on the mood of the tour a gentle seaside walk to Clifden Castle or follow in the footsteps of pilgrims up the more strenuous Croagh Patrick where St Patrick Banished all the snakes from Ireland before reaching our home for the next 2 nights in the party city of Galway.
Day 7 - Galway and the Cliffs of Moher
We spend a day exploring Ireland's faboulous west coast, the Cliffs of Moher, the moonscape like Burren and the music town of Doolin.
Day 8 - Galway to Dublin
We head inland through the town of Athenry made famous in song, crossing Irleands longest river, the Shannon at the ancient convent at Clonmacnoise aiming to arrive in Dublin around 3.00p.m in order to give you chance to look round the city, Possibly a visit to the Guinness brewery or the book of Kells at Trinity College.
Day 9 - Dublin to Edinburgh
You have the option to return directly to Edinburgh via a stop at Monasterboice, home if Ireland's largest Celtic Cross, or Jump or leave the tour in Ireland and possibly explore on your own or take advantage of some of the discounts we can offer on other activities in Ireland. The departure times from Dublin will vary depending on which return ferry we are catching to Scotland. If you are not returning to Scotland you can deduct the £10 cost of a return ferry ticket from the cost of the tour.
Please note. Tours may alter from this itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances such as road works, inclement weather conditions, etc.
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