Scotland & Ireland
July 29 to August 12, 2014, both our Bucket List

Country Visited

This was a 14 day/13 night fully escorted coach tour of Scotland and Ireland.   { Trip Itinerary & map. }
CIE picked us up in Glasgow and for the next 6 1/2 days we spent touring Scotland.
After a ferry crossing to Belfast, Ireland we spent the remaining 7 days touring Ireland.
We were able to use the Northwest miles I earned while at Ford for 1st class round-trip airfare from Detroit to Glasgow and Dublin back top Detroit.


Glasgow, Scotland - July 30-31 - Glasgow Marriott
Transfer from airport to hotel, tour of central Glasgow, view extensive collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, chat with tour
director over a welcome drink before dinner.
  • on the flight over - 1st class 767!
  • on the flight over - 1st class 767!
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Ballachulish, Scotland - July 31 to August 01 - Isle of Glencoe Hotel
Short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate views of Highland peaks, guided tour around Inveraray Castle and browse around the nearby town,
drive through Glen Coe, a spectacular valley where the Campbell's massacred many of the Clan Macdonald in 1692
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Nairn, Scotland - August 01-02 - Newton Hotel
Travel on the scenic “Road to the Isles”, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument, ferry to the Isle of Skye and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle drive through the island and return to the mainland by bridge, stopping for photos at the famous Eilean Donan Castle, pass Loch Ness on the way to the hotel in Nairn, A Scottish Highland evening will feature haggis, bagpipe music and dancing.
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Blairs, Scotland - August 02-04 - Ardoe House
Day-1
Visit the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre to learn about Bonnie Prince Charlie’s defeat in 1746,
drive into the Speyside region to visit one of the prominent distilleries, learn about whisky making and sample a “wee dram” at the end of the tour,
drive to a 19th century manor house hotel near Blairs.
Day-2
Drive along the charming River Dee Valley, called “Royal Deeside”, visit Crathes Castle,
take a look around the town of Ballater, where shops bear the Royal Warrant,
stop at the Falls of Feugh to sample afternoon tea with freshly-baked scones and enjoy a talk on Highland life.
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Edinburgh, Scotland - August 04-06 - McDonald Holyrood
Day-1
Visit Glamis Castle, legendary setting of Macbeth and childhood home of the late Queen Mother, travel across the Tay Bridge to St Andrews,
the “Home of Golf.”, enjoy free time to look around and perhaps visit the British Golf Museum or the ruined cathedral, drive south into
Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital and enjoy Prestonfield Scottish Evening with dinner and entertainment.
Day-2
Tour Edinburgh this morning to see the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” and walk along part of the Royal Mile, the medieval section of the city,
tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle and enjoy splendid views, spend the afternoon and evening at leisure,
enjoy the Royal Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.
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Cairnryan, Scotland to Belfast, Ireland - August 06 - Belfast City Tour
Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast, at Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Belfast,
close to the ferry terminal in the heart of the docks, visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays,.
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Dublin, Ireland - August 06-08 - Doubletree by Hilton
Day-1
Depart Edinburgh early this morning and drive south through Ayrshire and along the coast, at Cairnryan take a ferry ride to Belfast,
close to the ferry terminal in the heart of the docks, visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays,
drive south to Dublin and check in to the centrally-located hotel, free to dine independently.
Day-2
Enjoy the morning at leisure or use included open-top bus tour voucher, meet a local guide and tour central Dublin to see Trinity College,
public buildings, tranquil parks and rows of Georgian houses, take a guided tour through historic Dublin Castle, seat of government for centuries,
dine at the Merry Ploughboy Pub and enjoy a great show.
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Killarney, Ireland - August 08-10 - Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre
Day-1
Depart Dublin and stop for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” and shop at the
Blarney Woolen Mills, drive to Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes and mountains, check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.
Afterwards you may like to head to a “singing pub.
Day-2
Embark on the Ring of Kerry drive – a winding route with awesome mountain and coastline views,
watch a local farmer and his dogs herding flocks of sheep, cross to Valencia Island by bridge to visit the
Skellig Experience which describes nearby islands, enjoy an informal lunch and
pause at Moll’s Gap for stunning views before returning to Killarney.
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Bunratty, Ireland - August 10-11 - Bunratty Castle
Take a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary and view the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of limestone that reaches
700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel and enjoy free time, head to Bunratty Castle
for a memorable medieval-style feast with a program of song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages.
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Dublin, Ireland - August 11-12 - Academy Plaza
Day-1
Drive north from Bunratty and along the famous Galway Bay to the Connemara Marble Factory to see locally-quarried marble and
enjoy tea and scones, take a panoramic tour around Galway and travel to Dublin where you are free for independent activities and dining.
Day-2
Group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport.
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