Ireland & Scotland Tour

Ireland, Scotland
8 Days / 6 Nights

Immerse yourself in the Celtic culture with a tour of Ireland and Scotland! Explore the iconic cities of Dublin and Edinburgh with stops in Glendalough, Stirling, and Loch Lomond. On the way, visit several historic and natural monuments such as Kilmainham Gaol and Ardgillan Castle in Ireland as well as Mary King’s Close and Trossachs National Park in Scotland.

Ireland & Scotland Tour

8 Days — 6 Nights
DAY 1: USA | IRELAND
  • Fly overnight to Dublin, Ireland.
DAY 2: DUBLIN
  • Welcome to Ireland! Your Forum Tour Manager will greet you at the airport and remain with your group for the length of your stay in the capital.
  • Transfer to your hotel to check in and drop off your luggage.
  • Enjoy a walking tour of Dublin with your local guide. Explore one of Dublin’s oldest and most charismatic neighborhoods, Temple Bar. See Trinity College and the Dublin Castle.
  • Visit the interactive Irish Emigration Museum and learn the history of the Irish diaspora through individual stories from the millions of Irish who left the island in search of a better life. Visitors can also trace back their own Irish ancestry at the Family History Center.
  • In the afternoon, discover the secrets of Dublin by participating in a scavenger hunt.
  • Enjoy a traditional Irish dinner at a local pub.
  • Night accommodation in Dublin.
DAY 3: DUBLIN | GLENDALOUGH
  • After breakfast at your hotel, board your private bus to Glendalough.
  • Discover the impressive Irish landscapes on a hiking tour around the lakes. Enjoy some free time for a picnic lunch by the lake.
  • Visit the remains of the Glendalough Cathedral founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and considered to be one of Ireland’s most important monastic sites.
  • Return to Dublin and immerse yourself in Irish history with a guided visit of the Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison where many Irish revolutionaries were detained.
  • Dinner and night accommodation in Dublin.
DAY 4: IRISH CASTLES
  • After breakfast, board your private bus to enjoy a castle circuit. Step back in time during a guided visit of Ardgillan Castle.
  • Continue on to the medieval Malahide Castle and Gardens.
  • Return to Dublin in the afternoon to enjoy some leisure time to explore the city at your own pace – visit the brick-lined Grafton Street, the city’s premier shopping district, or stroll along the River Liffey.
  • Enjoy a typical Irish dinner while enjoying the Celtic Rhythms of Irish Music & Dance.
  • Night accommodation in Dublin.
DAY 5: DUBLIN | EDINBURGH
  • After breakfast at your hotel, board your private bus to Dublin Airport and fly to Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Edinburgh and drop off your luggage.
  • Follow in the footsteps of literary giants like Sir Conan Arthur Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson and J.K. Rowling on a guided walking tour through the enchanting streets of the Old Town.
  • Take part in the tradition of tea time with 4 o’clock tea and scones in one of Edinburgh’s charming cafés.
  • Enjoy some free time to explore Edinburgh at your own pace. Stop at The Elephant Café where JK Rowling wrote most of her Harry Potter books.
  • Dinner and night accommodation in Edinburgh.
DAY 6: EDINBURGH
  • After breakfast at your hotel, discover the hidden secrets waiting for you at Mary King’s Close, a warren of underground streets frozen in time.
  • Then, take a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle, which has witnessed many of Scotland’s historical conflicts.
  • This afternoon, visit the Scottish Tartan Museum. Learn about the history of the Highland Dress and experience a diverse collection of tartan patterns and Scottish kilts.
  • Climb up Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano, to have a stunning view over the whole city. If you are lucky, you can catch a wonderful sunset!
  • Dinner and night accommodation in Edinburgh.
DAY 7: STIRLING | LOCH LOMOND
  • After breakfast at your hotel, board your private bus to Stirling, where you will visit the Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s largest castles.
  • Continue to Loch Lomond and enjoy the breathtaking views of the loch and the Trossachs National Park. The fault line diving the Highlands from the Lowlands runs right through the national park.
  • Stop in the small village of Luss to enjoy a hot chocolate or English breakfast tea before heading to Glasgow.
  • Dinner and night accommodation in Glasgow.
DAY 8: DEPART
  • After breakfast, say good-bye to your Forum Tour Manager and transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA.

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