Ireland and Scotland are neighbors geographically, but they are also close cousins. The historical links between the two nations span centuries. So, it is not surprising that many people have roots in both. Ireland and Scotland are relatively compact, but each nation has much to see, including some iconic castles in both. Visitors can enjoy a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the legendary Edinburgh Castle, among several other attractions. So, embark on a fascinating 11-day luxury tour of both nations with our special package that will help you to explore the great castles of these lands.
Our private tours typically range from $500 - $1000 per person/per night depending on chosen hotels and room categories, vehicles used, types of tours, flight cost, time of year and other factors. Make an inquiry for a customized trip quote.
Meet your private guide at Edinburgh airport, who will transfer you to your hotel. Set off with your guide on an introductory tour of the city. Discover that the city is a major festival city with the most amazing summer festivals and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Soak in the narrow wynds of the Old Town, the sweeping elegance of the Georgian New Town, and the ancient tenements. Stroll around to soak in the views of the Grassmarket area, the Royal Mile, and Edinburgh Castle.
Day 2: Exploring Edinburgh
Experience centuries of history with sightseeing in Edinburgh and an abundance of world-class tourist attractions. Discover the 17th-century Palace of Holyroodhouse, the modern parliament building in the popular Royal Mile. Afterward, soak in the views of the extinct prehistoric volcano known as Arthur's Seat. Venture the military base of Linlithgow Palace and the maze-like ruins of the royal residence when you head to the mysterious 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel. Learn about the artistic and historical importance of the grand country manor of Hopetoun House and applaud the striking and dark Blackness Castle situated on the Firth of Forth.
Day 3: Visiting Inverness
Wander at the Eastgate Shopping Center and the Victorian market for some retail therapy, the tiny cosmopolitan city of Inverness that has all the wonders of the Highlands on the doorstep. Then, catch one of the events at Eden Court and several other venues. Afterward, discover the various art exhibitions that are present in the gallery spaces of the city. Walk along the banks of the River Ness and pass the suspension bridge for some peace and relaxation on the Ness Islands.
Day 4: Another Day in Inverness
Be fascinated with the mythical history of Scotland, the Loch Ness Monster, as you spend time in Loch Ness. Then, witness the magnificent historic ruins of Urquhart Castle from the loch. Following that, relish some delicious Scottish cheeses and whiskeys at a premium restaurant before retiring to your resort for the night.
Day 5: One-Day Tour of Skeabost
Soak in the splendor of the Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most photographed and beautiful castles. Then, head out for the incredible beauty of the Isle of Skye. Following that, go for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dunvegan Castle. Later, enjoy a boat ride on the neighboring loch to witness the playful local seals.
Day 6: A Tour of Fort William
Go for an exciting boat ride to explore the beauty of the Isle of Skye, which takes you to the most picturesque areas of Skye, including the Quiraing, the Old Man of Storr, and Kilt Rock. Embark on a ferry to Mallaig before going on further to discover Fort William. Then, relish an exclusive opportunity to spend the entire night in the 19th-century Inverlochy Castle.
Day 7: Heading to Cork
Meet your private guide at Dublin airport, who will transfer you to your hotel. Set off with your guide to discover the stunningly scenic area of Glen Etive. Enjoy the continuously changing landscape as you go down the remote and narrow road. Be excited by the local wildlife, which includes eagles, red deer, and otters. Soak in the scenery while resting and rejuvenating for the rest of the trip. Relish a delicious dinner at a posh eatery.
Day 8: Medieval Cork
Venture the gardens and kiss the Blarney Stone for good fortune at a classic Irish castle called Blarney Castle. Then, visit the lively fishing village of Cobh, where you will embark on a leisurely walking tour. Learn about the interesting history of the place and the lives of the people lost on the cursed Titanic.
Day 9: Natural Killarney
Today, your guide will drive you in a private car through the roads of the Killarney National Park. Explore the park the entire day and soak in the gorgeous natural environment and greenery that is present there. Enjoy a lavish picnic spread in the lush green grass of the national park. In the evening, go to a local pub to listen to some riveting stories from a Killarney local.
Day 10: Venturing to Adare
Explore the Dingle Peninsula, which is filled with great beauty. Enjoy the scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry that is situated nearby. Then, observe the Irish traditions still practiced by the locals in the wonderful port town of Dingle. Following that, Venture to Adare and enjoy a scrumptious dinner at Adare Manor before retiring for the night.
Day 11: Departure
Today, your private guide will transfer you to the airport for your international departure.