Ireland and Scotland are proudly different countries of sublime landscapes and ongoing tradition. Handcrafted to celebrate the best of both, this private 16-day tour takes in all the famous experiences – like Dublin, Giant’s Causeway, Highland dancing, Loch Ness and Edinburgh – plus all those secrets and cultural memoirs found in between. Click here to learn more about Ireland and Scotland tours on Zicasso.
Dublin – A Lively Welcome in Atmospheric Dublin
Dublin is quick to carry you off on Ireland’s atmospheric blanket. Get to know locals though a bit of craic (banter and conversation) outside a pub, quaint streets painted green, colorful performers all along Grafton Street. Then go inside Temple Bar for a pint of the black stuff (Guinness) as the locals ask your name and welcome you in a gregarious manner that only the Irish seem to know how to do. Ireland has an atmosphere that quickly makes visitors feel at home. There’s something ineffable in the air that you won’t forget and something so distinctly Irish you can’t put your finger on. And this is just the first night. You have another week to explore the nuance of this lively atmosphere.
Dublin – Highlights of Dublin Before Whimsical Cabaret and Storytelling
Waterford – Horse Racing History, Crystal Crafters and Folk Fun
Killarney – Kissing the Blarney Stone and Pony and Trap Ride Through Bourn-Vincent
Killarney – The Legendary Ring of Kerry
Galway – Thatched Cottages and a Vibrant Cathedral City
Londonderry – 17th-Century Walls and Murals of Battle
Belfast – An Extravagant Coastline and Side Streets of Belfast
Glasgow – Relaxed Time in Contrasting Cities
Glasgow – Embracing Tradition and Scottish Culture
Skye – So Many Tales in Beautiful Rural Scotland
Skye – Exploring the Rugged Beauty of Iconic Island
Scottish Highlands – A Famous Monster and Old Farming Heritage
Edinburgh – Landscapes From a Dream
Edinburgh – Best of Edinburgh and Scottish Show With Dinner
Edinburgh – Discovering Rosslyn Chapel and Departure
- Compare vibrant traditions that have survived to this day; like folk singing and storytelling in Ireland then Highland dancing and bagpipes in Scotland
- Discover Europe’s extravagant rural roads, like Ireland’s Ring of Kerry and a journey through the Scottish Highlands
- Compare the capitals, two nights in each of Edinburgh and Dublin packed with local surprises
- Contrast the gritty, culture-imbued cities of Belfast and Glasgow
- Embrace the beauty and serenity of the water; travel the North Coast past Giant’s Causeway and navigate the famous Scottish lochs (lakes)
- Explore tales of battle, the modern murals of Londonderry a very different story to Scotland’s medieval battlefields
- Spend a day on the Isle of Skye, away from it all with the wind through your hair
- Beautiful vestiges from the past are all over these two countries: like thatched cottages in Adare, Rosslyn Chapel (made famous by The Da Vinci Code), Galway Cathedral and the Blarney Stone
- Cross the green landscapes of Ireland then find purple beneath the peaks in Scotland
For such small countries, Ireland and Scotland really know how to diversify the visitor experience. Bagpipe music and Highland dancing; whimsical Irish cabaret and traditional seanchaithe (storytellers). Experience the staggering Atlantic Ocean coastline and the serenity of Scottish lochs. Visit Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh, four cities with completely different identities. Then pay a visit to thatched villages, war murals, the Blarney Stone, the Isle of Skye, then Rosslyn Chapel of The Da Vinci Code and Knights Templar fame. These are countries made for touring, where every day brings you to somewhere and something new. Every moment you spend, there’s the ubiquitous sense of local culture. In the 21st-century, it’s refreshing to explore countries so true to their roots and styles.
Spend the first eight nights in Ireland. Dublin is for stories and soaking up the Irish atmosphere. The country’s south delivers folk fun and glorious landscapes. Along the southwestern coast, you find dramatic landscapes and old-world musing. Traverse the west of the country, through a thatched village to Galway, then onwards to the intriguing tales of Donegal and Londonderry. You’re now in Northern Ireland, and you explore one of the world’s finest coastlines – the North Coast with Giant’s Causeway – before a relaxed 24 hours in Belfast. While the pace seems quick and there is a lot to experience, Ireland’s compact size means you don’t spend that long on the road. The car rides are part of the fun when the landscapes are so improbably green.
Fly across the water to two nights in Glasgow, a city that’s great to compare with Belfast. Then set off into the rural lands that make Scotland so inviting: lochs (lakes), ruined castles, medieval war stories, ragged mountain tops then a ferry to the windswept Isle of Skye. Back on mainland Scotland, you become immersed in the Highlands, traveling through vast open landscapes and onwards to your final two nights in Edinburgh. Along the way, there’s a mythical monster, bagpipes and dancing, farming heritage and all those little secrets that make Scotland such a unique place to travel. Two weeks after exploring Dublin, you’re making sense of the travel memoirs, having to use photos to piece the journey together. Learn more about how the luxury Ireland and Scotland tour companies we work with can personalize the vacation of your dreams.
$5,595 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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