Exclusive and enchanting, this handcrafted tour explores the finest highlights of two Celtic nations. Private and flexible, it mixes urban and rural highlights, starting with several nights in an Irish castle. Discover Dublin, explore Edinburgh, then bask in the beauty of rural Scotland. Think fjords, abbeys, coastlines, royal legacies, famous distilleries, taking a stroll past karsts and glens. This is a relaxed tour tailored for senior travelers. Visit the Ireland...
County Mayo – The Cliffs of Moher Welcome You to Ireland
Land in Shannon and the journey to County Mayo is sublime, passing through two of Ireland’s most famous landscapes. Yes, you’re probably tired from the flight, but the Cliffs of Moher and Burren are en route to the castle. So you can take it slow and be energized by such remarkable lands. Cliffs rise hundreds of feet above Atlantic Ocean waves, a place of haunting beauty and natural power. A rocky karst landscape stretches out towards the horizon, forts, and tombs punctuating the work of ancient volcanoes. The guide will take it easy, and the pace is really up to you; choose for some fresh sea air and a walk along the cliffs or just park at the viewpoint before continuing the journey to your first night in an Irish Castle.
County Mayo – Full Day in Connemara National Park
County Mayo – Leisurely Day Around the Castle
Dublin – Megalithic Tombs and Irish Storytellers
Dublin – Literary History of Dublin Private Tour
Dublin – Discovering County Wicklow Including Powerscourt
Edinburgh – Relaxing Around the Royal Mile
Edinburgh – Exploring the Best of the Scottish Capital
Edinburgh – Flexible Day of Private Touring
Perthshire – Immersed in Rural Scotland
Perthshire – Lochs, Distilleries, and National Parks
Perthshire – Relaxed Day Around the Luxury Resort
Edinburgh – Departure
- Settle into an Irish castle for several nights in rural Ireland, where you’re immersed in culture, cuisine, and coastlines
- Multiple nights in Dublin allows for time to discover the legendary literary history, along with all post-medieval highlights in and around the city
- Relax into the experience in Scotland’s stunning capital, Edinburgh full of royal pleasures and day-trip options
- Escape into rural Scotland away from the world yet next door to lochs, glens, golf courses, distilleries and national parks
- Ireland and Scotland are famous for the landscapes: compare the Cliffs of Moher and Ireland’s Atlantic coastline with a journey across the Scottish Highlands
- Castles stud the scenery in both countries; you’ll discover the best of the old and new 19th-century styles that exist, including Stirling and Ashford castles
- The history goes back many millennia, as symbolized by a trip to the megalithic tombs of Newgrange
- Culture is part of the everyday, found through Irish storytellers, local dancing, traditional music and more
- These are countries that invite you to be outdoors, and there are many ways to explore based on your interests, starting with leisurely walks in destinations like Connemara
It would take many months to see all of Ireland and Scotland. These aren’t countries to rush around, nor nations for ticking off sights. With so much culture and natural beauty, Ireland and Scotland are best discovered at a relaxed pace. This handcrafted tour for seniors combines four iconic destinations for the classic experience. You piece together the slices of a quadrant, gaining an inspiring and immersive impression of two Celtic countries. All accommodation is in five-star properties, including an Irish Castle and a world-famous golf resort. Every tour is private, and the itinerary has been designed for flexibility; you can do more or see more, but you can also do very little at all.
Ireland’s rugged landscapes dominate county Clare. Mountains, moors and bogs surround your castle accommodation with many green hues stretching out. But you only need to walk over a ridge and the coastline appears, limestone cliffs hanging above crashing Atlantic waves, such as at the Cliffs of Moher and eerie Burren. Connemara National Park is another expressive piece of nature you’ll discover around County Clare. These first days in rural Ireland will also connect you to local culture and cuisine found best in small traditional villages along the coast.
Stop at the megalithic tombs of Newgrange on route to Dublin, a city that you may know from the works of James Joyce or Oscar Wilde. If that’s the Dublin you know, then the city tour can follow in literary footsteps. If not, then there are many other ways the guide can tailor your city experience, taking in icons like Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, famous stories like the Old Jameson Distillery and Guinness Storehouse, plus some of the storytelling and lesser-known sides to the Irish capital. You’ll get a great sense of urban Ireland but also have time for a day trip to County Wicklow, where Powerscourt and Glendalough are located.
Fly to Edinburgh and spend time in the Scottish capital. Like every stop on this vacation, location makes all the difference when it comes to your hotel. In Edinburgh, it’s a mostly pedestrianized area, so you can walk to restaurants and attractions that are in a very close proximity. Spend a few days in the city and explore what is nearby, such as the art scene of Glasgow, The Da Vinci Code in Rosslyn Chapel, and whisky distilleries.
You take a private journey onto the hills and into rural Scotland visiting Stirling Castle on route to Perthshire, where you settle into one of the country’s most recognizable country estates. From here, you can explore different lochs, the term for lakes, and national parks, visit old-world towns and villages, satisfy yourself with activities around the resort, and head further north to enjoy the fabulous Highland scenery. Like all of the four stops, the guide will customize each day. This could be a short trip to a monument you’re desperate to see, then a transfer to a particular restaurant or village; there are always options on a relaxed private tour, especially with such well-located accommodation.
$4,545 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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