Highlights of Ireland & Scotland (9030)

12 Day Tour from Dublin to Edinburgh

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Discover the treasures of Ireland and Scotland on your affordable tour from Dublin to Edinburgh. In Dublin’s fair city, you’ll drive along the statue-lined O’Connell Street, see the elegant Georgian squares with their red-brick townhouses. You’ll also see Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. En route from Dublin to the seaside resort of Tramore, take a stroll through the pretty lanes of Kilkenny, and see the city famous for its Irish crystal—Waterford. In Blarney, home of the fabled Stone of Eloquence, time to browse or buy irresistible Irish handicrafts and crystal. On your way to Killarney, stop for spectacular photo opportunities along the Ring of Kerry. You’ll travel to Limerick, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, and the cosmopolitan seaside city of Galway. Drive along Donegal Bay, with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches to Derry. Continue to the north coast’s awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway—40,000 interlocking basalt columns that were formed by volcanic eruptions some 60 million years ago. An amazing sight!

Next, to Belfast, where the Titanic was built. You’ll board a ferry for an Irish Sea crossing to Cairnryan, then on to Glasgow. Your budget-minded travel through Ireland and Scotland delves into the lush and rugged country of Scotland with magical scenes such as the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, wild landscapes of Rannoch Moor, Loch Ness, the Highland capital of Inverness, and Scotland’s famed whisky region. From the spectacular Cairngorms National Park to the beautiful Victorian resort of Pitlochry, and the home of golf, St. Andrews, you’ll cross the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh for royal Scottish history, and home to historic scientists, inventors, and novelists. Your value-minded tour of Ireland and Scotland is chock-full of priceless experiences, sights, and memories brave and true!
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 Tour Highlights

DUBLIN
Orientation drive
KILKENNY
Visit the colorful town
WATERFORD
Visit the home of the famous crystal
BLARNEY
Visit the famous village
RING OF KERRY
Takes pictures of the Lakes of Killarney
KILLARNEY
Visit the popular resort town
ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views
GALWAY
Visit the port city
DERRY
Visit the walled city
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY
See the amazing basalt columns
BELFAST
Visit Northern Ireland’s capital
BELFAST-CAIRNRYAN
by ferry
ALLOWAY
Stop in Robert Burns’ birthplace
FORT WILLIAM
INVERNESS
Visit the Highland capital
CULLODEN MOOR
See the battle site
PITLOCHRY
Visit the Highland resort
ST. ANDREWS
Visit the home of golf
EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Irish Sea crossing by day ferry

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with choice of menus

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND

Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, there’s time to rest or discover the vibrant Irish capital. Why not end the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse?

Day 2 DUBLIN

Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions to start your day in the “Fair City” with an orientation drive along statue-lined O’Connell Street; elegant Georgian squares with their tall red brick townhouses, colorful doors, and wrought-iron decorated windows; Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College; and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your leisure. Maybe join an optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 DUBLIN–KILKENNY–WATERFORD–TRAMORE

Kilkenny, with its medieval cobblestone streets and Old-World charm, is your first destination today. There is time to stroll through pretty lanes with colorful painted houses and enjoy a morning coffee. Continue on to Waterford, famous for its exquisite crystal, before arriving at the seaside resort of Tramore. Before dinner, an optional pub tour might be fun.
Today’s Distance: 128 mi/ 205 km

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Day 4 TRAMORE–BLARNEY–RING OF KERRY–KILLARNEY

The first of today’s highlights is Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish handicrafts and handmade crystal. At Kenmare, join part of the RING OF KERRY, and stop for spectacular photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before arriving in the popular resort town of Killarney.
Today’s Distance: 178 mi/ 293 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 KILLARNEY–ADARE–LIMERICK

In Killarney this morning, there is time for an optional horse-drawn jaunting car ride along the National Park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. Then to Adare, renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns. Its main street is punctuated with beautiful stone buildings and thatched cottages, medieval monasteries, ruins, and a picturesque village park. On to Limerick and, this evening, consider joining an optional medieval banquet.
Today’s Distance: 75 mi/ 113 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO

Breathtaking scenery awaits you today. Start with a visit to the spectacular 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER and fantastic views over the Atlantic and Clare coast. Then, cross the limestone plateau of The Burren and stop in Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Your destination for tonight is Sligo.
Today’s Distance: 178 mi/ 293 km

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Day 7 SLIGO-DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST

Drive along Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches to Derry, the walled city on the banks of the Foyle River. Continue on to awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear how millions of years ago the more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed. Overnight in the vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built.
Today’s Distance: 186 mi/ 300 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 BELFAST–ALLOWAY, SCOTLAND–GLASGOW

Enjoy a leisurely morning in the capital city of Northern Ireland before boarding the FERRY for the Irish Sea, crossing to Cairnryan. On your way to Glasgow, stop in Alloway, the birthplace of Robert Burns.
Today’s Distance: 100 mi/ 160 km

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Day 9 GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM– INVERNESS–CULLODEN MOOR–ELGIN

Follow the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, and proceed via wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Fort William, beneath Ben Nevis. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster, then pause in the Highland capital of Inverness. Cross Culloden Moor where the Jacobite Rising, with Bonnie Prince Charlie at its helm, came to a tragic end at the hands of the Hanoverians. Your overnight destination is Elgin, nestled in the world-famous whisky region.
Today’s Distance: 213 mi/ 343 km

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Day 10 ELGIN–PITLOCHRY–ST. ANDREWS–EDINBURGH

Travel through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park to Pitlochry, the Victorian mountain resort set amongst a beautiful scenery. Then, head to St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing. Finally, cross the elegant Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh. A suggestion for this evening: a traditional Scottish night out with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Today’s Distance: 215 mi/ 347 km

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Day 11 EDINBURGH

A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town,” home to famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure. Later, a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Tour five decks and see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departure numbers 0731, 0807, and 0814, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 EDINBURGH

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

NICI RIDGE

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

It's a real pleasure to guide around Great Britain and Ireland and to bring to life the history of our ancestors. There is a story for every corner; our land is a puzzle of fascinating history and as we travel through the country side and cities you will see the complete picture. Guiding for me is being able to leave you with memories you'll never forget.

Tour Director - NICI RIDGE

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Dublin
Tramore
Limerick
Edinburgh

Dublin

Guinness Storehouse Visit and Supper

Guinness Storehouse Visit and Supper

Discover the history, traditions, and brewing techniques behind one of the world's most popular beers on this fascinating tour, tasting, and dinner at Dublin's legendary Guinness Storehouse.

Price Range: $$

Taylors Irish Night

Taylors Irish Night

A hearty 3-course dinner and included drinks kick off this festive evening of traditional toe-tapping music, song, and dance at Taylors Irish Night, the best Irish show in Dublin!

Price Range: $$

Tramore

Pub Evening

Pub Evening

For local Irish flavor, take a scenic drive to a traditional pub with a local musician ready to entertain you and give you wonderful memories of this beautiful country. Two drinks of your choice are included.

Price Range: $

Limerick

Jaunting Car Ride

Jaunting Car Ride

Bask in the scenic treasures of Killarney during a delightful horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to legendary Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane.

Price Range: $

Knappogue Castle Banquet

Knappogue Castle Banquet

See what castle life was like for medieval royalty during a sumptuous 4-course banquet with traditional Irish entertainment at 15th-century Knappogue Castle.

Price Range: $$

Edinburgh

Scottish Night with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis

Scottish Night with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis

A festive evening of authentic Scottish food, fun, entertainment, and the inimitable Ceremony of the Haggis awaits on this memorable evening excursion in the heart of Edinburgh.

Price Range: $$

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion and Dinner

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion and Dinner

Discover what life was like on board Her Majesty's floating residence during an exciting visit of the Royal Yacht Britannia, followed by dinner with wine at an excellent local restaurant!

Price Range: $$

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