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Deluxe castles of Scotland & Ireland

11 days from $13,150pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the castles and palaces surrounding Edinburgh as well as Edinburgh Castle itself.

  • Visit Scone Palace, a former stately home.

  • Sail along Loch Ness and enjoy a picnic lunch onboard.

  • Admire the waterfront Dunvegan Castle and its extensive gardens.

  • Stay overnight in Scottish and Irish castles.

  • Visit Blarney Castle and its fascinating gardens.

Price includes

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  • Edinburgh
  • Perth
  • Inverness
  • Loch Ness
  • Inverness
  • Isle of Skye
  • Skeabost
  • Isle of Skye
  • Mallaig
  • Fort William
  • Glasgow
  • Cork
  • Cobh
  • Cork
  • Killarney
  • Ennis

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Day 1 Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Upon arrival you're met at the airport and driven to your centrally located hotel. Once you have checked in, you're met by your guide for a walking tour of Edinburgh Old Town. Spend the afternoon exploring the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and the Grassmarket area to get a feel for this beautiful city.

Day 2 Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Your driver-guide picks you up this morning for a day of exploring the castles and palaces in the environs of Edinburgh. Take a step back in time while visiting the mysterious 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, wandering the maze-like ruins of the royal residence and military base of Linlithgow Palace, admiring the dark and striking Blackness Castle situated on the Firth of Forth, and learning about the historical and artistic significance of the grand country manor of Hopetoun House.

Day 3 Inverness

Edinburgh , Perth , Inverness

This morning, you begin your journey to Inverness with your driver-guide by way of Scone Palace. Your private guide walks you through one of Scotland's most historic and stately homes while pointing out and bringing to life small details of the palace's vast private collection. Discover the treasures housed at Scone Palace and learn about the significance of the Stone of Scone (Stone of Destiny). End the afternoon wandering the grounds and gardens - meeting the resident peacocks - before finishing your journey in the far north town of Inverness.

Day 4 Inverness

Loch Ness , Inverness

Begin your day with a tour of Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, and Cawdor Castle. Each site is steeped with Scottish history, which your guide brings to life as your explore the surrounds. After spending the morning learning about Scotland's historic past, spend the afternoon on Loch Ness with guides who tell enchanting stories of Scotland's mythical history, including the Loch Ness Monster. You can see the ruins of Urquhart Castle from the loch while enjoying Scottish whiskies and cheeses.

Day 5 Skeabost

Inverness , Isle of Skye , Skeabost

Leave behind the mysterious waters of Loch Ness for the majestic beauty of the Isle of Skye. Along your way, take in the grandeur of Eilean Donan Castle, said to be one of Scotland's most beautiful and most photographed castles. After taking in this iconic sight, continue to Dunvegan Castle for a behind-the-scenes tour of a castle still in use today. You can then enjoy a boat ride on the surrounding loch to observe the playful local seals.

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Day 6 Fort William

Isle of Skye , Mallaig , Fort William

Explore the beauty of the Isle of Skye with your guide, who takes you to the most scenic and least-visited areas of Skye. You take the ferry to Mallaig before continuing on to Fort William, where you have the opportunity to spend the night in the 19th-century Inverlochy Castle.

Day 7 Cork

Fort William , Glasgow , Cork

Discover the incredibly scenic area of Glen Etive. Your driver-guide brings you down the narrow, remote road, where the landscape constantly morphs. Be sure to keep an eye out for the local wildlife, including red deer, otters, and eagles. After your short flight to Ireland, you're driven directly to your hotel in Cork..

Day 8 Cork

Cobh , Cork

Spend the morning at Blarney Castle, a quintessential Irish castle. You can join other visitors in kissing the Blarney Stone for good luck and spend some time wandering the gardens. Continue on to Fota House for a guided tour of the manor house, focusing on the details behind everyday life of the children and servants who lived here. You then take a leisurely walking tour in Cobh, where your guide recounts the history and the lives of those on the ill-fated Titanic.

Day 9 Killarney

Cork , Killarney

This morning you travel to Killarney with your driver-guide, where you embark on a jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park. In the evening head to a local pub for a private storytelling evening with a Killarney local.

Day 10 Ennis

Killarney , Ennis

Spend the day exploring the Dingle Peninsula, whose beauty rivals that of the nearby Ring of Kerry scenic drive. Replete with fishing boats and sailboats, the port town of Dingle is a beautiful place to wander and observe Irish traditions still practised here by its residents. After spending the day in Dingle, travel to Ennis to spend the night in Dromoland Castle, whose history dates back to the 16th century.

Day 11 Return home

Ennis

Today you're transferred by private driver to Shannon Airport for your flight home.

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