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Deluxe castles of Scotland & Ireland

11 days from $13,490pp

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Tour 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:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Spend today 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.

  • 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, weather dependent, on the surrounding loch to observe the playful local seals.

  • Explore the beauty of the Isle of Skye with your guide, who takes you to the most scenic areas of Skye including Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing. You take the ferry to Mallaig before continuing onto Fort William, where you have the opportunity to spend the night in the 19th-century Inverlochy Castle.

  • 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 enjoying the scenery, you will be driven to Glasgow airport for your short flight to Cork, Ireland.

  • 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 onto the vibrant fishing village of Cobh. Here, you will take a leisurely walking tour accompanied by your private guide who will recount the history and the lives of those on the ill-fated Titanic.

  • This morning you travel to Killarney with your driver-guide, where you embark on a jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park.

  • 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 practiced here by its residents. After spending the day in Dingle, travel to Adare to spend the night in Adare Manor.

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

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Edinburgh
 
Inverness
 
Loch Ness
 
Fort William
 
Glasgow
 
Cork
 
Cobh
 
Killarney
 

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