Our Journeys

Scotland & Ireland

Land Tour
17 Days
$13,590 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occupancy.
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September 10 to 26, 2021

Land Tour
17 Days
$13,590 CAD
All inclusive from, per guest, double occupancy.
New Journey
Current Date Selected

September 10 to 26, 2021

Journey Highlights

Venture into the dramatic landscapes that wrap around Scotland and Ireland. Explore the elegant streets of Edinburgh before setting out to explore the Highlands and Scotland’s famous lochs. Sights take your breath away in Ireland at Adare village, the Ring of Kerry and the gorgeous Cliffs of Moher. These legendary landscapes will be imprinted in your memory, along with each country’s beautiful rhythmic cultures.

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Image: The Scottish Highlands & Lochs

Scottish Highlands

Scottish Highlands

The vastness of the Highlands and tranquility of the lochs are something to behold in Scotland. Cruise the infamous Loch Ness towards the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Board the stunning Jacobite Steam Train for an unforgettable Journey along the world-renowned West Highland Line. Witness the majesty of “the three sisters” from the village of Glencoe, before cruising Loch Lomond.

Ring of Kerry Tour

Ring of Kerry Tour

Cinematic sea views, secluded white-sand beaches, and mountains shrouded in mist have earned the Ring of Kerry a reputation as one of the most beautiful regions in Ireland. The scenic route carries you past stunning views of the sea and through lively villages. Visit the Kerry Bog Village and witness the Sheep Dog Trials before wandering gently through the colourful village of Sneem.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Stroll along the elegant streets of one of the United Kingdom’s most famous cities. Explore the bustling streets filled with quaint shops and truly unique Scottish pubs before visiting the 126-metre-long Royal Yacht Britannia. Admire Edinburgh Castle towering over the city in all its regal splendour during a comprehensive tour.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Stroll along the elegant streets of one of the United Kingdom’s most famous cities. Explore the bustling streets filled with quaint shops and truly unique Scottish pubs before visiting the 126-metre-long Royal Yacht Britannia. Admire Edinburgh Castle towering over the city in all its regal splendour during a comprehensive tour.

Every day was an adventure. We very much enjoyed the entire trip. Karen’s knowledge of history and her storytelling were outstanding.

— Mr. & Mrs. Ketchenson, Madoc, ON

Journey Map

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Journey Itinerary

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Day 1

DEPART FOR EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Meet your Journey Manager, fellow travellers and board your flight to Scotland.
Overnight flight

Start your Journey with us by enjoying a private car pick up service from your home. Upon arrival at the airport, guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow guests, and board your flight to Scotland. Our Journey Manager travels with you to take care of all the details, allowing you to embrace your Journey.

Day 2

WELCOME TO EDINBURGH

On arrival in Edinburgh, we are met by our local Blue Badge Scottish guide who takes us on a panoramic tour of the city. Following lunch at a local restaurant, we check into our hotel. This evening, join us for a casual welcome dinner at our hotel. (L,D)
Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh (2 nights)

Day 3

EXPLORING EDINBURGH

This morning we tour Her Royal Majesty’s Royal Yacht Britannia, as well as the dominating Edinburgh Castle. This afternoon is at your leisure. In the evening, join us for dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Built on extinct volcanoes atop an inlet from the North Sea, we explore one of the United Kingdom’s most famous cities. To begin our day, we tour Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace, the 126-metre-long Royal Yacht Britannia. We then tour Edinburgh Castle, the dominating 11th-century fortress that is visible from almost everywhere throughout Edinburgh. Following lunch, enjoy free time in the afternoon at your leisure, to visit such sights as the Royal Mile. In the evening, swap stories of your time in this delightful city with your fellow guests over a casual dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 4

THE HIGHLANDS & INVERNESS

This morning we tour antiques and rare artifacts at the impressive Scone Palace. Following lunch in a country house, we explore the moving Culloden Battlefield. In the afternoon we check in to our hotel before enjoying dinner (B,L,D)
Kingsmill Hotel, Inverness (1 night)

We start our day by travelling through stunning scenery to the impressive Scone Palace whose grounds are renowned throughout the world. Once the capital of the Picts, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots. We tour an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artifacts. Following lunch in a country house, we explore the grounds of the moving Culloden Battlefield, the site of the final battle in 1746 between the Jacobite army, and the British government. The interactive visitor centre features many well-kept artifacts from both sides of this conflict. Finally, we check in to our hotel in Inverness before enjoying dinner at our hotel.

Day 5

LOCH NESS, FORT AUGUSTUS & EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

Today we cruise the mysterious Loch Ness to explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle. We then enjoy lunch in Fort Augustus at the Caledonian Canal. Finally, we admire Eilean Donan Castle in the midst of three lochs before retiring to our hotel on the Isle of Skye. (B,L,D)
The Bosville Hotel, Portree (1 night)

Today our local blue badge guide leads us on a peaceful cruise of the mysterious Loch Ness, Scotland’s deepest loch and the fabled home of the Loch Ness Monster – who is said to be lurking in the deep black waters. Containing over 37 kilometres of fresh water, Loch Ness runs from Loch Dochfour to Fort Augustus and is bordered by picturesque villages such as Foyers and Dores. We stop to explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle, a former royal castle with a dramatic Scottish history. We then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Fort Augustus at the Caledonian Canal. Following lunch, we admire the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, perched beautifully on a tidal island in the middle of three lochs. Discover the castle’s turbulent history on our visit, before retiring to our hotel in Portree, on the Isle of Skye.

DAY 6

WEST HIGHLAND RAILWAY & OBAN

We board the Jacobite Steam Train for an unforgettable Journey along the world-renowned West Highland Line. Following lunch in Fort William, we arrive in Oban, before we dine in a local restaurant. (B,L,D)
Perle Oban Hotel & Spa, Oban (2 nights)

Following a short, scenic drive and a ferry crossing, we board the stunning Jacobite Steam Train for an unforgettable Journey along the world-renowned West Highland Line. Admire the stunning, mountainous scenery and the world-famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, a Victorian construction featured in the Harry Potter film series. We then arrive in Oban, the seafood capital of Scotland, best known for the colourful houses along its horseshoe bay and the prominent McCaig’s Tower. We arrive in Oban, with time to freshen up before we dine in a local restaurant.

DAY 7

ISLE OF IONA & IONA ABBEY

Today we travel to the Isle of Iona and Iona Abbey, founded by St. Columba in the 5th century. The Abbey is the last resting place of 50 Scottish Kings, as well as the cradle of Christianity in Scotland. (B,L,D)

Today we travel to the Isle of Iona and Iona Abbey, founded by St. Columba in the 5th century.

The island is farmed largely by traditional methods. The National Trust for Scotland works in partnership with its tenant farmers to ensure that rare species, such as the corncrake, are conserved. For many centuries, Iona has been an island of special significance for all Christians. In AD 563, Columba and his followers arrived here from Ireland to spread the gospel in Scotland and the north of England. The restored medieval abbey continues to hold daily services today and St Oran’s Chapel and Reilig Odhram is reputed to be the burial place of 48 kings of Scotland, including Macbeth.

The abbey is the last resting place of 50 Scottish Kings, as well as the cradle of Christianity in Scotland.

DAY 8

GLENCOE, TROSSACH NATIONAL PARK & LOCH LOMOND

We begin in the village of Glencoe, known for its endless expanse, and the majestic ridges of “the three sisters”. Following lunch we cruise Loch Lomond, to take in the sights of Trossachs National Park. (B,L,D)
Bythswood Square, Glasgow (3 nights)

Our day begins with a drive to the village of Glencoe, a glen of volcanic origins, with a population of only 374! Glencoe is known for the endless expanse of the Glencoe Valley, and the majestic ridges of the Bidean nam Bian mountain, called “the three sisters”. We arrive in the town of Luss in time for lunch. Following lunch we board a cruise of Loch Lomond, to take in the sights of Trossachs National Park, including 30 islands, crumpled hills, and sleepy forests. Finally, we arrive in Glasgow and check in to our hotel in time to enjoy dinner.

DAY 9

ROBERT BURNS COTTAGE & CULZEAN CASTLE

Learn about the celebrated bard Robert Burns with a visit to his birthplace museum and the 5,000 artifacts and manuscripts contained within. This afternoon, stroll around the Culzean Castle and Country Park, an exemplary Scottish estate. (B,L,D)

This morning we learn all about the celebrated bard Robert Burns with a visit to his birthplace museum, and the 5,000 artifacts and manuscripts contained within. Burns was a 17th-century poet and lyricist, the pioneer of the Romantic movement, and for many of the Scottish diaspora around the world, was a way to feel a connection to their homeland. Following lunch at a local restaurant (with haggis offered for those who dare), we stroll around the Culzean Castle and Country Park, weaving in and out of 40 buildings and decadent cliff-top castle that make up this exemplary Scottish estate. Take note of the many hidden follies throughout the property, as well as the walled garden, the grand oil paintings, and the sweeping Oval Staircase. In the evening we return to our hotel in Glasgow for dinner.

Day 10

EXPLORING GLASGOW

Today is devoted to Glasgow antiquity, as we browse the collections in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the People’s Palace. Following lunch in a local brewpub, this afternoon is at your leisure to relax or explore this world-class city. (B,L,D)

Our day today is devoted to Glasgow antiquity, as we browse the collections in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the People’s Palace. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum hosts 22 exhibits ranging from Renaissance art, to animals and ancient Egypt, in its west-end location on the banks of the River Kelvin. On the east side of the city, the People’s Palace, located amongst the Glasgow Greens, explores the city’s social history through the years, in the form of engaging photographs, prints and film. Following lunch in a local brewpub, this afternoon is at your leisure to relax or explore this world-class city. You may choose to visit the Glasgow Cathedral, George Square, or one of many other unique attractions. Dinner this evening will be served at an upscale local restaurant.

Day 11

DUBLIN, IRELAND

Following our flight, we arrive on the Emerald Isle, and are greeted by our local guide. We are introduced to Ireland’s capital and largest city. Following check in, we enjoy dinner at our hotel. (B,L,D)
Brooks Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)

We fly to Dublin this morning from Glasgow to begin our exploration of the Emerald Isle. Dublin has lots of Viking history, fabulous food and is officially the friendliest locale in the world! Our local guide and friendly coach driver regal us in this famous Irish hospitality. We are introduced to the city before lunch and check-in to our hotel. Some free time is given to relax or explore on your own before a three-course dinner at the Brooks Hotel.

Day 12

DUBLIN & THE BOOK OF KELLS

Today we visit the St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Book of Kells, as well as see Dublin Castle, City Hall and Temple Bar. We then tour the Guinness storehouse. Join us in the evening for dinner, Irish Folkore and live music. (B,L,D)

We begin our tour of this lovely Irish town at St. Patrick’s Cathedral which was founded in 1191 and is the largest church in Ireland. Continuing our visit, we see Dublin Castle, City Hall and the lively Temple Bar. Our final stop of the morning is Trinity College and the Old Library to see the Book of Kells, a stunningly beautiful manuscript containing the Four Gospels. Following lunch, we tour the Guinness storehouse. The Journey ends in the Gravity Bar on the top floor with a pint of Guinness and the best view in the city! This evening, join us for a traditional Irish meal that includes Irish Folklore, storytelling, and live traditional music. (B,L,D)

Day 13

ADARE & KILLARNEY

A scenic drive brings us to Adare, Ireland’s most picturesque village. Following lunch, we continue to Killarney, where we check in to our hotel. (B,L,D)
Great Southern Killarney, Killarney (2 nights)

This morning, enjoy a lovely drive to the village of Adare, regarded as Ireland’s most picturesque village. Situated on the River Maigue, Adare is steeped in history dating back to 1200 AD and has been the subject of many rebellions, wars and conquests, leaving behind a legacy of historical monuments. Following lunch, we continue to Killarney where we check in to our hotel.

Day 14

RING OF KERRY

The scenic route of Ring of Kerry passes through the most beautiful regions in Ireland. We visit the village Bog and Sheep Dog Trials and enjoy lunch at the Smugglers Inn. Spend the afternoon exploring Sneem at your leisure. This evening, dinner will be at Cellar One in Killarney. (B,L,D)

Cinematic sea views, secluded white-sand beaches, and mountains shrouded in mist, The Ring of Kerry has earned its reputation as one of the most beautiful regions in Ireland. The scenic route passes through lively villages with bustling pubs, charming bookshops, and pretty cafés. A visit is not complete without seeing the village Bog and Sheep Dog Trials. We stop for lunch at the Smugglers Inn and free time to wander in the lovely village of Sneem. Tonight, enjoy a casual walk to dinner at Cellar One in Killarney.

Day 15

THE CLIFFS OF MOHER

We begin the day at The Burren, where enormous limestone pavements and vertical fissures create breathtaking views. Following lunch with the Cassidy family, we continue to the Cliffs of Moher for views of the Aran Islands, and the Twelve Pins. (B,L,D)
Park House, Galway (2 nights)

Today is a day of dramatic scenery, friendly locals and historic venues. We visit The Burren, where huge pavements of limestone called ‘clints’ with vertical fissures called ‘grikes’ and views that are truly spectacular create a mysterious atmosphere. Enjoy lunch with the Cassidy Family who have long family roots in the Burren. Then, we continue to the Cliffs of Moher, which are simply stunning. At over 200 metres high, one can easily view the cliffs, the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins, and the MaumTurk Mountains to the north in Connemara, and Loop Head to the south.

Day 16

KYLEMORE ABBEY TOUR

We admire the coastal landscape of Connemara, then, we tour Kylemore Abbey and the six-acre Victorian Walled Gardens. Join us in a delicious farewell lunch, held at the splendid Renvyle House. (B,L)

Enjoy the breathtaking coastal landscape of Connemara, situated at the very edge of Europe on the west coast of Ireland. It is surely one of the most beautiful, unspoilt places in Ireland. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean. Then we tour Kylemore Abbey and explore over six acres of Victorian Walled Gardens. Our delicious farewell lunch, held at the splendid Renvyle House, is the perfect opportunity to share memories of our Journey. Enjoy an evening at your leisure and dinner in a restaurant of your choice.

Day 17

HOME

We bid our Irish friends a fond Gaelic Blessing “Na h-uile la gu math duit” (May all your days be good), before boarding our flight home. Guests arriving at the Toronto airport are greeted and assisted to their private car home. (B)

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Signature Inclusions on This Journey

THE JOURNEYS DIFFERENCE

In addition to our essentials, your Journey includes our following Signature Inclusions:

24/7 Professional Journey Manager
  • Will travel with you from Canada and handle every detail
    In addition to knowledgeable local guides

 

Memorable Private Excursions
  • Private excursions crafted by our team
  • All sightseeing & entrance fees included

 

Private Car Pick-up Service
  • Within a 200-kilometre radius, let your Journey begin in elegant comfort with a private chauffeured car to the airport

 

Generous Tips & Gratuities
  • For the porters, local guides, hotel staff & many more, paid by us on your behalf

 

Our essentials included with your Journey:

  • 15 nights in outstanding hotels
  • Most meals included (14 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 12 dinners)
  • Round-trip airfare from Toronto with Aer Lingus
  • Regional flight with Aer Lingus
  • All taxes as well as other service charges
  • “Whisper” radios included for use during excursions
  • Flights from select Canadian gateways for only $100
  • Other gateways & travel classes available
  • Porterage for one piece of luggage per person
  • Complete information & assistance leading up to your departure
  • Branded overnight carry-on or backpack

Hotels

Day 2-4

Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh

Overlooking one of Edinburgh’s prettiest private garden squares, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel consists of seven interconnected Georgian townhouses. Steps from the UNESCO-recognized new town of Edinburgh, the interiors of this Designer hotel feature handsome woods, plush fabrics, and rich pops of blue and yellow. Amenities include a full-service spa, pool, fitness centre, and fresh-squeezed juice.

Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh - Exterior
Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh - Room
Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh - Lobby
Day 4-5

Kingsmill Hotel, Inverness

The Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulous 4-star luxury hotel in Inverness. Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands,it offers a variety of extremely luxurious rooms, impeccable dining options and good old-fashioned Scottish hospitality to all our guests.

Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness - Lobby
Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness - Exterior
Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness - Dining
Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness - Room
Day 5-6

The Bosville Hotel, Protree

Featuring only 20 guest rooms, this converted cottage opposite the harbour is a welcoming, small-town accommodation like those described in the best slice-of-life novels. You will feel right at home atop the luxury bedding in the intimate guest rooms, or enjoying a drink sitting by the original cast-iron stove.

The Bosville Hotel, Protree - Exterior
The Bosville Hotel, Protree - Room
The Bosville Hotel, Protree - Lobby
Day 6-8

Perle Oban Hotel & Spa, Oban

Perle Oban is a luxury hotel & spa located in the center of Oban that boasts beautiful views over the harbour. Combining Victorian charm and modern style, these bright guest rooms have all the amenities you would expect, including a Bose speaker, flatscreen television, and rain showerhead: wonderful complements to the relaxing services of the onsite spa.

Perle Oban Hotel & Spa, Oban - Lobby
Perle Oban Hotel & Spa, Oban - Exterior
Perle Oban Hotel & Spa, Oban - Room
Day 8-11

Blythswood Square, Glasgow

This splendid, landmark property, commands one side of Blythswood Square, a lovely green space in the centre of the city of Glasgow. With elegant bedrooms, an award-winning spa and endless green space, this is Glasgow’s premier hotel.

Blythswood Square, Glasgow - Room
Blythswood Square, Glasgow - Exterior
Blythswood Square, Glasgow - Lobby Bar
Day 11-13

Brooks Hotel, Dublin

A designer boutique hotel in Dublin city centre, Brooks Hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and has been voted one of the 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland in the Bridgestone Guide for the past 3 years. This sophisticated hotel features luxurious rooms and personalized service, as well as a restaurant with a bar and café lounge.

Brooks Hotel, Dublin - Room
Brooks Hotel, Dublin - Lounge
Brooks Hotel, Dublin - Exterior
Day 13-15

Great Southern Killarney, Killarney

From its distinctive architecture to its effortless service and genuine hospitality, the Great Southern Killarney has been an iconic retreat for over 160 years. Recently restored to its former greatness, the hotel is uniquely situated on six acres of beautiful gardens and stands proudly as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel.

Great Southern Killarney, Killarney - Lobby
Great Southern Killarney, Killarney - Exterior
Great Southern Killarney, Killarney - Room
Day 15-17

Park House, Galway

In central Galway, the Park House Hotel blends the warmth and personality of a boutique hotel with 4-star luxury. It offers an award-winning restaurant and air-conditioned rooms that are decorated in warm colours, natural wood furnishings and luxurious fabrics. This elegant hotel truly has a lot of charm.

Park House, Galway - Exterior
Park House, Galway - Food
Park House, Galway - Food
Park House, Galway - Room
September 10 to 26, 2021

All-Inclusive Fares

Double Occupancy

$13,590

Single Occupancy

$16,590
Prices are per guest in CAD, all taxes included.

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