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Northern Ireland + Scotland

Enjoy the best of Northern Ireland and Scotland on this immersive 11-day tour through rich history, spectacular landscapes, and lively local culture.

Experience a land of mysterious lochs, fairytale castles, unspoiled scenery, and fascinating historical characters like the legendary freedom fighter William Wallace and poor Mary, Queen of Scots.

Enjoy the bustling city of Belfast and the stunning coastal treasures of Northern Ireland before boarding a ferry over the Irish Sea to explore the heart of the Scottish Highlands, including the Isle of Skye, a cruise on Loch Ness, Culloden Moor, a local whiskey tasting, Blair Castle and so much more. Then finish your fun-filled tour in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland known as the 'Athens of the North' for its centuries old architecture and cobblestone streets.

St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Itinerary

Day 1 | Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

Belfast City

Meet with your tour leader and the rest of the group in the afternoon as you begin your guided tour of Belfast City. Led by a local expert, get to know Belfast on your guided walking tour exploring the city’s most valued treasures. Journey through the cultural hub of the Cathedral Quarter, stroll along the famous Lagan river, visit the shipyard where the legendary Titanic was built, and learn about the city’s most famous movers and shakers. Enjoy an evening welcome dinner at the 5-star Fitzwilliam Hotel, our home for the next two nights located right in the heart of Belfast. D

Day 2 | Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

Giant’s Causeway

Take the famous Coast Road to the iconic Giant’s Causeway, with a stop at Carrickfergus Castle en-route. Clinging to Ireland’s rugged northern coastline between Belfast city and Derry, the Atrium coast is a glorious mix of remarkable geology, pristine beaches and exhilarating cliff top walks. The 40,000 basalt stone columns that make up the spectacular Giant’s Causeway are one of Ireland’s most recognized landmarks. Visit the historic Carrickfergus Castle, a Norman stronghold that remains one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland. B

Day 3 | Highland Hotel, Stirling

Stirling Castle

Today, take the ferry from Belfast to Cairnryan across the Irish Sea and begin the journey north to the highlands of Scotland. Enjoy breathtaking scenery along the two coastlines and stops along the way before arriving at Stirling Castle, a pivotal stronghold in the Scottish Wars for Independence and setting for breathtaking scenery. B,D 

Day 4 | Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye

Glencoe and Glenfinnan

After a hearty Scottish breakfast we depart north through the haunted valley of Glencoe to Fort William with a Gondola ride to Aonach Mor boasting spectacular views. After lunch we take one of the most scenic routes from Fort William to Mallaig with a stop at Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Jacobite monument over Loch Shiel before taking a ferry over to the Isle of Skye. Transfer to hotel.  B,D

Day 5 | Dunollie Hotel, Isle of Skye

Dunvegan and the Fairy Pools

Today, we enjoy a full day exploring the breathtaking sites and landscapes on the stunning Isle of Skye. On the sleepy shores of Loch MacLeod on the North West of Skye, the islands most famous fortress, Dunvegan Castle, looms majestically over its 42,000 acres of wild and windswept land. Seat of the chief of Clan MacLeod who still own and operate the castle, visitors are invited in to explore what’s believed to be Scotland’s longest continuously inhabited castle by one family, and there’s a veritable treasure trove of fascinating artefacts to discover. B,D

Day 6 | Craigellachie Hotel, Speyside

Eilean Donan and Loch Ness Cruise

Cross the Skye Bridge to Lochalsh stopping at the famous Eilean Donan Castle – the ultimate Scottish legend. Situated on a tiny island where three great sea lochs converge, and surrounded by the most breathtaking scenery, you’ll visit the castle originally built by the Macrae Clan in the 13th Century to defend against hordes of marauding Vikings. The castle was razed and rebuilt several times before being fully restored in the early 20th century by Colonel John MacRae. Travel to Fort Augustus for a 1-hour cruise on Loch Ness to try and catch a glimpse of the allusive Nessie. Visit legendary Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness on the way back to your hotel in Speyside. B

Day 7 | Craigellachie Hotel, Speyside

Culloden Moor and Glen Moray Distillery

Drive to Culludoen Moor and Visitor Center to experience the famous battlefield that defined a nation and ended a way of life with stories of the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Highland attempt to overthrow the English Crown. After lunch we travel to Elgin to visit Glen Moray Distillery for a guided tour and whiskey tasting. B

Day 8 | Hilton Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

Blair Castle Estate and Gardens

After another hearty Scottish breakfast we say goodbye to the Highlands and head toward Edinburgh, with a visit to the imposing Blair Castle en route. Blair is one of Scotland’s premier stately homes and serves as the ancestral home of the Clan Murray, which was historically the seat of their chief, the Duke of Atholl. Afterward, we make our way to Scotland’s beautiful capital Edinburgh where we unpack at the Hilton Carlton Hotel in the old town just steps away from the Royal Mile. B

Day 9 | Hilton Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

Edinburgh City Tour and Royal Yacht Britannia

Today, explore the highlights of the Scottish capital, known to many as the Athens of the North for its architectural marvels and well preserved historic city center. Discover the old town with a visit to the imposing Edinburgh Castle that houses the Scottish Crown Jewels and St Margaret’s Chapel (the oldest church in Scotland), and the Palace of Holyrood House, official home of the British Monarch in Scotland. Also, visit the Royal Yacht Britannia – Her Majesty’s former royal yacht of the British monarchy that was in service from 1954 until 1997. B

Day 10 | Hilton Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

Free Day in Edinburgh

Enjoy the entire day at leisure to explore Edinburgh at your own pace. Your hotel is just steps away from the High Street where you can visit one of the many museums, cultural attractions, city parks, or get some shopping in at one of the many local shops. Tonight, revel in a fun night of song and dance at an authentic Scottish caleigh for our farewell dinner at the Spirit of Scotland show. B,D

Day 11

Departure

After breakfast transfer to Edinburgh airport for your flight home, full of memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime! B

Highlights and Inclusions

  • 10 nights hotel at premium, centrally located accommodation
  • A small group of just 15-20 people
  • Full-time services of expert tour host Jack Baumann with over 15 years of travel experience.
  • Private Transportation by luxury motor coach with driver and tour director
  • Personal Guidester travel guide that will help you explore in your free time
  • Airport transfers to and from hotel on arrival and departure
  • 15 meals (10 breakfast and 5 dinners)
  • Dinners at great local restaurants and historic pubs
  • Guided city tour of Belfast
  • Guided tour of Giant's Causeway
  • Full day tour of the Isle of Skye, Dunvegan Castle and Fairy Pools
  • Visit to Urquhart Castle
  • Cruise on Loch Ness
  • Guided tour of Blair Castle
  • Local whiskey distillery tour and tasting
  • Guided walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Entrance into Edinburgh Castle
  • Entrance Holyrood Palace
  • Evening dinner show at Taste of Scotland
Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

Dates and Prices

Tour Dates:
September 10-20, 2023 (land only) 

Pricing:
Double – $4,500 per person
Single – $5,800 per person 

Deposit: $250 per person 
To reserve your place please follow the link below to signup. The tour manager will then contact you to complete your reservation and tour deposit.

Flights

In order to be as accommodating and flexible as possible, tours do not include airfare. Your flight arrangements and transfers are up to you. Tour guests will fly into Belfast and out of Edinburgh — unless you decide to do a pre or post tour. The tour will begin at 2pm on September 10th from the hotel in Belfast, and end with a transfer to Edinburgh airport the morning of the 20th. Your tour host, Jack, can assist with booking airfare as needed.

Hotels

Hand selected, beautiful accommodations perfectly situated in each destination, and private transfers to and from the airport to your hotel are all included in your tour experience.

Nights 1-2: Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

Located in the heart of the city center, this beautiful 5-star property offers a very warm Irish welcome with two restaurants and an ideal base for exploring the heart of Belfast.

Night 3: Highland Hotel, Stirling

Set within the historic city of Stirling this charming Victorian building perfectly reflects the rich heritage of Scotland, and even boasts a unique observatory on its roof that guests can visit.

Night 4: Duisdale House, Isle of Syke

Duisdale House Hotel is a luxury, family run boutique hotel on Skye's southern Sleat Peninsular with breathtaking views over the nearby sea loch.

Night 5: Skeabost Hotel, Isle of Skye

Set in its own private grounds, just 10 minutes from the town of Portree, this elegant white washed Victorian Mansion enjoys stunning views across Loch Snizort.

Nights 6-8: Craigellachie Hotel, Speyside

This stunning and historic property nestled in the valley of Speyside in the heart of Whisky country offers a fun atmosphere where guests can enjoy the on-site pub offering great meals, an, excellent selection of local craft beers and over 800 different types of Malt Whiskies.

Nights 9-10: Hilton Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh

The Hilton Carlton's historic hotel is located in the Old Town on North Bridge only five minutes’ walk to the Royal Mile, where you'll find many of the city's most beloved landmarks.

Fairy Pools
Dunvegan Castle
Old Man of Stor, Skye
Edinburgh Castle
Greyfriar's Bobby, Edinburgh
The Royal Yacht Britannia

What Our Guests Say

We take pride in giving our tour guests the best experience. Read what they have to say.

"This was our 2nd trip to Europe. We definitely didn't want a cookie cutter trip, on a tour bus, that took us past 7 cities in 8 days. Jack plans his tours very carefully and he is very knowledgeable regarding the sites we visited. The groups are small so you have a chance to get to know your fellow travelers. And, Jack is a lot of fun, he makes everyone feel at ease."
Elaine K.
Italy 2022
"There is no way I could have put together the adventure that Jack organized for us on the taste of Italy tour. To pack so much in, not feel rushed, have amazing place to stay just would not have happened I have always been a do it yourself person no matter what it is on this occasion at a friends advice joined Jacks tour. The experience exceeded my expectations fro the first hotel to the last day of departure. The advice on what to see when to see where to eat what sights to prioritize was invaluable in using my vacation time in the best way possible. Jack I also appreciated the personal time you were able to give everyone and the individual attention to their interest. Well done and thank you!"
Jim F.
Italy 2019
"Jack did an amazing job organizing and leading our tour of Ireland. We enjoyed it so much that we're going to Scotland with him next year."
Chris C.
Ireland 2018
"Jack did a fantastic job preparing our trip plans so all we had to do was go, have fun and no stress. All sightseeing was well organized. I would highly recommend Jack for your next adventure."
Sue H.
Ireland 2018
"Jack provided a very personalized 10 day tour to Italy. It was well thought out from a scheduling perspective and the hotels, restaurants and tours were top-notch. This was easy to say "yes" to and I had to do no planning beyond booking a round-trip flight (and Jack even told me exactly which flights to book). I felt it was value-added is so many ways. Every day was an adventure and a joy and Jack with his calm and friendly nature was right with plenty of guidance. It was a perfect blend of history, culture and just "getting away from it all." I highly recommend Jack and his personalized Guidester tours and look forward to another one in the future."
Sara B.
Italy 2019
"Italy was a dream come true for me; especially seeing Venice. I could have never pulled off what Jack did for all of us. The tours were amazing; the food was beyond my expectations and all the different places we got to explore and the amazing hotels made my trip perfect. Jack was so knowledgeable about Italy and shared all his wisdom with us which made everything just fall into place so perfect. I recommend if you want to take a trip to Europe or anywhere go with Jack and he will make sure your trip is memorable."
Andrea L.
Italy 2019