This guided vacation is an Authentic Vacations exclusive. The custom Celtic itinerary, experiences, local guides, and lodgings cannot be found elsewhere… Enjoy!
Ireland is a brilliant country, known as one of the friendliest places in the world. Scotland is the land of bold heroes and high drama. Both are lands that hold thousands of castles, tales that reach back into the mists of time, and music that sets our toes tapping. There are whiskey and whisky tastings… depending upon which country you’re in. Delight in dinner shows, sheep dogs, and a horse and carriage ride through the lushest scenery on the Emerald Isle. This tour offers pure Celtic joy.
Hear the secrets of castles, kings, queens, and eccentrics on walking tours led by local experts. Cruise the deepest part of Loch Lomond and be amazed by its national park, explore stunning Stirling Castle, and see the gentle glory of well-loved gardens. It’s time for your imagination to soar and feel the beauty all around you. You’ll have a driver and tour leader—no stress on the roads. Your five- and four-star lodgings are set, no worries about where to stay. Relax! This is the Ireland and Scotland trip of your dreams.
Included Unique Activities
- Tour and Tasting at Historic Guinness Storehouse
- Mystical Book of Kells at Trinity College
- Joyous Irish Sheepdog Demo
- Highlights of the Ring of Kerry
- Explore Colorful Dingle Town
- Scenic Views on the Slea Head Peninsula
- Irish Dinner/Dance Show
- Jameson Midleton Distillery Tasting & Tour
- Killarney Jaunting Car & Lake Cruise
- Kilbeggan Whisky Distillery Tour with a View
- Irish Storytelling Dinner
- Scottish Dinner Show
- Secrets of the Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle Tour
- Loch Lomond Cruise
- Titanic Experience in Cobh
- Blarney Castle & Gardens
- EPIC Ireland Emigration Museum
- Cliffs of Moher
- Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
- Kilkenny Castle Admission
- Birr Castle & Gardens Admission
- Blasket Island Visitor's Centre
- Stirling Castle Admission
Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer - Edinburgh
EPIC Ireland â The Irish Immigration Museum
Book of Kells at Trinity College
Guinness Storehouse Tour
Merry Ploughboy Show
Titanic Experience Cobh
Jameson Experience Midleton
2 NightsBrooks Hotel
- Free internet access
- King size bed
- Flat screen TV
- Power Shower
- Personal Safe
- Trouser Press
- Ironing Board
1 NightLyrath Estate
Spread across 170 acres of Irish countryside, Lyrath Estate is a beautiful sight to behold. With historic gardens and picturesque lakes in the city of Kilkenny, Lyrath really is the best of both worlds. The 17th Century Estate House sits alongside its modern extension, and together they are home to 139 unique bedrooms (each luxurious, air-conditioned, contemporary and stylish), the multi-award-winning Oasis Spa, and Kilkenny Convention Centre. To complement the breathtaking accommodations, Lyrath Estate is home to some of the best restaurants Kilkenny has to offer. Guests can choose from the enticing menu at Yew Restaurant (a unique dining experience with an international twist), The Grill & Bar featuring a Fresh Oyster Bar and Lobster Tank, Tupper's Bar, and afternoon tea at The Atrium.
Lyrath Estate is home to some of the most supreme accommodation in Kilkenny. All 139 air-conditioned bedrooms offer splendid views, be they over the estate or its gardens.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- His/Her bath & walk-in shower
- Separate toilet to bathroom
- Under floor heating in the bathroom
- Luxury bath robe and slippers
- Amenities by the Irish Handmade Soap Company
- Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet
- In-room safe
- Iron and ironing board
- Nespresso machine & tea making facilities
- 43-inch flat screen TV
- Views of parkland, garden or lake
The varied, flavorsome, and enticing menu at Yew Restaurant uses seasonal produce and the best of Irish ingredients, flourishing under an international twist. Whatever the occasion, Yew is a unique dining experience.
The Grill & Bar
Located on the mezzanine level, The Grill & Bar offers views of both the Atrium foyer and the expansive estate parklands. The Grill offers a unique and incomparable dining experience including a Fresh Oyster Bar and Lobster Tank. Discover bold flavors from signature dishes prepared in a Charcoal Grill including the “Tomahawk Steak” and “Portuguese Espetada” skewers.
Tupper’s Bar is part of Lyrath Estate’s original 17th Century Manor House. Food served Mon -Thurs 12-9pm, Fri/Sat 12-7pm and Sunday 12-7pm (Limited menu on Sundays).
Kilkenny, or the Marble City as it is known, is one of Ireland's oldest towns, and proud of it. Its array of ancient buildings is unrivalled. It is renowned for being a vibrant cultural center, devoted to the musical and visual arts. Its two most impressive landmarks are Kilkenny Castle, founded in 1172 and privately owned until 1967, and St. Canice's Cathedral. The current structure of the cathedral dates from the 13th century, though this is nowhere near the beginning of its story, which is rich in folklore and legend. There is no shortage of pubs to explore and enjoy in Kilkenny and during the summer the city is always full of life. The summer also sees the city host an Arts Festival and a very highly regarded Comedy Festival called the Cat Laughs.
1 NightThe Kingsley Hotel
The Kingsley Hotel
- Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet Access
- Deluxe Kingsley Mattress
- Widescreen Television
- Tea and Coffee Hopsitality Tray
- Work Desk
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Newspaper on Request
- Room Service
- In-Room Safe
3 NightsAghadoe Heights Hotel
2 NightsGlenlo Abbey Hotel
1 NightJohnstown Estate Hotel
Johnstown Estate Hotel
- Complimentary Internet Access
- Renowned 'Revive' Bedding
- Spacious Bathrooms with seperate Bath & Shower
- Tea & Coffee Hospitality Tray
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Minibar on Request
3 NightsMarket Street Hotel
Market Street Hotel
Market Street hotel in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre opened its doors in August 2019. The hotel has revealed 98 urban boutique-style rooms and suites, a vibrant new reception up on the 7th floor with incredible views and a serene and stylish lobby area punctuated with signature interiors that pay homage to the site’s historical roots.
Market Street hotel is also home to the property’s spectacular rooftop Champagne lounge, Nor’ Loft - the place to see and be seen. The rooftop lounge perfectly combines an unrivalled champagne selection with panoramic views of Edinburgh’s infamous landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, The Scot Monument, Princes Street Gardens and Calton Hill.
Step into one of the guest rooms at Market Street to find a modern-day ‘fortress,’ where you’ll be met with a sense of tranquility, coupled with a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere, designed to leave a lasting impression on today’s intrepid traveler.
Go at your own pace, head straight out to explore the city or linger a little longer on the world’s most comfortable bed. Stream your favorite show with intuitive technology or revitalize in the striking ante-bathrooms, with soothing Votary amenities and rainfall showers. The perfect way to unwind ahead of the day’s adventures or a night under the city lights.
Return to softly lit rooms, furnished with white oak and textured stone. Slide the shutters and close out the world to find a place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Air conditioning
- Free cribs/infant beds
- Hypo-allergenic bedding
- Free toiletries
- Hair dryer
- Rainfall showerhead
- Flat-screen TV
- iPod dock
- Coffee/tea maker
- Free bottled water
- Iron/ironing board (on request
Named after the Nor’ Loch which filled the space we now know as Princes Street Gardens between the 15th and 17th centuries, Nor’ Loft is a chic addition to the city’s UNESCO World Heritage skyline. The 7th floor is centered around an elegant Champagne table, which boasts over 20 labels from prestige to small growers and a curated spirits list. Open throughout the day serving breakfast, afternoon tea, and small plates, the Nor’ Loft’s culinary concept focuses on classic flavors and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients prepared with imaginative flair in the chef’s open kitchen.
By night, the lounge transforms into a vibrant social hub offering stunning views of the illuminating city skyline, welcoming guests and locals alike with its laid-back atmosphere and peerless panorama that can be viewed across two outdoor terraces.
Drawn from the brutal beauty of Edinburgh itself, Market Street hotel combines bold design and distinct comfort to boast the city’s newest urban escape. Primely placed in the epicentre of Edinburgh. It’s ideally situated to discover your own path as you explore our enchanting city.
You’ll find Edinburgh Castle and the famous Royal Mile in the Old town only a short stroll away. Cross the Waverley valley to find St Andrew’s Square, the city’s gastro hub and experience the elegant new town which boasts magnificent Georgian architecture complete with boutique shops and artisan cafes, only a stone’s throw away.
- 13 Breakfasts
- 7 Dinners
Points of Interest
Kilbeggan, County Westmeath
Kilbeggan, County Westmeath
Transportation & Guides
- Luxury Coach Touring
- Airport Transfers
- Aer Lingus One-Way Flight Dublin to Edinburgh
- Professional & Knowledgeable Guide And Driver Througout The Tour
All Our Small Guided Vacations Include:
- Maximum 18 Passengers
- Private Local Guide & Driver
- 4 & 5 Star Accommodations
- Distinctive Experiences
- Luxury Touring
- Private Airport Transfers
- Porterage Throughout
- Guaranteed Departures
15 - 28 April 2024
29 April - 12 May 2024
From $5,748 per person
Single Supplement $1,953
27 May - 09 June 2024
From $5,816 per person
Single Supplement $2,018
24 June - 07 July 2024
From $5,905 per person
Single Supplement $2,075
08 - 21 July 2024
15 - 28 July 2024
From $5,954 per person
Single Supplement $2,126
05 - 18 August 2024
From $6,001 per person
Single Supplement $2,319
19 August - 01 September 2024
02 - 15 September 2024
From $5,888 per person
Single Supplement $2,092
16 - 29 September 2024
From $5,888 per person
Single Supplement $2,092
30 September - 13 October 2024
From $5,748 per person
Single Supplement $2,953
14 - 27 October 2024
Prices are per person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room. For solo travelers, a Single Supplement will be added to the price per person.
"Family Vacation"Nov 24, 2023
Ireland/Scotland trip was a great trip planned with our group and Jorie. We thoroughly enjoyed each city we visited in both countries. All our hotels were very nice but as older adults, I would advise to pack light which is hard to do if your visit is extended but we had to climb stairs in several places. My favorite thing in both countries are the people. Everyone was so friendly and inviting at hotels, restaurants and local sites. We felt completely safe and comfortable. I would agree with other travelers that driving is stressful for both driver and passengers especially in Ireland where the roads are extremely narrow with rock walls on each side. Next trip will include staying in certain cities with tours out. JerPoint Park in Ireland was a favorite of our group of 4. Authentic Vacations plans, reservations and communications were first rate.
"Scottish & Irish Adventure"Nov 14, 2023
Lauren, thank you for putting together a wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure. In many unexpected ways it indeed was an adventure that we will remember forever. So sincere thanks. Despite a glitch in St Andrews your team's recovery actually made St Andrews the highpoint of our trip. Staying at Rusacks overlooking the first tee and eighteenth green of the old course was awesome. All the Hotels were first rate. Experiences - awesome The Clontarf Castle is an awesome way to the trip. Well done y'all. Big city stays - We all felt like we could have used an extra day in the larger cities. They all had a story to tell, and we just had enough time to scratch the surface. Self-drive - while less expensive alternative, the person doing the driving misses out on a lot in transit, while the passenger's white knuckle thru the driver's learning process. Also, the roads in Scotland and Ireland are no joke. Would recommend it is worth it to hire a private chauffer driver or go Small Guided for sure.
"Scotland Birthday Vacation"Nov 9, 2023
Adina, I'm following up on my client's train/whiskey tour/ birthday trip to Scotland in October. They had a wonderful time! The whiskey tour day was their favorite, made extra special by their driver Alec who was a super star. My client's boyfriend is a real train enthusiast. They enjoyed all the train trips, and Nick was like a child on the Jacobite train. Thanks so much for your help with this trip. You clearly know Scotland and planned a very nice route with some unique requirements. I greatly appreciate your expertise and attentive service. I look forward to working with you again in the future. An early Happy Holidays!
"Memorable Italy"Nov 9, 2023
Amber, I received this email from my client Mrs. R this morning - I love being able to share these with you all :).
Loryl, WOW! What a wonderful trip we had in Italy! Thank you for helping make this trip so memorable.
We have so many wonderful memories that we will cherish forever. It was a trip of a lifetime.
Thank You! I guess we need to start thinking about our next trip.
"Scotland Vacation"Nov 9, 2023
Mandie, thank you for your all your work on our vacation to Scotland! We are back to our normal lives and routines but I’m still floating on the high of that amazing experience and I thank you for your expertise and accommodating us in the narrow window of time you were provided! We greatly enjoyed this trip and wouldn’t hesitate to book through you again, you did wonderful!
"Ireland by Chauffer"Nov 2, 2023
Jennifer, I want to thank you for planning and arranging our wonderful vacation in Ireland. Everything was easy Peezy as my granddaughter would say. The hotels were all beautiful, each one was uniquely different and beautiful. We enjoyed each and the food was enjoyable. We enjoyed all the extra goodies. We were not able to take either sea cruise as the weather canceled the trips. The best decision we made was to have a guide /driver. Martin was an absolute wonder. I wanted to bring him home with us. He saw to every detail and was extremely entertaining to boot. His recommendations were spot on to our interests. I think he knows everyone in Ireland. The car was super too. The back seats were massage chairs. How cool can you get? As a great extra the Owner of Screebe House bought two of my paintings and commissioned two more. Again, many thanks for the trip of a lifetime
"Ireland Vacation"Nov 1, 2023
Our vacation was wonderful we had a great time on our two-week trip to Ireland and Scotland. Jorie helped us plan our trip, she worked hard to include all the places we wanted to see and selected some great adventures for us to enjoy along the way. We truly loved Ireland, the countryside the beautiful sights and the flowers blooming everywhere made our visit one to remember for sure.
"Ireland Anniversary Vacation"Oct 31, 2023
Hi Jorie, Rose and I had a wonderful time in Ireland! We couldn’t believe how well everything worked out and the locations selected for our stays were excellent. We really loved the Country House and Abbyglen Castle. The staff at Abbbyglen Castle were so nice and made our anniversary evening wonderful! We had no idea there was so much aviation and radio history in Clifden! As for the other locations they were all first rate as well. We went to the “Man O’ War” Pub for dinner our last night in Ireland. It was a great recommendation. The atmosphere, hospitality, and food were awesome. Again, thank you for helping to set up a wonderful trip which we will never forget.
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