This itinerary can be completely customized to give you the exact vacation that you want.
Enjoy a total of ten blissful nights exploring the Treasures of Ireland and Scotland! Seven nights in Ireland is ample time to tour much of the country, without being too rushed.
Start with two nights in vibrant Dublin City, where you'll discover a wealth of famous sights and attractions. On Day 3, collect your rental car and leave Dublin to enjoy time in Kilkenny - Ireland's bustling Medieval City, as well as County Kerry - Ireland's most scenic locale. You'll also spend a night in County Clare - a beautifully diverse county, known globally for the Cliffs of Moher and unique Burren Region. Fly to Scotland (flight price not included) on Day 8 to begin a three night stay in the picturesque and historic city of Edinburgh.
Spend your first and third Scotland days exploring this great city, and on your second day, we've arranged a guided day-tour from the city. On this award-winning day-tour, you'll be part of an intimate small group, and journey deep into the Scottish Highlands, skirting the mysterious shores of storied Loch Ness. Truly an Ireland & Scotland tour to be cherished and treasured!
Included Unique Activities
Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands Day Tour
Meet & Greet Private Airport Transfer - Dublin
Guinness Connoisseur Experience
2 NightsDavenport Hotel
The Davenport is one of Dublin’s most famous landmark hotels, and offers luxury 4-star accommodation in the heart of the capital. The façade of the Davenport dates from 1863 and was formerly a gospel house. Today, the hotel boasts a vast array of guestrooms with elegant and modern décor to ensure your utmost comfort. Situated on the doorstep to Merrion Square in Dublin city centre, iconic highlights such as Trinity College, the National Gallery, and Grafton Street are an easy stroll away. With a number of facilities available to guests, The Davenport is the ideal choice for both business and leisure trips. At the very center of the historical heartland of Dublin, there is no better way to experience the Irish culture than by staying at The Davenport Hotel.
A tranquil color palette and contemporary furnishings of soft leather and polished mahogany offer a sanctuary from the bustle of Dublin city. With a variety of room types and configurations, there is a perfect match for every occasion. All guestrooms are spacious and fully equipped with any amenities you might require.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Marble Bathroom
- Complimentary WiFi Internet Access
- 50” Smart TV with Chromecast
- Air Conditioning
- Direct Dial Telephone
- European & American Electrical Sockets
- Tea & Coffee Hospitality Tray
- Personal Safe
- Trouser Press
- Iron & Ironing Board
- 24-Hour Room Service
- Laundry & Dry Cleaning Service
The Davenport Hotel features a wonderful array of dining options for every meal. Sit back in blue sofa chairs while enjoying your meal on marble tabletops, or sip drinks at the bar. With a dish to satisfy every appetite, choose from Irish classics and international favorites such as Beer Battered Haddock or Gnocchi Alla Romana. The restaurant at The Davenport is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all featuring nutritious and seasonal local produce to ensure the very best dining experience. Whatever the occasion, be sure to leave room for dessert – a true specialty at The Davenport.
On the Map: Dublin, Ireland's Capital City is located on the east coast of the country, and is well served by infrastructure linking it to all parts of the Emerald Isle.
Dublin is a lively cosmopolitan city brimming with culture. You could spend your time strolling the streets soaking up the atmosphere, relaxing in its cafes and bars or you could check out its myriad historical, literary and cultural delights. The 8th century illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, must be viewed. It is on display at the impressive Trinity College, Ireland's first university (founded 1592) in the heart of Dublin. For the rest of your time, it is up to you how much you want to pack in. Phoenix Park, twice the size of New York City's Central Park, Georgian Dublin around Stephen's Green, the National Botanical Gardens, National Museum, Kilmainham Jail and the Hugh Lane Municipal Art Gallery are all highly recommended stops on your tour. Then there's the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery. A visit to Dublin's Temple Bar to experience the lively Dublin pub culture is a must, though many of Dublin's best bars can be found outside this area in the streets and laneways around Grafton Street, the shopper's street of choice. Purchasing a 'hop-on, hop-off' Dublin Bus Tour ticket is a great way to get around and see all the major sites at a very reasonable cost.
1 NightOrmonde Hotel
Right next the historic Kilkenny Castle lies the four star deluxe Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. It enjoys the great advantage of being one of the most centrally located hotels in this colourful city. The Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel is just off the High Street and offers full use of their state of the art leisure facilities to all guests. Full of style, comfort and character, the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel invites you to have a wonderful time with great service and friendly staff. It welcomes you with luxurious surroundings in its outstanding location with a lot so see and do. There are a lot of option with which you can treat yourself with during your stay. As a Foodies you can be amazed by a sweet variation of dainties or you can chill during an amazing Spa session. Make the best out of your stay!
At the Ormonde Hotel, guestroom options include Deluxe, Superior & Executive. Deluxe rooms consist of both a double and single bed per room, while Superior rooms consist of the same bedding but with more generous floor space. Executive rooms are particularly spacious and consist of 1 double bed and 2 single beds per room - perfect for families.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Multi-Channel TV
- Iron/ Ironing Board
- Tea/Coffee Welcome Tray
- Trouser Press
- Ample Wardrobe Space
- Laundry & Dry Cleaning Services
- 24-Hour Room Service
At Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, the love for food is unbeatable. Considering all your wishes, they take time to prepare and serve it carefully and full of quality. Intending to make you happy, they will do anything to do it just right for you.
The Ormonde Lounge:
The heart of the hotel and the place to make the most of this light-filled hotel. Relax in one of the comfortable armchairs or sit back in the high-backed sofas. Meanwhile, enjoy a tasty cappuccino and a fresh homemade cake. Alternatively, take in a glass of wine and a savoury treat well into the evening.
At O'Reilly's Restaurant there is a great energy and buzz. Rich decor, leather seats and some quirky booths provide a fun backdrop to simply great food. Kilkenny-bred steaks, zesty fish dishes and rich curries are just a flavour of what’s on offer here each day.
At Savour, culinary imagination is to the fore and here our multi-national kitchen brigade create flavoursome and interesting dinner menus, all produced from the best local produce. Savour is also home to our hearty full Irish breakfast served daily from 7am and this is the setting for the start to your day!
On the Map: Kilkenny City is located in County Kilkenny, in the southeast midlands of Ireland. Kilkenny is well-served by a good network of roads - the M9/N10 from Dublin (to the northeast) and N9/N10 from Waterford City (to the south).
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.
2 NightsThe Lake Hotel
The Lake Hotel
To experience the welcoming culture of the Irish, The Lake Hotel Killarney is the perfect place to stay. The family owned hotel in county Kerry is known for its warm and authentic atmosphere with a traditional Irish and magnificent setting. It is surrounded by the most beautiful landscape of Killarney's lower lake Lough Lein, mountains, islands, woodland and 12th century castle ruins. Its Irish family tradition dates beack to the 1820s. While having breakfast, guests might see deer stroll across the lawn and absorb the tranquility of the lakes just outside the window. The hotel offers a variety of guest rooms, including some with view of the woodlands and some with lakeside view. Residents may choose between rooms in the original building with a warm charm, lakeside rooms with high ceilings and balconies or deluxe rooms and suites.
The Lake Hotel offers a great variety of rooms and suites.
All rooms have great views - some of the surrounding woodland, others of the Killarney Lakes & Mountains.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Crisp bed linen
- Bathrobe & slippers
- Satellite television
- Direct dial telephones
- Electronic laptop safe
- Hairdryer, iron and ironing board
- Tea & Coffee making facilities
- Work desk in room
- Free Wifi
The Castlelough Restaurant
Just like the hotel's original building, the restaurant impresses with high ceilings, large ornate mirrors and cornice work. It reminds of a time when ball gowns and black tie were the usual attire for dinners. Nowadays, the most eye-catching feature are the large windows covering the whole room and boasting views of the beautiful scenery with the lake and mountains. The food offers a equally great quality as the surroundings. Fresh seafood, seasonal meats, organic vegetables and local cheeses are just a selection of the carefully composed dinner options.
The Lakeside Bistro
For lighter meals, coffees and teas with traditional scones, the bistro located in a relaxing lounge is the place to go. It is also surrounded by the beautiful landscape and often flooded with golden sunlight. Vegetarian and vegan options as well as free Wi-Fi ensure that everyone will feel comfortable in the restful and inviting space.
The Devils Punchbowl Bar
The bar is named after the lacial lake on Mangerton Mountain which can be seen from most spots in the hotel, and also from its magnificent bar. It offers a relaxing athmosphere for coffee and refreshments in the morning or afternoon along with tasty bar food in the evening. The friendly staff make sure to fulfill wishes and might offer the hotel's own Craft beer "Martin Huggard" first brewed during the War in 1940, made with the original characteristics and taste.
On the Map: Killarney is located in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland. The town is reached via the N22 from Tralee/ Limerick (to the north) and the N22 from Cork City (to the southeast).
The town in the middle of the Ring of Kerry is set perfectly for excursions to the Gap of Dunloe, Dingle Peninsula, the Skellig Ring and much more.It is known for its legendary beauty. The charming towns like Dingle and majestic landscapes like Slea Head are an unique combination of the impressive sights Ireland has to offer. The scenery with mountains, several historic castles, and calm lakes is perfect for some days out and to enjoy time away from bustling cities.
1 NightSheedy's Doolin
This charming guesthouse located in Doolin features gorgeous views of the Aille river, some of the countryside, some of 500-year-old Doonmacfelim Castle, and some of the village life. The grounds are lovely and guests may choose to walk down to the river where they can sit and enjoy the sound of the water running past.
All rooms with large private bathrooms featuring granite vanity tops, heated lighted mirrors, power showers, large glass shower cubicles
Breakfast is not simply Breakfast at Sheedy’s Doolin but more of a gourmet experience!
Frank puts all his years of culinary skills to use in preparing special treats for you to sit back and enjoy.
All the products are locally sourced from Artisan suppliers and herbs come from their very own garden.
From the Buffet feast your eyes and senses on the array of colours, scents and taste.
- Poached pears in a syrup with cloves and lemon zest
- Poached plums with a star anise and five spice infusion
- Stewed Organic Rhubarb with a snip of fresh ginger.
- Warm Prunes marinated in lemon and vanilla tea
- A selection of fresh fruits and berries
- Homemade Muesli
- Selection of juices
- Selection of Organic Yoghurts
- Local Burren Honey
- Selection of in house marmalade and jams
- Selection of home-baked bread and scones
On the Map: The small village of Doolin is located on County Clare’s west Atlantic coast. The village is accessed via the R479 - a small country road that intersects with the R478 connecting the towns of Lisdoonvarna (to the north) and Lahinch (to the south).
People flock to Doolin from all over the world to sample wonderful, top quality traditional music in the local pubs. Until recently Doolin had only three pubs. There are now some new establishments on the scene but we recommend sticking to the old reliables: McGann’s, McDermots and O’Connor’s. Even at that you will be spoiled for choice. Each pub is full most nights with musicians and music lovers alike. Be sure to check out all three! The surrounding area has much of interest including the barren yet strikingly beautiful Burren region with, among other things, the 5,000 year-old Poulnabrone Dolmen. Also worth a visit is Doonagore Castle and of course the spectacular 650-foot high Cliffs of Moher, which are only a few miles from Doolin.
1 NightLeixlip Manor
Built in 1798 on the townland of St Catherine’s Park on the border of Kildare and Dublin, Leixlip Manor is the centrepiece of 27 acres of beautiful parkland with four acres of formal gardens including an attractive Victorian-walled garden with a generous mixture of mature trees. The beautiful Manor House Hotel was re-opened in December 2017 having undergone a restoration to its former glory. The Luxuriously restored Manor House Hotel is one of three viewing points from its palatial neighbor, Castletown House, along with the Beautiful Barn and Connollys Folly.
The Hotel has a total of 27 en-suite bedrooms which includes 8 luxury Bedrooms and Suites in the Manor House and 19 traditional rooms in the Courtyard.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Premium TV channels
- Premium bedding
- Free newspaper
- Coffee/tea maker
- Daily housekeeping
- Private bathroom
- Free toiletries
- Deep soaking bathtub
- Bathtub or shower
- Iron/ironing board
- Cable TV service
- Flat-panel TV
- Free WiFi
- Room service (limited hours)
- Separate bedroom
The Redwood bar
The Redwood Bar is the perfect spot for friends to meet for a scone and a coffee when taking a stroll around the grounds, meeting the ponies or when catching up on the Terrace over a glass of wine. The team has prepared a fabulous Bar Menu which changes daily offering tasty treats and Sandwiches. In the evenings the bar offers a relaxed setting for couples calling in for a quiet drink to catch up on the days events and our own hotel guests relaxing and planning their next adventure.
The Manor Rooms Restaurant
This beautiful room is full of period features and guests may enjoy this gorgeous room for Breakfast, lunch, and Dinner in the evening. The popular Afternoon Tea is also served in the Manor Rooms. Sunday Lunch has always been important at Leixlip Manor hotel and Sunday Lunch is served in the Manor rooms.
On the map: The name "Leixlip" comes from the Old Norse Lax Hlaup which means "salmon leap". The was the name given to the area by Vikings when they established a settlement near the confluence of the river Liffey and Rye Water in the 9th century. The salmon leap itself was a pair of large waterfalls which are now gone from view following the installation of a hydroelectric power station in the mid-1940s.
After the Vikings, the Normans arrived and built a Castle overlooking the two rivers in 1132 known as Leixlip Castle. In 1732, the nephew of Speaker Connolly, William Connolly, bought the castle, and in the same year, Arthur Guinness began a small brewery on the banks of the Liffey beside the Main Street. The brewery moved to St. James’s Gate, Dublin in 1759 and has become one of the best- known global brands.
Thomas Connolly’s wife, Lady Louise, was responsible for the building of The Obelisk between Leixlip & Celbridge known as Connolly’s Folly, in 1740 and the Wonderful Barn, built in 1743.
3 NightsBonham Hotel
The Bonham is a beautiful 4-star boutique hotel in the very heart of Edinburgh’s bustling West End. Designed as city-centre townhouses by John Lessels in the late 19th century, the property now houses 49 uniquely decorated and relaxing guestrooms. The Bonham has been lauded as one of Edinburgh’s most stylish hotels, and you will certainly see this for yourself as you enjoy an upbeat contemporary atmosphere blended within the timelessness of a Victorian townhouse. Distinctive features can be seen throughout the hotel, including a remarkable crimson spiral sofa at Reception or the original Edwardian copper bath found within one of the superior rooms. The Bonham also boasts a permanent art collection that features the works of numerous local Scottish artists. Not to mention the countless city highlights just on your doorstep, the Bonham Hotel is sure to impress no matter the occasion.
Every room at the Bonham Hotel has benefited from refurbishment in 2018. Classic textiles and design can be found throughout to beautifully reflect the Victorian flavors of the original townhouses. Now sporting a dazzling collection of Chandeliers, new bathrooms, and restored furnishings, the original wood paneling and cornices have not been lost.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Hypnos Beds & Soft Bed Linens
- Complimentary WiFi Internet Access
- Flat-Screen TV
- Mini Fridge
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Eco Boutique Toiletries
- Iron & Board
- Trouser Press
- 24-hour Room Service
Restaurant at the Bonham:
Established as one of Edinburgh’s finest eateries, Restaurant at the Bonham boasts an innovative menu of European fare with a Scottish twist, all using the highest quality local ingredients and artisan producers. Head Chef Chris MacDiarmid has expertly crafted dishes that will leave you wanting more, and indeed, dinner is served every night while a quick bite can be enjoyed for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. The staff at Restaurant at the Bonham are committed to providing the very best dining experience, and look forward to welcoming you.
On The Map: Edinburgh is located in the southeast of Scotland. Edinburgh is well served by a good network of roads and motorways, including the M8 from Glasgow to the west, and A68 from Newcastle, England to the southeast.
Edinburgh knows how to welcome travelers with grace and charm. She also knows how to kick up her heels and enjoy a nice shot of Scotch Whisky after a festival. The hill that Edinburgh Castle stands upon has been Scotland’s remarkable silent witness since the Bronze Age. Today her streets are filled with cutting-edge galleries and museums, tributes to the love of literature and music, fine cuisine, quirky shops, theater, and an extravagance of festivals. Four ancient streets, called the Royal Mile, are the main thoroughfare. Running through medieval Edinburgh with her 66 alleys, tumbling shops, cobblestones, and tight homes the Royal Mile takes you to New Town. Here you’ll stroll through fine gardens, perfect Georgian architecture and broad squares. The mix of time, while lost in time, is a heady brew. There may be no finer city than Edinburgh Scotland, to participate in the gifts of the past with an eye to a brilliant future.
Points of Interest
Kilkenny Castle, County Kilkenny
Saint Canices Cathedral, County Kilkenny
Glendalough, County Wicklow
Powerscourt House and Gardens, County Wicklow
Kenmare, County Kerry
Ring of Kerry, County Kerry
Killarney National Park, County Kerry
Killarney to Kenmare, County Kerry
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Your Price Includes
- 10 nights Authentic Hotels & Guesthouses
- Airport Transfer on arrival in Dublin
- Rental Car in Ireland with included Insurance, Unlimited Mileage, and all Taxes paid.
- A Delicious Irish or Scottish Breakfast every morning!
- Dublin Airport Meet and Greet
- Guinness Connoisseur Experience
- Award Winning Irish Emigration Museum
- Loch Ness and Highlands Small Group Tour
POINTS OF INTEREST
Marvel at 6th Century Glendalough & Medieval Kilkenny
Explore Stunning Scenery in County Kerry
The Rock of Cashel & Bunratty Castle
County Clare's Cliffs of Moher & Burren Region
Visit Clonmacnoise Monastic Site and Ancient Boyne Valley
Spend Three Nights in Beautiful & Historic Edinburgh
Small Group Guided Day Tour to The Highlands & Loch Ness
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