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Celtic Highlights tour
Belfast Blair Castle Celtic Highlights Trip

Celtic Highlights

Globus
By Globus
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
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Highlights

  • Glasgow : Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner
  • Culloden moor : Visit the battle site’s visitor center
  • Blair atholl: Visit Blair Castle
  • Edinburgh : Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace
  • Grasmere: Visit Wordsworth’s village, try original Grasmere gingerbread
  • Liverpool : Visit the Beatles Story
  • Caernarvon : Admire the impressive castle
  • Holyhead–dublin : Cross the Irish Sea by ferry
  • Dublin : Orientation drive
  • Kildare : Guided tour of the Irish National StudROCK OF CASHEL
  • Killarney: Visit the popular resort town
  • Ring of kerry: Scenic peninsula drive
  • Adare : Admire the thatched cottages
  • Cliffs of moher: Savor the spectacular views
  • Galway : Orientation
  • Derry : Guided walking tour on the city walls
  • County antrim: Take pictures of Dunluce Castle, visit Giant’s Causeway
  • Belfast : Guided “Living History” tour
  • Belfast-cairnryan : Cross the North Channel by ferry
  • From their breathtaking scenery to their vibrant cities and small towns, this fascinating tour delivers the best of Scotland, England’s Lake District, North Wales, and the Emerald Isle
  • You’ll start and end in Glasgow and overnight also in Inverness and Edinburgh in Scotland; Liverpool, England; Dublin, Killarney, Limerick, and Sligo in Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland

Short Description

From their breathtaking scenery to their vibrant cities and small towns, this fascinating tour delivers the best of Scotland, England’s Lake District, North Wales, and the Emerald Isle. You’ll start and end in Glasgow and overnight also in Inverness and Edinburgh in Scotland; Liverpool, England; Dublin, Killarney, Limerick, and Sligo in Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Throughout the tour, you’ll learn about the history and cultures as you visit some of the areas’ must-see attractions. For example, you’ll enjoy a “Living History” tour in Belfast accompanied by a Local Guide who will give you a glimpse into life in the city and its history like only a local can.

You’ll also experience stunning scenery on this Britain and Ireland tour. Keep your eyes out for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland’s beautiful Highlands. Travel through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park in Wales, with picturesque villages, mountains, and lakes. Follow Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive with sparkling seascapes, brightly colored farmhouses, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney. Visit the spectacular 668-feet Cliffs of Moher and awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, composed of thousands of basalt columns formed millions of years ago.

But that’s not all…Globus has also included out-of-the-ordinary experiences just for you. For example, you’ll visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the word. You’ll also taste the famous gingerbread crafted in Grasmere in England’s Lake District. Or how about a walk with a Local Guide on the old city walls in Derry, Northern Ireland?

Bustling cities, smaller towns, scenic castles (Caernarvon, Edinburgh and Blair castles), breathtaking landscapes, tasty treats, and so much more are offered on this incredible Britain and Ireland tour.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
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Start City ARRIVE IN GLASGOW
End City GLASGOW
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Day 1

ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND. Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2

GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–INVERNESS. Your Celtic adventure starts in earnest with a city drive, taking in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. On the way this morning: the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, lovely Loch Linnhe, and Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster. Spend the night in Inverness, the Highland capital. (B,D)

Day 3

INVERNESS–CULLODEN–BLAIR ATHOLL–EDINBURGH. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTER, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, drive through the Cairngorms National Park and visit BLAIR CASTLE, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Tonight in Edinburgh, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (B)

Day 4

EDINBURGH. Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this evening. For departure numbers August 4 through August 19, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO. (B)

Day 5

EDINBURGH–GRETNA GREEN–GRASMERE, ENGLAND–LIVERPOOL. On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green. Then, leave the land of the Scots and journey into England through the tranquil Lake District, recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, to Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, to try original [LF] GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. In Liverpool, visit THE BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” (B)

Day 6

LIVERPOOL–NORTH WALES–DUBLIN, IRELAND. Travel to lovely Betws-y-Coed, then through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park and over breathtaking Llanberis Pass. After a stop at Caernarvon, cross Britannia Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair.... At Holyhead, board your FERRY and cross the Irish Sea to Dublin. For a first taste of Ireland, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter? (B)

Day 7

DUBLIN. An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, consider an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (B)

Day 8

DUBLIN–KILDARE–CASHEL–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY. Horse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. On the way to Killarney, stop at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached, and in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. (B,D)

Day 9

KILLARNEY–RING OF KERRY–ADARE–LIMERICK. Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. Have your camera ready for sparkling seascapes, brightly colored farmhouses, subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. In the afternoon, travel via quaint Adare to Limerick. A suggestion for a very special night out: an optional medieval banquet at an historic castle. (B)

Day 10

LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO. Drive to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic, and step on to the edge of the world to admire the awe-inspiring views and watch the birds glide along the rugged cliffs. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren, reach Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Then, spend the night in the coastal seaport and county town of Sligo. (B,D)

Day 11

SLIGO–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST. First highlight today is Derry, situated on the banks of the Foyle River, and a [LF] WALK on the Old Town walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, take your photographs of Dunluce Castle, then visit awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Stay in Belfast tonight, Northern Ireland’s seat of government. (B,D)

Day 12

BELFAST–GLASGOW, SCOTLAND. On this morning’s “Living History” tour in the company of a Local Guide, learn more about this fascinating city where the Titanic was built. Board your FERRY for the crossing of the North Channel to Cairnryan on the west coast of Scotland. Back in Glasgow, celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

Day 13

GLASGOW. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Jurys Inn Glasgow

Jurys Inn Glasgow is very well positioned to explore Glasgow and its beautiful old buildings and monuments, from breath-taking Glasgow Cathedral to George Square, offering guests a taste of Glasgow's rich history. The hotel has a newly refurbished bar and restaurant, The Grill Bar, and there is also a contemporary restaurant.


Glasgow
United Kingdom
60-96 Jamaica Street

Radisson Blu Glasgow

Offering Free high-speed, wireless Internet access throughout, the hotel compromises 250 rooms with complimentary amenities like iPod docking stations, bathrobes and slippers. Collage Restaurant, two stylish bars, access to LA Fitness and a first floor dedicated solely to meetings and events round out the offerings. Glaswegian hospitality and Radisson Blu service standards blend to offer guests a memorable, upscale stay.


Glasgow
United Kingdom
301 Argyle St.

Mercure Inverness Hotel

Enjoy warm Highland hospitality in Old Town Inverness at Mercure Inverness Hotel.  Rebuilt on the site of the original Caledonian Hotel, the modern hotel is just 200 meters from Inverness train station and a caber toss from the city's numerous pubs and restaurants.


Inverness
United Kingdom
33 Church Street

DoubleTree by Hilton - Edinburgh City Centre

Located in the very heart of Edinburgh, in an A-listed building from 1892, and offers all the modern amenities enhanced a warm welcome. The 138 contemporary bedrooms all feature complimentary WiFi and air conditioning along with all the other amenities you would expect. Our suites and deluxe rooms also come with castle views. The hotel also boasts the Bread Street Brasserie, Monboddo bar, a fully-equipped fitness centre as well as 24-hour room service.


Edinburgh
United Kingdom
34 Bread Street

Marriott Courtyard

Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh is the newest edition to the Scottish capital, combining heritage and style with an innovative design and locally inspired furnishings. The hotel has a prime location, just a five-minute walk from Princes Street and Waverley Station. Spacious, modern hotel rooms include quality amenities, such as a selection of in-room entertainment, plush bedding, and a work desk. Meals are served in The Lantern Room and the lobby offers an innovative and sophisticated space for working and relaxing.


Edinburgh
United Kingdom
1 - 3 Baxter's Place

Novotel Liverpool

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Liverpool
United Kingdom
40 Hanover St.

The Gibson

The Gibson does sleeping, dining, imbibing, and relaxing really well. The chic restaurant and bar offers pan-Asian cuisine; or choose the sleek outdoor terrace lined with bamboo to enjoy wicked cocktails and a great choice of beers and wines. The gym and a relaxation area with outdoor baths invite you to relax after a day out in town.


Dublin
Ireland
Point Village

Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House

"Explore the city from our family-friendly Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House hotel, just a 10-minute walk from the city center. Located on the River Liffey, near to Dublin's 3 Arena, Bord Gais theatre, EPIC Ireland and a five-minute walk to the shopping district. Dine on-site at Oly's Bar & Restaurant. "


Dublin 1
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1 Custom House Quay

Scotts Hotel

Hotel located right in Killarney Town Centre.


Killarney-Co.Kerry
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Scotts Street

Killarney Towers Hotel

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College Square

Clayton Hotel Limerick

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Limerick
Ireland
Steamboat Quay

Clayton Sligo

The Clayton Hotel Sligo is set on beautiful grounds, within walking distance from the bustling town. The over 162 spacious bedrooms are equipped with modern amenities such as toiletries, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and more. Two restaurants provide a wide variety of dishes to suit all tastes: Sinergie Restaurant for modern European food, or Bulben¿s Bar & Bistro for light bites and sandwiches. The hotel also boasts the Club Vitae Health and Fitness Club with a 20m swimming pool as well as a large sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Spa treatments are available, as are an array of cardio and weights equipment at the extensive gym. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.


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Clarion Road, Ballinode

Radisson Blu Sligo

The newly refurbished 4 star Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Sligo is nestled between the beautiful vistas of Sligo Bay and Benbulben Mountain and sits along the Wild Atlantic Way. The hotel is just 3km from the bustling centre of Sligo and a shells throw from the seaside village of Rosses Point. The hotel has 132 light and airy guest rooms complete with black-out curtains, free high-speed WiFi and Satelitte Television. The elegantly stylish AA Rosette accredited Classiebawn Restaurant offers the very best of locally sourced ingedients. Benwisken Bar also offers an extensive bar selection.


Sligo
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Ballincar, Rosses Point

Stormont Hotel

The 4 star Stormont Hotel Belfast is located just minutes away from Belfast City Centre and overlooking the beautiful grounds of the Stormont Estate making it an ideal base for business or leisure. In addition to an excellent reputation for professionalism and exceptional hospitality, this luxurious Hotel boasts superb facilities to assure the ultimate in comfort and style and the friendly and professional staff will ensure you have everything you need and much more during your stay.


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