2022 Scotland & Northern Ireland

    In October 2022, explore Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Dublin on this tour hosted by Frances Gertsch & Kelvin Jones.

    2022 Scotland and Northern Ireland

    October 2-14, 2022 (dates to be confirmed)
    Plus optional 3-day pre-tour extension in London

    (LONDON) | EDINBURGH | ST. ANDREWS | INVERNESS | BALLACHULISH | GLASGOW | BELFAST | DERRY | DUBLIN


    Highlights

    Bask in the warm Celtic culture and majestic scenery of two remarkable lands. Come to know the regal city of Edinburgh on a panoramic coach tour or by foot – it’s your choice! Learn the secrets of making Scotch whisky and enjoy a tasting. Cruise famed Loch Ness and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Be transported to a bygone era with an invitation to an Irish Céilí. Visit the Titanic Experience Museum in Belfast and remember the century-old tragedy that shook the world. Walk the Giant’s Causeway (UNESCO) and soak up incredible views of the Causeway Coast, one of the world’s most breathtaking rail journeys. Tour intriguing Glenveagh Castle and its surrounding national park in Donegal, a natural wonderland. Enjoy two nights in an iconic Irish castle hotel. Visit Ireland’s bustling capital city of Dublin and tour historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral. From rugged natural beauty to vibrant and historical cities, the diverse charms of Scotland and Ireland await.

    - 13 days, 12 nights
    - 17 meals (11 breakfasts, 6 dinners)
    - Hosted by Stewart Travel Group's Trusted Travel Advisors, Frances Gertsch & Kelvin Jones

    Optional Excursions + Extension to London

    - Royal Yacht Britannia and the Royal Tea Room
    - Bagpipe Lessons & a Traditional Scottish Dinner
    - The Spirit of Derry: Farm-to-table Dinner & Cultural Night
    - Pub Lunch & the Guinness Storehouse
    - 3 night pre-tour extension in London



    Itinerary

    OPTIONAL - Overnight Flight from Charlottetown to London and 3-night pre-tour visit to London

    Overnight flight from Charlottetown to London. On our arrival day, we will be transferred from the airport to our hotel. On days 2, will be shown the sights with a local expert. We will ride the Tube to see Kensington Palace, once home to Queen Victoria and Princess Diana, and we will have free time to enjoy the city. On day 2 we have the day at leisure and can do whatever we please, including visiting the Tower of London with our included pass. On day 4, we will take the high speed train from London to Edinburgh to meet our group and start the tour. 

    Day 1: Overnight Flight from Charlottetown to Edinburgh 

    Depart Charlottetown on overnight flight to Edinburgh 

    Day 2: Arrive in Edinburgh or Train from London to Edinburgh

    Arrive in Edinburgh by plane or train. Transfer to your hotel. Your tour opens in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city. Tonight, experience how traditional Scottish ingredients are getting a modern twist during a welcome dinner at one of the city's popular restaurants.
    Meals: Dinner | Accommodation: Radisson Collection Hotel Royal Mile Edinburgh

    Day 3: Edinburgh

    Today it’s your choice! Get acquainted with this regal city on a locally guided panoramic tour; explore both Old Town and New Town before visiting the Palace at Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and former home of Mary Queen of Scots -OR- for a different perspective, join a local expert for an in-depth walking tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town; meander the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways before descending into the city’s underground vaults to uncover a world unchanged since the 18th century. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast | Accommodation: Radisson Collection Hotel Royal Mile Edinburgh

    Day 4: Edinburgh - St. Andrews - Pitlochry - Inverness 

    Travel to St. Andrews, the beautiful town in the Kingdom of Fife that gave the world the game of golf – to see the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famous Old Course. Next, stop at Pitlochry, a vibrant Victorian town to discover its old-world appeal before continuing on to Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. 
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner | Accommodation: Best Western Palace Hotel Inverness

    Day 5: Inverness - Loch Ness - Ballachulish 

    This morning take a scenic cruise on Loch Ness before disembarking at the base of famed Urquhart Castle. Explore the ruins of this historic stronghold where acts of chivalry and defiance exhibit more than 1,000 years of Scottish history. Enjoy a privately guided tour at one of Scotland's renowned whisky distilleries and taste for yourself why Highland malt whisky is considered the world's finest. Continue south through Scotland’s stunning Great Glen before arriving at your hotel, located in a charming village in the Highlands.
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner | Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel 

    Day 6: Ballachulish - Luss - Glasgow

    Begin your day with a breathtaking drive in the heart of Scotland as you pass through Glencoe and Rannoch Moor. Continue south alongside the western shore of Loch Lomand, stopping in the picturesque village town of LUss. This afternoon, arrive in the Victorian metropolis of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. 
    Meals: Breakfast | Accommodation: Hotel Indigo Glasgow

    Day 7: Glasgow - Ferry Crossing - Belfast, Northern Ireland

    This morning, travel along the scenic Ayrshire coast to your ferry. Cross the famed Irish Sea as we head for Northern Ireland’s capital city of Belfast. Later, you are invited to a traditional Irish céilí. This experience takes you back to the cobblestoned streets and Irish fare of turn of the century Ulster. Enjoy a hot toddy or a glass of Guinness as you lose yourself in the rousing music. Then it’s time to dance!
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner | Accommodation: Ac Hotel by Marriott Belfast  

    Day 8: Belfast

    Enjoy a privately guided tour of Belfast, Northern Ireland’s largest city. Learn about the struggles in this great city’s history as you pass through its distinctive neighborhoods. See “Samson” and “Goliath,” the massive cranes of the Belfast shipyard. Complete today’s tour with a visit to the award-winning Titanic Experience museum.
    Meals: Breakfast | Accommodation: Ac Hotel by Marriott Belfast

    Day 9: Belfast - Glens of Atrim - Giant's Causeway - Derry

    Venture along the stunning Antrim Coastal Route, stopping at the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, the causeway resembles an old cobbled road leading mystically into the sea. Then, embark on one of the world’s most beautiful railway journeys along the Causeway Coast. Soak up the incredible scenery before arriving in the walled city of Derry. Set out on a walking tour featuring the medieval city walls, St. Augustine's Cathedral, and the Guildhall. This evening, perhaps you will discover why Derry is one of Ireland’s best kept secrets during an optional evening of storytelling and traditional music at one of the city’s best farm-to-table restaurants.
    Meals: Breakfast | Accommodation: City Hotel Derry

    Day 10: Derry - County Donegal - Glenveagh National Park - Derry

    Today’s journey showcases the rugged beauty of County Donegal. Visit spectacular Glenveagh National Park, a natural wonderland with 40,000 acres of mountains, lakes and woodland. Enjoy a guided visit to stately Glenveagh Castle, set amidst the colorful splendor of one of the finest gardens in Ireland. Tonight, it's Diner's Choice - choose the perfect spot from a "menu" of Derry's great restaurants.
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner | Accommodation: City Hotel Derry

    Day 11: Derry - Armagh - Cider Farm Visit, Ireland - Barberstown Castle

    Depart on a journey through the scenic countryside of Northern Ireland, stopping in Armagh to view the twin cathedrals dedicated to Ireland's Patron Saint. The two St. Patrick's Cathedrals, one Catholic and one Protestant, symbolize the two souls of Ireland. Then, visit a family-run cider farm. Meet the family and explore the orchards before sampling their award-winning Irish ciders. Continue on to the Republic of Ireland. Your day concludes at Barberstown Castle, a regal 13th-century castle and country house hotel in the heart of Ireland's Ancient East. 
    Meals: Breakfast | Accommodation: Barberstown Castle

    Day 12: Barberstown Castle - Dublin - Barberstown Castle

    A locally guided tour of Dublin highlights the world-renowned St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, Grafton Street, Phoenix Park and the city’s magnificent rows of lovely Georgian town homes. Spend the rest of your day at leisure as you delve further into Dublin's cultural treasures. This evening, toast the end of an incredible adventure during a farewell dinner at your castle hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner | Accommodation: Barberstown Castle

    Day 13: Barberstown Castle - Tour Ends

    Your tour comes to a close. Depart for Canada.
    Meals: Breakfast 



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    *Note: All tour details are subject to change.