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
    Plus optional 3-day pre-tour extension in London





    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
    - Pub Lunch & the Guinness Storehouse
    - 3 night pre-tour extension in London


    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 from Charlottetown or train from London. 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 - Dunkeld - 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 Dunkeld, a charming town that has played a significant role in Scottish history, particularly the first Jacobite Rising. Continue 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. Stop just north of Fort William to take in the historic Caledonian Canal and its famous Neptune's Staircase, a flight of eight locks and an incredible feat of engineering. Continue south through Scotland’s stunning Great Glen before arriving at your hotel.
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner | Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel 

    Day 6: Ballachulish - Glencoe - Oban - Ballachulish

    Begin your day in the scenic valley of Glencoe. Join a local ranger for a guided walk through one of Scotland's most historic and breathtaking glens. Continue on to the charming seaside town of Oban. Enjoy time at leisure to sample some of Scotland's best seafood before visiting one of the country's oldest distilleries, Oban. Take in a tour and tasting of this nearly 230-year-old distillery and experience for yourself why Highland whisky is considered the world's finest. 
    Meals: Breakfast | Accommodation: Ballachulish Hotel

    Day 7: Ballachulish - Farm Visit - Ferry Crossing - Belfast, Northern Ireland

    This morning, bid farewell to the highlands as you travel south to the Scottish Lowlands. Visit the farm of Janet and Neale McQuistin to learn about their move toward sustainable farming practices and to meet their herds of highland coos and ewes. Enjoy a farmhouse lunch before travelling along the scenic Ayrshire coast to your ferry. Cross the famed Irish Sea as we head for Northern Ireland’s capital city of Belfast. 
    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. Later, enjoy an evening at Ulster Folk Park, where you will be led by a guide to re-discover Ulster as it was a century ago. Tour a typical Ulster town, including an old shop, bank, church, and cottage before enjoying a storytelling performance. End your day with a dinner in this unique place.
    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. 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 - Donegal Town - Derry

    Today’s journey showcases the rugged beauty of County Donegal. Start your day with a visit to Donegal Castle, a restored 15th century castle with a unqiue history. Enjoy some free time to explore Donegal Town, a picturesque village at the mouth of the River Eske. Return to Derry, where 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 - Dublin

    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 in Dublin, Ireland's vibrant capital city. 
    Meals: Breakfast | Accommodation: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge

    Day 12: Dublin 

    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 at one of the city's most popular local restaurants.
    Meals: Breakfast & Dinner | Accommodation: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge

    Day 13: Dublin - Tour Ends

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


    *Note: All tour details are subject to change.