Scotland & Ireland

with the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

August 18-September 2, 2018

Sat / Sun - 16 Days

Bask in the culture and majestic scenery of two remarkable lands. Discover the velvet moors, heather-flecked glens and centuries-old castles guarding misty lochs that make Scotland an alluring destination not to be missed. The journey continues across the Irish Sea where the emerald green landscape, towering sea cliffs and rugged beauty of Ireland awaits. A highlight is sure to be attending the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a festive gathering that showcases the talents of musicians and performers from all over the world. From your reserved seat, watch as the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper, perform against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Itinerary Map

Sat, Aug 18: Depart on an overnight flight to Edinburgh, Scotland..

Sun, Aug 19: Arrive in Edinburgh and in the afternoon tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, the floating home of The Queen on many of her travels around the world. Explore various parts of the ship, including staterooms and public spaces, together with photos of important visits. Dine at a Scottish Evening and enjoy a lively show with bagpipes, kilts and Highland dancing. (Meals: D)

Mon, Aug 20: See the highlights of central Edinburgh including the bustling Princes Street and the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile and visit Edinburgh Castle, which contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax or explore on your own. This evening, take your reserved seat for the unforgettable Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. (B,D)

Tue, Aug 21: Head through the rolling green countryside of Perthshire to visit Blair Castle, home of the Duke of Atholl. Enjoy a tour of Blair Athol Distillery where you can see the process of whisky production and sample the finished product. Take a break in Pitlochry for some free time to explore and have lunch independently. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to Inverness. (B,D)

Wed, Aug 22: Travel alongside Loch Ness and through wild and majestic Highland scenery, pausing for photos at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Cross to the Isle of Skye by bridge and visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle to understand the history of the powerful Lords of the Isles. Return to the mainland by ferry and take the “Road to the Isles” stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. (B,D)

Thu, Aug 23:Enjoy views of the magnificent Highlands as you travel through Glen Coe and alongside the lovely shores of Loch Lomond. Stop in Alloway to visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum to learn about the famous poet’s life and poetry. Embark on a short ferry ride to Belfast, Northern Ireland. (B,D)

Fri, Aug 24: At Titanic Belfast, delve into the history of the famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Take a walk with a local guide to see the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and Victorian buildings, including the Opera House and the Crown Liquor Saloon. Browse around the city on your own and in the evening visit the Ulster Folk Museum for a fun country-style dinner and traditional music. (B,D)

Sat, Aug 25: Enjoy the scenic route of the Nine Glens of Antrim, known for views of mountains, valleys and coastline. Discover the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns which have spawned legends about the mythical giant, Finn McCool. Pause for photos at ruined Dunluce Castle. Head to Derry and enjoy a walking tour with a local guide to see the 17th-century city walls, which are some of the best-preserved in Europe, and the Diamond, the main central square. Overnight in Letterkenny, Ireland. (B,D)

Sun, Aug 26: Visit Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair built Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Enjoy a guided tour and stroll through the extensive gardens filled with exotic plants. Spend some free time in Donegal and have lunch independently before heading to the Belleek China Factory. Watch skilled craftspeople mould and decorate clay to form delicate and highly decorative pieces. Travel to Ballyfarnon and check in to the luxurious Kilronan Castle with time to relax before enjoying dinner in the castle’s fine restaurant. (B,D)

Mon, Aug 27: Visit the Arigna Mining Centre to experience what life was like for a coal miner in the Arigna Valley before the mines closed down. Browse through the exhibition area which outlines 400 years of mining history in the area. Then enjoy some free time in the historic town of Carrick on Shannon, situated on the River Shannon. In the afternoon, relax in your lovely castle hotel before dinner. (B,D)

Tue, Aug 28: Head to Galway city and join a local guide for a gentle walking tour. See the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and the narrow streets. Travel through the Burren, an area of limestone hills which supports a wide range of flora. View the Cliffs of Moher, soaring 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. In the evening, enjoy a fun medieval-style banquet. (B,D)

Wed, Aug 29: Embark on a ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary to discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula. Take in wonderful views from Slea Head at the westernmost tip. Stop in the town of Dingle for a look around and sip a creamy Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn, owned by an Antarctic explorer. Head to Killarney, a town settled beside three lakes in the shadow of Ireland's highest mountains. (B,D)

Thu, Aug 30: : Enjoy a horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Head to the delightful town of Kenmare and sit down to a light lunch. Travel along part of the Ring of Kerry to admire breathtaking vistas of mountains, cliffs and beaches. Immerse yourself in farm life at the Kissane Sheep Farm and see how the farmer herds his flocks with sheepdogs. Return to Killarney for a free evening. (B,L)

Fri, Aug 31: Head to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or stroll through the lovely gardens. Treat yourself to Irish goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Travel through the rich dairy country of Cork and Tipperary, past the gentle slopes of the Galtee Mountains stopping for photos at the majestic Rock of Cashel. Arrive in Dublin for an evening at the popular Abbey Tavern for dinner and lively Irish entertainment. (B,D)

Sat, Sep 1: Explore Dublin at your own pace today with an included open-top bus tour around the city. (B)

Sun, Sep 2: Following breakfast, depart for the airport and fly home. (B)



Scotland & Ireland Pricing

Per Person*

Package with Air

Land Only

Double P/P

$5,399

$4,429

Single

$6,189

$5,219


Ambassadair Trip #7311

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo / © Ambassadair / photo by Bob Blasius

Highlights Include


  • Reserved seat for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Scottish distillery tour and tasting
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride
  • Specialty dinners with traditional entertainment
  • Sheepdog herding demonstration
  • Sip an Irish coffee while learning about an Irish explorer’s journey to the South Pole
  • Visit Blarney Castle, Arigna Mining Experience, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Glenveagh Castle & National Park, Royal Yacht Britannia, Titanic Belfast, Ulster Folk Museum, Belleek China Factory, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
  • Famous sights including Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, Cliffs of Moher, Giant's Causeway, Dingle Peninsula, Ring of Kerry
  • Free day in Dublin with open-top bus pass

Package Includes


  • R/T commercial air from Indianapolis to Edinburgh, Scotland and from Dublin, Ireland
  • 14 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch, 12 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling
  • Escorted from Indianapolis

Notes:

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.

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