14 days
Duration
Edinburgh
Start/Return point
2/5
Physicality
16
Groupsize

This tour will take you on the journey of a lifetime as you explore Ireland’s wild south and Scotland’s breathtaking landscape.  Starting in Dublin, this tour brings you to the Atlantic coast, explore the famous cliffs of Moher before departing for Scotland to explore the spectacular Isle of Skye and majestic Steall Falls.

Along the way you will experience jaw dropping scenery, small villages and the most incredible roar of the Atlantic ocean. Embark on the most thrilling activities from kayaking on the lakes of Killarney to exploring the famous rock formations on the Cliffs of Moher and the wild Burren. Explore the beautiful lowlands and highlands of Scotland. You can experience all this and more, as we take you off the beaten track to discover these beautiful destinations.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  1. Unearth Ireland’s wild and rugged coastline
  2. Explore Killarney National Park, Ireland’s first national park
  3. Visit Galway City, the Bohemian capital of Ireland
  4. Explore Stirling Castle
  5. Experience the beautiful setting of the Isle of Skye
START/RETURN POINT                                 Dublin – Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8
TOUR DATES
  • 9th August to 22nd August 2020

  • 6th September to 19th September 2020
SCHEDULE
  • 09:00 AM – Please arrive by 8:30 AM for a prompt departure
WHAT TO BRING
  • Rain Jacket/Pants
  • Walking boots/shoes
  • Rucksack or appropriate bag for carrying food/clothing
  • Suitable hiking clothing e.g. fleece, hat, gloves
  • No cotton t-shirts or jeans as these items will hold water and may accelerate chances of hypothermia
  • Spare clothes and shoes for after activity
  • Warm drink and water(1 litre approx)
  • Food e.g. lunch, snacks, etc.
INCLUDED
Professional and experienced guide                All listed Activities
13 nights accommodationBreakfast each morning
Private Bus Chauffeur
NOT INCLUDED
Any activities/services not listed on itinerary 
 

 

 2020: 

 

 

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Additional information

Tour TypeDay Tours, Multi day Tours, Private tours, Travel Passes
DestinationScotland
Age5+

The itinerary listed below is for the current season. Given the unpredictable nature of Ireland & Scotland’s weather, what we do each day might occasionally vary so that you have the best experience possible. 

The itinerary listed below is for the current season. Given the unpredictable nature of Ireland’s weather, what we do each day might occasionally vary so did you have the best experience possible.

 

1

DAY 1: THE ROCK OF CASHEL AND CORK CITY

Departing from The Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8 at 9am.

Your adventure starts off in Dublin, Ireland’s capital, also known as the Fair city. Our direction is south to the rebel county of Ireland, Cork and its wild Atlantic coastline.

Along the way, we take a stop off at the Rock of Cashel, a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone and home of the High Kings of Ireland. After lunch we continue our journey towards Cork, which is the starting point of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and where that evening you can relax and savour its picturesque setting and friendly atmosphere.

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Bus Departure

11:30 AM: Rock of Cashel Tour

13:00 PM: Lunch in Cashel

14:00 PM: Bus Departure for Cork city

15:30 PM: Arrive and Explore Cork city

 

Included:

  • Dublin to Cork Transfer
  • Visit the Rock of Cashel

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Non-applicable

Freebies:  

  • Explore the Cork’s vibrant city with cafes, bars and historical places of interest

 

2

DAY 2: MIZEN HEAD PENINSULA

Rise and shine for an adventure along the wild and spectacular coastline of Cork and climb over mountain passes to reach the majestic setting of Killarney.

Along the way we will stop off at a Stone Age tomb called the Altar Wedge Tomb, which sits dramatically on the waterfront overlooking Toormore Bay. We continue our journey towards one of Ireland’s most southerly point, Mizen Head. You have the option of visiting the Mizen Head Signal Station* or take a stroll along the golden strand of Barleycove beach.

After we have satisfied our hungry souls, we will make our way over the mountainous terrain that separates Cork and Kerry before arriving in the picturesque town of Killarney. It is home to Ireland’s first national park with spectacular glistening lakes, beautiful nature, great food and a vibrant cultural atmosphere.

*Mizen Head Signal Station only available from Mid-March to October.

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Bus Departure for Mizen Head

10:45 AM: Skibbereen

11:15 AM: Bus Departure

11:45 AM: Altar Wedge Tomb

12:00 PM: Bus Departure

12:30 PM: Arrive and Explore Mizen Head 

15:00 PM: Bus Departure for Killarney 

18:30 PM: Arrive in Killarney

 

Included:

  • Cork to Killarney Transfer
  • Mizen Head Signal Station Tour

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Non-applicable

Freebies:  

  • Explore the beaches of Mizen Head

 

3

DAY 3: THE RING OF KERRY & VALENTIA ISLAND

Today’s adventure takes you off the beaten track to unlock the real beauty of the world famous Ring of Kerry. Considered one of the most beautiful destinations to explore in Ireland, the Ring of Kerry offers dramatic landscapes of wild rugged coastline, golden beaches, glistening lakes, picturesque villages and spectacular mountain ranges.   

Even better, we will take you on an incredible tour of the spectacular Valentia Island where you can delve into its incredible history and heritage, explore its magical setting on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and if you are lucky get a glimpse (weather permitting) of the dramatic Skellig Islands (Star Wars famed).

After a well-earned bite to eat, we slowly make our way back to Killarney stopping off at many spectacular viewing points to learn of their historical importance and the opportunity to take that picture that will ensure an everlasting memory of paradise.

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Bus Departure for The Ring of Kerry


11:00 AM: Valentia Island Tour


13:30 PM: Lunch in Portmagee


15:00 PM: Bus Departure for Killarney via The Ring of Kerry  


18:00 PM: Arrive in Killarney

 

Included:

  • Ring of Kerry & Valentia Island
  • The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre  

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Bray Head Walking Tour
  • Valentia Island Cycling Tour
  • Skellig Eco Boat Tour

Freebies:  

  • Explore the Ring of Kerry’s wild nature
  • Visit many quaint towns and village

 

4

DAY 4: DINGLE & SLEA HEAD

Dingle is our destination today, as we explore this dramatic and beautiful peninsula that is littered with archaeological and historical wonders. Our first stop off is at Inch beach, famous for being the place where an inch is actually three miles long and where we take a short stroll along its golden sands and watch long rolling waves that come crashing ashore.

Once aboard we head due west to the edge of Europe, also known as Slea Head. Feast your eyes on breathtaking scenery of wild rugged coastline, golden beaches and the magnificent Blasket Islands. We continue our journey around this rich and vibrant peninsulas exploring its vast Gaelic culture and learning a cupla focal (some words) in Irish along the way. We will also visit Dingle town, a picturesque fishing town that is famed for Fungi the dolphin who has been a local for almost 30 years, before making our return journey to Killarney.

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Bus Departure for Dingle & Slea Head


11:00 AM: Slea Head Tour

14:00 PM: Lunch in Dingle

15:00 PM: Explore Dingle Town

16:15 PM: Bus Departure for Killarney

18:00 PM: Arrive in Killarney

 

Included:

  • Dingle & Slea Head Tour

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Activity Add-ons:

  • Slea Head Cycling Tour
  • Fungi Boat Tour
  • Blasket Island Visitor Centre

Freebies:  

  • Explore the Dingle Way and its many beautiful villages along the way

 

5

DAY 5: DISCOVER KILLARNEY

Before departing for Doolin that afternoon, you have the opportunity to relax, discover Killarney town or take an adventure exploring Killarney’s National Park and Lakes.

At midday, we will visit Muckross Park which is home to beautiful gardens and a 15th Century Franciscan Friary called Muckross Abbey which is one of the major ecclesiastical sites found in the Killarney National Park.

That afternoon after a bite to eat, we make our way north along the edge of Europe to the spectacular setting of the Cliffs of Moher, where we will overnight in the vibrant coastal village of Doolin and a chance for you to experience great traditional music sessions, fantastic seafood and of course meet the locals.  

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Free time to relax, explore Killarney or take an adventure


12:00 PM: Visit Torc Waterfall, Muckross Abbey & Gardens   


15:00 PM: Bus Departure for Doolin


18:30 PM: Arrive in Doolin

 

Included:

  • Muckross Abbey & Gardens  
  • Killarney to Doolin transfer

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

Alternative Activity Add-ons:

  • Ross Castle Kayak Tour
  • Lakes of Killarney Boat Tour
  • Jaunting Cars
  • Killarney Cycling Tour

Freebies:

  • Discover Ross Island
  • Explore vibrant shops and cafes
  • Visit Torc Waterfall

 

 
6

DAY 6: THE CLIFFS OF MOHER AND THE WILD BURREN

This morning we make our to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. This ‘must see’ wonder of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher, stretches for almost 10 KM and will capture your eyes and imagination as you gaze out in awe of its impressive setting.

Take the opportunity to explore the fantastic interpretation centre that will show you how this marvelous creation was shaped by nature’s hand and learn about its unique geological makeup.

Afterwards, we will have lunch in the surf town of Lahinch before heading on a tour exploring the dramatic landscape and history of the wild Burren. Experience its unique ecosystem and the spectacular Poulnabrone wedge tomb, which dates back to the Neolithic period.

That evening take the opportunity to sample Doolin’s famed culinary delights and lively atmosphere.

Schedule:

10:00 AM: Bus departure for the Cliffs of Moher


10:15 AM: Visit the Cliffs of Moher

12:15 PM: Bus departure for Lahinch


12:30 PM: Lunch in Lahinch

14:00 PM: Bus departure for the Wild Burren Tour

14:30 PM: Ballyryan

15:30 PM: Poulnabrone Tomb

17:00 PM: Arrive in Doolin  

 


Included:

  • The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
  • The Wild Burren Tour


Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – Bed & Breakfast

*Alternative Activity Add-ons:

  • Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk
  • Inishmann Island
  • Cliffs of Moher Sea Cruise
  • Surfing

Freebies:

  • Take in the spectacular views of Doolin and its lively

 

7

DAY 7: DISCOVER GALWAY AND TRANSFER TO DUBLIN

This morning we depart Doolin heading north towards Galway, the Bohemian capital of Ireland. Along the way explore the remarkable moon-like terrain of the wild Burren and the Atlantic waves that roll into jaws of Galway Bay.

Take the opportunity to soak in Galway’s vibrant streets, sample its wide variety of food offerings or take a tour exploring its unique historical places of interest.

In the afternoon, we take the road back east, crossing the River Shannon on route to the fair city of Dublin where are tour comes to an end. We really hope you have had an amazing time exploring some of Ireland’s most unique destinations and remember Ireland is now forever your home away from home.

Schedule:     

09:00 AM: Bus Departure to Galway City


11:00 AM: Arrive and explore Galway City

15:00 PM: Bus Departure to Dublin City

18:00 PM: Arrive in Dublin City

 

Included:

  • Galway to Dublin transfer

Tour Style:

  • Non-Applicable

Activity Add-ons:

  • Galway Hop-on Hop-off City Tour
  • Galway City Walking Tour
  • Dublin Hop-on Hop-off City Tour
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Trinity College and the book of Kells

Freebies:  

  • Explore Galway’s amazing historical places of interest and experience its colourful cafes and bars


Arriving back toThe Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Arran Quay, Dublin 8 at 6pm
 

9

DAY 9: DUBLIN AND TRANSFER TO EDINBURGH

This morning you have the opportunity to explore Dublin before that afternoon we take an afternoon flight to Edinburgh.

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Relax and explore Dublin City

15:00 PM: Transfer to Dublin Airport


18:00 PM: Flight to Edinburgh 

19:20 PM: Transfer to accommodation

20:00 PM: Arrive in Edinburgh  

 

Included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Flight to Edinburgh

Tour Style Options:

  • Non-Applicable

Activity Add-ons:

  • Dublin Hop-on Hop-off City Tour – €22
  • Guinness Storehouse – €18.50
  • Trinity College and the Book of Kells – €13

Freebies: 

  • Explore Galway’s amazing historical places of interest and experience its colourful cafes and bars

 

9

DAY 9: STIRLING CASTLE AND FORT WILLIAM

Your adventure starts off in Edinburgh, Scotland’s hilly capital. Our direction is north west to Stirling where we will take our first stop on our amazing adventure at Stirling Castle.  

The castle is one of Scotland’s most historically important sites and. Its origins are ancient and over the centuries it grew into a great royal residence and a powerful stronghold for the Stewart kings and queens.

It dominating setting upon a vast volcanic rock above the river Forth at the meeting point between Lowlands and Highlands offers spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes.

Afterwards, we continue our journey north to Fort William in the Scottish Highlands. A perfect destination for the outdoor enthusiast and where we will our first night beneath the foothills of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain. 

Schedule:

09:30 AM: Bus departure

10:45 AM: Arrive and visit Stirling Castle

13:00 PM: Lunch 

14:00 PM: Bus departure for Fort William

17:30 PM: Arrive and explore Fort William  

 

Included:

  • Edinburgh to Fort William Transfer 
  • Visit Stirling Castle  

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget – Hostel
  • Classic – B+B
  • Luxury – Hotel /Guesthouse

Activity Add-ons:

  • Non-applicable

Freebies: 

  • Explore the Fort William

 

10

DAY 10: STEALL FALLS AND ISLE OF SKYE

Today’s adventure takes us first to Steall Falls, a dramatic and beautiful route through Nevis Gorge, one of the best short walks in Scotland. 

From here, we take the road north-west towards the Isle of Skye, famous for its wild picturesque scenery that will take your breath away. The Island is 50 miles (80km) long, the largest of the Inner Hebrides and its capital is Portree where we will perch our feet up for two nights. The following day we will discover this magical island as we will explore its unique landscapes, wildlife, rich history and geological wonders.   

Schedule:

09:30 AM: Bus departure for Steall Falls 

10:00 AM: Start hike to Steall Falls 

12:30 PM: Bus departure for Isle of Skye 

13:30 PM: Picnic Lunch 

14:30 PM: Bus departure for Isle of Skye

17:00 PM: Arrive in Portree 

 

Included:

  • Fort William to Portree Transfer 
  • Steall Falls

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget- Hostel
  • Classic- B+B
  • Luxury- Hotel /Guesthouse

Alternative Activity Add-ons:

  • Ben Nevis Distillery  

Freebies: 

  • Explore Fort William

 

11

DAY 11: ISLE OF SKYE

Today’s adventure takes you off the beaten track to explore the real beauty of the Isle of Skye. Our first stop is at the Old Man of Storr, one of Scotland’s most iconic places. The Old Man is a unique rock feature and offers stunning views out over the Sound of Raasay. 

From there, we make our around the top of Skye to Duntulm Castle where you can have a picnic lunch and explore this magnificent setting. Afterwards, we will make our way to Neist Point Lighthouse, one of the most famous in Scotland and can be found on the most westerly tip of Skye and offers stunning views of the high cliffs and the lighthouse itself. It is a landscape photographers dream.

That afternoon, we make our way back to Portree where experience its vibrant streets, fantastic culinary delights, meet the locals or simply relax.  

 

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Bus departure for Old Man of Storr


09:30 AM: Arrive and start hike 


11:30 AM: Bus departure for Duntulm Castle

12:30 PM: Explore Duntulm Castle and Picnic Lunch


13:30 PM: Bus departure for Neist Point Lighthouse 


15:00 PM: Arrive and explore Neist Point Lighthouse

16:30 PM: Bus departure for Portree

18:00 PM: Arrive in Portree 

 

Included:

  • Isle of Skye Tour  
  • Neist Point Lighthouse

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget/Classic/Luxury 

Alternative Activity Add-ons:

  • Sea Eagle Boat Tour 
  • Sea kayaking 
  • Raasay Distillery

Freebies: 

  • Explore the colourful town of Portree

 

12

DAY 12: FORT AUGUSTUS & LOCH NESS

We depart the beautiful setting of the Isle of Skye, making our way east through undulating valleys and along picturesque lakes to Fort Augustus which sits on the edge of Loch Ness. Here we will stop for a nice bite to eat before making our way north for a quick visit of Boleskine Burial Ground (the final resting place of all the Frasers of the region) and for fans of Outlander, this is a place you really must visit, however, there is no guarantee you will meet Jamie Fraser!! 

Onward we go and in search of the Loch Ness monster we take a stop at Dores. The village of Dores and its beach by the Loch is probably the most spectacular viewing point for you to get that memorable and lucky photo of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. The Loch itself is over 37 miles long and has more freshwater than all the lakes of England and Wales combined. 

Afterwards, we make the short drive to Inverness where you can explore this colourful ancient cathedral city in the Scottish Highlands and sample its lively atmosphere.

Schedule:

10:00 AM: Bus departure for Fort Augustus


12:30 AM: Explore and lunch in Fort Augustus 

14:30 PM: Bus departure for Boleskine Burial Ground

15:00 PM: Boleskine Burial Ground

16:00 PM: Visit Loch Ness 

17:30 PM: Arrive in Inverness 

 

Included:

  • Portree to Inverness Transfer
  • Visit the town of Fort Augustus
  • Boleskine Burial Ground
  • Loch Ness

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget/Classic/Luxury

Alternative Activity Add-ons:

  • Non- Applicable 

Freebies: 

  • Explore Fort Augustus and Inverness

 

13

DAY 13: DISCOVER INVERNESS & CULLODEN

This morning we take a short drive to Culloden which is a powerful moving site of the final Jacobite Rising – the last and most harrowing pitched battle to be fought on British soil. 

You have the opportunity to explore the interactive visitor centre, view fascinating artefacts from both sides of the confrontation, experience the battle in the immersive surround cinema and interactive displays that reveal the background to the conflict. There is no escaping the emotions Culloden stirs up inside you as you discover how a bloody fight that lasted only an hour changed life in the Highlands forever.

That afternoon, you have free time to explore the beautiful highland city of Inverness, sample its wide variety of food offerings or take a tour exploring its unique historical places of interest. 

Schedule:

09:30 AM: Bus departure for Culloden Visitor Centre

10:00 AM: Visit Culloden 

13:00 PM: Lunch

14:00 PM: Bus departure for Inverness


14:30 PM: Free time to relax and explore Inverness 

 

Included:

  • Inverness to Culloden Transfer
  • Culloden Visitor Centre 

Tour Style Options:

  • Budget/Classic/Luxury

Alternative Activity Add-ons: 

  • Inverness Guided Walking Tour
  • Hop on/Hop off Bus Tour

Freebies:

  • Discover Inverness
  • Visit the Botanic Gardens
  • Explore vibrant shops and cafes

 

 
14

DAY 14: THE CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK AND EDINBURGH

Our adventure today brings us to the Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park on the British Isles which was established in 2003.   

Five of the UK’s six highest mountains lie inside the park, alongside 55 Munros – mountains over 3,000 ft – which can be found here too. There are huge forests of ancient native trees, cascading waterfalls, more wildlife than you can imagine and where we you can take a variety of walking routes or take a watersports adventure on Loch Morlich.

Later that afternoon, we make our way south towards the hilly capital of Scotland, Edinburgh where we will say our goodbyes as our spectacular tour comes to an end. We really hope you have had an amazing time exploring some of Scotland’s most unique destinations and in your wee heart you will have memories that will last forever. 

p.s. If you have the time, take the opportunity to soak in Edinburgh’s vibrant colourful streets, sample its wide variety of food offerings or take a tour exploring its unique historical places of interest. 

Schedule:

09:00 AM: Bus departure for Cairngorms National Park


09:30 AM: Explore or take an adventure in Cairngorms National Park 

14:00 PM: Bus departure for Edinburgh

15:30 PM: Rest stop in Pitlochry 

16:00 PM: Bus departure for Edinburgh

18:00 PM: Arrive in Edinburgh 

 

Included:

  • Aviemore to Edinburgh Transfer
  • Cairngorm National Park

Tour Style:

  • Non-Applicable

Activity Add-ons:

  • Loch Morlich Kayak Tour 
  • Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off City Tour
  • Edinburgh Walking Tour
  • Edinburgh Castle 

Freebies: 

  • Explore Aviemore and Edinburgh’s amazing historical places of interest and experience its colourful cafes and bars

Ireland's Wild South + Scotland - 14 Day Tour