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Highlights of Scotland & Ireland: Edinburgh to Dublin

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 5
It doesn’t take long to fall in love with these landscapes.

In just a short time, this trip through Scotland and Ireland takes you from the medieval city of Edinburgh to the bustling capital of Dublin. Plus, you’ll make scenic stops along the way in interesting smaller cities like Glasgow and Galway and iconic natural wonders like the Burren and Cliffs of Moher.

Your tour package includes
  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Stirling Castle
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Local pub culture
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Edinburgh today.

Edinburgh2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Edinburgh
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Scotland! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Edinburgh in all its medieval beauty on a tour led by a local expert.

• View the elegant Georgian-style New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott Monument, the largest monument to a writer in the world

• Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone Spend a free afternoon exploring Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey
Excursion (additional cost)
Glasgow2 nights
Day 4: Glasgow via Stirling Castle
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the picturesque Scottish countryside to explore Stirling Castle, where King James VI once lived. Then, continue on to Glasgow for a tour with a local guide.

• Discover local highlights, including George Square and the River Clyde

• Admire the city’s university and medieval cathedral

• Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which features everything from medieval suits of armor to a collection of works by Scottish artists

Day 5: Free day in Glasgow
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Glasgow or add an excursion.

Inveraray Castle & Trossachs National Park
Excursion (additional cost)
Dublin2 nights
Day 6: Flight to Dublin
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to the airport and fly to Dublin. Spend free time to explore the lively city or add an excursion.

Traditional Irish Dinner & Show
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Dublin
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a tour of Ireland’s charming capital city.

• Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence, and then pass by the Guinness Storehouse

• Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church

• Pass St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square as you go

• See Trinity College and walk past the entrance of Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue and the Temple Bar district

Enjoy a free afternoon in Dublin or add an excursion.

Glendalough
Excursion (additional cost)
County Galway2 nights
Day 8: Transfer to Galway & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel west to the Galway region. Upon arrival, get a feel for the local energy and living traditions of Galway, Ireland’s third-largest city.

• Stroll past Lynch’s Castle, the Druid Theatre Company and the broad expanse of Eyre Square

• View the city’s medieval walls and Spanish Arch

• Peruse authentic Claddagh rings in a local shop

Enjoy a free evening in Galway or add an excursion.

Castle Banquet Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 9: The Burren & Cliffs of Moher
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, explore two of the country’s most dramatic landscapes.

• Travel through the limestone plateau called the Burren

• Explore the Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean

After a free afternoon, gather together with your group for a final toast at your farewell dinner.

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews
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Bernie's Great Adventure!
by 2nd time traveler 

Every time someone asks me what my favorite thing was on this trip. I tell them everything was my favorite thing. From the Kelpies to the Hazel Mountain Chocolate Factory, I loved everything. This was my first trip, but it won't be my last with Go Ahead Tours. Kat our tour director, was friendly...

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Beautiful Scotland and ireland
by 2nd time traveler 

So very pleased with 10 day Go Ahead Tour of Scotland and Ireland. The tour itself was wonderful and filled with historic sites and beautiful scenery. Our personable Scotland bus driver James and our knowledgeable tour guide Kat were the best! They made the trip interesting and fun. We had a fri...

Highlights of Scotland and Ireland
by 2nd time traveler 

Overall, very good! Tour Director, Kat, was TOP NOTCH! If we book another, we will request her. PLUSES Great history and information, wonderful sights, great meals at nice venues, great advise on where to and not to go, and wonderful people. MINUSES Aircraft ride on United was too cramped, no leg ...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 06/10/2019

Dear Kevin, Thank you for taking the time to leave...

Exceptional tour director and great itinerary
by 3rd time traveler 

Our tour director Kat was both knowledgeable and caring. She was fun but professional. The optional tours were extremely interesting and informative. Some hotels were very nice but at least one (Mercure) was very poor. We have done other Go Ahead tours and have booked another. Great value.

Celtic Adventure
by 2nd time traveler 

Our first trip to the home of our ancestors became one of our favorite adventures to date. Great organization, communication of trip details, and itinerary makes Go Ahead Tours a company we will use again.

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Harbour Hotel

This contemporary hotel is located in the Galway city center. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and a restaurant with seafood right off the b...

Sandymount Hotel

This family-run hotel is located in the Dublin 4 neighborhood. Guests enjoy free Wifi, a bar, and luxury beds. Nearby, you’ll find Aviva Stadium, Trin...

Flights

Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter the United Kingdom and Ireland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Edinburgh and depart from Dublin. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A flight from Glasgow to Dublin is included in the price of your tour
  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at [cdc.gov](https://www/cdc.gov).
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Scottish cuisine relies on readily available ingredients like game, dairy, and fish, with little use of exotic spices. Pickled kippers and smoked salmon are popular as well as hearty dishes like Scotch broth (stew of meat and root vegetables) and haggis (a savory pudding of sheep innards). Scotch whisky is a legendary local spirit, and Scottish ales are world-famous.
  • Irish pubs serve up hearty lunches, such as the traditional stew of bacon and boiled cabbage. Soda bread is delicious, very filling, and served with many meals. Nibble a scone at afternoon tea with a pat of high-quality butter from County Kerry. Guinness stout is an international sensation, but locals might favor Murphy's, depending on where you are.
  • Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting cuisine with continental Europe, Asian, and even American influences.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • The United Kingdom and Ireland operate within 230-240 volts and use a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • The United Kingdom and Ireland are on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Currency
  • You will use the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom and the euro in Ireland.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
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$2,899
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Oct 19–Oct 28, 2019
$2,599
Nov 2–Nov 11, 2019
$2,499
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$2,699
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$2,999
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$2,899
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$2,599
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$2,499
Mar 20–Mar 29, 2021
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Mar 27–Apr 5, 2021
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Apr 3–Apr 12, 2021
$2,699
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May 22–May 31, 2021
$2,999
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$2,999
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Jun 19–Jun 28, 2021
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Jun 26–Jul 5, 2021
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$2,999
Sep 4–Sep 13, 2021
$2,899
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$2,899
Oct 2–Oct 11, 2021
$2,599
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$2,599
Nov 6–Nov 15, 2021
$2,499
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