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Highlights of Scotland & Ireland: Edinburgh to Dublin

10 days |  12 days with Edinburgh extension
10 days |  12 days with Edinburgh extension
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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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 sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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Included highlights

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Stirling Castle
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
  • Local pub culture
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Edinburgh today.

Edinburgh2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Edinburgh
Included meal: Welcome 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.

Please note: The order of today's activities are subject to change.

Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey

From $109 per person

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

From $115 per person

Dublin2 nights
Day 6: Flight to Dublin
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Dublin, Ireland. Spend free time exploring the Irish capital or add an excursion.

Traditional Irish Dinner & Show

From $109 per person

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 Brewery.
  • 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.


From $55 per person

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 where, maybe hit up a local pub and listen to live traditional Gaelic music the city is famous for.

Day 9: The Burren & Cliffs of Moher
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell 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 Dublin airport for your flight home.

Please note: some transfers to the airport may leave very early in the morning to accommodate return flights.

Extension to Edinburgh
Start your tour with a few extra days in Edinburgh. You'll have time to explore this historic, hilly city, and discover the charms waiting at the end of every close. Spend your days however you'd like, and lean on your Tour Director to point you toward the most exciting sites.
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Edinburgh today.

Edinburgh2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Edinburgh

Welcome to Scotland! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers as you enjoy a welcome drink this evening.

Day 3: Free day in Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Coastal Scotland & St Andrews Pub Lunch

From $145 per person

Day 4: Free day in Edinburgh
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome dinner

Meet up with the rest of your tour group today and get to know everyone during tonight’s welcome dinner (day 2 of the regular itinerary).

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Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    Excellent Tour
    5/13/24 by 2nd-time traveler Frances

    Had a wonderful time with a great tour director, Nick. He was knowledgeable and accommodating throughout our journey. Weather was good and the bus drivers did a great job too. Looking forward to our next EF tour next year!

    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 5/31/24

    Thank you for your glowing review, Frances! We can...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Ferry ride to Belfast instead of flight through Lo
    5/13/24 by 1st-time traveler Cheryl

    Instead of a long day of flying through London to Dublin Nick went above and beyond to get us on the ferry to Belfast. We were able to see some of Belfast and no layover in the airport. We all were extremely happy with everything Nick did for us. I feel it would be a great idea to to make the tour a...

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    Traveling without luggage
    5/13/24 by 1st-time traveler Jodi

    Overall, the trip was great. After a delayed flight start and luggage delayed for 4 days, I felt I was finally able to enjoy the trip. Our tour director was very helpful in trying to get us to our destination on time and also helpful in trying to locate our luggage. He also convinced GoAhead to chan...

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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.


    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.
    Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket
    Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket

    This modern hotel is located in Edinburgh’s West End. Guests enjoy the fitness center, a bar, and stylish rooms. Nearby, you’ll find Edinburgh Castle,...

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    Maldron Hotel Glasgow City
    Maldron Hotel Glasgow City

    This brand new hotel is located in Glasgow. Guests enjoy the fitness center, bar and locally sources meals. Nearby you’ll find Glasgow Cathedral, the ...

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    Clayton Cardiff Lane
    Clayton Cardiff Lane

    This modern hotel is located in Dublin’s city center. Guests enjoy an indoor pool, fitness center, and Vertigo Bar. Nearby, you'll find the Samuel Bec...

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    Maldron Sandy Road
    Maldron Sandy Road

    This comfortable hotel is located near the center of Galway. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a hotel bar, and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Galway Sh...

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