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Landscapes of Scotland & Ireland

with London extension
  • Duration: 15 or 18 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 56
Traverse small villages, beautiful country and seaside cliffs.

Travel through the landscapes of Scotland and Ireland, where hundreds of years of history spring suddenly to life. Start your journey in Edinburgh with the city’s Georgian architecture, then head to Glasgow before crossing the Irish Sea to visit historic Belfast. Turn south through charming Galway and County Kerry’s coastal landscapes before ending your adventure amid Dublin’s bustling streets.

Your tour package includes
  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 13 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 7 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Stirling Castle
  • Titanic Belfast museum
  • Kilbeggan whisky distillery
  • Cliffs of Moher
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Edinburgh today.

Edinburgh3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Edinburgh
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Scotland! Arrive in Edinburgh, then transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Later tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Follow a Scottish local on a sightseeing tour of the city.

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

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott monument

• Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone

Enjoy a free afternoon in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Edinburgh on your own or add an excursion.

Coastal Scotland & St Andrews Pub Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
Glasgow2 nights
Day 5: 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

Later, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 6: Free day in Glasgow
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Glasgow or add an excursion.

Inveraray Castle & Trossachs National Park
Excursion (additional cost)
Belfast2 nights
Day 7: Ferry to Belfast
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to the village of Cairnryan where you’ll board a ferry for your voyage across the Irish Sea to Belfast.

Sit down to an included dinner with your group this evening.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Belfast
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Belfast, the cultural heart of Northern Ireland, from a local’s perspective on a guided tour.

• Glimpse the copper-domed City Hall and the recently restored Grand Opera House

• Learn all about Belfast’s long history, from its origins in the Bronze Age and rise as an international seaport to its role in the conflict known as “the Troubles”

• Enter the Titanic Belfast Museum for a look at the vessel’s infamous history

Enjoy a free afternoon in Belfast or add an excursion.

Giant's Causeway
Excursion (additional cost)
Galway2 nights
Day 9: Galway via County Meath
Included meal: Breakfast

En route to Galway, stop in County Meath to pay a visit to Causey Farm.

• Learn about daily life on a working Irish farm

• Watch a demonstration of traditional games and dance

Then, continue on to Galway for a sightseeing tour of the city led by your Tour Director.

• Stroll past Lynch’s Castle, Galway Cathedral, the Druid Theater 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

Day 10: Free day in Galway
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Galway or add excursions.

Kylemore Abbey & Connemarra National Park
Excursion (additional cost)
Castle Banquet Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
County Kerry2 nights
Day 11: County Kerry via the Burren, Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the Irish countryside to County Kerry today, taking time to view spectacular scenery en route.

• Pass through the Burren, a unique limestone plateau where fields of rock are dotted with wildflowers

• Walk along the mesmerizing coastline of the majestic Cliffs of Moher

• Take a guided tour of the 13th-century Bunratty Castle

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 12: Dingle Peninsula & Killarney National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way along the dramatically rugged terrain of the Dingle Peninsula.

• Take a scenic drive along the Slea Head Drive, enjoying impressive coastal views as you go

• Enter the Gallarus Oratory, an early Christian church overlooking the harbor at Ard na Caithne

• Enjoy photo stops at Coumeenole Beach, Slea Head and Dunbeg Fort

After free time for lunch in the town of Dingle, head to Killarney National Park for photos at Ross Castle on Lough Leane.

Dublin2 nights
Day 13: Dublin via Blarney Castle
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Dublin this morning, stopping to explore Blarney Castle along the way.

• Explore the castle's dungeon, court, and battlements

• Kiss the legendary Blarney Stone

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Dublin
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

• Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence, and 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 Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue, ending in the Temple Bar district

Spend a free afternoon in Dublin or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner in Dublin with your group.

Glendalough
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extension to London

A city that loves to be explored, London beckons with world-class (and often free) museums and galleries, quirky shops, outstanding restaurants, royal pageantry, charming neighborhoods and an unconquered heritage of more than 2,000 years of history.

Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London4 nights
Day 2: Arrival in London

Welcome to England! Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel. Spend a free afternoon getting to know the city before meeting your fellow travelers during a welcome drink this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of London’s regal landmarks with a local expert leading the way.

• Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations and weddings

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London

• Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Enjoy a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Windsor Castle
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in London
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in London or add an excursion.

Stonehenge & Oxford
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 5: Transfer to Edinburgh
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to King’s Cross Station to board your train to Edinburgh, where you’ll meet up with the rest of your tour group on day 2 of the main tour.

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Reviews
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4.4 average
London/Scotland/Ireland Trip
by 6th time traveler 

This was a fabulous trip! We saw so much and had the best weather! We were very fortunate. We also had the best tour guide. Her name was Ayesha. We have been on five Go Ahead trips now and she is ranked right at the top!

Landscapes of Scotland & Ireland with London extension
by 3rd time traveler 

My sister & I went on the Landscapes of Scotland & Ireland with London Extension tour in mid-May 2019. It was my 2nd tour with GoAhead and her first. Our tour guide Ayesha was great & had wonderful knowledge of the countries, stories, and places to check out on your own plus she’s a wonderful person...

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Best tour yet
by 4th time traveler 

This is one incredible tour!!! The itinerary with optionals was busy enough, but our tour guide Nick packed our free time with excellent additions to make this truly a once in a lifetime experience. Nick and his "forking" humor added a particular British wit that was mesmerizing Our diverse tour ...

First Timer
by 2nd time traveler 

This was our first experience on an organized, guided tour of this duration. We have travelled extensively in Europe over the last 30+ years, always on our own with me personally making all the travel arrangements - cars, hotels, sights, etc. In general, we were quite pleased with the overall ex...

Average tour
by 2nd time traveler 

The tour covered a lot of stops which were mostly good. Some of the stops could have been left off the agenda as they were just more of the same. It would have been a better use of our time to stop at the small towns and have more free time to walk around, shop and have a leisurely snack or lunch....

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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.

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...

Sneem Hotel

This colonial hotel is located in the Golden Heights neighborhood. Guests enjoy outdoor dining, a restaurant, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find the River...

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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 hour 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, as well as getting in and out of trains and ferries.
  • 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 (or London on the pre-tour extension) 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 ferry ride from Scotland to Belfast is included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a train ride from London to Edinburgh.)
  • 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.
  • 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 a meal. 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.
  • For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal of fish and chips or bangers and mash. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, and Cumberland sausages are also worth a try.
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 electrical 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.
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though charges may apply.
  • There is no internet access on the motor coach.
  • 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 London and Dublin.
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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Oct 11–Oct 25, 2019
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$3,409$3,209
Nov 1–Nov 15, 2019
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$3,299$3,049
Feb 21–Mar 6, 2020
$3,249$2,849
Mar 6–Mar 20, 2020
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Mar 20–Apr 3, 2020
$3,249$2,999
Apr 10–Apr 24, 2020
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Apr 19–May 3, 2020
$3,599$3,299
May 1–May 15, 2020
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May 8–May 22, 2020
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May 15–May 29, 2020
$3,599$3,349
May 22–Jun 5, 2020
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May 31–Jun 14, 2020
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$3,849$3,699
Jun 5–Jun 19, 2020
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Jun 7–Jun 21, 2020
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Jun 12–Jun 26, 2020
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Jun 14–Jun 28, 2020
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Jun 19–Jul 3, 2020
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Jun 21–Jul 5, 2020
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Jun 26–Jul 10, 2020
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Jul 3–Jul 17, 2020
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$3,809
Jul 10–Jul 24, 2020
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Jul 17–Jul 31, 2020
$3,809$3,709
Jul 19–Aug 2, 2020
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Jul 24–Aug 7, 2020
$3,809$3,709
Jul 31–Aug 14, 2020
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Sep 4–Sep 18, 2020
$3,649$3,499
Sep 11–Sep 25, 2020
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Sep 18–Oct 2, 2020
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$3,649$3,449
Sep 25–Oct 9, 2020
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Oct 9–Oct 23, 2020
$3,409$3,309
Oct 30–Nov 13, 2020
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$3,409$3,159
Nov 13–Nov 27, 2020
$3,299$3,049
Dec 11–Dec 25, 2020
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$3,299$2,899
Feb 19–Mar 5, 2021
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$3,249
Mar 5–Mar 19, 2021
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Mar 19–Apr 2, 2021
$3,249
Mar 26–Apr 9, 2021
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Apr 9–Apr 23, 2021
$3,599
Apr 18–May 2, 2021
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Apr 30–May 14, 2021
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