Scotland & Ireland

Scotland & Ireland: A Luxury Small-Group Tour

Step back in time with the vibrant cities, mountainous lands, striking coastlines and historic architecture of Scotland and Ireland on this luxury small group tour (max. 16 travellers). Stay in the region’s best hotels as you journey from Scotland into Northern Ireland, before ending your tour in the capital of Dublin. Enjoy ten nights of luxury accommodation - including two nights at the Radisson Collection Royal Mile Hotel, the only five-star hotel on the historic Royal Mile and two nights at the glamourous Lough Eske Castle Hotel and Spa located on a secluded lakeside estate. All this plus daily breakfasts, return airport transfers, private transportation with expert local guides, the Famous Grouse Whisky Experience at the Glenturret Distillery, a hands-on cooking class, tour and tastings at the Guinness Storehouse and much more.

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Embark on a tailor-made, 11-day luxury small group tour (maximum 16 travellers) of Scotland and Ireland and encounter unique experiences as your journey takes you from the medieval architecture of Edinburgh and the style and culture of Glasgow, to the history of Belfast and the stout beer of Dublin. Private transportation and experienced local guides will have you visiting cathedrals, castles, exhibitions and distilleries with your intimate, 16-person group.

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The Accommodation – Indulge in ten nights of luxury accommodation

This five-star, luxury tour of Ireland and Scotland will have you staying in the region’s best hotels. In between return airport transfers, enjoy two nights at the Radisson Collection Royal Mile hotel in the heart of Edinburgh. The only five-star hotel on the historic Royal Mile, the Radisson will you have stepping straight out onto the cobblestone streets of the Old town where you’ll come across striking architecture, local restaurants, Irish bars and shopping.

Spend two nights at the iconic Radisson Blue Glasgow Hotel, known for its gorgeous, sculpture-like copper wall that runs down Argyle Street, two nights at Belfast’s Fitzwilliam Hotel and two nights at the centrally-located and stylish, five-star Dylan Hotel Dublin.

Last, but definitely not least, indulge in a two-night stay in a 1400s castle-turned-hotel located on a secluded lakeside estate. The luxurious Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa sits within 43 acres of forest woodland surrounded by the water of Lough Eske and is the ultimate place to relax and unwind.

The Experiences & Sights – Enjoy whisky tastings, cruises, panoramic city tours and castle visits

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town and New Town in Edinburgh. Then head to the Palace of Holyrood House, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, before being privately transported with your local guide to Glasgow, a city overflowing with style, architecture, museums and dining. Visit the medieval Glasgow Cathedral, the only mainland Scottish cathedral to have survived the Reformation intact.

Following a scenic cruise on Loch Lomond, the popular Scottish holiday destination that is also the largest surface area of water in Great Britain, visit the home of The Famous Grouse whisky. Nestled in the foothills of the Highlands, you’ll learn about the age-old process of whisky making and enjoy a tasting that’ll leave true Scotch lovers satisfied.

Head to Belfast and visit the Titanic Belfast, an interactive exhibition on the historic site of the original ship’s construction and uncover her true story. Then learn the secrets behind making your own traditional Irish ‘Soda Bread’ from a treasured recipe passed down through generations in a hands-on cooking class with lunch included.

End your tour in Dublin, where you’ll spot Oscar Wilde’s house on the panoramic city tour and visit the famous Guinness Brewery, where you’ll learn about the making of the iconic beer and finish with a pint of your very own on the top floor’s Gravity Bar.

Your Package Includes:

  • Ten nights of luxury accommodation including two nights at the five-star Radisson Collection Royal Mile Hotel, two nights at the Radisson Blu Glasgow Hotel and two nights at the Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa, located on a secluded lakeside estate
  • Daily breakfasts and a lunch
  • Return airport transfers and private transportion throughout the tour
  • Tour and tastings at the world-renowned Glenturret Distillery, home of ‘The Famous Grouse’ scotch whisky where you can immerse yourself in the interactive and exciting “Grouse experience”
  • Tour and tastings at the famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin where you’ll take a self-guided tour about the background of the brew and enjoy your very own pint at the Gravity Bar
  • Entry and self-guided tour of the interactive and award-winning Titanic Belfast exhibition
  • Local expert guides and all entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Enjoy a hands-on cooking class to learn the treasured recipe of traditional Soda bread
  • Scenic cruise on Loch Lomond
  • Ferry from Cairnryan in Scotland to Belfast in Northern Ireland (public ferry)

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Departure dates:

Low Season

3 November 2018

9 February 2019

16 March 2019

High Season

16 June 2018

14 July 2018

8 September 2018

11 May 2019

All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Tour includes five-star accommodation at the following hotels:

Radisson Collection Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh

Radisson Blu Glasgow Hotel

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa, Donegal

The Dylan Hotel Dublin

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people.

Maximum Tour Capacity: The maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is 4 people.

Please note, connecting rooms are not available.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Arrival and departure airport transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise if travelling alone, you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

Additional expenses are not included.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty or boarding being denied by the airline. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.

All activities and services (including late checkout) are subject to availability.

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DAY 1 - Edinburgh

Welcome to Edinburgh. After arriving at the airport, you'll be met by a local representative before transferring to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Accommodation: Radisson Collection Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh

DAY 2 - Edinburgh

This morning meet with your guide and discover Edinburgh, the inspiring capital of Scotland, with a panoramic city tour. From the historical closes of the Old Town to the avenues of the New Town, explore an outstanding city of contrasts plus a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander along Princes street and watch the magnificent Edinburgh Castle dominate the city. See Calton Hill and its National Monument, giving Edinburgh its nickname: the "Athens of the North".

Next visit Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3,000 years. Overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous Scottish icon and part of the World Heritage Site. Sitting on top of an extinct volcano, the castle gains stunning views across City of Edinburgh and has witnessed many of the defining events of Scottish history.

Visit Palace of Holyrood house. Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyrood house is The Queen's official residence in Scotland and is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past. At the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile and against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur's Seat, you'll be able to explore the 14 historic State Apartments and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey.

Then, enjoy a free night at your leisure to explore the city. You can consider doing an optional tour of the underground vaults of Edinburgh with a historian who will recall their personal stories. Or enjoy the Taste of Scotland Show, a night filled with traditional Scottish song and dance accompanied with some Scottish cuisine.

Accommodation: Radisson Collection Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 - Glasgow

This morning you’ll depart Edinburgh and head to Glasgow.

On the way visit the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boatlift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The Millennium Link was a £84.5m project with the objective of connecting these two canals by way of a boat lift. Your journey starts by sailing into the bottom gondola of The Wheel, which then makes a graceful sweep, lifting the boat up to join the Union Canal 35m above. The ascent takes approximately 15 minutes, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the stunning views of the spectacular surrounding scenery. Once lifted, the boat sails smoothly from The Wheel onto the Union Canal. The boat will then return on an effortless descent that gently carries you over the Visitor Centre and back into the basin by the boardwalk.

Continue to Glasgow and on arrival enjoy a panoramic city tour. Overflowing with style and culture, Glasgow offers a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fabulous shopping and a variety of restaurants. The city tour will take you from George Square in the city centre past the impressive Glasgow Cathedral - the only mainland Scottish Cathedral to have survived the Reformation intact - to the West End where you’ll admire Glasgow’s historic university buildings.

Visit Glasgow Cathedral, also called St Mungo’s Cathedral, is today a congregation of the Church of Scotland in Glasgow. Originally a Roman Catholic Cathedral, the building is a superb example of Scottish Gothic architecture. It is also the only of the Scottish Catholic churches to have survived the Reformation unscathed.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Lock Lomond & Glasgow

Enjoy a cruise on Loch Lomond.

Loch Lomond, located in Trossachs National Park, is the largest surface area of water in Great Britain and a popular Scottish holiday destination renowned for its beauty and tranquility and offers postcard views around every corner.

Afterwards drive through the national park to Crieff.

Enjoy the Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery. Nestled at the foothills of the Highlands near the scenic town of Crieff, Glenturret is the spiritual home of The Famous Grouse whisky. After seeing the age-old process of milling, mashing, fermenting and distilling single malt whisky at Scotland's oldest distillery, visitors are introduced to The Taste Experience. The brand new interactive zone will educate visitors about this Scotch whisky and how it is blended to perfection.

Return to your hotel in Glasgow.

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Belfast

This morning take the ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast.

Welcome to Northern Ireland. Upon arrival in Belfast you’ll meet with your new guide for the Ireland part of your tour.

Continue to Belfast city centre and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city with a local guide. See the leaning Albert Memorial Clock tower and the Opera House, which is one of Belfast’s great landmarks. Your tour will also pass by the City Hall, the Crown Bar (dates from 1885), Queens University and the Botanic Gardens. Visit Shankill and Fall road to get an understanding of how life was in Belfast during times of trouble.

Accommodation: The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Belfast

This morning visit Titanic Belfast.

Located in the heart of Belfast, the Titanic Belfast recreates the story of the world’s most famous ship in an iconic, six floor building right beside the historic site of the original ship’s construction. Journey through the nine large galleries of the interactive exhibition and uncover the true story of the Titanic, from her construction and launch in Belfast in the early 1900's to her famous maiden voyage and historical story.

Enjoy a Soda bread-making demonstration with lunch at the Northern Ireland Food Tour. Upon arrival in this traditional Irish home, start with a cup of coffee or tea and some homemade sweet treats. Then get your aprons on and start baking. After you have kneaded, rolled, mixed and baked the breads, the tasting will begin, followed by lunch!

Accommodation: The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 - Belfast, Derry & Donegal

Make a small detour to visit the Giant’s Causeway.

Encounter Northern Ireland’s favourite myth, the giant Finn McCool, at the Giants Causeway Visitor centre on the North Antrim coast. The UNESCO World-Heritage site consist of 40,000 polygonla columns formed 60 million years ago after a volcanic eruption. There are are walks and trails around the site. The cliff top walk is a must and was named as one of the '50 things to do in Europe before you die' by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

Continue to Derry and enjoy a Derry Walls walking tour with a local guide. Discover the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. These famous walls which date back to the early part of the seventeenth century have been a place of several sieges. Walk along Derry Walls and enjoy incredible views of cathedrals and churches as you learn about the historical events that shaped the city. Explore attractions such as The Bogside, The People’s Gallery: The Murals, The Diamond, the Tower Museum and the Guildhall.

Return to your hotel in Donegal for the night.

Accommodation: Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa, Donegal or similar

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - Slieve Leauge & Glenveagh National Park

After breakfast, drive to the village of Carrick where a local guide will pick you up and take you on a guided tour to the Slieve League Cliffs - some of the highest cliffs in the Europe that offer some of the most breath-taking views.

After your visit continue north to the Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle. A spectacular 16,500 hectares (40,000 acres) of scenic mountains, lakes, glens and woods, Glenveagh is one of Ireland's protected natural parks managed by the State. A Scottish-style castle within the estate is surrounded by one of the finest gardens in Ireland, which contrast the rugged surroundings.

Return to your hotel in Donegal.

Accommodation: Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa, Donegal or similar

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 - Dublin

Depart Donegal for Dublin and en-route visit Belleek Pottery.

The Belleek pottery porcelain company has its home in an imposing Victorian building in the village of Belleek on the river Erne. The guided tour covers all the production areas and the chance to meet with the craftspeople and observe their handmade pieces. You will get to experience the journey through the life of the pottery from the early earthenware days to present day fine Parian China.

Drive to Dublin and check into your hotel.

The rest of the afternoon is free at your leisure. Consider visiting the Jamieson distillery for a taste of Irish Whisky, or the EPIC Ireland at the Irish Emigration Museum.

Accommodation: The Dylan Hotel, Dublin

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 - Dublin

Start the day with a panoramic city tour of Dublin.

Discover the north and south side of the River Liffey. This area offers great striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on O'Connell Street, or the Custom House along the quays, as well as Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares, such as Merrion Square, where Oscar Wilde’s House can still be found, with its colourful doors and its quality shops.

Visit Trinity College where the famous book of Kells is permanently exhibited in its library. The university is located in the medieval district where Dublin Castle and the two Anglican Cathedrals can be found. Trinity College has had many famous students such as Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett, who later became a lecturer in French at the university. The inter-denominational Church is very much worth a visit.

Visit the Guinness Storehouse and the Guinness Brewery - Europe's largest stout-producing brewery. Opened in 1904, the Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness. Today it houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. On your guided tour you will discover what goes into the making a pint of Guinness - the ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the craft and the passion. Once the tour has finished, you’ll enjoy your own pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, high above the historic rooftops; and with amazing views of Dublin city and the skyline.

Tonight, you can join your group in an optional farewell dinner.

Accommodation: The Dylan Hotel, Dublin

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 - Dublin

Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey home.

Tours begin in Edinburgh and end in Dublin. Getting to Edinburgh is easy with flights departing regularly from most major Australian cities. Flights will typically have a minimum of one stop and are approximately 25-32 hours flying with Etihad, Virgin Australia, Qatar Airways, British Airways and various other airlines.

Return airport transfers are included with your booking and are only available on the first and last day of the tour.

Book your flight through us. First, confirm your tour booking dates. Our Tours Concierge will then be in touch within 24 business hours to assist with additional arrangements, with no booking fee to you.

Please note: flights are not included in your package.

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