Celtic Villages & Islands Itinerary

Experience the cultural charm of Edinburgh, look for the Loch Ness Monster, visit Galway Cathedral, explore Wicklow National Park and savour the delights of Dublin in comfortable style.

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      USD $6,090
      CAD $6,175
      AUD $6,413
      EUR €4,462
      GBP £3,837
      NZD $7,603
      ZAR R58,373
      CHF FR5,499
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Celtic Villages & Islands .
Greyfriars bobby, Edinburgh

Train from the Harry potter film

Highland cattle, Scotland

Murals, Belfast

Temple bar, Dublin

Day 1 Edinburgh

Delve into the magical world of Edinburgh with a visit to the regal Edinburgh Castle. Standing at the head of the Old Town, explore this fortress before meandering around the historic streets of the city’s oldest quarter. Walk along the Royal Mile to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a fine example of classical Baroque-style architecture.
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Day 2 Oban

Take a scenic drive through Trossach National Park to view carpets of purple bluebells, incredible mountain peaks and perhaps even a golden eagle gliding through the air. Then travel to the picturesque village of Oban. Meaning the 'Little Bay' in Gaelic, admire the dramatic coastal scenery and enjoy a meal of some of Scotland’s freshest seafood.
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Day 3 Tobermory

Board a ferry and drift along the Sound of Mull past the colourful houses lining the harbour. Drop your bags in Tobermory then jump back on board a smaller boat for a coastal expedition around Mull. Whales, dolphins, seals and otters are often spotted in the area, so keep a sharp eye out. Stop off at the Isle of Iona where the graves of notable kings of the area, including Macbeth, can be found in an ancient burial ground.
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Day 4 Fort William

Bordered by the highest mountain range in the British Isles, journey north to Glen Nevis. Take in the stunning scenery of the region on a nature walk towards Steall Falls before travelling to Fort William for the night.
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Day 5 Isle of Skye

Considered to be one of the most spectacular train journeys in the world, board the Jacobite steam train to Mallaig. Used in three Harry Potter films, this experience will delight film buffs while providing some incredibly scenic views for photographers and those who just want to relax. Later, take a ferry to Skye for an evening of Scottish whisky tasting at the Tallisker Distillery.
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Day 6 Loch Ness

Journey to Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland. The stronghold of the Clan Macleod for over 800 years, Dunvegan is built atop a rocky hill overlooking the shores of Loch Ness. Take a step back in history while viewing exquisite paintings and ancient chambers indoors before taking a stroll through the gardens surrounding the castle.
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Day 7 Glasgow

Make one last attempt to spot the Loch Ness Monster before heading south towards Glasgow. Take in the dramatic highland scenery of Trossachs National Park along the way and stop off in Helensburgh to visit Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House. Arrive in Glasgow for the evening and perhaps dine on traditional haggis, neeps and tatties for a true Scottish dining experience.
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Day 8 Belfast

Beautiful Belfast is a cultural hot spot, mixing ancient cathedrals with modern museums. While here, take a jaunt around the bohemian Cathedral Quarter, tour the eerie Crumlin Road Gaol or admire the Neoclassical architecture dotted around the city. Take an evening stroll along the glistening waterfront where the Titanic set off on her maiden voyage 100 years ago or choose to settle into a cosy pub with a local stout and some hearty stew.
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Day 9 Belfast to Galway

Take a walking city tour around Belfast before journeying to the 16th-century Enniskillen Castle. Now home to the Fermanagh County Museum, check out some art exhibitions within the grounds before visiting Knock Shrine.
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Day 10 Aran Islands

Take a ferry to the rugged Aran Islands off Galway's west coast. Go on a hike over windswept landscapes and discover the area's historical monuments, cute stone cottages and unique cultural heritage.
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Day 11 Cliffs of Moher

Take a boat tour along the dramatic Cliffs of Moher for some brilliant photographic opportunities of this dramatically rocky vista. Later in the day, jump back on dry land for a tour of the medieval St John's Castle in Limerick.
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Day 12 Ring of Kerry

Idyllic and unspoilt, journey along the Ring of Kerry for a quintessential Irish experience. Be blinded by greenery, enchanted by crystal-clear lakes, enticed by some of Ireland's finest beaches and get an all-round impression of the spectacular scenery of the region. After an exhausting day of exploring, tuck into a traditional pub meal and wash it down with a pint of Guinness.
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Day 13 Blarney Castle

Delve into a medieval history lesson while walking around 14th-century Blarney Castle. For the brave, why not give the Stone of Eloquence a smooch – it is said if you hang upside down and touch lips with this ancient rock you are bestowed with the gift of eloquence, so prepare to pucker up!
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Day 14 Wicklow National Park

It's time to pull on the hiking boots and take a stroll around the stunning scenery of Wicklow National Park, which stretches out over 200 sq km. The natural lakes and winding streams will delight nature enthusiasts, while travelling by foot will provide a unique perspective of the regional wildlife. In the evening, arrive in Dublin for a final night out on the town.
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Day 15 Dublin

Farewell the group after breakfast, then perhaps continue exploring Ireland's capital with a visit to the National Museum, Botanical Gardens or Guinness Storehouse.