Scotland & Ireland: Stories & Legends - A Connections Boutique Group Journey (2020)

Explore Scotland and the Emerald Isle on a journey encompassing hilltop Edinburgh and the rugged Scottish Highlands, as well as Dublin, Belfast and the fascinating northern regions of Ireland.

Journey Overview

Explore Scotland and the Emerald Isle on a journey encompassing hilltop Edinburgh and the rugged Scottish Highlands, as well as Dublin, Belfast and the fascinating northern regions of Ireland.

Journey Highlights 

  • Sample Scotland’s “water of life” on a visit to a Scotch whisky distillery, and meet its craftsmen
  • Explore the city of Belfast and visit Titanic Belfast, where the famous ship was built
  • Experience the region’s musical heritage with intimate performances in Scotland and Ireland
  • Learn the ancient Gaelic sport of hurling as you meet with some young enthusiasts at their local athletic club

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Edinburgh, Scotland

Arrive in bustling Edinburgh and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner.
Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel | Meals: D 

Day 2: Edinburgh | Castle & Crown Jewels

Drive the Royal Mile, past St. Giles’ High Kirk, to Holyrood Palace, Queen Elizabeth’s official residence in Scotland (subject to closure for official events). Tour Edinburgh Castle to view the magnificent Scottish Crown Jewels. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure to explore this fascinating capital.
Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel | Meals: B

Day 3: St. Andrews | Birthplace of Golf

Drive to St. Andrews, where you walk the world-famous Old Course — following in the footsteps of legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Travel to Pitlochry for lunch at leisure and time to explore. Continue to Inverness, capital of Scotland's Highlands region.
Ness Walk | Meals: BD 

Days 4–5: Inverness | Heart of the Highlands

Travel to the rugged North Sea coast of the Highlands. Explore the richly adorned Dunrobin Castle and witness falconry in its gardens. Visit the Glenmorangie whisky distillery, tasting the spirit and meeting with its makers. The next morning, travel to Culloden Moor, where the Jacobite army was defeated in 1746. Cruise the enigmatic waters of Loch Ness, stopping to explore the enchanting Urquhart Castle. View the cascading Falls of Foyers before revelling in Scottish music and dance at a local pub, a private and exclusive experience.
Ness Walk | Meals: B (day 4); BD (day 5)

Days 6–7: Belfast, Northern Ireland | A Troubled History

This morning, fly to the rapidly changing city of Belfast. Take a self-guided tour at the interactive Titanic Museum, which features artefact-laden galleries and an ocean exploration exhibit. See the city on an orientation tour to gain insight into the turbulent history of Northern Ireland. This evening, enjoy craic agus ceol — fun and song — with a pub crawl featuring live traditional Irish music and led by local musicians. The next day, visit the stunning Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site made up of massive rock columns rising from the sea. Return to Belfast, driving through the spectacular scenery of the nine green Glens of Antrim and stopping for afternoon tea at Ballygally Castle.
Titanic Hotel Belfast | Meals: BD (day 6); BL (day 7)

Day 8: Belfast | Memorial to 'Titanic'

Today, visit Armagh Cider Company for a tour, tasting and lunch. Afterward, drive to your elegant castle hotel in the Republic of Ireland.
Kilronan Castle | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Roscommon, Ireland | Beauty Along the Shannon

Drive to charming Carrick-on-Shannon, and embark on a cruise of Ireland's longest river. Watch the beautiful outdoor scenery glide by, and enjoy traditional music aboard. Savour lunch ashore, then return to your castle to enjoy the facilities and estate.
Kilronan Castle | Meals: BL 

Day 10: Strokestown | The Famine Years

Visit 18th-century Strokestown Park House for a private tour. While there, explore the Irish National Famine Museum for insight into this sad chapter of the nation’s history. Visit Ireland’s oldest distillery, Kilbeggan, for a tour and tasting before continuing to Dublin.
The Davenport | Meals: BL 

Day 11: Dublin | Irish Traditions

Explore Dublin this morning, visiting Trinity College to view the eighth-century Book of Kells, one of the most famous illustrated manuscripts in the world. Make an unforgettable connection in the Dublin suburbs as you learn about the traditional Irish sport of hurling at a local athletic club. Later, gather for a memorable farewell dinner.
The Davenport | Meals: BD

Day 12: Depart Dublin

Transfer to the airport and board your flight.  
Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 11.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Sep 6, 2020 - Sep 17, 2020
Price AU$10,765pp Single Supplement AU$3,180 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Sep 13, 2020 - Sep 24, 2020 Special
Price AU$10,765pp Single Supplement AU$1,590 was AU$3,180 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire

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