There are few drives as beautiful as in Scotland and Ireland. In Scotland, the roads hug the rivers and lakes flowing in the valleys making it a beautiful journey. In Ireland, it gets wilder as the waves of the Atlantic hit the rugged shoreline, which when we witness from our drive would take our breath away.
The Wild Atlantic Way as it is known is one of the most scenic drives in Europe. This tour also traces the path of some of the Scottish and Irish whiskeys through this journey.
May - June
|Days||14 Nights / 15 Days|
|From||Edinburgh to Dublin|
25 Sep 2023 to 09 Oct 2023
INR 1,25,000 + EUR 3700
|Single Supplement Cost||
|Direct Joining Cost||
Edinburgh (2N) | Highlands (2N) | Loch Lomond (1N)
Kilkenny (1N) | Killarney (2N) | Connemara National Park (2N)
Step 1 - Advance of INR 70,000 + EUR 700 + 5% GST + 5% TCS together with a copy of your passport and Pan Card, at the time of booking.
Under any circumstances other than government or flight restrictions, the following charges will be considered cancellation fees:
**This clause is applicable even before this period if the flight tickets are issued.
In view of the recent announcement by the Government in the budget session 2023, a 20 % TCS fee will be charged on the actual tour cost for all outbound tourists commencing July onwards. The tourist can claim a tax credit for the paid TCS.
On arrival in the afternoon, proceed to our hotel in the city centre for check-in. After freshening up, we’ll go for a walk around the Royal Mile . Whisky enthusiasts will particularly enjoy this area as they can try the famous and many underrated drams. Dinner and overnight stay in Edinburgh.
In the morning, we will enjoy a guided city tour of Edinburgh which includes a visit to Edinburgh Castle . After lunch, we’ll go for an exclusive Johnnie Walker Princes Street experience for a guided tasting session with whisky experts and get to know more about the animated way it’s made. Spend the evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Edinburgh.
After breakfast, depart for Aberlour. We’ll take the scenic route there via Loch Tay, the sixth-largest lake in Scotland, it’s like a freshwater paradise. We also pass through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park on the way. On reaching, check in to our hotel in the highlands and spend the evening at leisure. This region is the birthplace of some of the most famous scotch whisky in Scotland. Many tributaries here merge with River Spey, which runs parallel to our town, making the landscape very scenic. Dinner and overnight stay in Aberlour.
Today, we’ll first visit Walker’s factory, a brand that makes UK’s favourite shortbread. Later we’ll visit Dufftown to take a tour of the Glen Grant distillery and learn how one of the most famous single malt scotch whisky is made. After lunch at a local eatery, we’ll go to Speyside Cooperage to know about the ancient art of barrel coopering. Post this we will be free to enjoy an evening walk along the Spey river. Dinner and overnight stay in Aberlour.
The drive today is breathtaking, we will first pass the coastal town of Inverness and then head south to drive on the banks of the famous Loch Ness, a 37 km long water body believed to be home to a mythical creature. We’ll listen to its story from our guide on a one-hour cruise. Later, further down south to our hotel in Loch Lomond region for dinner and an overnight stay.
We’ll proceed to Glasgow airport and take a flight to Dublin. On arrival, drive to Kilkenny, a pretty medieval town which is a hub for handicrafts like pottery, paintings and jewellery. In the evening, go for a walk on its picturesque streets around town. Dinner and overnight stay in Kilkenny.
Today we’ll first stop by the most beautiful hilltop castle in Ireland - Rock of Cashel. After which we’ll continue on our way to Cobh, a seaport town, also known as Titanic’s last port of call. We’ll go for a one-of-a-kind Titanic experience here at their exhibition centre. Post this, we’ll drive to Killarney, a very special place in our itinerary. Dinner and overnight stay in Killarney.
Before starting with our drive on Wild Atlantic Way, we’ll attend a dog show by the District’s Canine Club. Ring of Kerry is the perfect circular roadway to explore Ireland’s rugged coastline. We’ll take many photo stops on the way to witness the waves wildly lashing against the rocky coast. It forms a truly magnificent image. In the evening after dinner, we’ll kick back in a local bar in Killarney with Irish beers and whisky. Overnight stay in Killarney.
Today we’ll drive to our next destination, and en route, visit the Cliffs of Moher, the most striking cliffs in Ireland. After a short photo stop, we’ll continue on our way to Connemara National Park. We’ll stay overnight in a mansion-style hotel by Killary Fjord.
Today we’ll have a laid-back time here visiting cafes and shops to buy local products. We’ll have lunch in a town called Letterfrack and then have free time to explore the neighbourhood.
Ireland is divided into counties and today we’ll head to one of the best ones - County Donegal. It’s the northernmost and on our way there we’ll have a lunch stop in Sligo and drive to Glencar waterfall. We will also pass by Benbulben, a 500 meters limestone mountain that was shaped by ice age glaciers making it look like a table mountain springing up from the landscape. Dinner and overnight stay in Donegal.
Early in the morning, we’ll have a countryside breakfast and then climb up the Slieve League, for an unparallel view of Donegal’s majestic coast. Later, we’ll drive through Glenveagh National Park. We will then enter North Ireland and drive to Portrush, to check in to our hotel for an overnight stay.
The Giants Causeway is a wonder of this region and the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns are best visited early in the morning. Later, we will drive past the Dunluce Castle, a rundown castle, set idyllically on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic. In the afternoon, visit the Bushmills Distillery after lunch and sip some Irish Whiskey in its restaurant. Dinner and overnight stay in Portrush.
This is our final day on the road, we’ll stick to the coast for an hour and visit Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This is a hanging bridge and depending on your physical ability you can either just take photos or walk the bridge. Later, the road will take us inland from the coast and into the Nine Glens (valleys) of Antrim, the prettiest in the entire U.K. En route we will visit County Antrim for its dramatic views and gorgeous terrain. Our journey will continue to Dublin, where we will take a guided tour and check into the hotel after dinner.
After an early breakfast, we will proceed to the airport for your flight back home.
Scotland is beautiful and through this itinerary, we only explore the beauty of the highlands and the lakes. The coastal beauty we believe is more raw in Ireland where we drive on the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Wild Atlantic way is an 800 + km route parallel to the Atlantic Ocean on the West and Northern Coast of Ireland. The roads are narrow and are often combined with dramatic scenery of rugged cliffs and non-touristy farmlands.
Yes, those who enjoy the whiskey would appreciate the little details of this tour. However, those who enjoy nature would love this itinerary as well.
It would need some form of physical fitness to do this tour. We stop at photogenic locales and then take a small hike to explore more of nature. You won’t be able to enjoy the land to the fullest if not fit.
Yes, this can be done. Please speak to our office. We have limited seats for this kind of arrangement.
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