Emerald Isle Heritage
Tour of Ireland and Scotland
Groups Only: April - November
Day 1 -
Depart from USA to Shannon, Ireland
Day 2 -
Arrive Ireland, Cliffs of Mohr
On arrival you will be met by your motorcoach and tour escort. En route to the hotel, you will drive along the west coast of Ireland and enjoy a spectacular view of the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet and stretch for almost five miles. Arrive at the Clarion Hotel in Limerick for check in and some relaxation time before dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 - Blarney & Buratty
Your day will being with a city tour of Limerick, including King John's Castle. The day will also include Blarney Castle where you may view the famous Blarney stone, and Bunratty Castle. This stop includes the Folk Park which is a recreation of rural life in Ireland at the turn of the century and a special evening of Medieval dining and entertainment.
Day 4 - Ring of Kerry
A wonderful day of sightseeing is in store for you today. As you follow the scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry you will enjoy sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with farmhouses and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney.This will be followed by a carriage ride to Muckross Gardens and a photo stop at Ross Castle - some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland.
Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
Day 5 - Cashel, Dublin
You will depart Limerick this morning en route to Dublin. Along the way you will visit Cashel - site of St. Patrick's Cross and the Rock of Cashel, Waterford - for a tour of the famous crystal factory and Kilkenny - with its ancient town center, narrow medieval streets and merchant houses. You will arrive in Dublin for check in at the Gresham Hotel and dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 6 - St. Patrick
Today you will visit Downpatrick where Patrick first landed in 432 and is thought to be buried, and Armagh, considered to be the ecclesiastical center of Ireland and home of two St. Patrick's Cathedrals-one Roman Catholic and one Protestant. You will return to Dublin for dinner at your hotel.
Day 7 - Glasgow, Oban
This morning you will tour the city of Dublin, including St. Patrick's Cathedral, Ormond Quay and Scots Prebsyterian Church, established in 1660 and Trinity College, home of the famous Book of Kells. In the afternoon, you will fly to Glasgow, Scotland and attend evening worship at St. George-Tron. Dinner will be in Glasgow prior to traveling to the Caledonian Hotel in Oban for check in.
Day 8 - Isles of Mull
You will begin the day with a ferry ride to the Isles of Mull and Iona. At Iona, known as the Cradle of Scottish Christianity, you will see the restored monastery and cathedral originally founded by St. Columba in 583. After returning to Oban, you will have dinner at McTavish's Kitchen and return to your hotel.
Day 9 - Stirling Castle, Edinburgh
You will travel across Scotland today, stopping at Stirling Castle, historically one of Scotland's most important fortresses and site where Robert the Bruce defeated the English. Then on to Edinburgh for check in at the Radisson Hotel and some free time before dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10 - Lindisfarne, St. Giles Castle
Today begins with a tour of Edinburgh's most famous sites including St. Giles Cathedral where John Knox preached, Edinburgh Castle and Arthur's Seat, a craggy mountain located in Holyrood Park. In the afternoon you will travel to Lindisfarne for a visit to the Holy Island where you will see the magnificent arches of the abandoned priory and Lindisfarne Castle. You will return to Edinburgh for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 11 - St. Andrews
Two important reformation sites are on your agenda today. Although St. Andrews is famous as the home of golf, it is also the one time ecclesiastical capital and site of one of the early struggles in the Reformation. Your second stop is Dundee, where you will visit St. Peters Church, the church of Robert Murray McCheyne who was instrumental in the Scottish revival of 1839. You will then return to Edinburgh for a special Scottish dinner and show at King James Thistle.
Day 12 - Homeward
Today you say farewell and travel back to Glasgow to board your plane and return to the USA.
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