Celtic Highlights (GD) - 2014 / 2015

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13 Day Tour from Glasgow to Glasgow

Celtic Highlights
Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher
An old blacksmiths shop at Gretna Green
Loch Lomond
View over Auld Reekie in Edinburgh, Scotland
Flags along the windy streets of Liverpool
Dublin, the capital of Ireland
Enjoy the historic architecture of downtown Liverpool
The Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh serves as the offical residence of the Queen
Malahide Castle near Dublin, Ireland

Vacation Overview

This fascinating journey delivers the best of Scotland, England’s Lake District, North Wales, and the Emerald Isle. Begin in lively Glasgow and head north via the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond to Fort William, Loch Ness, and the Highland capital, Inverness. Travel south, stopping to visit a whisky distillery – and sampling a ‘wee dram’, our Local Favorite, and Balmoral Castle (when open). Spend two nights in Edinburgh; visit the famous castle and Holyrood Palace. In the Lowland hills, see the blacksmith’s shop at Gretna Green before crossing into England. Delight in the beauty of the Lake District on your way to Liverpool, where you visit the award-winning Beatles Story. Explore the North Wales towns of Betws-y-Coed and Caernarvon, before ferrying across the Irish Sea to the “Fair City” of Dublin, where an orientation drive shows off O’Connell Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare. Stop in Blarney on the way to the popular resort of Killarney, and enjoy an orientation tour of Limerick. Marvel at the scenic Ring of Kerry, the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, and stunning Giant’s Causeway. Visits to the pilgrimage village of Knock, the walled city of Derry, and Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast are also included, before returning to Glasgow for the conclusion of your tour.

Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner

Guided tour of a whisky distillery and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite sample a ‘wee dram’

Visit the castle (when open)

Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace

Visit Wordsworth’s village, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite try original Grasmere gingerbread

Visit the Beatles Story

Admire the impressive castle

Cross the Irish Sea by ferry

Orientation drive, visit Trinity College

Guided tour of the Irish National Stud

Take photographs of this famous landmark

Visit the popular resort town

Scenic peninsula drive

Admire the thatched cottages

Orientation drive

Savor the spectacular views


Visit the religious site

Visit W.B. Yeats’ grave

Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided walking tour on the city walls

Take pictures of Dunluce Castle, visit Giant’s Causeway

Guided “Living History” tour

Cross the North Channel by ferry

Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures August 4th, 11th and 18th

DAY 1Arrive In Glasgow, Scotland

Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow, Scotland 

DAY 2Glasgow–Fort William–Inverness

Your Celtic adventure starts in earnest with a city drive, taking in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. On the way this morning: the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond, wild Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, lovely Loch Linnhe, and Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. In the afternoon, look out for signs of the mysterious Loch Ness monster. Spend the night in Inverness, the Highland capital. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Loch Lomond Inverness, Scotland Inverness, Scotland Loch Lomond 

DAY 3Inverness–Braemar–Edinburgh

Cross the battlefield of Culloden Moor for a visit to a WHISKY DISTILLERY, where your guide explains the ancient art of distillation and will give you a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite ‘WEE DRAM’ to sample. On to BALMORAL CASTLE, the Queen’s residence during hunting season (when available). Then, drive through Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games for over 900 years, and in the afternoon, via Perth to Edinburgh. Tonight, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis. (Breakfast)

View over Auld Reekie in Edinburgh, Scotland Culloden Moor 

DAY 4Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (except when the Queen is in residence). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this evening. (Breakfast)

For departures on August 4th, 11th, and 18th, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

For over forty years, the Royal Yacht served the British Royal Family.  Britannia is now a unique five-star visitor experience; come and tour five decks of this historic ship. Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views The Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland The Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh serves as the offical residence of the Queen 

DAY 5Edinburgh–Gretna Green–Grasmere, England–Liverpool

On the way through the history-steeped Lowland Hills, stop at Gretna Green. Then, leave the land of the Scots and journey into England through the tranquil Lake District to Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, to try original Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. In Liverpool, visit the award-winning BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.” (Breakfast, Dinner)

Flags along the windy streets of Liverpool Enjoy the historic architecture of downtown Liverpool 
Gretna Green

Gretna Green

"There are many legends of love that surround Gretna Green – the first town encountered across the Scottish border. For centuries, Gretna Green has been synonymous with elopement and blacksmith marriages, although marriage by a blacksmith is more legend than fact. Until the 18th century, church marriages among the lower classes in Europe were almost unheard of. Instead, lower class weddings were usually looked at as “marriage by declaration.” When England passed the Marriage Act of 1754, establishing church weddings as the only legal form of marriage, a sudden industry began over the border in Scotland, where couples could still wed by declaration. Scottish “blacksmith priests” began working in pubs and inns and the eloping couples came in droves."

DAY 6Liverpool–North Wales–Dublin, Ireland

Travel to lovely Betws-y-Coed, then through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park and over breathtaking Llanberis Pass. After a stop at Caernarvon, cross Britannia Bridge to the Isle of Anglesey for a photo stop at tongue-twisting Llanfair.... At Holyhead, board your FERRY and cross the Irish Sea to Dublin. (Breakfast)

Dublin, the capital of Ireland 

DAY 7Dublin

An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Then, visit Oscar Wilde’s TRINITY COLLEGE, famous for the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the magnificent Old Library. Afternoon at leisure. Later, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter? (Breakfast)

Enjoy the beautiful campus of the renowned Trinity College 

DAY 8Dublin–Kildare–Cashel–Blarney–Killarney

Horse-racing country this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. On the way to Killarney, stop at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached, and in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Take in the beautiful scenery of the Killarney National Park Blarney Castle and the Stone of Eloquence 

DAY 9Killarney–Ring of Kerry–Adare–Limerick

Follow the road known as the RING OF KERRY for a spectacular 100-mile panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. In the afternoon, travel via quaint Adare to Limerick, where an orientation drive features St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. A suggestion for a very special night out: an optional medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the beautiful views along the Ring of Kerry in Ireland The Ring of Kerry is located in County Kerry, Ireland View the Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland 

DAY 10Limerick–Cliffs of Moher–Galway–Knock–Sligo

Motor to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren you reach Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Visit Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world, then spend the night in Sligo. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Visit the Cliffs of Moher and see some of Ireland’s most spectacular views Cliffs of Moher Cliffs of Moher 

DAY 11Sligo–Drumcliff–Derry, Northern Ireland–Giant's Causeway–Belfast

Start the day with a visit to the grave of native son and poet W.B. Yeats in Drumcliff; and in Derry, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WALK the city walls in the company of a Local Guide. After lunch, take your photographs of Dunluce Castle, then visit awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, composed of thousands of strangely symmetrical basalt columns jutting out to sea. Stay in Belfast tonight, Northern Ireland’s seat of government. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Giants Causeway Giants Causeway Giants Causeway Giants Causeway 

DAY 12Belfast–Glasgow, Scotland

On this morning’s “Living History” tour in the company of a Local Guide, learn more about this fascinating city where the Titanic was built. Board your FERRY for the crossing of the North Channel to Cairnryan on the west coast of Scotland. Back in Glasgow, celebrate the success of your journey with a farewell dinner tonight at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)


DAY 13Glasgow

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)



Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Belfast-Cairnryan

Full English breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners with choice of menus, including a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Glasgow

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Celtic Highlights:

  • Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast
  • Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City
  • Old and New Towns of Edinburgh