Celtic Highlights (GD) - 2015 / 2016

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13 Day Tour from Glasgow to Glasgow

Celtic Highlights
Giants Causeway
Giants Causeway
View the Ring of Kerry in southwest Ireland
Glasgow, Scotland
Enjoy the beautiful views along the Ring of Kerry in Ireland
Giants Causeway
Take in the beautiful scenery of the Killarney National Park
Giants Causeway
The Ring of Kerry is located in County Kerry, Ireland
Glasgow, Scotland

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 at Culloden Moor and visitor center, scene of the battle between the Hanoverians and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans, and Balmoral Castle (when open). Spend two nights in Edinburgh; visit the famous castle and Holyrood Palace (except when the Queen is in residence). Tickets are included for the world-renowned Military Tattoo on departures August 10, 17 & 24. In the Lowland hills, see the blacksmith’s shop at Gretna Green before crossing into England. Delight in the beauty of the Lake District and stop in Grasmere to sample its famous gingerbread 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, and enjoy tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant, a Local Favorite on this tour. Stop in Blarney on the way to the popular resort of Killarney, then 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 with guided walking tour, and Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital Belfast are also included before returning to Glasgow for the conclusion of your vacation.

Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner


Visit the battle site’s visitor center

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

Guided tour of the Irish National Stud, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite tea and scones at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant

Take photographs of this famous landmark

Visit the popular resort town

Scenic peninsula drive

Admire the thatched cottages

Savor the spectacular views


Visit the religious site

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 10, 17 and 24.

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 with wine 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)

Inverness, Scotland Loch Lomond Loch Lomond Inverness, Scotland 

DAY 3Inverness–Culloden–Braemar–Edinburgh

At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Drive through the Grampian Mountains to BALMORAL CASTLE, the Queen’s residence during hunting season (when available). Then, 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 

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.

For departures on August 10, 17, and 24, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

The Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland The Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh serves as the offical residence of the Queen Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views Enjoy the sounds of bagpipes and drums at the Military Tattoo performance 

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. For a first taste of Ireland, why not join an optional Irish cabaret evening including dinner, dance, song, and laughter? (Breakfast)

Dublin, the capital of Ireland 

DAY 7Dublin

An orientation drive in the Irish capital includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, you might want to take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse. (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. After your guided tour, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite TEA and SCONES at the Japanese Gardens Restaurant. 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)

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

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. Have your camera ready for sparkling seascapes, brightly colored farmhouses, subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. In the afternoon, travel via quaint Adare to Limerick. 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)

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

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

First highlight today is Derry, situated on the banks of the Foyle River, and a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WALK on the old 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 with wine at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)


DAY 13Glasgow

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)



Motorcoach; ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Belfast-Cairnryan. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Full English breakfast; 7 three-course dinners with wine and 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