Celtic Highlights (GD)

13 Day Tour from Glasgow to Glasgow

2020 Tour Details

From their breath-taking scenery to their vibrant cities and small towns, this fascinating tour delivers the best of Scotland, England’s Lake District, North Wales, and the Emerald Isle. You’ll start and end in Glasgow and overnight also in Inverness and Edinburgh in Scotland; Liverpool, England; Dublin, Killarney, Limerick, and Sligo in Ireland; and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Throughout the tour, you’ll learn about the history and cultures as you visit some of the areas’ must-see attractions. For example, in Belfast you will visit the Titanic Experience to learn more about this ship and its ill-fated maiden voyage.

You’ll also experience stunning scenery on this Britain and Ireland tour. Keep your eyes peeled for the Loch Ness monster in Scotland’s beautiful Highlands. Travel through the incomparable landscapes of Snowdonia National Park in Wales, with picturesque villages, mountains, and lakes. Follow Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile panoramic drive with sparkling seascapes, brightly colored farmhouses, and the breath-taking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney. Visit the spectacular 668-feet Cliffs of Moher and awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, composed of thousands of basalt columns formed millions of years ago.

But that’s not all…Globus has also included out-of-the-ordinary experiences just for you. For example, you’ll visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the word. You’ll also taste the famous gingerbread crafted in Grasmere in England’s Lake District. Or how about a walk with a Local Guide on the old city walls in Derry, Northern Ireland?

Bustling cities, smaller towns, scenic castles (Caernarvon, Edinburgh and Blair castles), breath-taking landscapes, tasty treats, and so much more are offered on this incredible Britain and Ireland tour.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

GLASGOW
Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner
CULLODEN MOOR
Visit the battle site’s visitor center
BLAIR ATHOLL
Visit Blair Castle
EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace (excluding August and other occasional dates)
GRASMERE
Visit Wordsworth’s village, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite try original Grasmere gingerbread
LIVERPOOL
Visit The Beatles Story
CAERNARVON
Admire the impressive castle
HOLYHEAD–DUBLIN
Cross the Irish Sea by ferry
DUBLIN
Orientation drive
KILDARE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided tour of the Irish National Stud
ROCK OF CASHEL
Take photographs of this famous landmark
KILLARNEY
Visit the popular resort town
RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive
ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views
GALWAY
Orientation
DERRY
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided walking tour on the city walls
COUNTY ANTRIM
Take pictures of Dunluce Castle, visit Giant’s Causeway
BELFAST
Visit the Titanic Experience
BELFAST-CAIRNRYAN
Cross the North Channel by ferry

Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Notes:

  • August 9 through August 24 Departures–Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

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

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferries Holyhead-Dublin, Belfast-Cairnryan.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Glasgow

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel with the rest of the day 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.

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Day 2 GLASGOW–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.
Today’s Distance: 178 mi / 286 km

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Day 3 INVERNESS–CULLODEN–BLAIR ATHOLL–EDINBURGH

At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTER, hear the story of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, drive through the Cairngorms National Park and visit BLAIR CASTLE, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Tonight in Edinburgh, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.
Today’s Distance: 178 mi / 286 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 EDINBURGH

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” visit EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). Later, a unique optional excursion: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia, once the perfect royal residence for glittering state visits and family holidays. Dinner rounds off this evening. For departure numbers August 9 through August 24, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 EDINBURGH–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, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to Grasmere, home of poet William Wordsworth, to try original Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite GRASMERE GINGERBREAD. In Liverpool, visit THE BEATLES STORY, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture, and music of the “Fab Four.”
Today’s Distance: 235 mi / 378 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 LIVERPOOL–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 Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. 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?
Today’s Distance: 136 mi / 218 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 DUBLIN

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, consider an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 DUBLIN–KILDARE–CASHEL–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY

Horse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the IRISH NATIONAL STUD at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. On the way to Killarney, pause to take photos at the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts in Blarney, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone.
Today’s Distance: 231 mi / 372 km

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Day 9 KILLARNEY–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 an historic castle.
Today’s Distance: 167 mi / 268 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO

Drive to the spectacular CLIFFS OF MOHER, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic, and step on to the edge of the world to admire the awe-inspiring views and watch the birds glide along the rugged cliffs. Via the limestone plateau of The Burren, reach Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Then, spend the night in the coastal seaport and county town of Sligo.
Today’s Distance: 188 mi / 302 km

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Day 11 SLIGO–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 Town 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.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi / 319 km

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Day 12 BELFAST–GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

This morning, visit the fascinating TITANIC EXPERIENCE and learn about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. Board your FERRY for the crossing of the North Channel to Cairnryan on the west coast of Scotland. Back in Glasgow, celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Today’s Distance: 82 mi / 132 km

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Day 13 GLASGOW

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

DAWN SCASE

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

A wealth of history is packed into our islands and I'm passionate about bringing each country and region to life, highlighting their character through stories, music and culture. Born in Northern Ireland with Scottish ancestry, married to a Welshman and living in England I adore every part of our British Isles and very much look forward to showing you around!

Tour Director - DAWN SCASE

 Accommodations

Glasgow
Inverness
Edinburgh
Liverpool
Dublin
Killarney
Limerick
Sligo
Belfast

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Scottish Night with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis

Scottish Night with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis

A festive evening of authentic Scottish food, fun, entertainment, and the inimitable Ceremony of the Haggis awaits on this memorable evening excursion in the heart of Edinburgh.

Price Range: $$

 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $1,694*
18 guests in a party: $357*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (USD) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2019 travel year. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.

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* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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