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A Celtic Adventure

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A Celtic Adventure

14 Days

Why select either Scotland or Ireland for your next holiday when this gorgeous trip effortlessly combines both countries? With strong historical and cultural ties, these two Celtic nations both boast incredible expanses of green scenery, beautiful rugged coastlines, ancient archaeological sites, and famously friendly locals.  

Beginning in the vibrant capital city of Edinburgh and taking you on a wonderful journey through picturesque Perthshire, admire some truly spectacular scenery and gain an intimate insight into local life and customs.

 Afterwards, venture across the Irish Sea to the verdant countryside of Co. Mayo. Here, unique and ethereal landscapes combine with privately guided walks to give you a real understanding of the cultural heritage of the Emerald Isle. Your travels will then conclude in Ireland’s famed capital, Dublin, a colourful city with an equally vivacious history that will be brought to life by a variety of fascinating tours and exclusive private visits.

 

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ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS



Dream Escape’s recommended programme could include the following experiences:

  • Explore the winding, cobbled streets of Edinburgh’s mediaevalesque Old Town in the company of a knowledgeable local guide

 

  • Follow in the footsteps of golfing greats by walking the famed fairways of the Old Course in the undisputed home of golf, St Andrews

 

  • Take a stroll around the awe-inspiring Pass of Killiecrankie, a magnificent wooded gorge framed by the gorgeous River Garry

 

  • Sample a handpicked selection of smooth single malt whiskies at Scotland’s oldest working distillery

 

  • Enjoy a luxurious and intimate motor cruise on the iridescent waters of Loch Lomond

 

  • Visit the crowning jewel of the Co. Clare coastline, the breath-taking Cliffs of Moher

 

 

  • Learn the secret to commanding a majestic Harris Hawk, watching it soar down to land on your gloved fist

 

  • Traverse the streets of Dublin to explore hidden gems and cultural landmarks, including a trip to an enigmatic underground Gaelic bar

 

  • Step through time at the Irish Emigration Museum and gaining a unique insight into the compelling story of Irish emigrants and their descendants who helped to shape the world

 

During your two week-long adventure, experience the very best of Irish and Scottish hospitality, starting with a luxurious stay in one of Edinburgh’s premiere properties.

From here, pass through picturesque Perthshire and spend a night in a real-life castle before arriving at a sumptuous hotel known as the ‘Playground of the Gods’.

Once in the Emerald Isle, stay at two castle properties before arriving at your last accommodation in vibrant Dublin, an incredible hotel that’s intrinsically linked to the history and cultural heritage of city.

 

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THINGS TO DO

LOCH LOMOND CRUISE

Set off from the marina and relax on the upper deck with a glass of champagne in hand.

EPIC, THE IRISH EMIGRATION MUSEUM

Step through several themed galleries with a private tour guide who will give you a unique insight into the compelling story of how Irish emigrants and their descendants helped to influence and shape the world. Hear stories of triumph and tragedy, great success and even greater loss. Learn how emigration helped shape the destiny of a nation and leave with a deeper understanding of Irish people and culture. The museum is incredibly interactive, making it fun and engaging for every member of the family. Without question, it will provide a great introduction to the people of Ireland.

 

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Edinburgh Castle, perched on ancient volcanic rock, has stood guard over the city for 900 years and is brimming with tales, from it near destruction on the order of King of Scots, Robert the Bruce to its role as a garrisoned fortress through the Glorious Revolution and the Jacobite Risings.

GLENTURRET DISTILLERY

Nestled at the foothills of the Highlands, Glenturret is Scotland’s oldest working distillery.

PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF THE BURREN

The Burren is a karst landscape made up of an extraordinarily rich geological, botanical and archaeological heritage, and is of international significance with parts of the region classed as a National Park. This limestone plateau resembles a lunar landscape; in the spring and summer months, great colour abounds against the stark landscape. It will be brought to life by a local walking guide, sharing both knowledge and passion.

DUBLIN HIGHLIGHTS

The wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, passing the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 Easter Rising and birthplace of the Irish Nation.

PLACES VISITED

EDINBURGH

Scotland’s historic capital city. Edinburgh, sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress; and the neo- classical New Town, dating from the 18th The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and saw it awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

The Royal Mile, which lies at the heart of the Old Town is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world. Today, it is peppered with stores selling cashmere goods and hand crafted silver jewellery. However, in centuries gone by it was a different story: delving into the Old Town is like leafing through the pages of a dusty historical novel, as each era unfolds with its own legends and characters.

DUBLIN

Dublin is steeped in history, with Viking, medieval and Georgian influences all having left their marks. Since the time of the Vikings, Dublin has been the principal gateway to the Emerald Isle. The medieval city, with its intimate knots of small alleys and broad streets south of the river, was developed in Norman times around St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle, and later came to symbolise British rule in Ireland. The 18th century was the “Age of Elegance”, a time of relative prosperity when the Irish gentry set about remodelling the city into one of elegance, replete with graceful terraces, wrought-iron balconies and fanlight doorways. The city became Ireland’s capital with the establishment of the Republic of Ireland in 1937, and today is regarded as one of the liveliest and most atmospheric in Europe.

CLIFFS OF MOHER

Selected as one of the Signature Experiences of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher are a breath-taking Discovery Point. They are the crowning glory of the Co. Clare coastline. Like a viewing platform for prehistoric giants who wish to peer over the edge of Europe, they provide an unrivalled view across the vast boiling wildness of the Atlantic Ocean

ST ANDREWS

In addition to being the home of golf, St Andrews is also where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge first met, whilst studying at the world-renowned university. The town is also home to several iconic historical sights. Now largely ruined after seeing many a war, St Andrews Castle was once the magnificent home of the Bishops and Archbishops of St Andrews. As to the Cathedral, it was the focal point of the Church in medieval Scotland, and in the thick of the struggle for the hearts and minds of the nation during the Protestant Reformation.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

  • Accommodation

    From private stately castles, historic manor houses and country club resorts to luxury city hotels and Georgian townhouses, Dream Escape will find you the perfect place to call “home’ during your stay.

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