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Ireland + Scotland + London Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Ireland & Howth Cliffs

We highly recommend booking pre-trip accommodations if you'd like to fully immerse yourself in Dublin's vibrant atmosphere.

Morning
  • Arrive at the Dublin International Airport (DUB) before 7:00 am and take included transportation to Howth village with your fellow group travelers (~30 min drive).
  • Start the day with a good Irish breakfast and go for an incredible cliff walk on the Bay of Dublin.
  • Spend your first morning exploring the lighthouses, shops, and cafes of Howth. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get to spot some seals!
Afternoon
  • After lunch in Howth, travel to Kilkenny, an Irish medieval town famous for its castle and witch legends (apx. 2 hour drive).
  • Go explore Kilkenny with your trip leader on a short walking tour before dinner.
Evening
  • Have dinner in an Irish pub and spend the evening listening to live Irish music and dance.

Day 2

Kilkenny Cultural Experience

Morning
  • Enjoy an Irish breakfast at your hotel/guesthouse.
  • Take a city cycling tour with an Irish and learn about Kilkenny's history and legends. 
Afternoon
  • Explore Kilkenny and the surroundings with a wide range of optional activities.
    Suggestions: Play Hurling, Ireland's national sport with a professional; Climb to the top of St. Canice Cathedral and the Round Tower constructed in the year 1250 for a view of the city; experience the Smithwicks Brewery; or visit the Dunmore caves.
Evening
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner in the historic Kilkenny.
  • Optional night out and experience Ireland's unique river dancing at a local pub.

Day 3

Rock of Cashel & Galway

Morning
  • Enjoy another full Irish breakfast right at your hotel/guesthouse.
  • Depart early in the morning for your next adventure in Ireland at the famous Rock of Cashel (~1 hour drive).
  • Spend the morning visiting the historic site, marveling at the Celtic art and experiencing the medieval architecture.

Afternoon

  • Take a cross country drive to beautiful the west coast city of Galway (~2.5 hour drive)
  • Arrive in Galway in the afternoon and take a walking tour of the city with your Trip Leader.
Evening
  • Have dinner in a local Galway restaurant with your group.
  • Optional night out in an Irish pub.

Day 4

Cliffs of Moher

Morning

  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel/guesthouse and drive to the Burren region to visit the Cliff of Moher.
  • Spend the morning exploring the Cliffs of Moher and hiking around the surreal landscape.

Afternoon

  • Have lunch in a typical Irish pub in the lovely village of Doolin
  • Drive back to Galway and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the city
  • Suggestion: Galway City Museum, Salthill Promenade, Galway Cathedral, Galway’s Latin Quarter.
Evening
  • Arrive back in lively Galway and immerse yourself in the live Irish music playing throughout the city.
  • Have dinner in a restaurant in Galway and get ready for your next adventure in Dublin! (Not included)

Day 5

Explore Dublin

Morning
  • Depart for Dublin, the famous capital of the Republic of Ireland, located on the east coast of the country. (~3 hour drive)
  • Arrive at your hotel/guesthouse before lunch.
Afternoon
  • Explore Dublin, a UNESCO City of Literature.
  • Make your own adventure in Dublin with the help of your Trip Leader.
    Suggestions: Trinity College, Guinness StoreHouse, Old Jameson Distillery, Book of Kells, St Stephen’s Green Park, Dublin Castle and much more.
Evening
  • Enjoy your last dinner in Ireland with your new friends and a pint of Guinness. Sláinte! 

Day 6

Arrival in Scotland

Morning
  • Take an included early morning flight to Scotland! (~1.5 hour flight)
  • Arrive at Edinburgh International Airport (EDI) and take included transportation to breakfast in the little town of Bridge Allan.
Afternoon
  • Enjoy a beautiful drive to Glencoe, the scenic glen where Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was filmed. (~4 hour drive)
  • Arrive at your guesthouse nestled in the breathtaking Scottish highlands and settle into your home base in Fort William.
Evening
  • Enjoy dinner with the group at a local Scottish restaurant.
  • Optional night out.

Day 7

Explore Glenflinnan & Hike the Lost Valley

Morning

  • Have breakfast right at the guesthouse in Fort William 
  • Spend the morning hiking to Steall Falls with your Trip Leader and mountain guide and  learn the principle of “Leave No Trace hiking”. 
  • The terrain is a clear, well-walked path but can be rocky and steep. Good footwear is highly recommended.

Afternoon

  • Have lunch in Glenfinnan
  • Hike to Glenfinnan viaduct and wait for the Jacobite steam train. Some Harry Potter fans will find that train familiar! 
  • Head back to the guesthouse in Fort William later this afternoon

Evening 

  • Have dinner in Fort William (not included)
  • Enjoy local pubs in Fort William with the group.

Day 8

Steall Falls Hike + Fort William

Morning

  • Enjoy a delicious Scottish breakfast before starting your new adventure of the day! 
  • Start the hike from Glencoe with your Trip Leader and mountain guide and enjoy the scenic and dramatic route to the Lost Valley (~3 hours).
  • The terrain is rocky and steep. Good footwear and an active lifestyle is highly recommended!

Afternoon

  • Head back to Fort William for a well-deserved lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the town. 
  • Suggestions: Visit the West Highland Museum; taste some Scottish whiskey at the Ben Nevis Distillery; take a walk to the Neptune Staircase or experience the UK's only mountain gondola to Nevis Range for a stunning view on the Scottish Highlands.

Evening

  • Enjoy your last dinner with the group (included) before heading to Edinburgh the next day! 

Day 9

Explore Edinburgh

Morning

  • Enjoy another Scottish breakfast at your guesthouse.
  • For the early birds, start your day hiking to Arthur’s Seat and enjoy the beautiful views of the city. 

Afternoon 

  • Make your own adventure in Edinburgh! You can decide to get to Calton Hill for more views of this beautiful city, visit Deans Village or go shopping tartan! 

Evening

  • Enjoy your final dinner in Edinburgh with the group (included) and get ready for tomorrow’s new destination! 

Day 10

Edinburgh Immersion

Morning

  • Depart Edinburgh early in the morning on a direct train to London (~4 hour train ride).
  • Leave your luggage at your hotel and start visiting this big and dynamic city! 

Afternoon 

  • Spend the afternoon exploring London. From Buckingham Palace to Camden Town, you have plenty of options and won’t be disappointed! Don’t hesitate asking your Trip Leader for recommendations. 
  • Suggestion: British Museum, National Gallery, London Eye, Covent Garden...etc.

Evening

  • Celebrate your last night with the group with a delicious dinner and experience the nightlife of London!

Day 11

London

Morning
  • Depart Edinburgh early in the morning on a direct train to London (~4 hour train ride).
  • Arrive in London before lunch to begin your day in England.
Afternoon
  • Spend your afternoon exploring the city and see sights like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, The Globe Theater, Camden Town and more!

Evening

  • Enjoy your last night with the group in London with a delicious dinner and experience local pubs and the city’s nightlife.

Day 12

Relaxation & Departure

Morning
  • Depart at any point during the day to the airport.
  • Your Trip Leaders can provide information on taxis and public tranportation to get you there.
  • If you plan to spend extra time in the city let your Trip Leaders know and they will provide recommendations.

We highly recommend booking post-trip accommodations if you'd like to fully immerse yourself in London's vibrant atmosphere.

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