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13 days Celtic Highlights

Knobby knees? Skinny calves? Thick ankles? No matter here. You can show them off with pride on this tartan-filled tour through the kilted and Celtic countries of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales with the added bonus of England’s postcard-perfect Lake District. Whether you’re in search of heritage, haggis, rolling glens, or smooth Guinness, there’s so much to discover on this Celtic tour of Britain and Ireland. Ancient castles? Check. Legendary lochs? Indeed. Sparkling seascapes and hallowed battlefields? You can bet your boots. Speaking of betting, you’ll visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare, a working stud farm and the beating heart of Ireland’s esteemed thoroughbred racehorse industry. From the storied cities to the tiny towns, you’ll feel your own heart beat as you savor the deep-rooted traditions and customs of the Emerald Isle and the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands.

Day Location Description
1 ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND Welcome to Glasgow! Free time the remainder of the day. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
2 GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–INVERNESS GLASGOW Orientation drive to see the 12th-century cathedral, university buildings, and Georgian squares. HIGHLANDS Scenic drive along Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, and Loch Linnhe. FORT WILLIAM See the gateway to Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak. LOCH NESS Visit the legendary lake. (B,D) 178 mi / 286 km
3 INVERNESS–CULLODEN–BLAIR ATHOLL–EDINBURGH CULLODEN Visit the Culloden Moor battlefield site and visitor center. BLAIR ATHOLL Visit Blair Castle. (B) 178 mi / 286 km
4 EDINBURGH EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, Old Town and a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Visit Holyrood Palace (when available, excluding August and other occasional dates). Free time in the afternoon. EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. (Departures August 09, August16 and August 23 only). (B)
5 EDINBURGH–GRETNA GREEN–GRASMERE, ENGLAND–LIVERPOOL GRETNA GREEN See where the blacksmith would wed runaway couples. LAKE DISTRICT (a UNESCO World Heritage site ) Scenic drive. GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village and [LF] try the original Grasmere gingerbread. LIVERPOOL Visit The Beatles Story. (B) 235 mi / 378 km
6 LIVERPOOL–NORTH WALES–DUBLIN, IRELAND NORTH WALES Scenic drive through Betws-y-Coed and Snowdonia National Park.Ferry crossing from Holyhead to Dublin. (B) 131 mi / 210 km
7 DUBLIN DUBLIN Orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Free time. (B) ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Dublin with a dining experience at the famouse Guinness Storehouse. This and many more options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
8 DUBLIN–KILDARE–CASHEL–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY KILDARE [LF] Visit the Irish National Stud.CASHEL See the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached. BLARNEY Visit the village renowned for its magical Kissing Stone with free time to explore. KILLARNEY Free time. (B,D) 231 mi / 372 km
9 KILLARNEY–RING OF KERRY–ADARE–LIMERICK RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around the island’s southwestern tip. ADARE Stop at the quaint village to see its pretty thatched cottages. LIMERICK Free time. (B) 167 mi / 268 km
10 LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean. GALWAY Free time. (B,D) 188 mi / 302 km
11 SLIGO–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST DERRY [LF] Walk on the city walls with a Local Guide. GIANT’S CAUSEWAY See more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed millions years ago. (B,D) 187 mi / 301 km
12 BELFAST–GLASGOW, SCOTLAND BELFAST Visit Titanic Experience museum. Ferry crossing to Cairnryan on the west coast of Scotland. (B,D) 82 mi / 132 km
13 GLASGOW GLASGOW Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)