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Day 1 Day 1: October 3, 2022
Depart from the USA
Day 2 Day 2: October 4, 2022 Welcome to Scotland
Today, arrive at Edinburgh/Glasgow Airport and meet with your driver and guide. Transfer to Edinburgh and visit Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh’s Castle rock has been a stronghold for over 3000 years. In its dominating position overlooking the capital city, the grandeur and historical significance of Edinburgh Castle has made it a globally famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. Sitting on top of an extinct volcano, gaining stunning views across the City of Edinburgh, the castle has witnessed many defining events of Scottish history. It has dominated its surroundings with majesty for centuries. Captivating visitors with its ancient buildings and marvelous views, it continues to spellbind with its incredible story. Check into your hotel. Overnight, dinner, bed, and breakfast at your hotel in Edinburgh or the area.
Day 3 Day 3: October 5, 2022 – Edinburgh
Today, visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is The Queen’s official residence in Scotland and is closely associated with Scotland’s turbulent past. Mary, Queen of Scots, lived here between 1561 and 1567. Successive kings and queens have made the Palace of Holyroodhouse the premier royal residence in Scotland. At the end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, visitors can explore the 14 historic State Apartments and the ruins of Holyrood Abbey. The Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse hosts a program of changing exhibitions from the Royal Collection. After, visit John Knox House. John Knox House dates back to 1470, making it one of the oldest original medieval buildings surviving on the Royal Mile. Although John Knox only stayed in this house for a short time before his death in 1572, his association with it saved it from demolition in the 1840s. Finally, today, enjoy The Scotch Whisky Experience. Visit the new Scotch Whisky Experience for a spectacular journey! Take a swirling, bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery as you become part of the whisky-making process. You’ll hear the stories behind this magical craft with expert tour guides and whisky advisors with you every sip of the way. They’ll help you discover the aromas and flavors that appeal to your palate and lead you to your perfect Single Malt Whisky. Overnight, dinner, bed, and breakfast at your hotel in Edinburgh or the area.
Day 4 Day 4: October 6, 2022 – Edinburgh
This morning, attend a Worship Service at St. Giles Cathedral. Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure in Edinburgh. Overnight, dinner, bed, and breakfast at your hotel in Edinburgh or the area.
Day 5 Day 5: October 7, 2022 – Edinburgh to Perth
Today, I depart for Perth. En route, visit Dunfermline Abbey. Dunfermline Palace and Abbey are the remains of a great Benedictine abbey founded by Queen Margaret in the 11th century and is today the final resting place of King Robert Bruce, notably minus his heart, along with seven other Scottish kings. The abbey complex encompasses the ruins of a palace built by King James VI in the 16th century, which became home to his queen, Anna of Denmark. After the couple departed for London, royal interest in Dunfermline waned, but the abbey’s neighboring palace ruins still make for an exciting discovery. This was the birthplace of Charles I, the last monarch born in Scotland. Continue to St Andrew's and visit St Andrews Cathedral. The remains of what was Scotland’s largest and most magnificent church still show how impressive St Andrews Cathedral must have been in its prime. St Andrews Cathedral dominated the history of the medieval Church in Scotland, from its construction in the 12th century until the Protestant Reformation in 1560. As Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church, the cathedral was the seat of the country’s leading bishops. It occupied a site used for worship since the eighth century AD when the relics of St Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint, are said to have been brought here. The cathedral buildings are surrounded by a graveyard and encircled by Scotland's most complete and imposing monastic enclosure walls. After, visit St Andrews Castle. On a headland to the north of St Andrews stand the ruins of the city’s castle, the primary residence of the bishops and archbishops of St Andrews - the focal point of the Church in Medieval Scotland. Today, a siege mine and counter-mine can be explored, and the ‘bottle dungeon is viewed. St Andrews Castle was the official residence of Scotland’s leading bishop (and later archbishop) throughout the Middle Ages. Its scale demonstrated the power and wealth of the bishops, and it was the setting for many important events which determined the course of Scottish history. Some of the critical moments leading up to the Scottish Reformation in 1560 were played out within its precinct. Continue to Perth and check into your hotel. Overnight, dinner, bed, and breakfast at your hotel in Perth or the area.
Day 6 Day 6: October 8, 2022 – Perth to Inverness
This morning, visit St John’s Church. The first historical reference to a church dedicated to St. John the Baptist in Perth was in 1126. in a grant from King David I. In the following centuries, the church went through many renovations, and it is known that the tower and spire were completed before 1511. Depart Perth and travel north through the Highlands. Visit Legault Working Farm. During a 45-minute demonstration amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland, you will see up to eight dogs working as a team, manoeuvering sheep and ducks through various obstacles. Every dog has its own set of commands enabling visitors to see just how each response to their whistles and each dog's move is explained by their handler, Neil Ross. This truly is an experience not to be missed, giving people of all ages the chance to enjoy and participate in the traditional working day of a Highland Shepherd and his dogs. Meet the collie pups, bottle-feed the orphan lambs, and take part in shearing a sheep. You’ll have excellent opportunities to capture some unforgettable memories, so don’t forget your camera! Stop at one of the many hotels in the highlands for afternoon tea. Continue to Inverness and check into your hotel. Overnight, dinner, bed, and breakfast at your hotel in Inverness or area.
Day 7 Day 7: October 9, 2022 – Inverness to Oban
Next visit Urquhart Castle Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Control of the castle passed back and forth between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. The power struggles continued, as the Lords of the Isles regularly raided both castle and glen up until the 1500s. The last of the government troops garrisoned here during the Jacobite Risings blew up the castle when they left. Urquhart’s iconic ruins remain, offering glimpses into medieval times and the lives of its noble residents. Return to your coach and travel to Oban. Stop at the Glenfinnan Viaduct to see the Harry Potter Bridge. Overnight, dinner, bed, and breakfast at your hotel in Oban or area.
Day 8 Day 8: October 10, 2022 – Isle of Iona
This morning depart to the Isle of Iona. Upon arrival, visit Iona Abbey. Iona is a holy isle, an enduring symbol of Christianity in Scotland. St Columba and his followers came here from Ireland in AD 563 and founded a monastery that became the heart of the early Scottish Church. As a celebrated focus for Christian pilgrimage, Iona retains its spiritual atmosphere and remains an enduring symbol of worship. The abbey church was restored at the beginning of the 20th century, while work on restoring the living accommodation began in 1938, following the foundation of the Iona Community. Today, the Iona Community continues the tradition of worship first established by St Columba 1450 years ago. Iona Abbey is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Return to your hotel. Overnight, dinner, bed, and breakfast at your hotel in Oban or area.
Day 9 Day 9: October 11, 2022 – Oban to Glasgow
Today depart for Glasgow. En route, visit Inveraray Castle. Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland. Most notably, Inveraray Castle is featured in the television drama Downtown Abbey. Upon arrival in Glasgow, visit Glasgow Cathedral. Glasgow Cathedral, also called St Mungo’s Cathedral, is today a congregation of the Church of Scotland in Glasgow. Originally a Roman Catholic Cathedral, the building is a superb example of Scottish Gothic architecture. It is also one of the Scottish medieval churches to have survived the Reformation unscathed. The building is no longer a cathedral since it has not been the seat of a bishop since 1690. However, it is still a place of active Christian worship, hosting a Church of Scotland congregation. The building itself is in the ownership of the Crown, maintained by Historic Scotland, and is also a popular destination for tourists. Check into your hotel. Overnight, dinner, bed, and breakfast at your hotel in Glasgow or the area.
Day 10 Day 10: October 12, 2022 – Farewell
Today, transfer at Glasgow Airport for your flight back home.
Enhance Your Journey
October 12, 2022 - Cork, Cobh, Blarney
Depart Glasgow on your flight to Cork, Ireland. Our representatives will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your Irish bus as we head for Cobh. Here, you will visit the Heritage Center. From this port, between 1845 and 1860, 2.5 million people sailed to America. If you had an ancestor who came from Ireland to America, chances are they departed from this very place. Find your family name on the archived passenger lists. You can enjoy the multimedia exhibition and the railway station that has been completely refurbished in the style of the era. Visit Blarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills Shop. At the Castle of Blarney you will see the fabled Blarney Stone. Legend says that those who kiss the stone acquire a gift of eloquence. Check into your Killarney area hotel for dinner and overnight.
October 13, 2022 - Ring of Kerry, Waterville, Muckross House
Delight in some of the most spectacular scenery as you travel the Ring of Kerry. Pause at the seaside village of Waterville. Here Charlie Chaplin owned a summer home, and Payne Stewart was Club Captain of the local Golf Course. Visit the 19th century Muckross House. You will enjoy this magnificent Victorian mansion that is considered one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. You will experience the elegance of the day when you see the elegantly furnished rooms. Downstairs, however, reveals the working conditions of the servants employed in the house. Return to Killarney for dinner and overnight.
October 14, 2022 - Adare, Rock of Cashel, Dublin
Enjoy the beauty of the thatch roofed streets of Adare. The church here has a Norman Castle keep at its center. See the Rock of Cashel, the traditional seat of Irish kings. Here St. Patrick is thought to have converted the King of Munster. The present ruins are from structures built in the 12 and 13th Centuries, during the Norman era. Continue on to Dublin for dinner and overnight.
October 15, 2022 - Dublin
We begin our journey this morning with a stop at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The church was transitioned from a Catholic church to the Church of Ireland over the centuries. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels and a critic of British rule was a pastor here. John Wesley spoke and administered communion here on one of his numerous visits to Ireland. Take a walking tour of Trinity College. Founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, it is the oldest college in Ireland. We’ll visit the Old Library here and see the Book of Kells, an ornately illustrated Bible produced by Celtic Monks around 800 AD. Enjoy lunch at the Church, a pub that was originally a church Wesley preached at on his first visit to Ireland. Enjoy an afternoon to explore and shop on your own as you walk along the Liffey River or visit the various museums. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
October 16, 2022 - Return to USA
Say farewell to Ireland this morning as you return home with memories of the people and places of Scotland and Ireland!
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