14 Days: Bunratty, Connemara, Killarney, County Clare, County Kerry, Dublin, the Highlands and Edinburgh

Ireland to Scotland Adventure

14 Days Air travel time: 13 Days, 12 Nights Land Journey Begin in Galway, Killarney, Dublin Finale in Edinburgh

The Only No-Rush Ireland & Scotland Journey

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Frankly, we've done the sun up to sun down approach to Ireland. And we don't want to ever do Ireland that way again! Discover Journey's approach to the treasures of Ireland and Scotland and enjoy most mornings with world-class sightseeing and most afternoons at leisure. No rushing to get to "the next place" on the itinerary.

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On our Ireland & Scotland Adventure we know how and where to tour to avoid the crowds and the rush. We're different from the mainstream.

  • County Clare: Bunratty, Connemara, Castles and Coast
  • County Kerry: Killarney, Muckross and Blarney
  • Dublin: Whiskey Tasting, Story Telling and More
  • The Scottish Highlands: Lochs, Battle Fields, and Heroes


  • DINING: Exclusive to Journey: Our amazing included Dinners feature Unlimited Premium Beverages: Soda & Wine.
  • SPECIAL ACCESS: Skip-the-Long-Line Admissions with special access sightseeing
  • Unique to Journey: No Up-Selling on tour (compare with other tour companies), No Big Buses or Groups
  • Now Journey Tour Captains relate to you and delight you with their knowledge.
  • On Tour Transportation: Comfy Mercedes-type Van or comfy SUV on smaller parties throughout
  • Customary gratuities excluding the Tour Captain

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Journey's Prime Location Hotels

2 Days/2Nights
Discover Northern Ireland and the Titanic Experience

The perfect beginning with the beauty of Ireland's Coast
G Hotel, The Galmont, The House Hotel or Similar

SHANNON AREA, 2 Days/2 Nights
Exploring Legends and Learning Secrets
Bunratty Castle Hotel, Treacy's Oakwood Hotel or Similar. Some departures stay in Killarney.

KILLARNEY, 3 Days/3 Nights
Enjoying the good life in Killarney
Killarney Plaza Hotel, Great Southern or Similar

DUBLIN, 2 Days/2 Nights
The perfect Irish ending is discovering the treasures of Dublin
Brooks Hotel, The Fitzwilliam or Similar

The perfect finalé is discovering the treasures of Edinburgh
Radisson Blu Edinburgh City Center or Similar

OPTIONAL ENDING: Consider London for 3 Days/3 Nights
Scenic Train from Edinburgh to London, London Sights


Itinerary at a Glance

FIRST THINGS FIRST: Consider our Flight and Early Arrival Options
Your flight to Shannon, Ireland, should land on Day 1 of the itinerary — this means you should depart your home airport the day prior — your round-trip travel time on this Journey is 15 Days (14 Days, 13 Nights Land). Airfare is not included. Inquire about our Business Class and Premium Economy Airfare.

Expand the Journey: Many of our travelers arrive a "full day early" to recover from their overnight flight — inquire with us about a pre-tour overnight hotel room in Shannon or even stay at the beautiful Dromoland Castle! You can even stay longer with our Northern Ireland and/or Scotland Extensions.


Day-by-Day Itinerary

Galway —  The City of Tribes

Day 1: Welcome to Galway, Ireland

Upon arrival into Shannon Airport, you will meet the Journey Meet & Greet team after clearing customs and then enjoy the included transfer to check in to your hotel in Galway. Upon arrival into Galway, check in to your hotel. If you have arrived early, have no fears, you can drop your bags and set off to wander Galway City's cobble stone streets.

The City of Tribes welcomes you and you immediately feel yourself stepping back in time to medieval Ireland. Known the world over for its friendly people, charming streets, shopping and nightlife, Galway will refresh flagging spirits like no other place.

Discovery WalkDiscovery Walk
Join the Journey Tour Captain for a Discovery Walk on your arrival day in Galway. Learn the major landmarks and the lay of the land in relation to our hotel. We'll introduce you to the best ATM machines and other helpful information for your stay in Galway.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Galway Dinner

Tonight enjoy a special welcome dinner in Galway with your Journey Tour Captain.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Galway, 2 Nights with breakfast

Deluxe: The Galmont Hotel, The House Hotel, The G Hotel & Spa, or Similar
 Classic Hotel or Similar

The Connemara

Day 2: Exploring the Connemara

After a wonderful Irish breakfast at the hotel, we will set out to explore the Connemara area of Ireland.

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Exploring the Connemara
Now we are entering the wild beauty of Connemara: Mountains start to rise and there are vast, open, breath-taking spaces in the Maam Valley, a spectacular region that divides up the Maamturk mountains of Connemara. Dropping down into the village of Leenane where the film The Field directed by John B. Keane was filmed, Killary Fjord (Ireland’s only fjord) unfolds. Here you can see the salmon and mussel pots floating on the surface of the water where the fish are farmed here. Arriving now at the highlight of the tour, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens, one can absorb the tranquil atmosphere while walking in one of Ireland’s most peaceful scenic areas.

We return to Galway for the balance of the afternoon at leisure.

Journey is Different: Your Journey Tour Captain will invite you to an optional dinner tonight or you can explore Galway at leisure.


The Cliffs of Moher

Day 3: The Cliffs | Exploring the Region

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: The Cliffs of Moher & the Burren
This morning after breakfast we will set out to explore and experience the Cliffs of Moher, a sheer precipice that stretches for 5 miles along the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's western edge. The Cliffs of Moher rise to a height of 668 feet above the Atlantic and is one of the most impressive coastlines in Ireland. In nesting season the cliffs are home to a variety of seabirds.

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure Continues: The Burren
What is most realized upon entering The Burren is the silence. Tourism Ireland describes it this way, "It’s a silence as layered as the undulating landscape itself, filled with the riches of Irish history; of aeons of stories, told and untold. All around you is pale grey stone ribboned with crags and crevices; miniature cliffs spread like mosaics as far as the horizon; and a microcosm of Ireland’s wildlife thrives." We agree. Its a special place that makes the Treasures of Ireland journey that much more interesting.

Later this afternoon we continue our journey and arrive at our home for the next two days.

Upon arrival, we will check in and freshen up.

Orientation Walk IconDiscovery Walk

On the Discovery Walk we will orient you to the area around the hotel and get to know our home for the next two nights.

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in the Shannon Area, 2 Nights with Breakfast

Deluxe:  Bunratty Castle Hotel, Treacy's Oakwood Hotel or Similar
Classic: Classic Hotel or Similar


"My Ireland"

Day 4: Day at Leisure

Plan Your Day
Fill your day with excitement and discovery with a range of exhilarating activites, indoor and out. Or just find that perfect space to enjoy your good read, or maybe it's time to continue working on your own piece of literature —  whichever you prefer, today is the perfect day to enjoy as you desire.

Taking place nearby within a short drive are amazing experiences which must be booked in advance including game shooting, horse riding, falconery demonstrations, spa experiences, cycling and much more.

Journey is Different: Your Journey Tour Captain will invite you to an optional dinner tonight or you can explore Shannon at leisure.

Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey Center: Aillwee Cave is a stunning underground cave system located near the village of Ballyvaughan, approximately an hour's drive from Shannon. Visitors can take guided tours through the cave's passages, marveling at its ancient rock formations, underground rivers, and caverns. Adjacent to the cave is the Birds of Prey Centre, where visitors can see majestic birds of prey up close and watch thrilling flying demonstrations featuring eagles, falcons, and owls.
$230 per person, minimum 2 guests - includes admission plus private driver, roundtrip.


Killarney — Cill Airne

Day 5: Onward to Killarney

Muckross House

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Muckross House
This morning we make our way bound for Killarney, but first we enjoy visiting a stop at a 19th century Victorian mansion by the name of Muckross House.The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney's three lakes. Originally built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the water-colorist Mary Balfour Herbert. The fourth house in a series of homes that were owned by generations of the Herbert family for almost two hundred years.

Upon arrival to Killarney, we will check in and freshen up before our Discovery Walk.

Orientation Walk IconDiscovery Walk in Killarney

On the Discovery Walk we experience a Now Journey exclusive with your Tour Captain.  

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Killarney Dinner

Your Journey Tour Captain hosts an amazing welcome dinner in Killarney with authentic and delicious Irish and World cuisine served by a family who love what they do. 

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Killarney, 3 Nights with Breakfast

Deluxe: Killarney Plaza Hotel or Similar
Classic: Classic Hotel or Similar


The Blarney Stone

Day 6: To Blarney Castle

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Blarney Castle & Gardens
Today we enjoy ourselves with a visit to Blarney Castle, where you will have the chance to see the famous Stone of Eloquence (some call the gift of Gab) and time to visit the adjacent woolen mills. Situated 8km from Cork City, this historic castle is most famous for its stone, which has the traditional power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it. In the grounds of the castle, the Rock Close, and its surroundings, is a curious place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones, by legend a garden of druidic origin and a center of worship in pre-Christian days. The place has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch's Kitchen, Druid's Cave and many other delights, telling a story of centuries past. Blarney Castle Estate offers visitors the chance to stroll in one of the country's most spectacular gardens.

Blarney Castle & House are set in acres of parkland filled with rare and unusual trees and plants. There will be time for lunch and shopping at the nearby Blarney Woolen Mill's, the largest in Ireland.

Prosecco IconSpecial Experience
Join your Journey Tour Captain later today for a special time together.


"My Ireland"

Day 7: A Day at Leisure

Today, enjoy a complete day at leisure. May we suggest optional touring to the Ring of Kerry?

Journey is Different: Your Journey Tour Captain will invite you to an optional dinner tonight or you can explore Killarney at leisure.

Ring of Kerry Tour:
Embark on a scenic drive along the famous Ring of Kerry, a 179-kilometer (111-mile) circular route that loops around the Iveragh Peninsula. This picturesque journey takes you through charming villages, past rugged coastline, verdant hills, and panoramic viewpoints. Highlights along the route include the Gap of Dunloe, the Skellig Ring, and the picturesque towns of Kenmare and Sneem. $390 per person, minimum 2 guests - includes roundtrip private driver and commentary.

Killarney National Park: Spend a day exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Killarney National Park, one of Ireland's most cherished natural treasures. This vast expanse of wilderness encompasses mountains, lakes, woodlands, and historic sites. You can take a leisurely stroll or hike along scenic trails, visit Muckross House and Gardens, explore the ruins of Ross Castle, or take a boat ride on the picturesque Lakes of Killarney. Wildlife enthusiasts may also spot native red deer roaming freely in the park. $390 per person, minimum 2 guests - includes roundtrip private driver and commentary.

Torc Waterfall and Torc Mountain Hike: Just a short drive from Killarney town, Torc Waterfall is a stunning cascade nestled amidst lush woodland scenery. Take a leisurely walk from the car park to admire the waterfall up close, or embark on a hike to the summit of Torc Mountain for panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the Lakes of Killarney and the MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range. The hike offers a rewarding outdoor adventure suitable for hikers of various skill levels. $330 per person, minimum 2 guests - includes roundtrip private driver and commentary.


Dublin —  The 'Craic' Awaits You

Day 8: Welcome to Dublin

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Rock of Cashel
Today we head to Dublin with a stop at the Rock of Cashel, also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock, is a historic site located at Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland with time for lunch on your own. Upon arrival to Dublin, we will check in, freshen up and then enjoy a Discovery Walk before dinner.

Orientation Walk IconDiscovery Walk

On the Discovery Walk we find Dublin to be a beautiful destination filled with coffee shops, museums, and one shop called Peacock Green & Co. known for its specialty in tea. Oh! And don't forget the Queen of Tarts, whose delectable sweets are manifest in the many cakes available! Learn about these sites and more on the Discovery Walk with the Tour Captain.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Dublin Dinner

Your Journey Tour Captain hosts an amazing welcome dinner in Dublin - it's a night of music, cuisine and special drink. 

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Dublin, 2 Nights with Breakfast

Deluxe: Brooks Hotel, The Fitzwilliam or Similar
Classic: Classic Hotel or Similar


Day 9: Exploring Dublin

After your full Irish breakfast this morning you will commence the walking tour exploring the city center of Dublin.

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Treasures (and Secrets) of Dublin
Enjoy an informed and fun perspective of life and history in Ireland’s capital. We take in the amazing Trinity College Library where we include entrance fees to see the famous Book of Kells. St. Patrick's Cathedral is a delight and another treasure on our Journey. We make our way to Brazen Head Pub for a very special visit.

The afternoon is at your leisure. You may choose to visit Kilmainham Gaol, The Guinness Storehouse, The Dublin Writers Museum or any of the great museums and galleries.

Journey is Different: Join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner in Dublin or explore at your leisure.


Welcome to Bonnie Scotland

Day 10: To Scotland

After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport (Dublin or Belfast on select itineraries) for our required flight to Edinburgh (Inverness on select itineraries), Scotland.

Orientation Walk IconDiscovery Walk

On the Discovery Walk of Edinburgh, magic seems to come to life as we learn about this amazing city. J.K. Rowland's famous Harry Potter series was inspired from her time writing in Edinburgh.

Journey Dinners IconWelcome to Edinburgh Dinner

Your Journey Tour Captain hosts a welcome to Edinburgh dinner. 

Journey Hotels IconAccommodation in Edinburgh, 4 Nights with Breakfast

Deluxe: Royal Mile or Similar
Classic: Classic Hotel or Similar


Edinburgh —  The Watchman Waketh but in Vain

Day 11: Exploring Amazing Edinburgh

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Treasures of Scotland: Edinburgh, the Castle and Stirling Castle
Enjoy the tour of Edinburgh with a visit to the Castle, the Grass Market area with it many famous pubs and eateries, and learn about the National Museum and National Galleries and the Royal Mile. Then we're off to Stirling Castle: We make our way to Stirling to enter the world of Scotland’s Renaissance kings and queens and discover a world of splendor. We learn of Sir William Wallace, the Braveheart legend, and Sir Robert the Bruce. Stirling's strategic position along the River Forth between the lowlands and highlands has meant it's been coveted and fought over since the time of the Romans.

Journey is Different: We return to Edinburgh later in the afternoon and then you are invited to our optional dinner in town or enjoy exploring at your leisure.


The Scottish Highlands

Day 12: Optional Adventure to the Highlands

Sightseeing IconToday's Adventure: Loch Ness and the Highlands - Inquire for Pricing
On this optional adventure, we make our way north and pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle: truly Rob Roy territory. We arrive at Loch Ness where we enjoy a boating adventure. This is a fantastic full day adventure in the Highlands as we visit Loch Ness with a 1 hour boat cruise, we'll learn of the history of Scotland as we make our way and learn about Glen Coe, the Highland Perthshire and perhaps see the incredible Ben Nevis along the way.  

It's a full day exploring and we return early in the evening to Edinburgh.


Day 13: Edinburgh at Leisure

Today, enjoy Edinburgh completely at your leisure until our farewell dining event tonight.

Prosecco IconOur Special Journey Finalé

Tonight join your Tour Captain for our special Aperitif to celebrate our time together. It has been a Journey of adventure and discovery, along with making new friends! Until our next Journey — Slán!

Adventure to the Highlands
On this optional adventure, we make our way north and pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle: truly Rob Roy territory. We arrive at Loch Ness where we enjoy a boating adventure. This is a fantastic full day adventure in the Highlands as we visit Loch Ness with a 1 hour boat cruise, we'll learn of the history of Scotland as we make our way and learn about Glen Coe, the Highland Perthshire and perhaps see the incredible Ben Nevis along the way. $440 per person, minimum 2 guests - includes roundtrip private driver and commentary.


Day 14: Departure Day Or Extend Your Adventure

Your Journey ends this morning after breakfast. May we suggest an extension:

What about London? Tempting? Please inquire with Reservation about extensions and pricing.