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3-Night Best of Edinburgh Tour

Price: From $1,048 Per Person.
3 Nights

On this 3-night tour of Edinburgh and Loch Lomond, you'll get the chance to embrace the grandeur of Scotland's capital as well as take in the beautiful sights of Scotland's Loch Lomond Region. Your trip starts with a flight from Dublin to Edinburgh, where you'll be staying at the stylish Channings Hotel for the next three nights. Jump right into the fun with a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience for a journey through the history of Scottish Whiskey. After this, take a walk down what is probably Edinburgh's oldest street, The Royal Mile, for sightseeing and shopping, before continuing on to Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. The next day, enjoy a Full-Day Tour of stunning Loch Lomond, Trossachs National Park & Stirling Castle. Day three takes you back to Edinburgh, where an expert tour guide will take you to the places where history was made – the winding wynds, closes, courtyards and homes of Edinburgh’s Old Town – As well as a in-depth guided visit to Edinburgh Castle. Next, visit the National Museum of Scotland to see historic treasures from around the world, natural displays, and more! Finish your trip with traditional Scottish song and dance at the Spirit of Scotland Show.


AIR TRANSPORTATION
  • Roundtrip Flight from Dublin to Edinburgh
ACCOMMODATION
  • 3-nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation in Edinburgh

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 3 Scrumptious Full Scottish Breakfasts
  • Food & Traditional Entertainment at the Spirit of Scotland Show

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Scotch Whisky Experience Tasting & Tour
  • Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle Guided Day Tour from Edinburgh
  • Secrets of the Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle Guided Walking Tour

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The Royal Mile
  • Holyrood Palace
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
  • Stirling Castle

Edinburgh, Scotland

Accommodation

The InterContinental Edinburgh The George - Edinburgh, Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon


Included Experiences

Roundtrip Flight from Shannon to Edinburgh

Shannon, County Clare

Today you'll fly from Shannon to Edinburgh, to enjoy the delights of this great and ancient Scottish City. The flight time is just over an hour, making it by far the best option when travelling between Ireland & Scotland. Please arrive at the airport at least two hours in advance of your scheduled departure time.


Scotch Whisky Experience

Edinburgh, Scotland

Beside Edinburgh Castle and at the top of the historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s five-star Scotch Whisky Experience is one of Scotland’s most prestigious visitor attractions. The Centre has been purpose-built around the Whisky Tour, devoted to telling the story of Scotland’s most famous product - Scotch Whisky. Led by the resident ‘Distillery Ghost, the Centre features a unique, state-of-the-art ride, driving visitors through the replica distillery!

This family-friendly tour includes:
• Whisky barrel ride through the production of Scotch Whisky
• Introduction to the aromas in Whisky
• A dram of Scotch Malt Whisky (Irn Bru for under 18s)
• World's largest collection of Scotch Whisky (almost 3,500 bottles!)
• Whisky tasting glass to take away
• Discount voucher for the Distillery Shop


Overnight Location

Edinburgh, Scotland

On The Map: Edinburgh is located in the southeast of Scotland. Edinburgh is well served by a good network of roads and motorways, including the M8 from Glasgow to the west, and A68 from Newcastle, England to the southeast.

Edinburgh knows how to welcome travelers with grace and charm. She also knows how to kick up her heels and enjoy a nice shot of Scotch Whisky after a festival. The hill that Edinburgh Castle stands upon has been Scotland’s remarkable silent witness since the Bronze Age. Today her streets are filled with cutting-edge galleries and museums, tributes to the love of literature and music, fine cuisine, quirky shops, theater, and an extravagance of festivals. Four ancient streets, called the Royal Mile, are the main thoroughfare.  Running through medieval Edinburgh with her 66 alleys, tumbling shops, cobblestones, and tight homes the Royal Mile takes you to New Town.  Here you’ll stroll through fine gardens, perfect Georgian architecture and broad squares. The mix of time, while lost in time, is a heady brew. There may be no finer city than Edinburgh Scotland, to participate in the gifts of the past with an eye to a brilliant future. 


Must-See Sites

Holyrood Palace, Scotland

On The Map: The Palace of Holyrood House is located in the heart of the City of Edinburgh. The famous Royal Mile connects Edinburgh Castle at its western end and Holyrood to the east.

The official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, this beautiful palace sits at the bottom of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, sheltered by Arthur’s Seat. Holyrood has many strong ties in Scottish history, and is well-known for being the home of Mary Queen of Scots. Visitors can view the stunning Royal Apartments, which show the different tastes of each monarch with fine plasterwork ceilings and decadent furnishings. On a tour round the palace you can see the Great Gallery, hung with portraits by Jacob de Wet, of the real and legendary kings of the country, and see the display on the Order of the Thistle, the highest honour in Scotland. Visitors can also take a guided tour of the historic Holyrood Abbey ruins, and learn of the building’s fascinating history through the centuries from its beginnings in 1128.


The Royal Mile, Scotland

On The Map: The Royal Mile is located in Old Town Edinburgh, and runs between Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood Palace.

The Royal Mile is the main thoroughfare of Old Town Edinburgh, and boasts a number of famous historical sites and buildings, as well as an impressive array of shops, eateries and pubs. The Royal Mile is actually more than a mile by 107 yards. It starts at the entrance to Edinburgh Castle & ends at the gates of Holyrood Palace. There are several independently named streets which connect to make up the Royal Mile: Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Cannongate, and Abbey Strand. The major attractions on the Royal Mile are: Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, The National Museum of Scotland & Camera Obscura - Scotland's oldest purpose-built attraction.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Accommodation

The InterContinental Edinburgh The George - Edinburgh, Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon


Included Experiences

Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle Day Tour

Edinburgh, Scotland

A day spent in the land of Scottish heroes Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, this award-winning small group tour departs Edinburgh at 9.15am and heads for Stirling Castle (pictured). The magnificent castle, perched dramatically on volcanic rock was for centuries known as the 'Key to Scotland', and as you view the surrounding countryside from the battlements, you'll understand why. This was the scene of William 'Braveheart' Wallace’s greatest triumph, the battle of Stirling Bridge, where he defeated the English army in 1297. Thereafter the tour continues into the beautiful forested hills of the Trossachs - Scotland's first National Park, and stop for lunch in Aberfoyle. Replete with shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens, it’s easy to forget that the Trossachs was once a dangerous frontier, fiercely contested by the territorial Highland clans. The tour next takes you along the eastern shoresheads, along the remote and spectacular road to Inversnaid, on the 'bonny, bonny banks' of spectacular Loch Lomond. Here you can enjoy the view of the loch from the Inversnaid Hotel. Alternately, you can walk along part of the West Highland Way, in the famous outlaw footsteps of Rob Roy McGregor, to enjoy spectacular views of Loch Lomond. From here, the tour returns to Edinburgh, arriving at approx. 6.15pm, after a fantastic & varied Scottish experience.

Inclusions:
*Full-day touring on a Mercedes 16 seater mini-bus - perfectly sized to go where larger tour buses cannot.
*A professional and experienced Driver/Guide. The uniquely small group size ensures a friendly & personal service.
Exclusions:
*Lunch & Refreshments
*Entrance to Stirling Castle (although admission is reduced with use of discount card)


Must-See Sites

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Scotland

On The Map: Loch Lomond is located in Central Scotland, approx. 20 miles northwest of Glasgow. The main A82 road runs along the west shore of the lake en route to Fort William and beyond to Inverness.

Encompassing approx 720 square miles, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs became Scotland’s first National Park in 2002. Originally made famous by the novels of Sir Walter Scott in the early 1800s, The Trossachs has been enjoyed as the ‘Highlands in Miniature’ by tourists ever since. For two centuries, people have come here to walk, climb, cycle and sail, to breathe fresh clean air and drink in the spectacular views. The landscapes covered by the Park range from the uplands of Breadalbane to the sea lochs of Argyll, and included within its area is the whole of Scotland's largest loch, Loch Lomond. The northern end of the loch is deep and narrow, with mountains on either side, including the iconic Ben Lomond. The southern half of the loch is much more pastoral and is home to many islands. The surrounding mountainous areas include 21 ‘Munros’ (individual mountains over 3000ft); 20 ‘Corbetts’ (individual mountains over 2,500ft); and two forest parks. To appreciate the very best of the Trossachs, we recommend the route of the Duke’s Pass from Aberfoyle to Loch Katrine.


Stirling Castle, Scotland

On The Map: Stirling is located in the town of Stirling in Central Scotland. Stirling is less than 45 minutes on the M80/A80 from Glasgow to the southwest & 1 hour on the M9 motorway from Edinburgh to the southeast.

Stirling Castle sits high on a rocky crag above the town. It is a magnificent castle and is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture in Scotland. Stirling occupied a key position in Scotland’s battle for independence. Seven battlefields can be seen from the castle, and the 220-foot Wallace Monument at Abbey Craig recalls William Wallace’s (the Scottish Hero on which the movie 'Braveheart' was based) defeat of the British in 1297 at Stirling Bridge. For generations Scotland’s royalty gathered at Stirling Castle to revel in its impressive buildings, superb sculptures, fine craftsmanship and beautiful gardens. Today Visitors can do the same. Highlights include The Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Regimental Museum of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, The Great Kitchens and Tapestry Studio. Guided tours of the castle help bring its rich and colourful past to life in vivid detail.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Accommodation

The InterContinental Edinburgh The George - Edinburgh, Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon


Included Experiences

Secrets of the Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Secrets of the Royal Mile tour is the perfect introduction to Scotland’s capital. The first secret you’ll learn? That you have made an excellent decision in including an Edinburgh Castle visit, thereby skipping the usually long entrance queues! On your walking tour, you'll discover an Edinburgh beyond the reach of tour buses and books. Your expert guide will take you to the places where history was made – the wynds, closes, courtyards and homes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. You’ll be hanging on your guide’s every word, as the true stories of our capital’s past unfold. After spending 1.5 hours walking the city's enthralling streets in the company of characters such as Mary Queen of Scots, David Hume, Adam Smith and Robert Burns, you'll head for Edinburgh Castle. The castle dominates Scotland’s capital city from its great rock. Battles and sieges were fought over it, royalty lived and died within its walls, and countless generations have been inspired by it. When you visit the Castle with your Mercat guide, you’ll walk straight over the drawbridge, and straight past the ticket line – to continue your tour with a guided visit. Your castle tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.


Spirit of Scotland Show

Edinburgh, Scotland

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of traditional Scottish food, music and entertainment, with costume, dance, fiddles and bagpipes! Upon arrival, you will be treated to a delectable 4-course traditional Scottish dinner, including a 'Ceremony of the Haggis'. Thereafter the show begins, featuring a variety of highly skilled and renowned local performers. Your Master Piper is Andy Coulter, a favored piper at Royal events, who has personally played for Her Majesty the Queen. Other notable participants include vocalist/guitarist Philip Henderson, and fiddle player, Jani. Lynsey Shand is Dance Choreographer and Mentor to the dancers who perform nightly. It all adds up to a unique and wonderful experience in the very heart of bustling Edinburgh!


Must-See Sites

National Museum of Scotland, Scotland

On The Map: The National Museum of Scotland is located on Chambers Street, in the heart of oldtown Edinburgh. A mere few minutes walk from the Royal Mile, Chembers Street links George IV Bridge & South Bridge

The National Museum’s forte is artifacts from around the world. The recently opened more modern Museum of Scotland is a small miracle and dedicated to the story of Scotland and its people. They have separate identities, while sitting right next to each other. Very handy. Together, they are considered one of the finest collections in the world. The rarest antiquities in Scotland create a treasure trove for the senses and imagination. Some highlights include: Ivory chessmen made by invading Vikings in the 12th century; Holy relics, one linked to St. Columba and Iona and the other to Robert the Bruce; A staff carried by St. Fillian in the 8th century, one of the finest examples of artistry present 1,200 years ago; The Maiden, a 16th century guillotine; Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Canteen—all the stuff he needed to travel and dine in style!; Egyptian mummy cases, decorated with Egyptian symbols of death and resurrection; a 3,500-year-old Egyptian toy mouse with string that would have been pulled by a child. When it walks the tail wags!


Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

On The Map: Edinburgh Castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile, at the west end of Edinburgh's Old Town. From its lofty position on Castle Rock, the castle dominates the Edinburgh skyline, and is impossible to miss!

Edinburgh castle sits on a high, rocky hill with a narrow ridge running east above the Old Town of Edinburgh. There has been a fortification of some kind here for thousands of years. The castle has existed through layers of time and history, and it is indeed magnificent. Edinburgh Castle has highlighted the city’s skyline for 800 years, is a national symbol, and it is Scotland’s most popular site to visit. The castle was a vital possession in Scotland’s historic struggles. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland. In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in eight languages. The audio tour takes the visitor on a tour around the castle, explains its architecture, and tells its dramatic history.


Depart From

Depart from Edinburgh Airport, Scotland

Return to Edinburgh Airport 2 hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

Edinburgh is a small airport, but offers a surprisingly large array of shops and restaurants. If you have some time on your hands after check-in and security, you won't be bored!


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Your Price Includes:


AIR TRANSPORTATION
  • Roundtrip Flight from Dublin to Edinburgh
ACCOMMODATION
  • 3-nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation in Edinburgh

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 3 Scrumptious Full Scottish Breakfasts
  • Food & Traditional Entertainment at the Spirit of Scotland Show

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Scotch Whisky Experience Tasting & Tour
  • Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle Guided Day Tour from Edinburgh
  • Secrets of the Royal Mile & Edinburgh Castle Guided Walking Tour

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The Royal Mile
  • Holyrood Palace
  • National Museum of Scotland
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
  • Stirling Castle

Prices Based On:

  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Single Supplement Price Available for Solo Travelers
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

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I cannot speak highly enough about the vacation planning services we received from Amanda. With only 8 days lead time before we were to get on a plane, Amanda arranged a 9 day vacation that will long be remembered. She was patient, kind and had a wonderful sense of humor that remained in place even as I constantly changed parameters on her. I would not hesitate to use Amanda or Authentic Ireland Vacations. I will certainly do so in the future.

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Amazing!! Every single detail was taken care of for us! Heather did a great job! It was so nice to not have to worry about logistics and we could just enjoy Ireland. I would highly recommend if you are renting a car to get an automatic. I drive a standard in the states, but it would have been way to much to think about and would have prevented me from enjoying the county side.

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My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING! Heather helped us and honestly, we had such a fun time. We didn't do a lot of the mentioned or planned items because we tend to just like to explore places but the set up to be able to do that if we wanted to or not was amazing!

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I am a travel agent and I had the opportunity to work with Tim LeGris which was a wonderful experience . The trip was for a 10 day chauffeured trip for an older couple who wanted to see and stay at castles and manors in Ireland. Tim put together the perfect trip. I had lunch with the couple when they returned. They said it was the best trip ever. Tim, thank you for your expertise and the amazing job you did on such a short notice trip to Ireland!

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