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Spirit of Ireland & Scotland Tour

From the Emerald Isle to Bonnie Scotland


Discover Scotland & Ireland Differently.

Story Land & Sea®'s The Spirit of Ireland & Scotland Tour features a true 'Leave the Herd Behind' approach to traveling Scotland and the Emerald Isle of Ireland. You will discover authentic experiences with our literary Pub Crawl, our Whiskey Tastings, and, of course, the diverse beauty of these countries. From Scotland's Raw Beauty to Ireland's Shades of Green, the Story Land & Sea® itinerary is re-imagined for near perfection.

The trip is fully-hosted by our professional Story Land & Sea® Tour Captain and local 'native' staff that will entertain and delight. Are you QueensLander or Story Alumni? inquire to see if one of your favorites is leading this journey!


First-Time Traveler's perfect itinerary:
Spirit of Ireland & Scotland

  • Scottish Highlands
  • Ireland Duty Free
  • Ireland Tour
  • Cliffs of Moher

Day 1: International Flight Day: Bound for Ireland

Today is your flight date from North America, Canada, Australia or New Zealand - Your flight is not included, however we do have an air department that could provide you a quotation. You will cross the Atlantic Ocean tonight en-route to Europe.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport.

Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 2 upon arrival into Galway, Ireland.

Protect Your Vacation: We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.


Arrive Shannon, Ireland airport

Day 2: Welcome to 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 and 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.

Visit the famous Galway Farmers Market in Church Lane for lots of great Irish delicacies and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere.

Our hotel is in the city center, so the guests who arrive early have lunch options and things to do. We get everyone checked in and plan for a 4:00 orientation walkabout.

INCLUDED ORIENTATION WALKING TOUR
At 4:00 pm, join your Tour Captain for an Orientation 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.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Light

About the Walking on our Tours
We do walk on our small group tours of Scotland & Ireland. We walk a lot, but it's unhurried and there are ample opportunities to sit and relax. You must be physically capable of walking and experiencing the many cobblestone-paths and lanes of Scotland.

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight with your Tour Captain in the incredible Irish city of Galway.

Our approach to dining is truly unique: We've collected our favorites dishes from the incredible restaurants we visit for each included dinner. No buffets here! Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly. For the 5 total included dinners, your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers, featuring regional cuisine, and will select your wine for the evening ~ a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling ~ and yes, there is always a Irish or Scottish Pint available.

Accommodation in Galway, 2 Nights
Deluxe: The Salthill Hotel or similar.

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Galway

Day 3: Connemara Drive

After a wonderful Irish breakfast at the hotel, meet our driver and guide in the lobby as we set out to explore the Connemara area of Ireland.

CONNEMARA SIGHTSEEING IMMERSION
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 enjoy a panoramic journey and return to Galway.

ENJOY SIGHTSEEING INCLUDING:

    • Connemara - The drive is on the Wild Atlantic Way driving route and winds its way in spectacular fashion along the northern side of Killary Fjord, through a series of valleys between the peaks of Ben Creggan and Ben Gorm.
    • Leenane Village - The picturesque village of Leenane is our destination and the way there provides an unforgettable driving experience through the Connemara wilderness.

Consider an optional dinner tonight with the Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

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Galway To Killarney

Day 4: The Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

We depart Galway for Killarney and experience the Cliffs of Moher, a sheer precipice that stretches for 5 miles along the Wild Atlantic, on the way.

After check in we offer the jaunting carts to Ross Lake where we will do a Story exclusive at Ross Castle Ruins.
Note: The jaunting carts may be on the following day depending on weather.

SIGHTSEEING INCLUDES:

    • The Cliffs of Moher - 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.
    • Ross Lake & Ross Castle Ruins - An exclusive experience from Story (dependent upon weather conditions).

Story Way®  Dining: Dinner included tonight with the Tour Captain in Killarney.

Accommodation in Killarney, 2 Nights
Deluxe:
Killarney Plaza Hotel or Similar

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Killarney & Ring of Kerry

Day 5: Enjoying the Kingdom of Kerry

   Optional Dining: Join your Tour Captain for dinner.

Jaunting Kart

This morning we’re off to explore some of the highlights of the Ring of Kerry from the town of Kenmare.

We'll take in a sheep dog demonstration which is quite fascinating. This afternoon enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure.

For Golfers maybe 18 holes on the Killeen Course at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club or perhaps horse-riding a trek through The Killarney National Park. Bikes are available to rent and enjoy a self-guided route along part of the Ring of Kerry.

SIGHTSEEING INCLUDES:

    • The "Ring of Kerry" - A beautiful drive on the coast.
    • Sheep Dog Demonstration

Story Exclusive®: Enjoy one of our signature unique perspective experiences tonight (dependent upon weather).

Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner in this town known for its traditional Irish music and pubs.

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Blarney Castle and on to Dublin

Day 6: Exploring Blarney Castle & Gardens

   Included Dinner Tonight: Tonight's dinner is included in Dublin.

Today we head to Dublin with a stop at Blarney Castle, where you will have the chance to kiss the famous Stone of Eloquence (some call the gift of Gab) and time to pillage 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.

SPECIAL SIGHTSEEING TODAY INCLUDES:

    • Blarney Castle - The word “Blarney” was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements, and to kiss it, one has to lean backwards (grasping an iron railing) from the parapet walk.
    • Stone of Eloquence - The gift of 'gab' is just a castle's stairwell away from you if you dare!

Our destination this afternoon is Dublin. Upon arrival we will check in, freshen up and join the Tour Captain for a guided orientation walkabout of your Dublin surroundings.

Welcome to Dublin.

Story Way® Dining: Join the Tour Captain for an included dinner this evening.

Accommodation in Dublin, 2 Nights
Deluxe:  
Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin

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Dublin Immersion Sightseeing

Day 7: Trinity College, The Book of Kells, St. Patrick's Cathedral

   Optional Dinner Tonight: Pub Crawl with Tour Captain through Dublin. Visit Brazen Head, Dublin's oldest Pub.

After your full Irish breakfast this morning meet the Tour Captain and our expert local guide in the lobby to commence our walking tour exploring the city center. Enjoy an informed and fun perspective of life and history in Ireland’s capital.

The walking tour will end at Trinity College Library where we include entrance fees to see the famous Book of Kells.

In the afternoon you may choose to visit Kilmainham Gaol, The Guinness Storehouse, The Dublin Writers Museum or any of the great museums and galleries.

EXPERIENCE IN DUBLIN TODAY:

    • Trinity College Library - Inspiration for movies and more, our experience here is unique.
      • Book of Kells
    • St. Patrick's Cathedral - Included admission and tour with our guide.
    • Enjoy our guided walking tour of the heart of Dublin.
    • Brazen Head Pub

Optional dining tonight with your Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

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Short Flight to Scotland

Day 8: Arrive Edinburgh

   Included Dining: EDINBURGH WELCOME DINNER TONIGHT, the Story® Way! Join your Tour Captain for a Welcome Dinner in Edinburgh, Scotland.
   Exclusive: Tonight, join in a Story® original experience with our
Reception and Welcome from the Tour Captain from one of our classic perspectives ~ unique vantage point to survey Edinburgh in the company of your fellow travelers.


WELCOME ORIENTATION WALKABOUT: Join your Tour Captain Host for a Welcome Orientation Walk on your arrival day in Edinburgh. You will learn where the major landmarks are located in relation to our hotel, the best ATM machines for exchange rates, and other helpful information for your stay.

There will be time to for independent exploration of the Royal Mile or the Georgian New Town before our 7:00 pm welcome reception.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

Your Small Group Tour Vacation to Scotland & Ireland is underway! After our reception, we'll walk to our Welcome Dinner in Edinburgh, where you'll taste the finest cuisine from the region.

Story Way® Dining
Enjoy an included dinner in Edinburgh at an exclusive restaurant this evening with your Tour Captain.

Accommodation in Edinburgh, 2 Nights
Deluxe: Radisson Blu Royal Mile Hotel, Edinburgh,

Special Event in August: Make note, our August departures include a special included evening to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

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Explore Edinburgh
Italy's Lake Como

Day 9: Edinburgh

   Optional Dining: You may opt to join your Tour Captain tonight for dinner (departs from lobby usually about 7:45pm) or opt to explore on your own throughout Edinburgh.

After a full Scottish breakfast we will meet our Blue Badge guide and driver for our driving/walking tour of Edinburgh's highlights, culminating with the tour of the Edinburgh Castle. Afterwards you will have the rest of the day to explore the many areas of Edinburgh such as the Grass Market area with it many famous pubs and eateries. You can take in the National Museum or the National Galleries or simply take a walk in the beautiful Princes Park.

OUR TOUR OF EDINBURGH INCLUDES:

    • Edinburgh Castle - Included admission and tour.
    • Walking Tour of the City - Enjoy our guided walking tour of the heart of Edinburgh.

You are invited to join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight, or explore on your own.

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Into the Highlands & the West Coast - Oban

Day 10: The Scottish Highlands

Cliffs of Moher
   Included Dining: Join your Tour Captain tonight for dinner at the fantastic Manor House restaurant.


After breakfast, meet your Tour Captain in the lobby and then board our very comfortable small-group motor coach and greet again our expert driver-guide as we are bound for the Highlands.

An amazing day awaits us as we depart this morning at 8:30. We make our way from the city, crossing the Firth of Forth into the Kingdom of Fife, entering Perthshire where we will make a stop in the picturesque Scottish town of Pitlochry for a little coffee and shopping.

We will travel deep into the Highlands today passing the village of Dalwhinnie, across the Cairngorm mountains to Ft William, along Loch Linne through Glencoe and on to Oban our home for the next two nights. Arriving in the late afternoon we will check in and time at leisure until the orientation walkabout with the Tour Captain.

Story Way® Dining
Join the Tour Captain for a welcome dinner tonight in lovely Oban.

Accommodation in Oban, 2 Nights
Deluxe:
The Queens Oban or similar

 
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Mull & Iona Day Trip
Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Trossachs, Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK

Day 11: The Islands of Mull & Iona

   Optional Dining: Join the Tour Captain for an optional dinner tonight or explore on your own.

This morning we are off by Ferry to the Islands of Mull and Iona.

The Isle of Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland in the council area of Argyll and Bute. Mull is the fourth largest Scottish island and has an area of 338 square miles. The coastline of Mull is almost 300 miles long. The population of Mull, Iona and Ulva is around 1,800 people which is probably doubled in the summer because of the many tourists that visit Mull each year. Much of the population lives in Tobermory, the only burgh on Mull until 1973, and its capital.

Traveling through Mull our destination is the small Island of Iona. In 563 Saint Columba, exiled from his native Ireland, founded a monastery on Iona with 12 companions. From Iona they set about the conversion of pagan Scotland and much of northern England to Christianity. Iona’s fame as a place of learning and Christian mission spread throughout Europe.

Iona itself is three miles long and a mile and a half long. Iona can be reached by ferry from Fionnphort on Mull and will bring the visitor to Baile Mor which means Big Town. Iona differs much from Mull, there are no tall mountains but instead there are some lovely white beaches. Interesting sites on Iona are Iona Abbey which is home to the St John’s Cross in the Abbey museum, Iona Nunnery, St. Martin's Cross and several other Celtic Crosses. We ferry back to Oban later in the afternoon and take time to enjoy shopping and an optional dinner in town before traveling back to our accommodations for the night.

Tonight, join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner in town before traveling back to our accommodation for the night.

 
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Stirling

Day 12: To Stirling & all things Braveheart

City of Stirling

   Included Dining: Join your Tour Captain for a farewell to Scotland dinner

This morning we depart this beautiful part of Scotland only to experience more amazing scenery as we travel along the fabled Loch Lomond in route to Stirling. We will make our way to the home of Sir William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to tour the Castle. In the distance you will see the monument erected to Sir William, The Wallace Monument. We spend our last night in Scotland in the fabled city. Tonight is our special gathering and farewell to Scotland dinner.

Stirling Castle
A great symbol of Scottish national pride, Stirling Castle has been named one of Europe's iconic sights. Enter the world of Scotland's Renaissance, with many castle highlights, museums, and characters of the palace dressed in the roles of kings and queens. The guide experience at Stirling is strictly controlled, but we've worked it out so that you have the very best available.

Of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Scotland's Freedom Heroes
What a oratorical experience you are about to have at Stirling: an adventure in history presented by the best of Scotland's guides takes us through the high points of Scotland's dramatic quest for independence.

Included Story Way® Dining: Enjoy a farewell to Scotland dinner tonight with the Tour Captain.

Accommodation in Stirling, 1 Night
Deluxe:
Hotel Colessio or similar
 
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Departure Day 13: Good Travels!

Opt for our Edinburgh Airport Departure.

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Other extensions also available. Please inquire with Reservations.

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Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story's Heart-of-City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages. Our Deluxe tour hotels feature a full, hot breakfast included daily with coffee, tea, juice and an assortment of meats, fresh, local vegetables, fresh-baked pastries and fruit.

Galway - 2 Nights



Killarney Hotel - 2 Nights



Dublin Hotels - 2 Nights

Edinburgh Hotels - 2 Nights



Oban Hotels - 2 Nights



Stirling - 1 Night




13 Day Air Travel, 11 Night Spirit of Ireland & Scotland True Small-Group® Tour



Deluxe Tours

Our Deluxe True Small Group Tour of Ireland & Scotland Features:

4- and 5-Star Deluxe Hotels located in the places you want to be! Deluxe tour features include:

  • Hotels feature world-class amenities, larger rooms and lobbies
  • Private bathrooms with showers and some baths
  • Air-Conditioned Guest Rooms based on season and culture
  • Full, Hot Daily Breakfast
  • Professional Local Guides per itinerary
  • Portage of your luggage
  • Walking Tours with Guides and Tour Captain
  • Special Access Entrance
  • Story Land & Sea® Exclusives
  • Your professional, fully trained Tour Captain/Driver is with you throughout the tour.

Published Rate: Payable by credit card or check. See pricing table.
Single Supplement: $2140

Story Hotels
There is a difference between centrally located hotels and Story Land & Sea®'s Hotels - compare with mainstream tour companies and you'll see we mean what we say. Our deluxe hotels feature large rooms, private bathrooms, air conditioning, and all the amenities of modern luxury properties.

Our Deluxe Dining Plan:
Six (6) Dinners included. Our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each night even when dinner is optional.

Travel Protection is not included. Story Land and Sea recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travelex plans include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. Click here to get a quote and purchase on their website.

Remember, you are responsible to arrive at the point of tour origination. If you are delayed your vacation may be at risk. You can cancel your vacation with a 100% refund up to 90 days prior to departure. Within 90 days you will begin receiving penalties per the terms of the Tour Application should you have to cancel.

Gratuities Included: Gratuities are provided for your Local City Tour Guides, Restaurant and Hotel Staff. Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain/Driver are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.

Airfare is not included. Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea® are considered a completely separate booking from your land vacation.

That's it: everything else excluding personal item purchases is included.

Classic Tours

Our Classic Budget True Small Group Tour of Ireland & Scotland Features:

Superior Tourist or Classic Budget Hotel's features include:

  • Hotels feature private bathrooms with showers, typical European-sized rooms, small lobbies
  • Air-Conditioned Guest Rooms based on season and culture
  • Daily Continental Breakfast
  • Professional Local Guides
  • Walking Tours with Guides & Tour Captain
  • Special Access
  • Story Land & Sea® Exclusives per itinerary
  • Your professional, fully trained Tour Captain/Driver is with you throughout the tour.

Published Rate: Payable by credit card or check. See pricing table.
Single Supplement: $1280

Exploration & Immersion: Enjoy the same great sightseeing as our Deluxe package with our professional guides and, yes, you go inside to the venues per the itinerary.

Classic Budget Dinner Plan:
Welcome Dinner in Galway is included. Consider upgrading to a total of Six (6) Dinners Included Plan for an optional supplement of $375/person. This adds five (5) more dinners to your experience for a total of six (6) included dinners.

To add a dinner while on tour (not pre-paid) the rate to opt-in while on tour is $130 per person collected by credit card and includes the entire dinner experience.

Classic Budget Hotel Rooms: Superior Tourist Hotel rooms are small, but safe and located in the hearts of the towns and villages. The rooms feature private bathrooms (typically small, European style lodging with some bathrooms featuring only a shower) with included breakfast.

About the Classic Breakfast: Classic Superior Tourist Hotel breakfasts include a standard experience with most offering coffee, juice and pastries.

Gratuities Included:Gratuities are provided for your Local City Tour Guides, Restaurant and Hotel Staff. Customary gratuities for your Tour Captain/Driver are not included and should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis.

Airfare is not included. Airfare arrangements made by Story Land & Sea® are considered a completely separate booking from your land vacation.

 

  • We've tried to include everything! However, make note of the following:

    Arrival Transfers in Shannon
    $69 per person (2 guest minimum)

    Departure Transfers from Stirling to Edinburgh Airport
    $94 per person (2 guest minimum)

TOUR CONDITIONS:

Services of a full-time, experienced guides and professional Tour Captain.

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

PORTAGE
Portage (one suitcase per person) and all tipping (driver, restaurant, hotel and guide staff) included. Extra bag portaged for $USD119 per bag. Story Land & Sea® luggage tags upon arrival first hotel.

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility including compliance with customs' regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained in person by each tour member at a local passport office.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge). Hotels used are based on your itinerary.

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: All departure taxes and tipping are included. 

INSURANCE
Story Land & Sea® highly recommends trip cancellation and interruption coverage. We recommend www.Travelex-Insurance.com. Enter location code of 06-0051 to associate any purchase with your Story Land & Sea®  vacation.

 

The Spirit of Ireland & Scotland Tour


2017 Guaranteed Departures.

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures.

— Small Group Tour Prices —
Published Date Story Deluxe Hotels:
Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per person
Story Classic Hotels:
Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per person
Departures in May-July 2017
May 21 $5,479 + $295 $3,579 + 295
Departures in Aug-Oct 2017
Aug 1
SPECIAL: Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
$5,579 + $295 $3,679 + 295
Aug 13
SPECIAL: Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
$5,579 + $295 $3,679 + 295
Sep 5
$5,479 + $245 $3,579 + 245
2018 Guaranteed Departures.

Enjoy small group touring from 6 to 16 guests.
Guaranteed departures.

— Small Group Tour Prices —
Published Date Story Deluxe Hotels:
Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per person
Story Classic Hotels:
Land Price + On Tour Air (from) = Price Per person
Departures in May-July 2018
May 26 $5,579 + $295 $3,579 + 295
June 30
$5,579 + $295 $3,579 + 295
July 7
$5,579 + $295 $3,579 + 295
Departures in Aug-Oct 2018
Aug 4
SPECIAL: Includes Edinburgh Military Tattoo
$5,679 + $295 $3,679 + 295
Sep 8
$5,579 + $295 $3,579 + 295
Sep 17
$5,579 + $295 $3,579 + 295
Oct 1
$5,579 + $245 $3,579 + 245

 

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