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The
 
IRELAND
 
Scotland
 
TRIP

2023 DATES

 

*Trip availabilities change throughout the day and may not be accurately reflected here. To see if space is available for the date you are interested in, please click through to the booking form.

OCT 14 - 22, 2023

1 Gal spot + 1 Guy spot left

Dec 30 - Jan 7, 2024

New Years Trip - Likely to sell out

Gal spots SOLD OUT + 2 Guy spots left

 

9 days/8 nights

starting at $3,999 USD

Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

Travelers on the Ireland and Scotland trip visit the Temple Bar in Dublin.

2024 DATES

 

$200 off with

EB2024irl

April 20 -28, 2024

 

May 18 - 26, 2024

may 25 - June 2, 2024

Memorial Day Trip - likely to sell out

June 1 - 9, 2024

 

June 29 - July 7, 2024

4th of July trip

July 20 - 28, 2024

Aug 31 - Sept 8, 2024

Labor Day Trip - likely to sell out

SEP 7 - 15, 2024

SEP 21 - 29, 2024

OCT 12 - 20, 2024

 

Dec 28 - Jan 5, 2025

New Years Trip - Likely to sell out

 

*Note: Exciting itinerary changes coming for 2024 trips!

9 days/8 nights

starting at $4,199 USD

Payment can be broken down into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

 
 
Day 1 - Dublin
Arrive

After landing in Dublin, head to the hotel to meet up with your new travel crew.

 

You’ll grab welcome drinks together at the hotel bar, and then we’re rolling out to see the capital. Explore the city’s charming old streets and famous attractions on a walking tour with your new friends, stopping whenever your ears perk up at the sound of a fiddle or fife.

 

We’ll all grab dinner together at a fun spot in the middle of the action, just a stone's throw from Dublin Castle. The evening is yours to soak up the sights, sounds, and suds of the Irish capital.

 

Old stone buildings in Dublin.

ARRIVE

 
 
Day 2 - Dublin
 GAELIC GAMEs 

Get a good breakfast in you at the hotel; you’re going to need your energy today. We’re hitting the pitch and taking a shot at some Gaelic games.

From hurling to handball and football, sports are an integral part of the Irish experience. Of course, there’s no better way to learn than to dive in yourself, so get ready for some good old-fashioned fun with your new friends and teammates.

 

After a day at the field, we can unwind with a Guinness in hand. Meet back up with the group in the city center and head out for a night on the town. It’s time to go pub crawling through the cobbled streets of the capital. Pull up a seat and chat it up with gregarious Dubliners whose stories flow faster than the pints.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Our small group trip to Ireland and Scotland caters to travelers in their 20s and 30s looking for Guinness in Dublin barrooms, pastoral beauty in the Scottish Highlands, and sea views from high atop the Cliffs of Moher.
 

On this action-packed trip for fans of rich culture, welcoming locals, and rolling hillsides, we’ll kick things off the right way—over welcome pints with new friends. From there, it’s a week of excitement as you traverse a region brimming with culture and character.
 

We’ll pub crawl through thousand-year streets, dabble in a national sport, and trek out into Martian landscapes. Then, we’ll head east and explore Scotland’s greatest cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and dive into the region’s unique culture. Think timeless architecture, whisky, bagpipes, haggis, and more.

FOR THE LOVE OF

GUINNESS

STORYTELLING

 

LIVE LOCAL MUSIC

 

MEDIEVAL CASTLES

 

MAJESTIC LANDSCAPES

 

PUB SONGS

WHISKEY

HISTORY

GAELIC GAMES

IRELAND & Scotland

included

  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person with the option to upgrade to a private room (limited availability)

  • Flight from Dublin to Edinburgh 

  • 8 breakfasts

  • 2 lunches

  • 3 dinners (including welcome dinner and farewell)

  • Welcome drinks

  • Drinks at Ireland’s oldest pub 

  • Ireland’s national sport experience 

  • Underground Scotch whisky experience

  • Pub crawl through the streets of Dublin

  • Glasgow food & drinks tour 

  • Guided tour of Old Town Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

  • Sheepdog experience in the Irish countryside

  • Day trip to Cliffs of Moher 

  • Loch Lomond boat cruise 

  • In country transfers 

*All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

not included

  • Flights (to Ireland and from Scotland)

  • Mandatory trip insurance

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $200)

  • Incidental Expenses

Day by day
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DAY BY DAY

*Itinerary is indicative and is subject to change

A cocktail bar in Ireland.

SLAíNTE

 
 
Day 3 - Dublin, Galway
Galway Rovers

Head out for a morning stroll to explore the rest of what Dublin has to offer before we hit the road for Galway. 

First things first, after a bit of driving, we’ll pull off at a little, old pub for a much-needed pint or two (this is Ireland, after all). Grab a Guinness or Murphy’s if you like before we continue on our way. We’ll keep the good times rolling at a farm a bit closer to Galway and check out one epic sheepdog experience as we get the low down on how to herd with the best of them.

After that, we’re back on the road for the final stretch to Galway. Head out with the crew and explore one of Ireland’s most colorful and charismatic spots. We recommend hitting up Quay Street for dinner, drinks, and some more Irish tunes.

Sheep on the coast of Ireland.

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Day 4 - Galway
Cliffs & country

Have a bite with the group at the hotel before heading south for a day exploring Ireland’s staggering coastline. We’ll meet up with our guide and hit the Burren, the otherworldly rock formation that stretches for 100s of square kilometers across rolling terrain.

Grab lunch and a little Irish coffee pick-me-up before heading over toward the Cliffs of Moher. Formed some 300 million years ago, the towering ledges hang a staggering 500 feet over the windswept Atlantic. This is, without a doubt, one of the country’s most incredible sites.

After checking it out, head back to Galway, where the night is yours to grab dinner with friends and explore the lovely streets.

Colorful strets in Edinburgh, Scotland.

DISCOVER

 
 
Day 5 - Edinburgh
oh hello Edinburgh

Say goodbye to Ireland and hello to a totally different culture. We’re hopping on a quick flight to Edinburgh to get a glimpse of all things Scotland. With stunning medieval architecture around every bend, this gorgeous city is a surreal window into the past.

We'll check into the hotel in the afternoon, where you can unpack and unwind. And then it's time to get local and hit up a historic underground drinking hole for an intro lesson into all things whisky.

In the evening, find a pub and some grub with the rest of the crew and decide for yourself whether the Scots or the Irish have the more difficult accent to get a hold of.

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Travelers visit a castle in Scotland.

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Day 6 - Edinburgh
Scots & castle Rock

After breakfast at your hotel, step out into the city for another day of Scottish adventure. Today we're heading even further back in time.


Our local guide will lead us along the Old Town's cobbled streets, past incredible Medieval buildings, to Edinburgh Castle, which has been towering over the city on an extinct volcano known as Castle Rock for more than 1,000 years. If you've got an eye for history, architecture, or culture, this is one tough neighborhood to beat.


The afternoon's free, so continue on exploring this magical city with the crew before you head off to find dinner and round out your time in the Scottish capital.

A river in the Scottish Highlands.

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Day 7 - Scottish Highlands
Lovely lochs

Get breakfast in you early; we’ve got quite the day ahead. We’re leaving the big city behind, grabbing a van, and heading out to explore the vast Scottish Highlands.

You’ll ride to the absurdly beautiful Loch Lomond before hopping on a boat and cruising offshore in style. This twisting lake lies on the Highland Boundary Fault, the unofficial boundary of the lowlands and the Highlands. Find some lunch by the water before we hit the road once more and wind onward to 19th-century Highland digs.

After we get to the hotel, we’ll grab dinner together, and then you can kick back with a few drinks with friends.

A traditional dinner in Scotland.

taste

 
Day 8 - Glasgow
chow down glasgow

Breakfast is at the hotel, so eat up before we continue on to explore the 18th-century alleys and architecture of Glasgow.

Once we're in Scotland's second city, we'll chow down on a food tour through the vibrant streets. The afternoon's free to do some exploring with friends, so pop over to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and ogle everything from the architecture to the Dalis to the dinosaurs. It's an incredible experience and will set you back a whopping zero pounds. If you're in the mood for some last-minute gifts or souvenirs, cruise over to Buchanan Street and check out the shops.

 

In the evening, we'll all meet up for a special farewell dinner to eat, drink, laugh, and be merry.

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wander

 
 
Day 9 - Glasgow
Farewell

Smile because it happened, don’t cry because it’s over.

 

Unfortunately, the end is here, so eat up with your friends before saying goodbye and heading home or onward to your next adventure. If you’ve got a later flight, hit the streets for one last bit of sightseeing if you can.

If you're in the mood for more European fun, consider popping over to the Basque Country for some of the best food in the world or down to Sardinia for one beachy good time.

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behold

"This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”

- Alexander McCall Smith on Edinburgh

 

FAST FACTS

Fast facts

Just for Fun

Hurling is considered the fastest field sport in the world and the sliothar (ball) can travel 120km/hour!

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10 million pints of Guinness are produced in Dublin every day!

Scotland has the highest proportion of red heads in the world.

Trip notes

  • While we can’t guarantee private rooms, you should book your trip earlier if you prefer one, as they usually fill up.

  • The weather in Ireland and Scotland can be unpredictable, so make sure you pack some warm clothes and a rain jacket. 

  • Pub culture is a big part of life in Ireland and Scotland, but you’ll never feel pressured to drink if you don’t want to. There are always non-alcoholic choices.

  • Ireland uses the Euro while Scotland is on the Pound sterling.

  • On European trips, we stay as close to historic city centers as possible. This means your accommodations will often be on the small side, quirky, and unique (we love this!).

  • All activities are weather dependent; in the unlikely event that we are unable to run an activity, we will have a suitable alternative in place.

  • More information regarding visa requirements and Covid restrictions can be found here.

About Ireland & Scotland

​Ireland & Scotland are known for their breathtaking natural beauty, fun and welcoming environments and fascinating histories. Both countries are home to some of the most photogenic places on earth. 

The Irish diaspora is an incredible thing. More than 80 million people worldwide claim some Irish heritage, while the country itself only has a population of 6 million. Scotland’s population comes in just a hair lower at 5.5 million, a figure overshadowed by the local sheep population by more than a million.

Good to know

  • Ireland’s official languages are Irish and English while Scotland’s is English. Accents in both countries can take quite a bit of getting used to.

  • Ireland uses the Euro while Scotland is on the Pound sterling. 

  • Irish surnames that start in “Mac” mean “son of” while those that start in “O” mean “grandson of.”

  • Weather (especially on the Atlantic coast) can be predictably unpredictable, so make sure to pack a waterproof jacket and some warm clothes.

  • Though it rains a lot, it's also windy, so not many people carry around umbrellas. You are welcome to bring one, but a good jacket and covers for your backpack or luggage might be more practical. 

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flights

Flights

Fly into Dublin (DUB)

You'll need to be in Dublin by 3pm on Day 1, however with the recent amount of flight delays we recommend planning to arrive a day early just to be safe.

Fly out of Glasgow (GLA), Edinburgh (EDI), Dublin (DUB) or London (LHR)

We recommend flying out of Glasgow or booking a round trip ticket to Dublin with a one way flight to Dublin from Glasgow. Alternatively you could fly out of Edinburgh (there are trains and buses from Glasgow) or take a hopper flight to London from Glasgow, then take the international flight from London.

Want to check out flights for your trip?

Feel free to also set up flight alerts to Ireland and from Scotland so you can grab the best deal!

(Arrival / departure cities likely to change for 2024 trips)

*FTLO is not responsible for any fees or costs related to flights. We strongly suggest that all travelers wait until they receive the official FTLO Greenlight Email to book flights. This will be sent 3-4 months prior to the start date of your trip.

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