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The
IRELAND &
Scotland

TRIP

2022 dates

 

Dec 30 - Jan 7, 2023

New Years trip - Likely to sell out

SOLD OUT

 

 

 

9 days/8 nights

from $3,399

P.S. All payments can be broken up into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

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2023 DATES

​$150 off with

"Eb2023irl"

April 1 - 9, 2023

 

May 20 - 28, 2023

Selling quickly - Likely to sell out

 

June 3 - 11, 2023

 

Sept 9 - 17, 2023

 

Dec 30 - Jan 7, 2024

New Years Trip - Likely to sell out

 

9 days/8 nights

from $3,599

P.S. All payments can be broken up into a $500 deposit + 3 additional installments.

 
 
Day 1 - Dublin
Arrive

Arrive in Dublin. 

In Ireland, pub culture is all about gathering with friends and family, so it only seems fitting to kick off the trip with your amazing group over local ales in one of Dublin’s great barrooms. After that, 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 stones throw from Dublin Castle. The evening is yours to soak up the sights, sounds, and suds of the Irish capital.

 

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 some of the city’s most famous bars. Pull up a seat and chat it up with the gregarious Dubliners; whose stories flow faster than the pints.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Join us for an epic excursion that will take you from the historic capitals to the rolling hills and quaint towns of Ireland and Scotland. It’s an action-packed trip for fans of rich culture, ancient castles, cozy pubs, welcoming locals, and rural beauty.

 

We’ll kick things off with new friends the right way—over welcome pints at one of Dublin’s iconic watering holes. 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. We’ll head east and explore Scotland’s greatest cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and dive into the region’s unique culture. Think timeless architecture, a haunted underground city, bagpipes, haggis, and more.

FOR THE LOVE OF

GUINNESS

STORYTELLING

 

LIVE LOCAL MUSIC

 

MEDIEVAL CASTLES

 

MAJESTIC LANDSCAPES

 

PUB SONGS

WHISKEY

HISTORY

GAELIC GAMES

IRELAND

included

  • All accommodations in a shared room with one other person (3-4 star hotels, not hostels)

  • 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 

  • Traditional scotch whiskey experience

  • Famous Temple Bar Pub Crawl

  • Glasgow Food & Drinks tour 

  • Underground Ghost tour

  • Day trip to Cliffs of Moher 

  • Loch Lomond boat cruise 

  • In country transfers 

not included

  • Flights (to Ireland and from Scotland)

  • Mandatory trip insurance

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $200)

  • Incidental Expenses

 
 
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DAY BY DAY

*Itinerary is indicative for 2022 and is subject to change

SLAíNTE

 
 
Day 3 - Dublin, Galway
Galway

Head out for a morning stroll to explore the rest of what Dublin has to offer before we hit the road for Galway. We’ve got a scenic ride west ahead of us today with a stop smack dab in the middle at a little pub with big history. We’re not exaggerating when we say that either. This place has been around since 900 AD and claims to be the oldest pub in all of Europe. It’s not a bad bar to check out with friends for a pint or two.

 

We’ll make one more stop at a sheep farm and then wind our way to Galway, one of Ireland’s most colorful and charismatic spots, and grab dinner in the city’s Westend.

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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 O’Brien’s Castle and 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.

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DISCOVER

 
 
Day 5 - Edinburgh
a Ghostly past

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.

 

After you get settled in, you’ll head out with your friends on one of the most exciting and bizarre adventures of the entire trip, a dark history tour through the vaults and chambers constructed beneath the city’s cobbled streets in the late 1700s. The chilling stone passageways originally housed merchants and taverns before descending into a center of homelessness, criminality, and alleged grave robbing in the 1800s. Today, the dark stories of the past have given rise to an abundance of ghastly tales, however tall they may be.

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explore

 
 
Day 6 - Edinburgh
Scots & castle Rock

After breakfast at your hotel, step out into the city for a day of above-ground adventure. Explore the enchanting Old Town at your leisure before meeting back up with the group in the afternoon. Next, we’re heading even farther back in time with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Towering over the city on an extinct volcano known as Castle Rock, the massive stone structure has stood for more than 1,000 years.

 

That evening we’ll soak up the scotch on a whiskey experience and then you’re free head out for some final Edinburgh exploration. Find dinner with friends to round out your time in the Scottish capital.

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adventure

  
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. Find some lunch by the water in the picturesque town of Luss before we hit the road once more and wind onward to 19th-century Highland digs.

We’ll grab dinner together at our palatial pad, and then you can head off to one of Pitlochry’s pubs for drinks with friends.

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taste

 
Day 8 - Glasgow
chow down glasgow

Breakfast is at the hotel, so eat up before we continue 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.

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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

 

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

  • 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.

  • Visas are not required for American tourists.

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

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)

We recommend flying out of Glasgow or booking a round trip ticket to Dublin with a one way flight to Dublin from Glasgow.

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