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The
 
IRELAND
 
Scotland
 
TRIP

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

FOR THE LOVE OF

GUINNESS

STORYTELLING

 

LIVE LOCAL MUSIC

 

MEDIEVAL CASTLES

 

MAJESTIC LANDSCAPES

 

PUB SONGS

WHISKEY

HISTORY

GAELIC GAMES

IRELAND & Scotland

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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 explore Scotland’s greatest cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and ride through the endless Scottish Highlands. Then, we’ll head west to pub crawl through thousand-year streets, dabble in a national sport, and trek out into Martian landscapes. If you’re into timeless architecture, whisky, bagpipes, and haggis, this is the trip for you.

9 days/8 nights

starting at $4,299 USD

Limited single room upgrades starting from $1,299 are available and can be added during booking, subject to availability.

 

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

included

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

  • Flight from Edinburgh to Dublin

  • 8 breakfasts

  • 4 lunches

  • 4 dinners (including welcome dinner and farewell)

  • Welcome drinks

  • Local Edinburgh bagpiping experience

  • Traditional Scottish food tour in Glasgow

  • Ireland’s national sport experience 

  • Underground Scotch whisky experience

  • Pub crawl through the streets of Dublin

  • Guided tour of Old Town Edinburgh 

  • Sheepdog experience in the Irish countryside

  • Day trip to Cliffs of Moher and the Burren

  • In-country transfers 

  • FTLO Trip Leader

*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 Scotland and from Ireland)

  • Mandatory trip insurance

  • Meals not mentioned (budget around $200)

  • Incidental expenses

 
 

Day 1 - Edinburgh
Old Smoky

After landing in Edinburgh, head to the hotel to meet up with your new travel crew. With Medieval stone architecture around every bend, this gorgeous city is a surreal window into the past.

We’ll have a quick orientation; then we're heading back in time to check out the Royal Mile. Our local guide will lead us through the Old Town's cobbled streets, past neoclassical landmarks (keep a look out for the imposing fortress of Edinburgh Castle overhead).

If you've got an eye for history, architecture, or culture, this is one tough neighborhood to beat. After a day of exploration, it’s time for a welcome dinner with the crew.

Old stone buildings in Dublin.

ARRIVE

 
 

Day 2 - Edinburgh
Scots& Scotch 

After breakfast at your hotel, step out into the city for a day of Scottish adventure with the crew and get ready to groove, because, in this rocky old town, the pipes, the pipes are calling.

That's right; it's bagpipe time. And you're not just listening; you're giving it a go. While we cannot guarantee you'll be any good, we can guarantee the entire experience will make for some fantastic videos. After that, your afternoon’s free, so consider checking out the city's literary legacy at the Writers' Museum, strolling up through imposing Edinburgh Castle, or venturing to the top of Arthur's Seat for panoramic views.

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.

Day by day
Image by Leonhard Niederwimmer

DAY BY DAY

*Itinerary is indicative and is subject to change

A cocktail bar in Ireland.

SLAíNTE

 
 
Day 3 - Scottish Highlands
Open Country

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.

 The farther we travel, the more you'll get a sense of Scotland's untamed beauty. Near the charming town of Killin, we'll check out the Falls of Dochart, which tumble dramatically over ancient volcanic rocks. From there, we'll continue on, before stepping out into the wild again to explore the steep cliffs of Killiecrankie that tower over the River Garry.

We'll spend that night in one incredible setting, so grab dinner together, and then you can kick back with a few drinks with friends.

Sheep on the coast of Ireland.

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Day 4 - Glasgow
Skyfall

Chat it up over breakfast before we twist on through Scotland's epic mountains and gorges.

Today, we're rolling into Glencoe, home to the iconic Three Sisters peaks (you may recognize the dramatic landscape from a certain James Bond flick). Make sure you've got the camera ready; these endless landscapes seem to change constantly—they're raw, rugged, open, and sure to make you feel miniscule in comparison. After that, we'll stop for a stroll in picturesque Luss along the shore of Loch Lomond before moving on to Glasgow.

That night, we'll wind down from the highlands to Scotland's biggest city where we'll chow down on a local food tour (did someone say "haggis"?) and check out a blend of heritage and the modern world along the River Clyde.

Colorful strets in Edinburgh, Scotland.

DISCOVER

 
 
Day 5 - Galway
Galway Girls & Guys

Say goodbye to Scotland and hello to the Emerald Isle; today we’re hopping on a flight to Dublin to get a glimpse of all things Ireland.

After touching down, we’re heading to Galway, one of the true beauties of Ireland. It’s a bit of a ride, so we’ll stop for our first Irish bite along the way.

That night, head out with the crew and explore Ireland’s most colorful and charismatic little city. We recommend hitting up Quay Street for dinner, drinks, and some Irish tunes.

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Travelers visit a castle in Scotland.

explore

 
 
Day 6 - 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 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, explore the lovely streets, and decide for yourself whether the Scots or the Irish have the more difficult accent to get a hold of.

A river in the Scottish Highlands.

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Day 7 - Dublin
Fair City

Catch up with the crew over breakfast, and then we’ll start winding our way to the capital.

 

It’s a bit of a ride, so before we pull in for Guinness fresh from the source, we’ll keep the good times rolling at a farm along the way to check out one epic sheepdog experience as we get the low down on how to herd with the best of them.

After getting to Dublin, grab a bite and then meet back up with the group in the city center for a night on the town—it’s time to go pub crawling through the famous streets of the capital. Pull up a seat and chat it up with gregarious Dubliners whose stories flow faster than the pints.

A traditional dinner in Scotland.

taste

 
Day 8 - Dublin
Gaelic Games

Get a good breakfast 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, explore the city before meeting up for a final meal. Then, the evening is yours to soak up the sights, sounds, and suds of the Irish capital.

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wander

 
 
Day 9 - Dublin
Mar Sin Leat

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 Edinburgh (EDI)

You'll need to be in Edinburgh Airport by 12pm and be at the hotel at 2:30pm on Day 1; however, we do recommend flying in earlier to have some time to explore the city on your own!

Fly out of Dublin (DUB) 

We recommend flying out of Dublin on the last day of your trip.

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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