10 Day Ireland & Scotland Private Tour Itinerary

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Explore The Best of Scotland & Ireland in only 10 days with a driver-guide

Welcome to our enchanting 10-day Best of Ireland and Scotland driver-guided tour, where the magical landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality of these two captivating countries await your discovery.

From the vibrant streets of Dublin and the rugged beauty of the Cliffs of Moher to the mystical Isle of Skye and the bustling city of Edinburgh, this immersive tour invites you to experience the best that these Celtic nations have to offer. As you explore, you’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable driver-guide, who will share captivating stories, local expertise, and fascinating insights into the cultures, traditions, and histories that shape the unique character of these lands.

10 Day Ireland & Scotland Tour Highlights

Throughout the tour, you’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable driver-guide, who will provide fascinating insights, stories, and local expertise that will deepen your appreciation for the rich heritage of these beautiful lands.

Along the way, you’ll also have the chance to indulge in delectable local cuisine, experience warm hospitality, and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Day 1: Arrival in Dublin - Exploring the Capital

Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College

Your Irish adventure begins upon arrival at Dublin Airport, where your experienced driver-guide will warmly greet you.

They will accompany you as you check in to your carefully selected Dublin hotel, ensuring a smooth start to your journey. Once settled, you’ll have some time to freshen up and relax before diving into the city’s rich history and lively atmosphere.

Exploring Trinity College

In the afternoon, your driver-guide will escort you to the prestigious Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592.

Here, you’ll marvel at the stunning architecture and visit the famous library, home to the iconic Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript dating back to the 9th century. This treasured artifact is one of Ireland’s most significant cultural highlights, offering a glimpse into the nation’s rich heritage.

Strolling St. Stephen's Green

After exploring Trinity College, take a leisurely stroll to nearby St. Stephen’s Green, a beautifully landscaped park in the heart of the city. This tranquil oasis provides a perfect opportunity to unwind amidst its lush greenery, picturesque ponds, and historic statues.

As you meander through the park, your driver-guide will share fascinating stories of Dublin’s past, adding depth to your experience.

As evening falls, it’s time to immerse yourself in the lively Irish pub scene. Your driver-guide will recommend a local pub renowned for its traditional Irish music and authentic atmosphere. Here, you’ll savor a delicious dinner featuring classic Irish dishes, accompanied by the melodic tunes of talented musicians.

It’s the perfect way to conclude your first day in Ireland, soaking up the warmth and friendliness that characterizes this charming nation.

Day 2: Dublin to Galway - Historical Sights and Charming Villages

Rock of Cashel
Rock of Cashel, Ireland

Leave Dublin behind and journey westward to Galway, a vibrant city with a rich history and thriving cultural scene.

As you traverse the picturesque countryside, your driver-guide will share captivating stories of the land and its people, enriching your experience along the way.

Rock of Cashel in Tipperary

Your first stop en route to Galway is the majestic Rock of Cashel, an iconic limestone outcrop that towers over the Tipperary countryside. Steeped in history, this ancient fortress was once the seat of the Kings of Munster.
You’ll have the opportunity to explore the stunning medieval buildings, including the Romanesque Cormac’s Chapel and the impressive Gothic cathedral. The breathtaking views from atop the Rock will leave you awestruck as you take in the surrounding landscape.

Kilmacduagh Monastery

Continuing your journey, you’ll visit the tranquil Kilmacduagh Monastery, an early Christian site founded in the 7th century.

Along with your guide, discover the unique round tower, which leans slightly to one side, and the peaceful ruins of several churches and chapels. This sacred site offers a fascinating glimpse into Ireland’s monastic past.

Evening in Galway

Upon arrival in Galway, your driver-guide will help you check in to your Galway hotel before guiding you to the city’s lively Latin Quarter. This vibrant neighborhood is teeming with colorful shops, lively street performers, and traditional Irish pubs. Take some time to explore the area, soaking in the energetic atmosphere and friendly hospitality.

As evening approaches, treat yourself to a sumptuous meal at a renowned Galway restaurant specializing in local seafood. Savor the fresh flavors of the Atlantic, expertly prepared by skilled chefs, as you reflect on your memorable day exploring the Irish countryside and its historic treasures.

Day 3: Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park

Cliffs of Moher
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Embark on a day trip to two of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders: the Cliffs of Moher and Burren National Park.

Your driver-guide will navigate the Wild Atlantic Way winding roads, allowing you to sit back and admire the stunning coastal scenery as you head towards the magnificent Cliffs of Moher.

Upon arrival at the Cliffs of Moher, you’ll be captivated by the sheer scale and beauty of these towering sea cliffs that stretch for over 8 miles along the Atlantic coast. The dramatic views of the ocean crashing against the cliffs, combined with the diverse birdlife that calls this area home, create an unforgettable experience.

In the afternoon, you’ll journey to the nearby Burren National Park, a remarkable limestone landscape characterized by its distinctive karst formations, rare flora, and archaeological treasures. As you explore the park, your driver-guide will point out the unique plants that thrive in this seemingly inhospitable environment and the ancient megalithic tombs and Celtic crosses that dot the landscape.

After a day filled with breathtaking sights and fascinating discoveries, you’ll return to Galway in the evening.

We recently Travelled with Prestige tours, a group of 12 of us from Canada. Michelle from Prestige helped us to form an itinerary and looked after everything. It was a pleasure to deal with Michel and her colleagues. They made everything easy and the tour was brilliant. Had our own really nice bus, lovely driver, excellent accommodations along the way and all our tickets booked into the attractions. Would definitely travel with them again and recommend them for group tours. Very reasonably priced also!

Day 4: Connemara Region - Rugged Beauty and Irish Culture

Connemara Nature Park Ireland
Connemara National Park

Today you can delve into the beautiful Connemara region, renowned for its rugged beauty, vibrant culture, and unspoiled landscapes.

Your driver-guide will lead you on a journey through Connemara National Park, where you’ll encounter dramatic mountains, expansive boglands, and pristine lakes.

Your first stop within the park is the magnificent Kylemore Abbey, a stunning neo-Gothic castle nestled at the base of the majestic Twelve Bens mountain range.

As you tour the abbey and its beautifully maintained Victorian walled garden, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of this iconic landmark, from its beginnings as a private residence to its current role as a Benedictine monastery.

Afterward, your driver-guide will take you on a scenic drive through the Twelve Bens, a series of striking mountain peaks that dominate the landscape. The awe-inspiring beauty of these rugged mountains will provide a memorable backdrop for your journey through Connemara.

Irish Sheep Farm Experience

In the afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to experience traditional Irish culture firsthand at a local sheep farm and weaving center.

Observe skilled sheepdogs expertly herd their flocks and learn about the centuries-old craft of hand-weaving, which remains an integral part of the region’s heritage. This immersive experience will provide a unique insight into the rich cultural traditions of rural Ireland.

As evening falls, return to Galway and indulge in a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, where you can savor regional specialties and perhaps catch a live performance of Irish music or dance.

Day 5: Galway to Belfast - Farewell to Ireland & Flight to Scotland

Newgrange, Ireland

Bid farewell to the lively city of Galway and journey back to Dublin to catch a flight to Scotland. If we have time left in Ireland before your flight, we can visit a couple of wonderful sights on the route to the Irish capital.

Bru na Boinne Heritage Site

Your first stop en route to Belfast is the awe-inspiring Bru na Boinne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back over 5,000 years.

This prehistoric complex of Neolithic monuments includes the famous passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth. As you explore these ancient wonders, your driver-guide will illuminate the remarkable history, archaeology, and mythology associated with these sacred sites.

Flight to Scotland

As you leave Ireland behind, you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on the incredible experiences, breathtaking landscapes, and warm hospitality that characterized your journey through this enchanting country.

Your Scottish driver-guide will be waiting for you off your flight in Scotland’s cultural centre: Glasgow.

Day 6: Glasgow to Loch Lomond & Glencoe - Scenic Beauty & Highland Majesty

Glencoe, Scotland

Your unforgettable Scottish journey begins as you head north toward the serene beauty of Loch Lomond. As you travel, your knowledgeable driver-guide will share fascinating stories and insights about Scotland’s rich history and culture, setting the stage for future adventures.

Boat Cruise on Loch Lomond

Upon arrival at Loch Lomond, you’ll embark on a scenic boat cruise across the largest freshwater lake in Britain.

As you glide along the tranquil waters, surrounded by the majestic mountains and lush forests of the Trossachs National Park, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

Glencoe Mountain Range

In the afternoon, your journey continues to the awe-inspiring Glencoe, a deep valley carved by ancient glaciers and flanked by towering mountains.

As you explore this dramatic landscape, your driver-guide will illuminate the area’s rich history, including the infamous 1692 Massacre of Glencoe. The powerful combination of natural beauty and poignant historical tales will leave an indelible impression on you.

Overnight in Fort William

As evening falls, you’ll arrive in the charming town of Fort William, situated at the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak.

After checking in to your hotel, take the opportunity to unwind and reflect on your day’s adventures over a traditional Scottish dinner. Sample local delicacies such as haggis, neeps, and tatties, and perhaps toast your first day in Scotland with a dram of fine whisky.

We used Prestige Tours for a family trip and they were wonderful. Michelle was great, she was always quick response with her emails and the hotel accommodations they made for us were amazing. Our driver Alan D was great, he loved telling us about the country. I highly recommend if you use this your group you ask for him!! 100% recommend using this company!!!!

Day 7: Fort William to the Isle of Skye - Breathtaking Landscapes & Rich Heritage

Isle of Skye, Old man of Storr, Scotland

The seventh day of our itinerary sees you journey towards the mystical Isle of Skye, known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich heritage.

Eilean Donan Castle

En route to the Isle of Skye, you’ll stop to visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, perched on a small island where three sea lochs meet.

This 13th-century fortress is one of Scotland’s most recognizable landmarks, and its majestic setting provides the perfect backdrop for photographs. Your driver-guide will lead you on a tour of the castle, revealing its fascinating history and the strategic importance of its location.

Old Man of Storr

Upon arrival at the Isle of Skye, you’ll spend the afternoon exploring the island’s natural wonders.

Marvel at the striking rock formation of the Old Man of Storr, an imposing pinnacle that rises dramatically from the landscape.

Your driver-guide will also take you to Kilt Rock, a magnificent sea cliff with vertical basalt columns resembling a pleated kilt. The breathtaking views and otherworldly beauty of these sites are sure to leave you in awe.

After settling into your accommodation, venture out to a nearby restaurant renowned for its delicious local seafood. Savor the fresh flavors of the island’s catch, such as succulent langoustines, Atlantic salmon, or hand-dived scallops.

Day 8: Isle of Skye to Inverness - The Mysteries of Loch Ness & Highland Capital

Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle, Scotland

Welcome to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands! As you travel, your driver-guide will regale you with more captivating stories and insights into the region’s rich history and culture.

Your first stop en route to Inverness is the historic Urquhart Castle, perched on the banks of the famous Loch Ness. Explore the castle’s dramatic ruins, which bear witness to centuries of conflict and intrigue, and learn about its strategic importance in Scottish history from your knowledgeable driver-guide.

Loch Ness Cruise

Afterward, set off on a Loch Ness cruise, where you’ll have the chance to admire the spectacular scenery and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, affectionately known as Nessie. The mysteries and beauty of this iconic loch will leave a lasting impression on you.

Arriving in Inverness in the afternoon, take some time to explore the city’s historical sites and vibrant culture. Visit Inverness Castle, stroll along the picturesque River Ness, or explore the city’s lively arts scene and charming shops.

As evening falls, check in to your carefully selected Inverness hotel and immerse yourself in the local entertainment. Perhaps attend a traditional Scottish ceilidh, where you can enjoy live music and dancing, or simply relax at a cozy pub and savor a hearty meal while listening to local musicians.

Day 9: Inverness to Pitlochry - Whisky Distillery & Enchanting Scenery

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

As you travel through the picturesque Highlands towards Pitlochry, your driver-guide will continue to share fascinating stories and insights about the region’s history and culture.

Whisky Distillery Tour

Your first stop en route to Pitlochry is a renowned whisky distillery, where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the centuries-old art of whisky making.

Enjoy a guided tour of the distillery, where you’ll discover the intricate process of transforming barley, water, and yeast into the distinctive flavors of Scotland’s national drink. After the tour, savor a taste of the “water of life” during a whisky-tasting session.

Cairngorms National Park

Continuing your journey, you’ll venture through the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park, home to five of the UK’s six highest peaks.

The park’s vast moorlands, ancient forests, and glistening lochs provide a spectacular backdrop for your journey through the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Upon arrival in Pitlochry, spend the afternoon exploring the town’s picturesque surroundings, including the tranquil River Tummel, the charming Victorian architecture, and the enchanting woodlands of the nearby Hermitage.

Everything was fabulous. Brian was a wonderful driver, flexible, informative and kind. We left with great memories and a new friend. Thank you for all your support along the way to customize our tour to our exact needs. We definitely would recommend Prestige Tours!

Day 10: Pitlochry to Edinburgh - Stirling Castle & Farewell to Scotland

Stirling Castle, Scotland

On the final day of your memorable Scottish adventure, you’ll bid farewell to the charming town of Pitlochry and journey south toward the bustling city of Edinburgh.

Stirling Castle

En route to Edinburgh, you’ll visit the iconic Stirling Castle, one of the country’s most significant historic sites. This impressive fortress, perched atop a volcanic crag, played a crucial role in Scotland’s Wars of Independence and was once home to Scottish kings and queens, including Mary, Queen of Scots.

As you tour the castle, your driver-guide will bring its storied past to life, immersing you in the rich tapestry of Scottish history.

Edinburgh City Tour

Upon arrival in Edinburgh, embark on a panoramic city tour showcasing the city’s vibrant culture and stunning architecture.

Discover the cobbled streets of the medieval Old Town, the elegant Georgian New Town, and the famous Royal Mile, which connects Edinburgh Castle with the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

As your 10-day Ireland and Scotland tour draws to a close, your driver-guide will transfer you to Edinburgh Airport, where you’ll bid farewell to your newfound friends and the enchanting landscapes of Scotland.

As you reflect on your unforgettable journey, the memories of the breathtaking scenery, the rich cultural heritage, and the warm hospitality of the Scottish people will remain with you, providing a wealth of stories to share with friends and family back home.

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