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Celtic Highlights (GD)

13 Day Tour from Glasgow to Glasgow

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Knobby knees? Skinny calves? Thick ankles? No matter here. You can show them off with pride on this tartan-filled tour through the kilted and Celtic countries of Scotland, Ireland and Wales with the added bonus of England’s postcard-perfect Lake District. Whether you’re in search of heritage, haggis, rolling glens or smooth Guinness, there’s so much to discover on this Celtic tour of Britain and Ireland. Ancient castles? Check. Legendary lochs? Indeed. Sparkling seascapes and hallowed battlefields? You can bet your boots. Speaking of betting, you’ll visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare, a working stud farm and the beating heart of Ireland’s esteemed thoroughbred racehorse industry. From the storied cities to the tiny towns, you’ll feel your own heart beat as you savor the deep-rooted traditions and customs of the Emerald Isle and the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands.

Small-Group Discovery Dates Available

Select Globus 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; Irish Sea ferry.

Save 10% per person on select 2023 Globus Europe, North & South America vacations*
Save $300 per couple on select 2023 air-inclusive Europe vacations*
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 Photo Highlights

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full English breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

Welcome to Glasgow! Free time. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 GLASGOW–FORT WILLIAM–INVERNESS

Secret Keys to Scottish Lochs GLASGOW Orientation drive to see the 12th-century cathedral, university buildings, and Georgian squares.
HIGHLANDS Take a scenic drive along Loch Lomond and Loch Linnhe, and through Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe.
FORT WILLIAM See the gateway to Ben Nevis, UK’s highest peak.
LOCH NESS Visit the legendary lake.
178 mi / 286 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
EPIC RIDE They can take the low road, but we’ll take the high road on a scenic ride through magic and mystery of the moors and glens of the Scottish Highlands. From lovely Loch Lomond and Loch Linnhe to the boggy expanses of Rannoch Moor and the dizzying beauty of Glen Coe and Ben Nevis, you’ll discover the legends of Loch Ness and more across the beauty of Scotland’s magnificent scenery.

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Day 3 INVERNESS–CULLODEN–BLAIR ATHOLL–EDINBURGH

A Red Moor & A White Castle CULLODEN Visit the Culloden Moor battlefield site and visitor center.
BLAIR ATHOLL Visit Blair Castle.
178 mi / 286 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT If these walls could talk, they would tell how the 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl have loved, won, and lost through seven centuries of history at Blair Castle, visited over time by Mary Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Queen Victoria.

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Day 4 EDINBURGH

Drummers, Pipers & Precious Jewels EDINBURGH Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide includes the New Town, the Old Town, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle to see Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Free time in the afternoon.
EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO Attend the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance. (Departures August 7 through August 21 only).

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
MUSIC & MASTERPIECES Ascend to Castle Rock to explore Edinburgh Castle, one of the most important historical strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, with an 11,000-year history as "the most besieged place in Great Britain.” Here, you’ll find the royal regalia and Scotland’s Crown Jewels. The Castle forms the background of the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an extravaganza of bagpipes and drums performed en masse in August each year.

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Day 5 EDINBURGH–GRETNA GREEN–GRASMERE, ENGLAND–LIVERPOOL

Songs, Sonnets & Secret Vows GRETNA GREEN See where the Scottish blacksmith performed weddings for eloping young couples.
LAKE DISTRICT Take a scenic drive.
GRASMERE Visit Wordsworth’s beloved village and sample Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite the original Grasmere gingerbread.
LIVERPOOL Visit The Beatles Story for a fascinating journey into the life and music of the Fab Four.
235 mi / 378 km

LOCAL FAVORITE
TIMELESS TRADITIONS Sweeten the day with classic Grasmere gingerbread and hear the story of Sarah Nelson, the Victorian cook who invented the world famous cross between cake and biscuit in 1854.

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Day 6 LIVERPOOL–NORTH WALES–DUBLIN, IRELAND

Forest Sprites & Ferry Sights NORTH WALES Scenic drive through the forest village of Betws-y-Coed and Snowdonia National Park. Take a ferry to cross from Holyhead to Dublin.
131 mi / 210 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Pass through Snowdonia National Park’s forests, rugged mountains and sweeping coastline, where Welsh and the language of nature are spoken in stunning style.

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Day 7 DUBLIN

Ireland’s Capital City DUBLIN Take an orientation drive to see O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. Free time.

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CITY SIGHTS “In Dublin’s fair city where girls are so pretty” you’ll also find great personality and charm. The charisma of Dubliners and the bounty of pubs here is matched only by the gorgeous Georgian Squares, 12th-century St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the legendary library of Trinity College.

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Day 8 DUBLIN–KILDARE–CASHEL–BLARNEY–KILLARNEY

The Winner’s Circle KILDARE Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the world renowned Irish National Stud.
CASHEL See the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached.
BLARNEY Visit the village known for its magical Kissing Stone.
KILLARNEY Free time.
231 mi / 372 km

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CULTURE & TRADITION The Irish National Stud is home to the long tradition of Ireland’s love of horses. This horse breeding facility in County Kildare, considered the beating heart of Ireland's thoroughbred industry, continues to inspire all who visit, including Queen Elizabeth II. Hear about some of the world’s most magnificent champion stallions that have made racing history since the turn of the 20th century.

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Day 9 KILLARNEY–RING OF KERRY–ADARE–LIMERICK

Irish Eyes & Cheeky Rhymes RING OF KERRY Panoramic drive around part of Ireland's southwestern peninsula.
ADARE Stop at the quaint village to see its pretty thatched cottages.
LIMERICK Free time.
167 mi / 268 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
NATURAL WONDERS Explore the emerald tapestries of green fields and ocean views that make other coastlines green with envy. The Ring of Kerry begins and ends in Killarney, taking you on a trip along the southwest coast of Ireland. Discover a paradise of panoramic cliffs, lush landscapes, and breathtaking beaches of the Iveragh Peninsula.

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Day 10 LIMERICK–CLIFFS OF MOHER–GALWAY–SLIGO

Notes Above High Sea CLIFFS OF MOHER Visit 668-foot-high cliffs above the Atlantic Ocean.
GALWAY Free time.
188 mi / 302 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
PICTURE PERFECT Feast your eyes on a stunning spectacle of sea and sky at the Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way. Try to resist the inspiration that has moved artists, poets, and scientists throughout the ages as you stand on the edge of 320 million years of geologic perfection on the rugged coastline of County Clare.

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Day 11 SLIGO–DERRY, NORTHERN IRELAND–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–BELFAST

Giant Steps in Northern Ireland DERRY Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Walk on top of the city walls with a Local Guide.
GIANT’S CAUSEWAY See more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed millions of years ago.
187 mi / 301 km

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CULTURAL GEMS Ireland’s only fully preserved historic walled city, Derry also took centre stage when Amelia Earhart landed her plane nearby having flown from Newfoundland in 1932. Walk on top of the 400-year-old city walls and hear the history of this vibrant place that links the Wild Atlantic Way to Causeway Coastal Route.

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Day 12 BELFAST–GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

A Grand Ship & Great Scots BELFAST Visit the Titanic Belfast experience.
Take a ferry crossing to the maritime port of Cairnryan on Scotland’s west coast en route to Glasgow.
82 mi / 132 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOT Explore the fascinating Titanic Belfast experience for an in-depth look at the history and mystery of the legendary ocean liner. See artifacts and hear amazing accounts of Belfast’s boom in shipping and those who built her. Learn about the courage and loss of all involved on a fateful night in April 1912. Get an immersive look at the launch, sinking, and final resting place of the doomed ship, with myths and reality revealed.

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Day 13 GLASGOW

Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

DAWN SCASE

Escorting tours for more than 5 years

A wealth of history is packed into our islands and I'm passionate about bringing each country and region to life, highlighting their character through stories, music and culture. Born in Northern Ireland with Scottish ancestry, married to a Welshman and living in England I adore every part of our British Isles and very much look forward to showing you around!

Tour Director - DAWN SCASE

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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 Private Touring

Private Touring: Globus European Private Touring enables you to experience all of the attractions, sights and highlights of your selected Globus tour as a private experience - delivered just for you and your traveling party. With Private Touring, you'll have your own dedicated Tour Director, your own private transportation and driver, and your own professional local guides. All with greater flexibility in pace and your experience.

For your selected tour, there will be additional per-person cost for the size of your party - from 1 to 24. This additional supplement is reduced with each traveler you add to your party.

Here's a sample of the additional cost:

6 guests in a party: $2,236*
18 guests in a party: $471*

Contact Globus or your preferred travel agent for pricing for your specific party size as well as any other information on Globus Private Touring.

* Supplement pricing is per person (CA) and will be added to the standard published price for your given departure date and is based on availability. Supplement price is valid for 2020 and 2021 travel years. Occasionally some included and optional activities & excursions may be operated with other guests. Additional restrictions may apply. Not applicable for custom groups. No Group allowances or promotions are available on Private Touring. Published itineraries only. Note that blackout dates may exist where the Private Touring option is not available.



The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown. Any included overnight stay in Canada, applicable GST/HST is also included in the price shown. International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.