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Roving Ireland and Scotland

Solo Travellers 45 years & over
Sunday 29 July - Thursday 16 August 2018

HOLIDAY FACTS

Trip Month July-August 2018
Duration: 19 days
Status: Early preview
Destinations: Dublin, Cork, Rig of Kerry, Killarney, Kildare, Chester, Lake District, Glasgow, Ballachulish, Inverness, Edinburgh
Trip Style: Small deluxe group tour
Accommodation: Hotels
Prices: due out July 2018
Transport: Coach
Pace: 2
an easy pace, some free time and a mix of faster paced & slower paced days
Group Size: maximum 28
Trip Code: ireland18-7

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Your journey starts in Dublin, Ireland, joining fellow solo travellers on this small group roving journey through Ireland to Wales, England and Scotland.

Welcomed by your tour director, we cruise the old Grand Canal for our welcome dinner. Your touring of Ireland starts with the famous sights of Dublin and of course, there’s no place more apt than Dublin to visit a Guinness storehouse and then, take in the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Then we move on to kiss the famous Blarney stone before carrying on for the picturesque landscape around the Ring of Kerry and take a breather in Killarney for a relaxing three night stay. As you uncover the charms of Ireland, you realise that potatoes aren’t the only ingredient in an Irish cooking class, will feel like landed gentry at Castletown House and then finally, cross the Irish Sea to Wales, England and Scotland.

Passing the spectacular landscape of Snowdonia National Park, we discover Chester, formerly a 1st Century Roman Fortress, feeling like you have time-travelled back as you walk the medieval streets and tudor rows. 

Onwards to a city made famous by the ‘Fab Four’, then enter England’s green and pleasant land, the Lake District inspiring the likes of Wordsworth, Coleridge and Beatrix Potter.

From the green lands of England to Scotland, try to understand what people say in Glasgow, drop by Mary Queen of Scots’ childhood home and cross the Battlefields of Bannockburn. We make our way up to the Scottish Highlands and Scottish Isles to listen to the ghosts at Iona Abbey, the resting place of Gaelic kings including Macbeth.  Maybe catch a glimpse of Nellie at Loch Ness, wonder at the Battlefields of Culloden, become a true Highlander by taking a wee dram at Pitlochry and call in on every golfers’ mecca at St Andrews.

Our roving adventure ends at magnificent Edinburgh, where as a fitting finale we experience the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 

Inclusions

  • 18  breakfasts
  • 1lunches
  • 12 dinners
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey
  • Documentation Travel wallet containing the itinerary, hotel list, baggage labels
  • Porterage one piece of luggage per person in and out of hotels
  • Tips and Gratuities for the Travel Director, Driver and Local Specialist Guides  

 

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Orientation tour in Chester, Liverpool, Lake District,  Glasgow, Pitlochry
  • Sightseeing tour with a local specialist in Dublin and Edinburgh
  • Visit the Guinness Storehouse, Blarney Castle, Castletown House, Beatles Museum, Stirling Castle, Iona Abbey, Battle of Culloden Battlefield,  Edinburgh Castle
  • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula
  • Tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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