Exploring Scotland & Ireland
Scotland and Ireland are two countries dating back to the 13th Century that are known for their Medieval Castles, mountains, waterfalls, farmlands, charming villages and warm hospitality. You will first visit the city of Edinburgh, Scotland and St. Andrews, followed by a short flight to Dublin, Ireland. One of the highlights will be meeting the Friends at the local Kingdom Hall in Killarney, Ireland and staying in a 15th Century Castle for two nights. Don’t miss this exciting Tour, as the scenery in both Scotland and Ireland is world famous and stunningly beautiful! (Make reservations now, as this Tour is always sold out each year.)
Fri. Nov. 2 Everyone will fly from their hometown overnight to Edinburgh, Scotland. Enjoy dinner and a movie as you fly over the Atlantic Ocean to begin this exciting Tour. (See Awake, 7/14, p. 10)
Sat. Nov. 3 Arrive Edinburgh and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, you will have a short Tour of the city including a fun ride in a whiskey barrel to see the production of Scotch whiskey. Tonight, there will be a Welcome Reception with all the Friends traveling on this Tour.
Sun. Nov. 4 After breakfast, you will Tour more of the city including Edinburgh Castle where you will see Scotland’s crown jewels. Afterwards, you are free to walk around on the historic Royal Mile, known for its medieval shops and restaurants. Tonight, you will enjoy a typical Scottish dinner.
Mon. Nov. 5 Today you will travel over the Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife, passing Castles and several coastal villages. You will then visit the town of St. Andrews to see the home of the oldest golf course in the World! Balance of the day and evening will be at leisure.
Tue. Nov. 6 This morning everyone will board the short flight to Dublin, Ireland. Upon arrival, you will have a Tour of the city that goes back over 1,000 years, including Dublin’s famous library, the priceless 8th Century Book of Kells. Next, you will tour the world famous Guinness Brewery to learn about Ireland’s “Black Beer” and to enjoy a creamy pint before checking into your hotel.
Wed. Nov. 7 The entire day is at leisure in Dublin. Your Tour Escort will have suggestions on what to see and do. Be sure to visit an Irish Pub to enjoy some Irish music, corned beef, mashed potatoes and peas, a specialty of Ireland.
Thu. Nov. 8 This morning you will depart by motorcoach for a scenic countryside Tour to see why Ireland is known for its “40 Shades of Green.” Visit the 15th Century “Blarney Castle” and its beautiful gardens, where the famous Blarney stone is located at the top of the Castle. (See Awake 4/22/04 p.18) Next to the Castle is the Blarney Woollen Mills Outlet, known for its lace, woolens, jewelry, and other Irish treasures. Continue over the mountains and stay for two nights in the medieval town of Killarney, Ireland’s loveliest city where an Irish dinner is included each evening. You may want to take a fun ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Tonight there will be an opportunity to attend a meeting at the Kingdom Hall to meet some of the local Irish Friends.
Fri. Nov. 9 Enjoy a scenic drive around the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, including a visit to the town of Dingle. You will then return to your hotel in time for dinner. This is Ireland, as you have always imagined it!
Sat. Nov. 10 Today you will visit Adare, Ireland’s prettiest village known for its cottages and stone walls. Continue to Limerick for a Tour of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park that depicts life in Ireland as it once was. Surprise, tonight you will be guests at a Medieval Banquet just as in times past. The Lords and Ladies of the Castle will sing and perform during your dinner, including wine. This will truly be a night to remember!
Sun. Nov. 11 Another exciting day as you drive along the Atlantic coastline to see the limestone plateau of the Burren that’s compared to the moon’s surface. (Awake 3/8/04, p. 22) Next, you will be able to walk along the amazing and awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher where the land and sea meet. These cliffs are a solid wall of rock that rise 700 feet above the pounding surf of the Atlantic Ocean that stretches for five miles offering dramatic views and amazing photographs. Afterwards, you will visit a farm for a demonstration showing you how a farmer uses a whistle and a dog to round up his sheep. You will then continue on winding roads passing quaint Irish villages before arriving at your hotel in the historical city of Galway. Dinner will be on your own to enjoy one of the local pubs or restaurants.
Mon. Nov. 12 Today you will learn about the lives and working conditions of the Irish people as you travel through the interesting farmlands. The highlight will be spending the last two days and nights including dinner each evening at the beautiful 15th Century Cabra Castle and golf course as pictured above.
Tue. Nov. 13 This will be a free day to do as you please and to enjoy the beautiful grounds and health spa. There is also horseback riding and several other activities. Tonight’s highlight will be a “Farewell Dinner” in the Castle!
Wed. Nov. 14 It is time to depart to the Dublin Airport for the return flight to your hometown city. Traveling with Friends from other parts of the country is something you will certainly enjoy as you visit these two beautiful countries.
YOUR TOUR WILL INCLUDE:
- Round-trip airfare
- Breakfast daily, plus six dinners
- Hotel accommodations
- All taxes and entrance fees
- Sightseeing per itinerary
- Experienced Tour Escort
Besides the above cities, you can depart from any other USA or Canadian city by indicating your preferred departure city on the reservation form. We will then inform you of the total cost from your hometown. All prices are per person based on two people in a room. If you do not have a roommate, we will attempt to assign one for you or you can pay a supplement of $699 for a single room. (PASSPORT IS REQUIRED)