Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

September 13 - 26, 2019 Scotland & Northern Ireland

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 13, 2019
Glasgow to the Highlands.

Fri. Sept. 13th​ – After you are met by your Tour Director and Coach at Glasgow Airport, we depart north and west through some stunning scenery into the Highlands of Scotland. We stop at the world Famous Drovers Inn before we continue north to Glencoe, the haunted valley where the MacDonald’s were slain in their beds in 1692. We have time to explore and learn the history of this beautiful area before we head to Fort William where we stop for lunch. After lunch we continue along the scenic Road to the Isles, with a short photo stop at the Caledonian Canal and Neptune’s Staircase. We end our afternoon at Glenfinnan Hotel where we stay the night. Welcome Dinner Inc. (BD)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 14, 2019
Explore the Isle of Skye.

Sat. Sept. 14th​ – Today we depart after our good Scottish breakfast through the beautiful Highland Scenery to Mallaig, a small fishing village where we catch the morning Ferry to the Isle of Skye, where we spend the day exploring this beautiful island. Our first stop is the newly famous Fairy Pools, pools that flow down the side of one of the islands many mountains, and visited by many each year. We walk to the pools then we head north on the island to Portree, the biggest town on Skye. We have time for lunch and a wander around the local artisan shops before we drive north around the top of the Trotternish Peninsula stopping along the way at Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr for photo ops. We then visit the Museum of Highland Life, depicting the history of Skye in 6 blackhouses as they were 100 years ago. We arrive in Uig late afternoon in time for a drink in a local pub before we board the ferry for the Isle of Harris. Overnight Hebrides Hotel, Tarbert, Isle of Harris. (B

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 15th, 2019
A day on the Isle of Lewis.

Sun. Sept. 15th – ​After breakfast and a later start, today we visit the world famous Calanais Standing Stones, which historians believe likely stood before the Great Pyramids of Egypt were completed, and the exhibition where we hear the history of the area and can walk among the stones and get a glimpse of life during Neolithic times. We have lunch along the way in a quaint café, before we head to The Butt of Lewis where we get some amazing views of the cliffs and the lighthouse, hopefully on a sunny day. We head south on the island to Harris. Overnight Tarbert, Isle of Harris. (BD)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 16, 2019
And today the Isle of Harris.

Mon. Sept. 16th – ​After our Good Scottish Breakfast, we have a tour of the new Harris Distillery that is distilling whisky and gin. We continue on to the end of the island and visit St Clements Church, a historical church owned by the MacLeod’s who owned a lot of the island in the past. We have lunch (not inc) at a locally owned cafe, with beautiful views over Luskentyre Beach. We drive past some of the stunning beaches of Harris, of which Luskentyre persistently gets voted among the top. We also stop at Seallam! (which means “Let me show you!” in Gaelic), the premier genealogy center in the Hebrides. We have a visit to a Harris Tweed weaver who will show us how she creates this traditional fabric of the Island. Overnight Tarbert, Isle of Harris. (B)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 17, 2019
Stornoway ferry to Ullapool, and on to Inverness.

Tues. Sept. 17th​ – After our good Scottish breakfast, we head north on the island to Stornoway, where we have some free time to explore and shop in the town, visit some local pubs, or take the opportunity to see the new Museum at Lews Castle. Mid afternoon ferry to Ullapool and then we continue south towards Inverness where we spend the evening. (B)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 18, 2019
Outlander Highlights and more.

Wed. Sept. 18th​ – After our good Scottish breakfast, we stop at Wardlaw Mausoleum which was also featured in Outlander, as it’s the burial place of the Lovat Frasers, including the Old Fox, Lord Lovat. We then head through Inverness, driving through some beautiful scenery and we stop at Culloden Battlefield where the last land battle on British soil took place when Bonnie Prince Charlie tried to reclaim the throne. We then make the short drive to Clava Cairns which was the inspiration for the books written by Diana Gabaldon, the Outlander Series. We read about the history of the cairns and experience the mystical feeling around this area. Our next stop is at Portknockie where we take a walk along the cliffs to see Bow Fiddle Rock, a beautiful naturally carved rock at the edge of the sea that is said to look like the bow of a fiddle. Our final stop of the day is at Pennan, the village on the sea where “Local Hero” was filmed. Overnight Aberdeenshire. (B)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 19, 2019
Castles and Crannog Center.

Thurs. Sept. 19th -​Today we head south through the Cairngorm Mountains, and our first stop is at Dunnottar Castle, sitting out on a rock in the North Sea. We take the long walk down and back up to the ruins of the ancient castle, then we continue on to Fyvie Castle, one of the most haunted Castles in Scotland. Fyvie has been featured on many Haunted TV shows. We have a visit to the Scottish Crannog Center on the banks of Loch Tay before we head to our hotel in Aberfeldy where we spend the evening in this Quaint Highland Town. (B)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 20, 2019
Dunadd Hill Fort, overnight Isle of Arran.

Fri Sept. 20th​ – After breakfast we have a quick stop at the Fortingall Yew Tree, said to be the oldest in Scotland if not the world, located in a small churchyard. We drive south stopping along the way at Dunadd Hill Fort (Dùn Ada). Story has it that this was the location where Gaelic kings were symbolically married to the land. You will have the opportunity to climb to the top and put your foot into the Dunadd Footprint (or in Gaelic, Fail na Coise) as the ancient kings did. We will also have time to visit the new Museum at Kilmartin Glen, (if open) in the haunted valley of Kilmartin before we catch the later afternoon ferry to Lochranza, on the Isle of Arran. We drive south to the main town of Brodick. Overnight Brodick, Isle of Arran. (B)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 21, 2019
Day trip around Arran.

Sat. Sept. 21st​ -After breakfast, we have a Day trip around Arran, stopping at Lochranza Castle ruins, Arran Distillery, Brodick Castle and Gardens, and Blackwaterfoot. We take the string road across back to Brodick where we visit Home Farm shops where you can buy local cheese, chocolate and aromatics. Return to the hotel. Overnight Arran. (B)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 22, 2019
Ferry to Northern Ireland – Portrush.

Sun. Sept. 22nd​ – Today we take the morning ferry from Brodick to Ardrossan on the mainland and head south to Cairnryan where we get the ferry to Larne/Belfast in Northern Ireland. We head north for just an hour to the Northern Coast where we check into our hotel for the next two nights. Overnight Portrush area. Welcome to NI Dinner Inc. (BD)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 23, 2019
Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-A-Rede & Bushmills.

Mon. Sept. 23rd​ – After breakfast, we have a tour around the Northern Coast, visiting the famous Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, and have a chance to walk over the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, with the possibility of visiting some locations where the Game of Thrones was filmed. Overnight Portrush area. (B)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 24, 2019
South to Downpatrick.

Tues. Sept. 24th​ – Today we head south of Belfast to the town of Downpatrick, where we visit the Down Cathedral where St Patrick is buried. We also visit the St Patrick’s Centre and learn about the famous
Patron Saint of Ireland. We arrive in Belfast mid afternoon. Free time to explore the city with a Hop On Hop Off bus ticket for two days. Overnight Belfast. (B)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 25, 2019
Free day in Belfast.

Wed. Sept. 25th​ – Free day in Belfast with your bus ticket. You’ll have time to visit the wonderful Titanic Museum, The Ulster Museum, Botanical Gardens and much more, or take a Game of Thrones Tour if you are a big fan, as it is filmed in Belfast at the Titanic studios and other locations around the country. (Entry fees in Belfast not included in tour price.) Final night Dinner in Belfast. (BD)

Footsteps of the Ancient Gaels

Sept. 26, 2019
Belfast Airport

Thurs. Sept. 26th​ – Morning transfer to the airport for your flight home from Belfast.

Tour Package

Tour Includes:

Tour Inc. 13 nights in 3 star or better historical properties, Full Breakfast daily, 4 Dinners, Services of tour director and coach driver with midi coach, All taxes and VAT, Entry into all sites listed ​(excluding optional entry fees in Belfast), and ferry crossings and airport transfers. Not inc. airfare, other meals, gratuities, and other personal expenses.

Not included are airfare, other meals, personal items at each hotel, drinks and phone calls. Most hotels have free Wi-Fi but not all.

Per Person

$ 3995

Based on double occupancy

  • Deposit of $750 is due upon booking.
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to travel.

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