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David has designed this travel experience to pair his Taste of Ireland and Best of Scotland itineraries. This tour is the perfect fifteen days of sightseeing and cultural experiences, offering a worry-free journey experiencing the history, culture, music, and cuisine of Ireland and Scotland.

This tour kicks off in Dublin, where you’ll get a solid introduction to Irish history, culture, and charm. Then we will head out into the countryside to experience three distinct regions. You’ll visit ancient monastic sites, fairy forts, geological wonders, and charming villages while enjoying some of the best food, music, and craic on the island! After a quick flight across the Irish Sea, experience the capital city of Edinburgh, its castle, and streets steeped in history and lore. Then, enjoy another four days and nights in the highlands and islands, visiting St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Inverness, Oban, and the Hebrides.

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MAP Ire-Scot 2022David has designed this travel experience to pair his Taste of Ireland and Best of Scotland itineraries. This tour is the perfect fifteen days of sightseeing and cultural experiences, offering a worry-free journey experiencing the history, culture, music, and cuisine of Ireland and Scotland.

This tour kicks off in Dublin, where you'll get a solid introduction to Irish history, culture, and charm. Then we will head out into the countryside to experience three distinct regions. You'll visit ancient monastic sites, fairy forts, geological wonders, and charming villages while enjoying some of the best food, music, and craic on the island! After a quick flight across the Irish Sea, experience the capital city of Edinburgh, its castle, and streets steeped in history and lore. Then, enjoy another four days and nights in the highlands and islands, visiting St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Inverness, Oban, and the Hebrides.

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TOUR DESTINATIONS

Dublin - 2 nights

Kilkenny - 1 night

Dingle - 2 nights

Galway - 1 night

Dublin 1 night

Edinburgh - 2 nights

Pitlochry - 2 nights

Inverness - 1 nights

Oban - 2 nights

     Single Supplement $740

This is a combination tour of David's Taste of Ireland Tour and his Best of Scotland (and Wales) tour.  Airfare and flights are included from Dublin to Edinburgh.


SEE "Tour Dates and Prices Tab" for current prices

Single Room Supplement: $340

PRICETOUR DATES 
$3749 + airJun 4-13, 2023

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DAY 1: Welcome to Dublin – Let's plan to meet today at 2:00 p.m. in our hotel lobby for introductions and a tour overview. Then, join your Exploring Europe guide for a scenic overview tour of Dublin City. Enjoy a stop at the famous Guinness Brewery for a look at the production process and a visit to the panoramic Gravity Bar for your first taste of an authentic pint of the stout brewed here in Dublin. You'll get your fill with a traditional dinner at a favorite Dublin pub. The remainder of the evening is free for you to enjoy more of Dublin or return to the hotel and settle in. Sleep for 2 nights in Dublin. Walking: light. Driving: 2 hours. Dinner.

 DAY 2: Newgrange/Dublin –This great tomb dates from the Neolithic or New Stone Age between 3370 and 2920 B.C. Its name harkens back to a monastic settlement established here during the 1300s. Today you'll experience Newgrange on an organized tour departing from Dublin. After your return to the city, you'll have the remainder of the afternoon and evening on your own. Walking: moderate. Driving: 3 hours. (Note: It is difficult to secure entry to Newgrange. If access is not possible, we will visit Dublin city with a local guide visiting Trinity College and the Book of Kells). 

 DAY 3: Glendalough and Kilkenny - After breakfast, we will leave the big city behind and begin a journey around the island. The first stop is the ancient monastic site of Glendalough, located in the beautiful Wicklow Mountains. We'll take a peaceful walk along the lakes and through the forest while learning about the monastery and its role in history. Then, travel to the medieval town of Kilkenny, where you will have some free time to experience the city, castle, cathedral, and shops. Tonight, experience a tastebud-tingling dinner at my favorite Italian restaurant this side of Tuscany. Sleep 1 night in Kilkenny. Walking: moderate to strenuous, it's your choice. Driving: 3 hours. Dinner.

 DAY 4: A Bit of Blarney and Kerry – Today, we will travel across the Plain of Tipperary to the little village of Blarney. The castle, known for its famous "Blarney Stone," is one of Ireland's most popular tourist destinations. After an opportunity to "kiss the Blarney Stone," enjoy a visit to the Blarney Woolen Mills. This massive shopping complex is your one-stop spot for authentic Irish arts, crafts, textiles, and apparel. Later, we will make our way to Dingle at the far southwest tip of Ireland. Tonight's menu features a selection of fresh and sumptuous locally sourced products. After dinner, join the fun at a pub for a traditional music session or live folk music. Sleep for 2 nights in Dingle. Walking: light. Driving: 6 hours. Dinner.  

 DAY 5: The Dingle Peninsula – Today, experience some of Ireland's wildest natural beauty and oldest pre-historic settlements on our driving tour of the Slea Head. Enjoy endless "40 shades of green" fields, rock-crushing waves, and all the sheep you'll ever want to count. Back in Dingle, you'll have the afternoon and evening for shopping, dinner, and music on your own. Walking: light. Driving: 3 hours. 

DAY 6: The Cliffs of Moher and Galway - After a drive through the coastal mountains of Kerry, we will take a ferry crossing on the River Shannon over to County Clare. Here, you will experience the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, where you'll find yourself teetering on the edge of a series of 700-feet cliffs perched on the North Atlantic. These cliffs stretch for five miles along the Atlantic coast in County Clare. On a clear day, one can see the distant Aran Islands and the soaring mountains in Connemara and the Dingle Peninsula. We'll take a scenic drive along the Atlantic coast around Galway Bay and through the rocky terrain known as the Burren. Once in Galway City, enjoy an overview driving tour of the region's highlights. Then, you'll have the remainder of the evening to explore on your own, pass your time shopping, wander the pedestrian area, listen to local busker musicians, and experience the "pulse" of this vibrant city. Sleep 1 night in Galway. Walking: light to moderate, depending on your independent explorations in Galway.

DAY 7: Galway to Dublin - We'll leave the morning for some last-minute shopping and winding down in Galway. Then, let's head back across the island to Dublin and enjoy a final dinner together to celebrate our trip around the Emerald Isle. Sleep 1 night in Dublin. Walking: light. Driving: 4 hours. Dinner.

DAY 8: We will take a short flight across the Irish Sea to Edinburgh. – Enjoy an orientation walk around the famous Royal Mile. You will receive a Hop-On-Hop-Off Edinburgh Bus Pass providing a comprehensive open-top bus tour of Edinburgh. Later, we will meet for a group dinner. Walking: moderate. Sleep for 2 nights in Edinburgh. Dinner.

DAY 9: Edinburgh -Today, we will see the best of Edinburgh on foot by strolling the Royal Mile, featuring its historic buildings, narrow alleys, and hidden courtyards. We'll begin with a visit to the historic Edinburgh Castle, the "birthplace" of the city, and affording spectacular views and vistas. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of Edinburgh on your own. Perhaps you'll want to visit the National Museum of Scotland, Holyrood Palace, hike up Calton Hill or Arthur's Seat, enjoy "high tea" in a cafe or do some shopping on the Royal Mile or in the new town. The possibilities are endless. Walking: moderate.

DAY 10: Culross, St. Andrews, and the Countryside —Today, cross the famous Firth of Forth and visit the tiny burg of Culross. Enjoy poking the burg's gardens, shops, and a small "palace" manor house. Later, we'll travel through the Kingdom of Fife to St. Andrews, the home of golf and the famous Old Course. St. Andrews is equally important for its medieval town and cathedral. We'll set up for the evening in a little village where you can enjoy dinner and lots of peace. Driving: 4 hours. Walking: moderate. Sleep 1 night in the Scottish Highlands. Dinner.

DAY 11: The Highlands – We will begin the day with a visit to a sheep farm to learn about Scotland's livestock and wool industry. Later, tour the haunting Culloden Battlefield, where in 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite supporters suffered a terrible defeat, ending years of rebellion against the British. Driving: 5 hours. Walking: moderate. Sleep 1 night in or near Inverness.

 DAY 12: The Highlands and Oban -Experience the wild, rugged beauty of Loch Ness on a panoramic boat cruise, followed by a visit to Urquhart Castle. Later, we will head to the western coastal town of Oban. Enjoy a group dinner featuring fresh-caught seafood and a quiet evening in the town. Driving: 5 hours. Walking: Light. Sleep for 2 nights in Oban. Dinner.

 DAY 13: The Hebrides Isles —Today, weather permitting, we will board the ferry to the Isle of Mull and eventually Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. Here, you will have several hours to experience the 800-year-old abbey where the Book of Kells was written and fabricated by the local monks. Enjoy some time on your own to experience the island. Finally, return to Oban for an event-free evening and a chance to kick up your heels at a local pub. Boat: 3 hours. Driving: 2 hours. Walking: Moderate to Light. 

 DAY 14: Heading Home – We will have you at the Glasgow or Edinburgh airport by 11:00 a.m. 

Itinerary specifics are subject to change.

Transportation by coach and/or minibus from your Dublin hotel to the Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport.

A flight across the Irish Sea from Dublin to Edinburgh.

13 nights’ accommodation in traditional hotels, guesthouses, and B&B’s.  All rooms have private en-suite baths.

All tips and gratuities to guides, drivers, restaurants, and hotel staff.

A guaranteed Small Group consisting of 6-18 participants.

All breakfasts and seven of your dinners.

Traditional dining experiences at some of David's personal favorite restaurants. Eating well is a priority and you’ll enjoy fine regional fare featuring the best the locale has to offer.

Water is included with all meals.  Soda, beer, wine, spirits, coffee, and tea are your responsibility. 

All tours and admissions at no extra cost: Comprehensive Dublin walking and driving tour covering all the essential sights in the city ▪ a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and Gravity Bar ▪ Full-day excursion to Newgrange and the Boyne countryside (when possible) ▪ Glendalough Monastic site and the Wicklow mountains ▪ entrance to Blarney Castle and its famous kissing stone ▪ Dingle Peninsula Driving Tour ▪ The Blasket Centre ▪The Cliffs of Moher experience ▪ Galway City orientation tour ▪ Edinburgh walking tour ▪ Edinburgh Castle admission and tour ▪ Edinburgh Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour ▪ walking tour of Culross and manor house entrance ▪ orientation walk at St. Andrews ▪ Culloden Battlefield admission ▪ Loch Ness panoramic cruise ▪ Oban orientation stroll ▪ Isle of Mull and Iona cruise and coach/walking tour ▪ and much more (itinerary specifics are subject to change). 

A full-time Exploring Europe guide and local experts dedicated to bringing to life the art, history, and culture of the tour destinations.

David’s e-delivered tour handouts detailing each day’s historical and cultural experiences.

Free Exploring Europe luggage tags.

David’s drawstring backpack is designed to help corral all your stuff. 

Our Unconditional Tour Price Guarantee that once locked in, will never change.

$50 Tour Alumni discount for each David McGuffin tour you’ve taken prior to this travel year.

Walking and Physical Activity: We have planned this trip to provide maximum tour experiences by foot, boat, and vehicle. The basic nature of Europe does require some degree of physical activity to get out and see the sights, especially in the countryside. To help you plan, we’ve included a daily projection of physical activity. Here is our key for our walking activity ratings:

Light – Walking done on level surfaces with some small hills and elevation gains. In most cases, the bus will drop-off and pick-up at nearby locations. Two miles or less of required walking during the day.

Moderate – Walking done on paved and gravel paths. To enjoy the full tour experience, some up and down hill walking is to be expected. Four to five miles of walking per day.

Strenuous – Walking done on rugged and rocky paths with some steps and stairs. Up to six miles of walking per day.

Your Choice – No matter what your walking ability, we will help you find alternative ways to enjoy and experience all Europe has to offer. To get the most out of our tours you should be able to operate at the light level everyday with spurts of moderate and strenuous.

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 by Harold Jasper, Ga. on David McGuffin's Tours to Ireland
Ireland

I had heard a lot about the cliffs of Moher but what I heard cannot describe the awe I experienced when I first saw them. Breathtaking!

Just, WOW!

 by Linda, Middleburg, FL on David McGuffin's Tours to Ireland
Taste of Ireland

TASTE O'IRELAND TOUR - Even though David was not able to be with us on this trip, he made sure we were well taken care of, and I felt very comfortable and safe with our guide, Brendan who became our good friend sharing stories and life together while taking in the breathtaking vistas along the way. I loved our little group of five senior ladies....the meals around the tables were excellent and the conversation was fun and relaxing. Our accommodations each night were clean and comfortable, and the Irish hospitality was excellent. Thank you, David! I am so glad I was able to make this trip!

 by Barbara/ Glen Saint Mary on David McGuffin's Tours to Ireland
Ireland tour October 20-27

Highly recommended a trip to Ireland. The history of Ireland was very interesting. A beautiful country.

Ireland 2019

This was my seventh trip to Ireland with David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe. I usually only travel with David exclusively ( 20 trips over the years! ), but due to circumstances beyond his control, David was unable to make the trip with us. I was apprehensive about going without him, but I had a family member and friends that were signed up for the trip so we went. With David McGuffin's Exploring Europe


Irish guide, we had a wonderful trip. We missed not having David with us, but it all worked out. While our driver Brendan did not know David he worked for a friend of David’s in Ireland. Brendan was truly a blessing to us all. Being able to plan our trip ahead of time with David made my 83-year-old mother’s dream come true. We stayed in a castle and it was one of the highlights of our trip!

 by Conrad & Jeanne Bradburn, Jacksonville on David McGuffin's Tours to Ireland
This tour was amazing from start to finish!

This tour was amazing from start to finish!

David covered every detail. Food was outstanding, accommodations were great, traveling on the bus was very comfortable. With a group of 17 we all had plenty of room and enjoyed time to get to know each other. I was concerned about all the bus travel but David has it set up with frequent stops to get out walk around and explore. Pat our bus driver was “the best”.

This couple has caught the travel bug and hope to be on another of David's Tours soon!

Ireland’s beauty is breathtaking, along with our experiences and new friendships we had the time of our life!

Thanks, David ☘️

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Now that you’ve decided to join this tour, we are sure you’ll have some questions.  Don’t worry, we are here to help you through each aspect of your tour from start to finish.

David’s Video: Ireland: The David McGuffin Tour Experience

To truly understand a David McGuffin tour, you have to see it to believe it. This film documents the journey of four travelers on David’s “Taste of Ireland” tours. Filmed on location in Ireland, we hope it will give you a sample of just what to expect on a David McGuffin tour to Europe. IRELAND: The David McGuffin Tour Experience

David’s 60 Seconds destination videos

Join David as he shares impromptu moments from his travels in Ireland.  Watching these short 60 second segments are a great way to experience David’s travel style and adventures. Watch David’s Explore Ireland and Scotland.

David’s Blog Articles

David and his team have answered many travel related questions and they are all tucked away on his blog.  But, no need to go there, just type in a keyword in the search box at the top or bottom of this page (it’s the gray rectangle with a small magnifying glass icon) and you will get results for your query.

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We are happy to answer your travel questions and give advice and suggestions.  tours@davidmcguffin.com   or 800-570-1351.

 

David has designed this travel experience to pair his Taste of Ireland and Best of Scotland itineraries. This tour is the perfect fifteen days of sightseeing and cultural experiences, offering a worry-free journey experiencing the history, culture, music, and cuisine of Ireland and Scotland.

This tour kicks off in Dublin, where you’ll get a solid introduction to Irish history, culture, and charm. Then we will head out into the countryside to experience three distinct regions. You’ll visit ancient monastic sites, fairy forts, geological wonders, and charming villages while enjoying some of the best food, music, and craic on the island! After a quick flight across the Irish Sea, experience the capital city of Edinburgh, its castle, and streets steeped in history and lore. Then, enjoy another four days and nights in the highlands and islands, visiting St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Inverness, Oban, and the Hebrides.

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