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Ireland and Scotland

Ireland is a magical enchanted place where legend and reality intertwine.  Travel across the luscious green lands as far as the eye can see. Discover gothic, haunted, medieval, and romantic castles nestled throughout the lands or hidden on tops of majestic sea cliffs. Experience the rugged countryside and breathtaking scenery as we road trip around Ireland. As we travel to places far and wide  learn all about the fairies, merrows, and leprechauns.   Revel in Irish Cuisine where your pallets savor every piece of local flavor.  The most picturesque locations, handpicked to leave you in awe and wanting more of what Ireland has to offer.  

From its ancient castles to luscious rolling landscapes and the echoes of bagpipes in the distance,  Scotland is undeniably intriguing.

Traverse small villages, seaside cliffs, and exquisite countryside  as we road trip and explore the realms of Scotland.  During this trip, we will experience the historic capital of Edinburgh, the rugged Highlands with magical medieval castles, the hauntingly beautiful Glencoe Valley, and the iconic breathtaking seascapes of the Isles of Skye.  Don't worry we will not miss tasting some Scottish Whiskey and divulging in a true Scottish Breakfast. 

By spending up to 4 days in each country we will get to combine two dreams into one.  Our pallets will be thanking us as we taste the difference from an Irish Pub to a Scottish one.  In 8 days we will only get to see a small sampling at the beauty these remarkable countries hold deep in their rolling hills. 

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Road trip Overview: 
 
This magical adventure will start in Dublin and end in Glasgow, Scotland.  Your adventure kicks off exploring the outskirts of Dublin on March 2, 2022 at 10 am as soon as we step off the plane before we settle into our quaint Irish B and B for the next two nights.  Key highlights are the Hills of Tara.   We will have a welcome group dinner in the local town after 2-3 hours relaxing in our lodging first. Estimated daily drive time:  2 hours about 100 miles. 

The following day  March 3rd we start our journey around  6am to Northern Ireland.  A day  exploring  2 of the most popular castles in Northern Ireland:  Dunservick and Dunluce.  We will take a 5 mile easy meandering walk to experience the majestic cliffside and farmlands you cannot access by car.  This is an easy walk where we will be able to have a picnic lunch overlooking the crashing waves below.  This is a one way walk as we will strategically position the vans.  Join us on the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge for epic scenery crossing the cliffs to a quiet fishing town.  Not only will we see Giant’s Causeway but also the Iconic Game of Thrones Scenic spot “the Dark Hedges”.  This epic journey through Northern Ireland will explore seascapes and ruins left to mother natures devices.  Today will be a long day.  Estimated daily drive time 3.5 hours.  132 miles round trip.  

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March 4th:  We will explore the magic and ambiance of Dublin.  We will hit as many parts of Dublin we can.  We will stay on the outskirts of Dublin to have a nice relaxing evening maybe hit up the pub from PS. I love you before heading to Southern Ireland.  Dublin has fascinating places to see all by walking.  We will hit the city center and it will be a full walking day.  Some key highlights you may find interesting the Jameson Distillery, Grafton Street, Dublin Castle, Happening Bridge, St. Patrick Cathedral and more.   I will absolutely share my walking plan as it gets closer for anyone who wants to join me.  We will have a meeting point for rendezvous. 

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March 5th: We will be heading out at 630 am to Southern Ireland to feast our eyes upon the most haunted castle in Ireland, Leap Castle. We have a 2 hour private tour to explore the history and magic of this castle.  After stopping for lunch we will head to spend the afternoon at Blarney Castle. Who will kiss the famous Blarney Stone  or dare to walk in the Poison Garden.   Travelling in these areas allows pieces of history and folklore to converge with magnificent photographic structures.  We will be ending the night and saying in the picturesque seaside town of Cork.  Amazing exploration will be had walking up and down the canals of Cork.  Estimated daily drive time 4 ish total hours.  Rest up we have a flight  to head to Glasgow, Scotland on March 6th for the second half of our road trip. 

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March 6th: Arrive in Glasgow and head 30 minutes south to spend the rest of the day in Edinburgh.  OH MY I am in heaven. 

We will have the majority of the day to explore Edinburgh. If you are a Harry Potter fan, I will be creating a fun guide for exploration in Edinburgh which includes some of the special Harry Potter Highlights.

 Daily drive 30 minutes. Today is a walking day all around the city. 

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March 7th:  We will begin are Scottish Road trip through the Highlands to the Isle of Skye.   We will have lots of stops along the way to some amazing and very memorable places (I may need to make a movie guide)  like Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, and 8 miles down the road to Doune Castle.

We will head west towards Glasgow  to the charming town of Luss to see the beach and pier in front of the stunning loch and or course eat an amazing lunch.  We will witness majestic Munros (Scottish Mountains) and waterfalls on our way to Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. 

We will head through the Highlands to Fort William which sits in front of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak. We will get to see the spectacular Jacobite Steam train which crosses the 21 arch Glenfinnan Viaduct which is the famous journey to Hogwarts.  This makes an epic photograph. 

We will have some time to explore Fort William and will be staying in the surrounding area.  Total daily drive 3-4 hours. 
 

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​Ireland and Scotland 

  • March 1, 2022 -March 10, 2022

  • 8 days /8 nights

  • Trip size: 16 travelers 2 guides

  • COST: (w/airfare)  $3300 pp

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  • Booking Deposit:  $200.00  

  • Flexible payment schedule is listed below. 

Pricing is all per person and based on double occupancy

Due to needing a transcontinental flight for travel to Scotland this trip will not have an option to purchase your own airfare. This is to ensure we travel together at all points. 

Wanderlust Explorations Highlights

 

  • Hills of Tara

  • Giants Causeway

  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

  • Dunservick Castle

  • Dunluce Castle

  • Leap Castle

  • Blarney Castle

 Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation

  • All airfare from Washington D.C to Ireland and the transcontinental flight to Scotland.

  • Tickets to all locations (if it is required)

  • Guided Itinerary and instruction (if needed)

  • Travel to locations

What is not included

  • Transportation to and from the Washington D.C airport 

  • Meals, Snacks, and Drinks

  • Any costs of your own exploring as we move to each location

  • Travel Insurance

Activity/Fitness Level

  • #3 We will be doing a lot of walking and sitting in a car for the road trip

  • Some things may require incline walking if you want to get a different vantage point for pictures

Activity/Fitness Key:

#5: OMG! I need oxygen. WTF my legs are like rubber. What was I thinking?

#4: I don't think I am gonna make it. I may need Bengay and a hot bath tonight.

#3: Out of breath. I may need to take up more spin classes when I get back.  Hey at least I am getting my steps in.

#2: I will sleep good tonight.

#1: Just got to put my shoes on, get up, and go. 

Cancellation Policy

  • 91 days or more: loss of initial $200.00 deposit 

  • 61-90 days: loss of 50% of trip cost 

  • 40-60 days: loss of 60% of trip cost

  • Less than 39 days 100% loss of tour cost 

  • To protect your investment travel insurance is highly recommended.

Payment schedule for Ireland/Scotland

  • Deposit: $ 200 or $400 due upon booking

  • Deposit airlines: $200 due July 1, 2021

  • Payment 1: $500 due August  25, 2021 

  • Payment 2: Must have 50% of total trip cost paid by October 15,  2021

  • Payment 3: $500.00 due December 15, 2022 

  • Payment 4: trip is to be paid in full by January 15, 2022. 

**you can always pay more or in full at any time.

Late payments will have a $30.00 late penalty added to payment total. 

March 9th:  We will be up early to take the 2 hour drive to spend the day on the Isle of Skye.  Some of the stops in no order: Black Cullin mountain range, Fairy Pools and more. Let's add in Neist Point Lighthouse and Stone Bridge at Sligachan. 

We will have lunch in Main town of Portree before we head to North Skye and the Trotternish Peninsula.  This landscape of bizarre rock formations and pinnacles will leave you spellbound. 

If we are able (access permitting) we will visit Faerie Glen which is a miniature landscape of grassy cone shaped hills which will have 365 to showcase every day of the year.

We will then head to Quiraing, a beautiful landscape photo opportunity on our way to Mealt waterfall and Kilt Rock a 90 meter tall column of basalt. If you are afraid of heights you do not want to miss this view of the waterfall cascading off the cliffs of Scotland.

We will head back to our home base for an evening to ourselves but not without first stopping for the photos at Old Man Storr, a famous pinnacle of rock created by a landslide.  We will be staying on the Isle of Skye and hopefully catch and epic sunset.  Today's daily drive 2-4 hours.  

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March 10th:   We will start making our way back to Glasgow. We will take the Sky Bridge and head back to the Highlands to Eilean Donan, Scotland’s most iconic castle fortress.  This castle is perched on a little island at the point of three sea lochs. This castle is famous shows such as Highlander and James Bond “The World is not Enough”.  
 
We fly back from Glasgow to the States. 
 
 

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Key information

  • We will be road tripping around Ireland and Scotland. There will be significant amount of walking.  Many of the castles are on an incline not with parking lots out front.  There will also be periods of time in the vans as we move to the next locations. We will also be in a van for several hours per day as minimal as possible. 

  • All trips/outings are rain or shine and it will be long days.

  • Sunrises and sunsets are must dos (depending on times) when travelling through this Iconic Country. 

  • We will be staying in different locations as we road trip around Ireland

  • This trip is geared specifically for the traveler, the photographer, the historian, and the nature lover.  We will be traveling as a group in 2 vans which will have allotted times at each location to explore on your own and enjoy your adventure. If you want to learn or improve your photography I will be there to help at each location.

  • Each night opportunities to eat in town will be provided for you to join as a group or venture on your own.

  • Information such as packing lists, currency, and any other key points will be emailed out 1 month out

  • Itineraries are subject to change based on extreme weather or things beyond our control. 

 

Accommodations

  • Each night we will be in a different location.  Double occupancy rooms unless noted.  Extra $800.00 for single occupancy room.  Lodging will be unique to Ireland and its culture.

 

Getting there

  • GROUP AIRFARE: This trip only offers group booking for airline travel, The cost is included in the Total Cost of the trip. The group airline travel service requires a non-refundable $200.00 deposit to secure the airline contract within 60 days after your initial registration date. For this option, Wanderlust-Explorations contracts directly with the airline carrier selected by the Company based on the unique needs of the trip. The factors considered while selecting an airline will include, but not limited to the airline’s reviews, travel availability and schedule to the desired location, and cost. The Company will communicate with you which airline carrier has been chosen  prior to the departure date once contracts are secured. The tickets will be issued approximately 30 days prior to the departure date.  Benefits: you do not have to do a thing including booking and issuing tickets.  Wanderlust Explorations handles it all. 

Weather

  • It is Springtime. With that be prepared for rain off and on. Temperatures are typically between 45-59 degrees. 

Gear to Bring

  • A camera , go pro, or cell phone. You do not want to NOT take pictures.  Remember what you bring you carry.  If you are a photographer like me, I will be bringing a light weight pocket size tripod so I can capture some amazing images along the way. 

  • Since Springtime has fluctuating temperatures,  bring a mix of long sleeve and short sleeve shirts. I recommend a warm fleece and most importantly a light waterproof jacket.  Depending on what you think is cold,  a hat and or a thermal layer.  Ireland is Casual so jeans and sneakers are perfect.   Layers is good since the weather changes.  It is important for these layers because it is springtime also in Scotland. However, sometimes you might get a slight hint of snow mixed with rain.  (very rare) With the fact rain seems to be good luck in both countries, bring a travel umbrella, and clothes that dry quick.  Do not forget water proof.  Shoes I typically will travel with a hiking sneaker so that I have the comfort of a sneaker but the grip for when I do not follow the beaten path. 

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