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 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. 

Road trip Overview: 

 

This magical adventure will start and end in Dublin. Your adventure kicks off exploring the outskirts of Dublin at 530 am as soon as we step off the plane before we settle into our quaint Irish B and B for the night.  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 2.5 hours. 

The following day  March 5th 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 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.  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.  Estimated daily drive time 3.5 hours.  

​Ireland and Scotland 

  • March 3, 2021 -March 12, 2021

  • 8 days /8 nights

  • Places available: 4 spots left

  • Trip cost with Group Airfare:  $3200

  • LIMITLESS Members  price $3125 with Airfare (Sign up today

  • Trip Cost without Group Airfare: $2800.00

  • LIMITLESS Members price $2725 without airfare 

  • Booking Deposit:  $400.00

**Pricing is all per person 

Wanderlust Explorations Highlights

 

  • Hills of Tara

  • Giants Causeway

  • Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

  • Dunservick Castle

  • Dunluce Castle

  • Rock of Cashel

  • Leap Castle

  • Blarney Castle

Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation

  • airfare from Ireland to Scotland roundtrip (if you do group airfare)

  • Tickets to all locations (if it is required)

  • Guided Itinerary and instruction (if needed)

  • Travel to locations

What is not included

  • Airfare if you do not do group travel

  • 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

March 6th: We will be heading out at 7am to Southern Ireland to feast our eyes upon the most haunted castle in Ireland, Leap Castle.  Further  south  we will visit with the Blarney Castle, famous Blarney Stone and the Poison Garden.   Who will kiss the Blarney Stone? 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 

March 7th:  We will end the journey back in Dublin exploring the sights and sounds of this amazing city while enjoying nightlife and pubs.  We will stop at the Rock of Cashel, a 13th century gothic cathedral and one of Ireland's most historical spots. This will break up the 4 hour drive back to Dublin.  We will be staying in a seascape abode which will allow to see a sunset on the coast followed by a pint at an Irish Pub maybe the one from PS I love you.   Don't party too late we have an early flight on day 5 (very early) to head to Scotland to spend the day in Edinburgh.

March 8th: Arrive in Edinburgh and get breakfast in Scotland.  OH MY I am in heaven. 

We will have the whole 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.

We will be able to check into lodging later that afternoon.  Dinner will be at the lodging which is Melville Castle.  What??? Not only do we get to stay in a castle, we get a 3 course dinner AND breakfast the next morning included. 

We will be staying in that night and having plenty of time to explore the castle grounds and all the history it has to offer.  Daily drive 30 minutes. Today is a walking day all around the city. 

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

  • Loss of initial $400.00 deposit due to non refundable expenses.

  • 91 days or more prior to departure: Loss of all deposits/airline fees  

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

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

  • Less than 39 days 100% loss of tour cost 

  • To protect your investment travel insurance is highly recommended.

March 9th:  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. 

 

March 10th:  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.  

March 11th:   We will start making our way back to Edinburgh. 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 will then move to visit a viewpoint for amazing views of the Five Sisters of Kintail then drive to Fort Augustus and the southern Tip of Loch Ness. We will have lunch here and you can stroll near the canal and maybe see the elusive Nessie from the shore. We will head back through the Grampian Mountains and across the Monarch Glen.  We will visit a Scotch Whiskey Distillery for a dram of Amber Nector.

 

We will have yet another castle on our way: Blair castle and a final stop in the Town of Pitlochry.  We will return to Edinburgh Via the Queensferry crossing (which is the longest bridge in Scotland) You can see the Forth Bridge on the left. We will stay around Edinburgh for the night and get ready to fly back to Dublin on March 12th.  Estimated daily drive 4 hours.

March 12: We have an early flight to Dublin with plenty of time before we fly back to the states.  Today will be a long travel day so plenty of time to catch up on sleep. 

 

 

 

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. 

  • 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 tour is geared specifically for the traveler, the photographer, the historian, and the nature lover.  We will be touring 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

  • I offer discounted group airline travel out of Hampton Roads and or Washington D.C as long as there is a minimum of 10 travelers participate.  This is included in the package price if you choose this option. You will be required to make your own travel arrangements to and from the airport we fly out of.  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. Airline tickets are contracted between the Company and the airline carrier selected by the Company in its sole discretion. The Company will select the airline 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 at least 9 months prior to the departure date.  

  • If you book your own airline ticket you will need to ensure you are in Dublin for pick  up on March 4th at 5am.  Because the airline tickets are included for the flight from Ireland to Scotland, these arrangements will also need to be made on your own. 

 

  • If you are not able to get to Washington DC for air travel, I will be more than happy to search airline fare close to our group rates, get you to the destination and meet up with the group

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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