Ireland & Scotland 2023
June 16 - 30
Ireland & Scotland 2023
June 16 - 30
Sample a Guinness beer in Dublin, Ireland. Be enthralled by the Giants’ Causeway. Check out Free Derry. Drive along the Connemara Peninsula. See the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. See the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Check out Glasgow and Oban. Try to catch the sea monster at Loch Ness.
SEE ICONIC SIGHTS
The Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Ireland will take your breath away. So will the Giants’ Causeway in Northern Ireland. In addition, with our vast experience in the countryside of Ireland and Scotland, we will take you to vantage viewpoints where you will feel like you are in nature’s painting.
CONNECT WITH LOCALS
Our local deaf guides on this tour will regale you with fascinating stories of the Easter Rising in Dublin, the Troubles between Catholics and Protestants in Belfast, and the rich history surrounding Edinburgh Castle.
WALK INTO HISTORY
Visit Mary Queen of Scots’ chamber in Holyrood Palace. See statues of William Wallace and Robert Bruce gracing the entrance to Edinburgh Castle. Understand better the complicated history of Ireland, its relationship to England, and why there are two Ireland countries on one island.
SAMPLE FOOD & DRINKS
"Fish and Chips” — battered and fried white fish with a side of fries and homemade tartar sauce — in England. Wild seafood, fresh lamb, and hearty stews in Ireland. And a pint or two of Guinness, which tastes better in Ireland than anywhere else in the world.
15 DAYS / 14 NIGHTS
DAY 1 - 4
DAY 1 - Arrival at Dublin airport. Transfer independently to your hotel in Dublin. Explore Dublin with a deaf local guide, walking along O'Connell Street across the River Liffey down to St. Stephen's Green, Trinity College, and the Book of Kells exhibition. Welcome dinner. Stay in Dublin for 2 nights.
DAY 2 - Take a walk around Dublin with a deaf local guide, visiting Dublin Castle, Kilmanhain Gaol, and Guinness Brewhouse along with free time for shopping on Grafton Street.
DAY 3 - Depart for Belfast in Northern Ireland. Learn more about the Troubles between Catholics and Protestants with a deaf local native of Belfast who experienced them firsthand. Continue on to Portrush. Stay in Portrush for 2 nights.
DAY 4 - Take a pleasant drive along the Antrim Coast to visit the Bushmills Distillery, Giants' Causeway, and Dunluce Castle.
DAY 5 - 8
DAY 5 - Depart for Londonderry to visit the historic city located on the edge of the Northern Ireland/Ireland border, including the Tower Museum and the Free Derry Museum. In addition, walk around Falls Road to see the powerful murals and learn more about the Troubles. Overnight in Londonderry.
DAY 6 - Possible side trip to Glenveagh National Park in the morning. Take a long drive down to the Connemara countryside, passing through the tranquil countryside of Donegal and Sligo. Visit Yeats’ grave and Cong Abbey. Overnight in Clifden.
DAY 7 - Take a driving tour of the Connemara Peninsula, including the Twelve Bens, Kylemore Abbey, and Omey Island. Overnight in Shannon.
DAY 8 - Drive to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher. In the afternoon transfer to Shannon Airport to catch our flight for Edinburgh. Stay in Edinburgh for 3 nights.
DAY 9 - 12
DAY 9 - Visit Holyroodhouse in the morning, followed by the Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh New Town walk. Optional deaf social gathering in the evening.
DAY 10 - Take a guided walk along the Royal Mile, starting at Edinburgh Castle and continuing down to St. Giles’ Cathedral and Greyfriars Kirk. Optional afternoon visit to HMS Britannia ship.
DAY 11 - Drive to Glasgow for a brief tour of the city, then move on to Oban. Stay in Oban for 2 nights.
DAY 12 - Tour the islands of Mull and Iona and explore the surroundings of Oban.
DAY 13 - 15
DAY 13 - Drive north in the morning towards Glencoe, Fort William, and the Caledonian Canal to Inverness, stopping by Fort Augustus and Loch Ness. Overnight in Inverness.
DAY 13 - Return to Edinburgh, stopping by Pitlochry and St. Andrews. Have a group farewell dinner. Overnight near Edinburgh airport.
DAY 15 - Transfer to Edinburgh airport for your next destination.