Whiskey and History in Ireland and Scotland

Whiskey and History in Ireland and Scotland


A cultural journey through Ireland and Scotland's pasts studded with whiskey tastings and castles along the way. Perfect for the whole family, couples, and singles alike.
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Whiskey and History in Ireland and Scotland


This 10-day trip is full of culture and tradition. Meandering hikes take you through iconic green hillsides, and whiskey tastings pair nicely with historic sightseeing in some of Ireland and Scotland's most storied cities.


Europe is full of history, but contrary to common belief, is not entirely full of tourists. Immerse yourself in a world slightly off the beaten path, where you get to meet local textile makers and walk the backroads with someone who actually lives there. Visit quiet family-owned distilleries, hike amongst ancient ruins, and pretend you're in your favorite episode of HBO's Game of Thrones. Each night, stay in a unique outpost—most of them castles! This journey through Ireland and Scotland will take you to some of the best places rich in scenic views and fascinating history. Great for families, couples, and singles alike, this is one way to see Europe and feel like you're a whole world away. And if you're anything like us, you'll return home feeling like your worldview has expanded tenfold.

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Days 1, 2

Introduction to Dublin



Your first couple of days will be spent exploring the historic capital of Ireland—Dublin. Walk the city with a private guide on day one before getting settled into the Merrion Hotel, a five-star outpost located right in the heart of things. The next day, you'll kayak through the city on the River Liffey. Take in the sights and sounds of Dublin from the water and eventually the bay. That evening, you'll have a chance to shop and catch anything you missed the day before. Wash it all down with a pint of Guinness in the Guinness Tower after a tour of the world famous Guinness Storehouse.


Days 3-4

Discover Donegal



Next stop, Donegal! You'll swing by the famous Belleek Pottery factory on the way, followed by a famine-era soup kitchen. Then you'll arrive at one of Ireland's finest hotels, the Solis Lough Eske Castle. Enjoy feeling like royalty as you tuck into your plush lodging. Rise early the next morning to hike the glen at Glencolumcille, a hidden valley tucked away in the rugged Donegal landscape on the Wild Atlantic Way. That evening, take a boat cruise below the highest sea cliffs in Europe at Slieve League. To top it all off on day four you'll visit a local tweed weaver, a fabric made in Donegal and exported all over the world.


Days 5-6

Derry City and Giant's Causeway



On day five, you'll head north to the historic city of Derry in time for lunch at an award-winning local eatery. That evening, tour the 17th-century walls of Derry with a local and learn about the city's turbulent past and recent history. You might also check out St. Columb's Cathedral, the Peace Bridge, or the Tower Museum.

The next morning, you'll hike the Antrim Coast. This area, also known as the Giant's Causeway, was designated as a protected "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" in 1988. That evening you'll visit Bushmills whiskey distillery, where one of Ireland's most famous triple distilled whiskeys is crafted. You'll be staying at the charming Bushmills Inn for ease of access to the beautiful Antrim Coast for this portion of your trip.


Days 7-8

Onwards to Scotland



The end of a full week marks your time to move on to Scotland. Catch a boat in Portrush near the northern tip of Ireland and ferry to the Mull of Kintyre. Once you've got your land legs back, enjoy a late afternoon tour and tasting at Springbank distillery, one of the last surviving producers of Campbeltown Single Malts. That evening you'll continue on to your lodging for the next two nights, the Isle of Eriska Hotel—your castle retreat on a private island.

On day eight, you'll meet your guide in the morning and enjoy a hike through prehistoric sites of Kilmartin Glen. Search for Celtic crosses, Bronze Age cairns, and stone circles that tell stories of old. That afternoon you'll visit the Iron Age fort Dunadd, said to be the birthplace of Scotland. After all of the historical sights, go looking for wildlife! There is a colony of European beavers near the harbor village of Crinan whose antics will be the perfect end to your day.


Days 9-10

Loch Lomond and Glasgow



On day nine, you'll journey to the famous and mysterious ruins of Kilchurn Castle and Loch Lomond. This 24-mile long lake is simply beautiful and the perfect place to go for a short hike. That evening, you'll get settled into your stylish urban hotel, the Blythswood Square Hotel in Glasgow, and check out the Glasgow School of Art. You might also want to see the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum today, too. Fit in as much as you can in the bustling and artistic city of Glasgow, as on day ten you'll depart for home! 



Why Go on This Trip

  • Kayak the River Liffey through the heart of Dublin

  • Taste Guinness at the famous Guinness Storehouse

  • Take a cruise beneath the highest cliffs in Europe at Slieve League

  • Tour the 17th-century city of Derry with a local

  • Hike the beautiful Antrim Coast, where part of Game of Thrones was filmed

  • Visit the famous Bushmills whiskey distillery

  • Take a boat ride to Scotland, where you'll be staying on an island in a fantastic castle

  • Hike through prehistoric sites of Kilmartin Glen

  • See the sights in Glasgow, including the nearby Loch Lomond


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