Paddy's Second Honeymoon

Program Includes

Accommodation

  • Galway (2)
  • Donegal (2)
  • Dublin (1)
  • Glencoe (1)
  • Portree (2)
  • Fort Augustus (1)
  • Edinburgh (2)

Breakfast each morning except day of arrival

Transport

Hertz and Enterprise manual compact cars with unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), theft protection (TP), value added tax (VAT), third party liability and location service charge (LSC)

Other Inclusions

  • Scottish Heritage Pass
  • Discount book, travel wallet, luggage tags and driving map.
  • Expert travel assistance throughout.

Optional Extras

  • Visitor Attractions
  • Room Upgrades
  • Car Upgrade
  • Chauffeur Driver
  • City Tours

Price is per person land only based on double occupancy during low season and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

12 Days / 11 Nights
Starts at Shannon Airport / Ends at Edinburgh Airport

Highlights

Galway City

Kylemore Abbey & Cong

Mullaghmore Head & Sligo Coast

Hills of Donegal

Guinness Storehouse & Glasnevin Museum

Isle of Skye

Loch Ness & Inverness

Edinburgh Castle & Royal Mile

 

 

50 years later, Paddy plans out his honeymoon all over again

Paddy celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in February, 2016. His Honeymoon took him around parts of Scotland and Ireland. Now that he has had 50 more years to travel both (with a total of 55 years in the travel industry), he has planned it out again to make the perfect Honeymoon. See both the unspoiled and the well-traveled, but don't waste a minute on your honeymoon in Ireland and Scotland. This tour takes you around the coast of Connemara, through the hills of Donegal, streets of Dublin, Isle of Skye and Royal Mile in Edinburgh and much more besides.

 

Paddy's Second Honeymoon Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Cliffs of Moher & Galway City

Leave Shannon Airport this morning and make the short journey to your accommodation in Galway. As the journey is so short you may wish to stop in Ennis for breakfast and explore the town a little before making your way to Lahinch. From Lahinch you can follow the Wild Atlantic Way up along the coast to the world famous Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs tower 700 feet above sea level, standing watch over the untamed Atlantic Ocean. Take a walk along the top of the Cliffs to O'Brien's tower for an even better view before continuing along the coast to Galway. Galway is a fantastic little city, easily navigable by foot and full of an indefinable charm that only a city of its size can have.

Day 2: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey

Today you will explore Connemara to your west. Journey along the Wild Atlantic coast through Clifden, the unofficial capital of the area, to Kylemore Abbey, a beautiful Victorian Castle, stunning Neo Gothic Church, and the largest Victorian Walled Garden in Ireland all set in a 1000 acre woodland estate. Make your way deeper into Connemara to Leenaun before cutting east for Cong in Co. Mayo. This is where The Quiet Man was filmed and is also home to Ashford Castle. Return to Galway towards evening and further explore this vivacious city.

Day 3: Donegal via Sligo & Mullaghmore Head

Leave Galway this morning for Donegal, your home for the night. You will pass through the small town of Knock in Mayo where Our Lady is said to have appeared in 1879. Follow the Wild Atlantic Way from Sligo all the way to Donegal. The Wild Atlantic Way provides you with some exceptional stopping points and photo opportunities. It is well sign posted so you won't miss a thing. Stop off in Sligo for lunch or tour Yeats Country while you are there. You also have the option of cutting north to Enniscrone and beginning your Wild Atlantic journey from there. Settle in to your accommodation in the evening after a long journey.

Day 4: The Hills of Donegal & Derry City

Leave Donegal this morning and head even further west to the coast. The Slieve League sea cliffs are a vastly underrated attraction hidden up here in the north west corner of the country but are a jaw-dropping experience. Continue on up the coast along the Wild Atlantic Way. This is perhaps the most rugged and ultimately beautiful leg of the drive so be sure to drink it all in. Cut in east across Glenveagh National Park. There are a number of scenic walks in the park if you wish to stretch your legs or just sit back and take in all the beautiful flora and fauna. Return back to Donegal towards evening after a long but very rewarding drive.

Day 5: Dublin City

This morning you will leave Donegal and make your way to Dublin, a driving time of about three hours. The quickest route takes you through the supremely underrated Lakelands of Fermanagh and along the shores of Lough Erne. Leave Northern Ireland and continue on through Cavan and Meath to get to Dublin. You might like to take a detour through Drogheda and see Newgrange, the 5,000 year old passage tomb that is older than Stonehenge. Arrive in Dublin and take the evening to explore the city on foot.

Day 6: Fly to Glasgow & Scenic Drive to Glencoe

Make your way to Dublin Airport where you will return your car and take a short flight to Glasgow. Depart Glasgow and drive north along the banks of Loch Lomond with views of Highland peaks. At Tarbet you might like to get out of the car and embark on a short cruise to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views of the Highlands. Travel across the mountains to Inveraray Castle. This imposing Campbell family home with four conical spires was built between 1746 and 1789. Stop off at Kilchurn Castle on the shores of Loch Awe. Kilchurn was another Campbell family stronghold and also a filming location for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Move further north along the shores of the spectacularly beautiful Loch Awe and the River Orchy. The drive into Glen Coe is one of the most beautiful in all of Scotland so make sure you arrive there in daylight. 

Day 7: Ferry to Skye & Portree

Make your way along the shores of Loch Eil before cutting west at Fort William for the coast. See Glenfinnan Monument and Glenfinnan Viaduct along the way before you reach Mallaig. Here you will take a short ferry ride across to Armadale. Visit the Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle and walk the gardens after lunch. After this just enjoy the drive to Portree, a picturesque little harbor town where you will stay the night.

Day 8: Explore Skye

Today spend the whole day touring the Isle of Skye. Drive alongside the dramatic Trotternish Ridge and stop at Lealt Waterfall and the Kilt Rock. After a walk at the Quiraing, drive to Uig. Explore the magic of the Fairy Glen, legendary home of the 'wee people'! After lunch drive to the most westerly point on Skye and walk to Neist Point lighthouse and see some of the most dramatic sea cliffs in Scotland, sea birds and maybe even marine wildlife. Along this drive, stop at Dunvegan Castle, stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years, making it the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. View priceless family heirlooms and stroll through formal gardens. Return to Portree at your leisure.

Day 9: Loch Ness & Inverness

Make your way off Skye by way of the Skye Bridge and stop at Eilean Donan Castle on the shores of Loch Duich. From here it is only a short drive to Fort Augustus. Settle into this beautiful little canal town on the shores of Loch Ness. Grab a nice pub dinner locally and take a stroll along the canal to your accommodation for an early night.

Day 10: Blairgowrie & Edinburgh

Get on the road early and stop in Pitlochry. It is difficult to go to Scotland without partaking in a tour and tasting at one of its many whisky distilleries. Blair Atholl Distillery is on the edge of town so this may be a good one. Food and restaurants are plentiful in Pitlochry so settle in for lunch here after you pay a visit to Blair Atholl. From here, make your way to Stirling Castle and take a tour before you arrive in Edinburgh for the evening.

Day 11: Edinburgh Castle & the Royal Mile

See the bustling Princes Street and the gracious, wide streets of the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. Walk along part of the Royal Mile where compact medieval houses reach 11 floors tall. Take a tour of the Scotch Whisky Experience to learn all about the whisky making process. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city and contains the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Scone. Take a Ghost Walking Tour tonight to learn some of the city's darkest secrets. Enjoy an evening meal before settling into your accommodation for the night.

Day 12: Return Home

Make your way to the Edinburgh Airport which is about 20-30 minutes from your hotel. From here you will take you flight home.

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