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Scotland and Ireland Highlights

Edinburgh to Dublin

Trip Code: RJTCEG13P
13 Days
21 Meals
3 Countries
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Trip Inclusions

  • 12 nights in premium accommodation
  • Services of a Great Rail Journeys Tour Escort and expert local guides
  • 21 meals – 12 breakfasts and 9 dinners
  • Travel on Scotland's iconic Kyle Line, the Jacobite Steam Train and the West Highland Line
  • Sample a dram at a whisky distillery and visit the Glenfinnan monument
  • Spend time at Giant's Causeway, classified as an Area of Outstanding Beauty, on Northern Ireland's spectacular coast
  • Be treated to a Celtic Steps Show of Irish music and dance
  • Celebrate with a Farewell Dinner at the famous Merry Ploughboys, a Dublin institution

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and hotels may be subject to change
  • Itinerary operated by Travelmarvel’s partner Great Rail Journeys
  • Porterage is not included on ferry between Cairnryan and Belfast
  • Airport transfers and tipping included
  • Prices are for land and rail only. Flights not included
TM Great Rail Journeys Map 2021 RJTCEG13P
Edinburgh to Dublin

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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Your journey begins today with your arrival in Scotland's history-filled capital, Edinburgh. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Escort and fellow travellers over a delicious Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Edinburgh, Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

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  • Dinner
Lookout overview of the Endinburgh city in the afternoon, Scotland

Take a short walk to nearby Waverley Station and board your train bound for Inverness. Upon arrival, a coach will be waiting to take you to the Glen Ord Distillery for a tour and whisky tasting. You will learn about how whisky is made, and the different methods of keeping the liquor in specific wood barrels. Maybe even ask about the ‘angel’s share’ if you’re curious! Afterwards, return to Inverness and check in to your hotel. Divided across eight Victorian residences, this hotel is an authentic place to spend your time during your stay.

Stay: Two Nights, Inverness, Glen Mhor Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Today, enjoy one of the most breathtaking railway journeys in Europe, the Kyle Line. Enjoy countless photo opportunities as you wind through wooded hillsides and over sparse moors, climbing over the highlands and past charming loch-side and seaside towns.


During today’s journey along the Kyle Line, pass the picturesque white-washed houses in the village of Plockton. Arrive at Kyle of Lochalsh, the end of the line, located across a short stretch of water from the Isle of Skye. Enjoy a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, situated on a tiny island in Loch Duich, joined to the mainland by a small bridge. The island was part of Clan Macrae’s territory and in the 13th century they built Eilean Donan Castle, which was initially designed to defend the clan’s land from invading Vikings, but which actually saw more battles between the warring Scottish clans. Later, return by coach to your hotel.

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  • Breakfast

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Visit the Glenfinnen Monument.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

On board the Jacobite Steam Train, climb into the mountains around Glenfinnan, the line’s most picturesque section and one of Britain’s most iconic engineering works – the 21-arched Glenfinnan Viaduct. A magical experience, it’s no wonder this train was featured as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films.


Travel to Mallaig, where you will enjoy some free time for lunch before boarding the Jacobite Steam Train. After today’s Insider Experiences, you’ll arrive in Fort William. A coach will transfer you to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Stay: Fort William area, Cruachan Hotel or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Discover the romance of rail in Scotland.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Travel one of the world's most incredible railway lines, the West Highland Line. The route descends from craggy mountains, crosses the wild Rannoch Moor and skirts the western banks of Loch Lomond.


After breakfast, transfer to the station. An Insider Experience takes you to Glasgow. Take a short walk from the station to your hotel.

Stay: Glasgow, Hallmark Hotel

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  • Breakfast

After breakfast transfer to Cairnryan to board your ferry to Belfast. Upon arrival enjoy a guided city sightseeing tour before transferring to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today you will set off on a full day excursion exploring Northern Ireland's spectacular coasts, castles and countryside. Visit Carrickfergus Castle which remains one of the best-preserved medieval structures in Northern Ireland. Continue to Ballycastle, a small town on the north-easternmost coastal tip, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Giant's Causeway was formed by about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic fissure eruption and is an incredible sight to see. Enjoy free time exploring here before returning to Belfast.

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  • Breakfast

This morning after breakfast, a coach will take you on an excursion to Hillsborough Castle. Later, transfer to Dublin station to board a train and travel through Ireland’s lush rolling countryside to the historic town of Cork.

Stay: Cork, Clayton Hotel Silver Springs or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

After dinner, you’ll be whisked away to the Celtic Steps Show for an enthralling evening of Irish music and dance.


Today we visit Blarney Castle - one of Ireland’s greatest treasures. Legend has it that a kiss of the Blarney Stone will bless you with the gift of the gab, so give it a peck if you dare! Continue to Kinsale, where some leisure time allows you to explore the streets that wind down towards the harbour, admiring the colourful houses and quaint shops. Later continue to Killarney and check in to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Killarney, Castlerosse Park Resort

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, enjoy a scenic drive around the beautiful Ring of Kerry – a mystical and unspoilt region of Ireland. Also visit the Kerry Bog Village Museum. This afternoon, a special treat is in store with a 'Jaunting Cars' carriage ride to nearby Ross Castle, where you will have time to explore before returning to your hotel.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, a coach will take you to Tarbet for a ferry crossing to Killimer in County Clare. Journey to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher where you can enjoy some time at leisure. Continue along the coastline of County Clare, crossing the karst scenery of the Burren. Enjoy a visit to the Burren Visitor Centre where you will learn about the origins of this incredible landscape. Enjoy a delicious dinner this evening.

Stay: Galway, Oranmore Lodge Hotel or similar

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

This evening, enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at the famous Merry Ploughboys, a Dublin institution.


Enjoy a morning at leisure before being transferred to Galway Station to board your train bound for Dublin. Upon arrival be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy time at leisure this afternoon.

Stay: Dublin, Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Ornate stone structure with bell like round tower on top in the gardens surrounded by other buildings

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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  • Breakfast

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