The tour is a form of street theatre, allowing the audience to stand beside the actors and experience the language live on the streets of the city where it was born.The tour is a form of street theatre, allowing the audience to stand beside the actors and experience the language live on the streets of the city where it was born.

V.3 Willing Foot – Andy & Ace Andonov

Andy & Ace Andonov

Saturday 17th August – Friday 30th August 2024

Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights


Overview

Embarking on a relaxing journey through Scotland and Ireland, together you will weave unforgettable memories in the tapestry of these Celtic lands. The lively city streets echo with laughter, exploring centuries-old history and modern charm. As you venture into the heart of wild expanses of countryside, the rugged landscapes whisper tales of resilience. Discover the magic of ancient castles, the warmth of local hospitality, and the melody of traditional Celtic tunes. This father-son odyssey transcends time, forging an unbreakable bond amidst the emerald hills and coastal cliffs, painting your adventure with hues of love, laughter, and a shared legacy.

Highlights

  • Explore some of Ireland's and Scotland's most picturesque landscapes
  • Play well known and off the beaten path courses with challenges on every fairway and green
  • Stay in some exclusive, luxury hotels and castle where authenticity and tradition go hand in hand
  • Spend quality time together, meeting locals, eating great food and making memories together

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 17th August - Welcome to Scotland

On arrival at Edinburgh airport this morning you will be met by your main driver guide and head north to the beautiful area of Royal Deeside.  On the way stop to enjoy the historic Scone Palace, once the crowing place of Scottish Kings and Queens. Stroll the beautiful gardens and explore the unique Murray Star Maze. Later, arrive at your home for the next few nights, the unique 5* Fife Arms Hotel, created by the acclaimed gallery owners Hauser & Wurth. Once you are settled into your room, why not head out to enjoy the numerous artworks and antiques around the hotel or explore the spectacular scenery in the local area.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms Hotel
Room Type: Victoriana Suite as Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 2 - Sunday 18th August - Hiking in the Cairngorms

Head out to explore the beautiful surroundings today with your guide as you lace up your walking boots and head out into the hills.  An option for today is exploring the Balmoral estate where there are impressive Cairns erected to members of the Royal Family.  With the family in situ during August a tour of the Castle will not be possible, but you never know who you may see driving through the estate as you wander along!

Overnight: Cairngorms | The Fife Arms
Room Type: Victoriana Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 - Monday 19th August - Golf and exploring Royal Deeside

Enjoy a classic links golf experience this morning, as you play one of Scotland’s most iconic coastal courses. Carnoustie will test your skills as you take on one of Scotlands ‘greatest tests in golf’. Once you have completed your morning on the green, head back to you hotel to get ready for further explorations this afternoon.

You can choose to head out on a beautiful walk amongst the ancient pinewood forests that cover this area. Delight in the tranquility and nature as you wander along the riverside with the sound of the water always close by.  If you feel more energised, perhaps head out to explore this stunning place on two wheels. A local biking guide will be on on hand to help you pick the best hidden gems to explore depending on the weather and your energy levels. Head back to your luxurious hotel to rest and relax for the evening, perhaps sip at a warming dram in the drawing room.

Overnight: Caringorms | The Fife Arms Hotel
Room Type: Victoriana Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Tuesday 20th August - A Whisky Safari

Have a leisurely breakfast this morning and a little time to make the most of your luxury of your hotel.  This afternoon, head over the hills of Glenlivet to the private home and kitchen of the charismatic writer, broadcaster and ‘food anthropologist’ Ghillie Basan, who has been called a ‘World Food Expert’. Set in an idyllic and remote location you will discover a colourful and well stocked kitchen with inspiring views over the hills. Ghillie will guide you in a cooking feast of traditional Turkish and Middle Eastern mezze dishes while you share stories and learn about the spices and culture of the dishes you are creating. Later this evening head back to your hotel to rest and relax.

Overnight: Braemar | The Fife Arms
Room Type: Victoriana Suite
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 5 - Wednesday 21st August - Golf and the Royal Military Tattoo

Today you will head to the historic city of Edinburgh. Before you leave though, you will enjoy one last round of golf at the Highest 18 hole Golf Course in the UK!  What a great way to end your time in the Cairngorms.

Arriving at your luxurious hotel in the centre of Edinburgh have some time to get settled in and refreshed before setting out to explore this afternoon. Discover a secret side of Edinburgh as you adventure down underneath the cobbled streets on a private underground tour of a warren of tiny fascinating alleyways dating from the 17th century.

For your final evening in Scotland, you’ll head to the top of the Royal Mile for an evening of entertainment at the Royal Military Tattoo.  Don your kilt and enjoy a pre show Dining Experience before taking your seats in the Royal Box to be transported through the journeys created by the military forces from around the world.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: Junior Suite with Castle View
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Thursday 22nd August - Full Day Edinburgh- Evening flight to Dublin

The streets of Edinburgh will be buzzing with energy due to the various festivals running this month and you will pass street performers and entertainment on every corner as you explore. Follow your curiosity through the twisting cobbled streets of the Old Town with your expert fringe guide and enjoy the vibrant ambience. There will be a huge variety of different shows and concerts to choose from if you wish to catch a performance.

A private transfer will collect you from your hotel in the late afternoon to take you to the airport in time for your flight to the Emerald Isle.

Arriving in Dublin this evening , a private transfer will pick you up from the airport and whisk you into the city to your 5 star hotel in the city centre. There are options to eat at your hotel, or we have some fantastic restaurant recommendations in the city for you and of course local pubs to check out for some traditional music.

Your guide will join you tomorrow morning.

 

Overnight: Dublin | The Maker
Room Type: Premium Room View
Meals Included: None

Day 7 - Friday 23rd August - Golf & Guinness

Your Wilderness Ireland Guide will meet you at your city hotel this morning and together you will set out for the royal Dublin Golf Club and course on North Bull Island in Dublin Bay. Leave the city behind as you cross a wooden bridge to be greeted with lush green fairways and yellow sandy banks. The Royal is one of the oldest golf clubs in Dublin dating back to the 19th century and is the home club of the Irish legend Christy O’Connor.

After your morning on the green, your afternoon will be spent with an altogether different activity. Become a Guinness aficionado on your private Guinness Experience. Meeting a local guide you will start at the Guinness Storehouse to experience the history, heart and soul of Ireland’s most iconic beer. From there you will be brought to three of Dublin’s most iconic traditional pubs & the best pints of Guinness the city has to offer in luxury transport! Taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the city along the way.

To round out your evening your guide will join you for dinner in one of the city excellent restaurants.

 

Overnight: Dublin | The Marker
Room Type: Premium Room View
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 - Saturday 24th August - The Big Game Day

Spend the morning sightseeing in Dublin with a private historical walking tour guide this vibrant capital city, with its mix of 1,000 years of architecture from the mediaeval to Georgian to modern. See the Georgian style Merrion Square, lush St. Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square, as well as O’Connell Street, the site of the ‘1916 Uprising’ that led to Ireland’s independence in 1922. Your guide is also a historian who will bring the city to life with colourful tales of life in the city in times gone by.

This afternoon, don your team jersey and enjoy the game with locals and visitors alike.

Overnight: Dublin | The Marker
Room Type: Premium Room View
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Sunday 25th August - Dublin to Connemara

Leaving Dublin, head to the west coast, to the County of Galway and the Irish speaking Connemara region. On route we stop in Galway, the capital of Ireland’s west. Known as the ‘town of the tribes’ the small centre of cobblestone streets and colourful store fronts is vibrant, fun and cosmopolitan. A local military historian will meet you at the city’s main square to guide you through the bustling alleys sharing Galway City’s important roles in the clash of the French, Spanish, Russian and British Empires from 1700 to 1922, including in Ireland’s revolution for independence.

Your accommodation this evening is a fitting introduction to your time on the Wild Atlantic Way. Ballynahinch Castle is one of Ireland’s finest luxury castle hotels, set in a private 700 acre estate of woodland, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara, Co. Galway. This authentic and unpretentious Castle Hotel stands proudly overlooking its famous salmon fishery, with a backdrop of the beautiful Twelve Bens Mountain range.

Overnight: Connemara | Ballynahinch Castle Hotel
Room Type: Luxury Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 10 - Monday 26th August - Hiking and Fishing in Connemara

Windswept and austere, the exceptional barren beauty of Connemara has captured the imagination of writers and artists for centuries. Visit the soaring hills of the Connemara National Park with its wild and unpopulated landscape this morning for a hike on the slopes of Diamond Hill- perhaps heading to the quartzite scattered summit. After a well earned hardy lunch in the nearby village of Clifden return to you hotel for an afternoon Fly Fishing with a local gilley. Cast a rod, tie flies, and immerse yourself in the sounds of nature all around you.

This evening, we have arrange some local traditional musician’s to play in the hotels Fishermans Pub for some after dinner entertainment.

Overnight: Connemara | Ballynahiinch Castle
Room Type: Luxury Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Tuesday 27th August - The Aran Islands

It’s hard to resist the allure of one of the many islands that dot the Irish coastline and today you and your guide will take to the water and ferry to The Aran Islands. The history of these islands goes back millennia and today Gaelic is still the daily spoken language of the inhabitants. The Aran islands seem to defy their size by all they have to offer: breathtaking scenery, mediaeval castles, cliffs and prehistoric forts are all to be found on this little group of islands.

Inis Mór, the largest of the three islands, is your destination today. The first port of call is a goat farm, here Gabriel, fisherman-come-goat farmer and island native will introduce you to his flock of extraordinarily cute goats. You’ll taste his award-winning cheese, but more importantly, you will leave with his wealth of knowledge on the island’s history, language and culture. We will make sure you don’t miss the incredible prehistoric cliff top fortress at Dun Aenghus as well as some hidden spots along the island’s shore.

Overnight: Connemara | Ballynahinch Castle
Room Type: Luxury Twin
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - Wednesday 28th August - Dromoland Castle

From the wilds of Connemara we make our way further south into Co Clare this morning, stopping on route to see the famed Cliffs of Moher and grabbing a bite to eat in a local pub. This afternoon, you check into one of Ireland’s most magical addresses, Dromoland Castle. Dating back tot he 16th century the castle was the ancestral home of the O’Briens of Dromoland who’s linage dates back to Brian Boru.
The perfect introduction to country life awaits you this afternoon with an onsite Falconry Experience where you’ll get up close and personal with mesmerising falcons, hawks and owls in the Castle grounds

Overnight: Clare | Dromoland Castle
Room Type: Viscount Stateroom Twinned
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13 - Thursday 29th August - Golf at Dromoland

Every golfer dreams of playing at Dromoland Castle Golf & Country Club. Designed by Ron Kirby and JB Carr, the impressive 18-hole 6,824 yards par 72 championship course is set on the magnificent 450-acre estate combining gentle hills, ancient trees and unexpected water hazards.

Following a morning on the course, this afternoon is open to you to enjoy. You can explore further afield with your guide or take advantage of the onsite activities including Clay Shooting for some more of that country good life.

Your guide will again join you for dinner to toast your fantastic two week sin Scotland and Ireland.

Overnight: Clare | Dromoland Castle
Room Type: Viscount Stateroom Twinned
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14 - Friday 30th August - Depart Ireland

After breakfast your guide will drive you to the airport to catch your flight home, taking with you memories of an adventure of a lifetime and a longing to return.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • 13 nights accommodation, as stated in the itinerary above
  • Most meals, as stated in the itinerary above
  • The services of a qualified and experienced guide from Day 1 to Day 6 in Scotland and Day 7 to Day 14 in Ireland
  • All transfers in a private vehicle driven by our guide on guided days 1 to Day 5 in Scotland and 7 to 14 Ireland
  • Airport transfer on arrival in Dublin
  • Airport transfer on departure in Edinburgh
  • All guided hikes mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and activities mentioned in the itinerary, specifically:
    • Tee times, caddie and clubs Royal Golf Club Dublin
    • Private Guinness experience Tour
    • Walking Tour Galway
    • Morning Hike
    • Fly Fishing
    • Music Experience
    • Aran Islands Day incl ferry
    • Falconry Experience Dromoland Castle
    • Tee times, clubs and caddie for Golf Dromoland Castle
    • Entrance fee to Scone Palace & Gardens
    • Green fees and club hire at Carnoustie Golf Club
    • Bike hire with a guide
    • Whisky food safari
    • Green fees and club hire at Braemar Golf Club
    • Mary Kings Close private tour
    • Pre Show Dining and seats in the Royal Box at the Royal Military Tattoo
    • Kilt Hire if required
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • 24/7 In-Country Support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
Notes Read More
  • All suggested accommodations and services are subject to availability at the time of booking
  • A 20% deposit is required before any accommodation and services will be confirmed
  • This quote is valid for 14 days from the date quoted, after this time pricing may be subject to revision
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