V3 - Zhuo Family Irish & Scottish Adventure

Saturday 6th July – Friday 26th July 2024

Duration: 21 Days / 20 Nights


From the bright lights of the cities to the remote landscapes of the countryside, this incredible 12 day adventure will leave you wanting to return to these ancient shores.  Enjoy a bagpiping lesson in Edinburgh, wood carving in the Cairngorms and tales of a storyteller in Ireland as your guides lead you through these beautiful countries and get your under the skin of the very fabric of these Celtic lands.  Relax in opulent accommodations as a family after enjoyable days before laying your heads on soft pillows as the sounds of the countryside lull you off to sleep.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day by Day

Day 1 - Saturday 6th July - Welcome to London

You will arrive in London today and make your way to your hotel to rest and relax after your journey.

Overnight: London | Self Arranged

Day 2 - Sunday 7th July - Shakespeare's Globe

Your private host guide will meet you at your hotel this morning and you will set off to explore some of the lesser visited places of London.  Your first stop will be Shakespeare’s Globe where you will take a private tour to areas not generally visited by the public.  From the heavens in the roof of the theatre to the underbelly of the stage, enjoy a wonderful tour of this incredible place as well as the option to see the First Folio and speak to the researchers about the life of the Bard.

This afternoon is free to enjoy some shopping or head back to your accommodation.

Overnight: London | Self Arranged

Day 3 - Monday 8th July - The Museums & Galleries of London

Head out this morning to enjoy a private tour pre opening tour of the National Galley.  Explore the masterpieces under your own steam as the expert guide leads you through the exhibitions without the crowds.  Once the museum opens to the public you can continue exploring or leave to head off to the next part of your day.

From here you can head over to the British Museum to spend some time enjoying the wonders they have displayed here before ending the day with a private tour of the Sir John Sloane’s museum – the famous English architect who house has been kept exactly as it was when he died.

Overnight: London | Self Arranged

Day 4 - Tuesday 9th July - Kensington Palace

It’s another early start today as you head to Kensington Palace for a pre opening tour of the former home of the Prince and Princess of Wales.  With your expert guide, wander through the state rooms and some of the rooms rarely seen by the public as you take in the fabulous decor and hear stories of the people who lived, worked and died within these very walls.  Once the palace opens to the public you can continue exploring or head out to the gardens and then onto Hyde Park – enjoying the feel of the sun on your face and the gentle breeze rustling through the trees as you walk along.

The rest of the day is free to do as you please, perhaps take a high tea at the Ritz or catch a matinee performance in the West End before returning to your hotel.

Overnight: London | Self Arranged

Day 5 - Wednesday 10th July - Foodie Tour of London

Have a relaxing morning today after a few early starts and head out in the late morning to meet your expert guide for a tingling tour for your tastebuds.  Take to the streets of London as you explore the markets that are bursting with sights and smells from all over the world.  Try some of the national dishes (of which there are many!) as you wander through the throngs and try foods you never thought would go together.

Sated and satisfied you can then spend the afternoon gently floating on the river as you board your private boat and see the iconic landmarks of London from a different perspective.

Overnight: London | Self Arranged

Day 6 - Thursday 11th July - Free Day

After a busy few days, today is free to just relax and enjoy your final day in the city.  Perhaps head out to visit some more museums, or head to Greenwich and take a tour of the stunning observatory.

Overnight: London | Self Arranged

Day 7 - Friday 12th July - To the Cairngorms

On arrival into Inverness airport you will be met by your private driver and head off to start your Scottish adventure.  On your way to your exclusive lodge in the heart of the forest,

Carry on down the winding roads under the canopy of towering Scots Pines until you come upon your stunning lodge, deep in the heart of the forest.  With beautiful surroundings and opulent rooms, this is the very height of decadence and the perfect place to spend time as a family as you explore the largest National Park in the UK.  As you enjoy some afternoon sweet snacks, you will meet a local harpist who plays the Clarsach – a small traditional Scottish harp.  She will tell you all about the history of this instrument and about the trad music that is such a huge part of the fabric of life here before letting you have a go yourselves – you may even learn a tune or two to take home with you!

Overnight: Cairngorms | Glenfeshie Lodge
Room Type: Exclusive Use
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 - Saturday 13th July - Wood Whittling and Canoeing

The ancient craft of wood whittling is one of the forgotten arts which local craftsmen are resurrecting across the country.  Meet a local woodman this morning at your estate who will show you how to carve your very own butter knife from a bit of green wood. Listen to his stories about life in the Cairngorms as you work, with just the sound of the birds and the breeze in the trees for company.

This afternoon, you will take to the waters of a local tranquil loch where you can glide along in your canoe under the watchful eye of your expert guide.  Paddle along the shore line or out into the open as the sound of the paddle cutting through the water echos around you.  With one of tallest mountains in Scotland as your backdrop, you can enjoy floating along as you see the countryside from a different point of view before retuning to your accommodation for a hearty dinner this evening.

Overnight: Cairngorms | Glenfeshie Lodge
Room Type: Exclusive Use
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 - Sunday 14th July - The History of Scotland

After a couple of days in the Cairngorms, you will head north towards Inverness to explore some of the history of the country.  The first stop is at Culloden battlefield where one of the bloodiest battles in Scotland took place.  Meet one of their expert guides as you explore the visitor centre with it’s 3D imagery which brings the battle to life.  Imagine what it was like for Bonny Prince Charlie’s men on that fateful April morning as they faced the British Army and discover the forgotten background to this life changing event.

After an immersive morning, this afternoon you will head to Brodie Castle, which has been in the same family for over 400 years.  Discover the history of the castle and explore the Playful Garden, which is home to a fascinating collection of characters inspired by the castles history.  There is also a wonderful art collection here from Dutch Old Masters to modern watercolours so spend time studying these wonderful pieces with no rush to be anywhere else.

You’ll return to your lodge this evening after a wonderful day to enjoy one last night together in the largest national park in the UK.

Overnight: Cairngorms | Glenfeshie Lodge
Room Type: Exclusive Use
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10 - Monday 15th July - Exploring the Cairngorms

For your final day in the Cairngorms, you can choose from many options.  Perhaps you may wish to take a walk around a local loch which sits in the shadow of one of the UKs highest mountains.  Or perhaps you might like to visit a local outdoor museum where you can see what life was like for Highlanders living off the land not that long ago.  Or you may wish to just enjoy the home comforts of the lodge for one last day before you head South to the buzzing streets of Edinburgh for your final few days in Scotland.

Overnight: Cairngorms | Glenfeshie Lodge
Room Type: Exclusive Use
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 - Tuesday 16th July - To Edinburgh

You will leave the towering peaks and dense forests this morning to the bright lights of Edinburgh.  On the way you will stop off at the Highland Folk Museum that depicts what life was life for Highlanders who used to live and work in here right up until the 1950s.  Visit the replica village with it’s black houses, so called due to the blackness of the insides walls due to the smoke and perhaps try and dress up as a highlander as they head into battle!

Continue on your journey south as the countryside changes continuously past your windows and weave your way through the centre of Edinburgh and your iconic hotel overlooking the Old Town.  The rest of the day is free for you to rest and relax after your journey south.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: 1 bedroom Scone & Crombie Suite interconnecting with 2 x Executive Old Town View Rooms with a Deluxe Rooms (inner facing) across the corridor
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - Wednesday 17th July - Palaces and Bagpipers

It’s an early start today as you head to the King’s official residence for a private pre opening tour of the Palace of Holyrood.  Explore the magnificent hallways and decadent rooms before it is opened to the general public   You will also get to go ‘behind the ropes’ of the West Drawing Room which is used as a private sitting room by the Royal Family – a truly unique experience.

After enjoying some light refreshments in the cafe, you will set out to explore the Royal Mile with it’s private closes and intriguing stories with an expert guide.  Hear stories of how people used to live and seek out the hidden gems that are only a stones throw away from the tourist trail but never seen.

To end your day of exploring Edinburgh, you will meet up with a local bagpiper who will give you a taster session of the national insturment.  Learn some tunes on the chanter before taking a turn on the pipes themselves and maybe even learn a reel of two of Scottish Dancing.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: 1 bedroom Scone & Crombie Suite interconnecting with 2 x Executive Old Town View Rooms with a Deluxe Rooms (inner facing) across the corridor
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 13 - Thursday 18th July - Music Museums and Ancient Chapels

St Cecilia’s Music Hall & Museum is the oldest concert hall in Scotland (and the second oldest in the British Isles) and is a must see for music fans when they come to Scotland.  Spend the morning exploring this hallowed place hearing stories about the people and the history of the building that dates back to the Scottish Enlightenment – a period in the 18th and early 19th century that was marked by the outpouring of intellectual and scientific accomplishments.

After enjoying some lunch, this afternoon you will head out of the city to the tranquility of Rosslyn Chapel – one of the most stunning and beautiful churches in the country.  This private chapel has been in the same family for generations and your private guide will take you around the building, immersing you in stories of the incredible stone work and the famous links this chapel has.

Tonight you may wish to enjoy some music at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival or simply relax at your hotel for your final night in the city.

Overnight: Edinburgh | The Balmoral
Room Type: 1 bedroom Scone & Crombie Suite interconnecting with 2 x Executive Old Town View Rooms with a Deluxe Rooms (inner facing) across the corridor
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14 - Friday 19th July - To Ireland

Landing in Dublin this morning, your private guide will meet you in arrivals and together you will make your way into your 5 star hotel in the city centre. Check in and head out in the afternoon to enjoy a walking tour with a local private guide through 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. Back at your hotel, get settled and tonight your guide will join you for a welcome dinner.

Overnight: Dublin | The Westbury
Room Type: x1 signature suite, x1 luxury king suite, x2 westbury king rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15 - Saturday 20th July - Fairytales, Leprechauns & Biking in Phoenix Park

For centuries, storytelling has been woven into the fabric of Irish culture, passed down through generations as a cherished tradition. Ireland has the second largest folklore collection in all of Europe and a literary tradition that stretches back some 1500 years. Further back stories were told for the entertainment of the masses and the guidance of kings. So we are not short of source material! Today you will visit the Leprechaun Museum and delve into the deepest parts of tradition, from ancient myths and legends to fairies and folklore. With the mischievous leprechaun as your guide you’ll immerse yourself into the magic and wonder of Irish storytelling, igniting your imagination and leaving you with memories to treasure for a lifetime. This afternoon, you’ll head to The Phoenix Park, over twice the size of Central Park New York, and one of the largest designed landscapes in any European city. A guided e-bike tour offers a fantastic way to explore one of the largest urban parks in Europe and enjoy the beautiful scenery and historical landmarks it has to offer. Spot Ashtown Castle, wild red deer and Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the President of Ireland.

Overnight: Dublin | The Westbury
Room Type: x1 signature suite, x1 luxury king suite, x2 westbury king rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 16 - Sunday 21st July - Hiking in Howth & Gaelic Games

This morning you’ll make your way to the suburb of Howth – with its picturesque harbour, pretty beaches and wildflower-covered sea cliffs, it feels like the kind of village you’d find on a far-flung stretch of the west coast rather than a 25-minute train ride from the city centre. From the moment you arrive and walk along the waterfront, spotting the resident seals poking their heads up between the docked boats, you’ll see why it’s the go to spot for Dubliners looking for a weekend breath of fresh air. Enjoy a leisurely hike as you breathe in the crisp sea air. This afternoon, dare to be a Celtic Warrior! Take a journey of discovery deep into Irish culture, where our sports and language meet. From hurling, one of the oldest field sports in the world, to Gaelic football, you will experience an enthralling energy packed introduction to our National Games that will literally take your breath away and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Overnight: Dublin | The Westbury
Room Type: x1 signature suite, x1 luxury king suite, x2 westbury king rooms
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 17 - Monday 22nd July - Irish National Stud & Adare

This morning, it’s time to check out of your hotel and head south. You will stop en route for an exclusive experience at the Irish National Stud & Gardens – you will travel through the entire farm and learn how these majestic animals are managed from birth until retirement. You’ll be introduced to the Stallion’s and treated to a private stallion parade where you will see the champions up close. After a delicious lunch, it’s on to the Japanese Gardens where you will enjoy a private tour. Afterwards, you’ll drive 1.5 hours to Adare, voted the “prettiest village in Ireland”. The village is beloved for its delightful thatched roof cottages, lively pubs, and antique shops. For the next four nights you are staying in the Adare Manor Lodges at Adare Manor, a breathtaking 19th century Neo-Gothic manor set amidst manicured gardens and rolling parklands.


Overnight: Adare | Adare Manor Lodges
Room Type: x2 2 Bedroom Lodges
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 18 - Tuesday 23rd July - Beaches, Storytelling & Songs

This morning you will drive to the north coast of Kerry for a delightful beach walk on Ballybunion’s sandy shores. Known for its beaches, panoramic cliff walks and surrounding wildlife, Ballybunion offers breathtaking views out over Loop Head and the Virgin Rock. As you stroll along the rugged coastline, the salty breeze kisses your cheeks while the sound of crashing waves fills the air, creating a soothing symphony of nature. Take in panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean stretching to the horizon, dotted with surfers riding the waves and seabirds gliding gracefully overhead. After a lovely lunch head back to Adare Manor where this evening you will delve into the magical world of Irish folklore, with tales of the Leprechaun, the Fairy Folk and spooky Irish ghost stories. Your storyteller interweaves Irish history & culture, tales of the Other World, the mysterious Fairy Folk, & Irish ghost stories, with traditional Irish songs and wonderful insights into the Irish life of days gone by. This experience will awaken your imagination & carry you back to the fireside in an Ireland of times past.

Overnight: Adare | Adare Manor
Room Type: x2 2 Bedroom Lodges
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 19 - Wednesday 24th July - Cliffs of Moher & Smokehouse Experience

This morning you will transfer 1 hour to the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most impressive natural sites. The area is teeming with wildlife and 20 different species of birds, including puffins, make this area their home. You’ll stop at a little gem of a cottage on an Irish farm and meet passionate owner Caitriona, who will take time to welcome you, share the local history of the Cliffs of Moher and treat you to the rich flavours of handmade fudge made by Caitriona herself. Sip a coffee or tea as you soak up the unrivalled views and enjoy the moment. Continue on to a local, family-run smokehouse for a master class in smoking salmon, learning the unique smoking processes and techniques that go into creating the company’s award winning products as you go. Meet Peter Curtin, master smoker and third generation owner of the smokehouse and pub and after shucking some oysters, you’ll enjoy authentic Irish seafood for lunch onsite. You’re in for a treat this evening as we have organised a private dinner in the cinema room at Adare Manor. Pick your favourite movie and enjoy the whole experience to yourselves.

Overnight: Adare | Adare Manor
Room Type: x2 2 Bedroom Lodges
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 20 - Thursday 25th July - Falconry & Irish Dancing

This morning you will get up close and personal with the world’s most majestic birds of prey. During your falconry experience, you will meet several owls, a Falcon and a Hawk, which will fly free from your gloved hand. This afternoon, the kids can enjoy The Padel Club, Adare Manor’s new activity centre nestled deep within the estate’s peaceful woodlands. Choose from a range of activities to experience in this beautiful space including Padel tennis, a virtual round of golf or a virtual games session in the sports simulation room. This evening your guide will join you for dinner and we have organised the grande finale to your stay as you immerse yourself in the captivating world of Irish dance with a private performance at Adare Manor. Irish dancing is a spirited and rhythmic form of dance that has deep roots in Irish culture and tradition. Characterised by quick footwork, precise movements, and vibrant costumes, Irish dance is a unique display of skill, agility and grace. Enjoy and embrace the intricate choreography that highlight the rich heritage of Ireland’s music and dance.

Overnight: Adare | Adare Manor
Room Type: x2 2 Bedroom Lodges
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 21 - Friday 26th July - Depart

This morning, your guide will drop you to Shannon airport for your flight home. We hope your time in Ireland and Scotland has been memorable and we look forward to welcoming you to our shores once again.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 7 to Day 21
  • Most meals as indicated above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 1 to Day 21
  • VIP assistance at airports on arrival and departure in Scotland and Ireland
  • Ground transportation on guided days driven by the guide in Scotland and Ireland
  • Luggage transfer in a separate vehicle on transfer days
  • All activities mentioned in the itinerary specifically:
    • Private tour of Shakespeare’s Globe
    • Private tour of the National Gallery
    • Private tour of the Sir John Sloane Museum
    • Pre opening tour of Kensington Palace
    • Private Foodie Tour
    • Pre opening tour of the Palace of Holyrood
    • Morning walking tour with an expert city guide
    • Private bagpiping lesson
    • Private tour of St Cecilia’s Music Hall and Museum
    • Tour of Rosslyn Chapel
    • Entry to the Highland Folk Museum
    • Private harp session
    • Private wood carving session
    • Morning of canoeing on a local loch
    • Tour with an expert guide at Culloden Battlefield
    • Entry to Brodie Castle
    • Private Walking Tour of Dublin City
    • Private Leprechaun Experience
    • Private Book of Kells Experience
    • Private Storyteller & Songwriter experience
    • Private Farm Tour & Fudge tasting
    • Private Local smokehouse experience & tasting
    • Private Falconry at Adare Manor
    • Private Irish Dancing experience at Adare Manor
    • Private Cinema Experience at Adare Manor
    • Private Tour of the National Stud
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour 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