Butlers Bus Tours Ireland - Ireland and Scotland Private Tour

Ireland and Scotland Private Tour

"What a combination! Explore both Ireland and Scotland with an epic Celtic private tour"

bird What we can provide
  • Ferry Crossings from Ireland to Scotland
  • Your own private luxury tour vehicle
  • Fascinating commentary from your experienced local driver/guide
  • An expert team to help you plan your ultimate dream tour
  • A custom itinerary built around you
  • 57 Years Of Touring expertise with our family run business
  • Check out our sample 12 day Ireland & Scotland tour below
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Day 1 - Dublin To Galway

Your private driver/guide will be ready and waiting in the arrivals lounge to welcome you to Ireland and escort you to your luxury vehicle.

Your Irish adventure begins right away as you depart from Dublin heading for Galway, the cultural capital of Ireland.

At our first stop, you will discover how Irish whiskey was made in decades past at Kilbeggan Distillery the oldest licenced distillery in Ireland dating back to 1757. It would be rude not to sample some of this fine whiskey while you are here.

Our next stop today will take us back in time with a visit to the 6th-century monastery of Clonmacnoise.

Founded in 548 by St. Ciaran. The settlement soon became a major centre of religion, learning, trade, craftsmanship and politics.

Spend the night in Galway city enjoying a great night of lively traditional music, fine food and Galwegian hospitality.

Overnight Galway City

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Galway City
Cliffs of Moher

Day 2 - Cliffs of Moher

This morning we will head for the majestic Cliffs of Moher travelling through the lunar landscape of The Burren and the rugged coastline around Black Head where we will stop at the 'Mini Cliffs'.

Nearby is the charming village of Doolin famous for its Irish pub lunches where you can relax over delicious fresh seafood and perhaps an impromptu music session.

Step out to the edge of the world with awe-inspiring views from The magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Spend time here to relax, hike or enjoy the self-guided exhibition at The Visitors Centre.

Tonight you can enjoy a full Irish experience of the best traditional music and dance at 'Trad On The Prom'.

Overnight in Galway City

Cliffs of Moher

Day 3 - Galway to Westport

Enjoy breathtaking coastal scenery, lakes, mountains and bogs as we traverse our way through the scenic Connemara.

Our first stop will be Kylemore Abbey & Walled Victorian Gardens. Built in the late 1800s by Mitchell Henry MP inspired by his love for his wife, Margaret.

It became home to a community of Benedictine Nuns in 1920 and has been renowned as a place of spirituality and education.

Cameras ready as we tour our way through The Connemara region taking in Killary Fjord, Ireland's only true fjord extending 16 km in from the Atlantic forming the border between Galway and Mayo and boasting some of the most spectacular scenery in the west of Ireland.

Experience the atmosphere of the cultural town of Westport where you can relax on the banks of the Carrowbeg River or indulge in some retail therapy in the local shops full of Irish handmade crafts. This evening enjoy fine local cuisine with lively music in a cosy local pub.

Overnight Westport

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Day 4 - Westport to Donegal

Witness The Neolithic cemetery complex at Carrowkeel which is one of the finest examples of a passage tomb in Ireland.

Stop by at the graveside of WB Yeats in the village of Drumcliffe set against the imposing backdrop of the Benbulben mountains.

Next stop is Donegal town at the mouth of the River Eske where you will have the chance to visit Donegal Castle built by the O'Donnell chieftain in the 15th century.

Choose from lots of pubs and restaurants in this historic town to wind down another great day.

Overnight Donegal

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Day 5 - Donegal to Derry

Spend the day exploring the historic city of Derry, the homeland of the famous Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

Derry is famous for its 17th-century walled city standing at 20 feet high with 7 gates, watchtowers and 24 cannons.

This was the last walled city to be built in Europe and you will get the chance to participate in an intriguing walking tour of the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland.

Overnight Derry

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Day 6 - Derry to Belfast

Our first visit today is the majestic Giants Causeway to witness the 40,000 or more hexagonal-shaped pillars dating back to nearly 60 million years ago.

Will you be brave enough to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge?
Suspended almost 100 ft above sea level, the rope bridge was first erected by salmon fisherman 350 years ago. Cross it if you dare!

Game of Thrones fans will love our next stop as we travel into another world at The Dark Hedges.

Spend the night in the historic city of Belfast where you can kick back in this compact city.

Overnight Belfast


Day 7 - Belfast to Scotland

This morning your driver/guide will treat you to a fascinating tour of Belfast city which will include all the highlights like The Peace Wall, The Shankill/Falls Roads, The Murals, Queens University, Botanic Gardens, Titanic Quarter and lots more

Leave Ireland behind as you set sail on a pleasant sea crossing for Scotland where you will delight in iconic attractions, stunning landscapes and the famous Scottish hospitality.

Enter the land of Clans and Castles of awesome Edinburgh.

Spend the evening in one of the most beautiful and vibrant cities in Europe.

Overnight Edinburgh

Day 8 - Edinburgh to Inverness

Kick start the day with a walking tour of Edinburgh where you’ll see all the highlights this enchanting city has to offer. Your expert guide will share the interesting and colourful history of Edinburgh Castle, the old and new towns, the birthplace Harry Potter and much more.

We’ll journey on through a range of beautiful towns on route to Inverness.  There are numerous miles of countryside to explore while we weave our way toward the historic Victorian town of Pitlochry.

Be enthralled on our journey through the Highlands majestic mountains and mysterious lochs of Cairngorms National Park.
Overnight in the handsome cosmopolitan and cultural city of Inverness (Capital of the Highlands).

Take in the sites of Inverness Castle and St Andrew's Cathedral and enjoy a meal in of the many restaurants in its flourishing culinary scene.   

Overnight in Inverness

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Day 9 - Inverness to Isle of Skye

Today you will take in some of Scotland's most beautiful lakes and towns as we roam along the shoreline of Loch Ness home to the legendary Loch Ness monster “Nessie” where you will have the chance to take a cruise on this famous lake.

Cameras at the ready for the picturesque village of Fort Augustus situated on the most southern tip of Loch Ness. Sit and watch the boats navigating the locks or explore the Clansmen Centre, where appropriately attired guides demonstrate 17th-century clan weaponry.

Take a short detour to Eilean Donan Castle while on route to the majestic Isle of Skye.

Measuring only 50 miles long, the Isle of Skye is one of Scotlands major attraction and is actually the largest of the Inner Hebrides. The island is steeped in a rich history, from dinosaur fossils to castles.

Overnight in Portree, Isle Of Skye


Day 10 - Isle Of Skye

Spend the day exploring this magnificent Island, exploring one of the most photographed landscapes in the world at the Old Man of Storr.  This walk is on the north of the Island and the Olman is a pinnacle of rock on the north of the island.  

Discover Dunvegan Castle built from 1200 to the 1800s, you will be enthralled with the unique character and stories of each building.

The Isle Skye has so much to offer and you will adore the amazing coastal scenery, coral beach, mountains, fairy pools, lighthouse, forest and much more on this amazing island.

Overnight in Portree, Isle Of Skye

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Waterfall Scotland

Day 11 - Isle of Skye to Glasgow

Leave Portree behind and head to the beautiful town of Armadale where you will take the ferry trip across to the fishing port of Mallaig on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland.

A must is a trip on the "Harry Potter" train journey to Fort William. Described as the greatest railway journey in the world!

We'll navigate our way to Ben Nevis the highest mountain in Britain as we make our way to the exciting city of Glasgow.

Glasgow city centre is one of the best shopping destinations in the UK and the best nightlife.

Overnight in Glasgow

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Day 12 - Glasgow

Your personal driver guide will collect you and bring you to the airport. Leaving you relaxed and refreshed from fresh country air.

Having made memories of an epic Celtic journey of ancient lands that will last a lifetime.

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Butlers Private Tours Ireland (Dublin),
Grove Lodge, Bay Lane, Kilshane,
Dublin, Ireland, D11 A6N9
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