Following St Patrick & St Columba Tourfrom
Follow in the footsteps of saints and scholars as we travel from Northern Ireland to Scotland, taking in ancient sites of The Hill of Tara, Downpatrick, Armagh, L’Derry, Iona and ending the tour in Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCulture, History
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
Join us on an 8 day tour, that will take us from the Emerald isle to the Scottish Highlands and onwards to the capital, Edinburgh.
- 7 Nights B&B Hotel accommodation
- 6 Evening Meals (Days 1-6)
- All ferry crossings
- Transport & Services of a Guide while on tour
- All attractions admissions as per itinerary
- Lunches or snacks
- Alcoholic or soft drinks
Departing Dublin our first stop on tour will be the Hill of Tara, ancient burial site of the High Kings of Ireland. Then departing Tara, we will visit the heritage town of Trim where you will have an opportunity to have some lunch and visit Trim Castle in the town. Departing Trim, we will visit the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick lit the paschal fire in defiance of the pagan High King, Loegaire. Our final stop of the day will be the Monastery of Monasterboice.
St Patrick’s Country, Co. Down.
Today, we will discover the quaint and peaceful Saul Church (said to be the first ecclesiastical site in Ireland), where Saint Patrick began his mission in Ireland. We will also visit the first Holy Wells in Ireland at Struell Wells, the Church of St Tassach’s – where St. Patrick was given the last rites and the beautiful Inch Abbey outside Downpatrick. Finally, we will go to The St. Patrick’s Centre and Down Cathedral, the burial site of St. Patrick.
Armagh & L’Derry Cities
Our morning will be spent in Ireland’s Ecclesiastical Capital – The ancient city of Armagh, home to two cathedrals in honour of St. Patrick. Following lunch, we will depart Armagh for Derry/Londonderry, the city founded by St. Columba in the 6th Century. After a walking tour of the city, you will have some free time to explore before we retire for the night.
From Ireland to Scotland
Today we depart Northern Ireland for Scotland. In the morning, we will visit The Giant’s Causeway on Ireland’s north coast before catching a lunchtime ferry to Scotland. Once arriving in Scotland, we will make a couple of stops on route to our overnight in the West Highlands of Scotland.
Oban & The Isle of Mull
Via Oban and The Isle of Mull, we will reach Fionnport and a short ferry ride to Iona. St. Columba first arrived in Iona in 563AD and set up his Monastery, which allowed him to expand his missions in Scotland. Our stay on Iona will start with a tour of the Abbey and the Graveyard of Oran – burial place of ancient kings of Scotland, Ireland & Norway.
Rest Day Iona
Today you are free to take in the nature and spirituality of Iona and enjoy the remoteness of this tiny island on Scotland’s outer western islands.
Iona to Edinburgh
We depart Iona in the morning, crossing again the Isle of Mull to Oban and through the western highlands of Scotland to Edinburgh. We will visit Edinburgh Castle before you have some free time to explore the Scottish Capital.
Our tour and services end at Edinburgh International Airport, where you have many opportunities to make connections for onward travel.
The weather can be variable on this tour, especially on the western islands of Scotland. Prepare for some rain!
This tour starts from Dublin, Ireland and finishes in Edinburgh, Scotland. We can organise a return flight from Edinburgh to Dublin Airport at an additional cost.
Subject to availability as a couple of locations are remote a minimum of 4* Hotels are used for this tour.
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