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    Traditions spanning over 4000 years

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    World-famous landmarks steeped in history

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    Fairytale weddings in the most romantic of settings

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    Some of the finest golf courses in the world

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    A magical experience in breathtaking Ireland and Scotland

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We are the number one Ireland and Scotland vacation company, with a proven track record of very satisfied customers, but don’t just take our word for it!  Please visit our comprehensive testimonial section.

 

At Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we provide bespoke tours of Ireland and Scotland that are truly special. Our driver guides will ensure that your private chauffeur driven tour is of the highest quality. We like our clients to see the authentic sights and mix with the locals.

 

We also specialize in very special destination weddings. What could be more magical than getting married in an ancient church and celebrating in a historical castle. This is a unique service and we are the only provider for Ireland and Scotland.  Our honeymoons also let newlyweds experience the true romance of staying in castles and manor houses while enjoying the beauty of Ireland and Scotland.

 

One of our most popular services is our golf tours letting you experience the superb courses in both countries and throwing in a few hidden gems.

 

We have arranged corporate trips and count some leading companies as our valued customers.

 

Let us take care of all your needs and provide you with an experience like no other.

  • Testimonial from Kathy Hennessey Forshey

    A year ago, we were in Ireland. We had an amazing time and talk about it often. So blessed to have had the opportunity to experience the place where some of my ancestors came from. If your are looking to visit Ireland, I encourage you to look into Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we had an amazing time and Maurice Dowle was an amazing tour guide. Mo, I hope to see you again some day!

  • Testimonial from Michael H. Graham, MD, P.C

    Dear Maurice ,

     

    This letter is to send a huge “THANK YOU” to you for putting together a wonderful trip through the Emerald Isle for the eight of us. We have all arrived home without incident and with great memories of sights seen , outstanding lodging , challenging golf , food and drink at a very high standard , all at a very reasonable price.

     

    First , Brendan was fantastic as our driver. His 10 passenger Mercedes minibus was just right to accommodate all of our luggage and golf gear and was very comfortable as we travelled along with plenty of room inside. Entirely reliable and punctual to the minute , he is an excellent driver on those narrow roads and we always felt comfortable and travelled stress free under his management. Beyond that , however , he was an excellent guide as well. He has a wealth of knowledge about the history of Ireland and the places to visit , fitting them in nicely with our itinerary but always with plenty of flexibility and presenting choices for group decisions. Lunch spots were always in welcoming local pubs with interesting and entertaining histories. Moreover he has a cheery , positive personality which made travelling with him for two weeks a delight …… he is good craic !

     

    You have mentioned using our itinerary as a model for others to consider. We agree. We all agreed that limiting golf to every other day , as you recommended , was much better than setting off in a mad rush to travel and play on a daily basis. The route took us completely around the island giving us the opportunity to experience the lush green country of the south , the rugged mountains around Killarney and Kenmare , the barren landscape of Connemara , the incredible and highly variable coastlines and the many picturesque villages and lovely towns and cities. Belfast with the Titanic Museum ….. not to be missed ….. the beautiful marbled city hall and the sadly divided neighbourhoods with their street murals. Lunch at the historical Crown pub was a treat.

     

    All of the lodging was over the top and two nights at each stop , except the Sandhouse , was just right. Each place was unique , very comfortable and well run.

     

    The golf courses were great and provided a nice mix of the “famous” ……. Royal Portrush and Ballybunion ….. with the “local” ……. Ardglass (what a gem) and Donegal. Each was unique and very much a fine golf experience.

     

    I could go on but you get the point ….. we four couples were very happy campers on a trip that you provided that went off without a hitch , provided outstanding lodging and sightseeing with great golf and with a driver and guide who was a treat to travel with. MANY THANKS !

  • Testimonial From Elaine Millar

    Maurice,

    I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful Irish vacation you planned for us.

    Our accommodations were top notch. The golf, while hard for me, was truly worth every penny of it.

    Brendan was an exceptional tour guide. He was friendly, knowledgeable and flexible, even taking Rick and I to Waterford to see the Waterford crystal tour. I loved that! We found the Irish people to be wonderfully helpful, friendly and fun loving.

    So for us, it was two memorable weeks.

    Thanks to you!

    Best,

    Elaine Millar

  • Testimonial From Carolyn and Howard Rose, Toronto

    Hi Maurice

    Do you miss us?

    We arrived home safely from  our wonderful Ireland tour experience.

    Thanks so much to you and Austen for providing us with such a well  organized and yet flexible tour of your beautiful country.

    The scenery was spectacular!

    Austen's stories gave us an additional history lesson!!!...

    We appreciate all of the effort that went into this adventure.

    Thanks also for the beautiful book of photographs of Ulster

    Carolyn and Howie

  • Testimonial from Beverley and Stan Salsberg, Toronto

    Dear Maurice and Austen

    On behalf of Beverley and myself I want to thank you for a job well done.

    You promised a trip of a life time and you delivered !

    We always felt loved and wanted in your presence.

    The scenery is spectacular but the people are the ones that make Ireland special.

    You and your staff are all that is wonderful about Ireland ,warmth , humor and  the gift of the gab.

    The places you took us to and our accommodations were top notch.

    The golf was spectacular and is a life time memory.

    Everywhere we went from Southern Ireland to Northern Ireland everyone knew Maurice and Austen and all greeted us with smiles and respect.

    You have  made this trip memorable and I would encourage anyone coming to Ireland or Scotland to use Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours.

    Best Wishes

    Stan and Beverley

  • Testimonial from Louie Carstairs, New York

    Maurice ….. all we can say is …..WHAT A TRIP !

    You made this very special for all of us.

    From the kids to the grandparents we all enjoyed the tour.

    To see so much of Ireland and Scotland in just 14 days was remarkable.

    But to see it in such a relaxed way was even more remarkable.

    It was only when we looked at our tour map that we realized where we had been and what we had seen !

    The hotels were fantastic and the food was even better.

    Thank you so much.

    We will be recommending Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours to all of our friends and as you know I am already planning a golf trip for next year with you.

    Louie and the gang.

  • Testimonial From Carolyn and Howard Rose, Toronto

    Hi Maurice

    Do you miss us?

    We arrived home safely from  our wonderful Ireland tour experience.

    Thanks so much to you and Austen for providing us with such a well  organized and yet flexible tour of your beautiful country.

    The scenery was spectacular!

    Austen's stories gave us an additional history lesson!!!...

    We appreciate all of the effort that went into this adventure.

    Thanks also for the beautiful book of photographs of Ulster

    Carolyn and Howie

  • Testimonial from Eva Nightingale

    Dear Raphael:

    Since today is St. Patrick's Day, we are thinking of you and the wonderful day we spent with you as our guide for a day trip out of Dublin on February 24, 2015.

    Even though you could not control the weather we had a great time and appreciated your suggestions on how to make the most out of the limited time we had.

    But even more important it was a great way to learn about the history and people of Ireland. Your enthusiasm for sharing your knowledge, humour and personal stories were better than any guide book.

    We hope to return, with more time, and would live to have you guide us and educate us on other parts of the country on a tour of Ireland.

    Good luck and we hope to see you again with Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours !

    Regards,

    Eva Nightingale

  • Jimmy Dusiter, Texas

    We found Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours on the internet and contacted them because we wanted a tour that was a little different to anything on offer from other tour companies. They created a tour of Ireland that included sightseeing , golf , sailing , and fishing. Everything we wanted and more. We even had the chance to try falconry. Some of the hidden gems we visited were spectacular and we were the only tourist there. Their choice of hotels and bases was ideal and our guides were all excellent. People had told me that the food in Ireland could be average but we had excellent food during our tour. From breakfast to dinner we ate very well and the soups and scones were our favorites. This company know how to treat clients and will make any type of Ireland tours the experience of a lifetime.

  • Barry Visser, New York

    Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours created the holiday of a lifetime for my wife and I this year. We were apprehensive about chauffeur drive , but what a great decision ! Everything was perfect from start to finish. The service begins when you arrive at Dublin airport and finishes when you check in for your flight home. The driver/guide was excellent and we have stayed in contact with Austen since returning home. The hotels were unique and simply perfect. There were a few that we didnt want to leave. If you want a tour of Ireland that takes you off the beaten track and lets you see the real sights and people , then look no further. Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours will be our first choice when we visit Ireland again in 2014 !!

  • Declan Mahoney, Boston

    Ireland in 2013 exceeded all of our expectations ! We had planned to visit the “old country” for a number of years and we came across Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours when we were looking into tours of Ireland. A chauffeur driven driven tour was not our first choice but as there was 6 in our party it actually was a reasonable option financially. The freedom it gave us was fantastic and our driver/guide blended in so much he just seemed like a family friend. At the end of the tour we considered Maurice more of a family member ! The hotels were exceptional and we really enjoyed our time in Ireland. Chauffeur driven tours are well worth considering for any Ireland tours , and if that is what you choose stick with the best “Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours”

  • Dan George, Boston

    Our trip to Ireland in 2013 was planned from start to finish by Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours. All I can say it was a total success. A really unique Ireland tour for all the family. This company provided us with Stephen who was a great driver/guide , they booked hotels that were both comfortable and fantastically located. We saw some real hidden gems too. The restaurants they recommended were local and the food was wonderful. The music was great fun !! We are so glad that we asked them to organize our tour of Ireland. Definitely a five star experience all the way. If you want to enjoy Ireland then talk to these guys !!

  • Randy Ford, Wichita, Kansas

    Maurice: I hope all is well and you had a good holiday season. I was going through some old emails and realized it was a little over one year ago we started the process of planning our tour of Ireland. I wanted to let you know how much Jill and I truly appreciate everything you did to make our trip a wonderful experience. From the first time we spoke you not only offered advice but more importantly you listened to what we wanted from our trip. With your advice and counsel you made this a memory we will never forget. We are anxiously looking forward to our next trip to your beautiful country. One final note, while we appreciated your listening to our wants you actually prevented me from missing what turned out to be the highlight of our trip by refusing one of my ideas. On the fourth day of our trip we were scheduled to visit Kylemore Abbey and I wanted to remove it from our plans. Fortunately, you insisted we go and our time spent there was truly the highlight of my trip that included so many other wonderful memories. Once again, thank you so much for your wonderful service and our new found friendship. Please keep in touch and we look forward to planning our next trip. Best Wishes, Randy Ford Wichita, Kansas

  • Carol Hogan, Chicago

    From May 12-24th, 2014 my husband and I (from Chicago) along with my sister and her husband (from Philadelphia) took a two week tour of Ireland with Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours. There’s so much good to say it is hard know where to start. If you are busy person and need a stress-free, five star vacation in Ireland – this is your company. The process was seamless and painless. I talked to Maurice Dowle – one of the owners of Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours and gave him the general overview of what I wanted to do. This would be my third trip to Ireland (but everyone else’s first trip), so I had a general idea of what I wanted to see. Maurice sent me an itinerary that, almost without exception, I accepted on the spot. Even if you don’t know what you want to see in Ireland, trust me when I say that you can leave it completely up to this company and you will not be disappointed. This company and its employees have an in-depth understanding and knowledge of all areas of Ireland. You just need to tell them what kind of trip you want to have and they will custom build your itinerary. I also cannot stress how important it is to have someone drive you through Ireland. As I mentioned, on my last two trips to Ireland, I drove myself around and it was not fun. Having someone who knows exactly where they’re going and who knows exactly which roads are good and which roads are not, is really an invaluable asset. It also removes an enormous amount of stress and time lost from your vacation. We were lucky enough to get Maurice Dowle as our driver and guide. He was everything that you would expect Ireland to be. He is funny and friendly and talkative and has a very deep knowledge of what you need to see, do and eat in Ireland. And if anyone out there still believes that the food in Ireland is sub-par, they are in for a terrific surprise. We had some of the best meals of our life on this trip. The hotel accommodations, which were all chosen by Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours for us, were also top-notch. One of the intangibles that you also get by hiring this company is the ability to see an Ireland unobstructed by giant tour buses and thousands of tourists around the world all queuing up to see the same thing. While the Ring of Kerry is beautiful – it is no more beautiful than the ring of Beara, Slea Head Drive, or other amazing drives you can take on the island. We really felt like we had a private tour of Ireland. While we did hit a lot of the “touristy” spots, Maurice knew when to get there to avoid the coach tours clogged up the place. This was also invaluable to us. The bottom line is that our trip was everything we hoped it would be. And honestly, while these guided, private tours are slightly more expensive than some other ways of traveling through Ireland, once you do the math and add in a value for not having to drive yourself or figure out your own itinerary, it really is not that much more expensive and well worth the value. I am happy to talk to anyone about this company if you were thinking about taking a trip to Ireland. We really had an A+ wonderful experience

  • Barbara Hennessey and “The Hennessey Clan”

    Three generations of our family (8 of us) went on the trip of a lifetime …. an Ireland tour. I must admit that I was not sold on the idea of a tour guide in the beginning. My husband and I had visited Ireland a number of years ago, just the two of us, and we rented a car and went out on our own. It was a great trip, but years later, and a larger group, made me agree with my travel agent that this was the way to go. I am so glad we did. We had a wonderful time with no stress. Maurice took us to places that we would never have seen on our own. All of the hotels were taken care of for us and they were all great. Maurice was also very flexible with us. When we wanted to stop and shop, or change the itinerary just a bit, he would do so wherever possible. He had a great sense of humor which helped to pass the time as we drove from one destination to the next. Believe me when I say, this is the only way to go. This is the way for any tours of Ireland that you are planning. I would do it again in a minute. Thanks Maurice for the great time! Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours are the best !!

  • Ed Blatter, Vancouver

    My wife and I decided to take her mother to Ireland in October 2013. We contacted Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours , who were recommended by a friend in Toronto , and we were impressed from the first email. The planning , the hotels , the sights we saw , were all of the highest quality. They arranged a tour that allowed us to enjoy ourselves with some golf and fishing but let my wifes mother see some churches while we did. Their level of service was exemplary and I would advise anyone thinking of visiting Ireland to contact Maurice and his team. Their tours of Ireland are simply the best!

  • David Harper, Philadelphia

    Hi Maurice (Big Mo)! I have never given testimonials ever! , but I feel compelled to do so in this case. Maurice (Mo), our recent trip to Ireland was a trip of a life time for us. Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours is the best ! You knew all of the right places to go and when to go to them, the scenery was magnificent! However the only thing better than the scenery was (Mo), he quickly saw what we wanted to accomplish on the trip and the way we like to be treated, so he catered to that. Now mind you, he does like to stop for a scone and coffee every day, but saying that, he knew just where to stop for them ( a scone to keep ya going he would say…ha)! I would wish that everyone that visits Ireland could experience the same kind of two weeks that we did! Mo, thanks for your knowledge of Ireland and bad jokes…ha! You’re the best and it showed! Cheers! Dave Harper

  • Rick Palmer, Conneticut

    My family and I planned our tour of Ireland through Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours this year. I didnt want to drive and we wanted somebody to take us to the “real Ireland” rather than the tourist hot spots. Maurice and his team created the most wonderful trip taking in all the “must see” attractions , but also all of the real hidden gems. Our hotels were superb and the food was excellent , but most importantly our driver/guide was simply the best. We saw the major sights but it was all the hidden castles , churches , beaches , and history that we will remember forever. If you are planning any Ireland tours then Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours is the way to go. We certainly plan to return in 2015 !

  • Kathleen Weiss , Denver

    My husband and I have just returned from the most wonderful tour of Ireland ! Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours planned a trip for our anniversary and it was magical. We stayed at castles , we saw stunning coastline and scenery , and we ate like kings. They could not have done any better……it was perfect ! If you are thinking of visiting Ireland , and it is a beautiful country to see , then look no further than the Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours team. They will create the perfect Ireland tours for all tastes and ages.