Aughnanure Castle
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Ballynahinch Castle

I thought it might be interesting to break up our tours and focus on stays at flagship hotels , and what we do while there. The first one that came to mind was Ballynahinch castle.   At Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we like to provide authentic tours and showcase the real side of both […]

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Chauffeur Driven Tours Of Ireland’s North Coast

Over the winter we have had a number of clients taking our chauffeur driven tours of the North coast. Some have been just day trips , and others with one overnight stay. The feedback has been tremendous.   On that tour you get to visit the world famous Giants Causeway and walk over the legendary […]

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Ireland & Scotland Luxury Tours 2018

Just a word of warning to all those thinking of visiting Ireland and Scotland in 2018. The hotels that we use at Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours are not large. They are very carefully chosen for location , ambience , and authenticity. The better rooms with views can book up early. We are already working […]

Glamis Castle, Tayside
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Glamis Castle, Tayside

The association of Glamis with Shakespeare’s Macbeth is historically vague; the present structure dates mainly from the last quarter of the 17th century, by which time the Englishman who wrote the greatest Scottish play was long dead. However, a building of some sort was on this site before, and a king – Malcolm II, not […]

Lismore, County Waterford
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Lismore, County Waterford

This genteel riverside town is dwarfed by Lismore Castle, perched romantically above the River Blackwater. Built in 1185 but remodelled in the 19th century, the castle is the Irish seat of the Duke of Devonshire and is closed to the public. However, you can visit the sumptuous gardens, which include a lovely riverside walk. Lismore […]

Dryburgh Abbey, Berwickshire
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Dryburgh Abbey, Berwickshire

When William and Dorothy Wordsworth visited Dryburgh in 1803 during their tour of Scotland (recorded by Dorothy) they were admitted by a goblin-like woman who smelled of peat: ‘If she had emitted smoke by her breath and through every pore, the odour could not have been stronger’, wrote the poet’s sister. The abbey itself proved […]

Malahide Castle
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Malahide Castle, County Dublin

Near the seaside dormitory town of Malahide stands a huge castle set in 250 acres of grounds. The castle’s core dates from the 14th century but later additions, such as its rounded towers, have given it a classic fairy-tale appearance. Originally a fortress, the building served as a stately home for the Talbot family until […]

Castle Campbell, Clackmannanshire
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Castle Campbell, Clackmannanshire

When it came into the hands of the Earl of Argyll through marriage in the 15th century, this castle was known as Castle Gloom. The hill beside is still Gloomhill, and the burns which run down on either side are the Burn of Sorrow and the Burn of Care (sometimes known together as the waters […]

St Andrews Cathedral
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St Andrews Cathedral and Castle, Fife

The importance of St Andrews in medieval Scottish history can be gauged from the rise and fall of its cathedral, the oldest in Scotland; it was begun in 1161 by Bishop Arnold, consecrated in the presence of Robert the Bruce in 1318, and effectively finished off my John Knox in 1559; that is, it was […]

Derryveagh Mountains, County Donegal
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Derryveagh Mountains, County Donegal

The wild beauty of these mountains provides one of the high spots for a visit to Donegal. Errigal Mountain, the range’s tallest peak at 751m, attracts keen hikers the cream of the mountain scenery lies within Glenveagh National Park. Covering nearly 16,500 ha, this takes in the beautiful valley occupied by Lough Veagh, and Poisoned […]