Hook Head, County Wexford
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Hook Peninsula, County Wexford

This tapering headland of gentle landscapes scattered with ancient ruins and quiet villages is perfect for a circular tour. The “Ring of Hook” route begins south of New Ross at Dunbrody Abbey, the ruins of a 12th century Cistercian church, but Ballyhack is another good place to start. Once a fortified crossing point into County […]

Brown Thomas, Dublin
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Grafton Street, Dublin

The spine of Dublin’s most popular and stylish shopping district runs south from Trinity College to the glass-covered St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. At the north end, at the junction with Nassau Street, is a bronze statue by Jean Rynhart of Molly Malone, the celebrated “cockles and mussels” street trader from the traditional Irish folk […]

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Visiting Ireland And Scotland In 2018

Here at Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we take pride in creating bespoke trips for our clients. 2018 is particularly busy as private tours are on the rise and people are beginning to realise this is the way to see Ireland and Scotland. Authentic sights off the tourist trails, great local hotels and castles, and, […]

Mussenden Temple, County Londonderry
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Mussenden Temple, County Londonderry

The oddest sight along the Londonderry coast is this small, domed rotunda perched precariously on a windswept headland outside the family resort of Castlerock. The temple was built in 1785 by Fredrick Augustus Herbey, the eccentric Earl of Bristol and Protestant Bishop of Derry, as a memorial to his cousin Mrs Frideswide Mussenden. The design […]

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 […]