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Opened in 1830 with one wild boar and an admission price of 6d (2.5 pence), Dublin Zoo was one of the world’s first zoos and was the birthplace of the lion that roars at the beginning of MGM movies. The big cat compound in the...

This is a most beautiful village in Fife, and well worth seeing on any tours of Scotland. It is the most complete 17th/18th century village in Scotland.   It has so much to see including stunning little houses along cobbled streets. These are 17th century in origin. The streets have appeared many...

If you are seriously thinking of a tour of Ireland, a tour of Scotland, or a tour of Ireland and Scotland, start planning NOW   It seems that 2020 will be a busy year for private, chauffeur driven, tours. Many travellers have become more “savvy” in what they...

This is a small village worth a stop on any tours of Scotland.   It dates back to Roman times and beyond. Saint Kentigern preached here and the ruins of a church erected in his name can still be seen. It is said William Wallace (of Braveheart fame) married...

The infamous Corryvreckan whirlpool is brew whipped up between the isles of Jura and Scarba, where the westward stream running through the Gulf of Corryvreckan into the Atlantic meets the eastward-running eddy over rough ground. In rough weather it is deadly, in calm weather merely...

  High above the Shannon estuary, just west of Ballylongford, this 15th century castle belonged to the O’Connor clan, who ruled much of northern Kerry. The English besieged or sacked it repeatedly but the body blow was delivered in 1649 by Cromwellian forces. The ruins include...

  There are three Aran Islands – Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer. They have been inhabited long before recorded history and contain many pre-Christian and Early-Christian remains. If you are on any tours of Ireland, you will need the weather to be on your side to visit these islands.   Dun...

This is a castle found on the Ring of Kerry. At Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours we find the Ring of Kerry somewhat commercialised. Therefore, our tours of Ireland rarely take us there.   However, if we are on a tour, we stop at Glenbeigh. It offers one of the...

Laid out mostly between 1830 and 1860, the suburb of Ballsbridge is a very exclusive part of Dublin, attracting many wealthy residents. Many of the streets are named after military heroes. Running off Pembroke Road the elegant tree-lined streets such as Raglan Road and Wellington...

  This is a popular town famous for its Silver Sands. There are boating and sailing facilities. There is also a decent golf course.   But what makes it worth a visit on any tours of Scotland is Saint Fillan’s Church. This is a real gem of Scottish Ecclesiastical architecture and...