GAELIC EXPLORERS

From $ 3,999 pp  
Shore Excursions

Gaelic Explorers

From $ 3,999 pp  

Edinburgh, Scotland



4 HRS

Easy

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Edinburgh: Panoramic Tour of Edinburgh & The Castle with drop at the Hotel
You will board your motor coach to begin a panoramic tour of the city. See the Georgian architecture of the New Town, Princes Street, and drive down parts of the famous medieval Royal Mile with imposing Edinburgh Castle at one end and the 17th century Palace of Holyrood at the other. The Palace was the home of Mary Queen of Scots from 1561 to 1568 and was occupied by Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. The scene of many a great historical drama including notorious murders, and power-hungry personalities, the Palace is now the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Drive up to Arthur’s Seat for some spectacular views over the city before visiting the Edinburgh Castle.  A majestic landmark which dominates the capital city’s skyline just as it has dominated Scotland’s long and colorful history, Edinburgh Castle is the best known and most visited of Scotland’s historic buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognizable fortress is a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once inside, you will have the opportunity to see the castle’s many different architectural styles, reflecting its importance throughout the history of Scotland, with the oldest section dating back to the 12th century. You will also have the opportunity to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny.  

Please note:  A courtesy vehicle will be available for guests with disabilities to access the top of the castle and there are ramps and a lift for access to the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny.

price $149
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Invergordon, Scotland



5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Invergordon, Cawdor Castle & Culloden
Depart your ship this morning and take a journey back in time.  Your motor coach will take you on a 75-minute drive to Cawdor Castle; the 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor, reputedly Macbeth’s castle and the site of the murder of Duncan. Today it is considered to be one of the Highland’s most romantic stately homes with its fine collection of rare tapestries, portraits, and furniture, and outside its lovely gardens and grounds.  You will tour the beautiful rooms of the castle at your leisure (although your guide and castle stewards will be on hand to answer any of your questions).  Afterwards head to the famous Battlefield of Culloden for a brief stop where your guide will give you a description of the battle and you will have a chance to take photos. This is the site of the last battle to be fought on British soil, namely the bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746 between Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Duke of Cumberland. The desolate fields where the conflict took place have scarcely changed over the past 250 years.  Following your visit return to your ship in time for lunch. 

Please note:  Guests with limited mobility and wheelchairs are not recommended for this tour as there are lots of stairs at the castle including spiral stairs which are unavoidable. 


price $145
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing
Invergordon, Dunrobin Castle & Lovely Dornoch
Depart Invergordon to head northwards through the delightful Highland scenery to Dunrobin Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland. Over the centuries there have been many changes to the castle including a 15th century keep, a 17th century courtyard and in the mid-19th century the castle was remodeled and enlarged. The castle interiors are beautifully appointed and the formal gardens are exceptional. Explore the Castle at leisure or with your guide before seeing the castle’s great walled gardens overlooking the sea. Displays of the ancient sport of falconry take place in the gardens. You will be dropped off in the Town Center, where you will have an opportunity to visit Dornoch Cathedral with your guide and there will also be free time to explore Dornoch for yourself. Golfers may wish to take a short stroll to the Royal Golf Hotel (where there is a good golf shop) just a 5-minute stroll from the center of town. Finally, enjoy the relaxed drive back to Invergordon and your yacht in time for lunch.

Please note: There is no photography, ruck sacks or large bags allowed in the Castle. 


price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture
Invergordon, Glenmorangie Distillery
A visit to Scotland is not complete without tasting some of the fine whisky that the country is so famous for! You will depart the yacht in Invergordon today and head for nearby Tain and the world-renowned home of the Glenmorangie Distillery. Tour the distillery with your guide and learn all about the fascinating process that turns the simplest of raw materials into the most complicated combination of flavors. Your tour today will include a tutored tasting of two drams ( a 10-year-old and a private edition), which is an opportunity for whisky connoisseurs and aficionados alike to experience a rare and intriguing single malt brought to life by the Glenmorangoie Whisky Creation Team. Those wishing to bring home a souvenir will enjoy the mouth-watering shop!  Following your visit, continue north to the lovely small town of Dornoch for some free time to explore and shop, and visit the charming cathedral. Finally, you will enjoy the relaxed drive back to Invergordon and your yacht.                                                   

Please note: No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to participate in the whisky tasting. There is no wheelchair accessibility in the distillery and the interior of the distillery is on two levels. Guests must climb approximately 30 stairs up and down. 


price $125
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Invergordon, Half Day Private CAR w/ Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary around Invergordon. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Invergordon area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $2059
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Invergordon, Half Day Private VAN w/ Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private van, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary around Invergordon. 

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Invergordon area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $2059
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking
Invergordon, Loch Ness & Historic Castle

You will head to the famous Loch Ness by motor coach for a chance to glimpse the Loch Ness Monster (perhaps!). Your first visit will be to the wonderful Urquhart Castle, a critical strategic stronghold in the highlands, positioned on the banks of Loch Ness, which would have been a main route through the Great Glen of the highlands. Its checkered history came to a dramatic demise in 1692 when the castle was blown up to stop it from falling into Jacobite hands! What remains are picturesque and impressive ruins surrounded on three sides by the deep cold waters of Loch Ness. An excellent new visitor’s center offers exhibitions, a film show, shop and restaurant.  Visit the castle today with your guide to learn of its dramatic history that dates back in written records to the 6th century, but in archaeology and folklore right back to the time of the Picts. You will have some time to explore at your leisure. Photo opportunities will be plentiful!  Enjoy your drive back through the scenic Highlands to your awaiting yacht in Invergordon.

Please note: Walking at the castle may be a challenge for those with mobility issues but is purely at the discretion of the individual. 



price $115
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Kirkwall, Scotland



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Kirkwall: Ancient Treasures & Skaill House
Depart Kirkwall and head into the west of Mainland, Orkney’s largest island.  This tour passes through gentle rolling landscape and into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney; an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology.  Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness, we will stop at the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years.  We then continue on to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, beautifully interpreted in the visitor’s center.  See the remarkable dwellings revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago.  There will also be time to see the finest mansion in Orkney; Skaill House was built in 1620 and in its 400 year history all 12 of its Lairds have been related and all have contributed to the history and collection in the house. The first owner was Bishop George Graham (Bishop of Orkney 1615-1638) who built the house on the site of a farmstead thought to date to the Norse period.

Please note:  The ground around the Ring of Brodgar is very soft and not suitable for wheelchairs or people with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $129
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4 HRS

Easy

refreshments

sightseeing
Kirkwall: Distillery & the Churches of South Isles
You will leave Orkney’s biggest island and follow the coast of Scapa Flow to the smaller South Isles. Drive over the first of the Churchill Barriers, built during the Second World War to protect Scapa Flow. You will visit the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war who were interned on this small island during World War II. The chapel stands as a lasting memorial to peace but also to the ingenuity and skill of the prisoners. You will continue your journey to Highland Park to discover Orkney’s highly acclaimed 12-year-old malt whisky at the world’s most northerly whiskey distillery. Here there will be an opportunity to tour the distillery and try a wee dram! Returning to Kirkwall you will visit the beautiful 12th century sandstone St. Magnus Cathedral, built by the Vikings during their 700-year rule over the islands.

Please note: Guests can stay on the motor coach if the tour becomes too strenuous. 

price $179
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Kirkwall: Sea-Faring Stromness
You will start this tour with a short coach transfer from Kirkwall to Stromness. On arrival in Stromness you will begin a walking tour with your informative guide from the picturesque harbor along the pretty flag-stoned street of this seafaring town. Making your way along the twists and turns of the street, you will explore the narrow lanes and tiny piers which intersect the street along its length. Stromness is a town of quirky architectural character, with many connections to the famous Hudson's Bay Company. You will hear fascinating stories about Stromness’ maritime history as well as learning about its arts and literary heritage. Following your walk you will have the option to visit the Stromness Museum and the beautifully refurbished Pier Arts Centre (time permitting) with exhibitions by both local and international artists. There will be time to explore the craft shops selling local knitwear, pottery, and art work before your coach returns you to Kirkwall

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues as there are cobblestone walkways with steep inclines.


price $135
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Portree, Scotland



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Portree, Dunvegan Castle & The Cullins
Depart the charming port of Portree via motor coach and drive across the lovely Isle of Skye to its west coast to the castle of Dunvegan, seat of the Clan MacLeod chiefs since the 13th century.  One of the greatest and most renowned among the Hebridean strongholds, Dunvegan Castle is the only one to have been continuously owned and occupied by the same family over a period now spanning 8 centuries. Within the castle are priceless heirlooms, some of which have come down through the hands of the Chiefs of MacLeod since medieval times, including such treasures as the Dunvegan Cup, the mysterious Fairy Flag and Rory Mor’s Horn.  You will explore the lovely gardens that surround the waterfall known as Rory Mor’s Cascade and enjoy the varied landscape including views of the dramatically beautiful Cuillin Mountains as you return to Portree.

Please note: Unfortunately the castle is not wheelchair accessible.  There are two steps into the castle and 18 steps to the first floor plus uneven surfaces in the garden. 


price $145
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Portree, Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is arguably one of the most recognizable castles in the world.  Located strategically on a little island where three sea lochs meet in the midst of some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery it is no wonder that the castle has been featured in many films.You will travel south from Portree past the majestic Cuillin Mountains and cross the iconic and controversial Skye Bridge to the Scottish mainland and on to Eilean Donan. The Castle is named for the 6th  century Irish saint who set up the first community on the island.There has been a fortified castle on this site since the 13th  century although it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times in its long and turbulent history.The restored castle you will see today was completed in the 1930s. During your visit you will have the opportunity to learn the rich history of the castle and its clansmen and to take in the stunning views.

Please note: The castle is not accessible to wheelchairs. There are three floors of the castle that can be visited and many steps are involved. For those that are not able to tackle the steps a computer-based virtual tour is available in the castle’s visitor centre. There is a gift shop at the castle and free time to shop after the tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring currency/credit cards.


price $139
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3.5 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Portree, Northern Skye Scenic Drive
This tour is for the July 12 Gaelic Explorers departure only. Head north via motor coach from Portree to the Trotternish Peninsula. During your scenic tour you will learn much of the fascinating history of the Isle of Skye and its geography and social history – in particular its crofting history. Passing the curious rock outcrop known as the Old Man of Storr, journey north to Kilt Rock – a dramatic 200-foot-high cliff marked in an almost tartan-like pattern by the rock strata with a waterfall tumbling sheer to the pebbled shore below. Enjoy some time here to absorb the scenery and take photographs. Continuing your journey north, you will pass the crofting township of Staffin which overlooks the sandy Staffin Bay and drive around the northern tip of the island, hearing more of the myths and legends of Skye.  On arrival at the settlement of Kilmuir you will visit the fascinating Skye Museum of Island Life to learn more of the traditional crofting life.  Continue through Uig and back to Portree.

Please note: The Skye Museum of Island Life is not completely wheelchair accessible, involving steps over thresholds with firm ground-packed paths.


price $109
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3.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

hiking

outdoors

sightseeing
Portree, Walkers Dream - Old Man of Storr
Departing Portree your motor coach will take  you  on a 30-minute drive through some beautiful coastal and hilly scenery as you head towards “Old Man of Storr” car park on the Trotternish Peninsula. On arrival at the car park, the Ranger will give a quick safety brief before setting off.  This very popular walk will take you for a close look at the massive pinnacle “Old Man of Storr,” one of the Isle of Skye’s iconic landmarks.The walk will be challenging in places but is achievable to the average walker.  En-route the Ranger will talk about the geography and describe what to expect on the next leg of the walk. As you catch your breath, revel in the fresh air and fabulous vistas;  you will have time to get your camera out as snapshots are a must to keep the memories alive. At the top  you will see the Islands of Raasay and Rona and beyond to the mainland, looking south, see “Storr Lochs,”  Portree Harbour and the magnificent Cuillin Hills (described as the hiker’s dream). On completion of your walk,  you will return by coach to Portree.

Please note: This tour will involve walking on some uneven and occasionaly muddy footpaths, steep in places and is recommended for experienced hikers. Wear comfortable shoes for hiking, warm layered clothing and bring your camera and bottled water.

price $139
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1.5 HRS

Moderate

unesco

walking
Portree, Walking Tour of Portree
Portree is a bustling fishing town with pretty painted buildings huddled round a charming harbor. Meet your local guide for your walking tour of this lovely historic town. Your guide will explain some of the history behind the buildings and street names of Portree. The most impressive buildings are mostly to be found in Portree’s central square, with lovely frontages and histories to match. You will discover some of the secrets of Portree and pass the ‘old jail’ and ‘the gathering hall’ built for the annual Skye Ball. You will skirt the main streets on your way up to the natural amphitheater, known locally as “the lump,” which provides the site for the Highland games, held here since 1877.The apothecary’s tower provides glorious 360 degree views which include the Cuillin Mountains to the south and the rock formation known as the Old Man of Storr to the north. Your walk will continue through the original Portree graveyard, passing old fishermen’s cottages, where nets are still put out to dry. You will end your walk in Somerled Square, the center of Portree. After your tour there will be plenty of time to explore some of the charming shops selling Scottish goods, crafts, and tartans before returning to your ship at your leisure.

Please note: As this is a walking tour it is not recommended for guests using wheelchairs or those with limited mobility. There is approximately 1 mile of gentle walking over some uneven surfaces and a short but very steep path up from the harbor. There will be plenty of pauses and occasional places to sit and rest.  Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $39
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Tobermory, Scotland



3.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing
Tobermory Coastal Walk
Your guide will meet you at the Harbor Building in Tobermory where your walk will begin. The path leads from the end of the marina and climbs gently through the woodland along the side of Tobermory Bay. There are fabulous views out to Calve Island, the Sound of Mull and the Scottish mainland beyond. You will follow the track to the old pier and will see breathtaking views of this picturesque and iconic Hebridean village. The woodland area is full of many varieties of wildflowers, ferns, mosses, lichens, fungi, and trees, promoting the atmosphere of a Celtic rainforest. A variety of songbirds breed in the park, adding sound to the colors and textures of spring and summer. Leaving the confines of Aros Park a short detour takes you to the Standing Stones at Baliscate, a Bronze Age location of particular significance in the pre-history of the Isle of Mull. Here you will be able to explore and speculate as to the origin and importance of such megalithic structures. Your guide will then walk with you back to the Harbor Building meeting point where you can then make your way back to the ship.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility. The tour is a 4-mile moderate walk with one steep hill. The terrain is good but can be muddy in parts. Waling gear is required and sturdy walking shoes that support the ankles. Waterproof clothing is recommended and it is suggested walkers bring along water and a snack as there will be no place to buy refreshments long the route. 


price $45
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Tobermory, Traditional Weaving on the Inner Hebrides
The Hebrides are famed all over the world for their precious, hand woven fabrics. This unique tour will give you the opportunity to experience the traditional craft. At Ardalanish Farm & Mill you will gain an insight into the making of this popular cloth, all the way from sheep to shop. From Tobermory, you will board your coach to the typical southern Mull village of Bunessan. From here, head along a narrow and more deserted route towards the remote and spectacularly scenic Ardalanish Bay.  Here you will visit the Isle of Mull Weavers at Ardalanish Farm. Upon arrival,y our group will be divided up into smaller groups (depending on numbers) to enjoy the different areas and outbuildings of the farm. In the course of a guided tour of the mill you can admire the old, traditional, Victorian power looms and see how this wonderful, coarse fabric is woven, inch by inch. Transferring to other parts of the farm, you will enjoy a meet-and-greet with the purveyors of the famed Hebridean wool, the black Hebridean sheep. There is also the chance for a photo-shoot with the small herd of shaggy, but majestic Highland Cattle, a popular postcard motif all across Scotland. Finally, you will be treated to island hospitality of tea/coffee and biscuits, followed by free time to stroll to the nearby beach, enjoy the beautiful island scenery or simply browse in the upscale shop for that special souvenir that can last for generations.

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues and you will be walking on uneven ground, through a pasture and on footpaths that do not accommodate wheelchairs or mobility scooters. There is likely to be Highland cattle along the walking route.Wear comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing and bring currency/credit cards.


price $165
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

refreshments

walking
Tobermory: Glengorm Castle Walking Tour
Your guide will take you on a 2-hour walking tour through Glengorm’s history, taking a look around the Castle’s exterior, visiting the 4,000-year-old Standing Stones and strolling out to Dun Ara, one of two Iron Age forts. If you’re lucky you may also spot exciting wildlife, with Hen harriers and white-tailed eagles often passing through. This tour is very special and exclusive as Tom the owner will also be joining you on your tour and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the wider history of Glengorm Castle and Highland life.  This walk will also take you past the beautiful “Flower Fields” in summer, with a wealth of invertebrate and plant life waiting to be admired. You may also be fortunate enough to see seals and wading birds by the shore, with the islands of Coll and Tiree providing a beautiful backdrop out at sea.  After your walk you are invited to the castle’s private dining room to enjoy a hot drink or wee dram of whisky along with some traditional Scottish shortbread.

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues and you will be walking on uneven ground, through a pasture and on footpaths that do no accommodate wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm layered clothing. There is likely to be Highland cattle along the walking route. 


price $175
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

boating
Tobermory: Iona Abbey & Scenic Mull
Today’s tour will take you through the lovely scenery of the island of Mull to the small ferry port of Craignure.  You will continue on from there across the south end of Mull to the hamlet of Fionnphort.  You will leave your coach here to take the little foot ferry over to the idyllic island of Iona. Iona is steeped in Christian history and is regarded as the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland with the arrival of St. Columba in 563 A.D. and the founding of the abbey.  Over a century ago, the abbey and monastic buildings were restored and, in 1938, the Iona community was founded to continue the tradition of worship in the abbey through daily services and teaching.  Today, Iona remains a place of pilgrimage and spirituality. Tour the abbey with your guide and see the cloisters, graveyard, the burial site of numerous early Scottish, Irish, and French kings as well as seeing the impressive collection of over 180 medieval carved stones and crosses.  Enjoy plenty of free time here to soak up the atmosphere of the abbey, as well as to explore the lovely little shops and cafes of the village, before taking the ferry back to Fionnphort, and the coach returning through Mull back to Tobermory once more.

Please note: There is wheelchair access to the Abbey but guests may require a taxi to drive ¼ mile up a gentle hill. This can be arranged on request.  Wheelchair guests will need to be accompanied as the guide cannot take responsibility for them during the tour.  Lunch is not included so it is recommended that you request a lunch box from the ship.  


price $209
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

walking

sightseeing
Tobermory: Mulls Duart Castle with Tea
Standing proudly on a cliff top guarding the Sound of Mull, Duart Castle enjoys one of the most spectacular positions on the west coast of Scotland.  You can relive the past with a walk through the ancient keep, visiting the dungeons where officers of Tobermory’s Spanish Galleon were imprisoned, and taking a journey back through the ages in the exhibition of clan history where many objects of historical interest are on display.  In 1911 Sir Fitzroy Maclean repurchased and restored the castle, which is now occupied by Sir Lachlan Maclean, 28th chief of the clan Maclean.  Subject to availability, Sir Lachlan Maclean himself will be pleased to welcome you to his fabulous 400-year-old castle and home which is the clan seat.  Enjoy a tour of the castle at your leisure with your guide on hand to answer any questions. A refreshing cup of tea or coffee with Scottish shortbread or cakes will be served in the tea rooms, before you return to your ship.

Please note: Duart Castle is not suitable for wheelchairs and there are many steps and spiral staircases throughout. Photographs and filming are not permitted inside the castle.


price $169
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Portrush, Ireland



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking
Portrush, Antrim Coast & Causeway
After tendering ashore to Portrush, you will board your motor coach and in the company of your local guide head off along the Antrim Coast. Your first stop will be at Dunluce Castle for an inside visit.  Most of the fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. Dunluce Castle is one of the most extensive ruins in Northern Ireland.  The castle is dramatically surrounded by terrifyingly steep drops on either side. Next, you will visit the Giants’ Causeway, where for centuries, visitors have marveled at its majesty and mystery. The unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms. To stroll the Giants’ Causeway is to voyage back in time. Your imagination will travel along stepping-stones that lead to either the creative turbulence of a bygone volcanic age or into the myths and legends of the past. Enjoy the audio-visual presentation and causeway exhibition before boarding the “Causeway Coaster” minibus, which will bring you to the causeway itself.  Rejoin your motor coach for the return drive to Portrush and your ship waiting in the bay.

Please note: Walking at the Causeway is strenuous but there is a shuttle bus service between the center and the actual stones. Cost of this shuttle is included in tour. Guests with physical difficulties must be accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility for them. 


price $149
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5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Portrush, Bushmills Distillery & The Giants Causeway
After tendering ashore to Portrush, board you motor coach and in the company of your local guide head off along the Antrim coast. Your first stop this morning will be to photograph Dunluce Castle, a dramatic and picturesque ruin on a rocky headland, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Next, you will visit the Giant’s Causeway, where for centuries, visitors have marveled at its majesty and mystery. Enjoy the audio-visual presentation and causeway exhibition before boarding the “Causeway Coaster” minibus, which will bring you to the causeway itself.  Rejoin your motor coach and proceed to the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, Old Bushmills. Granted its license in 1608 by King James I, the distillery has continuously produced whiskey for almost 400 years.  During your guided tour, discover the secrets of crafting the renowned whiskey and enjoy a tasting of 7 different whiskeys – do you think you will be able to tell the difference? Your specialized whiskey guide will talk you through it. Rejoin your motor coach and guide for the return drive back to your ship waiting in the bay.

Please note:  On occasions, including weekends, and throughout the year there will be periods when Bushmills distillery is not in full production (Silent Period) due to schedule demands and essential maintenance. This means that the tour of the Distillery will still operate but it will be without laborers and instead displaying the processes on audio visual screens. Guests will still get to walk through the factory itself but will see the story of the distillation through audio visual screens throughout. Occasionally the distillery may have to close without prior notice.  The silent period is determined each year but is usually in July.


price $219
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6.75 HRS

Strenuous

dining

culture

walking
Portrush, Delights of Londonderry
Journey by motor coach to Londonderry. With its history revered and its charm and vivacity still intact after “the Troubles,” Londonderry makes for an interesting visit. Begin your city discovery with a photo stop at St. Columb’s Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece constructed in the early 17th century.You will appreciate the church’s fine exterior, including the spire with 13 bells, before continuing your guided Londonderry introduction by foot. Walk along the city walls, hearing informative commentary as you go. From the top of the walls you will see the Bogside, the Catholic area with the famous mural that announces, “You are now entering free Derry.” Reaching Union Hall Place, enjoy a visit to the Tower Museum, where you will be engaged by “The Story of Derry,” an exhibit that acquaints you with the history of the city. The museum includes an audio-visual component, shedding light on the 1973 civil rights march through Derry that later became known as Bloody Sunday. At the top of the Tower Museum, you will have the chance to access the only open-air viewing facility in the heart of the city, affording panoramas of the inner city and River Foyle. Following your museum experience continue on foot to your lunch location before taking advantage of free time. Then rejoin your guide and return by foot to your awaiting motor coach, which will deliver you to the. pier in Portrush.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes as Derry has uneven surfaces including inclines and declines. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. 


price $219
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Portrush, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $699
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3.75 HRS

Strenuous

culture

sightseeing
Portrush, Headlands, House, & Temples
There cannot be a more wild and dramatic headland in Northern Ireland than the Downhill Demesne. With fabulous views that stretch over the entire north coast of Ireland and open windswept cliff-top walks it is not surprising that the Demesne is part of the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a well-known icon. You will see this for yourself. At the heart of the Demesne is the house, which was one of the most renowned in Ireland, containing treasures from throughout Europe. Unfortunately, it is now in ruins. However, its setting and architecture give more than a hint of its former glory. You will see the mausoleum, the Lion’s Gate, which stands beside the remains of a double-walled garden with the dove cote and ice house still intact, and the Bishop’s Gate, a well-known feature with its Gothic gate lodge and garden. Perched on the edge of cliffs is the most spectacular of the buildings, the Mussenden Temple, built as a library and modeled on the Temple of Vesta in Italy. Over the years the erosion of the cliff face at Downhill has brought Mussenden Temple ever closer to the edge. In 1997 The National Trust carried out cliff stabilization work to prevent the loss of the building. At the completion of your tour you will depart for your short return drive to Portrush and your awaiting yacht. 

Please note: This tour is a strenuous hill walking tour  over uneven terrain and inclines and therefore not recommended for physically challenged guests. 

price $139
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture
Portrush, Titanic Belfast & City
Depart from the pier in Portrush and drive to Belfast City, the capital of Northern Ireland. Belfast or 'Hibernian Rio' as one writer once called it.  You will visit the newly constructed Titanic Belfast. Opened in April 2012, the new signature building tells the story of Titanic. It contains 9 galleries offering a variety of interpretative materials and media. A high point will be a ride though the Titanic under construction. The adventure will begin the moment you walk through the door and into the building's giant atrium surrounded by the four high impact “hull” shaped sections which house the experience. The stories of passengers, crew and the heroes of the day will be told in an exciting way. At the conclusion, you will visit the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic. You will continue to a local establishment where lunch will be served.  Rejoin your motor coach and guide and enjoy a short panoramic tour of the city with commentary on such sites as the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial. There will be a drive through the alternative sites of Belfast including the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, which will be a unique cultural experience. Return to port via your motor coach.

Please note: Guests with physical difficulties will need to be accompanied as the guide cannot take responsibility for them. 


price $235
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom



4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Isle of Man, Cregnaesh & Castle Rushen
Depart your yacht this morning and travel via the “Plains of Heaven,” the magnificently scenic elevated highway that bisects the island running east to west, and the Southern Hills which offer panoramic views of the south of the island down to Cregneash where you will pause for photographs. Cregnaesh is the oldest settlement on the Isle of Man, a hamlet of white-washed, stone-walled thatched cottages, just as they were in 1900.  You will continue along the southeast road to Castletown, which takes its name from the magnificent Castle Rushen standing alongside the harbor.  Castle Rushen is the best example of a medieval castle in the British Isles, and served as the residence of the last Norse King of Mann, who died here in 1266. The exact date it was built is unknown, though it is believed to be around 1200. Enjoy a visit here today with your guide.  Afterwards return to your yacht via the legendary “Fairy Bridge.”  Don’t forget to say Laa Mie (good day) to the fairies!   
                                  
Please note:  This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users as the ground at Cregneash is uneven and sometimes muddy. There is limited access for wheelchairs at Castle Rushen – the inside rooms can only be accessed by staircase and there are lots of steps with some narrow spiral staircases. We request that any wheelchair guests are accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility for them during the tour. 

price $145
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Isle of Man, Scenic Southern Isle of Man
Today enjoy a scenic drive that will take you through the stunning scenery of the Isle of Man, with wonderful views over the coastal and inland landscapes. Departing from Douglas,  you will drive through the south-east of the island, passing over the legendary Fairy Bridge. It is considered bad luck to pass over this bridge without saying Laa Mie (good day) to the fairies! Arrive at the town of Castletown, the original capital of Mann until 1869. Here you can admire the magnificent Castle Rushen which is one of the finest examples of a medieval castle in the British Isles and enjoy some free time to stroll through the town and along the picturesque harbor.  Continue to the southern tip of the island and the pretty bay at Port Erin, before travelling along the western coast of the island to Peel, affectionately known as the “Sunset City.” The striking ruins of Peel Castle overlook the pretty town, with its quaint narrow streets and lovely harbor.   After enjoying some free time in Peel, you will travel inland to Tynwald Hill. Located in the little village of St John’s this grass topped, tiered hill is the location of the world’s oldest democratic parliament, which has run continuously since 979 A.D. Pause for photographs before passing through the beautiful central valley area of the island known as the Plains of Heaven, to Douglas.

Please note: At Tywald Hill there are optional steps to the top of the hill. Wear comfortable walking shoes.  

price $69
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

walking
Isle of Man, Southern Cliffs Walking Tour
This is one of the most beautiful walks on the island, renowned for its stunning coastal scenery, bird life and seal viewing.  A 45-minute drive by coach will take you along the main route form Douglas on the east coast to Cregneash in the south of the island. You will walk from the Folk Village. There are a couple of short hills which will give you a beautiful view of Port St Mary and the hills and coast to the north.  Next you will stroll through local farmland and up to the local landmark called The Chasms. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty with excellent views of nesting sea birds plus the interesting rock formations giving the area its name. You then take an easy coastal path around Spanish Head to the Sound where you will see and hear the unmistakable calls of the local grey seal population and also have the opportunity to take tea or coffee in the café here (not included). You can also gaze over at the Calf of Man, which is a renowned bird sanctuary for many migrating birds. Inside the café you can observe the running film depicting life as it was through history on the Calf of Man and also an undersea view of marine life in the area. Rejoin your coach for the return journey to Douglas and your ship. 

Please note: Very rarely there can be low lying mist/fog that makes walking along the cliff difficult. When this happens an alternative walking route will be taken. Refreshments are not included so it is recommended that walkers bring along water and a snack and wear comfortable walking shoes.  This  tour is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. 


price $139
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Isle of Man, Vintage Steam Train & Magnificent Castle Rushen
Departing from the pier, a short transfer will take you to the impressive Victorian train station where you will board the vintage steam train for a delightful and traditional journey to Castletown, the original capital of Mann until 1869. Dating from 1874, the Isle of Man Steam Railway is the Island’s oldest Victorian rail system and this narrow gauge railway still runs with its original locomotives and carriages. Arriving at Castletown Station, enjoy a visit to the magnificent Castle Rushen which stands alongside the harbor and is one of the best medieval castles in Europe. It was the former seat of the Kings and Lords of Mann, with the Castle’s oldest part dating back to the time of Magnus, the last Norse King of Mann, who died here in 1266. The exact date the castle was built is unknown, though it is believed to be around 1200. Today, spectacular displays illustrate the castle at various times in history, with figures in period costume, historical furnishings, and wall hangings bringing the castle to life. Following your guided visit, you will have free time before rejoining your coach to return to the pier and your ship.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users as the rooms of the castle can only be accessed by stairs, some of which are narrow and spiral. 


price $139
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Dublin, Ireland



4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Dublin A Taste of Dublin & Guiness with Hotel Transfer
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire. Your panoramic drive of the city will take you past Merrion Square  and Fitzwilliam Square to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.” Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, and St Stephen’s Green, the Old Parliament House and Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college. See Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral. You will visit the Guinness Storehouse, which is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.You will discover what goes into making a pint of the “blackstuff” – the ingredients, the processes, the effort. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago. Your tour will end in Gravity, the sky bar, with astonishing views of Dublin.  You’ll “meet” Arthur Guinness and find out how the drink that carries his name has traveled around the world. You will also have the opportunity to spend some time in the Advertising Gallery with a display of all Guinness advertising material past and present.  At the end of the tour, discover how important it is to pull the perfect pint - the way to hold the glass, the speed the beer enters the glass, the time for the pint to settle and the final touch that gives the pint a creamy head.   Now sit back, relax and enjoy the Guinness and the view. You will have time to shop in the Guinness Store where you will find the world’s greatest selection of Guinness fashions and memorabilia before re-boarding your bus for the hotel.  Along the way you will pass the Four Courts,the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street and the Custom House.

Please note:  Entry to the brewery itself is not permitted. 


price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Dublin Hightlights with Transfer to Airport
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire and travel by motor coach to Dublin where you will enjoy a panoramic drive showing you some of the highlights of this delightful city.  You will ride past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.”  Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings, and St Stephen’s Green. You will also see The Old Parliament House which is now home to the Bank of Ireland and across the road, Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college, founded in 1592. Your tour of the city will continue past Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there from 1713 to 1745. You will stop to visit the cathedral and see the pulpit where he preached. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will continue past the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice on to the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street where you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation. Your tour will conclude at the airport.

Please note:  Guests with physical difficulties must be accompanied as the tour guide cannot undertake responsibility for them.

price $129
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