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Whisky Tours and Trails in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Scotland is famous for its national drink: whisky. If you’re a fan of whisky and really want to experience it in its home of origin, you should plan a visit to Scotland.

If it’s a real love of yours, the only way to really receive a true whisky education is to go on a whisky trail. Alternatively, if you’re touring round Scotland, participating in a whisky trail is a great way to experience Scotland’s national drink and get a taste of Scottish life.

We take a look at whisky tours and trails in the Highlands and islands of Scotland.

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Clan Tours in Scotland – A Great Scottish Holiday

It is estimated that 40 million people worldwide are of Scottish descent so it may be interesting to discover that Scotland is well equipped with some of the latest family research facilities. With census records, birth certificates, death certificates and much more, it’s easy to find out lots about family history.

Clan tours in Scotland are a very exciting and unusual vacation choice. It involves you touring around various points in Scotland finding out all about your family, or ‘clan’s’, history. It is a great way to spend a few days exploring Scotland, and there are lots of other benefits too. See our standard Scottish Clans and Genealogy package here but we can tailor a holiday specifically for you if you wish.

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Ireland’s Southwest

The Ring of Kerry is one of the most beautiful places in Ireland. It’s a 179km/111 mile long looped route in the south-west of County Kerry and something of a must-see if you’re in the area. As for the highlights on the Ring?


Kilorglin has got to be up there. As well as being a cute village, Kilorglin is home to the Puck Fair, a centuries-old festival where a goat is crowned king for three days. Yes, a goat! But it’s more than that. There’s music sessions, activities and street parties, too.

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South West Ireland

According to the Irish saying, ‘The West is best’ and after this tour, you’re sure to agree. The counties of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary contain some of the last bastions of ‘old-Ireland’ as well as some of the island’s top attractions.

Access to the southwest is easy, with Cork’s international airport bringing you direct to your starting point or come in via Shannon. Coming by sea from Great Britain, the ferry port of Rosslare in Wexford is around two hours and 40 minutes journey time to your start point in Cobh, County Cork. Best of Scotland Holidays can offer you very competitive ferry prices with Stena Line. Check out our package.

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Golfing Trips in the South West of Ireland

The south west of Ireland is a glorious area of the country to visit and if you happen to be a golfing fan, its one destination that always lives up to its promise and reputation. There’s a very good reason why this region is one of the most popular golfing destinations around. Firstly, visitors are guaranteed the warmest of Irish welcomes no matter where they choose to stay and secondly, the area boasts being home to some of the world’s most coveted links which makes golfing trips in the south west of Ireland a glorious experience not to be missed.

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Scotland’s North Coast 500 Route

A scenic tour along the North Coast 500 route through Wester Ross, Assynt, Sutherland, Caithness and Easter Ross.

Uncover 500 miles of stunning scenery and fascinating history in the North Highlands along the iconic North Coast 500 route, which is set to become Scotland’s answer to the USA’s Route 66 and Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

This 500 mile journey of a lifetime boasts some of the most magnificent scenery in Europe – wild mountains and lochs, foaming salmon rivers, rugged coastlines with mighty sea cliffs and secluded sandy bays, traditional crofts and large farms, fishing villages and bustling towns and a fine selection of visitor attractions. In fact Travel Now magazine has placed the North Coast 500 route in fifth place in a list of ‘six of the best’ coast road trips on the planet.

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Visiting Scotland’s Literary Heritage

Scotland is a land that has inspired many an author and poet which is hardly surprising because the vast open spaces, dramatic landscapes and coastlines are truly wondrous. Scotland boasts classic authors to more modern creative writers, from Scot and Stevenson to JK Rowling.

Scotland is a land that has a myriad of fascinating literary connections all of which are worth discovering and then thoroughly enjoying in some of the most scenic regions this glorious northern land has to offer.

A Literary Trail to Delight One & All
When it comes to picturesque, it doesn’t get more charming than Alloway and the literary trail that begins there is both fascinating and educational at the same time. The Burns National Heritage Park and Trail is a feast of delights by Burns and includes the cottage he was born in. There’s a museum dedicated to the bard and naturally a monument too. The trail takes visitors to the sites that inspired Burns to write many of his works and this includes Alloway Kirk and the Tam O’ Shanter Experience to name but two. In our modern world with all the technology we find at our fingertips there’s a charm and enhancement of the experience of bringing a tale of times long past back to life.robert_burns256

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Historic Castles and Houses of Ireland

Ireland is a beautiful land renowned for the majestic castles and magnificent stately homes that can be seen dotted around the land. Touring this fascinating corner of the world is a thrilling experience because visitors receive such a warm welcome wherever they happen to go.

There are castles and stately homes in Ireland dating back to Norman times, there are Palladian marvels and so much more that it would take more than just one trip to the Emerald Isle to take them all in. Below are just a few of the wonderful edifices, ruins and structures that Ireland has to offer and which will definitely see you returning to these lovely shores.

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Exploring Wales’ most famous castles

If there is one thing that Wales certainly isn’t short of, it’s castles. The country boasts a whopping four hundred castles, giving you plenty of places to explore on your trip. The four hundred Welsh castles actually fall into just three categories: castles built by the Normans, castles built by the Welsh and castles built by Edward I. You will find some of Wales’ best castles built on dramatic countryside landscapes, making use of craggy outcrops and steep drop hills as natural defences. Wondering which ones to explore on your holiday? Read on…

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An adventure holiday in Scotland

If your version of the perfect getaway involves adrenaline-pumping sports like white-water rafting and rock climbing or exploring majestic landscapes on your mountain bike, then you are sure to love Scotland and everything it has to offer. Here we will take a look at some of the best places to visit and things you can get up to on your trip

Fife – For the Golfers
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of city, head straight to Fife to start your Scottish adventure. Fife boasts a beautiful natural setting, with fascinating wildlife, quaint fishing villages and a pretty coastal path where you can take long, romantic strolls. If you are into your watersports, you’ll be pleased to here that Fife is home to some of the top sailing and water sport centres in the country.

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