Solos Only

Ireland England Scotland Solo Travel Tour 

Your journey starts in Dublin, Ireland, joining fellow solo travellers on this small group journey through Ireland to England and Scotland.

Welcomed by your group guide in Dublin, cruise the old Grand Canal for a welcome dinner. Your touring of Ireland starts with the famous sights of Dublin and of course, there’s no place more apt than Dublin to visit a Guinness storehouse and then, a special ceilidh evening. From Dublin to kiss the famous Blarney stone before carrying on for the picturesque landscape around the Ring of Kerry. Galway City is our final Irish stop before we take a flight from Dublin to Liverpool to start our touring from Liverpool, a city made famous by the Beatles. We continue north as we make our way towards Scotland with a lovely stay in England’s Lake District.  

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Onto the green lands of Scotland for an introduction to Glasgow with a two night stay before travelling further north the Scottish Highlands.

We visit some of the Scottish Isles to listen to the ghosts at Iona Abbey, the resting place of Gaelic kings including Macbeth.  Maybe catch a glimpse of Nellie at Loch Ness, and become a true Highlander by taking a wee dram on our distillery visit.  Our roving adventure ends at magnificent Edinburgh, where as a fitting finale we experience the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

  • Ages:
  • Duration:
    19 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Europe & UK
  • Destinations:
    Ireland, England, Scotland
  • Travel Style:
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
  • Transport:
    Coach, Air, Boat
  • Pace:
  • Max Group Size:

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia



  • 18 nights hotel accommodation
  • 18 breakfasts
  • 10 dinners 


  • Tickets to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Sightseeing as detailed by the itinerary
  • The services of a professional group guide in Ireland, and a group guide for England and Scotland.
  • Tips and gratuities for the group guides, and driver


  • Private touring by air-conditioned coach
  • One way economy airfare Dublin, Ireland to Liverpool, England
  • Documentation travel wallet containing the itinerary, hotel list, baggage labels
  • Small group, not more than 22 travellers

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price and must have cancellation cover to the value of the tour.

Not included: 

  • International Airfare to join tour (unless requested)
  • Airport transfers unless specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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21 JUL - 8 AUG 2024
AUD$16785 with own room
 Prices in Australian dollars (AUD)

Own Room

Tour package

AUD $16785

PRE TOUR HOTEL: Dublin group hotel with breakfast
rates apply 19 & 20 JUL 2024

AUD $485

POST TOUR HOTEL: Edinburgh group hotel with continental breakfast
rates apply 8 & 9 AUG 2024

AUD $655

Once you have booked and departed with us on an international tour, you qualify for our Return Traveller Reward on your next international tour booking. The offer does not apply to any cruises, resort packages, or tours within Australia.

Trip Code: ireland24-7




  • Dublin Grand Canal cruise with dinner
  • Touring Dublin city highlights
  • Visit The Guinness Storehouse
  • Visit Blarney Castle
  • Tour he Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula region
  • Enjoy a local Irish pub lunch
  • City walking orientation tours in Liverpool and Glasgow
  • Tour the Beatles Musuem, Liverpool
  • Stay in the beautiful Lake District of England
  • Travel to and stay in the Scottish Highlands
  • Discover some superb examples of old homes and castles including Muckross House, Stirling Castle, Iona Abbey and Edinburgh Castle
  • Stand on the sights of the Battle of Bannockburn and Battle of Culloden battlefields
  • A dazzling evening with tickets to The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Breakfast note; some hotels may serve continental breakfast only


Arrive Dublin | Dublin

Welcome to Dublin, founded by the Vikings and nowadays, a cosmopolitan and thriving city. 
This evening, meet up with your fellow travellers and group guide, and float along Dublin’s Grand Canal with our welcome dinner cruise, enjoying the scenic summer views.

Meals: Welcome, Highlight Dinner


City Sightseeing | Dublin

An easy paced morning discovery of the city of Dublin. Your group guide will introduce you to some of the famous sights including a visit to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.  And, in true Dublin style a Guinness Storehouse visit for a brewery tour.  You have the afternoon at leisure to make your own discoveries.

Tonight, dinner together taking part in a Ceilidh evening featuring local specialties, a show of some traditional Irish dancing, and a sing a-long with renowned Irish melodies.

Meals:  Breakfast, Highlight Dinner 


Dublin to Cork | Cork

We leave the city of Dublin and along the way there’s a photo stop opportunity at Rock of Cashel, dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, located in the heart of Tipperary.  Next, a stop that can’t be missed – one of Ireland’s great treasures, Blarney Castle and of course, follow in the footsteps of visitors over the last 200 years - climb the stairs to kiss the Blarney Stone to be bestowed with the gift of eloquence. Travel onto Cork for an overnight stay.

A relaxed evening in house tonight with a group dinner at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 


Local touring near Killarney | Killarney

From Cork we travel onto Killarney, for touring of the region of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula. Today we visit Muckross House and Gardens including a guided tour*.  This nineteenth century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, famed worldwide for their splendour and beauty.

We make a stop today at an Irish pub in the heart of Killarney, and we visit Dingle Peninsula including a stop at Inch Beach with some time for a stroll along the sandy beach.

Meals:  Breakfast

Muckross House tour is offered as a general tour to all visitors, and private tours are not on offer.


Dingle Peninsula & Ring of Kerry Excursion | Killarney 

Today, a full day’s discovery of the Ring of Kerry. We head out to take in the breathtaking scenery with a drive along the Dingle Peninsula before we reach the Ring of Kerry.

Meals:  Breakfast


Killarney to Galway City | Galway

We depart Killarney for Galway City. On the way we stop at Clonmacnoise, an ancient site of a monastery in the years gone by. Clonmacnoise is one of Ireland’s most famous monastic sites.

Arriving to Galway City we set out on a traditional town crier tour and a visit to Claddagh Ring Visitor Centre. Enjoy a group dinner at our hotel this evening.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner


From Ireland to (by air) England | Liverpool 

We farewell Ireland today as we had to the United Kingdom, arriving to Liverpool. From Galway City we drive east, returning to Dublin and directly to the airport for a short flight from Ireland to Liverpool, England. An easy paced evening with dinner at our Liverpool hotel tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Nominated flight determined closer to time of travel. If a flight later in day this will permit some free time in Galway City before departure. If a flight earlier in the day this will provide some free time in the afternoon in Liverpool.

Checked luggage for flight Dublin to Liverpool is 1 bag,  max 20kg.
One carry on small piece permitted (weight limit will apply; varies dependent on air carrier nominated closer to time of travel but expect 7-10kg maximum as a guide)


Liverpool to Lake District | Keswick

The home of the Beatles – Liverpool.  We visit The Beatles Story, a museum that tells the story of four young lads from Liverpool, propelled to fame and fortune.  Also, there’s an easy paced walking tour of Liverpool.

From Liverpool, this afternoon we travel onto the Lake District for a relaxing two night stay.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner


Lake District Excursion  | Keswick

Today we focus on Lake Windermere, and the quaint villages around the region and enjoy the majestic scenery across the lake. Today’s outing will include some free time to enjoy a few of the local villages. The evening is at leisure.

Meals:  Breakfast


Lake District to Glasgow  | Glasgow

As we make our way north to Glasgow we visit Gretna Green ‘The Gateway to Scotland’; famous in history as a haven for eloping couples to marry without the legalities of English law. There’s free time to wander Gretna village and take a morning tea break.

From Gretna Green to Glasgow, where there’s an orientation tour of Glasgow’s main highlights and an easy paced walking tour around the area of George Square with your group guide.  We check into our hotel later this afternoon for our next two nights, and join together tonight for dinner at our hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner


Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Excursion | Glasgow

Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles and this morning you’ll visit the castle with a guided tour. A highlight of your visit is exploring the Royal Palace of King James V, one of the best-preserved Renaissance buildings in the United Kingdom.  From the castle, to the historic location of The Battle of Bannockburn, that marks the bloody history of Scotland, renowned for the famous battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England. 

This evening why night make your own local discoveries for a dinner spot.

Meals:  Breakfast


Glasgow to Scottish Highlands | Oban

We make our way further north in Scotland to the highlands.

Departing Glasgow this morning our journey is highlighted with the scenic pass via Loch Lomond.  Along the way today we make a visit to Old Leckie Farm, a small family run farm.  We continue onto Dalmally and visit Saint Conan’s Kirk before arriving to our hotel in for the next two nights.

Meals:  Breakfast 


Highlands Touring | Oban

Today it’s an island excursion to the Isle of Mull and the island of Iona, which lie off the west coast of Scotland.

From Oban we take a ferry across to Craignure on the Isle of Mull to enjoy the beautiful scenery travelling to Fionnphort. From here, we take a short ferry crossing to the tiny island of Iona, one of Scotland’s most sacred sites.  We visit Iona Abbey and Nunnery, dating back to the 13th century. Now a days the abbey is restored and is an active place of worship.
By the day’s end we return to our hotel.

Meals:  Breakfast 

The ferry from Fionnpport to Isle of Iona is a foot ferry (our vehicle does not join the ferry)
Visits to the Islands are weather permitting.



Oban to Inverness | Inverness

We make our way further north while enjoying awe inspiring scenery and passing by Glencoe.

Continuing north, no trip to Scotland would be complete without a stop to seek out the infamous Loch Ness Monster. It’s here also that we stop for a guided tour of Urquhart Castle

From Loch Ness, we pay a visit to the battle site of the Scots and English, Battle of Culloden, where the Scots defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army in 1746, and featuring in the novel and TV series, ‘Outlander’.

Arriving to our Highlands hotel by the day end, dinner tonight is inhouse together.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner



Inverness to the South | Pitlochry

Our journey through Scotland now takes us south, through the rugged Cairngorm Mountains. We visit a Scottish distillery; a not to be missed experience for any visit to Scotland. See whisky being made first hand amidst sights, sounds, smells and most importantly the exquisite tastes you will always remember.  Arriving to your wonderful hotel for the next two nights of stay, and a group dinner together tonight in house.

Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner



Pitlochry Excursions | Pitlochry 

Pitlochry is a pretty village. You can enjoy having some time to make your own local discoveries.  Today we also visit local farm and  sample some of the local fare.  

Meals:  Breakfast 


Pitlochry to Edinburgh 

We will set off first thing from Pitlochry for Edinburgh and showcase the highlights of Edinburgh.  

Tour Edinburgh Castle and also the beautiful Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh, see the Royal Mile, the new Scottish Parliament building, the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and hear the tales of ancient Edinburgh of The Old Town. There will be some free time this afternoon and this evening join together for our special highlight.

You are in Edinburgh at the time of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Meals:  Breakfast (Continental)


Edinburgh Sightseeing

Edinburgh is a delightful city to enjoy at your own pace and the day is set aside to take your fancy of visits and sightseeing.

Tonight, a celebration of our roving journey from Ireland to Scotland with a farewell highlight evening of singing, dancing and bagpipe playing with delicious food and wine. And if you’re keen the chance to sample Scotland’s national dish – haggis.

Meals:  Breakfast (Continental), Highlight Dinner 


Depart Edinburgh

Our memorable tour comes to an end after breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast (Continental)

Breakfasts vary between continental, English breakfast or buffet style.

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance, we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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Hotel Name




Iveagh Garden   4*




The Kingsley  4*




Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments     3.5*




Lady Gregory Hotel  3*




Leonardo Hotel Liverpool  4*


Lake District


Castle Inn Hotel BW Signature Collection 4*




Leonardo Hotel Glasgow  4*




Oban Bay Hotel  4* or Muthu Ben Doran Hotel 3.5*




River Ness Hotel, a member of Radisson Individuals 4*




Dunalstair Hotel Suites   5*




Motel One Edinburgh-Royal 3.5*


Total Nights





Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard, at same star rating or within half star of the rating, will be provided.

Iveagh Garden Encounter Travel

Iveagh Garden, Dublin. Ireland.

Gleneagles Hotel Encounter Travel

Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney. Ireland.

Leonardo Hotel, Liverpool

Leonardo Hotel, Liverpool. England.

River Ness hotel Encounter Travel

River Ness Hotel, Inverness. Scotland.

Iveagh Garden Encounter Travel

Iveagh Garden, Dublin. Ireland.

Lady Gregory Hotel Encounter Travel

Lady Gregory Hotel, Galway. Ireland.

Leonardo Hotel, Glasgow. Scotland.

Leonardo Hotel, Glasgow. Scotland.

Dunhalastair Hotel Suites, Pitlochry. Scotland.

The Kingsley, Cork. Ireland.

The Kingsley, Cork. Ireland.

Leonardo Hotel, Liverpool Encounter Travel

Leonardo Hotel, Liverpool. England.

Oban Bay Hotel Encounter Travel

Oban Bay Hotel, Oban Bay. Scotland.

Motel One Edinburgh-Royal, Edinburgh. Scotland.


This four star hotel has a classic contemporary feel and a great location, close to Grafton Street. The hotel provides onsite dining at their bistro. Hotel rooms feature a luxurious topped mattress, down comforter & pillows, a flat screen television with luxury amenities and laptop safe. With stylish furnishings and luxurious marble bathrooms with rainfall showers, rooms provide a serene escape with the familiarity of home. 

The Kingsley is a deluxe four star hotel in Cork with modern rooms, and an onsite restaurant and Cork city centre is easily reached on foot.

A three and half star property on the doorstep of Killarney National Park and the vibrant Killarney town, with an onsite restaurant. Rooms are are spacious room with complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee making facilities, 24hr room service. 

Lady Gregory Hotel, Leisure Club & Beauty Rooms is a beautiful 3 star family run property with 87 guest rooms located in the market town of Gort making it the ideal base to explore Galway.  The hotel includes the Swan Leisure Club (located on the hotel grounds) at no extra charge which has a gym, sauna, steam room and 18 metre indoor pool. Each of elegant and spacious standard rooms are complete with pillow-topped mattresses, with our in-room tea & coffee making facilities and free WIFI.

A four star modern chic hotel near Albert Dock and other major Liverpool landmarks, and situated along the Kings Waterfront and within walking distance of all the city’s major historic and creative attractions. Rooms feature a dream bed by Leonardo Hotels and an en-suite bathroom and include air conditioning, hair dryer, tea and coffee refreshment dock, complimentary toiletries 

The Castle Inn Hotel BW Signature Collection by Best Western, Near Keswick is set overlooking some of England's highest fells and Bassenthwaite Lake. The hotel is in a beautiful location, just 8 miles from Keswick and ideally situated for those wishing to explore the Lake District.

A modern four star hotel located in the heart of the city centre, just behind Glasgow Central railway station and overlooking the River Clyde. This slick four-star hotel in Scotland’s vibrant second city offers free Wi-Fi, comfortable beds, a popular hotel bar and an in-house Costa Coffee bar. 

Is it our award-winning dishes? Our ambient bar and lounge? Or our rejuvenating thermal spa experience with breath-taking panoramic views? Regardless of what it is, there is no doubt our Oban Bay Hotel is the perfect destination for your next getaway. Explore our rooms and available dates today. Some of our popular rooms book up quickly so we advise booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

Stay in the heart of Inverness, at this upscale four stay hotel. The bright and airy bedrooms each have an interactive flat-screen TV 49" with free pay-per-view channels, a work desk, Internet access and en suite with toiletries. The hotel includes a fitness centre, bar and restaurant, air conditioning. The cozy standard rooms include a mini bar, smart TV and high speed free Wi-Fi. 

A beautiful stay awaits at this five star property. Within its walls of blue grey stone, contemporary elegance and effortless comfort bring a new chapter to a storied history, shaped by the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands. A multi million pound makeover has infused this Victorian era sporting lodge with stylish, design led interiors. The result is one of rural Scotland’s most acclaimed five star hotels. 

A superior three star property, Motel One Edinburgh-Royal is positioned against the beautiful backdrop of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The charm of the Scottish outdoors is brought inside, thanks to the botanical-themed decorative touches and the rear wall of the reception area, planted with real ferns and mosses. Within walking distance of Edinburgh Waverley station and a mere bus ride from Edinburgh Airport, the hotel is just a few side streets away from the famous Royal Mile.

Note: Some twin share rooms may have single beds.
Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

If we have confirmation of hotel Wi-Fi inclusion we state it above. However if Wi-Fi is not stated it does not mean that a hotel is without Wi-Fi. Most hotels have Wi-Free;  free or otherwise for a service fee. Our inclusion of free Wi-Fi above is not a guarantee as this can change without notice due to telco service interruptions or changes to hotel policy.

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Starts In: Dublin, Ireland
Ends In: Edinburgh, Scotland

First Day Information
Arrival to the group hotel is by your own arrangement. The group first meets up together in the early evening at the hotel and head out for a cruise with dinner along the Grand Canal.

Final Day Information
There are no tour excursions on the final day. Transfers to the airport are by your own arrangement.

Hotel Check In/Out Times
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  

Hotel check in:  most hotels have check in from 2PM or 3PM
Hotel check out: most hotels require check out by 10AM or 11AM

On arrival and departure, these are by your own arrangement.

If you are making your own flight arrangements, we require your flight itinerary no later than 45 days priors to travel (and even if you are not making airport transfer arrangements with us).  Where transfers are part of your arrangement, if your itinerary is not provided to us within the required timeframe, you forfeit the airport transfers, or additional fees may be incurred for the service.

 As an Australian travel company we can provide flight assistance for flights originating from Australia. If joining the tour from outside Australia we recommend making your own flight arrangements or to use the service of a travel advisor located within your country of residence for access to best fares.


Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 18 travellers. This is a Solos Only tour (couple free). You are welcome to join with a friend, but couples do not join this tour.

Travellers of 75 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 
More Information > Visit Travel Fitness

It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

This itinerary includes daily breakfast and many main meals (lunch or dinner), bringing the group together either at the hotel or some local restaurants.

Are you a flexitarian?
If you have dietary requirements, please advise if it is due to allergies or for medical reasons or if it is a personal preference and if you are flexible. Dietary requirements will limit choices. If a dietary requirement is not essential due to medical reasons and you are a flexitarian, then we recommend that you exclude your personal preferences if not necessary to provide more options with the meal choices.

This is a private group tour. There are the services of a group tour guide and driver in Ireland, and then another group guide in England and Scotland. There may be more than one driver also for the touring while in England and Scotland.

There is some sightseeing when our private group joins general touring groups for sightseeing or experiences, such as a boat cruise or a dinner with a show.

The role of your group guide is to lead the group is foremost to guide the group, and take charge of all the trip logistics on tour, and of course, make sure the trip runs as smoothly as possible so ultimately you have the best possible experience. From time to time, as is the nature of travel, ‘hiccups’ can occur, such as unexpected delays to due to traffic congestion, unexpected weather conditions that make a change of plans necessary, and many other things that go hand in hand with travel. In these circumstances your group leader will do their utmost to make the best possible alternative plans – please be ready to accept that these situations are out of the control of anyone and trust in your group leader to assist as best as possible. 

For airline luggage restrictions refer to your ticket details. Please note that the maximum luggage weight for touring may be less than the airline maximum limit.

Checked Luggage Maximum Weight: 20kg
Hand Luggage Maximum Weight/Information: 7kg


'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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