Travel to the wild landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and western Ireland on a journey that showcases mystical mountains and geological wonders, castles and ancient ruins, and charming towns from Glencoe to Galway.

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 The brooding landscape of Glencoe  The Jacobite steam train, traveling from Fort William to Mallaig  Driving towards the Trotternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye  Kilt Rock on the Trotternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye  Old Man of Storr, the Isle of Skye  Sharing the road on the Isle of Skye  Dunvegan Castle, on Scotland's Isle of Skye  Eilean Donan Castle, located at Kyle of Lochalsh, near Scotland's Isle of Skye  Landscape of the Cairngorms National Park  Traditional Scotch whisky  Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin  The site of Glendalough  The Cliffs of Moher  The Polnabrone Domen, the Burren  Connemara landscape with sheep  Connemara's Kylemore Castle, once an abbey and school   Galway Bay  The lively streets of Galway  Lively music in a pub. Credit: Brian Morrison, Ireland Tourism

Fabled Landscapes of Scotland and Ireland: A Tailor-Made Journey

A Self Drive Journey

10 days from $5,145

Travel to the wild landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and western Ireland on a journey that showcases mystical mountains and geological wonders, castles and ancient ruins, and charming towns from Glencoe to Galway.

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or call 855-215-8690
Accommodations

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Glencoe House

Glencoe, Scotland

This grand former hospital building sits on a hill overlooking Glencoe Village and Loch Leven and offers a very private experience. Each of the seven suites within the main building has a series of its own separate rooms, including a living and dining area, individually furnished to an exceptionally high standard. Dinner is served in your suite, which has its own well-stocked honesty bar. In addition, the six Bell Tower suites each have their own outdoor terrace with a hot tub, kitchen with a range and fully stocked freezer with pre-prepared gourmet meals. Glencoe House is situated within the Stac a’Chlamhain woods, beneath the Pap of Glencoe, so there are plenty of walking opportunities directly from the hotel.

Number of nights: 1

Duisdale House Hotel

Isle of Skye, Scotland

This former hunting lodge is situated in leafy gardens and overlooks the sea. Inside, the décor is stylish and bright, with an Art Deco theme throughout. The lounge has an open fireplace, while the restaurant’s glass-paneled roof and walls capture the woodland and ocean views. Anne and Ken, the hotel’s owners, have a particular affiliation with boating, evident in nautical elements dotted about the rooms, particularly the Chart Room, the hotel’s more relaxed dining option. This serves light lunches and early evening meals from an à la carte menu, while the main restaurant has a two AA rosette fine-dining menu. Both use fresh, local ingredients and meals can be complemented by a wide selection of wines, local gins or whiskies.

Number of nights: 2

The Grant Arms Hotel

Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland

The Grant Arms Hotel is a Victorian hotel in the heart of Grantown-on-Spey, with a rather grand gray stone façade. Its main focus is on wildlife; the hotel has a wonderful ‘wildlife corridor’ lined with local maps and posters identifying species, which leads to a club room. This is filled with bird and wildlife books, suggested local walks and activities, a sightings board and a room that regularly hosts talks by famous wildlife experts and TV presenters. The 50 bedrooms are a little plain but perfectly comfortable, and the food served in the restaurant is delicious, made from locally sourced ingredients.

Number of nights: 1

Number 31

Dublin, Ireland

A charming, boutique guesthouse on a quiet, residential street, Number 31 offers a quirky alternative to a standard hotel experience. It is set in a Georgian townhouse linked by a small courtyard garden to a modernist mews at the back.

The 21 rooms are spread over the two buildings and are all unique in style, size and layout. Some offer lofty ceilings while others include original architectural features and grand fireplaces. There are also a number of communal areas including a 1950s sunken lounge with a fireplace.

Although Number 31 does not have its own restaurant, it serves an award-winning breakfast. St Stephen’s Green and the main shopping area, Grafton Street, are just a five-to-ten minute walk away.

Number of nights: 2

Old Ground Hotel

Ennis, Ireland

Starting life as an 18th-century manor house, the Old Ground Hotel is centrally located, right in the heart of Ennis. This attractive, vine-covered property has a notable history with connections to past political intrigue.

Owned by a private art collector, the Old Ground Hotel has a rich collection of both modern and classical art. This is displayed throughout the corridors, warm and inviting lounges, and the contemporary bistro, stately restaurant and traditional bar.

The elegant rooms here, adorned with a palette of pleasant blues, cream and gold, are spacious, chic and contemporary in style with dark wooden furniture and rich fabrics. Some higher category rooms offer a bird’s eye view of the cathedral or the vibrant streets of Ennis.

Number of nights: 1



Park House Hotel

Galway, Ireland

Convivial hospitality, an atmospheric bar and a central location make Park House a great value option in the heart of Galway. The hotel is centrally located close to Eyre Square, Galway's main commercial hub, and just a short walk from the city's vibrant pedestrian streets dotted with cafes, shops and pubs.

It's a popular spot with locals and consequently has a vibrant atmosphere with a casual, living room-styled reception area and two lively dining options. Despite this, rooms are quiet and comfortable featuring cheerful tones, natural wood furnishings and goose down duvets.

The Park House Restaurant serves classic French cuisine with a contemporary Irish twist, while relaxed Boss Doyle’s Bar offers lighter fare and an extensive drink menu.

Number of nights: 2

Tailor-Made Benefits

Smithsonian Archivist Circle membership. Benefits include:

  • Recognition in the Friends of the Smithsonian Honor Roll displayed electronically on the National Mall in the Membership Reception Center
  • Invitation to a special welcome tour for new members at a Smithsonian venue
  • A Smithsonian Institution annual engagement calendar with full color images of exceptional art and artifacts
  • A complimentary Smithsonian museum guidebook
  • Subscription to the award-winning magazine Smithsonian
  • 20% discount at Smithsonian Museum Stores, 10% discount at selected dining facilities, at SmithsonianStore.com, and Folkways Recordings
  • Special member rate for tickets to the Smithsonian's IMAX® theaters and Einstein Planetarium
  • Admission to Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City
  • Weekday access to the Friends of the Smithsonian Reception Center

If you are already a member of the Archivist Circle or above, you will receive The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects by Richard Kurin.

Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.