Scotland & Ireland Rail Group Tour

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Our Scotland & Ireland 2020 route is a fast-paced tour of some of the British Isle’s most awe-inspiring destinations. Experience authentic European backpacking, travelling with a small group of likeminded people, staying in hostels and travelling on public transport with an experienced guide.

With unmissable included activities and an exciting library of optional excursions as well as plenty of opportunities for self-guided exploring, this is the ultimate way to experience all that this amazing region has to offer.

Travelling with you throughout, your tour leader will ensure your trip goes smoothly; making sure you arrive in each destination safely. They’ll also co-ordinate essential and optional activities such as walking tours and pub crawls- not to mention making sure you’ve got a cold beer waiting for you upon arrival in each hostel.

Euroventure take all the stress out of travelling so that you’re free to relax and enjoy your trip! 

What´s Included

All train tickets between cities

All Interrail passes

  • Seat reservations on high-speed rail and night trains
  • Accommodation in top-rated, centrally located hostels tested by us
  • Tons of essential activities, such as tours, day trips, and historic sights
  • Breakfast in some hostels (depending on availability)
  • Free arrival drink in every hostel which has a bar
  • Transfers to and from the hostel and included activities by public transport
  • The option to do additional walking tours, pub crawls and other activities
  • A Tour Leader to travel with you and coordinate your trip throughout 

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All tour departure dates are listed and available to book however each departure date is for 18 to 35 year olds. You will therefore be unable to book a departure date if you have selected travellers in the wrong age group for that departure date. Please select another departure date or if you would like to travel on a tour that does not correspond to your age group then please get in touch with us!
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Itinerary

DAY 1
Edinburgh
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Edinburgh

Home to the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh is proud to call itself Scotland’s capital city. Immerse yourself in its dramatic castles, beautiful views, traditional pubs and windy streets. Take the hike up to Arthur’s Seat for the best views of the city, and head to Sandy Bell’s in the evening for traditional brews and folk music.

Start your trip by meeting the rest of your group at your hostel and enjoying a complimentary welcome drink. Then, head out and explore this fantastic city!

Fans of the Harry Potter series will get the chance to dive into the magical world of witches and wizards, as the city is full of filming locations and magical spots author J.K. Rowling drew inspiration from. Visit Tom Riddle’s grave and walk down Diagon Alley, or see where Rowling came to write at the Elephant House cafe.

No matter what you’re into, Edinburgh is sure to have something for you. Join your group in walking the castle walls, taking in jaw-dropping views of the entire city before heading out on an included Ghost tour of the old Edinburgh city, deep beneath the modern version we see today. Hear the stories of the people who used to live there, and the spirits they left behind, before heading out for a few drinks to round off your time in this incredible city. 

DAY 2
Portrush
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Portrush

Welcome to Northern Ireland! After a long day of travelling, get a good night’s rest for the next action-packed day, on which you will tick off many of Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions.

On your first day, the group will take part in an included tour of the Antrim Coast, starting with the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Giant’s Causeway, climbing the volcanic columns to take in the breath-taking Irish coast. Then, you’ll head to the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge? Optionally, cross the bridge itself high above the choppy coastal waters. Photographers, this could well be the stop to get those awe-inspiring Instagram pictures! Finally, why not stop for a quick tipple at the Old Bushmills Distillery? Where you’ll be able to sample some traditional Irish whiskey. 

Get ready to leave Portrush for a quick stop in the Northern Irish capital before you head to the Republic of Ireland. 

DAY 3
Belfast
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Belfast

Belfast is the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland and offers a lively historic city centre, the famous Titanic Quarter, fun pubs, excellent museums, hundreds of street murals, beautiful gardens and green spaces with wonderful Victorian architecture. Spend some hours exploring the city and view the majestic City Hall of Belfast, stroll through the botanic gardens or check out the urban waterfront of the Titanic quarter.

The Titanic was built in Belfast’s very harbour. If you want to learn more about the story of the once thought “unsinkable” ship, visit the Titanic museum. Located right beside the original construction site from the early 1900s, it belongs to Northern Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. 

DAY 4
Dublin
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Dublin

A small capital with a huge reputation, Dublin has a mix of heritage and hedonism that will not disappoint. All you have to do is show up! Bustling bars and live music venues line old cobbled streets in one of Europe’s- if not the worlds- most lively cities.

Once you arrive at your hostel, head straight out to discover Dublin’s fantastic nightlife! Head to the pub for a pint of Guinness, get your picture taken in front of the world-famous Temple Bar and check out some local talent at one of the many live acts around the city. Before the train to Galway the next day, you will have time to explore the city or take a tour through the famous Guinness beer factory- be sure to grab a free pint on the way out to experience a true taste of Ireland.

From Dublin, you will make your way down to the Irish west coast to Galway! 

DAY 5
Galway
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Galway

With its tangled lanes and colourful shopfronts curving around Galway Bay, this vibrant city is one of Ireland’s most picturesque destinations. Bolstered by an energetic student population, it’s also one of the island’s most vibrant communities, with live music, atmospheric pubs, a seafood-driven culinary scene and a jam-packed calendar of events Galway is a must-see!

Galway is a great starting point to explore the surrounding countryside. With a coastline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, rolling hills of green and rock formations shaped by wild waves are never far. Climb to the top of the famous Cliffs of Moher, to admire the stunning vistas the vantage point can provide.

After returning to your hostel in the evening, grab a meal and drinks with the rest of your group before you all return to Dublin the next day to take your respective flights home.