Scotland and Ireland
$3,685 + Airfare
Aug 1 – Aug 13
7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Edinburgh, Achill Island, Cong, Galway, Dublin, Croagh Patrick
JFK to Edinburgh
Dublin to JFK
Scotland and Ireland: land of castles, cliffs, emerald green beauty, and (surprisingly) world class beaches. Come walk the Royal Mile of Edinburgh, horseback ride through Irish countryside, go sea kayaking, spelunking, and rock climbing; meet locals, feast at a medieval banquet, stand atop 700 foot tall cliffs and, ultimately, fall in love with these countries and their people as you connect with their poignant history. Join us on this unforgettable trip through cities and green countryside!
On this trip you will:
- Climb the Royal Mile and explore Edinburgh Castle
- Surf, Sea Kayak and Windsurf
- Watch falcons land on your hand as you learn about these beautiful birds of prey trained in hunting
- Climb Croagh Patrick mountain
- Ride horses through the Irish countryside
- Take a tour on Loch Ness
- Bike ride around Inishmore and visit a ring fort on the side of a cliff that was built around the 2nd century BC
- Have the best fish & chips of your life in Galway and feast at a medieval castle
DAY 1: NEWARK (FOR THOSE WHO OPT TO TAKE THE GROUP FLIGHT)
As the group flight takes off, the trip officially begins!
DAYS 2 – 5: EDINBURGH (WITH A DAY TRIP TO LOCH NESS)
Our trip begins in Edinburgh, one of the most haunted and culturally rich cities in the United Kingdom. We stay right off of the Royal Mile walking distance from Edinburgh Castle which is everything a castle should be. We will get to know the city on foot during the day and at night on ghost hunts. Our final day in Scotland, we will visit Loch Ness, which is beautiful with or without its famous monster.
DAYS 5 – 13: DUBLIN, COUNTY MAYO, GALWAY
Next, catch a quick flight to Dublin, have a quick tour of the city then travel to County Mayo in the Northwest. Your first days in Ireland will be spent surfing, rock climbing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, hill walking and hiking, amongst other fun adventure activities. Evenings are spent listening to our historian, or relaxing in the local pub listening to Irish Craic (music) where you will know everyone in the village (from grandparents to babies). The pub is the hub of village social life; you will be warmly welcomed. You can learn step dancing, made popular by the success of “Riverdance.” Our local experts make Irish history come alive, especially the Great Famine, when Ireland lost half its population. Explore a village abandoned during the Great Famine.
Next we will head south along the coast through the land of castles. You will learn and practice the ancient sport of falconry, actually handling the birds. Launch them into flight, watch them soar into the distance, finally lighting in the trees and marvel as they swoop back to your glove on command… a rare opportunity and one not likely repeated in a lifetime. Try riding Irish Cob horses or go spelunking (subterranean caves using miners’ hats).
Our last 3 nights of the trip are spent in one of the coolest cities in Europe: Galway. Shop for hand knit sweaters, famed Waterford crystal, lace, and fashion. Our last day is spent biking around Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, which feel unchanged by time. Hike up the cliffs to the mighty 200 BC fort of Dun Aengus and gaze at the crashing Atlantic 300 feet below. An authentic medieval banquet in a 14th century castle finishes our trip, but the memories remain forever.
How much free time do the participants get on their trip?
Our counselors tend to stay with group nearly always. Every day we will break up into smaller groups to give our participants lots of choice and flexibility in their itinerary. We do offer some free time to do some shopping, for example, in defined areas that we are very familiar with.
What’s the food like in Scotland and Ireland?
The food is delicious! There is a bit of everything, so everyone can eat something that pleases them. Even though a lot of food will look familiar to you, we encourage you to be adventurous, and step out of your comfort zone, try something new! As on all our trips, vegetarians and vegans can be accommodated.
Who are the counselors on the trip?
The Trip Leader for every trip is a seasoned teen travel professional with extensive TFT experience. Trip Leaders often live or have lived and worked in the destination country. Extensive knowledge of the language and culture of the destination is crucial. Our Senior Counselors are experienced, responsible and fun-loving, so our participants enjoy sharing experiences with them. At Travel for Teens we pride ourselves on our rigorous staff application process and the professionalism of our full time and summer staff.
It is the job of the counselors to keep the fun clean and happening, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Trips may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.
Where do we stay on the Scotland and Ireland trip?
Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and to be generally well-suited to facilitating group supervision. This means we do not use large, impersonal hotels on the outskirts of cities. We stay away from large hotel chains, preferring to select small, family run places where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
Do I need to buy flights or does TFT buy them for me? Which airport does the group depart from?
Travel for Teens organizes chaperoned group flights for every trip. You do not have to go on the group flight with us, although there are several advantages to doing so: the group flight is chaperoned by TFT staff, a lot of group bonding happens on the trip over, and, on those trips that have group flight contracts, we get preferred group flight prices (ask for details). Parents are responsible for arranging for participants to get to the group flight airport. Travel for Teens staff are at the airport, greet arriving participants as they walk to baggage claim, and escort them to where the rest of the group has assembled.
Our group flight to Scotland and Ireland departs from JFK airport in New York City. Please contact us for details regarding flight cost.