Find Awe-Inspiring Rugged Beauty and Local Charm in Ireland, Scotland and Iceland

Iceland, Ireland, and Scotland are three of the world’s most popular destinations – and for good reason. While these lands’ cultures vary, they possess some unifying qualities, including rugged natural beauty, charming towns, vibrant cities, rich intersecting histories, and friendly locals. Whichever country you choose to visit, you will be sure to be left with fond memories that will last a lifetime.
Kylemore Abbey, Ireland
These three countries are chock full of fantastic photo opportunities, with unique and unparalleled scenery. Iceland, known as the land of fire and ice, is a feast for the eyes with volcanic black sand beaches, glacier lagoons, hot springs, and waterfalls. If seeing the Northern Lights is on your bucket list, there is no better place than Iceland. Ireland is also known for incredible wonders such as the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, volcanic Giant’s Causeway, and rolling green pastures separated by beautiful stone walls. Scotland’s landscape is peppered with mirror-like lochs and the picture-perfect mountains in the Scottish Highlands.
Loch Ness, Scotland

If you favor strolling quaint towns or exploring a bustling city to soak up local flavor, these destinations offer a variety of experiences. The colorful capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, is home to 2/3rds of the population and is alive with design, art galleries, and museums. Kalfafell, on the other hand, is a small hamlet in the Southeast with a quaint atmosphere and incredible hiking opportunities. Of course, Ireland’s busiest city and its capital is Dublin- a historic city filled with lively music-filled pubs.

Dublin, Ireland

If the nightlife is not your speed, there are plenty of museums, historic buildings, and breweries to fill your day. Alternatively, County Cork’s Kinsale is a fishing village known for its excellent restaurants. Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, blends medieval charm with its imposing hilltop castle along with a sophisticated city vibe. For golf enthusiasts, a visit to the charming St. Andrews is a must. Not only famous for its courses, but also for Scotland’s oldest university, University of St. Andrews.

Whichever destination you choose, feel sure it is impossible to make a wrong choice. Leave the planning to a tour operator like CIE Tours who is immersed in the local communities. Their itineraries immerse you in local culture, history, and sights. All their drivers and guides are local experts. With everything organized for you in advance from their offices in Ireland and Britain, you will be able to thoroughly enjoy your time abroad.

Reykjavik, Iceland

CIE Tours offers tour and independent travel options, so you can choose between the camaraderie and new friendships of classic tours or the privacy of traveling in your own private vehicle – either guided by your own driver/guide or as a self-drive.

Contact your AAA Travel advisor to learn more.

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