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Scots-Irish Discovery Tour, 3-12 June 2018

11 Day Package: Sat Jun 3rd - Tue Jun 12 2018

$2,489 PP Sharing Double/Twin ~ $3,099 PP Single Room*

Ulster Historical Foundation with Cara Group Travel are pleased to offer a brand new tour for 2018

The Scots-Irish Discovery Tour - a tour to inspire pride in Irish and Scots-Irish heritage and culture.

Discover the history of the province of Ulster and explore your Ulster-Scots heritage whilst taking in the incomparable greenery, majestic rolling hills, the warmest of welcomes and the iconic landmarks of Ireland and Northern Ireland – there’s never been a better time to travel.

Although Cara Group Travel is based in North America this tour is open to all visitors regardless of where you are in the world.

*Please note that the Discovery Tour is priced in US dollars. Below is a list showing the price in different currencies:

                   AUD                                                           CAD                                                                   NZD

$2,489 USD = $3,163.35AUD                  $2,489 USD = $3,106.27 CAD                        $2,489 USD = $3540.04 NZD

$3,099 USD = $3,939.18AUD                  $3,099 USD = $3,867.55 CAD                        $3,099 USD = $4407.62 NZD

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Special Offer:

Stone Mountain Highland Games Special Offer (until 31 October 2017)

Use the discount code: SM100  to receive $100 off the Discovery Tour list price (per person) by 31 October 2017. Contact Cara Travel representatives to secure this special discount offer on your booking.


      • June 3, 4:        2 Night Dublin Hotel
      • June 5:            1 Night Omagh Hotel
      • June 6, 7:        2 Night Derry Hotel
      • June 8, 9, 10:  3 Night Belfast Hotel
      • June 11:           1 Night Cabra Hotel


      • Full Irish Breakfast Daily (except morning of arrival)
      • 5 Hotel Dinners including Farewell Dinner at Cabra Castle

Transportation & Other:

      • Professional Irish Guide Throughout
      • Round-trip Airport Transfer from/to Dublin Intl Airport
      • Luxury Air-Conditioned Coach with Professional Irish Driver Throughout
      • All Hotel Taxes & Service Charges Included
      • Hotel Porterage for 1 Bag


      • Visit to Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
      • Panoramic Sightseeing tour of Dublin
      • Visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
      • Visit to The Ulster American Folk Park, Co. Tyrone
      • Visit to Barons Court Estate, Co. Tyrone
      • Walking Tour of the City of Derry~Londonderry
      • Visit to the Siege Museum and Exhibition, Co. Derry~Londonderry
      • Visit to Glenveagh National Park and Castle, Co. Donegal
      • Visit to the Giant's Causeway, Co. Antrim
      • Visit to Sentry Hill, Co. Antrim
      • Panoramic Sightseeing tour of Belfast
      • Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF) Walking Tour of Belfast
      • Visit to Titanic Belfast
      • Visit to Down Cathedral, Co. Down
      • Visit to the General Ross Monument, Co. Down

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Irish Genealogy Essentials - June 2018

If you have Ulster ancestors you may like to join the Foundation’s Irish Genealogy Essentials Course, which will run from 13 to 15 June, timed to follow immediately after the end of the tour.

Priced at $449.99 (only $399.99 for those taking part in the Scots-Irish Discovery Tour*) this three-day course, delivered by the Foundation’s expert staff, will help to give you the skills and experience to further explore your family history and help you find your elusive Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.

Scots-Irish Discovery Tour Itinerary    Genealogy Essentials June 2018

1718 Migration Booklet


* Note the Irish Genealogy Essentials Course is priced in UK pounds (stg). Comparative prices (for information only) are given below for other currencies.

                    AUD                                                       CAD                                                              NZD

$449.99 USD = $571.13 AUD              $449.99 USD = $561.23 CAD                      $449.99 USD = $640.01 NZD

$399.99 USD = $507.67 AUD             $399.99 USD = $498.72 CAD                     $399.99 USD = $568.98 NZD


Note on Terminology

Scots-Irish, Scotch-Irish, Ulster-Scots - Do you know the difference?

The Scots came to America direct from Scotland. They differ from the others in that they did not spend any time in Ulster. They came to America from different departure points, often in different migrant waves, and settled in different areas of colonial America. For example, many Scots settled in the Chesapeake area of Virginia, whilst the Scots-Irish, generally helped to open up the western frontier in places like Pennsylvania, along the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and the Carolinas.

Scots-Irish, Scotch-Irish and Ulster-Scots – basically they are variant names for the same people. All three terms relate to people who left Scotland, many in the seventeenth century, settled as part of various, successive waves of plantation in Ulster – the northern-most province of Ireland, stayed maybe one, two or several generations and then moved on to North America.

From the first decades of the eighteenth century, the Scots-Irish started to emigrate to the Americas in ever increasing numbers. The migrant flow became stronger as settlers from Ulster took advantage of the opportunities in the burgeoning colonies. Having moved once already, and broken the link with their ancestral home in Scotland, it was quite practical to move again, where a better future beckoned.

Although the terms, historically, have been used inter-changeably in the Americas, more commonly these immigrants are referred to as Scots-Irish and Scotch-Irish in North America. Despite the assertion that Scotch applies only to whisky, and not to the people of Scotland, many Scotch-Irish in America are fiercely proud of this title, and defend its use unfailingly, citing evidence from the period to substantiate their claim.

The term Ulster-Scots, although also used in colonial America, is more commonly applied in the British Isles to refer to the people who moved from Scotland to Ulster, and many of whom, then some time later, moved again to America.

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