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See the Best of Ireland and Scotland with Brendan Vacations

15-day guided vacation, from $3,321* per person, departures April 14 through October 6, 2018

Highlights

  • AAA Members receive an $80 optional excursion voucher per person.

  • Join a Local Specialist for included sightseeing in Dublin, Londonderry/Derry, Belfast and Edinburgh.

  • Enjoy a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry.

  • Visit the working farms of Muckross where you'll meet the families, learn how to churn butter and dine in the Quilles Farmhouse.

Overnights

  • Dublin
  • Waterford
  • Killarney
  • Enniscrone
  • Londonderry
  • Glasgow
  • Isle of Sky
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Edinburgh

Details

Visit the charismatic capitals of Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh, trace the history of the Jacobites in the Scottish Highlands and follow the footsteps of a giant on this Best of Ireland and Scotland vacation.

Begin your grand adventure in Dublin, joining a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour past the stately Georgian Square and St. Patrick’s Cathedral—the tallest church in Ireland. Soak up the charm of the vibrant city, sampling a pint of Guinness in Temple Bar and watching the colorful performers on Grafton Street. Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun at an optional Dublin Dinner and Cabaret experience.

Admire Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm and learn how Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. Bend over backwards and kiss the Blarney Stone before crossing the Kerry Mountains to the lakeside town of Killarney. Visit the working farms of Muckross where you’ll learn about traditional farming and meet the families who ply the land. Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest dinner in the Quilles Farmhouse against the scenic backdrop of the lakes of Killarney.

Enjoy a breathtaking drive along the coastal Ring of Kerry—a dramatic landscape of mountains, loughs and lakes that have inspired writers and poets for centuries. Travel through the village of Adare, known for its picturesque thatched cottages, and explore Galway before continuing north along the Wild Atlantic Way.

See the other-worldly Giant’s Causeway steps that descend into the sea and visit the Titanic Belfast Visitor Center for a Cultural Insight into the tragic story of the famous ship that met its end in the Atlantic. Join a Local Specialist for an optional Belfast Walk with Fish and Chips and enjoy the vibrant nightlife of the capital of Northern Ireland.

Board a ferry a Larne and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland and soak in the picturesque countryside en route to Glasgow. Meander through the Toon to admire views of George Square and the River Clyde before heading to whisky country for a visit to Glengoyne, known as Scotland’s most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and tasting of their unique Highland single malt whisky.

Journey along the famous bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and visit Fort William, at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Spend the night on the breathtaking Isle of Skye, travel along the banks of Loch Ness in search of the elusive monster that bears its name, and visit a real Highland sheep farm where you’ll meet Neil the shepherd and his border collies.

Meander through the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands before crossing the scenic Firth of Forth to enchanting Edinburgh. Join a Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour that includes Edinburgh Castle, overlooking the city from its imposing Castle Rock vantage point.

Explore Celtic heritage and Scottish culture on a guided vacation that showcases the best of Ireland and Scotland. Contact a AAA Travel Counselor for details on booking.

Why Brendan Vacations?

From fully-guided to customizable, independent private chauffeur, locally hosted rail and self-drive vacations, Brendan Vacations travel styles are tailored to the level of support you prefer.

Guided Vacations

The ultimate in stress-free travel, Brendan’s guided vacation itineraries are carefully designed to showcase must-see sights and stir your senses with unsurpassed Insider Experiences. Travel by luxury coach with panoramic windows, air conditioning, a restroom and Wi-Fi onboard and enjoy sightseeing with VIP entry. A local Travel Director and Driver are always included.

Private Chauffeur Vacations

Exclusive itineraries are tailored to suit you. Relax in a luxury private vehicle with Wi-Fi and a dedicated private chauffeur, serving as your local expert. Plan your days with your chauffeur at your own pace and select from a choice of pre-organized sightseeing options. Your choice of hotels—from castles to manor homes, boutique city hotels and B&Bs with daily breakfast—is included.

Locally Hosted Rail Vacations

Choose from four expertly-planned base packages, with rail or private car transportation between cities. A Local Host will greet you in each city on arrival and be available 24/7 for support and insider tips. Enjoy an orientation tour or excursion in each city and take advantage of the flexibility to travel on any date and add nights to make your vacation as long as you like.

Self-Drive Vacations

Hit the open road on any budget with carefree confidence. Vacations include a range of Hertz rental car options, your selection of pre-organized sightseeing activities, daily breakfast and a choice of hand-selected accommodations—from B&Bs to castles, manors and hotels. You can rely on Brendan to arrange for the best destinations, best savings and the best of the culture you’re on the road to discover.

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David Kallas, AAA Travel Counselor, Murray, Utah

I'm all about once-in-a-lifetime trips to destinations such as the Cook Islands, Australia or an African safari. I love to plan trips that my clients return from not regretting anything.

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