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Brendan Vacations

Authentic Ireland and Scotland vacations

Artfully crafted by locals. Your story awaits.

Named after St. Brendan, patron saint of navigation, Brendan Vacations shares his great passion for exploration and travel. This passion is the fuel for every authentic vacation experience these Ireland and Scotland experts have created for the past 46 years. “Taking you personally” means they understand your every travel need. From planning to introducing you to a tight-knit group of local friends along the way, you can leave your Celtic vacation to Brendan.

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If you’re looking for expert travel assistance, you’ve come to the right place. AAA’s dedicated travel team is here to help you discover the Brendan Vacations experiences that best fit your personality, interests and budget. We’ve built our reputation on offering members the value, expertise and personal touches that they deserve. Members also enjoy AAA exclusive savings and extras that you just won’t find anywhere else.

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AAA Member Benefits


  • Self-Drive vacations: Get $25 off per person on bookings of $1,500-$1,999 land only or $40 off per person on bookings of $2,000 or more land only, plus complimentary GPS with Hertz® car rental.
  • Private Chauffeur vacations: Get $25 off per person on bookings of $1,500-$1,999 land only or $40 off per person on bookings of $2,000 or more land only. Plus, $40 per person dining credit + pub dinner & entertainment with 5-night minimum packages.
  • Locally-Hosted vacations: Get $25 off per person on bookings of $1,500-$1,999 land only or $40 off per person on bookings of $2,000 or more land only. Plus, $40 per person dining credit.
  • Guided vacations: Get $40 per person voucher toward optional excursion while on tour; voucher amount doubled to $80 per person on the following AAA Vacations® itineraries: Best of Ireland & Scotland, Enchanting Emerald Isle and Treasures of Ireland.
 

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Destinations

Pretty pink heather hues and a perfect emerald green landscape define the rugged beauty of Ireland and Scotland – home to enduring myths and legends, grand castles, majestic scenery, bloody battles and the perfect swing.

Ireland

A landscape to inspire legends
Ireland is replete with history, creativity, folk legend, religious devotion, miles of spectacular coastline and unsurpassed natural beauty with so much to take in. Combine this with a lively pub life, vibrant urban cities like Dublin and Cork and everlasting Celtic traditions, and you’ll soon realize why Ireland nudges the top of most travelers’ wish list.

Scotland

A land of contrasts
With almost 7,000 miles of coastline, hundreds of islands, majestic mountains and beautiful canals, rivers and lochs, Scotland’s landscape and distinct geography offers a stunning combination of unique and inspiring habitats. By contrast, Glasgow and Edinburgh boast world-class museums, galleries and attractions combined with castles and architectural follies that wouldn’t look out of place in any picture book.


Travel styles

Brendan has designed four different ways of traveling just for you. Each crafted in accordance with what you would like to see, what you would like to do and your travel preferences.

Guided vacations

A perfectly hassle-free experience
Relax with the ultimate in hassle-free travel. Brendan’s Guided Vacations are artfully designed to take you deeper into each destination with a unique insider’s view. Choose from four trip styles: The many in-depth Ireland and Scotland trips, plus relaxed-paced At Leisure, Special Interest and smaller-group Hidden Journeys (26 or fewer guests).
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Chauffeur vacations

The ultimate in flexibility
A vacation designed around you, for you. It begins at the airport where you are met by your chauffeur and whisked away in a luxury vehicle. You choose your accommodations and sightseeing, all personally tailored to your taste. Your chauffeur then brings these destinations to life, sharing everything from personal stories to his or her knowledge of known landmarks and local favorites.
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Locally Hosted vacations

Travel on your own, but never alone
Like tea with fresh scones and jam, locally hosted rail vacations are the perfect combination of Irish treats and warm hospitality. Enjoy the independence and excitement of exploring Ireland’s most popular cities, accompanied by the sage, and often witty, advice of Brendan’s Local Hosts who are just that – local. These folks know the ins and outs of your destination, and are only too eager to give you the inside scoop.
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Self-Drive vacations

Your vacation, your way
Hit the open road on any budget with carefree confidence. You can rely on Brendan’s team of experts to use their connections and knowledge to arrange for the best destinations, negotiate the best savings, hand-select the best accommodations and even handle breakfast each day. You then have the freedom to enjoy the company of the locals you meet and the culture you’ve ventured to discover.
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Discover your Celtic story on an authentic Ireland and Scotland vacation planned by Brendan’s local experts.



Ashford Castle and Country Estate

Ashford Castle, a true jewel in the crown of Ireland’s iconic hotels, is proudly owned by the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Brendan’s sister company under The Travel Corporation family of brands. The iconic Ashford Castle was officially re-opened to the public by Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, and Beatrice Tollman, the President and Founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, on April 17, 2015.

The delicate restoration process, led by Mrs. Tollman and her daughter Toni Tollman, was undertaken with deep care for the 800-year-old castle’s history, while adding brand new amenities like a 32-seat movie theater, billiards room, cigar terrace, luxury lakeside cottage, boutique wine cellars for private dining and a children’s game room. The recent restoration has enhanced the 350-acre estate’s outdoor areas and facilities. These improvements include falconry, an equestrian center, clay shooting, golf, tennis, cycling, fishing and water sports on Lough Corrib.

Experience Ashford Castle for yourself on select Brendan Guided Vacations, or as part of your Brendan Private Chauffeur or Self-Drive Vacation.



Ashford Castle Hotel

Get the Royal Treatment at Ashford Castle, one of Europe’s finest hotels.

History

Dating back to 1228, the magnificent five-star Ashford Castle is set in 350 acres, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. With 82 guest rooms, a wealth of activities and thoughtful touches, you’ll enjoy acclaimed Irish hospitality on a grand scale.

Rooms & suites

Each of the 82 rooms and suites at Ashford Castle represent traditional elegance and finesse. Following extensive refurbishment, many of the rooms and suites have been individually and lovingly designed, combining the castle’s original features with the latest modern luxuries.

Food & drink

Dining at Ashford Castle ranks among the finest culinary experiences in the world. Creative Irish cuisine, inspired use of the finest seasonal ingredients from the West of Ireland and an extensive wine cellar make any stay at Ashford Castle a gourmet lover's delight.

Ashford Castle: Castle Hotel, Ireland


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AAA Travel Ideas

Inspiring Irish Landscapes

Go beyond the cities to discover the bucolic charms of Ireland’s countryside.
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Inspiring Irish Landscapes
Discover Authentic Ireland

Immerse yourself in iconic sights and off-the-beaten-path experiences to venture beyond the green veneer.
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London & Edinburgh

When exploring the Emerald Isle, don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore these other nearby hotspots. London and Edinburgh each have unique charms, history and sights that can make your next trip unforgettable.
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London & Edinburgh

The Travel Corporation family of brands.

Brendan Vacations is proud to be part of The Travel Corporation (TTC), an exceptional portfolio of brands catering to all lifestyles and budgets, providing vacations and experiences of a lifetime. Together, AAA Travel and the brands of TTC are committed to consistently delivering outstanding service, experiences and value to each and every one of our mutual travelers. Once you’ve traveled with one of the TTC brands, you are eligible for past traveler discounts on most other TTC brands. These discounts are combinable with your member benefits, providing you with even more savings and value. We invite you to discover your world with these other TTC brands.

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