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Ireland & Scotland the Way You Want It

Sep 12, 2018

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Brendan Vacations has revolutionized travel in Ireland and Scotland, creating a platform for travelers to truly immerse themselves into the region like never before. From guided tours led by locals, to self-drive explorations, trips by rail through the idyllic landscapes, and even specialty itineraries with golf in the forefront, these vacations are tailored to the traveler. And for heightened luxury, itineraries led by private chauffeurs make for an intimate experience full of discoveries.

Aptly named after St. Brendan – the patron saint of navigation – Brendan Vacations is all about navigating through the vast terrain of stunning Ireland and Scotland, from those iconic sites to more off-the-beaten-path locations. For 46 years, local experts have eagerly shown off their homelands on Brendan Vacations’ packages, taking travelers personally through these majestic destinations. These range from immersive experiences that touch on the highlights of these regions, but also include unique trips you truly can’t find anywhere else, always handcrafted by the Brendan Vacations’ team.

Home of Thrones

Now might be a better time than ever to tackle this Game of Thrones adventure. Needing no introduction, the HBO series is coming up on its final season. And winter is coming. So for any fans of the show, what could be better than looking forward to this extensive journey into some of the show’s most fantastic (and real) locations?

Including the highlights of Ireland – like the Guinness Storehouse – you’ll also visit locations that double in the show for The Haunted Forest (where direwolf pups were found), Winterfell, Kingsroad in Westeros, and several other amazing locations that were critical on the hit show.

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Flavors of Scotland’s Whisky

This private chauffeur experience picks you up right from the airport in a luxury vehicle with Wi-Fi and brings you into the highlands for some awesome scotch. Depart Edinburgh and travel through picturesque towns to hideaway distilleries making top-notch scotch whisky.

Spend an entire day exploring Scotland’s most famous whisky region, Speyside, right along the coastline, including a stop at Cardhu Distillery, the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label blended scotch. Other stops along the way include Loch Ness – try spotting Nessie – before ending at the Glengoyne distillery for one more tasting.

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Scottish Kilts and Clubs

Golfers looking for the dream getaway to golf’s birthplace should look no further. This private chauffeur experience brings golfing enthusiasts to the heart of golf’s origins with plenty of opportunities to play some of the best courses in the world. Feel the presence of history as you step foot on a legendary course; dating back to the 15th century, golf in Scotland was the start of something big. Play Prestwick, the birthplace of the Open Championship, the Castle Stuart Championship course overlooking the Moray Firth seascape, and, of course, the “Home of Golf,” St. Andrews.

Play the Castle Course at St. Andrews set on a rugged clifftop with spectacular views. Not only will great golf be in your future, but Brendan Vacations will arrange all the details on your golfing expedition, from tee times to transport. And many sightseeing options are available for non-golfers as well.

With rail journeys through landscapes that are hard to imagine – you really have to see it to believe it – and adventures customizable to fit any traveler’s style, Brendan Vacations makes experiencing Ireland and Scotland truly memorable and fit for anyone, making the most of your time in this magical region of the world.