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Brendan Vacations

5.0 Excellent
This operator is an Active Member in good standing in the United States Tour Operator Association and part of the $1 million traveler insurance program
# of trips 50 Trips
Type Regional Expert
Service Level Standard
Trip prices $ 1,125 - $ 5,395
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75% Recommend
5.0 Excellent
Brendan Vacations Company Reviews by Brendan Vacations
had a wonderful time
We just went on Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle and had a wonderful time. This was our first bus tour and we didn't know quite what to expect, however, we couldn't have had a more perfect time. Ireland is a beautiful country and we were stunned and thrilled with all the beauty we were able to see. The hotels were great - some definitely better than others but all were comfortable. My only complaint was that our last hotel had no ac and Ireland was experiencing a heat wave so the fan didn't help very much. That wasn't anyone's fault and I just went with the flow. Barbara (our guide) and Marina (our driver) were great and genuinely seemed to be concerned with everyone's comfort. The grande finale of Ashford Castle was incredible. Such a beautiful place and to be able to stay a night there was incredible. I ended up doing the Hawk Walk and horseback riding and I would recommend both - especially the hawk walk to anyone - I think people who are good riders would probably get to do more than we did but it was still great. I would recommend Brendan and this trip to anyone. Perfect amount of down time and activity. Loved it!
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Jo LaFalce
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it was fabulous!
My husband and I recently went to Ireland on a Brendan Vacations tour...first tour we've even been on...and it was fabulous! From start to finish everything about the trip was perfect. Frances O'Doherty our Tour Director and Hugo our driver made this trip exceptional and unforgettable. Hugo's driving skills are phenomenal!! Frances is the sweetest, warmest, friendliest and most organized individual you'll ever meet. She is so knowledgeable about all things Irish and has a way of imparting that knowledge in a memorable and special way. I was a little nervous about staying in a different hotel every night and being on the go every minute but it was glorious. Our luggage was always handled for us, hotel check-ins were done in advance so we never had to go through check-in ourselves, meal vouchers and exhibit tickets were all prepared in advance, etc. It was totally seamless for everyone on the tour. It was a large group but we all became the best of friends by the end of the trip. We will definitely use Brendan Vacations in the future and highly recommend them to anyone interested in tour travel!!!
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Tara Ocskasy
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my cruise planners was wonderful
Just wanted to say that the trip me my 23 year old son my mom and my nephew and niece who booked our trip through Valerie and Debbie from my cruise planners was wonderful. Valerie and Debbie took care of everything from beginning to the end. The bed and breakfast that we stayed at Lough Kiern hosts Ellie and Kevin were wonderful. They took care of everything and were very informative and helpful. I would definitely recommend staying there to anyone
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Excellent service made our trip a pleasure
I just returned from an amazing trip with Brendan vacations. We booked a private chauffeur as we traveled from Dublin to the West of Ireland. Our driver's name was Seamus MacTiernan and he was an excellent guide as we traveled over 2500 miles seeing the sites and visiting family in very rural area. We could not have accomplished all that we did without Seamus. He was a pleasure to be with and his hospitality and excellent service made our trip a pleasure. We could not have seen as much as we did without him and we knew from the onset of out trip that we had the right person and perfect schedule I highly recommend a personal driver and indeed Seamus himself if you are ever in Ireland as you maximize your time and it is a hassle free vacation plus you eliminate the stress of driving. Thanks Seamus...it was a pleasure getting to know you!
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Editorial review of Brendan Vacations

Part of the TTC group, they offer traditional travel throughout Scotland and Ireland, and have a long legacy of excellence in the travel industry.

What Makes Brendan Vacations Stand Out?

With over 30 years in the guided tour industry, they know exactly what their travelers want and they deliver. Itineraries are designed to have a personal touch, making sure that you get the experience that you most want on your trip. Their focus in on Scotland and Ireland - and with such a focus, they are able to dedicate all their resources on crafting and designing unique luxury travel in these two countries year after year.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Brendan Vacations?

Brendan Vacations are great for anyone who loves traveling in the UK, are eager to explore the area in comfort, and expect a certain degree of comfort and personalized service. These tours are easy, slow paced, and mildly active.

Older travelers in the 50+ range, who have cultural curiosity and seek it in the realm of in depth guided history tours and chatting with locals in the village pub. Maybe catching a spontaneous evening of live music. If you are the kind of person who loves meeting new people, their group tours have an average of 40 people, so you’ll be sure to meet plenty of new friends who love traveling in the UK.

Because of their niche focus, you can easily customize your days to what you want to see, do, and experience, so travelers who enjoy having input and planning travel excursions will enjoy the openness of their Brendan guided experience.  

The private chauffeured options are especially popular for older travelers and families. Younger travelers may also find experiences they enjoy, especially in their self guided options. Golf enthusiasts especially will love tours with Brendan Vacations, where they will have many opportunities to visit famous courses.

Top Destinations

They focus exclusively on Scotland and Ireland. Trips visit castles, coastlines, stay with local families, and travel by rail.

Brendan Vacations Travel Style

The Brendan Vacations travel style is all about comfort and ease, whether you choose a guided group tour experience, or a fully chauffeured private tour.

Transportation is via large comfortable coaches, with high seats and big windows, offering wonderful wide vantage points of the countryside. Coaches are fully equipped with wifi and restrooms.

In addition to ample free time available during the trip to explore on your own, Brendan Vacations also offers numerous optional excursions throughout the itinerary. These do cost extra on top of the overall tour price.

Itineraries with Brendan Vacations use a few different words to describe the kinds of stops to be made - this can help you determine if the trips pace and activities will be well suited to you:

Visit” - This means you’ll have a lot of time at the stop, learning from local experts and taking guided walks.

View” - A quick stop for photos and to stretch your legs

See” - No stops. Passing through via coach or rail

Sightseeing Trip” - Experience the destination through the eyes of local city guides

Orientation Trip” - Enjoy a self guided wander, stopping at points of interest for as long or as little as you wish

Why Choose a Tour With Brendan Vacations?

If you’re planning to visit Scotland and / or Ireland and are looking for a well designed, comfortable, and expertly guided tour experience, this is a good place to start. Their tours are great for older travelers who want the benefit of their experience and country knowledge.

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From Brendan Vacations

Our name comes from St. Brendan, patron saint of navigation, as we share his great passion for exploration and travel that has fueled the authentic vacation experiences we've created for travelers like you over the past 46 years.

We are your Ireland and Scotland local experts. Our team in Dublin, led by Managing Director of 30 years, Catherine Reilly, love ebing able to showcase their homelands.Taking you personally means we understand your every travel need, so from all the planning to introducing you to our tight knit group of local friends along the way, leave your Celtic vacation to us.

We've designed four different ways of traveling just for you. Each of these are carefully-crafted around what you would like to see, what you would like to do and your travel preferences, from Guided to Private Chauffeur; Locally Hosted and Self-Drive vacations.


The Perfectly-Planned, Hassle-Free Experience

Relax with the ultimate in hassle-free travel. Our Guided Vacations are carefully designed to give you the utmost of the destination and take you deeper with our unique insider's view. We have a choice of three trip styles for you: our many in-depth Ireland and Scotland trips, plus relaxed-paced At Leisure and smaller-group Hidden Journeys.

Private Chauffeur

The Ultimate In Flexibility

A vacation designed around you, for you. It starts at the airport with your chauffeur, who is with you every step of the way as you travel in your luxury vehicle. Choose your accommodations and sightseeing, all personally tailored. Your chauffeur brings the destination to life, sharing everything from the known landmarks to local favorites and personal stories for an exclusive perspective.

Locally Hosted

Travel On Your Own, But Never Alone

Like tea with fresh scones and jam, Locally Hosted 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 our Local Hosts-who are just that: local. They know the ins and outs of your destination, and are only too eager to give you the inside scoop.

Self-Drive vacations

Your Vacation, Your Way

Hit the open road on any budget with carefree confidence. You can rely on our 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, giving you fuel and freedom to enjoy the locals you meet and the culture you've come here to discover.

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--2011 Travel Age West WAVE Award “Best Tour Operator”

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