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BRENDAN VACATIONS

IRELAND & SCOTLAND 2020

IRELAND & SCOTLAND 2020

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Brendan Vacations is a member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation (TTC) and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.

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Your Celtic Story Starts Here...

BRENDAN VACATIONS 5551 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630

...Individually Crafted By Your Celtic Expert


One hundred thousand

WELCOMES

As I reflect on thirty five years of welcoming first-time visitors and returning friends, I am convinced that there is something mystical at play that stirs deep within the human spirit, calling travelers to these ancient lands. Or maybe word got out that I make a fine cup of tea. Whatever the reason, it’s just grand for our guests to know they are where they are supposed to be, relaxing in the warmth of our Céad Míle Fáilte - our hundred thousand welcomes. I want everyone to feel our generosity of spirit, that gentle embrace, an overwhelming sense of belonging as if you’ve come home. Like the weather and our magnificent landscape, your experiences change here every 10 minutes or so, your stories enriched by the connections with this place, the pace of life and the locals you’ll meet. It’s why I’m so proud of the work I’ve been able to do at Brendan, to plan vacations that are perfect for our guests no matter how they wish to go or how many times they’ve returned. Throughout this journal, we’ve weaved in stories directly from our guests. It’s a promise to take you personally, putting your sense of wonder and wellbeing at the heart of everything that I and my gifted team do. I truly believe there comes a time when a trip to these magical lands, where tears are met with laughter, fairies with faith and dreams with hope, cannot be put off another day. It’s why I always keep the kettle on.

Managing Director, Brendan Vacations 2

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Choose your

STORY HERE From our local hosts and guides with intense pride of their hometowns, to our passionate drivers, Travel Directors and families who open their homes to share a meal. We connect you with the heartbeat of the Celtic isles – the people. This is your story, write it any way you like. Something For Everyone

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Your Dedicated

Private Chauffeur Vacations

Irish Cities, Landscapes & Castles

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Family Adventure On The Emerald Isle

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Tastes & Tipples Of Ireland

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NEW Romancing Ireland

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The Spirit Of Scotland

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Bonnie Scotland

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Scottish & Irish Highlights

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Self-Drive Vacations Ireland Coast To Coast

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Ireland’s Hidden Gems

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Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

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Northern Discovery

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Scottish Icons

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Uncover Your Ancestry

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Scotland Explorer

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Grand Adventures

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The Storytellers You’ll Meet

Cities With Ancient Secrets

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Sip, Savor & Sláinte

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Pursue Your Passions

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Ireland & Scotland In The Cozy Season

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Guided Vacations

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Private Chauffeur Vacations

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Drive Yourself Vacations: Lux Self-Drive & Self-Drive

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Locally Hosted Rail Vacations

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Catherine’s Collection

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Mix & Match

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Locally Hosted Rail Vacations Ireland’s Sparkling Gems

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Ireland’s Sights & Sounds

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NEW Ireland’s Heart & Soul

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Ireland’s Giants & Capital Cities

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Scotland’s Cities & Natural Landscapes

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Catherine’s Collection Intro

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Together, Making A Difference

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Dublin

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One Family, One Hundred Years

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Dublin’s Doorstep & Hidden Heartlands

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Cork & The Southeast

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Guided Vacations Treasures Of Ireland

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Irish Highlights

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Enchanting Emerald Isle

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Castles & Manors

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Best Of Ireland

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NEW Ireland’s Legendary North

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Iconic Ireland & Ashford Castle

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Shamrocks & Leprechauns

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Irish Experience

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Killarney & The Southwest

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Shannon Region

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Galway & The West

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Belfast

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Londonderry & The Antrim Coast

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Edinburgh

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Glasgow & Loch Lomond

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CELTIC SPECIALIST From our home in Dublin’s iconic Merrion Square, we are your local Ireland and Scotland experts. We know that travel is personal, and we ensure we plan every vacation to ignite the sense of wonder that is aligned to the extraordinary part of the world, we call home. We have designed travel styles to showcase what we know. From fully guided vacations that bring destinations to life with hands-on experiences and exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ opportunities to meet and enjoy a meal with locals in their home, to the absolute freedom of discovering Ireland and Scotland on your own schedule - Brendan makes it easy to travel your way.

Guided Vacations

Guided Vacations are easy to take and easy to enjoy. All include: accommodations, many meals, on-trip transportation and the services of a professional travel director for the length of your stay. If must-see sites, insider experiences and care-free travel sound like your cup of tea, then a Guided Vacation is the travel style for you. Learn more on page 24.

Private Chauffeur

These are hand-crafted vacations, planned expressly by Brendan and fully customizable. This is the most intimate and personal of travel styles that begins with a professional chauffeur who remains with you throughout the length of your trip. Offering the finest accommodations, luxury transportation, and expert guidance, this travel style is for those who value flexibility as the ultimate extravagance. Learn more on page 26.

Lux Self-Drive

Our newest travel style, Lux Self-Drive, features the high touch service you’d experience with Private Chauffeur, but you drive yourself in luxury. So, if you appreciate the finer things in life, but prefer exploring on your own, this is your travel style of choice. Learn more on page 28.

Self-Drive

Scotland’s Lowlands

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Scotland’s Highlands

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Guests who choose a Self-Drive vacation value their independence and the travel tools Brendan offers such as pre-booking accommodations, ensuring that your rental is ready and tips on what to see and do, to go as they please. If this sounds like your travel style, get ready to roll down the windows and feel freedom blowing through your hair.

Scotland’s Highlands & Islands

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Learn more on page 28.

London

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Amazing Ireland

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NEW Highlights Of Ireland & Scotland

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Best Of Ireland & Scotland

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Best Of Scotland

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Guided Vacations: Ways To Save

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Scotland's Highlands, Islands & Cities

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Guided Vacations: Know Before You Go

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Highland Trail inspired By Outlander

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Group Travel & Guided Vacations: MyBrendan

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Britain & Ireland Highlights

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Car Rental With Hertz®

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Wonders Of Britain & Ireland

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Brendan’s Travel Protection

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Britain & Ireland Panorama

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Summary Booking Conditions & Other Important Information

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Britain & Ireland Grandeur

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Reference Maps

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Important Information

Locally Hosted Rail

If you appreciate having the choice of cities to visit and accommodations to stay in, enjoy the chance to relax on the journey but to explore on your own, then a Locally Hosted Rail trip is for you. With a friendly Brendan host in each city to offer expert advice, you truly can have it all. Learn more on page 30.

Brochure Key 5

KP

Kick-Off Party

WR

Welcome Reception

B

Breakfast

D

Dinner

RD

Regional Dinner

FD

Farewell Dinner

L BMG

Lunch Be My Guest

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Something for

EVERYONE Whether you’re a culture chaser seeking a good story over a local pint or a bit of an adventurist determined not to miss bucket-list activities, Brendan makes it easy to tap into your passion. So, come all you foodies craving to sip and savor, families and friends celebrating milestones and chasing memories, there’s something here for everyone. That’s the magic of Ireland and Scotland and Brendan can help you discover it.

The Bucket List Seeker

Up for nearly anything and raring to go? Brendan knows who you are and can help you tick off those Insta-worthy bucket list items. From exploring Castle Ward, the real-life Winterfell from Game of Thrones to hiking the stunning Cliffs of Moher. You may only go this way once, don’t miss a thing.

The Family Vacationer

The Irish believe blessed are the families whose homes are too small to fit the whole clan. We know you feel that way too, which is why Brendan makes it so easy to gather every beloved generation of your big family for time away to truly get together. Don’t wait to make the memories they will never forget.

The Milestone Planner

It’s not a celebration if it’s spent at home. For you, magic moments are made when you’re discovering something new. Go ahead, kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck (and the gift of gab), fall in love again in the windswept mountains of the Scottish Highlands and wake up in an ancient castle. Brendan can turn the special days of your life into unforgettable moments.

The Culture Chasers The Taste Enthusiast

Calling all you foodies, you curious, cultural explorers of the palate. We know that for you, to taste is to know and so Brendan makes it easy for you to truly ‘dig in’ to these Celtic Isles with opportunities to meet the chefs, local farmers and distillers behind the best restaurants, farm-to-table cuisine and whisky houses.

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There’s always more to the story and you’re after it. From seeking out the beginnings of your family and their journey to America, to breaking bread with the locals to come to know the Ireland and Scotland of today, conversation is your preferred currency. As an insider, Brendan can connect you to the personalities you’re waiting to meet.

Group to go

When it comes to traveling with a group, Brendan has you covered. From horses to history and saints to soccer, no matter your group’s interests or reasons to get together to go, Brendan Vacations is your one-stop shop. We handle everything from airport transfers, accommodations, in-destination transportation and sightseeing to one-of-a-kind experiences that bring your group’s interests to life. Put our fifty years of award-winning ‘driven by service’ customer care to work for your next group outing and discover the dedication our team brings to yours. 9


The Storytellers

ON LINDA WOODS

(Killarney Walking Tours)

Wanderer, Hiker, Cyclist and Brendan’s Local Naturalist

“It’s been said all who wander are not lost. After meeting Linda Woods, I finally understand what it means. Exploring Killarney Park on a walk with her is to become open to the unexpected and to relish extraordinary in the ordinary… magical like Ireland itself.”

YOU’LL MEET

RODNEY MUIR

They say a place is only as good as the people in it and in this part of the world, we believe it’s doubly true. Finding inspiration in its sea-beaten beauty, mythic history and fierce independence, the people of Ireland and Scotland are blessed with a natural gift of storytelling. Lucky for our guests that Brendan’s assembled some of the most gifted and knowledgeable locals to share their insight and passion. These are sure to be the stories visitors carry home. ON MARK RODGERS

(Local Specialist, Causeway Coast)

Saint Brendan the Navigator Brendan Vacations gets its name from the Irish patron saint of navigation, Saint Brendan. A passionate traveler and storyteller, his tradition of telling a convincing tale has passed to the locals, who welcome the chance to share their stories with you.

Local Guide, Keeper of the Lore and Giant of the Causeway

“I could not wait to see the Giant’s Causeway and could not believe how incredible the experience was with Mark. He and his family have lived on this shoreline since 1588 and have eked out a livelihood, from Kelp Harvesters to Fishmongers, Barmen to Fortune Tellers and Tour Guides to Storytellers, and what a Storyteller Mark is. He advised us to come back to witness the sunrise... just WOW.” GRANT PATTON

ON MICHAEL WALSH

(Head Distiller at Dingle Whiskey Distillery)

Distiller, Teacher, Innovator and Superior Sipper

Bantry Jul 12, 2018

“What I learned today at the Dingle Distillery is that two hundred years ago, this small island had over a hundred officially recognized distilleries, by the turn of this century there were two. It was a joy to hear Michael talk about how proud he is at being part of the revival of the whiskey industry in Ireland and being one of the new generation of artisan distillers, eager to share his passion and his craft.” NIGEL STEVENS

ON SHEENA DIGNAM

(Galway Food Tour)

Entrepreneur, Foodie, Gossip and Original Galway Girl

“A delicious and delightful way to get to know Galway! From sipping whiskies to slurping oysters, we had an absolutely marvelous time meeting the local chefs and shopkeepers who bring this city to life. And there is no better host than Galway Girl Sheena Dignam!” KELSEY MILES

ON IAIN GRINDLAY

(Scotland Local Host)

True Scot, Protector of the Fortress, Believer in the Stone of Destiny

“Iain had wonderful suggestions for the whole family, his local insight and knowledge of his native Edinburgh was a gift to all of us. The stories, the humor, we soon realized we already had made a friend.” ADINA CARTWRIGHT

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Uncover your

ANCESTRY Whether you have three days or three weeks, let Brendan help you discover the connections to the people and places of your past. Your Celtic legacy awaits.

Ever since I can remember, my mother’s kitchen table was the center of our lives. It’s where we ate, drank, consumed endless cups of tea, did our homework and shared stories. Lots of stories. I didn’t understand the importance of that table and its connection to my Irish roots until we returned home from our trip and my happy kids told their grandmother, “the pubs are awesome, they’re just like being in your house.” There is so much talk today about the cultural connections made possible only by travel. With Brendan, I was able to join my present with my past, connecting to something deeply personal, me. ANN MARIE BYRNE

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We always love to try something new on vacation, especially something that is unique to the destination and the Hawk Walk at the School of Falconry fit the bill perfectly. Driving up to Ashford Castle where the school is located is amazing in and of itself; the grounds are gorgeous, and we felt like we were arriving at Hogwarts - an overall ideal setting to take a Hawk Walk. These birds of prey are big and can be a bit intimidating to the unfamiliar, but our guide Mel was absolutely phenomenal. Her knowledge of the birds, passion for their power and beauty and confidence made us feel so comfortable. The whole experience was awe-inspiring, and we’ll never forget it. ALEXA HEWITT

Grand

ADVENTURES What’s a vacation without a bit of adventure? With Brendan, you can hike and bike, saddle up and ride, learn to fly a hawk and explore the Wild Atlantic Way by kayak. There’s a belief among the Scots and the Irish that your feet will bring you to where your heart is. Brendan makes it easy to discover your passion.

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Cities with

ANCIENT SECRETS Ancient cities harbor ancient secrets. From the folklore of banshees, leprechauns and mermaids to the mystery of Kells, Brendan experts connect you to the wonder of Ireland and Scotland.

Throughout our stay, it was the cities that lured me in. Maybe it’s because they are where locals celebrate their culture, from fashion and art to dining and entertainment. Or maybe it’s because the buildings here – museums and libraries, cathedrals and colleges, preserve its history. But whether caretakers of the past or arbiters of what’s to come, cities are where stories are made and kept. This is their ancient secret and their enduring legacy, and why it was so important to have a genuine local with us. It became very clear that no-one knows the cities ofthese Celtic Isles better than Brendan. DEAN WALLER 16

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Sip, savor &

SLÁINTE There is perhaps no better way to discover a region’s culture than through its food and drink. With Brendan, you won’t miss a thing, enjoying the best places to sip and savor, devouring our Celtic heritage at the table, where – like conversation, we believe it’s best enjoyed.

I rish S tew Serves: 6 | Prep: 20mins | Cook: 90-120mins

Ingredients: 2 lbs lamb shoulder

2 lbs potatoes

(trimmed and cut into cubes)

(peeled and cut into slices)

2 onions

3 celery stalks

(peeled and roughly chopped)

(trimmed and sliced)

1 liter beef or lamb stock

2 tbsp grapeseed oil

good pat of butter

1 bay leaf

sea salt & ground black pepper

slices of white bread

Directions: Place a large, flameproof casserole pot over a high heat, add 1 tablespoon of the oil and brown the lamb pieces in two batches. Remove and set aside on a plate. Reduce the heat to medium–high, add another tablespoon of oil and fry the onion, celery and carrot for 4–6 minutes or until the onions have softened.

PRONUNCIATION

/ˈslɑːntʃə/

EXCLAMATION: Used to express friendly feelings towards one’s companions before drinking. ‘Slainte, he said, raising his glass’ ORIGIN: From Scottish Gaelic, sláinte, literally ‘health’

Return the meat to the pot, along with the bay leaf and stock, season with sea salt and ground black pepper and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and push the slices of potato down into and across the top of the stew. Dot with a little butter and give a final seasoning of sea salt and ground black pepper. Cover and place in the oven to cook for about 90 minutes or until the meat is tender, then remove the lid and cook for another 10 minutes until the potatoes have colored. You can serve the stew right away or leave it covered overnight in the fridge for the flavors to develop. Serve in deep bowls with slices of white bread to soak up the liquid. Recipe by Philippe Farineau, Executive Head Chef at Ashford Castle

Ashford Castle is owned and operated by our sister brand Red Carnation Hotel Collection See page 39 for more information.

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Pursue your

Since it first aired, I have been crazy for Outlander and the story of Claire and Jamie, so getting the chance to trace their footsteps through Scotland with Brendan was like living a romance novel. We got to see all the show’s famous sites like Doune Castle - the setting of Clan Mackenzie’s Castle Leoch, the 5th-century walls of Blackness Castle - the backdrop for the infamous Fort William prison, and the battlefield of Culloden where Claire and Jamie were forced to part ways. Having a guide as passionate and knowledgeable about Outlander as me, made it even more fun.

PASSIONS From horseback riding and bicycling to cooking and digging into your ancestry, travel is a great time to pursue your passion and Brendan can make it happen. Whether imagining you’re alongside Jedi Master Luke Skywalker learning to swing a lightsaber on Ahch-To or hoping to improve your golf swing on the iconic Old Course at Ballybunion, Brendan Vacations’ relationships and expertise make even your most out-of-this-world dreams come true.

EMMY BALLARD

On Location

Golf

For golfers and the people who love them, a visit to Ireland and Scotland is like returning home. After all, this is where the game was born and legends made. Whether you plan a full golf trip or simply wish to get in a round or two while exploring the culture, Brendan can help you tick this wish off your bucket list. Our relationships with Scotland’s and Ireland’s most sought-after courses offer unprecedented access and expertise. And golfers can relax and enjoy their time on these rarefied links knowing Brendan is making non-golfers happy too. Leave it with us and we’ll take care of everything but your golf shoes. For more information on our full range of golf activities please visit: brendanvacations.com/golf

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Since the 1952 debut of The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Ireland’s Maureen O’Hara, the stark, natural beauty of the Celtic Isles have captivated storytellers and their audiences. Today, is no exception. From Ireland’s remote Skellig Michael, a 6th-century monastery and UNESCO World Heritage site, the location of Luke Skywalker’s hideout in Star Wars, to the ‘The Kings Road’ in Game of Thrones – known locally as The Dark Hedges, Brendan can help fans bring the screen to life with vacations to their favorite locations.

St. Andrews Jun 26, 2018

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Ireland & Scotland in the

COZY SEASON

Winter Warmers

There is nothing better than warming your heart, hands, and soul with a few of the Celtic traditions fireside. Enjoy a hearty bowl of Irish Stew or Seafood Chowder, find warmth in an Irish Coffee or Hot Port, fill up on fresh local soda bread and lashings of Irish Butter. These delicacies are best had when cozy.

With the pace changing and the landscapes transforming, our lands become less crowded, our fires burn a bit brighter, our stories seem even more magical and the laughter roars a lot louder. Take part in the cliff-top strolls, the brisk-aired country walks and visit the pubs where locals gather. This season offers the full flexibility to mix and match your vacation and allows you to benefit from savings on air travel and your first-choice accommodations - so be sure to stay a night in a castle or manor house. The gift of travel is one you’ll never regret. This holiday season, surprise someone with a trip to Ireland and/or Scotland.

Festival Fun

From festivals that capture Celtic culture at its finest, to Christmas markets that make your travels magical, we invite you to experience our timeless traditions. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland sipping whiskey at a pub with our nation of storytellers, or ring in the New Year with a kiss in Killarney at midnight. See the art of Scottish dance, eat authentic Irish food, or simply let our stories bring yours to life. During the cozy season, we warmly welcome you to weave your way into our culture, as you treat our traditions as your own. You won’t want to miss any of it.

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Guided

Stays with Stories

VACATIONS

Stay in accommodations that are far more than just a bed for the night. Stay at historical castles, stately manors and idyllic hotels and learn the vivid stories about their impact on local heritage - narrated by the same people welcoming you at the door.

A Brendan Guided Vacation allows you to get to the very essence of our Celtic homelands. We take the hassle out of vacation planning and put the joy, wonder and excitement back into travel. We take care of all the essentials to make it easy for you to connect with the spirit of the locals and discover your own story.

Iconic Highlights

We understand that sometimes it’s the bucket list items you just want to see. Let us show you the icons (often with VIP access) so you have more time to get to the heart and soul of Ireland and Scotland.

Connect with Locals

We connect you with locals who are proud to welcome you into their community and share their stories through food not only to experience the regions’ delicacies, but also the way of life. From secret restaurants to hand-crafted ‘Be My Guest’ experiences with local families, you’ll gain a glimpse into the lives of the people who call these places home.

Family Fun

Travel with the people you love most and create memories that you can take home. Family-Fun trips are crafted with the right mix of fun, hands on and educational activities for kids of all ages.

Make a Difference

Dive into Culture

Leave your guidebooks at home and dive into the local cultures that make each destination so special. We’ll connect you with exclusive experiences for a deeper understanding of the places we go, while allowing you to see the world through a different lens. 24

From connecting you with our sustainable initiatives powered by TreadRight to bringing you closer to the local communities of the places we visit, you have the opportunity to help us support the people and places that are close to our hearts.

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Private Chauffeur

VACATIONS Come and go as you please and where you please with the luxury of your own private car and professional chauffeur. A personal guide, skilled storyteller and ‘local in the know’, chauffeurs are your perfect companion with you every step of the way to make sure your personal travel bucket list gets accomplished and in style. This is the most intimate and personal of all travel styles, hand-crafted by Brendan and fully customizable by you at any time during your stay. Made plans to watch the sunrise over Killiney Hill but a late night in Dublin has you turning over? No problem. Private Chauffeur vacations can be orchestrated for any size traveling party, from two to two hundred and include recommended hotels from ‘Catherine’s Collection’ - personally reviewed by Brendan for their impeccable service and warm hospitality, and luxury vehicles featuring comfortable seating, air conditioning and complimentary WiFi with charging stations.

Pat Keough - A Chauffeur to refer

Full of valuable insights and information

Like having a favorite cousin showing you their country

Has been doing this for 31 years & still loves it!

Great driver, always comfortable

No stress of getting lost

Left us to ourselves when we wanted

There for us when we needed!

Knew all of the best photo opportunities

Knew where the closest restrooms were!

Had the best restaurant recommendations

Confirmed all of our reservations & scheduled activities

While we enjoyed one thing, he was sorting out our next

Got misty-eyed saying goodbye at the airport!

Offering the finest accommodations, luxury transportation, and expert guidance, this travel style is for those who value flexibility as the ultimate extravagance. And no, unfortunately your chauffeur may not return home with you.

For as long as I can remember, my mother has wanted to visit Ireland, but things kept getting in the way, mostly the five of us. For her 75th, we decided the time had come and booked a Private Chauffeur vacation for three generations of Fitzpatricks and what a time we had! Our driver made my mom feel like a rock star and she was met with fanfare and a candle in every dessert she ate in Ireland. More than that, he was able to beautifully accommodate the necessities and whims of traveling with such a diverse group and always with a smile and a story. CHRISTINA FITZPATRICK

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Drive yourself

VACATIONS You’re in the driver’s seat. To the left, to the left… No, we’re not humming the popular Beyoncé tune, we’re gently reminding our independent travelers that staying to the left is easier than you think and a must if you’ll be opting for a ‘drive yourself’ vacation in the Celtic Isles. Brendan allows you to hit the road and meet our favorite local characters along the way, from budget-conscious Self-Drive trips to or our new Lux Self-Drive experiences, your Celtic adventure starts with these travel styles.

NEW

Lux Self-Drive Ever imagined driving around the coastlines of one of the most scenic places in the world in a luxury car? Well, meet our newest travel style, Lux Self-Drive. It is exactly what it says – drive yourself in luxury and get the high touch experiences like you would with Private Chauffeur along the way. Enjoy our exclusive experiences and the benefits of a custom trip, while you have complete privacy and control. We’ll help you map out your Ireland itinerary, book your accommodations and arrange experiences exclusively for you such as private tastings, connoisseur tours or even a tee time or two. As an added value you will meet a local, there to highlight your local connections so you don’t miss a thing. This travel style is perfect for independent adventurers who also appreciate the finer things in life. Explore on your own, but with an extra special touch as you drive yourself in style. It’s sure to be a grand time. For inspiration from the locals, check out our suggested itineraries that you can turn into Lux Self-Drive experiences on pages 78-91. As a city girl reliant on mass trans, I was a bit nervous to get behind the wheel in Ireland, but it was awesome. My hubby and I loved the freedom to go where the day and absolute gorgeous scenery took us – like the insta-worthy sunset at Dunluce Castle and planting ourselves when we simply needed more time to discover, taking the time to bike along the Great Western Greenway. Between my growing confidence with the left side of the road, GPS and Brendan’s cheerful assistance, we were never lost, just on our way to something wonderful. ELYSE SELLERS

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Self-Drive From the moment you know when you want to go, we’ll help you map out your itinerary, pre-book accommodations that suit your style, make suggestions for the best things to see and do while you’re here and connect you with locals along the way. When you arrive, your Hertz® rental car will be ready to go. This is perfect for the fully independent traveler looking for an amazing Celtic vacation, planned by their local experts. 29


Locally Hosted Rail

VACATIONS With a Locally Hosted Rail experience, a Brendan expert is ready to meet you, armed with a treasure trove of ideas on what to do, where to eat, where to shop and what not to miss while you are visiting their city. Guests who book this travel style appreciate having the choice of cities to visit and accommodations to stay in. They enjoy the chance to relax on the journey and to explore on their own – at their own pace, reassured in the knowledge they’ll have the insight of a local host at their next destination. Best of all, where train travel between cities is not possible, Brendan does what other companies don’t - providing a Private Chauffeur option to get you where you want to be. This travel style pairs the excitement of independent travel with the comfort of meeting a local every stop along the way.

A host with the most

Your Local Hosts are there to give you the ins and outs of the destination, providing sightseeing tips, recommendations for local spots to eat or to enjoy a wee dram, and above all, give you a taste of the Celtic friendliness they’re known for.

DEE MORGAN is a Local Host in her beloved Belfast. She calls it ‘The Center of the Universe’ and believes you will too after visiting.

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There may be a better way to experience the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands than by rail, but for the life of me, I cannot imagine it. As the train pulled out of Edinburgh station I could feel the magic of our train journey begin. Sometimes the magic was inside the train with the people we met and shared our stories with, sometimes it was the magic outside, with the sights and sounds of the breathtaking landscapes the train traversed as it made its way through the Highlands to Inverness. Of course meeting our local hosts in each city and hearing their gems of wisdom, made everything about our trip even more magical. KYLIE HANSON

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Catherine’s

The folks at Brendan have done all the research and know these properties so well, helping us to choose accommodations that really fit our needs and desire for authentic Irish surroundings like the charming Ardfield Farmhouse in County Cork and the truly magnificent Dromoland Castle, a treat I’m so glad we had the chance to experience. I will always remember and be grateful for the wonderful hospitality we enjoyed.

COLLECTION For more than 35 years, Catherine Reilly has been making and keeping friends with the hospitality community throughout the Celtic Isles. Her long-standing relationships with the best hoteliers and proprietors ensure that our guests are greeted with the warmest of welcomes and cared for with generosity of spirit that reflects the great tradition of the Celtic people. This is Catherine’s Collection.

AISLING WHEATLEY

Throughout your trip, choose the wonderful properties of Catherine’s Collection and sleep soundly knowing Brendan’s taken care of all the research, selecting properties that are best in category - from fine hotels and country houses to stately castles and charming bed and breakfasts. Catherine highly recommends that guests plan to stay at least one night in the splendor of an ancient castle or stately manor. Few lands in the world she says are as blessed as Ireland and Scotland to offer this chance to experience life as a royal. So, revel, rest and be regal.

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Dromoland Castle, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Oct 23 2018

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Mix &

MATCH

Share the experience...

Get a different perspective...

Wanting to catch up with family or friends? Or even trace your ancestry? Enjoy some days together and then choose the travel style that suits each of you.

While you are here, why not visit both Ireland and Scotland across two different travel styles?

Brendan makes it easy to mix and match travel styles, creating once-in-a-lifetime trips that are customized to your unique needs. Want to meet the extended family for a guided vacation ‘round Ireland’s gorgeous 120-mile Ring of Kerry coastline and then take off on a dream private chauffeur trip to discover the grand whisky houses of Scotland? Check. No matter your passion or pleasure, get exactly the experience you seek with a travel style truly all your own.

Got an anniversary or milestone coming up? Why not get the whole clan together for a Guided Vacation, then add a few days with a Private Chauffeur to celebrate in luxury.

Start your Celtic story See more of the Celtic Isles...

Contact your Brendan expert to customize your Celtic experience and hit the road (or rails).

Your trip didn’t include the opportunity to visit Belfast? Not a problem - you can get there on a Locally Hosted Rail trip, available every day of the week. Extend your stay in Scotland by checking out some distilleries or enjoying a few days of golfing on a Private Chauffeur trip.

Get the fairytale ending...

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DIFFERENCE When you book with Brendan Vacations, you’re joining The Travel Corporation (TTC) family of privatelyowned brands dedicated to supporting sustainable tourism initiatives around the world. Through TTC’s non-profit TreadRight Foundation, Brendan Vacation guests join a community dedicated to investing in local communities, protecting the environment and supporting peoples in the developing world. In Ireland and Scotland, our efforts have helped make Northern Ireland’s beloved and historic Giant’s Causeway more accessible to visitors (new visitor center pictured below). And we’ve forged lasting relationships with local purveyors and hoteliers to ensure that the home-grown heritage of hospitality that sets these isles apart never ends.

The non-profit arm of our family of travel brands, TreadRight Foundation, is dedicated to supporting sustainable tourism initiatives around the world. By offering financial support, TreadRight invests in local community development projects and programs that preserve the environment, with the ultimate goal of partnering for a better future. Environmentalist and filmmaker Céline Cousteau was the natural ambassador for the TreadRight brand. As the granddaughter of explorer Jacques Cousteau, she has grown up with travel in her blood: “If you’re visiting a destination, you want the places to be alive, vibrant and healthy, both economically and environmentally. To do that, you need to be able to take tourists to places that need the additional support, to small artisans that don’t get a lot of exposure, to those hidden gems that are really worthwhile. I think that brings a special, bespoke side to Brendan’s trips. At the end of the day, people want meaning and purpose in their travel. People want to experience a place wholly and deeply.”

Our three commitments INVEST IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES Enjoy the vacation of a lifetime and support the heritage of the people and communities you meet along the way.

PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT We enable you to minimize your travel footprint and reduce the environmental impact on the places we visit.

PARTNER FOR A BETTER FUTURE We are working with employees, partners and guests to support communities around the world. From volunteering adventures with ME to WE in India and Kenya to life-changing development projects like bringing education to underdeveloped areas with Free the Children, we make a difference.

PROUDLY USING 100% RECYCLED PAPER* Brendan Vacations, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled LEIPA paper for the body of our brochures.

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One family,

One family, one hundred years Decades of dedication, determination and dreams. A century of laughter, loyalty and love stories; Generations of friendship, fun and family. One hundred years of triumph, tenacity and travel... Here’s to hundreds more!

ONE HUNDRED YEARS ON Driven by service since day one. Our story started in 1920 with one man, one hotel and one clear vision. To now, with over four generations continuing the dream that was always much larger than our start in South Africa. Fast forward 100 years later, the true passion and the real foundation of the vision that is driven by service is still at the core of our family-owned and operated business.

Continuing the dream

TTC acquires Brendan Vacations

Solomon Tollman’s vision was taken by his son, Stanley Tollman - travel pioneer, industry disruptor and TTC Chairman (pictured alongside his wife, Bea) and has carried through four generations of the Tollman family, each passionate explorers who are committed to delivering inspiring experiences and exemplery service to create what we know as the modern-day TTC.

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Catherine joins the business Catherine Reilly is the embodiment of Celtic expertise and was the perfect fit for Brendan. Always keen to roll out the ‘green carpet’ for each guest, she is fiercely passionate about sharing her love for all things Ireland and Scotland.

Solomon Tollman (pictured alongside his wife, Evelyn) purchases the Paternoster Hotel in a small South African fishing village. His promise is to establish lasting relationships with guests by pursuing excellence and always being driven by service.

2015

1985 1958

One man. One hotel. One vision

After nearly 40 years of success, Brendan was purchased by The Travel Corporation, changing its name from Brendan Tours to Brendan Vacations. In 2014, the company returned to its roots by concentrating on trips solely to Ireland & Scotland and have been taking guests personally to their homelands ever since.

“The Irish share the Tollman family’s deeply ingrained hospitality roots and know that a warm welcome and genuine interest in another’s wellbeing and their story, matter almost more than anything. That is the reason alone I am proud that Brendan is part of The Travel Corporation.” CATHERINE REILLY Managing Director Brendan Vacations

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2020

Ashford Castle re-opens One of Ireland’s most iconic properties, that boasts a history dating back to 1228. In 2013, the Tollman family oversaw a 2-year, top-to-toe renovation of the castle and grounds, making it a crown jewel among the Red Carnation Hotels portfolio. “Although I couldn’t know it when the family acquired this special property and mom and I took on the painstaking effort to renovate, but to me, this old castle has become us: solid, sprawling, full of splendor and with stories to tell.” TONI TOLLMAN Director of Design and Projects at Red Carnation and the hotels’ sister brand, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

BRENDAN VACATIONS TAKING YOU PERSONALLY

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Treasures of

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS WALKING TOUR in Killarney National Park.

IRELAND

IRELAND Embrace the free-spiritedness of your hosts as you explore soulful Dublin, secure your ‘gift of the gab’ with a Blarney kiss and admire inspiring Irish landscapes along the Ring of Kerry.

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SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Dublin and Titanic Tour in Cobh.

Complimentary transfer available back to Dublin Cliffs of Moher Shannon

ORIENTATIONS of Waterford, Cork and Killarney.

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VISIT Trinity College, Glendalough, Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, Foynes Flying Boat Museum and the Cliffs of Moher.

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VIEW St. Kevin’s Cross in Glendalough and St. John’s Castle in Limerick.

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SEE Dublin’s Georgian Squares.

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It’s 1930s Ireland revisited. Visit the working farms of Muckross taking you back to a time of traditional farming. Learn how to churn butter and dine in the Quilles Farmhouse against the scenic backdrop of the lakes of Killarney. (Day 4)

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DIVE INTO CULTURE Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 2) Visit Foynes Flying Boat Museum, the only dedicated flying boat museum in the world, to gain insight into the rich history of aviation. (Day 5)

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Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING Put a little Irish spring in your step and stroll through the lyrical capital of Dublin – your springboard to an unforgettable jaunt through the treasures of Ireland. Join a Local Specialist this afternoon to explore the city’s iconic sights. Walk the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College and enjoy priority access to see the Book of Kells. Then, enjoy a Welcome Reception to get to know your fellow travelers. (WR) Hotel: Maldron Parnell Square DAY 2 | DUBLIN – GLENDALOUGH – WATERFORD – CORK Departing Dublin this morning, we journey to the peaceful 6th-century monastic ruins at Glendalough that survived repeated Norman attacks over the centuries. We’ll Dive Into Culture, watching the master craftsmen of the House of Waterford Crystal as they create delicate works of art. Our final stop today is the ‘rebel’ city of Cork, where we’ll have a free evening to enjoy a little Irish craic and soak up the lively atmosphere of this university city. (B) Hotel: Maldron Shandon

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DAY 3 | CORK – COBH – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Stop in Cobh, the charming seaside town that was the final port of call for the tragic Titanic on its fateful voyage. Join your Local Specialist for a walking tour to re-live the timeline of the Titanic, then embark on a scenic drive to Blarney Castle, kissing its famous stone to acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. Continue to Killarney where you’ll spend the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Killarney Avenue DAY 4 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Stop and admire Torc Waterfall during your leisurely guided walk with a Local Specialist over wooden paths and lakeshore trails. The rest of our day is spent admiring the enduring beauty along Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive around the Ring of Kerry. Later, join your companions for a Be My Guest dinner at Muckross Farms, where you’ll Connect With Locals, stepping back in time to learn about traditional Irish farm life against the scenic backdrop of the lakes of Killarney. (B,BMG)

DAY 5 | KILLARNEY – FOYNES – CLIFFS OF MOHER – LIMERICK Delve into the era of the first transatlantic flights during a visit to the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes. At one time, it was the refuelling point for Pan Am’s Flying Boat, the Yankee Clipper. Dive Into Culture as you board a replica Boeing 314 to experience life as a passenger, learning how Irish Coffee was invented to treat weary passengers whose New York flights were cut short due to bad weather. This afternoon, we travel to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher which rise over 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves, before continuing to our hotel in Limerick. (B) Hotel: Greenhills DAY 6 | LIMERICK – DEPART SHANNON Our epic journey through the highlights of Ireland has sadly come to an end. For now it’s time to wish your fellow travelers slán abhaile as our memorable vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B) Please Note: Your coach returns to Dublin from Shannon on Day 6. You are welcome to utilize this complimentary transfer. Drop-off in Dublin will be at the Brendan Dublin Hotel at approximately 2pm depending on traffic.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Shannon Airport at 7am and 9am. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $56 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. CODE: BRSD

Optional Extras ADD AN EXTRA NIGHT IN DUBLIN

Arrive in Dublin a day or two prior to the start of your Guided Vacation and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Ask your Brendan Specialist for details and prices.

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7 DAYS | 9 MEALS | FROM: $1275 PP*

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Irish

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HIGHLIGHTS Share a pint and some ‘craic’ with new friends and you’ll wish you’d stayed longer on the Emerald Isle. From cathedrals and castles to Waterford crystal, there’s a lot to say ‘sláinte’ about.

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SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Dublin. ORIENTATIONS of Galway, Limerick and Waterford. VISIT Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’, the Crystal Showroom at Waterford and the famine ship in New Ross. VIEW St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, King John’s Castle in Limerick. SEE the Cathedral of Galway and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick. SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry.

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Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Ballyknocken Farmhouse near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story. (Day 6)

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Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 6)

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DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING Tread in the footsteps of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, through the lyrical streets of Dublin – your launch pad to a memorable encounter with Ireland’s iconic highlights. After a leisurely morning, meet a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour with views of Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. Indulge in a little Irish craic this evening, joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Maldron Parnell Square DAY 2 | DUBLIN – GALWAY – BUNRATTY – LIMERICK We journey to Galway, the ‘City of Tribes’, where we’ll see its stone cathedral on the banks of the Corrib and spend some free time exploring its colorful façades. Irish traditions and heritage are explored next, during a visit to Bunratty Castle and its Folk Park, a living history museum that reveals insights into life in Ireland during the 18 th and 19 th centuries. Be sure to drop into Mac’s for a pint and meet the Bean an Tí in one of the thatched cottages, and try to spot a fairy. Continue on to Limerick, for an orientation tour to view the 13th-century King John’s Castle overlooking the Shannon. (B) Hotel: Greenhills/Castle Oaks

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DAY 3 | LIMERICK – CLIFFS OF MOHER – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) We leave Limerick and stop at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher to visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition. After a scenic drive, we take a short ferry journey across the Shannon estuary. Our home for the next two nights is the colorful little town of Killarney. (B) Hotel: International/Innisfallen DAY 4 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Circle the spectacular Ring of Kerry – its emerald green hills, centuries-old stone villages and vivid blue seascapes provide a soul-stirring backdrop. We’ll see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Moll’s Gap and the Black Valley, renowned for being the last place in Ireland without electricity and telephone networks. (B) DAY 5 | KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – YOUGHAL – WATERFORD Cross the rugged Kerry Mountains and travel to Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab’. En route to Waterford, we stop in the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. This evening we dine in our hotel. (B,D) Hotel: Fitzwilton

DAY 6 | WATERFORD – NEW ROSS – CO. WICKLOW – DUBLIN Dive Into Culture and witness the centuries-old tradition of crafting fine glass at the House of Waterford Crystal. Our next stop is in the town of New Ross, where we’ll see the monument to John F. Kennedy who traveled to his ancestral family hometown in 1963. We’ll visit the three-masted famine ship Dunbrody and Dive Into Culture yet again, gaining insights into the tragic plight of the Irish emigrants. Continuing through County Wexford and the lush countryside of County Wicklow, we journey to Dublin stopping en route at Ballyknocken Farmhouse, where we’ll Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest dinner and meet the Fulvio family. (B,BMG) Hotel: Clayton Dublin Airport DAY 7 | DEPART DUBLIN For now, it’s time to say a fond slán abhaile to your fellow travelers after an unforgettable journey through the Emerald Isle. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B)

INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Complimentary/regularly scheduled return transfers to Dublin Airport are provided by the Clayton Dublin Airport hotel. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $66 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share.

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4.7/5

8 DAYS | 12 MEALS | FROM: $1875 PP*

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Enchanting

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EMERALD ISLE Centuries of Irish heritage and culture are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland, from Dublin’s Georgian Squares to the Anglo-Norman Kilkenny Castle on the Nore River.

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS WALKING TOURS in Killarney National Park and Westport.

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SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Dublin. ORIENTATIONS of Galway and Killarney.

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VISIT EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum, Strokestown Park House, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Kilkenny Castle and Trinity College.

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VIEW St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Galway Cathedral, the mountains of the Connemara and Torc Waterfall. SEE Dublin’s Georgian Squares.

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SCENIC CRUISE across the Shannon Estuary. SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry.

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Travel to 12th-century Ireland and explore the remains of the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint followed by a hearty Irish Be My Guest dinner with the O’Connells and a spot of Eton Mess. (Day 6)

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DIVE INTO CULTURE Visit Strokestown Park House, a stately 18th-century mansion with walled gardens and woodlands, home to the Irish National Famine Museum. (Day 2)

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DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING A warm welcome to Dublin, a modern multi-cultural city that embraces its past and exudes an enduring sense of fun. Meet your Local Specialist this afternoon for a guided city tour to view the elegant Georgian Squares and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A special Welcome Reception this evening sees you visiting EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum. (WR) Hotel: Clayton Dublin Airport

DAY 4 | GALWAY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) The sheer Cliffs of Moher plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean, providing endless ocean views which we’ll have an opportunity to admire during a morning visit. Later, we cross the Shannon estuary by ferry to Killarney, our home for the next two nights. Spend a free evening soaking up some unforgettable Irish craic or delve into the town’s centuries-old history. (B) Hotel: Killarney Towers

DAY 2 | DUBLIN – STROKESTOWN – ENNISCRONE Journey through the lush green countryside before your first stop at Strokestown where we will Dive Into Culture at the Irish Famine Museum, delving into the stories of the 1840s famine. See the haunting pleas of starving tenants on the estate and the response they received, before continuing to Enniscrone. (B,D) Hotel: Ocean Sands

DAY 5 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Dramatic vistas are ours to enjoy as we circle the achingly beautiful Ring of Kerry – one of the most scenic drives on the Emerald Isle. See a soul-stirring landscape that has inspired poets, artists and writers for centuries, before returning to Killarney where you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore on your terms. Consider a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall with a Local Specialist taking you along the lakeshore and past the farmlands of the 19th-century Muckross Estate. (B,D)

DAY 3 | ENNISCRONE – WESTPORT – GALWAY Travel to Westport and meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour during which you’ll learn about the town’s heritage – from its settlement 5,000 years ago to modern-day times. Visit the Benedictine monastery of Kylemore Abbey, set against the striking backdrop of Lake Kylemore, and stroll through its walled Victorian gardens. We continue to Galway, the ‘City of Tribes’, where we’ll view Galway Cathedral and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. (B) Hotel: Connacht

DAY 6 | KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – KILKENNY Kiss the famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle and receive the ‘gift of the gab’. Travel to County Kilkenny to discover the 12th-century town of Newtown Jerpoint and hear about the saint buried there, who inspired the legend of Santa Claus. Later, we meet local farmers Joe and Maeve O’Connell at their home, Belmore House, to Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest dinner and hear the tale of the ‘lost’ town. (B,BMG) Hotel: Kilkenny

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DAY 7 | KILKENNY – DUBLIN Visit Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman mansion that sits majestically over the Nore River. In the castle basement, you’ll find the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland’s most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Returning to the Irish capital, visit Trinity College and enjoy priority access to see the Book of Kells, said to be the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. All that’s left to say is a rousing sláinte or two while you indulge in a memorable Farewell Dinner, enjoying a fun night out at a classic public house in the city. Admire the authentic Victorian bar and walk up the original staircase from Trinity College, which was featured in the Michael Caine film ‘Educating Rita’. (B,FD) Hotel: Ballsbridge DAY 8 | DEPART DUBLIN It’s time to close the chapter on an unforgettable Irish vacation. We bid our newfound friends and Travel Director a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B)

u St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Ireland on this departure. INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7am, 9am and 11am. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $75 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. CODE: BRED

Optional Extras ADD AN EXTRA NIGHT IN DUBLIN

Arrive in Dublin a day or two prior to the start of your Guided Vacation and begin exploring this exciting city on your own. Ask your Brendan Specialist for details and prices.

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GUEST REVIEW RATED

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4.6/5

Castles &

MANORS Visit Dublin, the wild Cliffs of Moher and the island’s ‘emerald’ countryside. See the wilderness of Connemara, the soul-stirring Ring of Kerry and the powerful seat of Kings at Cashel.

8 DAYS | 12 MEALS | FROM: $2850 PP*

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WALKING TOUR in Killarney National Park.

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SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Dublin.

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Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest lunch hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 16th-century home near the charming town of Westport. (Day 3)

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STAYS WITH STORIES Overnight on the shores of Lough Corrib in the elegant country quarters of the Lodge at Ashford Castle. (Day 2) Abbeyglen Castle, built in 1832 by John d’Arcy of Clifden Castle, Abbeyglen Castle Hotel is located along the famous Sky Road, overlooking the pretty village of Clifden. (Day 3) Built over 160 years ago, the Great Southern hotel’s prime central location next to the train station and marvelous Victorian features have ensured enduring popularity. (Day 5)

DIVE INTO CULTURE Visit a Connemara Marble factory to see how this stone is crafted into jewelry and figurines. (Day 5) Admire Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm. (Day 7)

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Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING Set your watch to the lively pace of Ireland’s capital city – the springboard for your in-depth journey through the lush landscapes and enduring allure of Ireland. Our exploration of Dublin with a Local Specialist will see us view St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the colorful Georgian Squares. Spend some time strolling through Dublin’s pretty streets before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception celebrating traditional Irish flavors. (WR) Hotel: Clayton Ballsbridge DAY 2 | DUBLIN – GALWAY – CONGL Our first stop today is Europe’s Capital of Culture, where you will have an opportunity to see Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square. We overnight at one of Brendan’s Stays With Stories on the shores of Lough Corrib. Feel like lords and ladies as you relax in the elegant country quarters of the Lodge at Ashford Castle, celebrating the heritage and hospitality of Ireland. (B) Hotel: The Lodge at Ashford Castle DAY 3 | CONG - WESTPORT - CLIFDEN (2 NIGHTS) Leaving the elegant estate of Ashford Castle behind, our journey takes us to Westport House where we’ll Connect With Locals and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest High Tea with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavors in the Drawing Room of this stately 16th-century home. Our home for the next two nights is one of Brendan’s Stays With Stories - the spectacular Abbeyglen Castle. (B,BMG,D) Hotel: Abbeyglen Castle

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Great Southern Hotel, Killarney

DAY 4 | CONNEMARA EXCURSION Drive through the “savage beauty” of Connemara, as described by Oscar Wilde who was inspired by the region’s craggy mountains, shimmering lakes and endless shades of green. We visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. Venture into the secret nooks and crannies of its extensive walled Victorian garden before returning to your castle accommodations for a delicious dinner. (B,D) DAY 5 | CLIFDEN - KINVARRA - CLIFFS OF MOHER - KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) This morning visit the Connemara marble artisan workshop where you’ll Dive Into Culture and witness first-hand how this famous green jade-like marble is carved. Later we stop at a charming sea port village of Kinvarra before visiting the plunging Cliffs of Moher that rise imposingly from the Atlantic, over 700 feet above the waters below. Then head to Killarney, one of Ireland’s most beautiful heritage spots. Our home tonight is one of Brendan’s Stays With Stories – Great Southern, a Victorian-styled hotel built over 160 years ago. (B) Hotel: Great Southern

DAY 6 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Enjoy a slow start to your morning, joining a Local Specialist for a leisurely guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. We embark on an epic drive next, exploring the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry whose enchanting coastal landscapes have inspired writers and poets for centuries. (B) DAY 7 | KILLARNEY - CASHEL – KILDARE – DUBLIN Discover the legacy of St. Patrick when you visit the imposing Rock of Cashel, once the traditional seat of the kings of Munster. View its ecclesiastical ruins with a Local Specialist then traverse scenic landscapes to Kildare. Here you’ll Dive Into Culture and learn about Ireland’s thoroughbred industry at the Irish National Stud. You’ll have a rare opportunity to see the foaling unit, museum and of course the magnificent stallions that continue to make racing history. Later today, return to the Irish capital where you’ll inject a bit of the craic into your Farewell Dinner with new friends. (B,FD) Hotel: Clayton Ballsbridge DAY 8 | DEPART DUBLIN We say a fond farewell to our newfound friends and Dublin today. You will be transferred to the airport, where your journey through the Emerald Isle comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B)

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (add to price above): $770 PP INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7am, 9am and 11am. SHARED ROOMING: Room Share is not available on this trip. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $75 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. CODE: BRCM

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Guided VACATION

GUEST REVIEW RATED

Vacation Details

4.6/5

Best of

IRELAND Learn why the Irish say, ‘if you’re lucky enough to be Irish, you’re lucky enough’, on this journey through Connemara, the stronghold of the O’Flaherty Clan, and to beautiful Adare.

N.IRELAND

10 DAYS | 15 MEALS | FROM: $2395 PP*

SLIGO 1

SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Dublin.

Westport Kylemore Abbey

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS ORIENTATIONS of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway.

Knock

VISIT the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’, Adare, Bunratty Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Connemara and Kylemore Abbey.

Connemara

1 GALWAY

1 DUBLIN

VIEW St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, King John’s Castle in Limerick. SEE the Cathedral of Galway and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick.

Co. Wicklow

Cliffs of Moher Bunratty

SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry. 1 LIMERICK Adare

2 KILLARNEY Ring of Kerry

1

IRELAND

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

New Ross

Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest High Tea hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 16th-century home near the charming town of Westport. (Day 8)

WATERFORD 1 Youghal

DIVE INTO CULTURE

Blarney

Explore the tragic history of Ireland’s famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original famine ships used in the 1800s. (Day 2) Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 2)

MAKE A DIFFERENCE Visit the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum in Dublin, where an expert historian will reveal the cemetery’s importance to Irish history and explain how your visit helps fund its preservation. (Day 1)

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Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING Write your own lively tale of legends and iconic landscapes during this epic encounter with Ireland’s treasures. We begin our journey in the whimsical capital of Dublin, joining a Local Specialist to see the sights. Irish history takes center stage this evening as we visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a Local Specialist. Our visit will Make A Difference to its efforts to preserve Irish history and we’ll hear stories about some of the country’s bravest characters followed by a Welcome Reception with our fellow travelers and Travel Director. (WR) Hotel: Maldron Parnell Square/Clayton Ballsbridge DAY 2 | DUBLIN – CO. WICKLOW – NEW ROSS – WATERFORD Journey through the scenic countryside of County Wicklow, ‘The Garden of Ireland’, and on to New Ross – the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the plight of the starving Irish emigrants who boarded the Dunbrody Famine Ship to flee the potato famine. We continue to Waterford, where we’ll stay overnight. This afternoon, we celebrate the centuries-old craft of flint glass creations, as we Dive Into Culture at the House of Waterford Crystal, witnessing talented master craftsmen at work. (B,D) Hotel: Fitzwilton/Dooley’s DAY 3 | WATERFORD – YOUGHAL – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Journey via Youghal, where Sir Walter Raleigh once lived, then pursue the ‘gift of the gab’ at Blarney Castle, where you’ll have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive in Killarney for a two-night stay. (B,D) Hotel: Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney

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Dublin

DAY 4 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Ireland’s soul-stirring Ring of Kerry takes center stage today as we embark on a scenic drive past its mountains, lakes and lush green countryside – unquestionably one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. We’ll see Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Moll’s Gap and Black Valley, whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity. (B) DAY 5 | KILLARNEY – ADARE – BUNRATTY – LIMERICK We continue through the windswept countryside, arriving in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Our next stop is Limerick, where we’ll enjoy views of St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and the 13th-century King John’s Castle during an orientation tour. Delve into an Ireland of old, as you discover the day-to-day life of the Irish during the 18 th and 19 th centuries on your included visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park this afternoon. (B) Hotel: Maldron/Greenhills DAY 6 | LIMERICK – CLIFFS OF MOHER – GALWAY (2 NIGHTS) We journey to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher which plunge over 700 feet into the Atlantic waters below. Gain insights into the history of these imposing sheer cliffs during a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition. Later, we arrive in Galway with some time at leisure to see its beautiful stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square. (B) Hotel: Connacht

DAY 7 | CONNEMARA EXCURSION Connemara’s ‘savage beauty’ is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who described its ‘wild mountainous splendor’ as magnificent. Admire the views on the scenic drive to Kylemore Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery, where we will embark on an included visit to the country’s most romantic castle and walk through its exquisite Victorian Walled Garden. (B,D) DAY 8 | GALWAY – KNOCK – SLIGO Our journey takes us to Westport House where we’ll Connect With Locals and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest morning tea with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavors in the Drawing Room of this stately 16th-century home. Heading north, we stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine where villagers witnessed an apparition of Our Lady in 1879. We arrive in Sligo this evening, our home for the night. (B,BMG) Hotel: Clayton DAY 9 | SLIGO – DUBLIN Our journey continues south to Dublin. Here we’ll enjoy some free time to take a walk down Grafton Street or stroll along the Liffey. This evening, we close the chapter on an epic journey through Ireland, joining our fellow travelers for a memorable Farewell Dinner. (B,FD) Hotel: Clayton Dublin Airport DAY 10 | DEPART DUBLIN After a hearty Irish breakfast, we bid our Travel Director and fellow travelers a fond farewell as our Irish vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B)

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($ PP*)

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (add to price above): $510 PP INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Complimentary/regularly scheduled return transfers to Dublin Airport are provided by the Clayton Dublin Airport hotel. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $94 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. CODE: IRBO

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Guided VACATION

NEW

GUEST REVIEW NEW FOR 2020 RATED NOT YET RATED

N.IRELAND

Omagh

Ireland’s Legendary

NORTH

Vacation Details

Giant’s Causeway

LONDONDERRY 1

10 DAYS | 13 MEALS | FROM: $2395 PP*

2 BELFAST

1 ENNISKILLEN

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

Drumcliff Achill Island

SIGHTSEEING TOURS with a Local Specialist in Dublin, Belfast and Westport.

2 WESTPORT

ORIENTATIONS of Galway and Enniskillen.

Cong Galway

1 ATHLONE

1

VISIT Titanic Experience, the Giant’s Causeway, Londonderry, Ulster American folk Park, Enniskillen Castle Museums, Drumcliff, Churchyard, Westport, Achill Island, Cong and Athlone.

1 DUBLIN

SEE the Murals of Londonderry.

IRELAND

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

From Dublin to Belfast and back, explore Northern Ireland’s vibrant culture, captivating landscapes and spellbinding history, including colourful stories about pirate queens, Celtic chieftains and mythical giants.

Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest dinner hosted at a stately 18th-century home near the charming town of Westport. (Day 7)

DIVE INTO CULTURE Visit the Guinness Storehouse for a tour and tasting. (Day 2) Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument. (Day 3) Explore and discover the story of three centuries of Irish emigration at the Ulster American Folk Park. (Day 5)

MAKE A DIFFERENCE In Northern Ireland, where your visit to Giant’s Causeway helps conserve this iconic natural landmark. (Day 3)

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Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN – AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING Your journey through a land of music and myth begins in Ireland’s whimsical capital, Dublin. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel, then enjoy the rest of the day on your own to kick-start your sightseeing. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception where you’ll get a glimpse of what lies ahead on your journey. (WR) Hotel: Sandymount DAY 2 | DUBLIN – BELFAST (2 NIGHTS) Your Local Specialist will reveal all the colorful stories that have shaped Dublin into a city that enchanted the likes of William Yeats and Oscar Wilde. Dive Into Culture and visit the Guinness Storehouse and trace the history of Ireland’s beloved ‘Black Stuff’ before leaving Dublin, bound for Belfast. Later this evening you’ll join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel. (B,D) Hotel: Ten Square DAY 3 | BELFAST SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME You’ll have a full day to delve into the sights and sounds of Northern Ireland’s trendy capital, starting with a Dive Into Culture visit to the Titanic Experience. Join your Local Specialist for an insider’s perspective on the city’s tumultuous history, before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure. You could choose to join an optional walk with a Local Specialist followed by Fish and Chips in a historic pub. (B) DAY 4 | BELFAST – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – LONDONDERRY Trace the coastal route via the Glens of Antrim to the Causeway Coast. It was here that Finn MacCool was said to have forged his path to Scotland millions of years ago. You’ll have some time to tread in his giant footsteps before continuing to Londonderry, your home for the night. (B) Hotel: Everglades

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Belfast

DAY 5 | LONDONDERRY – ENNISKILLEN Stretch your legs along Londonderry’s 17th-century walls with your Local Specialist who will reveal the city’s history and status as a vibrant cultural centre. Continue to Omagh where you’ll Dive Into Culture at the Ulster American Folk Park and delve into the story of the brave emigrants who journeyed across the Atlantic to seek a new life in America centuries ago. Your final stop for the day is Enniskillen. (B) Hotel: Westville DAY 6 | ENNISKILLEN – DRUMCLIFF - WESTPORT (2 NIGHTS) Aside from its long military history, Enniskillen is also the home to a 15th-century castle which today houses two museums and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. In Belleek, we Dive Into Culture and watch talented pottery craftsmen create exquisite collectables. Continue to Westport, stopping in Drumcliff to pay tribute to Ireland’s greatest poet, WB Yeats. (B) Hotel: Westport DAY 7 | WESTPORT SIGHTSEEING AND ACHILL ISLAND EXCURSION This morning, meet your Local Specialist for a walking tour during which you’ll learn about the town’s heritage - from it’s settlement 5,000 years ago to modern day times. Cross the bridge to Achill Island, lashed by the Atlantic, carved by wind and drenched by rain for a soul-stirring encounter with nature. This evening’s exclusive Be My Guest dinner is hosted at Westport House, the stately 18 th-century home of Ireland’s formidable Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley. You’ll Connect With Locals over flavors of Banoffee and Baileys. (B)

DAY 8 | WESTPORT – CONG – GALWAY – ATHLONE See first-hand why the rugged beauty of Cong was chosen as the backdrop of John Wayne’s award-winning ‘The Quiet Man’ before heading to Galway. Your Travel Director will lead an orientation walking tour past some of the city’s iconic sights before you’ll have some free time to explore and enjoy lunch. Your final stop today is Athlone on the banks of the Shannon River. (B) Hotel: Athlone Springs DAY 9 | ATHLONE – DUBLIN Enjoy a leisurely start to your day or consider joining an optional cruise along the Shannon River and visit 6th-century Clonmacnoise, home to Western Europe’s largest collection of Early Christian gravestones. Return to Dublin later where you’ll have some free time. This evening, embrace the good spirits of your Irish hosts and join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner you’ll remember forever. (B,FD) Hotel: Clayton Dublin Airport DAY 10 | DEPART DUBLIN All that’s left to say is a fond slán go fóill as you prepare for your return journey home. Airport transfers are available. (B)

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (add to price above): $640 PP Exceptions: 01 Jun 20 to 24 Aug 20: $710 PP INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Complimentary/regularly scheduled return transfers to Dublin Airport are provided by the Clayton Dublin Airport hotel. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $94 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. CODE: IRRI

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Guided VACATION

GUEST REVIEW RATED

Vacation Details

4.6/5

10 DAYS | 15 MEALS | FROM: $2695 PP*

N.IRELAND

Iconic Ireland & ASHFORD CASTLE Board ‘The Isle of Innisfree’, across the shimmering Lough Corrib to elegant Ashford Castle, once home to the famous Guinness family and the highlight of your iconic journey.

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

Kylemore Abbey

WALKING TOUR in Killarney National Park. SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Dublin. ORIENTATIONS of Killarney and Galway. VISIT Powerscourt Gardens, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College in Dublin, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, the Cliffs of Moher and Kylemore Abbey. CRUISE on Lough Corrib. VIEW Galway Cathedral. SEE Dublin’s Georgian Squares. SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry.

1 ASHFORD CASTLE

Connemara

1

GALWAY 2 Cliffs of Moher

2 DUBLIN

IRELAND Co. Kilkenny

Ring of Kerry

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

Travel to 12th-century Ireland and explore the remains of the Lost Town of Newtown Jerpoint followed by a hearty Irish Be My Guest lunch with the O’Connells. (Day 3)

2 KILLARNEY Blarney

STAYS WITH STORIES

1 CORK

Built by the de Burgo family in the early 13th century, Ashford Castle is set in 140 hectares, on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib. (Day 8)

DIVE INTO CULTURE

Visit a Connemara Marble factory to see how this vivid greencoloured stone has been crafted into jewelry and figurines for generations. (Day 7)

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ASHFORD CASTLE Dating back to 1228, iconic Ashford Castle has housed earls, princes and the dynastic Guinness family. Recently reopened after refurbishment, this award-winning hotel is one of Brendan’s Stays With Stories and is owned and operated by our sister company, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection.

Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) The Emerald Isle puts its best foot forward in this iconic exploration of its breathtaking landscapes and whimsical charm. We kick off our epic journey along the walled gardens and rambling walks of Powerscourt Gardens – its sweeping terraces, ornamental lakes and over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs ensure it befits its status as one of the most beautiful gardens in Ireland. Enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening to get to know your fellow travelers. (WR) Hotel: Clayton Ballsbridge DAY 2 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Lyrics and legends await this morning as we join a Local Specialist on a city tour to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where Jonathan Swift was once installed as Dean. We admire the colorful doorways in the stately Georgian Squares and stroll along the cobbled courtyard of Trinity College and enjoy priority access to see the Book of Kells. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to soak up the charisma of this city. Wander along Grafton Street and see its lively performers, stop for a pint of the ‘Black Stuff’ in Temple Bar or relax in the ‘Playground of Dublin’, Phoenix Park. (B) DAY 3 | DUBLIN – CO. KILKENNY – CORK We leave the hospitality of Dublin behind for County Kilkenny where we delve into the history of a ‘lost’ medieval town – Newtown Jerpoint. Take a step back in time to the 12th century and wander through its remains which are said to be the final resting place of St. Nicholas. Later, you’ll join the O’Connells at their home, Belmore House. Embrace the peaceful rural setting – the perfect backdrop to Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest lunch. Inspired by Irish food and the warmth of our hosts, we continue south to the lively city of Cork, enjoying a free evening to discover its sights, sounds and flavors. (B,BMG) Hotel: Maldron Shandon

Ashford Castle

DAY 5 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION

DAY 8 | GALWAY – CONNEMARA - ASHFORD CASTLE A rugged realm of mountains, lakes, rivers and villages provides a stunning backdrop for our leisurely drive through Connemara – an unspoilt region of Western Ireland that was immortalized in John Wayne’s ‘The Quiet Man’. We’ll visit Kylemore Abbey and ramble through its exquisite Victorian walled garden. Later, board ‘The Isle of Innisfree’ for an exclusive cruise on shimmering Lough Corrib. Captain Patrick, Ashford Castle’s Local Specialist will share his local knowledge as you glide through its peaceful waters. Upon disembarking, a lone piper will escort you over the drawbridge to Ashford Castle, one of Brendan’s Stays With Stories, where tonight you will dine as lords and ladies at an elegant royal dining experience (gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket). (B,D) Hotel: Ashford Castle

DAY 6 | KILLARNEY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – GALWAY (2 NIGHTS) Our up-close encounter with Ireland’s ravishing beauty continues as we journey north for a walk along the iconic Cliffs of Moher, an extraordinary feature of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Admire the dramatic cliffs that rise 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic and survey endless ocean views. We continue to Galway for a two-night stay. (B,D) Hotel: Maldron Sandy Road

DAY 9 | ASHFORD CASTLE – DUBLIN Indulge in the sumptuous surrounds of Ashford Castle. Stroll around its exquisite estate and admire lavish interiors before returning to Dublin. Spend the rest of the afternoon delving into the centuries-old history of the Irish capital. This evening, it’s time to reminisce over shared memories at a delicious Farewell Dinner. (B,FD) Hotel: Maldron Parnell Square

DAY 4 | CORK – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Head to Blarney in pursuit of the ‘gift of the gab’. Kiss the fabled Stone then head west to the lakeside setting of Killarney, our springboard to the enduring beauty of the Ring of Kerry. (B) Hotel: Killarney Towers Spend a leisurely morning exploring Killarney or join a Local Specialist for a scenic guided walk at Torc Waterfall, strolling over wooden paths and lakeshore trails. Circle the scenic Ring of Kerry, admiring its famous “forty shades of green” and seeing first-hand the landscapes that inspired writers and poets for centuries. (B,D)

DAY 7 | GALWAY FREE TIME Dive Into Culture at the Connemara Marble Factory, watching master craftsmen carve Connemara marble. Then enjoy an orientation tour of Galway including views of the stone cathedral with plenty of free time afterwards to explore this vibrant city on your own. (B,D)

DAY 10 | DEPART DUBLIN As the curtain falls on a memorable journey with new friends, we say a fond slán go fóill to Dublin and the Emerald Isle. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B)

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INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7am, 9am and 11am. ROOM TYPE: Triple Rooms are not available on this trip. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $94 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share.

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Guided VACATION

FAMILY EXPERIENCE

GUEST REVIEW RATED

4.0/5

Londonderry

Shamrocks &

N.IRELAND

One for the story books, everything’s Eiré about this grand family adventure through the Emerald Isle, which see you play the Game of Thrones and encounter leprechauns and giants along the way.

10 DAYS | 14 MEALS | FROM: $2550 PP* 2 BELFAST

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

1 CO. DOWN

1 SLIGO

LEPRECHAUNS

Vacation Details

Giant’s Causeway

SIGHTSEEING TOURS with a Local Specialist of Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry. ORIENTATIONS of Limerick and County Galway.

IRELAND

Galway

VISIT the Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Visitor’s Center in Belfast and the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes. 1

VIEW St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, King John’s Castle in Limerick.

1 DUBLIN

SEE Dublin’s Georgian Squares and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick. SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry.

Cliffs of Moher

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

1 LIMERICK

On the edge of the Wild Atlantic Way, visit the Feeney’s sheep farm, where you’ll learn about life on the farm before a Be My Guest morning tea. (Day 6)

Foynes

Ring of Kerry

STAYS WITH STORIES

2 KILLARNEY

County Down’s Slieve Donard Resort and Spa features Victorian architecture and a beautiful coastal landscape. (Day 2)

Blarney

DIVE INTO CULTURE Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast. (Day 5) Visit Foynes Flying Boat Museum, the only dedicated flying boat museum in the world, to gain insight into the rich history of aviation. (Day 7)

FAMILY FUN Become a medieval archer... dress the part and try your hand at hitting the bullseye. (Day 3)

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Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN AND AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING You’re in for a grand time on this family jaunt through the Emerald Isle, which begins in Dublin. Explore the lively Irish capital with your clan in tow before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers this afternoon for a Kick-Off Party and sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. View St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the stately Georgian Squares and Trinity College. (KP) Hotel: Ballsbridge DAY 2 | DUBLIN – CO. DOWN COAST No need to follow the rainbow for this morning’s chance encounter with Ireland’s lucky little people. Visit the home of the last remaining leprechauns with a Local Specialist and learn how your belief in their existence keeps them alive. Journey to County Down, arriving at the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, one of Brendan’s Stays With Stories and your home for the night. Spend the afternoon at leisure strolling along the waterfront or relaxing at the pool of this lovingly maintained Victorian hotel, where you will also enjoy dinner tonight. (B,D) Hotel: Slieve Donard Resort & Spa DAY 3 | CO. DOWN COAST – BELFAST SIGHTSEEING (2 NIGHTS) It’s time for some Family Fun to play the ‘Game of Thrones’. After a leisurely start to your day, head to the ‘Winterfell Castle’ Archery Range movie set for some for behind-thescenes insights into this award-winning series. Dress in costumes from the program and try your hand at shooting medieval arrows using ancient bows. Snap a selfie or two, then head to Belfast, your home for the next two nights, where you’ll delve into the crossroads of British and Irish culture during a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the City Hall, Queen’s University and the Parliament buildings, then admire the colorful murals that line the city streets, an enduring symbol of Northern Ireland, depicting the region’s political and religious divisions. (B) Hotel: Maldron City

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DAY 4 | BELFAST – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY EXCURSION Tread in the footsteps of Finn MacCool – his geometric Giant’s Causeway is more the stuff of legends than the result of ancient volcanic activity which left its mark on the Northern Irish coast. Admire the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that fade into the sea, then journey through the enchanting tunnel of the Dark Hedges. After a day of myths, legends and Hollywood blockbusters, consider tucking into an optional Fish and Chips pub dinner. (B) DAY 5 | BELFAST – LONDONDERRY – SLIGO Dive Into Culture at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Center and gain a new perspective into the world’s most famous ship and the tragedy that befell it. Then, journey to Londonderry, where we join a Local Specialist who will take us on a stroll along its ancient walls. We continue to Sligo, where we’ll dine in our hotel tonight. (B,D) Hotel: Clayton DAY 6 | SLIGO – GALWAY – LIMERICK We Connect With Locals and join the Feeneys on their sheep farm located on the edge of the scenic Wild Atlantic Way. Martin will teach you the art of sheepdog handling and you’ll learn about the role and use of wool on the farm. You may even get to cuddle puppies before a delicious Be My Guest morning tea with this warm couple. Later, we travel to Galway and enjoy an orientation tour. (B,BMG) Hotel: Maldron

DAY 7 | LIMERICK – CLIFFS OF MOHER - KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Your first stop today is the sheer Cliffs of Moher next and admire how they rise over 700 feet from the pounding surf below. We travel south to the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes. Dive Into Culture as you board a replica Boeing 314 to experience life as a passenger. This afternoon, head to Tralee, where you’ll have an opportunity to climb to the top of the Blennerville Windmill and gain insights into the role of this working windmill. Dinner is at your hotel this evening. (B,D) Hotel: Innisfallen DAY 8 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Admire Ireland’s enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Circling the spectacular Ring of Kerry, we see mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that has inspired writers and poets for centuries. The afternoon is free to explore Killarney on your own. (B) DAY 9 | KILLARNEY – DUBLIN Visit Blarney Castle and secure your ‘gift of the gab’ after kissing its Blarney Stone, then journey through the lush landscapes and counties to the capital, Dublin. Our shamrock shenanigans nearing their end, we join our fellow travelers and Travel Director for a rousing Farewell Dinner aboard a canal barge. (B,FD) Hotel: Ballsbridge

INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7am, 9am and 11am. SHARED ROOMING: Room share is not available on this trip. Single rooms are not available unless traveling as part of a family group. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $140 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company - Trafalgar. CODE: FSIA

DAY 10 | DEPART DUBLIN For now, it’s time to say a fond slán abhaile to your fellow travelers as you close the curtain on an unforgettable journey through the Emerald Isle. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B)

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Guided VACATION

GUEST REVIEW RATED

4.7/5

LONDONDERRY

Irish

Belleek

Vacation Details

Giant’s Causeway

N.IRELAND

11 DAYS | 16 MEALS | FROM: $2575 PP*

1 BELFAST

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS SIGHTSEEING TOURS with a Local Specialist in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry.

EXPERIENCE Encounter the natural wonders of the Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher. Meet a local ‘Cabbie’ in Belfast, visit Kylemore Abbey and travel through the lush Garden of Ireland, County Wicklow.

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Kylemore Abbey Connemara

ORIENTATIONS of Galway and Waterford.

IRELAND 1

2 CO. GALWAY Cliffs of Moher

Lahinch

VISIT the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, the Titanic Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant’s Causeway, Belleek to see how the famous pottery is made, Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’, the Crystal Showroom at Waterford and the Famine Ship in New Ross.

1 DUBLIN

VIEW the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry and Connemara.

Co. Wicklow

SEE St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin and Galway Cathedral.

KILKENNY 1

Waterford

SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry.

New Ross

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

2 KILLARNEY Ring of Kerry

Go foraging with Oonagh and enjoy the fruits of what you’ve found at a Be My Guest lunch at the O’Brien’s homely Barrtra Seafood restaurant overlooking beautiful Liscannor Bay. (Day 7)

Blarney

DIVE INTO CULTURE Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast. (Day 3) See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center, one of the oldest working potteries in the world. (Day 5) Learn how Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a demonstration. (Day 9) Explore the tragic history of Ireland’s famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original ships used in the 1800s. (Day 10)

MAKE A DIFFERENCE At the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum in Dublin, where you’ll learn about the cemetery’s importance to Irish history and how your visit helps to fund the cemetery’s preservation. (Day 1)

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Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN AND AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING Embrace your playful side and discover the lively Irish capital before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers this afternoon for a sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist. View St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the stately Georgian Squares and Trinity College. We enjoy a Welcome Reception this evening, joining a Local Specialist at the Glasnevin Trust to hear how our visit will Make A Difference to the Trust’s efforts to preserve Irish history. (WR) Hotel: Mespil/Sandymount DAY 2 | DUBLIN – BELFAST Leaving the cosmopolitan streets of Dublin behind, we travel to Belfast, where we’ll have some free time for lunch. Later, we meet our Local Specialist ‘Cabbie’ for an insider view of the city’s living history on a journey through its vibrant streets in a real Black Cab. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps join an Optional Experience. (B) Hotel: Park Inn/Maldron City DAY 3 | BELFAST – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – LONDONDERRY (2 NIGHTS) Dive Into Culture during a visit to the award-winning Titanic Belfast Visitor Center and gain insights into the tragic story of the Titanic and its passengers who lost their lives in the icy Atlantic. We leave the city behind us, traveling along the beautiful Antrim coast road to the Giant’s Causeway and walk in the footsteps of Finn MacCool. Make A Difference by helping to conserve this iconic natural landmark. Take some time to admire the natural spectacle of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns before continuing to Londonderry, our home for the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Everglades/Dillons Letterkenny DAY 4 | LONDONDERRY SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Join your Local Specialist for a walk along the 17th-century city walls and see the formerly turbulent Bogside neighborhood, with its street murals depicting the history of the ‘Troubles’. Spend the afternoon on your own or consider joining an Optional Experience to Inishowen Peninsula. This evening we dine at our hotel. (B,D)

Irish Dancers

DAY 5 | LONDONDERRY – BELLEEK – COUNTY GALWAY (2 NIGHTS) We journey through the lush countryside to Belleek, where we’ll Dive Into Culture and witness talented pottery craftsmen create the exquisite collectables that have graced homes since the mid-19 th century. Arrive in Galway later, where we will stay for the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Maldron Oranmore/Maldron Sandy Road DAY 6 | CONNEMARA EXCURSION We explore the rugged beauty of Connemara, captured in the film ‘The Quiet Man’ with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Its loughs and mountains are yours to explore today during a scenic drive. We arrive at Kylemore Abbey later to visit the country’s most romantic castle and ramble through the hidden nooks of its Victorian walled garden. Returning to Galway, we enjoy some free time to explore its imposing stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square, which John F. Kennedy visited in 1963. (B,D) DAY 7 | GALWAY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – SHANNON ESTUARY FERRY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) See the imposing sheer Cliffs of Moher rise over 700 feet above the pounding sea below and learn about the history of these natural phenomena during a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition. We Connect With Locals and join Oonagh to forage for ingredients that will be used to create our Be My Guest lunch at Barrtra Seafood restaurant along the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. Enjoy spectacular views of the dramatic coastline before boarding a ferry across the tranquil Shannon River estuary. Then, continue through County Kerry to your hotel in Killarney, where we’ll have an evening at leisure or join in the craic at an optional Irish ceilidh. (B,BMG) Hotel: Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney

DAY 8 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION The soul-stirring landscapes of Iveragh Peninsula feature on our scenic coastal drive around the Ring of Kerry. En route, we will see Killorglin, famous for its annual ‘Puck Fair’, as well as Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. (B,D) DAY 9 | KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – WATERFORD – KILKENNY Today we acquire the ‘gift of the gab’, bending over backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone before we travel to Waterford via Youghal. Admire the delicate creations of fine crystal during a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal where we will Dive Into Culture and witness a demonstration by master craftsmen. This evening, we arrive in Kilkenny. (B) Hotel: Hotel Kilkenny DAY 10 | KILKENNY – NEW ROSS – CO. WICKLOW – DUBLIN After a morning exploration of Kilkenny, we depart for New Ross, where we’ll see the monument to John F. Kennedy, who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. We Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the tragic plight of Irish emigrants during the potato famine of the 1800s on our visit to the nearby threemasted Famine Ship Dunbrody. Journey through the lush Irish countryside of County Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, and back to Dublin later. Here we’ll spend our final evening at a Farewell Dinner with our travel companions sharing stories of a memorable journey through Ireland. (B,FD) Hotel: Sandymount/Ballsbridge DAY 11 | DEPART DUBLIN It’s time to say a fond farewell to Ireland and newfound friends as you prepare to end your wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B)

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (add to price above): $690 PP Exceptions: 26 Jul 20: $750 PP INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7am, 9am and 11am. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $103 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company - Trafalgar. CODE: IREX

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Guided VACATION

GUEST REVIEW RATED

Giant’s Causeway

4.6/5

Vacation Details

Londonderry

14 DAYS | 18 MEALS | FROM: $3325 PP*

CO. DONEGAL 2

Amazing

IRELAND Enjoy a leisurely exploration of Ireland, from Waterford in the south to the northern mythical land of Finn MacCool, the giant whose ‘causeway’ enjoys World Heritage Site status.

N.IRELAND

2 BELFAST

Belleek

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS SIGHTSEEING TOURS with a Local Specialist in Belfast, Londonderry and Dublin.

Connemara

ORIENTATIONS of Donegal, Galway, Cork and Waterford.

Knock

VISIT the Titanic Belfast, the Giant’s Causeway, Belleek pottery, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the John F. Kennedy Arboretum and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross and Waterford Crystal.

Kylemore Abbey

1

2 CO. GALWAY

2 DUBLIN

VIEW the Antrim Coast, W.B. Yeats grave at Drumcliff, the Marian Shrine in Knock, Trinity College and the Georgian Squares in Dublin.

IRELAND

Cliffs of Moher

Kilkenny

SEE City Hall in Belfast and the Cathedral of Galway.

New Ross

WATERFORD 2 Ring of Kerry

SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry.

Co. Wexford

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

2 KILLARNEY

Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Glenealy Farmhouse near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story. (Day 12)

Blarney Cork

DIVE INTO CULTURE Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast. (Day 2) See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center, one of the oldest working potteries in the world. (Day 5) Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 11) Visit Kilkenny Castle, an 800-year-old Anglo-Norman stronghold, to learn about its colorful history. (Day 11)

MAKE A DIFFERENCE In Northern Ireland, your visit to the Giant’s Causeway helps conserve this iconic natural landmark. (Day 3)

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Connemara

DAY 6 | COUNTY DONEGAL – KNOCK – COUNTY GALWAY (2 NIGHTS) In the pilgrimage town of Knock, we visit the beautiful Marian Shrine where the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and John the Evangelist are said to have made an appearance to the townsfolk in 1879. We continue to the harbor city of Galway. (B) Hotel: Maldron Oranmore DAY 7 | CONNEMARA ORIENTATION AND GALWAY AT LEISURE The untamed landscapes of Connemara provide a soul-stirring backdrop for your scenic drive to Kylemore Abbey. This afternoon spend free time in Galway, before enjoying dinner at your hotel. (B,D)

DAY 11 | WATERFORD – KILKENNY EXCURSION A leisurely start to your morning could see you stroll along Meagher’s Quay, before you visit the House of Waterford to Dive Into Culture and witness the art of creating exquisite crystal. Dive Into Culture again with a visit to Kilkenny Castle, an Anglo-Norman castle that sits majestically over the Nore River. We spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure in Waterford, though you may wish to join an Optional Experience trying your hand at Ireland’s national sport, ‘hurling’. (B)

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DAY 12 | WATERFORD – WEXFORD – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Traverse beautiful County Wexford to the John F. Kennedy Arboretum. We take a step back in time to the 1800s as we visit the three-masted Famine Ship Dunbrody, where we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the tragic potato famine. This evening, we join the Fulvio family and Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest dinner, savoring Irish fare with an Italian twist served at their Ballyknocken Farmhouse near Dublin. (B,BMG) Hotel: Maldron Parnell Square

INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details.

DAY 9 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Circle the mystical Ring of Kerry. View the island’s ancient history as you journey through Moll’s Gap and take a moment to capture the marvelous natural scenery at Ladies View. You’ll have an evening off to explore on your own. (B)

DAY 13 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND AT LEISURE We wander through Dublin this morning, joining a Local Specialist for a superb sightseeing tour that will see us view Trinity College and the magnificent Georgian Squares. This evening, let the rousing sounds of a traditional Irish cabaret tempt you for an Optional Experience that will have you dancing your way through the Dublin streets (B)

GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $131 per person.

DAY 10 | KILLARNEY – BLARNEY – CORK – WATERFORD (2 NIGHTS) Your ‘gift of the gab’ secured after kissing the Blarney Stone, we venture to Cork. Our final stop today is in medieval Waterford where we’ll spend the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Marina

DAY 14 | DEPART DUBLIN Our memorable journey through Ireland is at its end. All that’s left to say is slán abhaile to newfound friends as you prepare to depart home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B)

DAY 8 | COUNTY GALWAY – CLIFFS OF MOHER – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Our encounter with the rugged beauty of Ireland continues as we see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher plunging into the wild Atlantic over 700 feet below. This evening is yours to spend as you wish in Killarney, but perhaps we can tempt you with a bit of craic at a traditional Irish ceilidh. (B) Hotel: International/ Innisfallen

AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Shannon Airport at 7am and 9am.

DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company - Trafalgar. CODE: IRMZ

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Guided VACATION

NEW

GUEST REVIEW NEW FOR 2020 RATED NOT YET RATED

Loch Ness

Highlights of Ireland &

SCOTLAND A spellbinding journey across the Emerald Isle and Scotland, featuring all the iconic city sights, breathtaking scenery and plenty of ‘craic’ from Dublin to Edinburgh, with a stop in the Scottish Highlands.

Vacation Details

SCOTLAND

Fort William Glencoe Loch Lomond

GLASGOW 1

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

Pitlochry

SIGHTSEEING TOURS with a Local Specialist in Dublin, Londonderry, Belfast and Edinburgh.

St. Andrews

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ORIENTATION of Glasgow. VISIT Galway, Connemara Marble Factory, Kylemore Abbey, Westport, Drumcliff, Donegal, Giant’s Causeway, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Fort William, Loch Ness, Blair Athol Whisky Distillery, Pitlochry and Edinburgh Castle.

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VIEW Ailsa Craig and the 18th hole at St. Andrews.

Drumcliff

Westport Kylemore Abbey

11 DAYS | 14 MEALS | FROM: $2750 PP*

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Cong

CONNECT WITH LOCALS Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest lunch hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 16th-century home near the charming town of Westport. (Day 3)

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DIVE INTO CULTURE Visit a Connemara Marble factory to see how this stone is crafted into jewellery and figurines. (Day 3) Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument. (Day 6) Visit Blair Atholl whisky distillery for a tour and tasting of their whisky. (Day 9)

MAKE A DIFFERENCE In Northern Ireland, your visit to the Giant’s Causeway helps conserve this iconic natural landmark. (Day 5)

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Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN You’re in for a lyrical love affair with Ireland’s whimsical capital, your launch pad to an enchanting encounter with the Emerald Isle and Scotland. This evening, you’ll join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception on Dublin’s 200-year-old Grand Canal. (WR) Hotel: Clayton Leopardstown DAY 2 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING – COUNTY GALWAY (2 NIGHTS) Poetry and politics, music and literature – Dublin is famous for all this and more as you’ll come to discover when you join a Local Specialist to delve into the city’s iconic sights, tumultuous history and even a few hidden gems. Tread in the footsteps of Arthur Guinness, James Joyce and Bono as you pound the cobbled pavements in search of Dublin’s many stories. Then, leave the capital behind bound for the harbour city of Galway, known as the ‘City of Tribes’. (B) Hotel: Maldron Oranmore DAY 3 | CONNEMARA EXCURSION Connemara’s ‘savage beauty’ takes centre stage today on your full-day excursion through the endless shades of green which once captured the heart of Oscar Wilde. Visit Kylemore Abbey, a magnificent castellated structure built as a family home and now inhabited by a group of Benedictine nuns. Travel to Westport on Ireland’s West Coast for a memorable Be My Guest experience filled with tales of the Pirate Queen and Banoffee and Baileys flavors. You’ll Connect With Locals over lunch in the drawing room of Grace O’Malley’s stately 16th-century home. Visit the Connemara Marble artisan workshop where you’ll Dive Into Culture and witness first-hand how their famous jade-like marble is carved. (B,BMG) DAY 4 | COUNTY GALWAY – CONG - DRUMCLIFF - DONEGAL See firsthand why the rugged beauty of Cong was chosen as the backdrop of John Wayne’s award winning ‘The Quiet Man’. Stop in Drumcliff, where acclaimed poet and playwright, William B. Yeats was laid to rest. Then, continue to Donegal the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way. (B) Hotel: Central

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DAY 5 | DONEGAL – LONDONDERRY - BELFAST (2 NIGHTS) Start your day with a visit to Londonderry where a Local Specialist will take you on a stroll along its ancient walls. Follow the scenic Causeway Coastal Route through rolling countryside and past rugged cliffs to Giant’s Causeway. Your visit will Make A Difference by helping to conserve this iconic landmark. Continue to Belfast, your home for the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Hotel Radisson Blu

DAY 9 | SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – PITLOCHRY - ST. ANDREWS - EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) It’s never too early for a wee dram when you travel the wilds of Scotland. Your day begins with a visit to Blair Athol whisky distillery where you’ll Dive Into Culture and learn how Scotland’s golden goodness is made. Continue, via Pitlochry, to the home of the golfing gods, St. Andrews. You’ll view its famous 18 th hole before continuing to Edinburgh. (B) Hotel: Jurys Inn

DAY 6 | BELFAST SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Explore Northern Ireland’s trendy capital today, starting with a visit to the Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre, where you’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the tragic story of the famous ship. Your Local Specialist will join you for a sightseeing tour through the city. Take the rest of the afternoon to explore at your leisure. (B)

DAY 10 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME Your Local Specialist will guide your sightseeing tour through its medieval Old Town to the elegant Georgian façades across the Leith. See the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse before visiting Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. This afternoon, you’ll have some free time to explore on your own before joining your travel companions for a rousing Farewell Dinner to toast your memorable journey together. (B,FD)

DAY 7 | BELFAST – GLASGOW Bid Ireland farewell as you board your ferry to Scotland. Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past Ailsa Craig, then continue to gritty Glasgow, where you’ll enjoy an orientation of a city that exudes edginess. (B) Hotel: Radisson Red DAY 8 | GLASGOW – GELNCOE - SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Sensational scenery follows your journey through the Scottish Highlands from Glasgow to Carrbridge. Loch Lomond sets the tone with views over the water to craggy Ben Lomond. Continue to Glencoe where the tragic 17th-century massacre of the MacDonalds turned the wild beauty of this valley into a ‘Glen of Weeping’. Then, on to Fort William, before arriving in Loch Ness, where you’ll keep a keen eye out for the beloved monster that lurks beneath its surface. (B,D) Hotel: Highlander

DAY 11 | DEPART EDINBURGH Imbued with Gaelic spirit, your vacation has sadly come to an end. Bid your new friends a fond farewell as you prepare for your return journey home. Airport transfers are available. (B) Please Note: Hotels in the Scottish highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. Accommodations on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodations on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.

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Edinburgh Tattoo 7-29 August 2020: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh during these dates. See Edinburgh Military Tattoo panel on page 64 for further details.

INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 7am and 9am. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $94 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. CODE: BHIS

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Guided VACATION

GUEST REVIEW RATED

4.5/5

Vacation Details

SCOTLAND

Best of Ireland &

15 DAYS | 20 MEALS | FROM: $3625 PP*

Culloden

ISLE OF SKYE 1

Loch Ness

1 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Glencoe Loch Lomond

SCOTLAND

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ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

Pitlochry

SIGHTSEEING TOURS with a Local Specialist in Dublin, Londonderry, Belfast and Edinburgh; ORIENTATIONS of Waterford, Adare, Galway and Glasgow; VISIT the Irish National Stud, the Waterford Crystal showroom, Blarney Castle, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Museum, Pitlochry and Edinburgh Castle; VIEW Eilean Donan Castle, the battlefield of Culloden and the 18th green at St. Andrews; SEE St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Galway Cathedral and Loch Lomond; SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry.

St. Andrews

2 EDINBURGH

Giant’s Causeway

LONDONDERRY 1

N.IRE

Donegal

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

Larne

Cairnyan

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

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It’s 1930s Ireland revisited. Visit the working farms of Muckross, taking you back to a time of traditional farming. Meet the families, learn how to churn butter and enjoy a Be My Guest dinner in the Quilles Farmhouse against the backdrop of the lakes of Killarney. (Day 4)

IRELAND

Galway

Kildare

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DIVE INTO CULTURE Admire Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm. (Day 3); Learn how Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 3); Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast. (Day 8)

Adare

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Blarney

MAKE A DIFFERENCE In Northern Ireland, where your visit to Giant’s Causeway helps conserve this iconic natural landmark. (Day 3)

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DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Delve into the whimsy of the Irish capital, then join your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Mespil/Ballsbridge DAY 2 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Drive through the streets of Dublin, joining your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour past the stately Georgian Squares and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Spend the rest of the day on your own or consider joining an Optional Experience at an Irish cabaret. (B) DAY 3 | DUBLIN – KILDARE – WATERFORD Dive Into Culture and explore Ireland’s strong tradition of breeding world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm. We travel to the House of Waterford Crystal this afternoon and Dive Into Culture yet again, witnessing talented master craftsmen at work in their workshop. (B) Hotel: Marina/Fitzwilton DAY 4 | WATERFORD – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Bend over backwards and kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the ‘gift of the gab’, before crossing the Kerry Mountains to County Kerry. We visit the working farms of Muckross, where we’ll Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest dinner in the Quilles Farmhouse. (B,BMG) Hotel: Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney

Culloden Battlefields

DAY 7 | ENNISCRONE – DONEGAL – LONDONDERRY Head north to Donegal with its ‘Diamond’ center before joining a Local Specialist in Londonderry to see the ‘Troubles’ neighborhood of Bogside. (B) Hotel: Everglades/City DAY 8 | LONDONDERRY – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – BELFAST Tread in the footsteps of Finn MacCool and along the other-worldly Giant’s Causeway ‘steps’ that descend into the sea. Your visit will Make A Difference by helping to conserve this iconic landmark. We arrive in Belfast later and visit the Titanic Belfast Visitor Center, where we’ll Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the tragic story of the famous ship. (B) Hotel: Stormont DAY 9 | BELFAST – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) Join your Local Specialist this morning for an included city tour to Queen’s University and City Hall. We board our ferry at Larne and cross to Cairnryan in Scotland, driving to Glasgow. (B) Hotel: Hilton Garden City Centre/DoubleTree Westerwood

DAY 5 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Embark on a soul-stirring journey around the ‘Ring of Kerry’. See Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap. (B)

DAY 10 | GLASGOW ORIENTATION Delve into Scotland’s intriguing cultural capital and stroll through the toon to admire views of George Square and the River Clyde, once the heart of Scotland’s shipbuilding industry. We head to whisky country next, visiting the beautiful Glengoyne Whisky Distillery where we’ll Dive Into Culture and learn how to make Scotland’s favorite honey-coloured drink with a chance to sample a wee dram. Our hearts warmed, we return to Glasgow for some free time to explore the city. (B)

DAY 6 | KILLARNEY – ADARE - GALWAY – ENNISCRONE Drive to Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, known for its thatched cottages. See the imposing stone cathedral, built on the site of an old prison, and Eyre Square on our next stop in Galway, where we’ll enjoy some free time before continuing our journey northward. This evening we dine in our hotel. (B,D) Hotel: Ocean Sands/Harlequin

DAY 11 | GLASGOW – GLENCOE – ISLE OF SKYE Journey to the tragic site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonalds at the ‘Glen of Weeping’. Continue to Fort William at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. At Glenfinnan, we see the viaduct and monument to the final Jacobite Rising. Then, cross to the Isle of Skye, where we’ll spend this evening dining in our hotel. (B,D) Hotel: Dunollie

DAY 12 | ISLE OF SKYE – LOCH NESS – CULLODEN – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS We leave the rugged beauty of Skye behind and venture past Eilean Donan Castle before continuing along the banks of Loch Ness. See the bloody battlefield of Culloden. This evening we dine at our hotel in the Scottish Highlands. (B,D) Hotel: Highlander

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DAY 13 | SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – PITLOCHRY – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Traversing the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, we pass Pitlochry before arriving in St. Andrews to see its famous golf course on which golfing greats have clamoured to play for centuries. We cross the scenic Firth of Forth to enchanting Edinburgh, our home for the next two nights. Take to the enchanting streets of the Scottish capital this evening, soaking up its warmth and conviviality with an evening of traditional dance, music and Scottish fare. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates. (B) Hotel: Novotel Centre/Apex Haymarket

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DAY 14 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Join your Local Specialist for a guided sightseeing tour including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyrood in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. We join our Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner. (B,FD)

DAY 15 | DEPART EDINBURGH

For now it’s time to say a fond farewell to Scotland and our newfound friends, at the end of an unforgettable Celtic sojourn. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B) Please Note: Hotels in the Scottish highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. Accommodations on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodations on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.

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Edinburgh Tattoo 7-29 August 2020: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh during these dates. See Edinburgh Military Tattoo panel on page 64 for further details.

INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8.30am, 11am and 1pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Edinburgh Airport at 7am and 9am. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $141 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. CODE: BIAS

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Guided VACATION

GUEST REVIEW RATED

Best of

Vacation Details

4.5/5

SCOTLAND

7 DAYS | 10 MEALS | FROM: $1525 PP*

Isle of Skye

Travel from Scotland’s literary capital, Edinburgh, to feisty Glasgow, home of the battlefields of Culloden and Glencoe. Your quest takes you past the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands.

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

Culloden

Eilean Donan Castle

SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Edinburgh. ORIENTATIONS of Glasgow and Stirling. VISIT Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, the Isle of Skye, Culloden Battlefield and Stirling Castle. VIEW the 18th green at St Andrews, the Glenfinnan Monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, People’s Palace and Winter Gardens and George Square in Glasgow.

Loch Ness

2 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Ben Nevis Glencoe

Pitlochry St. Andrews

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

Stirling

GLASGOW 2

Join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish Be My Guest dinner, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes. (Day 6)

2 EDINBURGH

SCOTLAND

DIVE INTO CULTURE

Visit Glengoyne, known as Scotland’s most beautiful whisky distillery, for a tour and a tasting of their unique Highland single malt whisky. (Day 6)

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EDINBURGH ROYAL MILITARY TATTOO 7-29 AUGUST 2020

One of the most spectacular annual events is the Edinburgh Tattoo. It is simply not to be missed. Military bands from all over the world take to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle to play rousing tunes culminating in the haunting bugle call of the Last Post. The Tattoo is run for charitable causes and has donated over £5 million to military and civilian charities and organizations. Brendan includes tickets and arrangements for our guests for every trip in this brochure that stays in Edinburgh during the Tattoo dates listed.

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Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Get lost in the narrow lanes of Edinburgh – the Scottish capital with a mystical air combining ancient heritage with the verve of a modern city. Spend your day at leisure delving into its rich history and embracing the warm culture of the Scots, before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with a light meal and drinks. (WR) Hotel: Novotel Centre/Apex Haymarket DAY 2 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Join your Local Specialist this morning for an intriguing sightseeing tour of the city. Ascend Castle Rock and visit Edinburgh Castle, which watches over the surrounding city from its elevated vantage point. Stroll through the Old Town along the Royal Mile and see the stunning Palace of Holyroodhouse, before enjoying time at leisure to soak up the city’s festive atmosphere. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates. (B) DAY 3 | EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – PITLOCHRY – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS) Tread in the footsteps of the world’s golfing greats and head to St. Andrews en route to the glorious Scottish Highlands. A scenic drive takes us north and across the Firth of Tay, past the city of Dundee to Pitlochry. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore its river-side setting or join an Optional Experience to Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Murray. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cozy dinner at our hotel located within the Cairngormss National Park in the Scottish Highlands. (B,D) Hotel: Laggan Gaskmore/Carrbridge

Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo

DAY 4 | CULLODEN, LOCH NESS, EILEAN DONAN CASTLE AND ISLE OF SKYE EXCURSION Continue your journey to the tragic battlefield of Culloden. Pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the Jacobite Uprising, then journey past Scotland’s infamous Loch Ness. The rugged beauty of Eilean Donan Castle will leave you speechless before you continue your journey to the coast and cross to the Isle of Skye. Heather-clad peaks provide a stunning backdrop for our scenic drive across the Sleat Peninsula. Indulge in some free time for lunch before boarding your ferry in Armadale and crossing to Mallaig, back on the mainland. (B,D) DAY 5 | SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – GLENCOE – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) Our first stop today sees us commemorate World War II history at the Commando Memorial near Fort William, from which we admire spectacular views of Britain’s highest peak – Ben Nevis. We journey through the volcanic ruins and precipitous mountains that lie just beyond Glencoe to see the ‘Glen of the Weeping’, Here we remember the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred in 1692. Continuing towards the River Clyde, we arrive at our final stop for the day – Glasgow. (B) Hotel: Crowne Plaza

DAY 6 | GLASGOW ORIENTATION AND STIRLING CASTLE EXCURSION Madainn mhath! While your Gaelic may be a little rusty, your orientation tour around this edgy city will be anything but. Begin your day seeing Glasgow’s iconic sights. Enjoy views of the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, the regal George Square and River Clyde, for over 200 years the center of shipbuilding. Journey to Stirling, to see its hilltop fortress, which stands as a symbol of national pride. Stirling Castle was once the seat of Scottish kings and queens, including Mary, Queen of Scots. View the Wallace Monument from the castle walls, paying tribute to the Scottish hero who fought for Scotland’s independence. Later, Dive Into Culture at Glengoyne Whisky Distillery and enjoy a wee dram before joining the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard to Connect With Locals over a home-cooked Farewell Be My Guest Dinner, amidst tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes. (B,BMG) DAY 7 | DEPART GLASGOW The rugged beauty and warmth of Scotland’s people forever in your memories, we enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions before wishing them and your Travel Director a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B) Please Note: Hotels in the Scottish highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. Accommodations on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodations on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.

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1 Festive Celebrations: Christmas and New Year Celebrations have been arranged for these departures. Join us in Scotland to celebrate the Festive Season. INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival to Edinburgh Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 6.30am and 9am. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $64 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company - Trafalgar.

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Guided VACATION

GUEST REVIEW RATED

Vacation Details

Orkney Islands

4.7/5

THURSO 2

Scotland’s Highlands, ISLANDS & CITIES Visit the isles of Skye and Mull, the Orkney Islands and witness the beauty of Loch Ness. View the ruins of Melrose Abbey and visit Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

13 DAYS | 18 MEALS | FROM: $3325 PP* ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

Dunrobin Castle

Ullapool

SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Edinburgh. VISIT Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, the battlefield and Visitor Center of Culloden, Dunrobin Castle, John O’Groats, the Italian Chapel in the Orkney Islands, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona, St. Mungo’s Cathedral in Glasgow and Stirling Castle.

1 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Fort William Pitlochry

Iona

ORIENTATIONS of Dundee, Orkney Islands, Stirling and Glasgow.

Culloden

ISLE OF SKYE 1

Isle of Mull

Glamis Castle

2 BALLACHULISH

GLASGOW 2

VIEW Jedburgh Abbey, the 18th green at St. Andrews, Inverness Castle, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe.

1 DUNDEE St. Andrews

Loch Lomond Stirling

SEE Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and the Battlefield at Bannockburn.

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CONNECT WITH LOCALS

Bannockburn Melrose Jedburgh

Join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish Be My Guest lunch, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes. (Day 12)

SCOTLAND

DIVE INTO CULTURE Visit Blair Athol Whisky Distillery in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains for a tour and tasting of their single malt whisky. (Day 5)

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Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE EDINBURGH (3 NIGHTS) Enjoy your day at leisure before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your turas through an unimaginably beautiful part of the world. (WR) Hotel: Apex Haymarket DAY 2 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Let your Local Specialist take you on an informative sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, stopping to view the regal Palace of Holyroodhouse. See the new Scottish Parliament Building and the Royal Mile, before visiting Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates. (B) DAY 3 | EXCURSION TO THE BORDERS A scenic day’s excursion brings us to the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian Jedburgh Abbey, which we will have an opportunity to view. Continue to nearby Melrose Abbey, said to be the final resting place of the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce. We take the scenic route back to Edinburgh this afternoon, following the lush green landscapes along the Tweed River. (B) DAY 4 | EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – GLAMIS CASTLE – DUNDEE This morning we cross the Firth of Forth to the celebrated home of golf - St. Andrews, to view its ancient university and famous golf course. Shakespeare’s Macbeth takes center stage as we visit Glamis Castle, once the home of the beloved Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess Margaret. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and explore its beautiful gardens, before we travel to the waterfront city of Dundee, distinguished for its status as the first UNESCO City of Design, and the original home of marmalade. (B) Hotel: Apex City Quay DAY 5 | DUNDEE – PITLOCHRY – CULLODEN – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Dive Into Culture and learn about the local whisky industry at a famous distillery, including a tasting of Scotland’s much-loved golden nectar. Hearts and hands warmed, we wind our way to the tragic battlefield and Visitor Center at Culloden, past rugged landscapes and the imposing Cairngorms Mountains. Our final stop for the night is in the Scottish Highlands. (B) Hotel: Carrbridge

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Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

DAY 6 | SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – LOCH NESS – INVERNESS – THURSO (2 NIGHTS) The mystical haunt of Nessie is our first stop today before passing through Inverness en route to Dunrobin Castle. Spend your afternoon exploring the castle’s château-like structure and surrounds, once home to the Clan Sutherland. Arriving in Thurso, our home for the next two nights, we enjoy dinner at our hotel. (B,D) Hotel: Pentland DAY 7 | ORKNEY ISLANDS EXCURSION We board a ferry to South Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands, viewing the stretch of WWII causeways known as the Churchill Barriers. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. Visit Skara Brae and see the prehistoric free-standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar before delving into the stories of the Neolithic village. We stop at beautiful Kirkwall Cathedral for a photo opportunity before returning to our hotel for dinner. (B,D) DAY 8 | THURSO – ULLAPOOL – ISLE OF SKYE Dramatic landscapes accompany our scenic drive along the rugged north-west coastline of the Scottish Highlands to remote Ullapool on the shores of Loch Broom. We journey to the 13 th-century Eilean Donan Castle, perched on a tiny island where three sea lochs meet, then continue to the Isle of Skye where we’ll stay overnight and enjoy a delicious dinner in our hotel. (B,D) Hotel: Kings Arms DAY 9 | ISLE OF SKYE – BALLACHULISH (2 NIGHTS) We return to the mainland, following a beautiful route that takes us past the Glenfinnan Viaduct which Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express once crossed to his beloved school of magic. We pass Fort William, renowned as the gateway to Ben Nevis, before continuing to Ballachulish, our Highland home for the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Ballachulish

DAY 10 | MULL AND IONA EXCURSION Set sail from Oban to the Isle of Mull, disembarking at Craignure. Cross the pretty island countryside to catch a ferry from Fionnphort to the island of Iona, which was once the home of a Gaelic monastic community in Iona Abbey. Before our journey back to Ballachulish, we’ll have the chance to view Rèilig Odhrain, the final resting place of many Scottish kings. (B,D) DAY 11 | BALLACHULISH – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) A solemn reminder of the MacDonald clansmen, who were massacred at the ‘Glen of Weeping’, marks our journey south to Glasgow. We follow the banks of Loch Lomond, then enjoy an orientation tour that will see you view St. Mungo’s Cathedral and George Square with its statues of Britain’s famous sons and daughters. (B) Hotel: Holiday Inn Theatreland DAY 12 | STIRLING CASTLE AND BANNOCKBURN EXCURSION Enjoy a visit to Stirling Castle’s grounds. Then, visit the splendidly decorated Royal Palace of King James V and view the renowned Stirling Heads, before embarking on an excursion to Bannockburn. Connect With Locals this afternoon, joining the Wood family for a memorable Be My Guest lunch at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard, amidst tales of Rob Roy. (B,BMG) DAY 13 | DEPART GLASGOW It’s time to say a fond farewell to our travel companions and Travel Director as our memorable vacation comes to an end. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B) Please Note: Hotels in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. Accommodations on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodations on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT (add to price above): $790 PP Exceptions: 03 Oct 20 to 10 Oct 20: $700 PP Edinburgh Tattoo 7-29 August 2020: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh during these dates. See Edinburgh Military Tattoo panel on page 64 for further details. ▼ Reversed Itinerary: Departures marked will also operate in reverse and may stay in alternative hotels to those listed in the itinerary. All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

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INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival to Edinburgh Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 6.30am and 9am. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $119 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company - Trafalgar. CODE: BHLD

Alternative Trip Option CALLING ALL OUTLANDER FANS!

Similar to our ‘Scottish Highlands, Islands and Cities’ trip but with a ‘Jamie Fraser’ twist, Brendan presents our Special Interest Guided Vacation – Highland Trail inspired by Outlander. Please see pages 68-69 for full itinerary details.

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Guided VACATION

GUEST REVIEW RATED

Vacation Details

Orkney Islands

4.6/5

THURSO 2

Highland Trail Inspired

BY OUTLANDER Trace the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, visit Doune Castle, the setting for Clan Mackenzie’s Castle Leoch, and Fife which featured in several Outlander scenes.

13 DAYS | 18 MEALS | FROM: $3325 PP* ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

Ullapool

SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Edinburgh.

Culloden

ISLE OF SKYE 1

ORIENTATIONS of Dundee, Orkney Islands, Glasgow and Stirling.

1 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

VISIT Edinburgh Castle, 18th green at St. Andrews, Newtonmore, the Culloden Battlefield, John O’Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Stirling Castle, St. Mungo’s Cathedral and Linlithgow Palace.

Highland Folk Museum

Fort William Glencoe

KINLOCH RANNOCH 2

Pitlochry

Doune Falkland Castle Culross Stirling Castle Bannockburn

GLASGOW 2 Linlithgow

VISIT the filming locations for Fort William, 18th-century Cranesmuir, 1940s Inverness, and Wentworth Prison.

1 DUNDEE St. Andrews

VIEW Inverness Castle and Eilean Donan Castle. SEE Ben Nevis and the Battlefield at Bannockburn.

3 EDINBURGH

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

Palace

Join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish Be My Guest lunch, tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping Ceilidh tunes. (Day 12)

SCOTLAND

DIVE INTO CULTURE Visit the Highland Folk Museum which brings Highland history to life, showcasing how the 18th-century Highlander lived and worked. (Day 5) Visit Blair Athol Whisky Distillery in the foothills of the Grampian Mountains for a tour and tasting of their single malt whisky. (Day 10)

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EDINBURGH

Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE EDINBURGH (3 NIGHTS) A captivating tale of Redcoats and rugged Highlanders is revealed on this Outlander-inspired jaunt through the dramatic landscapes of Scotland. We begin our journey in the enchanting capital of Edinburgh with some free time to ramble through its medieval streets, before joining our fellow travelers and Travel Director for a hearty Scottish Welcome Reception. (WR) Hotel: Novotel Centre DAY 2 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Soak up the mystical atmosphere of ‘Auld Reekie’ this morning, as you join a Local Specialist for an intriguing sightseeing tour of the city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle perched atop Castle Rock. Tread in the footsteps of Jamie and his beloved sassenach, embarking on an Outlander walking tour through Old Town’s winding cobblestone lanes. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B) DAY 3 | OUTLANDER FILM LOCATION EXCURSION We visit the 15th-century walls of Blackness Castle on the shores of the scenic Firth of Forth – the backdrop for the infamous Fort William prison in Outlander season 1. Then, cross the Forth to the fictional village of Cranesmuir, real-life Culross. Here we’ll see Claire’s herb garden and Geillis Duncan’s home. (B) DAY 4 | EDINBURGH – FALKLAND VILLAGE – ST. ANDREWS – DUNDEE We arrive in Falkland, the Outlander film location for 1940s Inverness. Stop in at the Covenanter Hotel, which doubled as Mrs Baird’s B&B in the series, before heading to St. Andrews. Our final stop today is Dundee, where we’ll view the RRS Discovery, the last traditional wooden three-masted ship built in Britain. (B) Hotel: Apex City Quay DAY 5 | DUNDEE – HIGHLAND FOLK MUSEUM – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Celebrate rural Scottish heritage at the Highland Folk Museum, with its recreated 18 th-century township, once used as a location in the filming of Outlander season 1. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into rural life in Scotland from the 18 th century to the mid-20 th century, admiring the extensive collection of artifacts. We continue through the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Highlands to our hotel. (B) Hotel: Carrbridge

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Ring of Brodgar

DAY 6 | SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – CULLODEN – INVERNESS – THURSO (2 NIGHTS) Our first stop today is the bloody battlefield of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was defeated in 1746. We relive the brief, but brutal battle at the contemporary Visitor Center, before continuing through Inverness en route to Thurso, the most northerly town in mainland Scotland. (B,D) Hotel: Pentland DAY 7 | ORKNEY ISLANDS EXCURSION From the coastal village of John O’Groats, we catch the ferry that crosses the Pentland Firth and arrive at South Ronaldsay. The legend of Orkney’s mythical Selkies, which shift their aquatic form on land to walk as humans, is explored today as we roam these mystical islands bound for the remains of the Neothilic Skara Brae village. Wander freely amongst the standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar, before a final photo stop at Kirkwall cathedral and the ferry ride back to the mainland. (B,D) DAY 8 | THURSO – ULLAPOOL – ISLE OF SKYE We travel south to soak up the seafaring charm of Ullapool, a fishing town on Loch Broom. We traverse the rugged countryside and see the island fortress of Eilean Donan Castle. Continuing to the Isle of Skye, we hear about Bonnie Prince Charlie’s daring escape ‘over the sea to Skye’. This evening, we enjoy dinner at our hotel. (B,D) Hotel: Kings Arms DAY 9 | ISLE OF SKYE – BALLACHULISH (2 NIGHTS) Board a ferry back to the mainland to Maillag and later, travel to Fort William via the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct. Admire exquisite views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, traveling past the precipitous mountains of Glencoe to see the ‘Glen of Weeping’. (B) Hotel: MacDonald Loch Rannoch

DAY 10 | GLENCOE AND BLAIR ATHOL DISTILLERY EXCURSION Today, we Dive Into Culture and learn about the local whisky industry at the famous Blair Athol Distillery, including a tasting of Scotland’s much-loved golden nectar. Visit Pitlochry on the banks of the Tummel and enjoy some free time for lunch. (B,D) DAY 11 | KINLOCH RANNOCH – DOUNE CASTLE – STIRLING CASTLE – BANNOCKBURN – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) Head to Doune Castle, which served as the film location for Castle Leoch in Outlander. We see the site where Clan Mackenzie welcomed and hosted Claire on her arrival in 18 th-century Scotland, then head to Stirling and its magnificent castle. View the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, before arriving in Glasgow for an evening at leisure. (B) Hotel: Holiday Inn Theatreland

INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. AIRPORT TRANSFERS: On arrival at Edinburgh Airport transfers will operate at 9am, 11.30am and 2pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Glasgow Airport at 6.30am and 9am. GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $119 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company - Trafalgar. CODE: BHOD

DAY 12 | GLASGOW ORIENTATION – LINLITHGOW PALACE EXCURSION This morning, we enjoy an orientation tour of the city, including a visit to the masterfully crafted St. Mungo’s Cathedral, the Outlander film location for ‘L’Hopital des Anges’ in Paris. We visit Linlithgow Palace, which doubled as the prison entrance and corridors of Wentworth Prison. Later join the Wood family at their 15th-century historical farm on the shores of Loch Ard. We’ll Connect With Locals over a home-cooked Farewell Be My Guest Lunch amidst intriguing tales of Rob Roy. (B,BMG) DAY 13 | DEPART GLASGOW As the chapter closes on our Outlander-inspired journey through the wilds of Scotland and centuries of fascinating heritage, we say farewell to our newfound friends and prepare to return to reality. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. (B) Please Note: Hotels in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. Accommodations on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodations on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.

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GUEST REVIEW RATED

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4.6/5

Britain & Ireland

HIGHLIGHTS

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

GLASGOW 2 Edinburgh Gretna Green

N.IRELAND Belfast

SIGHTSEEING TOURS with a Local Specialist in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin. ORIENTATIONS of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath.

Lake District

HARROGATE 1

IRELAND Kildare

Start your tale of two islands in London, exploring such cities as Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Dublin and Cardiff, as well as the scenic Yorkshire Dales and rugged Ayrshire Coast.

10 DAYS | 12 MEALS | FROM: $2475 PP*

SCOTLAND

York

VIEW York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square and Kilkenny Castle and Gardens.

2 DUBLIN

Kilkenny

WATERFORD 1

VISIT Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge.

Rosslare Pembroke

WALES

CARDIFF 1

SEE the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

ENGLAND Stratford-upon-Avon Bath

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CONNECT WITH LOCALS Enjoy a hearty Be My Guest Welsh dinner with a farming family and their animals in the beautiful award-winning vineyards of Wales. (Day 8)

1 LONDON

Stonehenge

DIVE INTO CULTURE Admire Ireland’s finest thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm. (Day 7) Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 7)

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Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE LONDON London bids you a warm welcome to its regal traditions and centuries-old heritage. Ramble through its Royal Parks relaxing after your journey, or take to its streets to admire elegant façades merged with the modern verve of a global capital that marches to its own multi-cultural tune. Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall DAY 2 | LONDON – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – YORK – HARROGATE Join your Travel Director today and delve into centuries of history. Tales of starcrossed lovers, tragic kings and Roman emperors are brought to life as we visit Stratford-upon-Avon and follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare. Visit his Birthplace and the Visitor Center, before embarking on a scenic drive north to the Viking city of York, where we’ll enjoy an orientation walk around its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, see the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. This evening, we indulge in traditional pub grub at a Welcome Reception in the Victorian spa town of Harrogate, our home for tonight. (B,WR) Hotel: Crowne Plaza DAY 3 | HARROGATE – LAKE DISTRICT – GRETNA GREEN – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) We journey through the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the beautiful Lake District, which has inspired poets and writers for centuries. A highlight on our journey is England’s pretty Lake Windermere, which we’ll pass as we continue through countryside made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. We’ll cross the border to the runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green. Here eloping couples would tie the knot over the Marriage Anvil. We drive through the Southern Uplands to vibrant Glasgow. Tonight, consider joining an Optional Experience to Braveheart Country for a fabulous dinner and Scottish entertainment. (B) Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson City Centre

Tower Bridge, London

DAY 4 | EDINBURGH EXCURSION From the cultural capital of Glasgow to beguiling Edinburgh, with its exquisite medieval façades, our encounter with Scotland will see us join a Local Specialist for a memorable sightseeing tour. We’ll visit Edinburgh Castle, perched atop Castle Rock overlooking the city, and see the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse and the new Scottish Parliament. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town and amble through the secret lanes of ‘Auld Reekie’ before returning to Glasgow this evening. Enjoy views of Glasgow Cathedral and George Square before a delicious meal at a local restaurant. (B,RD)

DAY 7 | DUBLIN – KILDARE – KILKENNY – WATERFORD We Dive Into Culture this morning and gain insights into rearing world-class thoroughbreds at the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. Enjoy a guided walk through the farm and take some time to stroll through its tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. Admire the imposing medieval castle at Kilkenny before some free time for lunch. Our next stop sees us Dive Into Culture yet again to witness the delicate craft of Waterford Crystal. We’ll watch master craftsmen at work during a tour of the workshop and see the exquisitely crafted pieces in the showroom. (B) Hotel: Marina/Fitzwilton

DAY 5 | GLASGOW – BELFAST – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast, past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland. Board the ferry to Northern Ireland, then join a Local Specialist to explore the crossroads of British and Irish culture in Belfast. We’ll view City Hall, Queen’s University and the dock where the Titanic was built. This evening, we arrive in the vibrant capital of Ireland where we’ll spend the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Ballsbridge/Mespil

DAY 8 | WATERFORD – CARDIFF An early start to the day sees us cross the Irish Sea to Wales by ferry and continue our journey to the Welsh capital of Cardiff to view the Millennium Center, National Assembly and historic Cardiff Castle, at the heart of the city. This evening, we Connect With Locals in the idyllic Welsh countryside, joining a local family for a Farewell Be My Guest Dinner. (B,BMG) Hotel: Park Inn City Centre

DAY 6 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Gain insights into the centuries-old tradition of Guinness brewing and enjoy a Storehouse tour and tasting technique demonstration. Drive through the pretty streets of Dublin with a Local Specialist to admire the stately Georgian Squares, Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the tallest church in Ireland, before spending the rest of the day exploring the sights alone. Ramble through Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its colorful street performers. This evening, consider joining an Optional Experience to a rousing Irish cabaret performance. (B)

DAY 9 | CARDIFF – BATH – STONEHENGE – LONDON Traversing the Severn Estuary into England, we arrive in the glorious UNESCOlisted Bath, with its elegant Georgian façades and world-famous Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. Journey across the scenic landscapes of Wiltshire, paying a visit to the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge, then return to London. (B) Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall DAY 10 | DEPART LONDON Say farewell to your traveling companions at the end of your vacation, as you prepare to fly home with wonderful memories. (B)

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Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 20–100% discount on our standard single supplement. See brendanvacations.com website for pricing.

INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. LONDON AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 145 for details. UNUSED LONDON ACCOMMODATIONS: Prices are per night $132 PP GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $73 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company - Trafalgar.

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Guided VACATION

GUEST REVIEW RATED

Vacation Details

4.5/5

Wonders of Britain

& IRELAND Travel through England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to write your own story that will feature a Blarney Stone kiss, a swig of Guinness and romance rediscovered in the Lake District.

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

2 EDINBURGH

N.IRE

ORIENTATIONS of Bath, Cardiff, Chester, York and Oxford. VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Rock of Cashel, the town of Gretna Green, Edinburgh Castle, medieval Alnwick, Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratfordupon-Avon and one of the famous colleges of Oxford (when open).

Lake District

1 YORK

IRELAND DUBLIN 2

1 LIVERPOOL

VIEW the home to Harry Potter & Hogwarts’ Alnwick Castle, York Minster, Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and Sir Winston Churchill’s grave at Bladon.

Chester

1 WATERFORD Rosslare 2 KILLARNEY WALES Blarney

SIGHTSEEING TOURS with a Local Specialist in London, Dublin and Edinburgh.

Alnwick

Gretna Green

Cashel

Ring of Kerry

15 DAYS | 19 MEALS | FROM: $3695 PP*

SCOTLAND

Pembroke

CARDIFF 1

ENGLAND

SEE the Lake District’s magnificent scenery.

1 STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry.

Bladon

Oxford Bath

2

1 LONDON

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

Stonehenge

Tales of potent poitin and rural Ireland are shared over a delicious Be My Guest Dinner dinner of Irish Stew at Molly Gallivan’s 200-year-old cottage with the O’Sullivan family and their Kerry cows. (Day 6)

DIVE INTO CULTURE Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal on a workshop tour. (Day 5)

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DAY 1 | ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS) The cosmopolitan capital of London rolls out its red carpet, with all the pomp and pageantry you’re unlikely to encounter anywhere else in the world. Hotel: Park Plaza County Hall/Plaza Riverbank DAY 2 | LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Join a Local Specialist today to explore the city’s favorite landmarks. See Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, before spending the rest of the day at leisure to delve into the city’s history, culture, art and architecture. (B) DAY 3 | LONDON – STONEHENGE – BATH – CARDIFF Meet your Travel Director this morning and stop to ponder the mysteries of the ancient monoliths of Stonehenge, before driving west to Bath. Cross the Severn Estuary to Cardiff, then view the Millennium Center and the National Assembly in Cardiff Bay. Later, enjoy warm hospitality and traditional Welsh pub fare and drinks at a rousing Welcome Reception. (B,WR) Hotel: Park Inn City Centre

Stonehenge

DAY 6 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Today we experience the enduring beauty of Ireland’s most scenic coastal drive. See Daniel O’Connell’s Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap with its panoramic views. This evening, we Connect With Locals at Molly Gallivan’s 200-year-old cottage, sharing a memorable Be My Guest dinner with the O’Sullivan family and their Kerry cows. (B,BMG)

DAY 11 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle. See Auld Reekie’s Royal Mile and the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, then admire the Georgian façades in Edinburgh’s New Town. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates. (B)

DAY 7 | KILLARNEY – CASHEL – DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING (2 NIGHTS) Visit the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary, the seat of Irish kings for centuries. Later, travel to Dublin, joining a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour to see Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. This evening, consider an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret. (B) Hotel: Sandymount/Clayton Leopardstown

DAY 12 | EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK We venture south to the medieval market town of Alnwick, with its Tenantry Column. Travel to York where you’ll walk through the cobblestone Shambles, and see the medieval walls and the York Minster, one of the greatest cathedrals in the world. (B) Hotel: Novotel Centre

DAY 8 | DUBLIN FREE TIME Beat the crowds and explore the Guinness Brewery for a tour of the Storehouse including a tasting technique demonstration. The rest of the day is yours to soak up the cozy atmosphere of the Irish capital. (B)

DAY 4 | CARDIFF – WATERFORD This morning, we view the Principality Stadium and Cardiff Castle during our orientation of Cardiff. We cross the Irish Sea by ferry and travel to historic Waterford where we’ll dine in our hotel tonight. (B,D) Hotel: Marina/Treacys

DAY 9 | DUBLIN – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL Admire the landscapes of Snowdonia National Park bound for Chester, with its characteristic Tudor Rows. We arrive later in Liverpool, joining our companions for a tasty Regional Meal at a local restaurant (B,RD) Hotel: Jurys Inn

DAY 5 | WATERFORD – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Dive Into Culture and watch the master craftsmen of the renowned House of Waterford Crystal. Then, kiss the Blarney Stone to acquire the ‘gift of the gab’ before traveling to the picturesque town of Killarney. (B) Hotel: Hotel Killarney

DAY 10 | LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT – GRETNA GREEN – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Skirt the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, as we travel through countryside made famous by poet William Wordsworth. We cross the Scottish border and visit the runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green. This evening, we arrive in Edinburgh. (B) Hotel: Apex City

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DAY 13 | YORK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON We visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Center in Stratford-upon-Avon to see where the ‘Avon Bard’ was born and raised. View Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, then enjoy some free time to explore. This evening we join our fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (B,FD) Hotel: Best Western Grosvenor DAY 14 | STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – BLADON – OXFORD – LONDON Journey to the Cotswolds and visit the little churchyard at Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill is buried. Arriving in Oxford, we’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the city to view the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library, and visit one of the university’s famous colleges (when open). We return to London this afternoon. (B) Hotel: Park Plaza County Hall

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Edinburgh Tattoo 7-29 August 2020: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh during these dates. See Edinburgh Military Tattoo panel on page 64 for further details.

INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. LONDON AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 145 for details. UNUSED LONDON ACCOMMODATIONS: Prices are per night $132 PP GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $110 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company - Trafalgar. CODE: BIBI

DAY 15 | DEPART LONDON For now, it’s time to say farewell to our travel companions at the end of a memorable vacation as we prepare to return home with treasured memories. (B)

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Guided VACATION

GUEST REVIEW RATED

4.5/5

19 DAYS | 25 MEALS | FROM: $4350 PP*

2 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Pitlochry Glencoe Loch St. Andrews Lomond

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

2 EDINBURGH

GLASGOW 1

SIGHTSEEING TOURS with a Local Specialist in Edinburgh, Dublin and the Isle of Skye.

Jedburgh

PANORAMA From the spires of London, Edinburgh and York, to the wild, windswept landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Ireland, explore all the nooks and crannies of Britain and Ireland.

SCOTLAND

Isle of Skye

Britain & Ireland

Vacation Details

N.IRE

ORIENTATIONS of York, Glasgow, Chester, Galway, Cork, Cobh, Cardiff, Bath and Plymouth.

Lake District

IRELAND Galway

CORK 1

1 LIVERPOOL Chester

ENGLAND

1 WEXFORD

Blarney

Ring of Kerry

Anglesey

DUBLIN 2

LIMERICK 1

Rosslare

Waterford Cobh

VISIT Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, Isle of Skye, Culloden, the Guinness Storehouse, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Waterford Crystal Showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath, Glastonbury Abbey, the fishing village of Polperro and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge.

1 YORK

Pembroke

CARDIFF 1

Dartmoor

VIEW Eilean Donan Castle, the Battlefield of Culloden, Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage, York Minster, Galway Cathedral and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth.

Stratford-upon-Avon

WALES Bath

Glastonbury

1

2 LONDON

SEE the Isle of Skye and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Stonehenge

SCENIC DRIVE of the Ring of Kerry.

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

2 PLYMOUTH Polperro

Meet Farmer John and his wife Christine and enjoy a few hours of Cumbria farm-life with a traditional Be My Guest lunch and some Highland cow company thrown in for good measure. (Day 9)

DIVE INTO CULTURE Visit the Necropolis in Glasgow, one of Europe’s most significant burial grounds. (Day 8) Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal. (Day 14)

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LONDON

Your Itinerary

Breakfast of the Guards, London

DAY 1 | ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to the cosmopolitan capital that is London. Spend your day easing into the energy of this cosmopolitan city. Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall

DAY 7 | ISLE OF SKYE, CULLODEN AND SCENIC HIGHLAND EXCURSION We pass the Eilean Donan Castle, then cross to the Isle of Skye where a Local Specialist will take us on a journey to admire the remarkable Cuillin Mountains. This afternoon, we view the mysterious Loch Ness. (B,D)

DAY 2 | LONDON SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Join your Local Specialist today to see the iconic sights, including Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (B)

DAY 8 | SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – GLENCOE – LOCH LOMOND – GLASGOW Our first stop today is the World War II Commando Memorial for views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. We continue south through the ‘Glen of Weeping’, arriving in Glasgow, where we enjoy an orientation tour. We’ll also visit the Necropolis and Dive Into Culture at one of Europe’s most important 19 th-century burial grounds. (B) Hotel: Crowne Plaza

DAY 3 | LONDON – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – YORK Meet your Travel Director this morning and travel to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Center and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage before continuing to York to see the magnificent York Minster. This evening, we join our Travel Director and travel companions for a delicious Yorkshire dinner in our hotel. (B,WR) Hotel: Novotel Centre DAY 4 | YORK – JEDBURGH – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Journeying through Northumberland National Park’s dramatic landscapes, we arrive at the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th-century Jedburgh Abbey en route to the enchanting Scottish capital, Edinburgh. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates. (B) Hotel: Holiday Inn DAY 5 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Join your Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour through New Town, Princes Street and the Royal Mile. Embark on a guided visit of Edinburgh Castle and consider a traditional Scottish night out. (B) DAY 6 | EDINBURGH – ST. ANDREWS – PITLOCHRY – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS) Today, we travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view its celebrated ancient university and explore centuries of golf heritage. Our next stop is Pitlochry on the banks of the Tummel River. You could choose to join an Optional Experience to visit Blair Castle, the ancestral home to the Dukes of Atholl. We continue to the Scottish Highlands, our home for two nights. (B,D) Hotel: Laggan Gaskmore

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DAY 9 | GLASGOW – LAKE DISTRICT – LIVERPOOL Cross the border into England and Connect With Locals, joining Farmer John and his wife Christine on their Cumbrian working farm for a Be My Guest lunch. Learn about traditional farming methods before continuing your journey through the beautiful Lake District and its landscapes that have inspired poets and painters for centuries. See Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, before traveling to Liverpool, the haunt of Britain’s ‘Fab Four’. (B,BMG) Hotel: Mercure Atlantic Tower DAY 10 | LIVERPOOL – CHESTER – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) The half-timbered Tudor ‘Rows’ in Chester are our first stop today as we travel to Holyhead to catch our ferry to Dublin. Enjoy a Regional Meal at EPIC - the Irish Emigration Museum. (B,RD) Hotel: Clayton Leopardstown DAY 11 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn about Ireland’s famous brew, before delving into Dublin’s iconic sights with a Local Specialist. See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the stately Georgian Squares. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure or consider an Optional Experience at an Irish Cabaret. (B) DAY 12 | DUBLIN – GALWAY – LIMERICK Journey to Galway, where you will have an opportunity to view Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square before continuing to Limerick. (B) Hotel: Greenhills

DAY 13 | LIMERICK – RING OF KERRY – CORK Admire Ireland’s enduring scenic beauty on one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Circling the spectacular Ring of Kerry, we see mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a soul-stirring landscape. We arrive in Cork and enjoy a delicious dinner at our hotel. (B,D) Hotel: Maldron Shandon DAY 14 | CORK – BLARNEY – COBH – WATERFORD – WEXFORD We visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone, before stopping in Cobh for a walking tour with a Local Specialist. This afternoon we Dive Into Culture during a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. (B) Hotel: Maldron DAY 15 | WEXFORD – CARDIFF We cross the Irish Sea to Wales and its capital, Cardiff, where we will see the Principality Stadium and view the Millennium Center, National Assembly and Cardiff castle. (B) Hotel: Clayton DAY 16 | CARDIFF – BATH – GLASTONBURY – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS) Cross the Severn Estuary to Bath and visit its Roman Baths before spending some time on your own. We wind our way to mystical Glastonbury next to visit the 7th-century Abbey. (B) Hotel: Copthorne DAY 17 | POLPERRO AND DARTMOOR EXCURSION View the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, then visit the fishing village of Polperro. This evening, we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a memorable Farewell Dinner. (B,FD) DAY 18 | PLYMOUTH – STONEHENGE – LONDON Visit the mystical ancient monoliths of Stonehenge before journeying back to London this afternoon. (B) Hotel: Park Plaza Riverbank/Park Plaza County Hall DAY 19 | DEPART LONDON Say a fond farewell to Britain and Ireland as you prepare to return home with treasured memories of your trip. (B)

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Edinburgh Tattoo 7-29 August 2020: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh during these dates. See Edinburgh Military Tattoo panel on page 64 for further details.

INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details. LONDON AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 145 for details. UNUSED LONDON ACCOMMODATIONS: Prices are per night $132 PP GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $146 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company - Trafalgar. CODE: BPAN

Please Note: Hotels in the Scottish Highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. Accommodations on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodations on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.

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Guided VACATION

GUEST REVIEW RATED

4.5/5

Loch Ness

ISLE OF SKYE 1

Culloden

23 DAYS | 32 MEALS | FROM: $4725 PP*

1 SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Britain & Ireland

Glencoe Falkirk

Pitlochry

Giant’s Causeway

Londonderry

CO. DONEGAL 1

N.IRE

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

St. Andrews

2 EDINBURGH

GLASGOW 1

GRANDEUR No corner of the British Isles will remain unexplored, from London and Liverpool to Edinburgh, Dublin and Belfast, with a visit to The Giant’s Causeway, the Ring of Kerry and ‘Nessie’.

Vacation Details

SCOTLAND

SIGHTSEEING TOURS with a Local Specialist in London, Londonderry, Belfast, Dublin and Edinburgh. ORIENTATIONS of Salisbury Plain, Plymouth, Bath, Cardiff, Limerick, Galway, Chester, Glasgow and York. VISIT the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Waterford Crystal Showroom, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone, the Giants Causeway, Falkirk Wheel, Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, Alnwick and Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. VIEW the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth, the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, the 18th hole at St. Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Battlefield and York Minster. SCENIC DRIVES on a Cornish Excursion and of the Ring of Kerry

Alnwick

1 BELFAST

Gretna Green

1 LAKE DISTRICT 1 YORK

GALWAY 1

Cliffs of Moher

Ring of Kerry

DUBLIN 2

1 LIVERPOOL

IRELAND

Chester

Limerick

ENGLAND

1 WATERFORD Rosslare 2 KILLARNEY WALES Blarney

Pembroke

CARDIFF 1

Stratford-upon-Avon

Bath

2

CONNECT WITH LOCALS

1 LONDON

Enjoy a traditional British Be My Guest supper hosted by a local family in the dining room of either their elegant town house in the city or in their impressive country house overlooking picturesque scenery in the Vale of York. (Day 21)

Stonehenge Looe

2 PLYMOUTH

Polperro

DIVE INTO CULTURE Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour. (Day 7) Visit the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour into what makes the perfect pint. (Day 13) Visit Falkirk Wheel to learn about Scotland’s canal system at the world’s only rotating boat elevator. (Day 16)

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

In Northern Ireland, where your visit to Giant’s Causeway helps conserve this iconic natural landmark. (Day 11)

Vacation Planner Start

Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE LONDON (2 NIGHTS) Explore London on your own today. Hotel: Hilton Kensington/DoubleTree by Hilton Islington DAY 2 | LONDON SIGHTSEEING Join a Local Specialist to see Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. (B) DAY 3 | LONDON – STONEHENGE – PLYMOUTH (2 NIGHTS) Meet your Travel Director today before journeying to the Salisbury Plain. Stonehenge is our first stop before traveling to the historic naval port of Plymouth in Devon. (B,WR) Hotel: Copthorne

The Mall, London

DAY 10 | GALWAY – CO. DONEGAL This morning, admire Galway Cathedral and stroll through Eyre Square. Then, travel to Donegal to see its 15th-century castle. (B,D) Hotel: Central/Ballina DAY 11 | CO. DONEGAL – LONDONDERRY – GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – BELFAST ORIENTATION We join a Local Specialist in Londonderry, then visit the Giant’s Causeway. Our visit will Make A Difference by helping to conserve this iconic natural landmark. We proceed to Belfast where we’ll enjoy an orientation tour. (B) Hotel: Park Inn/Stormont

DAY 4 | PLYMOUTH ORIENTATION AND CORNISH EXCURSION Embark on an orientation tour and see the Royal Citadel and Mayflower Steps. Explore the Cornish peninsula and visit the seaside villages of Looe and Polperro. (B)

DAY 12 | BELFAST – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) A Local Specialist ‘Cabbie’ takes us on a journey through the recent history of Belfast in their Black Cab. In Dublin, we join a Local Specialist to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral and other iconic sights. (B) Hotel: Mespil/Clayton Leopardstown

DAY 5 | PLYMOUTH – BATH – CARDIFF Admire Bath’s elegant Georgian façades before continuing to Cardiff. (B) Hotel: Park Inn City Centre

DAY 13 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME Dive Into Culture and gain entry to the Guinness Storehouse before general admission. The rest of the day is free. (B)

DAY 6 | CARDIFF – WATERFORD Explore Cardiff’s iconic sights, then cross the Irish Sea to Waterford. (B,D) Hotel: Fitzwilton

DAY 14 | DUBLIN – CHESTER – LIVERPOOL Cross the Irish Sea to Wales and continue to the ancient town of Chester, where your orientation tour will take you past its Roman walls and famous half-timbered Tudor Rows. Later, we head to the haunt of the ‘Fab Four’, edgy Liverpool, where we’ll spend the night. (B) Hotel: Jurys Inn

DAY 7 | WATERFORD – BLARNEY – KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Our first stop today is at the House of Waterford Crystal where we will Dive Into Culture during a demonstration with master craftsmen. We’ll kiss the Blarney Stone, before arriving later in Killarney. (B) Hotel: Hotel Killarney/Innisfallen DAY 8 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Ireland’s enduring natural beauty is our welcome companion today as we circle the enchanting Ring of Kerry. (B,D) DAY 9 | KILLARNEY – LIMERICK – CLIFFS OF MOHER – GALWAY We stop in Limerick to view St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle. We’ll visit the Cliffs of Moher, before arriving in Galway. (B,D) Hotel: Connacht

DAY 15 | LIVERPOOL – LAKE DISTRICT Heading north to the idyllic Lake District, we see Lake Windermere and admire its spectacular scenery. (B,D) Hotel: North Lakes/Castle Green DAY 16 | LAKE DISTRICT – GRETNA GREEN – GLASGOW Stop in the runaway wedding capital of Gretna Green before arriving in Glasgow. Dive Into Culture at the Falkirk Wheel and experience the world’s only rotating boat elevator. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Regional Meal at a local restaurant. (B,RD) Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn/Park Inn City Centre

DAY 17 | GLASGOW – GLENCOE – ISLE OF SKYE Journey past the site of the tragic 1692 massacre at Glencoe and see Britain’s highest mountain – Ben Nevis. View Eilean Donan Castle before traveling to the Isle of Skye. (B,D) Hotel: Dunollie/Kings Arms DAY 18 | ISLE OF SKYE – LOCH NESS – CULLODEN – SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS Travel through the scenic Scottish Highlands via Glen Shiel and along the banks of Loch Ness. View the site of the bloody Battle of Culloden. (B,D) Hotel: Highlander DAY 19 | SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS – PITLOCHRY – ST. ANDREWS – EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) We stop in Pitlochry before traveling to St. Andrews and then Edinburgh. (B) Hotel: Holiday Inn DAY 20 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING Join a Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour which will include a visit to Edinburgh Castle. See the Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse and new Scottish Parliament building. (B)

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DAY 21 | EDINBURGH – ALNWICK – YORK Visit the medieval market town of Alnwick before stopping in York for an orientation walk along the Shambles to York Minster. This evening we Connect With Locals over a Be My Guest dinner in Yorkshire. (B,BMG) Hotel: Novotel Centre

Edinburgh Tattoo 7-29 August 2020: We’ve included Tattoo tickets when you’re in Edinburgh during these dates. See Edinburgh Military Tattoo panel on page 64 for further details. ▼ Reversed Itinerary: Departures marked will also operate in reverse and may stay in alternative hotels to those listed in the itinerary. All sightseeing and inclusions will remain as described.

DAY 22 | YORK – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – LONDON Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon to view Anne Hathaway’s thatched cottage and visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Center before returning to London this afternoon. (B) Hotel: Hilton Kensington/DoubleTree by Hilton Islington

INTERNATIONAL AIR: Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. Brendan guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. See page 145 for further details.

DAY 23 | DEPART LONDON Your journey through Britain and Ireland comes to an end. (B) Please Note: Hotels in the Scottish highlands and on the Isle of Skye are generally simpler establishments typical of the region. Accommodations on the Isle of Skye may be substituted with accommodations on the mainland. All sightseeing will remain the same as per the itinerary.

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LONDON AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Transfers are available to purchase. Conditions apply. See page 145 for details. UNUSED LONDON ACCOMMODATIONS: Prices are per night $117 PP GRATUITIES: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $183 per person. DRINKING WATER: Tap water is safe to drink in all of the destinations on this trip. Please remember to bring a water bottle. * All prices are per person, double share. This trip will be operated in conjunction with our sister company - Trafalgar.

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Sample Vacation Details

Private Chauffeur VACATION

7 DAYS | DUBLIN TO SHANNON

N.IRELAND

Irish Cities, Landscapes

WHAT’S INCLUDED

& CASTLES

IRELAND Cliffs of Moher

6 Nights Accommodation, 6 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, Private Airport Transfers, Sightseeing as mentioned, Private Vehicle & Chauffeur.

Boyne Valley

Slane Distillery

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

2 DUBLIN

City Tour in Dublin, Glendalough, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry.

Powerscourt Estate

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

Glendalough

1 DROMOLAND CASTLE

GOOD FOR: First-Timers, Culture Chasers, Clan Seekers.

Shannon

1 WATERFORD Ring of Kerry

2 KILLARNEY Blarney

THE MERRION HOTEL Dublin

CLIFF HOUSE HOTEL Waterford

AGHADOE HEIGHTS HOTEL Killarney

DROMOLAND CASTLE Newmarket-on-Fergus

Customized Packages From: LOW: $4156 PP* | MID: $4733 PP* | HIGH: $5071 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Catherine’s Why... This trip offers a perfect immersion into Ireland’s ancient heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and colorful vibrant city life. When I recommend this trip I am thinking about the powerful contrasts – visiting Newgrange in the Boyne Valley (pictured), a special place where ritual and ceremony played a major role in the lives of local communities about 5000 years ago, and then just down the road see where Slane Castle and its state-of-the-art sustainable new whiskey distillery pays homage to the resilient nature of our heritage and the surrounding lands that we call home. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Dublin, the starting point for your grand adventure through the Emerald Isle! Here you’ll venture to see historic sights and modern marvels. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by your private chauffeur. This afternoon, your voyage of discovery begins with a tour of Ireland’s capital city. Visit stately St. Patrick’s Cathedral, tour Dublin’s Georgian squares with their brightly colored doors, and walk the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College to see the ornate 8 th-century Book of Kells. DAY 2 | BOYNE VALLEY EXCURSION Travel to the Boyne Valley in County Meath. This river valley was the cradle of Irish civilization, and it supported a sophisticated society in Neolithic times. Get ready for some ancient Irish history when you stop at the Bru-na-Boinne Centre to visit one of the Megalithic Passage Tombs at Newgrange or Knowth. Visit the stunning Slane Castle, set in the middle of a 1,500-acre estate, that has been a family home since 1701. Next, tour the Slane Whiskey Distillery where you are taken through their heritage room, barley room, cooperage, and maturation warehouse before a final stop to view the pot stills and production areas that includes a tasting of course! (B)

Powerscourt Estate

DAY 3 | DUBLIN - WATERFORD Stop to visit Powerscourt Estate’s glorious formal gardens. The superb blend of sweeping terraces, fine statuary, ornamental lakes, rambling walks, and walled gardens are a magnificent sight to behold. Next, visit Glendalough, the ‘Valley of the Two Lakes,’ famous for its early monastic ruins and scenic setting. Be sure to find St. Kevin’s cross. Legend holds that those who can wrap their arms around it will receive their wish. Perhaps the luck of the Irish will be on your side. Onto Waterford with colorful terrace houses, cafés, and bars overlooking the quayside. Enjoy a night in the intimate Cliff House Hotel with dinner in their Michelin star restaurant for a quaint and cozy evening. (B,D) DAY 4 | WATERFORD - KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Your day starts with a visit to Blarney Castle, home to the magical stone that gives the gift of eloquence for a kiss. This timeless tradition is yours to participate in today. Stroll through the castle’s grounds full of gardens, arboretums, and waterways. If you dare, enter the Poison Garden – just don’t touch the plants! Then continue on to the charming town of Killarney. (B)

DAY 5 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Admire the breathtaking scenery of rugged landscapes and crashing seas along the famous Ring of Kerry, and delight in traditional Irish life as you stop in quaint villages along the way. You’ll be mesmerized by this unspoiled land that has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Returning to Killarney, the rest of your day is free. (B) DAY 6 | KILLARNEY - NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS (DROMOLAND CASTLE) Visit the Cliffs of Moher, rising up to 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves and stretching 5 miles along the coast. Perhaps visit the interpretive center, a huge, domed, underground building with images, exhibits, and displays, a delight for young and old alike. Then on to bask in the royal glow of Dromoland Castle, one of the most luxurious castle hotels in Ireland. (B) DAY 7 | NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS - DEPART SHANNON You will be transferred to Shannon Airport where your vacation ends. Slán go fóill – goodbye until we meet again. (B)

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Sample Vacation Details

N.IRELAND

Family Adventure on the

7 DAYS | DUBLIN TO DUBLIN WHAT’S INCLUDED 6 Nights Accommodation, 6 Breakfasts, Private Airport Transfers, Sightseeing as mentioned, Private Vehicle & Chauffeur.

EMERALD ISLE

1 ASHFORD CASTLE 1

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

1 DUBLIN

Hurling Experience, Kayaking Trip, Cliffs of Moher Cruise.

Co. Kildare Cliffs of Moher

IRELAND

GOOD FOR: Families, Adventurers, The Young and the Young at heart, The Family Vacationer. Ring of Kerry

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION Kilkenny

2 KILLARNEY Blarney

1 CORK

BROOKS HOTEL Dublin

INCHYDONEY ISLAND LODGE & SPA West Cork

GREAT SOUTHERN HOTEL Killarney

ASHFORD CASTLE Cong, Co.Mayo

Customized Packages From:

Skibereen

LOW: $3857 PP* | MID: $4695 PP* | HIGH: $4900 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per per adult (child discounts available dependent on inclusions and travel dates), land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Catherine’s Why... A trip that captures the imagination of all the family, from donning your Viking hat, hurling a slither (stick and ball) in arguably the fastest field sport in the world (pictured), to kayaking on the Wild Atlantic Way. Adventures that are shared, meaningful, uplifting and have a lifelong impact on all the family. Here we delve into all the emotions we feed off as families, and then relax, connect and reconnect with ourselves, our loved ones and the locals. And then there’s still room for a bit of magic - staying at the magnificent Ashford Castle, sharing this experience is unique and everyone will cherish the memories forever. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN DUBLIN Welcome to Dublin, Ireland’s lively capital! Join the Viking Splash Tour for a truly unique experience, taking in the sights of Dublin during a fun-filled city tour. Board an amphibious World War II vehicle (DUKW), which takes you from land to water and back again, offering city vistas not available on other Dublin tours. Afterward, visit Trinity College and walk its cobbled courtyard to see the ornate 8 th-century Book of Kells. DAY 2 | DUBLIN - CORK Stopping in County Kildare, you will be taken on a guided tour of the National Stud in Tully. You’ll take in the stallion boxes, the foaling unit and the museum. Then step out into the wonderful world of the Japanese gardens. Continue on to Kilkenny where you will enjoy a unique experience learning about and trying out the 3000-year-old game of Hurling. Test your skills in what’s believed to be one of the fastest field sports around. End the experience with a bowl of tasty Irish stew. Travel on to West Cork. (B)

Muckross Farm

DAY 3 | CORK - KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) This morning travel to nearby Skibbereen and enjoy a Kayaking trip along the Wild Atlantic Way to take in some stunning sights as you satisfy your sense of adventure. The beauty of our coastline is an impressive thing to experience from a kayak as no other craft allows you capture the beauty of the coast in such an intimate way as on this picturesque trip. Next to Blarney Castle to climb the steps to the very top to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and get the gift of gab. And don’t forget to explore the mystical grounds, gardens, and Rock Close. End your day in Killarney, renowned for its lively pubs and open, cheerful atmosphere, full of what the Irish call ‘craic’! (B) DAY 4 | RING OF KERRY Wind ‘round the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as ‘The Ring of Kerry,’ Take in views of mountains, valleys, lakes, and sea as you travel through this unspoiled land that has inspired artists and poets for centuries. Your chauffeur will take you through some of the little towns along the route to dive even deeper into this magical destination. After your drive, visit Muckross Farm, and enjoy three farms, a small farm animal petting area, carpenter’s workshop, and blacksmith’s forge. (B)

DAY 5 | KILLARNEY - CLIFFS OF MOHER - CONG (ASHFORD CASTLE) Heading north, stop at the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. See this natural phenomenon from a different perspective aboard a cruise along the 5-mile shoreline. Gaze up at the sheer, craggy cliff face, rising 700 feet above you. Back on dry land, continue to the majestic Ashford Castle, a place full of stories waiting to be told. Set alongside the glistening waters of Lough Corrib, Ashford dates back to 1228. It became the home of the Guinness family in the mid 1800’s. This is your chance to live like royalty and join the ranks of guests that have included Princes and Presidents. (B) DAY 6 | CONG - DUBLIN Make time for a leisurely breakfast and explore the grounds by bicycle or on foot. Travel back to Dublin where there’s a chance to do some last-minute shopping or people watch in a lively pub. Stop in for a pint and say hello to some of our friendly locals. (B) DAY 7 | DEPART DUBLIN It’s time to say slán abhaile to these magical lands and head for home with your cherished memories. (B)

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Tastes & Tipples

OF IRELAND GOOD FOR: Taste Enthusiasts, Foodies.

Sample Vacation Details

N.IRELAND

8 DAYS | DUBLIN TO SHANNON WHAT’S INCLUDED 7 Nights Accommodation, 7 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, Private Airport Transfers, Sightseeing as mentioned, Private Vehicle & Chauffeur.

Kylemore Abbey Connemara

2 GALWAY Cliffs of Moher

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

2 DUBLIN

Walking Food Tour of Dublin and Galway, Jameson Whiskey Shakers Experience, Seaweed Discovery Workshop, Burren Herbalist Walk.

IRELAND

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

Shannon

ADARE MANOR 1 2 CO. KERRY Ring of Kerry

THE DAVENPORT Dublin

BALLYGARRY HOUSE HOTEL & SPA Kerry

THE G HOTEL & SPA Galway

ADARE MANOR Adare

Blarney

Customized Packages From: LOW: $4831 PP* | MID: $5420 PP* | HIGH: $5566 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Catherine’s Why... The green pastures, deep valleys and abundant waters surrounding our island have helped create outstanding natural flavours that you won’t get anywhere else. Meeting the producer, shop owner, distillers, restaurateur or chef, you get that first-hand human connection that makes tasting produce all the better, from sublime smoked salmon to the creamiest butter imaginable. Ireland is serving up a food and drink renaissance and can be best enjoyed here – in the place it comes from. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Ireland! Dublin is the starting place for your grand adventure. Stop at Trinity College where you will visit the library that holds the famous Book of Kells, a hand-illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. DAY 2 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING This morning meet a local guide for the ‘Delicious Dublin Tour’. Bring your appetite and enjoy the best of the city’s diverse culinary scene, as you indulge in everything from ice cream to Irish stew. Later this afternoon enjoy a 60-minute masterclass in the art of making whiskey cocktails at the Jameson Distillery. Learn about exciting new methods, drink like the locals and discover how this ancient spirit has changed with the times. (B) DAY 3 | DUBLIN - KERRY (2 NIGHTS) Visit Blarney Castle, built nearly six hundred years ago. Kiss the famous stone and wander through this iconic spot and the beautiful gardens surrounding it. Continue on to Kerry, showcasing some of Ireland’s most iconic scenery. (B)

Galway

DAY 4 | RING OF KERRY - SEAWEED WORKSHOP Travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as ‘The Ring of Kerry’ to see the rugged landscapes and crashing seas that have inspired writers and poets for centuries. Stop along the way in Caherdaniel Village and participate in a Seaweed Discovery Workshop. (B) DAY 5 | KERRY - GALWAY (2 NIGHTS) This morning visit the picturesque Adare, where you’ll quickly see why it is known as one of Ireland’s prettiest and welcoming villages. Next head to Galway, a thriving bohemian and cultural city. (B)

DAY 7 | BURREN HERBALIST WALK - CLIFFS OF MOHER - ADARE This morning meet a Herbalist and experience foraging wild herbs for medicine. Travel on to the Cliffs of Moher, rising approximately 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves. End your trip with dinner in the splendour of The Oak Room, Adare Manor’s fine-dining experience and share stories of your exciting (and delicious) adventures. (B,D) DAY 8 | DEPART SHANNON You are transferred to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

DAY 6 | GALWAY FOOD TOUR - CONNEMARA Enjoy a fabulous 2-hour culinary walking tour of Galway, where you’ll meet artisan producers and sample everything from cheese to strawberry tarts. This city is the perfect place for getting a taste of our culture as it’s known for its amazing café, bar scene and traditional Irish music that spills out on to the streets. Later tour Connemara, and stop at the lakeside Kylemore Abbey, the former castle turned abbey. (B)

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Giant’s Causeway

Private Chauffeur VACATION

NEW

Londonderry

DONEGAL 1

Romancing

Sample Vacation Details

1 BALLYCASTLE

N.IRELAND

12 DAYS | DUBLIN TO DUBLIN

2 BELFAST

Drumcliff

WHAT’S INCLUDED 11 Nights Accommodation, 11 Breakfasts, Private Airport Transfers, Sightseeing as mentioned, Private Vehicle & Chauffeur.

Great Western Greenway

IRELAND

Westport

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

Boyne Valley

2 ASHFORD CASTLE Galway

Cliffs of Moher

GOOD FOR: Romantics, Milestone Planners, Lovers of Enchanting Exploration.

Ring of Kerry

1

Greenway Cycling in Westport, Ring of Kerry, Slieve League Cliffs, Giant’s Causeway, Belfast City Tour.

1 DUBLIN

IRELAND

The Burren

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

1 ENNIS

DYLAN HOTEL Dublin

CAHERNANE HOUSE HOTEL Killarney

OLD GROUND HOTEL Ennis

ASHFORD CASTLE Cong

LOUGH ESKE CASTLE Donegal

THE SALTHOUSE Ballycastle

2 KILLARNEY Blarney

GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL Belfast

Customized Packages From: LOW: $7821 PP* | MID: $9163 PP* | HIGH: $9521 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Catherine’s Why... This trip is for those looking to be enchanted by the Emerald Isle. Connect in quaint villages and be mesmerized by the unsurpassed allure of our homelands as you journey to places where diverse history meets modern magic. Ireland is for celebrating and boy do we celebrate. From proposals, to anniversaries, to graduations, to birthdays, we do it all. Bring the ones you love the most, embrace where you are and who you’re with as you bond with the locals and share together the beauty of our homelands. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN DUBLIN Welcome to Dublin! This afternoon meet a local guide for a private walking tour. Experience all the highlights and uncover hidden gems on an exploration of this ancient yet modern city. Enjoy a visit to the 400-year-old Trinity College and see the Book of Kells, not your average paperback. Later visit EPIC Ireland, the Irish Emigration Museum, and journey through centuries of rich history or even discover some hidden gems about your own ancestry. DAY 2 | DUBLIN - KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) After a relaxing breakfast, travel to Cork. Visit Blarney Castle, home to the magical stone. Have a grand time when you participate in the age-old tradition of kissing this landmark. Legend says you’ll head home with the gift of gab. Continue on to the charming town of Killarney with its colorful pubs, cafés and restaurants. Here adventure awaits. The choice is yours, whether you sip and savor some local treats or stroll along the lakes right on your doorstep. (B) DAY 3 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Admire the breathtaking scenery along the famous Ring of Kerry. Fall in love with all this charming coastal setting has to offer as you view quaint villages, high cliffs and lush greenery. On your return, change your transport to a jaunting car, the perfect way to enjoy Killarney’s National Park as you journey along the lakes. (B) DAY 4 | KILLARNEY - ENNIS Travel to the Cliffs of Moher, rising up to 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves to see the most stunning views in Ireland. Follow in the footsteps of fellow travelers who have visited this breathtaking location and make memories of your own. Then meet a delightful local guide who will encourage you to stop and drink in the environment of the Burren and it’s amazing Eco system full of cliffs, caves and archeological sites. (B)

Giant’s Causeway

DAY 5 | ENNIS - CONG (ASHFORD CASTLE) (2 NIGHTS) Travel to Galway known as ‘the city of the tribes’, such a fun city, full of character. The locals know this for sure as one of the brightest and most intriguing jewels in our Emerald crown. Walk its cobblestone streets, see its colorful shop facades, and join in the music and laughter, you may be tempted to dance in the streets. Continue on to Cong and Ashford Castle. (B) DAY 6 | GREENWAY CYCLING Travel to Westport and escape the bustle of urban life while cycling the 42km Greenway. Tonight, dine at Ashford Castle’s George V Restaurant for a luxurious evening fit for a king or queen. Explore the rich history of this iconic location. Jackets necessary for men, crowns optional for all. (B,D) DAY 7 | CONG - DONEGAL Travel to Sligo and bid your own farewell to WB Yeats, Ireland’s beloved poet, at Drumcliff. Continue on to Donegal and enjoy a visit to the sensational Slieve League cliffs, towering high above the ocean and offering panoramic views of both the mountains and coast. (B)

DAY 10 | BELFAST SIGHTSEEING Meet a local guide for a living history tour when you visit the impressive Titanic Museum. Learn about this legend’s infamous history on the very shores where she got her start. Hear about her fateful journey, from her creation, to her eventual tragedy. And if you’re a Game of Thrones enthusiast, you’re in the perfect spot to indulge your passion. (B) DAY 11 | BOYNE VALLEY - DUBLIN Travel to the Boyne Valley in County Meath to experience ancient Ireland at its core. Stop at the Bru-na-Boinne Centre to visit one of the Megalithic Passage Tombs at Newgrange of Knowth. Return to Dublin. (B) DAY 12 | DEPART DUBLIN (B)

DAY 8 | DONEGAL - LONDONDERRY - BALLYCASTLE Enjoy a tour of Derry with a local guide and hear from the heart, the recent and ancient history as you walk along these 17th-century walls and admire the city’s iconic buildings and landmarks. Then prepare to be amazed when you journey on to the breathtaking Antrim Coast. (B) DAY 9 | BALLYCASTLE - GIANT’S CAUSEWAY - BELFAST (2 NIGHTS) At the Giant’s Causeway, see the ancient and legendary basalt columns placed against the backdrop of the Antrim Coast. Here, you will meet a local walking guide for special insights into this intriguing location and figure out whether this beauty is the work of a giant or volcanic activity. Perhaps rise early to see the sunrise on the Causeway or on the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. End your day in Belfast. (B)

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Private Chauffeur VACATION

The Spirit of

SCOTLAND

8 DAYS | EDINBURGH TO GLASGOW

Mallaig

INVERLOCHY CASTLE 1

GOOD FOR: Keeping your spirits up! Connoisseur Explorers, Indulgent Adventurers, The Drinkers and Delighters.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Speyside Distilleries

INVERNESS 2 ISLE OF SKYE 2

7 Nights Accommodation, 7 Breakfasts, Private Airport Transfers, Sightseeing as mentioned, Private Vehicle & Chauffeur.

Loch Ness Dalwhinnie

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

Pitlochry Dunkeld

Glencoe

Walking Tour of Edinburgh, Cardhu Distillery, Talisker Distillery.

Loch Lomond

GLASGOW 1

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION 1 EDINBURGH

SCOTLAND

THE BALMORAL Edinburgh

KINGSMILLS HOTEL Inverness

DUISDALE HOTEL Isle of Skye

INVERLOCHY CASTLE Fort William

ONE DEVONSHIRE GARDENS, HOTEL DU VIN Glasgow

Customized Packages From: LOW: $6050 PP* | MID: $6564 PP* | HIGH: $6910 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Catherine’s Why... This trip is a required taste and is designed to lift your spirits. Skilled distillers take pure water from crystal-clear streams and plump, golden barley from the fields and transform them into a precious spirit, which is then poured into oak casks and tucked away to mature. The spirit can’t be called Scotch until it has aged in Scotland for at least three years. Most single malt whiskies sleep for much longer, before emerging for their moment to shine. Here you have plenty of opportunities to learn how it’s made. Each whisky has its own unique flavors and character and whatever your palate, we’re sure there’s one for you - you just have to taste a few to find it! Sip, saunter and savour on this trip that brings you the best of the whisky scene. Take in the sights and discover the true soul of Scotland. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary

Speyside Cooperage

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN EDINBURGH Welcome to Scotland! Enjoy a walking tour of Edinburgh, as you journey through the cobblestone streets and courtyards to take in the main sights of this wonderful city. End with a visit to Edinburgh Castle.

DAY 4 | INVERNESS - LOCH NESS - ISLE OF SKYE (2 NIGHTS) Travel along the banks of Loch Ness. Stop at Eilean Donan Castle, the stunning 13th-century location where three lochs meet. Take in some of its majestic scenery before crossing the land bridge to the Isle of Skye. (B)

DAY 2 | EDINBURGH - DUNKELD - PITLOCHRY - INVERNESS (2 NIGHTS) Stop in the historic village of Dunkeld. Visit Blair Atholl Distillery in the town of Pitlochry. Next visit Dalwhinnie, the highest distillery in the country to try some of the famous Single Malt Whisky and admire the stunning mountain scenery. Later arrive in Inverness. (B)

DAY 5 | ISLE OF SKYE SIGHTSEEING Discover the history of the Highlands and Islands at Armadale Castle as you explore grand gardens and romantic ruins from 1500 years ago. Visit Dunvegan Castle and Talisker Distillery, the only distillery on the Isle of Skye that has the traditional worm tubs that make this drink unique and tasty. (B)

DAY 3 | SPEYSIDE WHISKY REGION Spend a whole day exploring Speyside, Scotland’s most famous whisky region to sample spirits and learn about the craft of creating this delicious concoction. Visit Benromach Distillery, Speyside Cooperage and Cardhu Distillery, and its most famous whisky, Johnnie Walker Black Label. Then return to Inverness. (B)

DAY 6 | ISLE OF SKYE - FORT WILLIAM (INVERLOCHY CASTLE) Take the ferry to Mallaig, a remote and relaxing location famous for its fishing port. Travel from Mallaig to Fort William taking in the stunning scenery for a grand exploration of lush greenery. (B)

DAY 7 | FORT WILLIAM - GLASGOW Travel through the valley of Glencoe. Enjoy a cruise on Loch Lomond to see castles and quaint villages. Take in the views and even look out for Nessie. Visit Glengoyne Distillery to learn about the traditions of the craft that these whisky makers have been perfecting for nearly 299 years. Then, onto Glasgow for an orientation tour and to take in the sights of St Mungo’s Cathedral and George’s Square. (B) DAY 8 | DEPART GLASGOW (B) Your private chauffeur will take you to the airport, where it’s time to bid farewell to Scotland, as your vacation ends. (B) Please Note: If your visit is in August, you might want to attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a not-to-be-missed spectacle with bands, musicians, and other performers from around the world (August 7 to 29 2020).

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Sample Vacation Details

Private Chauffeur VACATION

Bonnie

SCOTLAND

6 DAYS | EDINBURGH TO EDINBURGH

ISLE OF SKYE 1

5 Nights Accommodation, 5 Breakfasts, Private Airport Transfers, Sightseeing as mentioned, Private Vehicle & Chauffeur.

Loch Ness Mallaig Fort William

Perth

LOCH LOMOND 1

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

Pitlochry

Glencoe

City Tour in Edinburgh, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Lomond Cruise.

St. Andrews

Stirling

1

GOOD FOR: First timers, Culture Chasers, Clan Seekers.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

1 INVERNESS

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

1 EDINBURGH

Glasgow

SCOTLAND

HILTON EDINBURGH CARLTON Edinburgh

NESS WALK HOTEL Inverness

TORAVAIG HOUSE HOTEL Isle of Skye

CAMERON HOUSE Loch Lomond

Customized Packages From: LOW: $5150 PP* | MID: $5613 PP* | HIGH: $5707 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Optional Extras ORKNEY ISLANDS EXTENSION Before leaving Inverness, why not extend your trip by at least two days to include a visit to the Orkney Islands? Travel to Thurso, then take the ferry to Orkney. Visit the Ring of Brodgar, a stone circle older than the pyramids of Egypt; Skara Brae, a Stone Age village; and Maes Howe, a pre-historic burial mound with Viking carved graffiti on its walls. You’ll overnight at a B&B or Moderate First-Class hotel. Return to mainland Scotland the next day.

Catherine’s Why... This trip is perfect for a first timer or once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Every aspect lends itself to those rare, lifeaffirming moments. From breath-taking scenery that speaks to the soul to irresistible cities steeped in culture, you’ll embrace it all. Have a wee dram, a bite or two of haggis and neeps... come on, they even have gourmet and gluten free haggis options these days! And you’ll be fluent in a new language before you return home; “whit’s fur ye’ll no go past ye” which basically means what’s going to happen to you will happen to you in our beloved Bonnie Scotland. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary

Stargazing, Isle of Skye

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN EDINBURGH Welcome to Scotland! You will be met at the airport by your chauffeur and transferred to your hotel. Take a sightseeing tour to introduce you to this wonderful city and get lost in its narrow lanes full of ancient heritage. See the New Town, dating back to the 18 th century; the Old Town, dominated by the castle; the Royal Mile, as High Street is called; and Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official Edinburgh home. Next is a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle, perched high atop a dormant volcano. You can see the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg, the Great Hall, and more.

DAY 3 | INVERNESS - ISLE OF SKYE Head to Loch Ness, where you’ll see the ruins of Urquhart Castle and perhaps spot the famous monster, Nessie. Continue through rolling Highland scenery to Loch Alsh. Stop for a photo of Eilean Donan Castle, then cross the Skye Bridge to the scenic Isle of Skye. Head to Talisker Whisky Distillery to learn the secrets of making the ‘water of life’. Be sure to step out tonight and look into the star-filled sky. With some of the darkest night skies in Europe, star gazers of all interests will be mesmerized by the twinkling canopy above. (B)

DAY 5 | LOCH LOMOND - GLASGOW - STIRLING - EDINBURGH Start the day with a cruise on the majestic Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest loch, taking in the spectacular scenery. Then travel to Glasgow, set on the River Clyde. Embark on a city tour including a visit to St. Mungo’s Cathedral. Continue to see the unique Falkirk Wheel, a remarkable boatlift that can carry eight boats at a time in a single trip. Next on the agenda is Stirling Castle, the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Here, you’ll watch as costumed performers bring its history to life, see the Stirling Heads, and stroll through the gardens. Then return to Edinburgh. (B)

DAY 2 | EDINBURGH - INVERNESS Drive to St. Andrews, a mecca for golfers and home of one of the world’s oldest universities, it was here that Prince William and Kate Middleton met. At your leisure, continue traveling north, stopping in your choice of towns along the way. In Perth, you can visit Branklyn Garden or Scone Palace. Maybe take a break in Pitlochry and tour the Blair Atholl Distillery for a wee dram. Finally, continue your drive to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Perhaps browse through the Victorian Market before heading to your hotel. (B)

DAY 4 | ISLE OF SKYE - LOCH LOMOND Take time to visit the Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum of the Isles. Explore and stroll through the extensive gardens before taking the ferry to Mallaig. All aboard! This afternoon, hop on the Jacobite Steam Train, considered one of the greatest rail trips in the world. As you travel through the stunning countryside, watch for the Glenfinnan Viaduct, well known to Harry Potter fans familiar with the ‘Hogwarts Express.’ Disembark in Fort William and continue through Glencoe and on across Rob Roy country to Trossachs National Park and sparkling Loch Lomond. (B)

DAY 6 | DEPART EDINBURGH Your private chauffeur will take you to the airport, where it’s time to bid farewell to Scotland, as your vacation ends. Slán abhaile, we hope to see you again soon. (B) Please Note: If your visit is in August, you might want to attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a not-to-be-missed spectacle with bands, musicians, and other performers from around the world (August 7 to 29 2020).

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Private Chauffeur VACATION

Sample Vacation Details

SCOTLAND INVERNESS 2 Loch Ness

Scottish & Irish

Fort William

LOCH LOMOND 1

HIGHLIGHTS

13 DAYS | GLASGOW TO SHANNON

Cawdor Culloden Battlefields Blair Castle Pitlochry

Stirling

WHAT’S INCLUDED

St. Andrews

12 Nights Accommodation, 12 Breakfasts, Private Airport Transfers, Sightseeing as mentioned, Private Vehicle & Chauffeur.

2 EDINBURGH

Glasgow

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES Loch Ness Cruise, Walking Food Tour of Edinburgh, City Tour of Dublin, Foynes Flying Boat Museum.

N. IRELAND

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION IRELAND

GOOD FOR: Bucket List Seekers, Culture Chasers.

DROMOLAND CASTLE 1 Dingle

KILLARNEY 3 Ring of Kerry

2 DUBLIN

LOCH LOMOND ARMS HOTEL Loch Lomond

ROCPOOL RESERVE Inverness

THE SCOTSMAN Edinburgh

THE WESTBURY Dublin

HAYFIELD MANOR Cork

THE EUROPE Killarney

Glendalough

Shannon

Waterford Blarney

1 CORK

DROMOLAND CASTLE Newmarket-on-Fergus

Customized Packages From: LOW: $8428 PP* | MID: $9196 PP* | HIGH: $9640 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

Catherine’s Why... Separated at our narrowest point by only 12 miles, some days I can see Scotland from Ireland and vice versa, yet our Celtic links are even closer, since ancient times we’ve both proudly shared so much. It makes sense, while you are over here to seriously think about visiting both. Whisky or Whiskey, come see why! There’s no need to choose between these Celtic cousins on this trip that takes you to the heart of Ireland and also shows you the secrets of Scotland. From our shared shores, there’s so much to love, majestic cities, unrivalled scenery, and language. We are both at one with our toast “sláinte” meaning your good health. Pack your kilt, wear your green, have a wee dram and hear the sounds of bagpipes as you combine the best of both these countries. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED PRIVATE CHAUFFEUR VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN GLASGOW - LOCH LOMOND Welcome to Scotland! Your chauffeur will take you on an orientation tour of the city, where you’ll embark on an exploration of iconic sights. Then head out for a visit to Stirling Castle, sitting atop a beautiful hill and offering views of ancient architecture. Continue to your hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond, where you’ll relax this evening. DAY 2 | LOCH LOMOND - LOCH NESS - INVERNESS (2 NIGHTS) Stop at the Commando Memorial, honoring the British Commando Forces, near Fort William. Continue to Loch Ness for a truly unforgettable experience. Learn about this famous loch and its mysterious monster, Nessie, at the visitor’s center. (B) DAY 3 | HIGHLANDS SIGHTSEEING Start with a visit to Cawdor Castle, positioned among grand gardens and dating back to the 14th century. This lovely location is romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. Then on to visit the battlefields of Culloden, to delve into our rich history. This site is where in 1746 the Jacobite cause, under Bonnie Prince Charlie’s leadership, was crushed. For Outlander fans, hear about Jamie and Claire’s concerns about this particular battle. (B) DAY 4 | INVERNESS - EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Visit Blair Castle which dates back to 1269 and discover the fascinating stories of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Your next stop is the picturesque town of Pitlochry, lying on the shores of the River Tummel. You might want to tour the Blair Athol Distillery for a taste of this Scottish spirit. Continue to historic St. Andrews, the home of golf before your return to Edinburgh. (B) DAY 5 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING Start the day with a visit to mighty Edinburgh Castle, dominating the city’s skyline. Take in the highlights of the Scottish capital as you continue to Holyrood Palace. This afternoon enjoy a walking food tour of Edinburgh - bring your appetite! (B)

Vintage Whiskey

DAY 6 | EDINBURGH - DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Bid your Scottish chauffeur a fond farewell. Hop on over to see our Celtic cousin when you fly to Ireland (not included in prices shown) and meet your Irish chauffeur. Begin your adventure on the Emerald Isle with a visit to Malahide Castle, dating back to the 14th century. (B) DAY 7 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING Spend the morning discovering the highlights of Dublin. At Trinity College, cross the cobbled courtyard to see the ornate Book of Kells, a hand-illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. On to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Next is the Guinness Storehouse, where you will see how Guinness is brewed, enjoy immersive installations and get a 360 view of Dublin. Even sample a pint of the famous and tasty ‘Black Stuff.’ (B) DAY 8 | DUBLIN - GLENDALOUGH - WATERFORD - CORK Heading south, your first stop today will be a guided tour of the monastic ruins at Glendalough, the ‘Valley of the Two Lakes’ to take in its stunning scenery. Continue south to the Viking town of Waterford, now world-renowned for its exquisite crystal that craftsmen have perfected over the centuries. Finally, travel to Cork for your overnight stay at magnificent Hayfield Manor. (B) DAY 9 | CORK - BLARNEY - KILLARNEY (3 NIGHTS) The picturesque village of Blarney is home to historic Blarney Castle and magical stone. Participate in the age-old tradition of kissing this landmark and legend says you’ll head home with the gift of gab. Later, continue to Killarney, the ‘town on the lakes’. It is renowned for its lively pubs and open, cheerful atmosphere, full of what the Irish call ‘craic!’ Stop in and say hello to our friendly locals. (B) DAY 10 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Travel ‘round the Ring of Kerry, where sea, mountains, and the valleys blend into a landscape that captures the eye and warms the heart. Next ride in a jaunting car (horse-drawn carriage) through Killarney National Park to be captivated by the stunning scenic views. On to visit Muckross House, a 19 th-century Victorian mansion. After your visit, return to Killarney. (B)

DAY 11 | DINGLE PENINSULA EXCURSION The Dingle Peninsula stretches 30 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. Here majestic hills soar over unspoiled valleys, and glittering mountain streams tumble down into lakes. Be sure to stop in the town of Dingle, a market town and fishing port that is also home to a wide variety of pubs. Stop in for a drink or take some time to relax on one of its sandy beaches. (B) DAY 12 | KILLARNEY - NEWMARKET-ON-FERGUS (DROMOLAND CASTLE) Heading north, visit the unique Flying Boat Museum at Foynes. Foynes is also the birthplace of Irish coffee, and you’ll want to sample the warming beverage before continuing your travels. Next stop, Dromoland Castle. Dromoland is one of the most famous baronial castles in Ireland. What better way to end your Irish adventure than living like royalty! (B) DAY 13 | DEPART SHANNON Your chauffeur will transfer you to Shannon Airport, where it is time to bid farewell to your newfound friends and the delightful Emerald Isle. Safe travels! (B) Please Note: If your visit is in August, you might want to attend the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a not-to-be-missed spectacle with bands, musicians, and other performers from around the world (August 7 to 29 2020).

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Sample Vacation Details

Self-Drive VACATION

8 DAYS | DUBLIN TO SHANNON

N.IRELAND

Ireland Coast

WHAT’S INCLUDED 7 Nights Accommodation, Daily Breakfasts, Private Arrival Airport Transfer, Hertz® Car Rental, Selected Sightseeing.

TO COAST

IRELAND

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

2 DUBLIN

Dublin City Walking Tour, Cycle Waterford’s Greenway, Jameson Distillery Midleton, Ring of Kerry Day Tour, Cliffs of Moher Cruise.

Cliffs of Moher

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

Dromoland Castle

1 SHANNON

GOOD FOR: Free-Spirited Adventurers, Explorers.

Adare Manor

2 KILKENNY

BUSWELLS HOTEL Dublin

BUNGALOW B&B Killkenny

LOCH LEIN COUNTRY HOUSE Killarney

CAHERGAL FARMHOUSE Shannon Region

Waterford

Ring of Kerry

2 KILLARNEY

Midleton

Dungarvan

Waterford Greenway

Customized Packages From: LOW: $1025 PP* | MID: $1363 PP* | HIGH: $1552 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Optional Extras ONE-NIGHT CASTLE OR MANOR HOUSE UPGRADE

FROM $92 PP*

Catherine’s Why...

Upgrade your night in the Shannon region to a stay in either the historic, luxurious Dromoland Castle or stately Adare Manor. * Sample ‘from’ price is based on Low season (January).

Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary The term ‘get lost’ rarely has positive connotations, but with Ireland’s magical blend of vibrant scenery and fascinating history waiting to be experienced, we encourage you to do just that. On this trip we have suggested some of our Catherine’s Collection Bed and Breakfast gems, these are the homes that we know just love sharing their genuine Irish hospitality. We also highly recommend taking the opportunity to include a fairy-tale castle stay. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED SELF-DRIVE VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Ireland! You will be met in the arrivals hall by your private driver and transferred to your Dublin hotel. A Hop-On Hop-Off tour is a great introduction to Dublin and all her highlights. See Georgian architecture, get at look at some amazing modern art and taste some of the city’s famous whiskey to lift your spirits. With more than 20 stops along the route, there’s surely something for everyone. DAY 2 | DUBLIN WALKING TOUR This morning experience the city through the eyes of a local on a walking tour. Trace history and hear anecdotes from present day all the way back to medieval times! This lively Irish capital is yours to explore as you stroll to see historic buildings and modern sites. (B) DAY 3 | DUBLIN – KILKENNY (2 NIGHTS) Embark on a journey through Ireland’s Ancient East and its 5000 years of history. Enjoy Kilkenny, a medieval city rich in heritage with a treasure trove of historical landmarks including well-preserved churches and monasteries. This evening, enjoy the welcome at your Bed & Breakfast gem. (B)

Cahergal Farmhouse

DAY 4 | CYCLE WATERFORD’S GREENWAY Bike along Waterford’s Greenway, an off-road route along an old railway line. Cycle to the seaside town of Dungarvan with time for stops along the way and enjoy the perfect active adventure as you take in views of the coast. (B)

DAY 7 | CLIFFS OF MOHER - SHANNON REGION Experience the Cliffs of Moher from the Atlantic Ocean on a breathtaking cruise along the 5-mile shoreline. Gaze up at the sheer, craggy cliff face, rising 700 feet above you. Settle in to your B&B and add to your story with your newest friends. (B)

DAY 5 | MIDLETON - KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Stop at the Jameson Distillery Midleton, the heart of Ireland’s cherished whiskeymaking tradition, and a must-do on your grand journey. After tasting a small sample, continue to lively Killarney, known for its many pubs and open, cheerful atmosphere. Next it’s time to meet your Killarney hosts as you share their home for the next two nights. (B)

DAY 8 | DEPART SHANNON (B)

DAY 6 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Travel the road that winds around the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’ on a day tour to admire the breathtaking scenery of rugged landscapes and crashing seas. Or, perhaps opt for a hike with a local guide through Killarney National Park. (B)

B&B IRELAND

Giving guests the unique chance of getting truly under the skin of Irish culture, opting to stay in one or more Bed & Breakfasts on your vacation is an ideal way to personalize your Celtic story. B&B Ireland offer a selection of 800 independently-owned, quality-assured Bed and Breakfast homes, giving guests the opportunity to experience the charm and personality of the people that make them special. For a more do-it-yourself option, contact your Brendan expert, who will be happy to get you started.

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Self-Drive VACATION

LONDONDERRY

1

N.IRELAND

Ireland’s

Sample Vacation Details

Giant’s Causeway

SLIGO 1

13 DAYS | DUBLIN TO DUBLIN

2 BELFAST

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Mourne Mountains

12 Nights Accommodation, Daily Breakfasts, Private Arrival Airport Transfer, Hertz® Car Rental, Selected Sightseeing.

Westport

HIDDEN GEMS

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

DUBLIN’S DOORSTEP 1 2 DUBLIN

1 GALWAY Cliffs of Moher

Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Delicious Dublin Food Tour, Cliffs of Moher Cruise, Walking Tour of Londonderry, Antrim Coast & Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Belfast Hop-on Hop-off Tour.

IRELAND

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

GOOD FOR: Soul-Searchers, Curious Adventurers. 2 DINGLE Bantry Bay Crookhaven

Schull

2 CORK Kinsale

Skibbereen

THE MONT Dublin

ARDFIELD FARMHOUSE Cork

DINGLE BENNERS HOTEL Dingle

HOTEL MEYRICK Galway

THE GLASSHOUSE Sligo

BRIDGE B&B Londonderry

TITANIC HOTEL BELFAST Belfast

DUNBOYNE CASTLE HOTEL Dublin’s Doorstep

Customized Packages From: LOW: $1793 PP* | MID: $1837PP* | HIGH: $2354 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Catherine’s Why... Lands full of idyllic towns and lush landscapes are yours to discover. Find your own secrets and tell your own story, secure in the knowledge that a confirmed reservation and a warm welcome awaits at your journey’s end. Not only do you get great scenery at every turn but you also experience Irelands rural villages, pubs, local people, ancient history, heritage, mythology and ancient trading and pilgrim paths. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED SELF-DRIVE VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Ireland! You will be met in the arrivals hall by your private driver and transferred to your Dublin hotel. A Hop-On Hop-Off tour is a great introduction to the city, with more than 20 stops along the route. Take in historic sights and modern marvels as you embark on a journey of discovery. DAY 2 | DELICIOUS DUBLIN Experience the highlights of Irish food and Dublin’s food scene on a walking tour with a local foodie. Stop at some of the city’s award-winning eateries and food shops to taste some delicious samples. Bring your appetite and indulge in everything from ice cream to Irish stew. (B) DAY 3 | DUBLIN – CO. CORK (2 NIGHTS) Embark on a journey through 5000 years of history along Ireland’s Ancient East to County Cork. Cork has so much to offer, from its vibrant city center to coastal villages such as Kinsale, and beautiful working farms like Ardfield B&B. (B) DAY 4 | WEST CORK Explore Kinsale, famed for its scenic harbor, gourmet food and artisans. Journey through Skibereen and Schull to Crookhaven - a small village on Ireland’s most southwestern tip, to experience a bit of seaside hospitality. Why not visit St. Brendan’s church founded in the 1700’s? (B)

Westport

DAY 5 | BANTRY BAY - DINGLE (2 NIGHTS) Explore Bantry Bay and the wonderful Kenmare village before making your way to the Irish speaking Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry to explore it majestic hills, mountains and lakes. (B)

DAY 9 | SLIGO - LONDONDERRY A city steeped in history and culture, Londonderry is not to be missed. Meet a local guide who will keep you captivated sharing their experience of growing up in this city on a walking tour along its 17th-century walls and iconic buildings. (B)

DAY 6 | DINGLE A market town and fishing port, Dingle has long been well supplied with pubs, restaurants and delightful local craft displays. Stop for a pint, take time to explore the village or see the Blasket Islands. Even relax on one of its sandy beaches. (B)

DAY 10 | ANTRIM COAST - BELFAST (2 NIGHTS) Set out along the breathtaking Antrim Coast. Why not take time to visit the famous Giant’s Causeway to see the ancient basalt columns? Is it the legendary work of a giant or volcanic activity? That’s for you to decide today. Then make your way to Belfast. (B)

DAY 7 | CLIFFS OF MOHER - GALWAY Experience the Cliffs of Moher on a breath taking cruise. The cliffs rise up to 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic waves and stretch 5 miles along the coast. Travel through The Burren National Park before stopping at Galway, a thriving, bohemian and cultural city full of character. (B) DAY 8 | GALWAY - SLIGO Explore Westport, a cheerful town overlooking Clew Bay. Continue traveling north to Sligo, home to one of the world’s most important poets, W.B. Yeats, a Nobel Prize Laureate. (B)

DAY 11 | BELFAST A Hop-On Hop-Off tour is a great way to take in the city’s sights and hear about its living history. Stop at the impressive Titanic experience and learn about her story in a fresh and insightful way at the very place where this tragic legend got her start. (B) DAY 12 | BELFAST - DUBLIN’S DOORSTEP Take time for a leisurely breakfast, then journey back through the Mourne Mountains to Dublin’s Doorstep. Choose from a number of spectacular properties in Kildare and Meath to stay in on your last night in Ireland. (B) DAY 13 | DEPART DUBLIN (B)

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Self-Drive VACATION Slieve League

Ireland’s Wild

8 DAYS | SHANNON TO DUBLIN/SHANNON

1 DONEGAL

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Great Western Greenway

ATLANTIC WAY GOOD FOR: Ocean Lovers, Bucket List Seekers.

Sample Vacation Details

N.IRELAND

7 Nights Accommodation, Daily Breakfasts, Hertz® Car Rental, Selected Sightseeing.

WESTPORT 2 CONNEMARA 1 2 GALWAY Aran Islands

The Burren Lahinch

Shannon

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

1 HIDDEN HEARTLANDS

Aran Islands Excursion, Westport Walking Tour, Cycle the Great Western Greenway.

Dublin Choice of departure Airport

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

IRELAND

HARBOUR HOTEL Galway

ABBEYGLEN CASTLE Connemara

HOTEL WESTPORT Westport

BROOK LODGE B&B Donegal

HODSON BAY HOTEL Hidden Heartlands

Customized Packages From: LOW: $981 PP* | MID: $1171 PP* | HIGH: $1534 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Catherine’s Why... Along the jagged edges of counties Clare, Donegal, Galway and Kerry, the land falls away to the waves and the Wild Atlantic Way really begins to work its magic. Alive with literature, music, stories, and surf, its landscape, flora, fauna and sheer size have inspired everyone from WB Yeats to John Lennon. The Atlantic surf has shaped everything from Connemara’s landscape to the spirit of Galway city. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED SELF-DRIVE VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE SHANNON - GALWAY (2 NIGHTS) Start your adventure along the Wild Atlantic Way! Travel along the coastal road through County Clare taking in Lahinch and the Burren - a UNESCO Global Geopark, before reaching Galway City, the ‘City of Tribes’. This city is the perfect place for getting a taste of our culture as it’s known for its amazing cafés and bars with a thriving traditional music, song and dance scene. DAY 2 | ARAN ISLANDS EXCURSION Off the west coast at the mouth of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands are famous for their Irish speaking community and unique way of life. Opt to explore this Island on your own, or take a mini-bus tour with a local guide. Embark on an exploration of its Celtic churches, dramatic cliffs and stunning shores. (B) DAY 3 | CONNEMARA A wild land of rocky mountains and sparkling brooks, Connemara National Park will take your breath away. Here you’ll see some of our most grand scenery and take in views of mountains, bogs and woodlands. Travel through The Twelve Bens and stay in one of this region’s prettiest villages or historic properties. (B)

Slieve League

DAY 4 | WESTPORT (2 NIGHTS) Continue traveling North along the Wild Atlantic Way to Westport in County Mayo. Enjoy a walking tour of this pretty town, filled with wild nature, ancient heritage and overlooking Clew Bay. (B) DAY 5 | CYCLE THE GREAT WESTERN GREENWAY The longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland, the Great Western Greenway follows the renowned Westport to Achill railway that closed in 1937. Its stunning views of our unique landscapes makes it perfect for an active adventure at your own pace. (B)

DAY 7 | HIDDEN HEARTLANDS Journey into the country’s heartbeat, and explore its tracks, trails and waterside towns along the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river. (B) DAY 8 | DEPART IRELAND The beauty of staying in the Hidden Heartlands is that you have a choice to depart from Shannon or Dublin. Journey times are the same, so why not opt to stay another day in one of these locations. (B)

DAY 6 | DONEGAL Voted one of the coolest places to visit by Lonely Planet, Donegal is packed with wild landscapes, isolated white sandy beaches and some of the world’s highest cliffs at Slieve League, towering above the ocean and offering panoramic views of both the mountains and coast. (B)

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Self-Drive VACATION

Northern

DISCOVERY

LONDONDERRY 2

Dark Hedges

Giant’s Causeway

Sample Vacation Details

1 ANTRIM COAST

N.IRELAND

7 DAYS | DUBLIN TO DUBLIN

2 BELFAST

Lough Erne

WHAT’S INCLUDED 6 Nights Accommodation, Daily Breakfasts, Hertz® Car Rental, Selected Sightseeing.

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

Hill of Tara

DUBLIN’S DOORSTEP 1

Belfast Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Antrim Coast, Giant’s Causeway & the Dark Hedges, Londonderry Walking Tour.

Dublin

IRELAND

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

GOOD FOR: History Lovers, Movie Fanatics, Culture Chasers.

BULLIT HOTEL Belfast

BALLYGALLY CASTLE HOTEL Antrim Coast

BISHOP’S GATE HOTEL Londonderry

BARBERSTOWN CASTLE HOTEL Dublin’s Doorstep

Customized Packages From: LOW: $1023 PP* | MID: $1053 PP* | HIGH: $1268 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Alternative Trip HOME OF THRONES

Are you a Game of Thrones Enthusiast? Check out our Home of Thrones itinerary that takes you to visit even more iconic filming locations in some of these amazing cities. Visit our website or contact your Brendan Expert for more details.

Catherine’s Why... Buckle up and get ready for an adventure. Tucked under limestone cliffs with the sea crashing a few feet to the right, an Antrim coastal drive will not disappoint. Absorbing this epic landscape from the car is wonderful, but the other senses could be missing out! The sounds of the crashing waves, the birds soaring up above, the salty taste from the sea on your lips and the wind whistling past your ears. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED SELF-DRIVE VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary

Titanic Belfast

DAY 1 | ARRIVE DUBLIN - BELFAST (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to your Northern Ireland discovery. Pick up your car at Dublin Airport and head north to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and a wonderful starting point for your magical adventure. A great introduction to this city is a Hop-On Hop-Off tour.

DAY 3 | BELFAST - ANTRIM COAST Prepare to be mesmerized by the beauty of the Antrim Coast. Travel the winding coastal road and see the Giant’s Causeway’s ancient and legendary basalt columns. Why not stop at the Dark Hedges for a photo op along the way? (B)

DAY 2 | BELFAST SIGHTSEEING Discover the city’s living history and its famous landmarks. Stop at Titanic Belfast, where this famous ship’s life is revealed from her conception, construction and ill-fated maiden voyage on the very shores where she got her start. Even see some famous Game of Thrones filming locations in this diverse city that offers something for everyone. (B)

DAY 4 | ANTRIM COAST - LONDONDERRY (2 NIGHTS) Continue your journey along the Antrim Coast and be amazed by stunning seaside views before reaching Londonderry, a vibrant city steeped in history and culture. (B)

DAY 5 | LONDONDERRY SIGHTSEEING Enjoy a walking tour of the city. As you travel along the 17th-century city walls and famous murals, hear tales of what it was like growing up in this city through the eyes of a local. Learn about the recent and ancient history of this unique location and encounter some of our friendly locals along the way. (B) DAY 6 | LONDONDERRY - DUBLIN’S DOORSTEP Set off on your return journey south. As you travel along the banks of Lough Erne in Fermanagh, why not stop at the Hill of Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland? For your last night, stay in one of our historic properties on Dublin’s Doorstep. (B) DAY 7 | DEPART DUBLIN (B)

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Sample Vacation Details

Self-Drive VACATION

Scottish

ICONS

7 DAYS | EDINBURGH TO GLASGOW WHAT’S INCLUDED

2 INVERNESS Isle of Skye

Loch Ness

FORT WILLIAM 1

GOOD FOR: First-Time Explorers, Iconic Indulgers.

6 Nights Accommodation, Daily Breakfasts, Private Arrival Airport Transfer, Hertz® Car Rental, Selected Sightseeing.

Cairngorms National Park

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

Pitlochry

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Edinburgh Food Tour, Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle Day Tour, Glasgow Hop-on Hop-off Tour.

St. Andrews

GLASGOW 1

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

2 EDINBURGH

SCOTLAND

MACDONALD HOLYROOD Edinburgh

INVERNESS PALACE HOTEL Inverness

THE MOORINGS HOTEL Fort William

CARLTON GEORGE HOTEL Glasgow

Customized Packages From: LOW: $1146 PP* | MID: $1454PP* | HIGH: $1554 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Catherine’s Why... Relax and set your own pace as you take in the spell-binding landscapes, glistening lochs, majestic glens and oh-so-many isles as you journey on roads less traveled. Scotland has all the essential ingredients for the perfect road trip, ever changing scenery, amazing attractions to visit and friendly towns and villages to explore. Let your Scottish adventure begin. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED SELF-DRIVE VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary

Perthshire

DAY 1 | ARRIVE EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Scotland. On arrival at Edinburgh airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Discover the Georgian period New Town, the Old Town and the Royal Mile on your Hop-On Hop-Off tour of Edinburgh. Journey through the cobblestone streets and courtyards to take in the main sights of this wonderful city. (B)

DAY 3 | EDINBURGH - ST. ANDREWS - INVERNESS (2 NIGHTS) Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the ‘home of golf’. At your leisure, continue through the picturesque town of Pitlochry and Cairngorms National Park to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. (B)

DAY 2 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING Discover Edinburgh’s food culture and history on a food walking tour with a local foodie. Taste locally sourced Scottish food and tipples along the way. (B)

DAY 4 | ISLE OF SKYE SIGHTSEEING Why not leave the car for a day and discover the magic of the Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle? This stunning 13th-century location is where three lochs meet, take in some of its majestic scenery on this not-to-be-missed breathtaking day trip. (B)

DAY 5 | INVERNESS - FORT WILLIAM Travel along the banks of Loch Ness where you’ll see ancient ruins and diverse scenery. Keep your eyes peeled. Who knows, you may even spot the famous monster, Nessie! (B) DAY 6 | FORT WILLIAM - GLASGOW Today, journey to Glasgow, set on the River Clyde. Scotland’s largest city is renowned for its culture, style, and the friendliness of its people. Discover this city on your Hop-On Hop-Off tour, where you’ll see castles, gardens and iconic structures. (B) DAY 7 | DEPART GLASGOW (B)

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Sample Vacation Details

Self-Drive VACATION

9 DAYS | EDINBURGH TO GLASGOW

Scotland

Cawdor Castle

Inverness

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Culloden Battlefield

HIGHLANDS 2

8 Nights Accommodation, Daily Breakfasts, Private Arrival Airport Transfer, Hertz® Car Rental, Selected Sightseeing.

Loch Ness

EXPLORER

GLENCOE AREA 1

1

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCES

PERTHSHIRE

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle, Loch Lomond Cruise, Glasgow City Bike Tour.

St. Andrews

LOCH LOMOND 1

GOOD FOR: Knowledge Seekers, Scenery Lovers, Culture Chasers.

GLASGOW 1

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

2 EDINBURGH

SCOTLAND

MARKET STREET HOTEL Edinburgh

ATHOLL PALACE HOTEL Perthshire

THE LOVAT HOTEL LOCH NESS Highlands

KINGSHOUSE HOTEL Glencoe Area

LOCH LOMOND ARMS HOTEL Loch Lomond

DAKOTA GLASGOW Glasgow

Customized Packages From: LOW: $1176 PP* | MID: $1395PP* | HIGH: $1587 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Catherine’s Why... This trip offers the opportunity to see some of Scotland’s most awesome sights - experience history and culture, big skies and mysterious lochs, vast untamed landscapes and breathtaking scenery - all at your own pace as you weave through this dramatically stunning country. TO CREATE YOUR CUSTOMIZED SELF-DRIVE VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Fully-Customizable Sample Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Scotland! You will be met and transferred to your city hotel. A Hop-On, Hop-Off tour is a great introduction to this UNESCO World Heritage city and you’ll journey through cobblestone streets and courtyards as you lose yourself in its narrow lanes full of ancient heritage. DAY 2 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING Learn the Secrets of the Royal Mile and skip the lines at Edinburgh Castle with your local guide on a walking tour. This grand sight is perched high atop a dormant volcano. Here you’ll see the Scottish Crown Jewels, Mons Meg, the Great Hall, and more. (B) DAY 3 | EDINBURGH - ST. ANDREWS - PERTHSHIRE Travel to St. Andrews, ‘the home of golf’. Explore this university town and its food culture with a local guide before continuing to beautiful Perthshire, famed for its dramatic mountains, glens, lochs and ancient castles. (B)

St. Andrews

DAY 4 | PERTHSHIRE - HIGHLANDS (2 NIGHTS) Step back into Scotland’s past as you explore the Scottish Highlands. Why not visit the battlefields of Culloden to delve into our rich history? This site is where in 1746 the Jacobite cause, under Bonnie Prince Charlie’s leadership, was crushed. (B)

DAY 7 | GLENCOE AREA - LOCH LOMOND Take a cruise on the spectacular lake in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. This magical location is home to snow-capped mountains, lush greenery and shimmering waters. (B)

DAY 5 | HIGHLANDS Today, perhaps explore Inverness city or visit the 14th-century Cawdor Castle positioned among grand gardens and romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. (B)

DAY 8 | GLASGOW Discover Glasgow, set on the River Clyde and renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness of its people on a cycling tour of the city. Explore at your own pace, enjoy the views and even stop and meet some of our lively locals. (B)

DAY 6 | HIGHLANDS - GLENCOE AREA Travel along the banks of Loch Ness, where you’ll see ancient ruins, stunning scenery and may even spot the famous monster! (B)

DAY 9 | DEPART GLASGOW (B)

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Vacation Details

Locally Hosted Rail VACATION

8 DAYS | DUBLIN TO SHANNON

N.IRELAND

Ireland’s

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

SPARKLING GEMS

Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Ring of Kerry Day Tour, Cliffs of Moher, Galway Sightseeing.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Ashford Castle

IRELAND

GALWAY 2

Cliffs of Moher

GOOD FOR: Independent Adventurers, Relaxed Travelers.

Ring of Kerry

2 DUBLIN

7 Nights Accommodation, Daily Breakfasts, Private Airport Transfers, Standard Rail Tickets, Private Transfer from Killarney to Galway, Sightseeing as mentioned.

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

1 SHANNON

2 KILLARNEY

ASHLING HOTEL Dublin

KILLARNEY TOWERS HOTEL Killarney

HOTEL MEYRICK Galway

CLAYTON HOTEL LIMERICK Shannon Region

Packages From: LOW: $1407 PP* | MID: $1563PP* | HIGH: $1873 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143. †

Guests can also opt to leave from Dublin Airport.

Optional Extras TWO-NIGHT ASHFORD CASTLE UPGRADE

FROM $331PP*

Upgrade your stay in Galway with two nights at the luxurious Ashford Castle. * Sample ‘from’ price is based on Low season (January).

Catherine’s Why... Inspired by Dublin’s ancient culture, smitten by the charms of Killarney, and your perspective changed by your rail experience, you are now ready to change it up. Your private car and driver awaits to take you onwards to Galway via the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR LOCALLY HOSTED RAIL VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Alternative Trip IRELAND’S LOCAL CHARM & ANCIENT CULTURE

If you’re short on time, see the very best of Dublin and Killarney on this 6-day tour good for Adventure lovers and Sightseers. Visit our website or contact your Brendan Expert for more details.

Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Dublin, Ireland’s capital! You will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you’ll meet your Brendan Local Host, who will settle you in with the warmest of welcomes. Any questions on your trip will be answered and local tips and recommendations will be shared by none better than a proud local. DAY 2 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING Today enjoy an included Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing tour of the city. It’s a great introduction to all its highlights with more than 20 stops along the way (entrance fees are not included). (B) DAY 3 | DUBLIN - KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) Make your own way to the train station for the scenic ride to Killarney. Nothing quite beats the romance of traveling through Ireland’s Golden Vale by train. Your Brendan Local Host will meet you at your hotel later today and give you all the information you need to make the best of this charming location. (B)

Torc Waterfall, Killarney National Park

DAY 4 | RING OF KERRY Head out for your included excursion around the scenic Ring of Kerry. Enjoy the lilting commentary of your local guide as you weave your way through idyllic towns and villages. (B) DAY 5 | CLIFFS OF MOHER - GALWAY (2 NIGHTS) This morning you will be picked up by a private car to embark on your journey to Galway, stopping at the Cliffs of Moher along the way. Upgrade your stay with a night or two in the not-to-be-missed, luxurious Ashford Castle. (B)

DAY 7 | GALWAY - SHANNON REGION This morning you will be picked up by a private car and dropped off at your Shannon Region hotel. (B) DAY 8 | DEPART SHANNON † Bid farewell to Ireland as you are transferred to Shannon Airport, where your vacation ends. (B)

DAY 6 | GALWAY SIGHTSEEING Explore this bohemian city’s cobbled streets, colorful shop facades and busy café and bar culture. Stop in for a pint and meet some of our friendly locals. (B)

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Vacation Details

Locally Hosted Rail VACATION

8 DAYS | DUBLIN TO SHANNON

N.IRELAND

Ireland’s Sights

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

& SOUNDS

IRELAND

Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Excursion to Blarney Castle, Titanic Experience Cobh & Jameson Distillery Midleton, Ring of Kerry Excursion, Cliffs of Moher.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

2 DUBLIN

7 Nights Accommodation, Daily Breakfasts, Private Airport Transfers, Standard Rail Tickets, Private Transfer from Killarney to Shannon Region, Sightseeing as mentioned.

Cliffs of Moher Dromoland Castle

1 SHANNON

GOOD FOR: Excitement Chasers, Milestone Planners.

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

Adare Manor

2 KILLARNEY Ring of Kerry

Blarney

2 CORK Cobh

Midleton

RADISSON BLU ROYAL Dublin

THE IMPERIAL HOTEL Cork

GREAT SOUTHERN HOTEL Killarney

LIMERICK STRAND HOTEL Shannon Region

Packages From: LOW: $1457 PP* | MID: $1645PP* | HIGH: $1954 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143. †

Guests can also opt to leave from Dublin Airport.

Optional Extras ONE-NIGHT CASTLE OR MANOR HOUSE UPGRADE

FROM $127PP*

Upgrade your night in the Shannon region to a stay in either the historic, luxurious Dromoland Castle or stately Adare Manor.

Catherine’s Why... After experiencing the energy of Dublin and Cork, and being bestowed with the ‘gift of the gab,’ take the train to Killarney. Your local host will meet you at your hotel and fill you in on all the delights of the Kingdom. Off the rails, your private car and driver will whisk you away to the Shannon Region. TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR LOCALLY HOSTED RAIL VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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* Sample ‘from’ price is based on Low season (January).

BELFAST EXTENSION

FROM $567PP*

After you trip ends in Dublin, why not extend your trip to visit Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital city. Includes a round-trip standard rail ticket from Dublin to Belfast, two nights hotel accommodation in Belfast and sightseeing. Visit our website or contact your Brendan Expert for more details.

Your Itinerary

Jameson Distillery Midleton

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to the Irish capital! You will be met and privately transferred to your hotel, where you’ll meet our Brendan local host who will settle you in with the warmest of welcomes. Any questions on your trip will be answered and they will fill you in on all that’s good and not to be missed while visiting their beloved city.

DAY 3 | DUBLIN - CORK (2 NIGHTS) Make your way to the train station. On board embrace the opportunity to see the Emerald isle from its best vantage point as your rail journey winds its way to Cork. Your Brendan Local Host will meet you at your hotel to give you all the information you need to get the best out of this charming part of our world. (B)

DAY 2 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING Your included Hop-On Hop-Off tour is a great introduction to Dublin and all her highlights. There are more than 20 stops along the route and a host of famous sights to see (entrance fees are not included). (B)

DAY 4 | BLARNEY CASTLE, COBH AND JAMESON MIDLETON EXCURSION Today head out on a day trip that includes Blarney Castle, Titanic Experience Cobh and Jameson Distillery Midleton (only operates March to October). (B) DAY 5 | CORK - KILLARNEY (2 NIGHTS) It’s a quick train trip from Cork to Killarney, where your Brendan Local Host awaits with tips and suggestions for your stay. Discover some of our hidden gems and enjoy special insights into this diverse destination. (B)

DAY 6 | RING OF KERRY EXCURSION Head out for a day of scenic beauty with your included excursion around the Ring of Kerry. Enjoy the special commentary from your local guide as you travel through picturesque towns and villages. (B) DAY 7 | KILLARNEY - SHANNON This morning you will be picked up by a private car and driver to embark on your journey to the Cliffs of Moher and on to your hotel in the Shannon Region. Upgrade your stay with a night in the luxurious Dromoland Castle or Adare Manor Hotel! (B) DAY 8 | DEPART SHANNON † Bid farewell to Ireland as you are transferred to the Shannon Airport, where your vacation ends. (B)

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Locally Hosted Rail VACATION

Vacation Details

NEW

7 DAYS | DUBLIN TO SHANNON

N.IRELAND

Ireland’s

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

Great Western Greenway

HEART & SOUL

WESTPORT 2

ATHLONE 1

Cliffs of Moher

GOOD FOR: : Icon lovers, Returners, Epic Explorers.

Walking Tours in Dublin City & Westport, Athlone Castle, Bike Hire with Shuttle Bus on Great Western Greenway, Cliffs of Moher.

IRELAND

WHAT’S INCLUDED

2 DUBLIN

6 Nights Accommodation, Daily Breakfasts, Private Airport Transfers, Standard Rail Tickets, Private Transfer from Westport to Shannon Region, Sightseeing as mentioned.

Dromoland Castle

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

1 SHANNON Adare Manor

THE DAVENPORT Dublin

SHERATON ATHLONE Athlone

HOTEL WESTPORT Westport

THE GEORGE LIMERICK Shannon Region

Packages From: LOW: $1289PP* | MID: $1382PP* | HIGH: $1677 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Optional Extras ONE-NIGHT CASTLE OR MANOR HOUSE UPGRADE

FROM $95 PP*

Upgrade your night in the Shannon region to a stay in either the historic, luxurious Dromoland Castle or stately Adare Manor. * Sample ‘from’ price is based on Low season (January).

Catherine’s Why... It’s so inspiring to have an opportunity to showcase parts of our homelands that have remained hidden from our visitors and now with the expert knowledge of our Local Hosts you can explore as you will with their advice and recommendations. Gather the stories of Medieval Athlone, Ireland’s central point, overlooking Ireland’s longest river, the Shannon while sipping a pint in Sean’s Bar (pictured), Ireland’s oldest Pub (pictured). What could be better? TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR LOCALLY HOSTED RAIL VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Dublin! You will be met and privately transferred to your hotel, where you’ll meet our Brendan local host who will give you insights into this beloved city.

Bodhran Lesson

DAY 4 | ATHLONE - WESTPORT (2 NIGHTS) Back to the train station to head further west to Westport! Your Brendan Local Host will meet you in the lobby of your hotel before showing you this pretty town on a walking tour overlooking Clew Bay. (B)

DAY 2 | DUBLIN WALKING TOUR Today experience the city through the eyes of a local on a walking tour to get special insights and discover some hidden gems. Trace history and hear anecdotes from present day all the way back to medieval times! (B)

DAY 5 | CYCLE THE GREAT WESTERN GREENWAY Discover the Wild Atlantic Way on a bike trip to Achill Island on Ireland’s longest off-road cycling trail, the Great Western Greenway. (B)

DAY 3 | DUBLIN - ATHLONE Make your own way to the train station for a scenic ride to Athlone in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Take in Athlone Castle dating back to 1210, before stopping at Sean’s Bar, Ireland’s oldest pub, for a chat with the locals! (B)

DAY 6 | WESTPORT - CLIFFS OF MOHER - SHANNON REGION This morning you will be picked up by a private car to embark on your journey to the Shannon Region, stopping at the Cliffs of Moher along the way. Upgrade your stay with a night in a luxurious 5*castle or manor hotel. (B)

DAY 7 | DEPART SHANNON Bid farewell to Ireland as you are transferred to the Shannon Airport, where your vacation ends. (B)

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Giant’s Causeway

Locally Hosted Rail VACATION

LONDONDERRY

Vacation Details

2

Lough Eske Castle

N.IRELAND

Ireland’s Giants &

8 DAYS | DUBLIN TO DUBLIN

2 BELFAST

ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

CAPITAL CITIES

Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Belfast Hop-On Hop-Off Tour, Giant’s Causeway, Londonderry Walking Tour.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IRELAND

1

7 Nights Accommodation, Daily Breakfasts, Private Airport Transfers, Standard Rail Tickets, Private Transfer to Londonderry, Sightseeing as mentioned.

2 DUBLIN

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION GOOD FOR: Culture Chasers, Scenery Lovers, Set-Jetters.

NORTH STAR HOTEL Dublin

EUROPA HOTEL Belfast

CITY HOTEL DERRY Londonderry

Packages From: LOW: $1658 PP* | MID: $1739PP* | HIGH: $1818 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Optional Extras TWO-NIGHT LOUGH ESKE CASTLE UPGRADE

FROM $357PP*

In place of Londonderry, why not upgrade your stay with a trip to Donegal to the luxurious 5* Lough Eske Castle? Located on a secluded lakeside estate, the castle’s history dates back to the 1400s.

Catherine’s Why... Explore both Ireland and Northern Ireland’s capital cities on this profoundly memorable trip. Delve into Dublin’s Literary Giants - Joyce (pictured) and Beckett, Belfast’s shipbuilding giant supports - Samson and Goliath and best of them all the Causeway’s Giant Finn MacCool. TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR LOCALLY HOSTED RAIL VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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* Sample ‘from’ price is based on Low season (January).

Alternative Trip IRELAND’S LOCAL CHARM & ANCIENT CULTURE

If you’re short on time, see the very best of Dublin and Killarney on this 6-day tour, good for Adventure lovers and Sightseers. Visit our website or contact your Brendan Expert for more details.

Your Itinerary DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland! You will be met and privately transferred to your hotel, where you’ll meet our Brendan local host who will settle you in with the warmest of welcomes. DAY 2 | DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING Your included Hop-On Hop-Off tour is a great introduction to Dublin and all its highlights. There are more than 20 stops along the route and a host of famous sights to see (entrance fees are not included). (B) DAY 3 | DUBLIN - BELFAST (2 NIGHTS) Make your own way to the train station to journey north, to Belfast, Northern Ireland’s capital city. Your Brendan local host will meet you at your hotel to help prepare you for your grand adventure through this amazing city. (B)

Dublin

DAY 4 | BELFAST SIGHTSEEING See this historic city’s sights on your Hop-On Hop-Off tour with more than 20 stops along the route (entrance fees are not included). (B)

DAY 7 | LONDONDERRY - DUBLIN This morning you will be picked up by a private car and dropped off at Belfast train station for your journey back to Dublin. (B)

DAY 5 | ANTRIM COAST - LONDONDERRY (2 NIGHTS) This morning you will be picked up by a private car to embark on your journey along the breathtaking Antrim Coast to Londonderry, stopping at the Giant’s Causeway along the way. (B)

DAY 8 | DEPART DUBLIN Bid farewell to Ireland as you are transferred to the airport. (B)

DAY 6 | LONDONDERRY WALKING TOUR Enjoy a walking tour of this city steeped in history and culture with a local guide along its 17th-century city walls. Hear about life in this town and gain personal insights from someone who knows it best. (B)

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Vacation Details

Locally Hosted Rail VACATION

Scotland’s Cities & Natural

LANDSCAPES GOOD FOR: First-Timers, Lovers of the Outdoors, Calm Explorers.

7 DAYS | EDINBURGH TO GLASGOW ICONIC HIGHLIGHTS

INVERNESS 2 Isle of Skye

Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle Day Tour, Glasgow Hop-on Hop-off Tour.

SCOTLAND

WHAT’S INCLUDED 6 Nights Accommodation, Daily Breakfasts, Private Airport Transfers, Standard Rail Tickets, Sightseeing as mentioned.

GLASGOW 2

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION

2 EDINBURGH

MACDONALD HOLYROOD HOTEL Edinburgh

INVERNESS PALACE HOTEL Inverness

JURYS INN GLASGOW Glasgow

Packages From: LOW: $1132 PP* | MID: $1466PP* | HIGH: $1578 PP* * Sample ‘from’ pricing is based on the following travel months: Low – January, Mid – October, High - July, is per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Subject to change and varies by inclusions and travel dates. Air travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1. If chosen properties are unavailable, similar accommodations will be offered. For full details on additional sightseeing options, please see Catherine’s Collection on pages 114-143.

Optional Extras TWO OR THREE-NIGHT LONDON EXTENSION

FROM $550 PP*

Consider extending your vacation with a trip to London, capital of Great Britain. 2 or 3 night stay packages are available, including accommodation, private airport transfers and a 2-Day London Pass. Please note: This does not include rail from Scotland to London or the services of a Local Host. * Sample ‘from’ price is based on Low season (January).

Catherine’s Why... Scotland’s icons await you on this trip. Starting in majestic Edinburgh, stop in Inverness the capital of the highlands, the magical Isle of Skye and end your journey in Glasgow. TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR LOCALLY HOSTED RAIL VACATION CONTACT THE BRENDAN EXPERTS.

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Your Itinerary

Eilean Donan Castle

DAY 1 | ARRIVE IN EDINBURGH (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city! You will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you will meet your Brendan Local Host, who will offer you the warmest of welcomes and prepare you for your grand journey.

DAY 4 | ISLE OF SKYE EXCURSION Discover the magical Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle, taking in the sights, history and stories on your included excursion. Experience some of Scotland’s most breathtaking scenery along its wind-swept valleys and dramatic coastline. (B)

DAY 2 | EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING Today enjoy an included Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, a great introduction to this historical city. There are more than 14 stops along the route, and a host of famous sights to see. (Entrance fees are not included). (B)

DAY 5 | INVERNESS - GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS) Head to the train station on your own, and board your train bound for Glasgow, renowned for its culture and style. Your Brendan Local Host will fill you in on all that’s good and not to be missed while visiting their beloved city. (B)

DAY 3 | EDINBURGH - INVERNESS (2 NIGHTS) Make your way to the train station for the scenic ride north to Inverness at the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Your Brendan Local Host will meet you at your hotel later today to give you insights into this exciting location. (B)

DAY 6 | GLASGOW SIGHTSEEING Today enjoy an included Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing tour of Glasgow with 21 stops along the way, giving you the chance to experience the best the city has to offer. (Entrance fees are not included). (B)

DAY 7 | DEPART GLASGOW Bid farewell to Scotland as you are transferred to Glasgow Airport, where your vacation ends. (Guests can opt to leave from Edinburgh Airport for an additional cost.) (B)

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Catherine’s

COLLECTION

Learn about Dublin on a walking or cycling tour and see why it’s been voted the friendliest city in Europe and on the must-see bucket list for most first-time travelers– did it make yours?

The Shannon Region has an ancient secret called Durty Nelly’s, a four-hundred-yearold riverside pub situated in the shadow of Bunratty Castle – why not grab a pint and meet some of the friendly locals?

Where to stay and what to do...

We’ve created Catherine’s Collection - handy regional pages that highlight a special set of hotels, manors and castles, each hand-selected based on Catherine’s relationships with amazing local hoteliers. But that’s not all, also included are a host of sightseeing options - from our favorite hidden gems to the must-see sights, we’ve packed them all in so you can decide which activities you want to experience and what delights you want to indulge in as part your very own Celtic story. We can’t wait to welcome you.

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Or hear about the amazing experience you can have when you visit the picturesque conservation village of Luss within the National Park at the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel.

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Need even more choices or suggestions? Visit brendanvacations.com/stays or contact one of our experts.

Catherine’s Recommendation

Featured Accommodation

Accommodation

Cities

Sightseeing / Points of Interest

Hotel

Castle

Manor House

Townhouse

Bed & Breakfast

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Welcome to...

Where to stay

DUBLIN AIRPORT

DUBLIN

APPROX 8 MILES FROM CITY CENTER

( For

25 26

) CLONTARF 22

DRUMCONDRA Dublin Walking Tours

ARBOUR HILL

18 Jameson Distillery Bow St

14

ARRAN QUAY

Dublin Heuston Station

24 Celtic Ha’penny Nights Bridge

Dublin Whiskey Trail

ST JAMES GATE St Patrick’s Cathedral Park Guinness Storehouse

20

19

7 12

Dublin Pass

Trinity College 5

9

10

MERCHANTS QUAY

Teeling Whiskey Distillery

Musical Pub Crawl

23

St Stephen’s Green

2

Dublin 16

GRAND CANAL DOCK

Ringsend Park

13

Merrion Square

BEGGAR’S BUSH

21

LANSDOWNE VILLAGE

4

SAINT KEVIN’S

What to do

RINGSEND

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6 17

Embrace the charm of Dublin. As well as having a vibrant city center, Dublin has lots of small villages that make up this compact city. Ballsbridge, Sandymount, Clontarf, the Docklands all with their own unique character and characters to explore and get to know.

THE MERRION

EPIC Ireland Museum

DUBLIN

RECOMMENDATION

Peter McCann and his team at The Merrion are renowned for their attention to detail and genuine hospitality served up at every turn with grace and stylish ease. Just across the square from our Brendan Dublin office, it’s a great base to explore Dublin.

EAST WALL

Connolly Station

Delicious Dublin

Catherine’s

8

3 BALLSBRIDGE

Immerse yourself in the pure elegance of Georgian Dublin. The Merrion hotel is made up of four impeccably restored townhouses. The hotel has an amazing private art collection and is perfectly located opposite Government buildings. FEATURES 142 Guestrooms & Suites, Health Club, Spa & Pool, 2 Restaurants, 2 Cocktail Bars & Garden Terrace. PRICE (from) Double $230* | Single $461*

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THE DAVENPORT

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Dublin Just around the corner from the Brendan Vacations office on Merrion Square, The Davenport is a great base to explore Dublin and offers the perfect blend of old-meetsnew. Its close to the life-size Oscar Wilde statue and there is no better location for the best Dublin door display.

The perfect city to explore on foot or by bike, Dublin is filled with thrilling Viking history, literary traditions, Georgian architecture, top pubs and of course, colorful Dublin locals.

FEATURES 107 Guestrooms & 8 Suites Restaurant & Bar, 24/7 Gym Access. PRICE (from) Double $115* | Single $208*

Sample some of the best of Dublin’s culinary scene with Ketty on her fun and interesting DELICIOUS DUBLIN TOUR.

See

Discover Dublin’s most popular sights with fast track entry on a 2-DAY DUBLIN PASS. Ask our Celtic experts for a list of included attractions.

Do

Start the journey of tracing your Irish roots with a genealogist at EPIC WITH IRISH FAMILY HISTORY CENTER.

Wed-Sun | from $85†

Daily | from $110 †

Daily | from $20 †

DUBLIN WHISKEY TRAIL Thu, Fri, Sun | from $187 †

HOP-ON, HOP-OFF DUBLIN CITY TOUR Daily | from $28 †

WALKING TOUR OF DUBLIN Most Days | from $22†

GUINNESS STOREHOUSE Daily | from $23 †

WICKLOW MOUNTAINS TOUR Daily | from $43 †

DUBLIN CITY BIKE TOUR Daily (Mar-Nov) | from $42†

CELTIC NIGHTS TRADITIONAL IRISH SHOW & DINNER Daily | from $59 †

HOWTH HARBOUR & VILLAGE WALKING TOUR Daily | from $27 †

PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER HIRE 4hrs | from $209 † , 8hrs | from $356† ,

HOWTH SAFARI HIKE Thu-Sun | from $40 †

LOCAL TIP: Whiskey, Whiskey & more Whiskey! Dublin has seen an amazing rebirth of distilleries, so please ask your Brendan Celtic Expert for advice on experiences we have to offer.

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MUSICAL PUB CRAWL Most Days | from $23 †

Dublin

5 THE WESTBURY

Dublin

6 CONRAD DUBLIN

Dublin

7 THE FITZWILLIAM HOTEL

Dublin

8 HERBERT PARK HOTEL

Dublin

9 BROOKS HOTEL

Dublin

10 RADISSON BLU ROYAL HOTEL

Dublin

11 THE ALEX

Dublin

12 THE GREEN

Dublin

13 THE MONT

Dublin

14

Dublin

ASHLING HOTEL

15 CLAYTON HOTEL BALLSBRIDGE

Dublin

16 CLAYTON HOTEL CARDIFF LANE

Dublin

17 CAMDEN COURT

Dublin

SANDYMOUNT HOTEL

18 NORTH STAR HOTEL

Dublin

19 MARLIN HOTEL

Dublin

Dublin

20 HYATT CENTRIC THE LIBERTIES

Dublin

21 THE WILDER

Dublin

22 CLONTARF CASTLE HOTEL

Dublin

23 BUSWELLS HOTEL

Dublin

24 JURYS INN PARNELL

Dublin

25

CLAYTON HOTEL DUBLIN AIRPORT

Dublin

26 CARLTON HOTEL DUBLIN AIRPORT

Dublin

3

Taste

4 DYLAN HOTEL

The Loughran family has been running this hotel since 1955. With a great atmosphere and the Dart Rail only a five minute walk away, it’s location will give you access to the city’s top attractions. Congratulations to the team at Sandymount Hotel on winning ‘Europe’s Leading Green Hotel’ for a third year running. FEATURES 187 Guestrooms & Suites, Garden Terrace, Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, Gym. PRICE (from) Double $114* | Single $198*

*Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night.

Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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Glaslough

DUBLIN’S DOORSTEP

CO. MONAGHAN

& HIDDEN HEARTLANDS Where to stay

9

CO. LEITRIM Carrick-on-Shannon

CO. CAVAN

CO. LOUTH

3

Surrounding Ireland’s capital, Dublin’s Doorstep features counties like Kildare, Wicklow and Meath. These places offer a serene alternative to the city with glistening lakes, scenic pasturelands and tranquil forests to explore. There are also local towns to visit to witness rural life, and experience traditions, all with easy access to Dublin. The Hidden Heartlands are centered around local communities. Irish lifestyle can be discovered across land and water trails showcased by the iconic River Shannon and Beara-Breifne Way.

CO. ROSCOMMON

CO. LONGFORD

Slane Distillery Newgrange Bru Na Boinne

Catherine’s

Roscommon Hill of Tara

BALLYFIN DEMESNE

RECOMMENDATION

It’s like staying in a private house, you will have the time of your life, and you feel that the entire property is yours to enjoy.

CO. MEATH

CO. WESTMEATH

Ballyfin, Co. Laois Ballyfin is steeped in Irish history and the site has been settled from ancient times. The house itself has long been admired as the most lavish Regency mansion in Ireland. Over the past decade the magnificent estate has been painstakingly restored to become a small hotel like no other.

11 Athlone

12

Maynooth

Viking Cruise

FEATURES 20 Guestrooms and Suites, Restaurant, Bar, Fitness Center and Spa, Activities such as falconry and fishing available.

2

Tullamore Dew 4

CO. OFFALY

PRICE (from) Double $485* | Single $735*

10

2

Ballyfin

BARBERSTOWN CASTLE HOTEL

LOUGH RYNN CASTLE Co. Leitrim

FEATURES 55 Guestrooms & Suites, Restaurant, Bar & Lounge.

Lough Rynn a magical castle hotel, a place where old world elegance mixes seamlessly with unimaginable modern luxury.

PRICE (from) Double $146* | Single $292*

FEATURES 44 Guestrooms, 2AA Rosette awarded restaurant. PRICE (from) Double $97* | Single $150*

3

4 THE K CLUB

Straffan, Co. Kildare

5 POWERSCOURT HOTEL, RESORT & SPA

Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

6

Killiney, Co. Dublin

FITZPATRICK'S CASTLE HOTEL

7 CARTON HOUSE

Maynooth, Co. Kildare

8 DUNBOYNE CASTLE HOTEL

Dunboyne, Co. Meath

9 CASTLE LESLIE

Glaslough, Co. Monaghan

10 THE HERITAGE HOTEL & SPA

Killenard, Co. Laois

11 HODSON BAY HOTEL

Athlone

12 RADISSON BLU ATHLONE

Athlone

13 SHERATON ATHLONE

Athlone

Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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Straffan

Dublin City

Enniskerry

CO. KILDARE

5

WICKLOW MOUNTAINS Glendalough Wicklow

CO. WICKLOW

What to do

The water offers leisurely boat trips, water sports and great fishing, while numerous walking, cycling and pony trekking trails allow you to take in the best of Ireland views. You can also explore the quaint towns and villages of our rural heartlands on any Ireland travel package.

Taste

See

LOCAL TIP: Why not take a journey of taste and true character at the home of Tullamore Dew?

8hrs | from $356†

LOCAL TIP: Sip a pint with the locals in Sean’s Bar in Athlone, Ireland’s oldest pub! *Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night.

CO. DUBLIN

Kildare

CO. LAOIS

Straffan, Co. Kildare

7

Dublin Airport

6

Killlenard

Barberstown Castle built in the 13th century provides a personal and memorable experience. Dublin City and Airport just 30 minutes away.

8

Dunboyne

13

Explore the beauty of Glendalough’s glacial valley and montastic settlement, or explore the seat of the High Kings and tombs that pre-date the pyramids in Bru na Boinne with a PRIVATE DRIVER.

Do

Jump aboard and step back over 1200 years on a VIKING CRUISE from Athlone down the banks of the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river. Daily | from $23 †

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CORK &

THE SOUTHEAST Where to stay

From world-renowned crystal in Waterford to Blarney’s famous castle and stone, Cork and the Southeast offer beautiful coastlines and one colorful town after another, making it a perfect location for a visit. Stop in Kilkenny, our medieval city and a guest favorite in the ancient east, for an extra special experience.

Catherine’s

4 HAYFIELD MANOR

Cork

17 WESTWOOD COUNTRY HOUSE

Blarney, Co. Cork

5 THE IMPERIAL HOTEL

Cork

18 LYRATH ESTATE

Kilkenny

6 THE RIVER LEE

Cork

19 KILKENNY HIBERNIAN HOTEL

Kilkenny

7 THE KINGSLEY

Cork

20 KILKENNY ORMONDE HOTEL

Kilkenny

8 MALDRON HOTEL SOUTH MALL CORK

Cork

21 NEWPARK HOTEL

Kilkenny

9 THE AMBASSADOR

Cork

22 BUNGALOW FARMHOUSE

Freshford, Co. Kilkenny

10 JURYS INN CORK

Cork

23 AARD OAKLEIGH

Kilkenny

11 KINSALE HOTEL & SPA

Kinsale, Co. Cork

24 FAITHLEGG HOUSE HOTEL & GOLF CLUB

Faithlegg, Co. Waterford

12

ACTONS HOTEL

Kinsale, Co. Cork

25

Waterford

13 TRIDENT HOTEL

Kinsale, Co. Cork

26 CLIFF HOUSE HOTEL

Ardmore, Co. Waterford

14 INCHYDONEY ISLAND LODGE & SPA

West Cork

27 NEWTOWN FARM COUNTRY HOUSE

Ardmore, Co. Waterford

15 LONGUEVILLE HOUSE

Mallow, Co. Cork

28 GLASHA FARMHOUSE

Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

16 ARDFIELD FARMHOUSE

Ballinhassig, Co. Cork

29 CLAYTON WHITES HOTEL

Wexford

30 KILLIANE CASTLE COUNTRY HOUSE & FARM

Drinagh, Co. Wexford

MOUNT JULIET

RECOMMENDATION

Mount Juliet was designed during the Georgian era. The rooms are as bright and as generously proportioned, as they are luxurious.

22

Freshford

GRANVILLE HOTEL

CO. CARLOW

Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny Wonderfully relaxed location for families and golfers, with spa, equestrian and all the activities of a country estate.

CO. TIPPERARY

1 Mile

23

FEATURES 31 Main House Rooms, 16 Hunters Yard Rooms, Health Club, Spa & Pool, 2 Restaurants & Bar.

Thomastown

Rock of Cashel

PRICE (from) Double $90* | Single $175*

KILKENNY

CO. KILKENNY

1 Mile

8 6

5

House of Waterford Crystal

10

CO. WATERFORD

7

MONTENOTTE HOTEL

New Ross

28

9

Black Abbey

WATERFORD GREENWAY

4

Greenway Cycling

Wexford

Kilkenny Way Experience 20 19

29

3

Kilkenny Castle

30

Faithlegg Drinagh

24

Waterford

Smithwick’s Experience

Medieval Mile Museum

CO. WEXFORD

Clonmel

2

Cork Kent Station

CORK

2

21

18

25

Cork This property takes full advantage of its location in an elevated residential area. Its rooftop bar has stunning views over the city.

15

Dungarvan

Mallow

FEATURES 107 Guestrooms, Fitness Center, Swimming Pool, Restaurant & Bar.

27 Ardmore 26

PRICE (from) Double $104* | Single $148*

17

3

BUTLER HOUSE

Ballinhassig

Kilkenny

The superb location of Butler House offers visitors the very best of Kilkenny City. Through the front door, you will find Patrick Street, a two-minute walk to the center. Through the back door, you will find the internationally renowned Butler House Walled Garden.

PRICE (from) Double $76* | Single $152*

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Blarney Castle

Jameson Distillery Midleton Cobh

CO. CORK

FEATURES 14 Guest rooms and suites, Restaurant & Bar.

What to do

Discover a region of legends and stories from ancient times to modern day. Explore trails and tales from the Waterford Greenway to Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile.

Kinsale Food Tour Clonakilty

Titanic Experience

16 12 13

Midleton

11

Kinsale

14

*Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night.

Do Taste

Sample seafood, see stunning scenery and share stories with locals on a KINSALE FOOD TOUR in the gourmet capital of the south-west.

See

Enjoy the ‘must-see’ attractions on a COUNTY CORK TOUR with stops including the iconic Blarney Castle, Jameson Experience Midleton and Titanic Experience in Cobh.

Wed-Sun | from $134†

Daily (Mar-Oct) | from $100 †

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

JAMESON DISTILLERY MIDLETON Daily | from $20 †

PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER HIRE 8hrs | from $356†

Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

Try the world’s fastest amateur field sport, hurling, at the KILKENNY WAY EXPERIENCE. Learn why this sport is in the local DNA! Mon-Sat | from $50 † KILKENNY WALKING TRAIL WITH MEDIEVAL MILE MUSEUM Daily | from $26† CYCLE WATERFORD’S GREENWAY Daily | from $36† WATERFORD WALKING TOUR Daily | from $12†

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Where to stay

KILLARNEY &

Picturesque Killarney and the Southwest offer welcoming accommodations and spectacular natural backdrops, including the Ring of Kerry and the stunning towns of Kenmare and Dingle.

Catherine’s

THE SOUTHWEST

RECOMMENDATION

Remember to visit the cellar bar in the basement. It’s the original wine cellar of the house, and perhaps try the signature cocktail, ‘The Herbert’.

CAHERNANE HOUSE HOTEL Killarney

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25

18

26

5 1 Mile

4

KILLARNEY

Tralee 24 DINGLE PENINSULA 28 Dingle Distillery

27

11 9 Murphy’s 16 14 6 13 10 21

CO. KERRY

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Beautifully situated on a private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park. This boutique hotel exudes a sense of relaxation and peacefulness where guests can retreat into a cocoon of calmness and serenity. The only sounds you may hear are cows bellowing, the lambs bleating or the birds singing. FEATURES 48 Guestrooms & Suites, 2AA Rosette Restaurant, Bar and Afternoon Tea.

Killarney Station

2

19

PRICE (from) Double $114* | Single $203*

22

17

Dingle 8 KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK

20

2

Ross Castle 15

Private Hike or Bike Tours

Lough Leane Muckross House

RING OF KERRY

GREAT SOUTHERN KILLARNEY

7

Killarney

3 23

31 Sneem Ring of Kerry Tours

What to do

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A focal point since the first railway line from Dublin to Killarney in 1854, Great Southern Killarney has welcomed local Presidents, Princes, Barones and Dignitaries.

Kenmare

GLENINCHAQUIN PARK

Torc Waterfall

A jaunt, a hike or a cycle through Killarney’s National Park is certainly food for the ‘sole’, you might also like to indulge the taste buds with some Murphy’s Ice Cream and lift the spirits with some Dingle Whiskey.

LOCAL TIP: Stop at Murphy’s in Killarney or Dingle for some of the best Irish ice-cream. LOCAL TIP: Don’t pass the opportunity to sample some Dingle Gin on a tour of the Dingle Distillery.

Take in breathtaking scenery on an inspiring RING OF KERRY DAY TOUR. See mountains, coast, quaint villages and much more as you wind along the 112-mile route. Daily | from $28 † DINGLE PENINSULA DAY TOUR Daily | from $32† PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER HIRE 8hrs | from $356†

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Breathe in the beauty and fresh air of Killarney National Park on a PRIVATE HIKE OR BIKE RIDE with a local expert. Daily | from $117 † HORSE RIDING Daily | from $75† JAUNTING THROUGH KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK Daily (Apr-Oct) | from $42†

6 KILLARNEY PARK HOTEL

Killarney

7 MUCKROSS PARK HOTEL & SPA

Killarney

8 DUNLOE HOTEL & GARDENS

Killarney

9 KILLARNEY ROYAL HOTEL

Killarney

10 RANDLES HOTEL

Killarney

11 ARBUTUS HOTEL

Killarney

12 KILLEEN HOUSE HOTEL

Killarney

13

Killarney

15 THE HEIGHTS HOTEL KILLARNEY

Killarney

PRICE (from) Double $98* | Single $178*

16 SCOTTS HOTEL

Killarney

Kenmare

Do

Killarney

14 KILLARNEY TOWERS HOTEL

PARK HOTEL KENMARE

See

Killarney

5 AGHADOE HEIGHTS HOTEL & SPA

FEATURES 177 Guestrooms & Suites, Health Club, Spa, Pool & Tennis Court,Restaurant, Bar, Wine, Cellar & Afternoon Tea.

3

Taste

4 THE EUROPE HOTEL & RESORT

This Victorian landmark, dating from 1897, is set in a heavenly location overlooking the glistining waters of Kenmare Bay. Meet owner Francis Brennan and his brother John famed for their incredible attention to detail and outstanding hospitality.

PRICE (from) Double $278* | Single $352* †

Killarney

17 THE BREHON HOTEL

Killarney

18 LOCH LEIN COUNTRY HOUSE

Killarney

19 ALDERHAVEN COUNTRY HOME

Killarney

20 ASHBROOK B&B

Killarney

21 ABBEY LODGE

Killarney

22 ARDREE HOUSE

Killarney

23 SHEEN FALLS LODGE

Kenmare

24

Tralee

BALLYSEEDE CASTLE

25 BALLYGARRY HOUSE HOTEL & SPA

FEATURES 46 Guestrooms & Suites, 2 Restaurants, Bar, Cellar and Afternoon Tea, Spa, Pool and Health Club, Activities such as fishing and falconry available.

*Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night.

KILLARNEY PLAZA HOTEL & SPA

Tralee

26 THE ROSE HOTEL

Tralee

27 DINGLE SKELLIG HOTEL

Dingle

28 DINGLE BENNERS HOTEL

Dingle

29 CASTLEWOOD HOUSE DINGLE

Dingle

30 PARKNASILLA RESORT & SPA

Sneem

31 SNEEM HOTEL

Sneem

Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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Where to stay

SHANNON REGION ARAN ISLANDS Inis Oirr Island

12

Lahinch

Experience 16th century, old-world elegance with modern-day comforts in one of Ireland’s finest castle hotels. The 375 acre estate will find you hunting, fishing, horseback riding, golfing and more. Conveniently just eight miles from Shannon Airport.

St. Tola’s Goat’s Cheese Farm

PRICE (from) Double $176* | Single $318*

11 17

Newmarket-on-Fergus

Shannon

King John’s Castle

½ Mile

Bunratty Medieval Banquet

16

I highly recommend a night or two at Dromoland Castle, the luxury resort once home to the High Kings of Ireland! Our Brendan guests enjoy the last night of their vacation here as a perfect fairytale ending.

FEATURES 98 Luxury Guestrooms & Suites Health Club, Spa & Pool, 2 Restaurants, Bar, Lounge & Afternoon Tea.

CO. CLARE

Ennis Walking Tour

RECOMMENDATION

Nemarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare

THE BURREN

Ennis

Catherine’s

DROMOLAND CASTLE

Heritage & Nature Walks

Cliffs of Moher Cruise

Stay overnight in medieval castles and stately manors where you can toast an era of great taste as Lords and Ladies at a banquet. Picturesque villages like Adare and Newmarket-on-Fergus are but a few of what the counties of Limerick and Clare have to offer.

4 15

14

10

Flying Boat Museum

2

Foynes

Bunratty

13

Shannon Airport

LIMERICK

Adare

7

3

6 8 5

2

Colbert Station

9

FITZGERALD’S WOODLANDS HOUSE HOTEL & SPA

ADARE MANOR

CO. LIMERICK

Adare, Co. Limerick Adare Manor, set in the most beautiful village of Adare, an exquisite property ideal for golf, archery, falconry, fishing, whiskey tasting or just taking in the surreal atmosphere of the 840-acre estate.

What to do

FEATURES 104 Guestrooms, Spa, Swimming Pool, In-house Cinema, Restaurant & Bar.

Shannon Region offers visual riches and famous sights, from the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher to lively Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, home to Durty Nelly’s, a landmark Irish pub for over four hundred years.

PRICE (from) Double $239* | Single $478*

Adare, Co. Limerick Experience the Fitzgerald family’s genuine hospitality in their beloved hotel and be sure to sample the organic food grown in Mary’s garden. The Fitzgeralds believe if they can’t grow it, they partner with the best local food producers who share their ethos of clean local food. FEATURES 89 Guestrooms & Suites, Leisure Club & Spa, Restaurant, Bistro & Bar. PRICE (from) Double $67* | Single $119*

Taste

Step into the medieval times at Bunratty Castle at the famed BUNRATTY MEDIEVAL BANQUET. Enjoy musical entertainment and a 4-course meal in the Great Hall. Daily (Mar-Nov) | from $89 † LOCAL TIP: Stop at St Tola’s Goats Cheese Farm, see how the cheese is made and of course sample some too!

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See

Experience the cliffs rising 700 feet from the Atlantic Ocean on a breathtaking CLIFFS OF MOHER CRUISE.

Do

Uncover the magic of the hidden Burren on a HERITAGE AND NATURE WALK with a local guide.

Daily (Mar-Nov) | from $17 †

Daily | from $142†

CLIFFS OF MOHER CRUISE & INIS OIRR ISLAND Daily (Mar-Nov) | from $25†

ENNIS WALKING TOUR May-Sep | from $10 †

PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER HIRE 4hrs | from $176† , 8hrs | from $356†

4 LIMERICK STRAND HOTEL

Limerick

5 NO.1 PERY SQUARE

Limerick

6 THE GEORGE LIMERICK

Limerick

7 CLAYTON HOTEL LIMERICK

Limerick

8 LIMERICK CITY HOTEL

Limerick

9 THE MUSTARD SEED AT ECHO LODGE

Co. Limerick

10 DUNRAVEN ARMS HOTEL

Adare, Co. Limerick

11 OLD GROUND HOTEL ENNIS

Ennis, Co. Clare

12 GREGANS CASTLE HOTEL

The Burren, Co. Clare

13 BUNRATTY CASTLE HOTEL

Bunratty, Co. Clare

14

BRIAR LODGE B&B

Bunratty, Co. Clare

15 THE OAKWOOD HOTEL

Shannon, Co. Clare

16 CAHERGAL FARMHOUSE

Shannon, Co. Clare

17 THE INN AT DROMOLAND

Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare

3

*Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night. † Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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CO. DONEGAL

Welcome to...

30 Glenties

GALWAY &

29

25

RECOMMENDATION

27 500m

28

2

Sligo Collooney

CO. MAYO 5

1 Mile

Galway Food Tour 13

16

12

6

Knock Airport 14

Kylemore Abbey

15

7

22

Ceannt Station

11

8 18

17

10

Cong

CONNEMARA

23

Connemara Day Tours

CO. GALWAY

19

2

ARAN ISLANDS

Wed-Sun | from $100

Ruins, medieval castles, cliffs and rich folklore share a way of life that’s long since disappeared on the Aran Islands. Discover the charming town of Westport on a walking tour or seek out Trad on the Prom, where Ireland’s passionate past is shared through contemporary world-class music, song and dance.

See

Explore Ireland’s naturally preserved mountains and lakes on a CONNEMARA DAY TOUR that includes a stop at the magical Kylemore Abbey. Daily | from $40

CLIFFS OF MOHER & THE BURREN DAY TOUR Daily | from $47 † ARAN ISLANDS DAY TRIP Daily | from $50 † TRAD ON THE PROM IRISH SHOW Tue, Thu & Sat (May-Sep) | from $49 † PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER HIRE 8hrs | from $356†

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PRICE (from) Double $235* | Single $436*

Roscommon

21

Trad on the Prom

Sample some culinary delights and meet the producers behind them on a GALWAY FOOD TOUR.

FEATURES 83 Luxury Guestrooms & Suites, Health Club, Spa & Sauna, Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, Golf, Falconry, Fishing & More!

CO. ROSCOMMON

Aran Islands Day Tours

Taste

Situated on its own 350-acre estate on the shores of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most renowned hotels. It has hosted Royalty, Presidents and Prime Ministers and was once home to the Guinness family during its almost 800-year history. Today its lavish guest rooms, locally-sourced fine dining, award-winning spa and more, offer you the ultimate in luxury and hospitality.

Croagh Patrick

20

What to do

Cong, Co. Mayo

Carrick-on-Shannon

9 4

CO. LEITRIM

ASHFORD CASTLE

Ashford Castle is truly a crown jewel of Ireland and a proud member of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. There are memories to be made for all ages, from a leisurely stroll with the beloved resident wolfhounds, to falconry, horseback riding and so much more.

CO. SLIGO

GREAT WESTERN GREENWAY

Achill Island

Connect with authentic, rural and traditional Ireland in Galway and the West. Fall in love with our most romantic castle, now Kylemore Abbey, or explore literary Yeats’ country: “Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.”

Catherine’s

24

26

Westport Walking Tours

Eyre Square

Donegal

Slieve League

WESTPORT

THE WEST

GALWAY

3

Where to stay

Do

4 THE G HOTEL & SPA

Galway

5 GLENLO ABBEY HOTEL

Galway

6 HOTEL MEYRICK

Galway

7 THE GALMONT HOTEL & SPA

Galway

8 THE ARDILUAN HOTEL

Galway

9 MALDRON HOTEL SANDY ROAD GALWAY

Galway

10 GALWAY BAY HOTEL

Galway

11 HARBOUR HOTEL

Galway

12 JURYS INN GALWAY

Galway

13 FORSTER COURT HOTEL

Galway

14 THE CONNACHT HOTEL GALWAY

Galway

15 FLANNERYS HOTEL

Galway

16 ST JUDE'S B&B

Galway

17 FOUR WINDS LODGE

Galway

18 WOODVILLE HOUSE

Galway

19 BALLYNAHINCH CASTLE

Connemara, Co. Galway

20 ABBEYGLEN CASTLE

Connemara, Co. Galway

21 DELPHI LODGE

Connemara, Co. Galway

22 RENVYLE HOUSE HOTEL

Connemara, Co. Galway

23 THE LODGE AT ASHFORD CASTLE

Cong, Co. Mayo

Discover the charming bay town’s colors and canals on a WESTPORT WALKING TOUR.

24 KNOCKRANNY HOUSE HOTEL & SPA

Westport, Co. Mayo

Daily (May-Sep) | from $10

25 HOTEL WESTPORT

Westport, Co. Mayo

26 CASTLECOURT HOTEL

Westport, Co. Mayo

CYCLE THE GREAT WESTERN GREENWAY Daily | from $59 †

27 CLEW BAY HOTEL

Westport, Co. Mayo

HORSE RIDING Daily | from $120 †

28 RADISSON BLU HOTEL & SPA

Sligo

SLIGO HIKING EXPERIENCE Daily | from $85†

29 MILL PARK HOTEL

Donegal

30 BROOK LODGE B&B

Glenties, Co. Donegal

THE GLASSHOUSE Sligo Towering dramatically over the Garavogue River this cutting-edge designed property shaped like a ship in dock with its glass exterior can be seen from afar. Inside the quirky interiors and energetic and vibrant atmosphere are equally impressive. FEATURES 116 Guestrooms & Suites, Restaurant & Bar. PRICE (from) Double $79* | Single $129*

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LOUGH ESKE CASTLE Co. Donegal Beautiful rooms and a genuine Donegal welcome come together effortlessly here. Don’t miss the amazing Celtic Cross gravestone. FEATURES 96 Luxury Guestrooms & Suites, Spa & Pool, Restaurant, Bar & Grill. PRICE (from) Double $146* | Single $241* *Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night. † Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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Welcome to...

Where to stay

BELFAST

APPROX 6 MILES FROM CITY CENTER

Catherine’s

5

CULTRA

1 Mile Titanic Belfast

3

Turn towards the water in Belfast for all things Titanic and head to the shimmering visitor center. Also famous for its street art, political murals have peppered the streets for decades as symbols of the city’s troubled past. Now in the Cathedral Quarter, a new generation of street artists display their work, making it a perfect stop for art enthusiasts. Belfast’s streets are also packed with restaurants, pubs, shops and venues heaving with personality and pride. Plus, there are plenty of our friendly locals eager to make you feel welcome.

RECOMMENDATION

GRAND CENTRAL HOTEL

This is more than just the newest hotel in Belfast, it’s an ode to the city. Standing tall in Bedford street, this impressive jewel fuses glamour and grandeur with the unique Belfast spirit.

Belfast Transformed from an iconic office block to the new Grand Central Hotel, Belfast will offer 300 luxury bedrooms, a restaurant, bistro and rooftop lounge. FEATURES 300 Guestrooms, Restaurants & Bar. PRICE (from) Double $137* | Single $226*

BELFAST 2 Peace Walls

Belfast Hop-on Hop-off

9 4

STRANDTOWN 7

City Hall

Black Cab Tour

6

Belfast Central Station

2

8

Game of Thrones Tours

THE MERCHANT HOTEL Belfast

What to do

Ormeau Park

Great base to delve into historic Belfast and also take a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant’s Causeway. ‘Set-jetters’, this is the place to hang out if you are Game of Thrones or Titanic fans.

The grandeur of the original Grade A-listed building is complimented by an elegant Art Deco-inspired wing with a multitude of exciting amenities. FEATURES 36 Guestrooms, Health Club & Spa, Restaurant & Cocktail Bar. PRICE (from) Double $168* | Single $309*

3

TITANIC HOTEL BELFAST Belfast

Taste

LOCAL TIP: When in Belfast, sample Jaw Box Gin! Its name comes from the boxy Belfast sinks where the local community gathered to catch up. Its founder Gerry suggests trying it with ginger ale!

See

Visit the locations that acted as a backdrop to the hit TV show series on a GAME OF THRONES DAY TOUR. Daily | from $53 † TITANIC BELFAST Daily | from $27 † GAME OF THRONES STUDIO TOUR Daily (Opening Spring 2020) | Call for prices BELFAST HOP-ON, HOP-OFF TOUR Daily | from $20 † PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER HIRE 8hrs | from $387 †

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Do

Journey around the streets of Belfast hearing stories from past to present through the eyes of a local on a BLACK CAB TOUR. Daily | from $36†

Situated at the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, the legendary Harland & Wolf Headquarters and Drawing Offices is the world’s most authentic Titantic Hotel. Part hotel, part museum, the luxury hotel is home to a unique collection of over 500 artworks, artefacts and photographs transporting guests back to the “Golden Age of Ocean Travel”.  FEATURES 119 Guestrooms & Suites, 2 Restaturants & Bar. PRICE (from) Double $108* | Single $198*

4 THE FITZWILLIAM BELFAST

Belfast

5 CULLODEN ESTATE &SPA

Belfast

6 EUROPA HOTEL

Belfast

7 BULLIT HOTEL

Belfast

8 MALDRON HOTEL BELFAST

Belfast

9 JURYS INN BELFAST

Belfast

*Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night. † Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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Giant’s Causeway Portrush

Ballintoy

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Harry’s Shack

LONDONDERRY &

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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Ballycastle

Bushmills Distillery

10

3

The Dark Hedges Experience

THE ANTRIM COAST

6

Where to stay

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CO. LONDONDERRY

Northern Ireland’s second largest city Londonderry has completely established itself as an artistic and cultural hub, with its impressive city walls and its symbolic Peace Bridge. The Antrim coastal route is as impressive as it is legendary, with its stunning glens and immaculate villages.

CO. ANTRIM

Lough Beg

RECOMMENDATION

The moment I walked through the ever-so-cool revolving door, I experienced the most gracious welcome and then had a magnificent tour with the Night Manager. I knew that this was a place I needed to share with our guests.

Londonderry Named “Bishop’s Gate” due to its location within the walled city, this new 30-bedroomed boutique hotel has been provided by the Inner City Buildings Preservations Trust. We are proud to support this project that showcases Londonderry at its hospitable best.

2

Ballygally

Catherine’s

BISHOPS GATE HOTEL

Carnlough

8 4

½ Mile

5

Belfast International Airport

Belfast

Londonderry Walking Tours

FEATURES 30 Guestrooms, Fitness Center, Restaurant & Bar. PRICE (from) Double $116* | Single $184*

Peace Bridge

LONDONDERRY

Strangford Lough

CO. DOWN

7

2

Castle Ward (Wintefell Tours)

Game of Thrones Studio Tour

BALLYGALLY CASTLE HOTEL

3

Ballygally, Antrim Coast

What to do

This 400-year-old castle is the only 17th-century building still used as a residence in Northern Ireland, along the Antrim coast. FEATURES 54 Guestrooms & Suites, Gardens & Tea Room, Restaurant & Bar.

Newcastle

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Not to be missed are the Londonderry walking tour, the Giant’s Causeway, the incredible Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Dark Hedges, featured in Game of Thrones.

PRICE (from) Double $118* | Single $200*

THE SALTHOUSE

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4 CITY HOTEL DERRY

Londonderry

5 MALDRON HOTEL DERRY

Londonderry

6 BEECH HILL COUNTRY HOUSE

Londonderry

7 BRIDGE B&B

Londonderry

8 STATION B&B

Londonderry

9 LONDONDERRY ARMS HOTEL

Camlough, Antrim Coast

10 MARINE HOTEL

Ballycastle, Antrim Coast

11 FULLERTON ARMS

Ballintoy, Antrim Coast

12 BLACKROCK HOUSE

Portrush, Antrim Coast

13 SLIEVE DONARD RESORT & SPA

Newcastle, Antrim Coast

Ballycastle, Antrim Coast

Do

Delighted to highlight this new eco hotel with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. perched above the quaint sea-side town of Ballycastle, this property with its inspiring scenery and light, airy spaces to unwind is designed to connect you to the outdoors. FEATURES 24 Guestrooms, Bar & Restaurant, Spa. PRICE (from) Double $127* | Single $182*

*Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night. † Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

Taste

Visit BUSHMILLS DISTILLERY and experience the craft of making this Irish Single Malt. Daily | from $18

LOCAL TIP: Stop at Harry’s Shack in Portstewart for the best fish & chips ever!

On a LONDONDERRY WALKING TOUR, stroll through the 17th-century city walls, with views of St. Columb’s Cathedral, Bogside Murals, Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall and more.

See

Stop at the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ the GIANT’S CAUSEWAY and marvel at the famous rock formations. Daily | from $21

PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER HIRE 8hrs | from $387 †

Daily | from $15† WINTERFELL TOURS Daily | from $96† DARK HEDGES EXPERIENCE Daily | from $18 † GIANT’S CAUSEWAY WALKING TOUR Daily | from $73 †

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EDINBURGH

Where to stay

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Edinburgh is Scotland’s compact, hilly capital and includes both medieval Old Town and an elegant Georgian New Town. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s Stone of Destiny. Arthur’s Seat is also an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views of this majestic city.

Catherine’s RECOMMENDATION

WARRISTON 15 APPROX 9 MILES FROM CITY CENTER

Royal Botanic Garden

THE BALMORAL

Looking up to Edinburgh Castle, the Balmoral is a love letter to Scotland. Originally built as a grand railway hotel in 1902, its glorious clock tower has a historical quirk of being set 3 minutes early so that passengers would never miss their trains.

Edinburgh The Balmoral - which means ‘majestic dwelling’ in Gaelic - lives up to its name. A stunning building on 1 Princess Street, where Old Town meets New, a legendary hotel and landmark clock tower: a symbol of its city in the most majestic of cities.

BONNINGTON Spirit of Scotland

CRAIGLEITH LIVINGSTON

APPROX 16 MILES FROM CITY CENTER

(For

17

4 Eat, Walk Edinburgh

) COATES

Edinburgh Hop-on, Hop-off

Military Tattoo Day Tour

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2

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14 9

11

8

13

Doomed, Dead & Buried Ghost WalkingTour Edinburgh Walking Tours 7

5

What to do

PRICE (from) Double $156* | Single $309*

Holyrood Palace

SOUTHSIDE

BRUNTSFIELD

2

Holyrood Park

Arthur’s Seat

The Meadows

DALRY

MUIRFIELD

Waverly Station

Edinburgh Castle

Scotch Whisky Experience

3

FEATURES 187 Guestrooms & Suites, Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux and Michelin-Starred Number One Restaurant, 2 Bars, Spa, Fitness Center and Indoor Pool.

BONNYRIGG

APPROX 8 MILES FROM CITY CENTER

NEWINGTON

(For

16

)

Edinburgh has Harry Potter, tales of witches, the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Military Tattoo and the heartwarming story of Greyfriars Bobby. Hear these tales and many more on the sightseeing trips available.

THE SCOTSMAN HOTEL

CARBERRY TOWER MANSION HOUSE HOTEL & ESTATE

Edinburgh Once home to the Scotsman newspaper, all rooms and suites are different, with quirky features and stunning views of mighty Edinburgh.

Muirfield, Edinburgh On Edinburgh’s doorstep, standing regally in 35 acres of stunning, private Estate parkland Carberry Tower is a place of intimate grandeur and to stay here, is to weave your story into a history that goes back to 1480 when the first foundation stone was laid. Incomparable value of excellence, abundance and grace coupled together with the very warmest of Scottish hospitality.

FEATURES 69 Guestrooms & Suites, Health Club & Spa, Brasserie serving all meals, Afternoon Tea & Whisky Tasting. PRICE (from) Double $121* | Single $215*

FEATURES 30 Guestrooms & Suites. Afternoon Tea, Award-winning Bistro and Champagne Terrace. PRICE (from) Double $92* | Single $184*

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Taste

On an EAT, WALK TOUR, explore the tastes of the Edinburgh’s old town and new on this walking food tour. Daily | from $110 † THE SCOTCH WHISKY EXPERIENCE Daily | from $28 † SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND SHOW WITH DINNER Daily | from $94†

See

The KELPIES, STIRLING & LOCH LOMOND TOUR fuses the remarkable beauty of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park with the savage history of Stirling Castle. Wed, Fri & Sun | from $60 † HOP-ON, HOP-OFF CITY TOUR Daily | from $23 †

A local guide takes you to places history was made – the wynds, closes, courtyards and homes on an EDINBURGH WALKING TOUR WITH EDINBURGH CASTLE. Daily | from $55† DOOMED, DEAD & BURIED GHOST WALKING TOUR Daily (Evenings) | from $27 †

Edinburgh

5 MACDONALD HOLYROOD HOTEL

Edinburgh

6 MARKET STREET HOTEL

Edinburgh

7

HOTEL DU VIN EDINBURGH

Edinburgh

8 HILTON EDINBURGH CARLTON

Edinburgh

9 LEONARDO ROYAL HOTEL EDINBURGH HAYMARKET

Edinburgh

10 MALMASION EDINBURGH

Edinburgh

11 DOUBLETREE BY HILTON EDINBURGH CITY

Edinburgh

12 MURRAYFIELD HOTEL AND HOUSE

Edinburgh

13 JURYS INN EDINBURGH

Edinburgh

14 GRASSMARKET HOTEL

Edinburgh

15 GREYWALLS HOTEL

Muirfield, Edinburgh

LOCH NESS EXPLORER DAY TOUR Daily | from $70 †

16 DALHOUSIE CASTLE

Bonnyrigg, Edinburgh

OUTLANDER FILMING LOCATIONS DAY TOUR Thu, Sun | from $82†

17 MACDONALD HOUSTON HOUSE

Livingston, Edinburgh

EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO DAY TOUR August | from $223 † PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER HIRE 8hrs | from $422†

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Do

4 WALDORF ASTORIA EDINBURGH

*Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night.

Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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Where to stay

GLASGOW &

LOCH LOMOND

Close neighbors Glasgow and Loch Lomond are less than an hour drive apart, yet you can sense the striking contrast. Glasgow is the urban and cultural home to the Scottish Opera, Ballet and National Theatre as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene. Loch Lomond is tranquil, beautiful and one of Scotland’s best loved, iconic places.

Catherine’s

RECOMMENDATION

CAMERON HOUSE

Just to sit in the Boat House Restaurant at Cameron House for me is relaxation personified. Down by the water’s edge, overlooking the vibrant marina with the freshest locally sourced produce and the most friendly of staff.

Loch Lomond

LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK

GLASGOW

3 5

16

Glasgow Bike Tours 15

7

14

½ Mile

8

2

9

17 Loch Lomond Cruises

10

Eat, Walk Glasgow

Glasgow Central Station

Loch Lomond

Glasgow Hop-on Hop-off

4

Glasgow Cathedral

Take a unique Scottish 18th-century baronial mansion, a championship golf course, some of the best Scottish cusine, served with the heartiest of Scottish hospitality in a romantic location overlooking Loch Lomond and you may begin to understand why Cameron House is one of Scotland’s most loved places to stay and a favorite of Brendan’s guests.  FEATURES 140 Guestrooms, 2 Restaurants, Spa and Rooftop Infinity Pool, Golf course, falcony, archery and other activities available. PRICE (from) Double $150* | Single $295*

2

6

Dumbarton Castle 13 Glasgow Airport

CARLTON GEORGE HOTEL

11

12

What to do

3

Glasgow Located in the city center of Glasgow, this four star boutique hotel is the perfect base for your Glasgow visit. Treat yourself to afternoon tea or a nightcap on their rooftop.

Cruise Loch Lomond, visit Stirling Castle, spot the Loch Ness Monster and taste some Whisky.

FEATURES 64 Guestrooms, Roof Top Restaurant, Bar & Lounge. PRICE (from) Double $168* | Single $324*

Taste

On an EAT, WALK TOUR, sample some local food and tipples with the locals on a walking food tour of Glasgow city. Daily | from $110

See

Enjoy a LOCH LOMOND CRUISE on the ‘Queen of Scottish Lakes.’ Sail amongst the island jewels in the Loch Lomond crown. Daily | from $22

GLASGOW HOP-ON, HOP-OFF CITY TOUR Daily | from $22† STIRLING CASTLE, LOCH LOMOND & WHISKY DAY TOUR Daily | from $52† LOCH NESS, GLENCOE & HIGHLANDS DAY TOUR Daily | from $66† PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER HIRE 8hrs | from $422†

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On a GLASGOW BIKE TOUR, uncover hidden gems and see the main sights of Glasgow on a leisurely cycle with a local guide. Daily | from $54

LOCAL TIP: Adventure calls with the stunning backdrop of Loch Lomond. Try your hand at hiking, biking or pony trekking in the peaceful great outdoors.

4 DAKOTA HOTEL

Glasgow

5 HILTON GLASGOW GROSVENOR

Glasgow

6 JURY’S INN GLASGOW

Glasgow

7 MALMASION GLASGOW

Glasgow

8 DOUBLETREE BY HILTON GLASGOW CENTRAL

Glasgow

9

Glasgow

ABODE GLASGOW

10 MILLENIUM HOTEL GLASGOW

Glasgow

11 CROSSBASKET CASTLE HOTEL

East Kilbride, Glasgow

12 MACDONALD CRUTHERLAND HOUSE, GLASGOW

East Kilbride, Glasgow

13 GLEDDOCH HOTEL SPA & GOLF

Langbank, Glasgow

14 LOCH LOMOND ARMS HOTEL

Loch Lomond

15 LODGE ON LOCH LOMOND

Loch Lomond

16 INN ON LOCH LOMOND

Loch Lomond

17 THE WINNOCK HOTEL

Drymen, Loch Lomond

HOTEL DU VIN AT ONE DEVONSHIRE GARDENS Glasgow This stunning iconic Glasgow hotel is set in a tree-lined Victorian terrace in the fashionable West End and is only 30 minutes from Loch Lomond. Hotel du Vin Glasgow at One Devonshire Gardens is a luxury boutique property and is something special. FEATURES 49 Guestrooms and Suites, Restaurant, Bar and Whisky Room, Spa and Fitness Center. PRICE (from) Double $127* | Single $255* *Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night. † Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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SCOTLAND’S LOWLANDS

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Gordon Highlanders Museum

Dunnottar Castle

12

ABERDEEN

Where to stay

At St. Andrews you will find Scotland’s oldest university town, now a shrine to golfers who will visit the birthplace of their sport. Head to the charming border town of Peebles, or Perth, the once capital of medieval Scoltand. Perhaps check out Dundee, famous for its cake and marmalade.

1 Mile 14

Pitlochry Blair Athol Distillery

18

Catherine’s RECOMMENDATION

ABERDEENSHIRE

3

Blair Castle

FONAB CASTLE

Fonab Castle has established itself as the premier hotel in the area. It is unique, luxurious and above all, an enchanting, fairytale-like experience.

Pitlochry

Lunan Bay

In the heart of the Highlands, this castle draws inspiration from its historic past and adds a contemporary twist.

Glamis Castle

Peebles

5 CRINGLETIE HOUSE HOTEL

Peebles

6 MACDONALD INCHYRA HOTEL & SPA

Falkirk

7 OLD COURSE HOTEL

St. Andrews

8 MACDONALD RUSACKS HOTEL ST. ANDREWS

St. Andrews

9 HOTEL DU VIN ST ANDREWS

St. Andrews

10

FEATURES 42 Guestrooms & Suites, Spa Facilities & Pool, Restaurant, Brasserie, Bar & Lounge.

PERTHSHIRE 16

PRICE (from) Double $168* | Single $337*

Dundee

Scone Palace St. Andrews Walking Tour

Perth Branklyn Garden

17

10

2

RUFFLETS ST ANDREWS

4 MACDONALD CARDRONA HOTEL, GOLF & SPA

7

2

St. Andrews 8

9

Eat, Walk St.Andrews

Doune Castle

What to do

Stirling Castle

St. Andrews

15

Set in 10 acres of garden, the turreted mansion has an enviable location in St. Andrews.

Stirling

FERNIE CASTLE

St. Andrews

11 AIRTH CASTLE

Airth

12 PALM COURT HOTEL

Aberdeen

13 MALMASION ABERDEEN

Aberdeen

14 MACDONALD NORWOOD HALL HOTEL

Aberdeen

15 THE STIRLING HIGHLAND HOTEL

Stirling

16 BALLATHIE COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL & ESTATE

Perthshire

17 CRIEFF HYDRO

Perthshire

18 FISHER’S HOTEL

Perthshire

Castles galore to stop by and explore in Glamis, Doune and Blair. Also drop by Blair Atholl Distillery, the home of Bell’s whisky.

Bannockburn

FEATURES 144 Luxury Guestrooms & Suites, Spa & Championship 18-Hole Golf Course, Choice of Restaurants & Bars.

Airth Falkirk

PRICE (from) Double $200* | Single $382*

11 6

Edinburgh Airport

3

ATHOLL PALACE HOTEL 5

Perthshire

Peebles

The epitome of Scottish baronial splendor, this hotel is a treat to behold. From first glance the words are ‘jaw dropping.’ FEATURES 107 Guestrooms, Spa & Pool, Restaurant. PRICE (from) Double $146* | Single $218*

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*Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night. Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors. †

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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Taste

See

Daily | from $110 †

LOCAL TIP: Discover the wonder of Branklyn Garden in Perth, both a peaceful haven and a hidden gem.

St. Andrews is not only packed full of interesting history but also some great bars and restaurants. Expereince the best the city has to offer on an EAT, WALK TOUR with a local guide.

LOCAL TIP: Visit the place where Scottish Kings were crowned at Scone Palace, an important stately home with a colorful history!

Do

Learn about the history and the unique culture of St Andrews with a local guide on a ST. ANDREWS WALKING TOUR. Daily | from $28 †

PRIVATE CAR & DRIVER HIRE 8hrs | from $422†

LOCAL TIP: Check out the beautiful pink standstone hues at Lunan Bay overlooked by the crumbling 12th-century fortress Red Castle.

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Where to stay

SCOTLAND’S HIGHLANDS

Clans and tartans, whisky and porridge, bagpipes and heather all originate in the Highlands and enrich the popular picture of Scotland. Inverness, the highland capital, and Aviemore make a good starting point for exploring Loch Ness and the Cairngorms.

Catherine’s

RECOMMENDATION

NESS WALK HOTEL

The interiors of the Ness Walk Hotel reflect the seasonal landscape with a flow of soft colors and textiles. Spoil yourself with a stay in this delightful oasis on the leafy banks of River Ness.

Inverness

Inverness Train Station

8

Dingwall Glen Ord Distillery

Culloden Battlefield

9 Cawdor Castle

4

INVERNESS

13

3

7

12

Loch Ness

Fort Augustus

Taste

LOCAL TIP: Sample a wee dram at one of the Highlands oldest distilleries Glen Ord.

2

Aviemore 14

INVERNESS PALACE HOTEL

CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK

Braemar

What to do

PRICE (from) Double $109* | Single $218*

5

Isle of Skye Day Tour

15

FEATURES 47 Guestrooms & Suites, Bar & Restaurant, Afternoon Tea, Fishing.

1 Mile

6

2

11

Nestled on the leafy banks of the River Ness is this idyllic retreat. Originally a 19th-century house lovingly restored with meticulous attention to detail.

10

Balmoral Castle

Inverness In a stately 1890s Victorian mansion overlooking the River Ness, there’s no better place to watch out for Nessie.

You could retrace the footsteps of fallen soldiers in a battlefield, stand in the heart of a Bronze Age chambered tomb, go monster hunting on Loch Ness or explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle.

See

Discover rugged island beauty that will take your breath away on an ISLE OF SKYE AND EILEAN DONAN CASTLE day trip.

Do

LOCAL TIP: Journey across the mysterious and deep waters of Loch Ness, you never know, you may even spot the infamous monster!

THE LOVAT HOTEL LOCH NESS Fort Augustus

FEATURES 110 Guestrooms & Suite Health & Leisure Club, Spa & Pool Restaurant/Brasserie, Bar & Lounge.

An award winning, eco-conscious Victorian building in the charming village of Fort Augustus. FEATURES 28 Guestrooms, Restaurants & Bars, Free Parking.

PRICE (from) Double $94* | Single $158*

PRICE (from) Double $82* | Single $164*

4 ROCPOOL RESERVE HOTEL

Inverness

5 KINGSMILLS HOTEL

Inverness

6 THE KIN

Inverness

7 MACDONALD DRUMOSSIE HOTEL

Inverness

8 PENTAHOTEL INVERNESS

Inverness

9 GLEN MHOR HOTEL

Inverness

10 THE FIFE ARMS

Braemar, Highlands

11 TULLOCH CASTLE

Dingwall, Highlands

12 THE BOAT COUNTRY INN

Aviemore

13 MACDONALD HIGHLANDS HOTEL

Aviemore

14

Aviemore

MACDONALD MORLICH HOTEL

15 THE INCH HOTEL LOCH NESS

3

Fort Augustus

Daily | from $71† LOCAL TIP: Experience the powerful emotions of the Battle of Culloden and start your journey tracing your Clan’s roots at Culloden.

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LOCAL TIP: Whether you’re an avid hiker or enjoy gentle strolls, the highlands has something for everyone, and you might spot a hairy coo!

*Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night.

Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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Ring of Brogdar

SCOTLAND’S

5 Miles

2

HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS Where to stay

Kirkwall

Stromness

Portree

Magnificent mountains and glens, fretted coastlines and lonely isles are the epitome of the Scottish highlands. Fort William holds the key to Ben Nevis and Glencoe. Whilst the romantic Hebridean islands, including the magical Isle of Skye, are a ferry ride from Mallaig, Oban or Ullapool.

Catherine’s

Thurso

7

Talisker Distillery 8

Siaway Fish & Chips

10

Ullapool

5 6

RECOMMENDATION

INVERLOCHY CASTLE HOTEL

Dining at ‘Albert and Michel Roux Jr at Inverlochy Castle’ is a culinary experience to savor, with the legendary father and son taking the helm of the kitchen and offering the finest dishes using local produce.

ISLE OF SKYE

Fort William

FORT WILLIAM

4 Ardvasar

9

Eilean Donan Castle

The setting is romantically breathtaking and the hotel is luxurious and intimate. FEATURES 17 Guestrooms & Family Rooms, Falconry, Gardens & Tennis, Restaurant & Afternoon Tea.

11

1 Mile

Mallaig

PRICE (from) Double $402* | Single $804*

Glenfinnan Viaduct

2

1 Mile

17

17

Ben Nevis

3

Benderloch

16

1 Mile Tyndrum

12 13

4 TORAVAIG HOUSE HOTEL

Isle of Skye

5 DUISDALE HOUSE HOTEL

Isle of Skye

6 HOTEL EILEAN IARMAIN

Isle of Skye

7 CUILLIN HILLS HOTEL

Portree, Isle of Skye

8 BROADFORD HOTEL

Isle of Skye

9 INN AT AIRD A BHASAIR

Ardvasar

10

THE MOORINGS

Fort William

11 THE GARRISSON

Fort William

12 BALLACHULISH HOTEL

Glencoe, Fort William

13 ISLES OF GLENCOE HOTEL

Glencoe, Fort William

14 KINGSHOUSE HOTEL

Glencoe, Fort William

15 PERLE HOTEL OBAN

Oban

16 OBAN BAY HOTEL

Oban

17 BARCALDINE CASTLE B&B

Benderloch, Oban

18 STONEFIELD CASTLE

Tarbert

OBAN

GLENCOE

15

14

18

SKEABOST COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL

Tarbert

Portree, Isle of Skye Lovingly restored and stunningly refurbished, this iconic hotel is an idyllic retreat in a jaw-dropping location that could only be on the Isle of Skye.

What to do

FEATURES 18 Guestrooms, 2 Restaurants, Cocktail Bar, Golf and Fishing.

As Fort William is known as the outdoor capital of Scotland, there are many activities to enjoy in the open air. If conquering Ben Nevis is not on the top of your bucket list why not consider biking, wildlife safaris, gorge walking or perhaps just relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

PRICE (from) Double $108* | Single $217*

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ISLE OF ERISKA HOTEL SPA & ISLAND Benderloch, Oban There is a certain magic about staying on a private island. This hotel experience delivers unique levels of personal service with decor blending the traditional and the contemporary.

*Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night. † Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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FEATURES 34 Guestrooms & Suites, 2 Restaurants & Bar, Pool, Spa, Golf and other estate activities available. PRICE (from) Double $232* | Single $440*

Taste

LOCAL TIP: Enjoy some Siaway Fish & Chips overlooking Broadford Bay on the Isle of Skye. LOCAL TIP: Stop at the only distillery on the Isle of Skye, Talisker Whisky, or try one of its newest gins Uisge Lusach.

See

Do

LOCAL TIP: Stop at Eilean Donan Castle to explore the 13 th-century castle, and one of the best places for a selfie too!

LOCAL TIP: Take a dip in one of Isle of Skye’s many fairy pools

LOCAL TIP: Go back in time, or step into a Harry Potter film on the Jacobite Steam Train across the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

LOCAL TIP: Conquer Ben Nevis if you dare or go off the beaten track on a hike or stroll on the Isle of Skye.

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Welcome to...

Where to stay

LONDON

½ Mile

At London’s center stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of the coronations of the British monarchy. Across the River Thames, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex and the entire city.

Catherine’s RECOMMENDATION

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FITZROVIA

LONDON RECEPTION CENTER

Free of charge, our team offer all the tips and advice you’ll need to enjoy an unforgettable stay in London that will flow seemlessly with the rest of your vacation. ■■

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London

PADDINGTON MAYFAIR

KENSINGTON

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Morning London Tour

2 London in Style

Exhibition Road 4

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London Eye Westminster Abbey Big Ben & Houses of London Parliament Reception Center

WESTMINSTER

BELGRAVIA

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PRICE (from) Double $198* | Single $396*

St James’ Park

Buckingham Palace

KENSINGTON

FEATURES 173 Guestrooms, 2 Restaurants & 2 Bars.

Trafalgar Square

Green Park

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What to do

London Pass

Piccadilly Circus

Hyde Park

For further details, seasonal opening hours and contact information please visit our website.

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Overlooking Buckingham Palace and within easy walking distance of Victoria Station, this historic hotel has now been fully renovated and offers a host of new restaurants and bars.

Marble Arch

 ur Local Hosts will help you with all your vacation O enquiries, they’ll even visit your hotel daily to help you to book sightseeing trips, arrange tickets, provide departure information and will answer any questions that you might have. Take advantage of our exclusive booking service to see London’s top sights and gain priority entry to top attractions, where applicable. Stay connected with free WiFi.

Holland Park

THE RUBENS AT THE PALACE

Part of the award-winning Red Carnation Hotel Collection, I’m proud to showcase our sister brand in Catherine’s Collection.

Day Tours (Windsor Castle, Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath)

London is where we measure time, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to be exact. When you’ve ticked off all the iconic sites, head to Greenwich and visit the Royal Observatory to find the very spot where time starts.

MILLENIUM KNIGHTSBRIDGE THE MILESTONE HOTEL

London

Discover old world charm, beautiful rich furnishings, exquisite original arts, outstanding cuisine andan experienced and passionate team.

Perfectly positioned, the Millennium Knightsbridge combines modern elegance with an exclusive Sloane Street location.

FEATURES 56 Guestrooms. Restaurant & Bar, AC in rooms, Fitness Center with Indoor Pool, Spa and Hot Tub.

FEATURES 222 Guestrooms, 2 Restaurants & 2 Bars.

London

PRICE (from) Double $293* | Single $585*

PRICE (from) Double $178* | Single $337*

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Taste

Experience LONDON IN STYLE on-board an iconic, vintage Routemaster bus. Receive a private welcome at The Tower of London, enjoy the food stalls at Borough Market and finish the day with a delicious afternoon tea at Westminster Abbey. Mon-Fri (Apr-Oct) | from $171† LOCAL TIP: Stop at Fortnum & Mason to sample some of the Royal’s favorites.

See

On a MORNING LONDON TOUR, see Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.

Embark on a FULL-DAY ESCORTED TOUR from London to Windsor Castle, the ancient monoliths at Stonehenge, and a walking tour through the University Town of Oxford.

Daily | from $56†

Daily | from $142†

LONDON IN ONE DAY Daily | from $142†

HARRY POTTER FILM LOCATIONS WALKING TOUR Mon, Wed, Thu & Sat | from $40 †

THE LONDON PASS Daily | from $190 † WINDSOR CASTE, STONEHENGE & GEORGIAN BATH DAY TOUR Daily | from $151†

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Do

4 THE EGERTON

London

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London

6 CHESTERFIELD MAYFAIR

London

7 MONTAGUE ON THE GARDEN

London

8 COPTHORNE TARA

London

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London

THE BAILEY'S

10 MILLENNIUM GLOUCESTER

London

*Featured accommodations ‘from’ pricing is per person per night. † Sightseeing pricing is per person and subject to change based on seasonality and other operational factors.

For more information on accommodations including features and pricing visit: brendanvacations.com/stays.

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Guided Vacations:

Guided Vacations:

Great deals for every type of traveler, year round.

We’ve compiled some useful information for your Guided Vacation package, plus notes on travel documentation requirements and some of our terminology used in this brochure. Contact your Brendan Specialist for more details.

WAYS TO SAVE BOOK & PAY EARLY

EXTEND YOUR STAY

SAVE UP TO 10%*

Our exclusive discounted rates enable you to extend your stay at the hotel where your vacation starts or finishes. Find the hotel details on your vacation itinerary page and ask your travel agent to make the reservation for you when you book your Brendan vacation; it’s as simple as that. Transfers are not included, but Brendan can provide door-to-door airport/hotel transfers, see prices below.

Book and pay in full by December 18, 2019 and save up to 10%, or 7.5% if you book & pay by February 27, 2020. You’ll not only save, you’ll also guarantee your spot on the trip you want, when you want.

PAST GUEST BENEFIT

IRELAND & SCOTLAND

All our past guests automatically benefit from exclusive savings and offers. Those who’ve traveled 4 or more times also receive 5% off all guided trips, year round.

CITY DUBLIN Clayton Ballsbridge Clayton Dublin Airport Clayton Leopardstown Maldron Kevin Street Maldron Parnell Square* † Mespil* Sandymount † EDINBURGH Apex Haymarket* † Jurys Inn* Marriott* Novotel City Centre* † GLASGOW Crowne Plaza* † Holiday Inn Theatreland* † LIMERICK Greenhills †

BOOK TWO OR MORE TRIPS

Save up to 2.5% when you book two or more Brendan trips.

EXTRA ROOM DISCOUNTS

When you have three travelers sharing a triple room or four in a quad room on family trips.

YOUNG TRAVELERS

LONDON

On many trips, young travelers (5 -17 years old) enjoy up to 10% off when accompanying an adult.

TRAVEL WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS

Save 5% per person when traveling in a group of 9 or more people. Contact us to ask about even more benefits.

SHARED ROOMING & TRAVELING SOLO

If you’re traveling solo, some single supplements on selected trips and departures are discounted. If you want to avoid extra costs, we can pair you in a shared room with a fellow traveler (same gender).

EXCLUSIVE AIR DEALS

Finding the right airfare is key, and we can help with finding you the right airfare at the right price. Contact us or your travel agent for special low fares to get your vacation started right.

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

Travel Protection: Brendan’s Travel Protection gives you insurance while you’re away, including trip cancellation up to 30 days prior to travel or interruptions due to illness. See page 148. Deposit Protection: Should your plans change and you cancel your booking 60 days or more prior to your departure date, you will receive a credit of $200 per person.

DEFINITE DEPARTURES

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Book & Pay Early Conditions: ‘Per person. These Early Payment Discounts apply to the land portion of selected Guided Vacations and departure (see itinerary pages) and can be combined with other discounts, where applicable. Pay your deposit when booking and the balance by the date shown. Offer is subject to availability, exclusions may apply and the offer may be withdrawn without notice. Visit brendanvacations.com/booking-conditions for more details. General Conditions: Discounts only apply to the land portion of your Guided Vacation and are not applicable with extra nights accommodations, optional extensions, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, surcharges and airport transfers. Sometimes more than one discount can apply. Exclusive past guest discounts are only available on select trips and departures after your initial trip is completed and limited to one trip per calendar year. Savings limited to one per trip and applied to the higher priced of two trips if you book two at once. Book two or more trips applies to Guided Vacations booked simultaneously, savings are applied to the shortest trips, not available on our Treasures of Ireland Guided Vacation. Groups are limited to one group per coach, not available on our Castles & Manors Guided Vacation, also not available with our special solo rooming discount. Young travelers limited to one discount per room (two for Family Experiences) when accompanying an adult. Young Travelers must be aged 5 -17 at time of travel and discount. Triple rooms are suitable for two adults and one child (three adults may find rooms too small as they often have one double and one foldaway bed and limited suitcase space). Quad rooms are available on our Family Experience vacations. Quad rooms are suitable for two adults and two children (both aged 17 or younger). Shared rooming is not applicable on our Castles & Manors Guided Vacation. Vacations have a limited number of single rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on our Family Experience vacations unless traveling as part of a family group. Deposit Protection credit cannot be used as a deposit against your future booking and can only be used as a credit against your final payment. Only one credit per person can be applied to each booking. Cancellation fees and deadlines remain unchanged.

SINGLE

Price PP ($) DOUBLE TRANSFER

261 194 214 297 226 212 255

181 139 158 200 154 159 157

50 50 ^ 50 50 50 50 50

271 258 198 285

170 187 143 165

45 45 45 45

185 165

126 115

40 40

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HOTEL SINGLE DOUBLETREE BY HILTON ISLINGTON†† All Thurs: Mar 26 to Nov 01, ‘20 338 Fri to Sat: Mar 26 to Apr 19, ‘20, Jul 19 to Aug 31, ‘20 279 Sun: Mar 26 to Apr 19, ‘20, Jul 19, to Aug 31, ‘20 269 Mon: Mar 26 to Apr 19, ‘20, Jul 19 to Aug 31, ‘20 319 Tue to Wed: Mar 26 to Apr 19, ‘20, Jul 19 to Aug 31, ‘20 358 Mon: Apr 20 to Jul 18, ‘20, Sep 01 to Nov 01, ‘20 328 Tues to Wed: Apr 20 to Jul 18, ‘20, Sep 01 to Nov 01, ‘20 378 Fri: Apr 20 to Jul 18, ‘20, Sep 01 to Nov 01, ‘20 269 Sat: Apr 20 to Jul 18, ‘20, Sep 01 to Nov 01, ‘20 299 Sun: Apr 20 to Jul 18, ‘20, Sep 01 to Nov 01, ‘20 279 HILTON KENSINGTON†† All days: May 01 to Jul 05, ‘20, Jul 14 to Jul 19, ‘20 222 Jul 25 to Oct 31, ‘20, Apr 13, ’21 to Apr 30, ‘21 All days: Jul 06 to Jul 13, ‘20, Jul 20 to Jul 24, ‘20 242 All days: Nov 01, ‘20 to Apr 12, ‘21 165 PARK PLAZA COUNTY HALL** All days: Mar 26 to Apr 30, ‘20 295 Fri to Mon: May 01 to Jun 25, ‘20, Jun 28 -Jun 30, ‘20 325 Tue to Thur: May 01 to 25 Jun, ‘20, Jun 28 to Jun 30, ‘20, 382 Sep 02 to Nov 05, ‘20 All days: Jun 26 to Jun 27, ‘20 423 All days: Jul 01 to Jul 05, ‘20, Jul 10 to Jul 13, ‘20 328 All days: Jul 06 to Jul 09, ‘20 427 All days: Jul 14 to Jul 19, ‘20, Jul 27 to Sep 01, ‘20 325 All days: Jul 20 to Jul 26, ‘20 621 PARK PLAZA RIVERBANK** All days: Mar 25 to Apr 30, ‘20 295 Tue to Thur: May 01 to Jun 25, ‘20, Jun 28 to Jun 30, ‘20 382 Fri to Mon: May 01 to Jun 25, ‘20, Jun 28 to Jun 30, ‘20 325 All days: Jun 26 to Jun 27, ‘20 423 Wed to Sun: Jul 01 to Jul 05, ‘20 328 Mon to Thur: Jul 06 to Jul 09, ‘20 427 Fri, Mon to Sun:Jul 10, Jul 13 to Jul 19, ‘20 328 Sat to Sun: Jul 11 to Jul 12, ‘20 427 All days: Jul 20 -Jul 26, ‘20 621 All days: Jul 27 -Sep 01, ‘20 325 Fri: Nov 06, ‘20 265 Sat: Nov 07, ‘20 277

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TRIPLE

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162 177

209

205

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226 179 228 177 325

166 209 180 230 182 232 182 232 328 180 151 157

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Extend Your Stay Conditions: *Seasonal supplement may apply. †Certain days of the week attract a supplement. ^Clayton Dublin Airport offers a free shuttle to the airport terminal. **Triple rooms often feature one foldaway bed and a double bed. As space can be restricted, they are generally more suitable for two adults and one child, rather than three adults. ††Triple occupancy at these hotels is not available. All prices are per person per night, based on accommodations with private facilities. The price includes breakfast daily, hotel taxes and service charges. Luggage handling is not included. Chargeable transfer prices are per person one-way. Flight information must be provided to Brendan at the time of booking and no fewer than 21 days before flight departure. Chargeable transfers are by car or minibus; you will be met after clearing customs and escorted to your vehicle. Please note: Brendan will not be responsible for any missed or unused transfers for any reason.

INTERNATIONAL AIR

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1 of your itinerary.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

All Brendan guests receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by shuttle coach on the arrival and departure day of their Guided Vacation at the times specified on the individual itinerary pages. Any guests whose flight times do not coincide with the shuttle coach transfer timings may choose to book and purchase a transfer. Additionally, guests arriving before or leaving after the scheduled vacation may also book and buy a transfer through Brendan providing they also purchase the additional pre and/or post vacation hotel night(s) from Brendan (see left for details and prices). Note that flight timings must be provided to Brendan no fewer than 21 days before flight departure. Please see below for Brendan’s transfer terms and conditions. GATEWAY

FREE TRANSFER INBOUND

FREE TRANSFER OUTBOUND

Dublin

8:30 am, 11:00 am & 1:00 pm

7:00 am, 9:00 am & 11:00 am

Edinburgh

9:00 am, 11:30 am & 2:00 pm

7:00 am & 9:00 am

Glasgow

N/A

6:30 am & 9:00 am

Shannon

N/A

7:00 am & 9:00 am

AIRPORT TRANSFERS IN LONDON Transfers can be expensive, particularly between the airport and your London hotel. But when you book your Brendan vacation and take advantage of our land and air packages, we have included a FREE transfer to and from London Heathrow and your Brendan London hotel. For London-starting vacations, you’ll be picked up for departure if you are staying at our suggested London hotel (see itinerary page for details) and if this accommodation has been reserved through Brendan. Guests staying in other hotels are required to make their way to our London Reception Center on the departure morning (see page 142 for details). Guests who have made their own flight arrangements may purchase transfers at our specially-negotiated group transfer rates: $57 per person per single trip to/from Heathrow Airport. $130 per person per single trip to/from Gatwick Airport.

PASSPORTS & VISAS

Each guest is responsible for ensuring their passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of their trip and that all necessary visas and permits have been acquired. Multiple-entry visas may be required if you are entering a country more than once on your vacations. Each guest must comply with entry, health and other requirements of the countries visited during your trip. Contact your Travel Agent, airline or relevant government authorities to obtain the necessary travel information. The Operators and/or their employees and their agents are not responsible for passport, visa, entry, health and other requirements of the countries visited, or for any loss sustained by you for failing to comply with laws, regulations, orders and/or requirements of countries visited.

BROCHURE TERMINOLOGY

Here is a description of some of the specific terms used in the Guided Vacations itinerary pages of this brochure: Visit – In-depth sightseeing with a Local Specialist or Travel Director. Includes fast-track entry (where applicable). View – A brief stop to enjoy the sights and take photos. See – See the sights while driving by on your coach.

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Group

Car

TRAVEL

RENTAL

Looking to travel with a group? No matter the size we can help you find the perfect trip to discover the Celtic isles together and create the Brendan story you’ll always share.

We work exclusively with Hertz® to bring you the best car rental service you can get in the Celtic Isles. All Hertz® Car Hire is available from airport and city locations, giving you the ultimate freedom to explore Ireland and Scotland.

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Fully-customizable itineraries for your group of any size (minimum of three nights required.) Work with your own Brendan Specialists from start to finish. Personalize for any special occasions or special interests (i.e. ancestry, pub/culinary, movie/book-themed, faith-based, etc.) Transportation of your choosing to fit your group size, from chauffeur-driven Mercedes vans to coaches. Your selection of hand-picked accommodations and sightseeing based on your budget.

Call your Travel Agent for more information.

RATES INCLUDE:

RATES EXCLUDE:

Unlimited mileage, Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW), Theft Protection (TP), Vehicle Licensing Fee and VAT tax (Ireland: 13.5%, Scotland: 20%).

One-way drop off fees in certain cities, young driver and additional driver charges (where applicable), refueling charges, VAT charges on additional fees (where applicable). Additional local fees and restrictions may apply. For a completely hassle-free experience, we offer guests Hertz® Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW).

RENTAL RATES: IRELAND CATEGORY

(Automatic)

Guided Vacations:

US EQUIVALENT*

(or similar)

ADULTS*

PRICE

LUGGAGE*

(per day from*) $67

Compact

Ford Focus

Ford Focus / Mazda 3

2-4

1 large, 1 small

Standard

VW Jetta

VW Jetta / Ford Fusion

4-5

2 large, 1 small

$78

VW Touran

Toyota Sienna

6-7

1 large, 2 small

$123

Nissan Quashqai

VW Passat

4-5

2 large, 2 small

$116

VW Caravelle

Ford E-Series / Dodge Sprinter

7-8

2 large, 3 small

$148

US EQUIVALENT*

ADULTS*

LUGGAGE*

(per day from*)

Standard Estate Intermediate Premium

MY BRENDAN

CAR TYPE

RENTAL RATES: SCOTLAND CATEGORY

(Automatic) Compact

CAR TYPE (or similar)

PRICE

Kia Ceed

Nissan Juke

2-4

1 large, 1 small

$128

Audi A4 Avant

Buick Enclave

4-6

2 large, 1 small

$215

ENHANCE YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE We know that no two travelers are the same, so we want to get to know you even before your plane arrives and learn how we can make your vacation dreams come true. MyBrendan is an easy-to-use, interactive travel portal where you can register for your trip, download your travel documents, input your on-trip preferences and have a ready reference of your daily trip inclusions and optional experiences.

Intermediate

Volvo V-40

VW Jetta / Ford Fusion

4-5

2 large, 2 small

$141

Premium

MB C-Class

MB C-Class

2-4

2 large, 1 small

$199

REGISTERING ON MYBRENDAN

Standard Estate

GET READY TO GO Every travel moment counts. To ensure you have a stress-free vacation and that we can contact you in the unlikely event of an emergency, we require all guests to register before they travel. You can easily complete this online in a few minutes by simply providing the following details: ■■

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Your contact details, including an email address and mobile number that you will be traveling with. The name of someone at home whom we can contact in case of an emergency. Your passport and insurance details.

Simply head to brendanvacations.com/mybrendan and you’ll be all set for the trip of a lifetime and can start personalizing your vacation.

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E-DOCUMENTS

CHOOSE TO DOWNLOAD NOT TO PRINT In 2014, we introduced the option to choose e-documentation when booking your trip. No more clunky trip wallets, all your information will be available right in your phone, perfect for quick reference when you’re on-the-go. All documents are downloadable so they are available even when you’re offline.

*US equivalent vehicles, adult and luggage numbers are approximate estimates. If the appropriate size vehicle is not pre-booked, upgrade charges may apply and are payable direct

ADDITIONAL FEES NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR RENTAL FEE

IRELAND

SCOTLAND

Drive & Baggage Protection

€5.50 per day

£8 per day

Additional Driver

€10 per day

£12 per day

Infant Seat

€40 maximum charge

£10 maximum per day ^

Booster Seat

€15 maximum charge

£10 maximum per day ^

One-way Fee

€160 maximum charge

Quoted at time of booking

Tyre, Wheels, Key Damage and Fuel

Prices available at time of rental pickup

Prices available at time of rental pickup

Additional refundable deposit required.

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To thank you for choosing this paperless solution, we will plant a tree in your honor through our partner One Tree Planted. To date, we have reforested over 359 acres of devastated land in Northern California, Africa and Tanzania.

* Prices are per car, per day based on low season (Jan 1-Apr 30), 7-day rental and include unlimited mileage, Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW), Theft Protection (TP) and VAT tax (Ireland: 13.5%, Scotland: 20%). Rentals for shorter (minimum 3 days) or longer periods available. Supplements apply for other times of the year. Prices are subject to change based on exchange rates, seasonality and availabilities and cannot be guaranteed. Luggage capacity based on maximum number of passengers. Minimum driver age is 23 & 24 years and applies to specific categories and a young driver surcharge will apply. Other car types may not be available for drivers 25-30 years. Drivers between 75-79 years must drive on a regular basis, provide a note from their doctor that they are in good health and a statement from their insurance company that they have not been in an accident in the past 5 years.

Once you register in the MyBrendan portal, your e-documents will be available approximately 21 days prior to your departure date.

For more information on Car Rental in Ireland & Scotland, visit brendanvacations.com or contact your Brendan Expert.

All fees are subject to change.

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Summary Booking Conditions & other

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Full booking conditions are available at: brendanvacations.com/booking-conditions PAYMENT & CANCELLATION FEES SUMMARY INFORMATION - GUIDED VACATIONS Deposit due per person Final Payment Due (Before departure)

Land only Guided Vacations

Additional Air Tickets

Extra Accommodations

Chargeable Transfers

$200 60 days

As per airline policy As per airline policy

No additional deposit required In accordance with guided vacation

No additional deposit required In accordance with guided vacation

CANCELLATION CHARGES PER PERSON IF YOU CANCEL YOUR VACATION NO OF DAYS (BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE) 60+ 59-16 15-8 7-1 Departure Day/No show

Deposit 30% 50% 90% 100%

$75 plus airline charges $75 plus airline charges $75 plus airline charges $75 plus airline charges $75 plus airline charges

$35 $35 Higher of $35 or 25% of accommodations price Higher of $35 or 25% of transfer price Higher of $35 or 30% of accommodations price Higher of $35 or 30% of transfer price 100% of accommodations price 100% of transfer price 100% of accommodations price 100% of transfer price

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION FEES SUMMARY INFORMATION - ALL OTHER TRAVEL STYLES Land only Private Chauffeur, Lux Self-Drive, Self-Drive and Locally Hosted Rail Vacations Deposit due per person Final Payment Due (Before departure)

PrivateChauffeur/Lux Self-Drive: $250 Self-Drive/Locally Hosted Rail: $200 60 days

Additional Air Tickets

Extra Accommodations

Chargeable Transfers

As per airline policy

N/A

N/A

As per airline policy

N/A

N/A

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

CANCELLATION CHARGES PER PERSON IF YOU CANCEL YOUR VACATION NO OF DAYS (BEFORE TRIP DEPARTURE) 60+ 59-22 21-15 14-0 Departure Day/No show

Brendan’s Travel

YOUR BRENDAN VACATIONS BOOKING See our website for detailed terms on what’s included and not included in the guided vacation price and for information on reservations and payments including your travel documents. BOOKING CHANGES, CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS See our website for details on Name Changes, Booking Changes, Cancelations and Cancelation Fees, Illness or Absence. GENERAL INFORMATION AND CONDITIONS See our website for detailed terms on Guided Vacation Prices, Other Fees and Taxes, and Travel Insurance.

TRAVEL INSURANCE BENEFITS

Brendan Travel Protection – designed with the following:

Underwritten by Arch Insurance Company**

PRICED AT

Trip Interuption

Up to Total Trip Cost

Baggage Protection

Up to $2,500

Medical Expense:

Up to $50,000

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Up to $25,000

Trips up to $2,000 Trips $2,001 to $3,500 Trips $3,501 to $5,000 Trips $5,001 to $7,500 Trips $7,501 or Greater

PER PERSON $149 $219 $289 $399 $499

Note: Prices are subject to change without notice.

TRIP CANCELLATION WAIVER

Non-insurance feature provided by Brendan* The Trip Cancellation Waiver offers guests the opportunity to receive a refund from Brendan for the otherwise non-refundable trip costs prepaid to Brendan if you need to cancel due to illness, injury, death, subpoena, jury duty, job transfer and more. * For Minnesota, Missouri and New York residents, Trip Cancellation benefits are underwritten by Arch Insurance Company.

“ANY REASON” CANCELLATION WAIVER

Non-insurance feature provided by Brendan

If you purchase Travel Protection you will receive the “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver allows you to cancel your trip 24 hours or more before your scheduled departure for any reason that is not eligible under the Trip Cancellation Waiver provisions. When a cancellation that is not eligible under the Trip Cancellation Waiver provisions occurs during a penalty period, your cancellation penalty will be refunded in Brendan Vacations Travel Certificates, with the balance of the refund made either in cash or by credit card credit. Notice to Minnesota, Missouri and New York residents: The “Any Reason” Cancellation Waiver may be purchased separately from the Travel Insurance Benefits. Contact 1-888-722-2195 for details.

Trip Delay

Up to $1,000 ($150/day)

Baggage Delay

Up to $500

Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation

Up to $100,000

Air Flight Accidental Death and Dismemberment:

Up to $100,000

** Travel Insurance Benefits are underwritten by Arch Insurance Company, with administrative offices in Jersey City, NJ (NAIC #11150) under Policy Form series LTP 2013 and applicable amendatory endorsements. This is a brief overview of the coverages. Subject to terms, conditions and exclusions. This is a general overview of insurance benefits available. Coverages may vary in certain states and not all benefits are available in all jurisdictions. Please refer to your certificate of benefits or policy of insurance for detailed terms, conditions and exclusions that apply.

WORLDWIDE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Non-insurance services provided by On Call International CareFree™ Travel Assistance, Medical Assistance, and Emergency Services – services available 24/7 This plan provides insurance coverage that applies only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker.

The above information is a summary. We have highlighted just a few of the plan benefits. If you have any Travel Protection questions,please call our plan administrator at 1-877-846-8875. You may also view your policy details online at https://affinitytravelcert.com/docs/bre

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$75 plus airline charges $75 plus airline charges $75 plus airline charges $75 plus airline charges $75 plus airline charges

*If cancellation penalties are less than trip deposit(s), loss of deposit will be the penalty amount. Additional non-refundable deposits may be required and will be advised at time of booking.

PROTECTION PROVIDING YOU WITH “ANY REASON” CANCELLATION FLEXIBILITY

Deposit 30% 50% 100% See Note*

COMPLAINT PROCEDURE & CONSUMER PROTECTION Complaint Procedure If you have a problem during your vacation please inform Brendan Vacations’ Travel Director/Local Representative immediately, who will try to make things right. If the matter was not resolved locally, please write to Brendan Vacations’ Guest Relations Department at the address to the right within sixty (60) days of the end of the Brendan Vacations’ vacation, as it is important that you provide us the information quickly. Please quote your booking reference number and all relevant information. Failure to follow this procedure may delay or deny us the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem, which may affect the way your complaint is dealt with and your rights under this contract. Accordingly, any claim not received in writing within this time is waived and barred. In any legal action, arbitration, or other proceeding to enforce, interpret or construe the terms of this Agreement, or concerning any grievance relating to the trip, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its actual reasonable legal fees, costs and expenses. Guests who purchase from within California Transactions entered into with Brendan Vacations are covered by the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund (TCRF) if the guest is located in California at the time of payment. Eligible guests may file a claim with TCRF if the guest is owed a refund of more than $50 for transportation or travel services which the seller of travel failed to forward to a proper provider or such money was not refunded when required. The maximum amount which may be paid by the TCRF to any one guest is the total amount paid on behalf of the guest to the seller of travel, not to exceed $15,000. A claim must be submitted to the TCRF within 12 months after the scheduled completion date of the travel. A claim must include sufficient documentation to prove your claim and a $35 processing fee. Claimants must agree to waive their right to other civil remedies against a registered participating seller of travel for matters arising out of a sale for which you file a TCRF claim. You may request a claim form by writing to: Travel Consumer Restitution Corporation, P.O. Box 6001, Larkspur, CA 94977-6001; or by faxing a request to: (213) 897-8846

Guests purchasing from outside of California Transactions entered into with Brendan are not covered by the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund. United States Tour Operator Association $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program Brendan International Holdings Ltd shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of The Travel Corporation who, as an Active Member of the USTOA is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, according to the terms and conditions of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Brendan International Holdings Ltd customers in the unlikely event of The Travel Corporation bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by The Travel Corporation may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Brendan International Holdings Ltd. Complete details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and a list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 275 Madison Avenue, Suite 2014, New York, New York 10016, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at ustoa.com IMPORTANT NOTICES Passports, Visas and other Entry/Exit Requirements All guests including children must be in possession of a machine-readable passport valid for 6 months after their trip return date along with applicable visas. Please refer to “Passport and Visas” section. Due to government imposed security/immigration measures, passport and emergency contact information is required for all guests prior to the release of travel documents. It is the guest’s sole responsibility to secure and/or pay for any and all visas, reciprocity fees, affidavits, immunizations, etc. that are required to be permitted entry into each destination. You should also contact your doctor or a specialist vaccination center for details of any measures you may need to take prior to departure. In some countries you may be subject to entry (reciprocity) fees and/or departure taxes/exit fees which will be collected at the airports upon entry/departure by local government authorities. For up-to-date detailed information on travel documents and visas, entry/exit taxes and further information on entry and exit requirements please check with your Travel Agent or local consular services. Obtaining and carrying these documents is your sole responsibility. Brendan Vacations bear no responsibility for such information and will not be responsible for advising and/or obtaining required travel documentation for any guest, or for any delays, damages, and/or losses including missed portions of your vacation related to improper documentation or government decisions about entry.

Please note that entry to any country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. Brendan Vacations will also not be liable in circumstances where entry is refused to another country for any reason. We do not accept any responsibility and will not make any refunds if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements or if you have lost or mislaid any necessary documents (including travel documentation). Price changes Unfortunately it is inevitable that some of the prices or details contained within this brochure or on our website may have changed since the brochure was printed, and we reserve the right to alter the prices of any of our vacations before you book. You will be informed about any changes to any of the relevant details within this brochure before you book either with your Travel Agent or with ourselves as part of our commitment to high quality customer service. BRENDAN VACATIONS INC 5551 Katella. Ave Cypress, CA 90630 Brendan International Holdings, Ltd. Picquet House, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1AF, Channel Islands Hertz Car Rental, Park Ridge, NJ TOUR OPERATORS Trafalgar Tours Limited, Picquet House, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1AF, Channel Islands The Trafalgar group of companies has Marketing/Sales/ Administrative offices/agents in: Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Guernsey, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and the USA. For further information visit our website at: brendanvacations.com This brochure supersedes any other prior brochure on the market. See back cover for brochure version and print date. Major Credit Cards Accepted.

PHOTO CREDITS: Vikings at Hogmanay (p23), Edinburgh Tattoo (p64), Perthshire (p100), Edinburgh Castle (p132), St. Andrews (p137), Eilean Donan Castle (p138) courtesy of Visit Scotland/Kenny Lam. Whisky Glasses (p130) courtesy of VisitScotland/David N Anderson. Belfast City Hall (p34), Game of Thrones Winterfell Experience (p21), Game of Thrones Winterfell Archery (p128), Titanic Hotel (p129), Derry Walls (p131), Bushmills Whiskey (p131), Giant’s Causeway (p131) courtesy of Toursim Northern Ireland. St Patrick’s Cathedral (p116) courtesy of Mick Shaw.

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Your trip:

Your trip:

MAP KEY

IRELAND PORTRUSH

Drive Time

Ferry Time

Major Cities

Cities

Golf Courses

Attractions

Giant’s Causeway Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge BALLYCASTLE

Royal Portrush

MAP KEY

SCOTLAND

NORTHERN IRELAND STROMNESS

Dark Hedges

BELLEEK Lough Erne

hours

Achill Island

3

Connemara

W E S T M E AT H

Lough Ree

Ashford Castle Lough Corrib

ATHLONE

M E AT H

Portmarnock Golf Club

DUNBOYNE

ARAN ISLANDS

G A LWA Y

Heritage Golf Resort BALLYFIN

The Burren

Cliffs of Moher

1

Lahinch Golf Club

LAHINCH

Lough Derg

hour

CLARE

ENNIS

hours

FOYNES

LIMERICK

ADARE

Adare Manor

Ballybunion Golf Club

KILKENNY

CORK

KILLARNEY Ring of Kerry

WAT E R F O R D

MALLOW

KERRY

DINGLE

Waterville Golf Club

WATERFORD

TRALEE

hours KENMARE MACROOM

SNEEM

2

hours BLARNEY

CORK

MIDLETON COBH

KINSALE BANTRY

Bantry Bay

150

SCHULL CROOKHAVEN

SKIBBEREEN

ROSSLARE

Waterford Greenway

DUNGARVAN ARDMORE

PITLOCHRY

OBAN Loch Fyne

To Fishguard, Wales

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

PERTH

Gleneagles STIRLING

IRELAND

4

hours

Loch Lomond

CULROSS

hour

Prestwick Golf Club

hours To Pembroke, Wales

Turnberry Golf Club

Bruntsfield

Muirfield

EDINBURGH

1¼ 1

Kingsbarns Golf Links

hours

hours

GLASGOW & LO C H LO M O N D

hours

St. Andrews

ST. ANDREWS

GLASGOW

TARBERT

Carnoustie Golf Links

LOW L AN D S

FALKIRK

WEXFORD

ABERDEEN

hours

DUNKELD

WEXFORD

Castle Fraser

hours

hours

NEW ROSS

hours

Dingle Peninsula

Ben Nevis

KILKENNY

TIPPERARY CASHEL

LIMERICK

2

hours

BUNRATTY

3

hours

Cairngorms National Park

hours

ISLE OF IONA

The European Club

AVIEMORE

GLENCOE

Isle of Mull

hours

Loch Ness

hours

FORT WILLIAM

GLENDALOUGH WICKLOW

C AR LOW

4

Dromoland Castle

SHANNON

HIGHLANDS

DALWHINNIE

To Holyhead, Wales

W I C KLOW

To Kirkwall

Speyside Distilleries

hours

FORT AUGUSTUS

3

hours

Wicklow Mountains

KILDARE

hours

MALLAIG

2

L AO I S

8

hours

DUBLIN

KILDARE

O F F A LY

River Shannon

To Liverpool, England

DUBLIN

S C OT L AN D

CAWDOR CULLODEN

Eilean Donan Castle

BROADFORD

Hill of Tara

7

hours

Castle Stuart Golf Links

INVERNESS

Isle of Skye

hours

GALWAY

hours

Boyne Valley

ROSCOMMON

Kylemore Abbey

hours

Dunrobin Castle

ULLAPOOL

LO U T H LO N G F O R D

STROKESTOWN

Royal County Down NEWCASTLE

hours

ROSCOMMON KNOCK

KIRKWALL

hours

hours

hours

C AVA N

MOHILL

Attractions

Orkney Islands

Outer Hebrides

2

LEITRIM

WESTPORT

Mourne Mountains

M O NAG H AN

Great Western Greenway M AYO

DOWN

GLASLOUGH

hours

Golf Courses

HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS

Castle Ward (Winterfell)

AR MAG H

F E R MANAG H

SLIGO

BELFAST

Lough Neagh

DRUMCLIFF

SLIGO

hours

TYRONE

Cities

THURSO

2

hours

DONEGAL

SLIEVE LEAGUE

Major Cities

To Stromness

To Cairnryan, Scotland

ANTRIM

hours

Lough Eske Castle

ENNISCRONE

BALLYGALLY

LO N D O N D E R R Y

GLENTIES

Ferry Time

Antrim Coast

LONDONDERRY DONEGAL

Drive Time

1

hour

PEEBLES MELROSE

2

hours

3

hours

hours To Belfast, N.Ireland

CAIRNRYAN

GRETNA GREEN

ENGLAND

The Old Head Kinsale

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