Traveling to Ireland: Why It’s a Perfect Destination for Every Type of Traveler

Plus the best way to get there—and enjoy it.

With gregarious locals, dramatic landscapes, a rich history and a vibrant culture, Ireland is steeped in all things scenic and historic—a recipe for an escape that stirs the senses.

And with AAA travel partner Brendan Vacations leading the way, you can experience Ireland in a way that’s personally catered to your interests and needs. For more than 50 years, Brendan Vacations has been the premier expert in creating authentic Ireland vacation experiences—thanks to handcrafted itineraries and longstanding relationships with hoteliers, travel directors, chauffeurs and local hosts.

From scenic locally hosted rail travel and private chauffeur transportation to fully guided trips and independent self-drive itineraries, Brendan Vacations skillfully curates experiences to include the most noteworthy and unspoiled spots on this rugged edge of the world.

Here’s how Brendan Vacations can create a personal experience based on your travel needs through Ireland:

For couples

If you and your significant other are planning a romantic getaway to Ireland, we have two words for you: private chauffeur. Brendan Vacations combines expert guidance and a professional driver to escort you and your loved one in a luxury vehicle (even equipped with Wi-Fi) for the ultimate in personal care, local service, flexibility and narration.

Attention, newlyweds! For your honeymoon, consider a private chauffeur itinerary—combining leisure, sightseeing and luxury in one package.

Itinerary highlights for couples:

  • Hit the links together on some of the most sought-after courses.
  • Include at least one night in the splendor of an ancient castle or stately manor.
  • Breathe in the beauty and fresh air of Killarney National Park on a private hike with a local expert.

For families

Traveling to Ireland with the whole family? Make the planning process easier with guided vacations. The ultimate stress-free travel option, each of Brendan Vacations’ guided itineraries is carefully designed to showcase the must-see sights and stir the senses with unsurpassed insider experiences for all ages, led by local travel directors who bring the destination to life.

Itinerary highlights for families:

  • Connect with locals as you enjoy a home-cooked Irish lunch together near Westport.
  • Dive into culture as you visit a Connemara marble factory and learn how this stone is transformed into jewelry and figurines.
  • Stay in accommodations that are far more than just a bed for the night, like Ashford Castle, built by the De Burgo family in the early 13th century on the picturesque shores of Lough Corrib.

For solo travelers

If you prefer to travel solo, you’ve likely planned your own trips—but did you know that travel experts like Brendan Vacations can provide ways to see Ireland that you might not find otherwise? On a locally hosted rail trip, for example, you can explore on your own but never alone: Local hosts are available 24/7 to offer the warmest of welcomes and give you insider tips such as can’t-miss dining and experiences in each city you visit.

Itinerary highlights for solo travelers:

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Londonderry, Ireland’s only completely walled city.
  • In cities such as Dublin and Belfast, take a hop-on, hop-off tour to see all the icons and highlights.
  • From Cork, take a day trip that includes stops at Blarney Castle, Titanic Experience Cobh and the Jameson Distillery Midleton.

For independent travelers

Want to hit the road on your own with confidence when traveling to Ireland? Look no further than Brendan Vacations’ self-drive tours. With a range of Hertz rental cars to choose from, you can hit the open road on any budget. And with local connections and expertise, Brendan Vacations can help you plan your road trip so you are free to discover this magical island and culture with carefree confidence.

Itinerary highlights for independent travelers:

  • Travel through the Twelve Bens mountain range and stay in a village or historic property.
  • Explore the Aran Islands, famous for their unique Irish way of life.
  • Take a journey through Ireland’s Ancient East to see 5,000 years of history.

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