Love Wins Ireland—A New LGBT Tour from Brendan Vacations

Just over a month before the United States officially legalized it, Ireland ushered in marriage equality, becoming the world’s first nation to do so by popular vote, and by an overwhelming majority at that. In honor of this historic event, the well-respected tour operator Brendan Vacations (800-421-8446, has developed a new, completely customizable itinerary geared specifically to LGBT travelers and perfectly suited to celebrating a memorable honeymoon.

“Ireland is a warm, friendly country with an ancient culture where people are valued, accepted, and equal—every guest is consistently treated with this consideration,” says Catherine Reilly, managing director of Brendan Vacations’ Dublin office. The 10-day private-chauffeur itinerary, starting at $5,750 per person (excluding air), includes overnights in Dublin, Waterford, Killarney, and the countryside just outside Limerick and Galway—a two-night stay at the iconic, ultraromantic Ashford Castle is an absolute highlight. Options range from city walking tours through Oscar Wilde’s Dublin to cycling excursions along the breathtaking West Coast’s Wild Atlantic Way, to a cruise in the shadows of the famed Cliffs of Moher.

The trip should resonate with plenty of Lone Star State residents—about 13 percent of Texans claim Irish roots, trailing only those with Mexican and German ancestry.