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AITO Tour Operator of The Year 2019 - Bronze AwardThe Telegraph Travel Awards Winner 2017

Escorted Journeys

If you have your own small group, from six to 24, let us use our knowledge and experience to arrange a bespoke tour just for you.

You can rely on McKinlay Kidd to organise a bespoke tour of the UK and Ireland: the ideal solution for a multi-generational trip of a lifetime, for a friends’ reunion or a special interest group. A personalised escorted journey will help you make the most of our creative combinations. Explore different regions with us in Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales or just focus in depth on one country.

From the architectural and foodie delights of the famous gateway cities of London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow to far-flung corners, secret gardens, World Heritage Sites, romantic castles and sweeping coastal scenery, we can plan a fantastic journey to meet your specific requirements. We only work with exceptionally informative driver/guides who are brimming with enthusiasm for their area and would love to share their knowledge, local stories, myths and legends with you.

Whisky tours are a speciality of ours including distillery visits, tastings and delicious dinners. Choose between the traditional, such as beautiful Strathisla, home to Chivas Regal, or the state-of-the-art new distillery of The Macallan. And anything and everything inbetween, of course, from Speyside to Islay to Ireland. As always, all the accommodation and experiences have been personally tried and tested by members of our team (yes we had plenty of volunteers on this one) and, best of all, you will be escorted by a knowledgeable guide and driver throughout.

If you have particular reasons to visit a certain place – maybe a family connection or somewhere you’ve seen in the movies or read in-depth about – just let us know. We enjoy tailoring our tours so that they are just right for you and your small group.

We also specialise in rail tours, meaning everyone has the chance to relax and enjoy the passing scenery yet also giving you the opportunity to stretch your legs as you travel. Take a look at our scheduled small group tours for inspiration – we can always tailor-make a trip for your group based on a similar itinerary or whatever you wish – we are used to taking groups beyond the end of the train lines!

And if you are really looking to splash out with five star accommodation, exclusive experiences and helicopter trips, that’s right up our street too.

We’ll use our personal knowledge of places to ensure special requirements can be accommodated. And we can design a trip to be as strenuous or relaxing as you like, even catering for different needs within the same group by mixing and matching planned activities.

Check out our independent reviews and feel free to ask us for references – we’ve been around since 2003 and won a few awards along the way. More importantly, we’ve won the hearts and minds of customers, many of whom return year after year. We’d love you to be among them.

Request your own Tailormade Proposal or simply give us a call. Our committed and experienced team is waiting to help.


I don't know what was more impressive, Scotland itself or the services of McKinlay Kidd in organizing our trip there!

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Islay ferry with Jura in the distance

Car-free Holidays

Leave the car behind and experience a carefree holiday that will enable you to get right under the skin of our destinations.

Northern Ireland, mussenden temple, Causeway Coast

Train Holidays

Enjoy a grand tour of Scotland, Ireland England or Wales by train, all carefully planned and pre-booked for you.

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Fly-drive Holidays

Time is precious and if you want to squeeze every last drop from your trip, a fly-drive holiday is a great idea.