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London, Dublin & Edinburgh: Capitals of Contrast

Europe’s most exciting capitals combine to make an unforgettable three-city holiday.

Each with an atmosphere all its own, London, Dublin and Edinburgh are aflame with world-class history, art, museums, architecture, shopping, food and so much more. It’s our pleasure to reveal the best of each of them, including some carefully selected, wonderfully seductive accommodation.

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Surely three of the most historic and beautiful cities in the English-speaking world, London, Dublin and Edinburgh are places to which we never tire of returning – and each time we visit, we discover a new detail, a previously unknown gem or a recently created spot that we are simply dying to share.

Day One – Fall in love with London

If you’ve never visited London before, firstly, we envy your introduction to one of the most exciting cities on Earth. Between us, McKinlay Kidd travel professionals have decades of experience living and working in London and none of us ever fails to feel a special frisson of adrenaline when we know we’re about to return. We’ll provide you with our carefully crafted recommendations for all the best landmarks, attractions, pubs, restaurants, shops, markets, galleries and museums, each the most interesting, quirky, off the beaten-track ideas we can think of, all of which have been tried and tested by us.

Your hotel in London

London contains a mind-bending array of hotels, and choosing one can be a confusing and sometimes dispiriting experience. We’ve scoured the capital to find what we believe is the best selection of accommodation, and we think you’ll love our choice for this trip. Set down a quiet side-street, yet just moments’ walk from a bustling, fashionable quarter of the city’s East end, this historic, Victorian-era pub-with-rooms is festooned with fascinating period features throughout its bar and restaurant area. Step through the door by the bar and you’ll find just six fabulously appointed rooms, with wonderfully comfortable beds, sumptuous bathrooms and every convenience to make your stay a memorable one.

Day Two – Out and about in London

Today you’ll take a private, themed, guided walking tour, tailor-made to your specific interest. Perhaps you’d like to hear the stories behind London’s role in two world wars, or James Bond fans can discover the history of espionage in the city, while lovers of all things Royal might like to hear stories of some of London’s grand palaces. Later, maybe you’d like to take in a show at one of London’s famous West End theatres, or a simple stroll along the vibrant South Bank – the choice is yours.

Day Three – A last day in London

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast then head out for your final day in the capital. Perhaps you’d like to see St Paul’s Cathedral, scene of coronations, royal weddings and state funerals; or the Tower of London with its ravens, beefeaters and gruesome past. The neighbouring landmarks of Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster are rich with history as well as captivating detail, or you might like to take the time to peruse the shops and markets like Covent Garden, Portobello, Brick Lane and Spitalfields.

Alternatively, if you fancy a day away from the city, we can arrange a private tour of some close-by world-class attractions, including, for example, fabulous royal palaces, peaceful out-of-town countryside and sensational scenery.

Day Four – Off to discover Dublin

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight from London to Dublin – the busiest air-route in Europe.

Dublin offers magnificent Georgian architecture, historic churches, modern galleries, parks and gardens, lively bars and acclaimed restaurants.

A magnet for artists and academics both past and present, this city, the cultural capital of Ireland, is a rich mix of old and new and a fascinating place to stay. We’ve visited Dublin countless times and we’d definitely recommend that you take your time to get to know the city. Meander through the streets to appreciate the beautiful buildings, especially the colourful Georgian doors. Be enticed into one of the many old pubs and linger over your Guinness – there’s always someone who’ll give you the benefit of their ‘expert’ local knowledge. Ride the DART out of town and take in the sea air at the coastal resorts of Dalkey, Howth, Blackrock and Dun Laoghaire or to just sit by the banks of the Liffey and watch the world go by for a while. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Your hotel in Dublin

Enjoy the best of both worlds in this welcoming guest house, comprising two imposing Georgian townhouses. It’s situated in a remarkably peaceful leafy avenue just to the South of Dublin city centre, yet you’re just a short walk from St Stephen’s Green, a pint or two of Guinness in a local bar, or a delicious meal in one of Dublin’s many fine restaurants.

Day Five – Deeper in to Dublin

Today you’ll take a guided walking tour with a living legend Dubliner, hearing the stories and seeing the sights you won’t find in guidebooks, first-hand from one of Ireland’s most celebrated natives. This is one of our favourite ways to see the city, a wonderfully convivial tour in the company of a warm and engaging host is always a winner.

Later, take your time over dinner at one of the city’s fine restaurants, perhaps followed by a pint or two amidst traditional Irish music in one of hundreds of convivial pubs.

Day Six – A last day in Dublin

Once home to literary greats such as James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde, the city of Dublin boasts an abundance of Georgian architecture as well as cosy bars and lots of great restaurants. Enjoy them all by walking in the area around Merrion Square and St Stephen’s Green. Wander into Trinity College, and seek out the incredible Book of Kells, the 1,200 year old illuminated manuscript. For a complete contrast, head to the Guinness Storehouse and sample the national drink in its historic homeland. Pay a visit to one or both of the city cathedrals, cross the Liffey on the Ha’penny Bridge and visit the GPO, site of the famous 1916 Easter Rising.

On the other hand, Ireland’s capital is surrounded by some of the country’s finest scenery and attractions, so if you fancy escaping the city hubbub for the day we can arrange a guided day tour taking in the best nearby country parks and gardens, manor houses, castles, villages and fishing ports.

Day Seven – Heading for Edinburgh

After another fine Irish breakfast, you’ll be transferred to Dublin airport for the short flight to the capital of Scotland.

Visitors from across the globe are drawn to Edinburgh by the wealth of historic sites, galleries and museums, shops, restaurants and bars – not to mention the spectacular sight of Princes Street and the castle rock. Yet it’s still perfectly possible to avoid most of the crowds and find quiet cobbled streets, peaceful cafes and bars and, above all, to enjoy this most scenic of British cities.

Your hotel in Edinburgh

Conveniently located in Edinburgh’s fashionable and leafy West End, just five minutes’ walk from Princes Street, your hotel exudes contemporary urban chic, despite being housed in a traditional Victorian town house. This fusion of styles works beautifully however, with classic original features providing the perfect backdrop for collages and abstract works of art by talented Scottish artists – it’s almost like staying in a stylish modern art gallery!

The striking design values are carried through to the bedrooms, which are lavishly decorated in warm, bold colours and boast huge inviting beds piled high with cushions and throws in fabulously luxuriant fabrics. The restaurant here is renowned throughout the city and offers a tempting menu of contemporary European-inspired cuisine – with many dishes featuring fresh organic produce – accompanied by a fine selection of wines.

Day Eight – Out and about in Edinburgh, and a guided walking tour

Soak up the atmosphere of centuries gone-by and learn about the social history of Edinburgh on a private walking tour in and around the Old Town, peeping into hidden closes and wynds, whilst hearing often dark and brooding stories from your knowledgeable guide. You’ll also have plenty of time for self-exploration, perhaps popping into a famous watering hole for a wee dram or a local craft beer, or treating yourself to dinner in one of the city’s Michelin Star restaurants – we’ll provide plenty of recommendations and can help with advance bookings.

Day Nine –A last day in Edinburgh

Stroll along the streets around your hotel, amidst breath-taking architecture. Maybe you’re feeling adventurous and would like to escape the city completely at Holyrood and make the easy ascent of Arthur’s Seat for yet more spectacular views of the city and beyond? And you’re sure to want to see the castle, the medieval alleys and closes of the Old Town, and to walk the Royal Mile. We’ll provide all the information you need to make the most of your stay.

Then again, you might choose to take a day away from the city on a private guided tour of some of Scotland’s finest spots, all within an hour or two of Edinburgh. You’ll find fascinating distilleries, imposing castles, charming villages and breath-taking scenery right on the capital’s doorstep.

Day Ten – Heading for home

Enjoy a final, hearty Scottish breakfast before heading for home.


Three centres, London, Dublin and Edinburgh.


£1750 per person for February  March, £1800 for October, November & December, £1880 for April & May, £1950 for June, July & September, £2050 for August.

Prices are based on two adults sharing a double or twin room for 9 nights in our hand-picked selection of small guest houses and hotels. Prices includes breakfast in Dublin and Edinburgh, room-only in London. This three-centre holiday also includes a walking tour of London, Dublin and Edinburgh, and flights between London and Dublin, and from Dublin to Edinburgh, as well as transfers in each city.

We can arrange guided day tours from Edinburgh and Dublin, or hire cars for those who would prefer to self-drive.

We can also offer this combination based on 5 star hotels in each centre.

Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions, recommended routes, and suggestions on places to visit depending on your interests and our local knowledge to help you get the most from your holiday.

All itineraries and room types are presented subject to availability at specific hotels.

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All our holiday prices include a service charge of £9 per person per night towards the costs we incur in researching, planning and designing your holiday.

We guarantee to refund this service charge if you believe that arranging your holiday through McKinlay Kidd has not met your expectations for value. All we ask is that you write to us within 7 days of your return and explain your reason for claiming the refund. This will ensure that we can improve the experience for all our future guests.

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This three centre holday can be arranged from February to early December.

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