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How to Book

We aim to make things straightforward.

We have included some suggested holidays throughout this website. These are simply ideas; none are fixed. You are welcome to ask for one of these exact itineraries or use them as the basis for your own specific trip.  There are then several ways to make a booking:

Browse online for ideas and complete the Availability Form for any which particularly appeal.

Or, to request your own trip online, complete the Tailor-made request and we will create a trip to match your interests and imagination.

You can also call 0141 308 8009 any time. We’re actually here Monday to Friday during normal hours, any other time leave a message and we’ll call you back.
(If calling from overseas the number is +44 141 308 8009, and you can also call us toll-free from the USA or Canada on (866) 922 8538 or from Australia on 1 800 760 824.

We will then send you a free planned itinerary with a precise costing. If you wish you can modify the plan further before you decide to book, as there is no obligation at this stage.

Confirming your Booking

Once you have decided which option you prefer, you may use our secure on-line booking system to confirm details and pay your deposit or settle balances.

This is also where you will be able to download a booking form, if you prefer to complete this off- line.
Following receipt of your booking form and deposit we will then be able to confirm accommodation and other arrangements.

Deposits

A deposit of £100 per person, or 10% of the total holiday cost for holidays above £1000 per person, secures your booking. As most of the hotels we use are small, we cannot guarantee availability until you have confirmed your booking in this way. (For cruise holidays and those of a total value over £4000 we will ask for a 25% deposit.)

Balances

Your holiday balance must be paid eight weeks in advance of your travel date. If you are booking within eight weeks of departure, the full holiday costs must be paid at time of booking. You can use our secure online payment system to pay balances, as long as you have your booking reference to hand.

Payments

You can pay your deposit and balance by cheque, credit or debit card or by bank transfer.

We regret that due to the level of bank charges for such transactions, we are forced to add a 2% surcharge for balance payments made by credit card or any debit cards registered outside the UK.

Payments by UK debit cards and deposits paid by credit card do not incur any surcharge.

Our on-line booking system allows you a simple and secure method of paying online by credit and UK debit cards.  If you wish to pay by bank transfer, please contact us for bank details.

We are also delighted still to accept £UK sterling cheques, made payable to McKinlay Kidd Ltd.

Overseas Payments

As our costs are largely in UK£Sterling, we quote all prices in UK£. Overseas clients may like to check current exchange rates here. Free Currency Services by XE.com Please note that when making an international transfer you should make sure that your bank sends the due amount in UK£Sterling, and not your own currency. This latter approach inevitably results in an under or over payment.

Travel Insurance

Please remember that on booking a holiday you are entering a contract, and that cancellation charges will apply should you cancel or curtail your holiday. We therefore strongly recommend that you make adequate arrangements for Travel Insurance. For UK resident customers Travel & General Insurance have developed a policy offering excellent value for money – policies start from as little as £8 per person. For more details and to arrange cover, call them on 020 3794 2954, or visit their website.

Consumer Protection

McKinlay Kidd is a fully bonded tour operator, and complies with all aspects of the UK’s onerous Package Travel Regulations, through our ATOL ( Air Tour Operator Licence 9481) and TOPP consumer protection insurance. For full details of what these cover, please see the Consumer Protection section.

Late bookings

Unfortunately, due to the possibility of credit card fraud we are unable to accept bookings for travel paid for by credit card at less than seven days’ notice. Such bookings must be paid for by debit card, or immediate bank transfer. All tickets and holiday itinerary packs when paid for by credit or debit card must be sent to the address of the card holder.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Please also read our full terms and conditions.

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