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

Let us inspire you with creative holiday combinations and ideas, from island-hopping to train-touring.

Island Holidays 

The coastlines of the UK and Ireland are home to countless islands, just waiting to be discovered. From the most famous island destinations to hidden gems off the beaten track, each one has something unique to offer – and we know all of their secrets. Let us take away the stress of grabbling with complex ferry timetables and planning a route – we will never send you anywhere we haven’t experienced first-hand, and so will use our expert knowledge to create a getaway that helps you become acquainted with genuine island life.

Food & Drink 

From sampling a dram in far-flung Orkney to touring a cider farm in the depths of England’s Cotswolds, and taking a creel fishing trip with an expert along Scotland’s west coast – with lunch included to enjoy your spoils, of course -, or simply taking that first sip of velvety Guinness – there is no double that the UK and Ireland are packed to the brim with delectable foodie experiences. We understand that food and drink can be an integral element of any getaway, which is why we have spent years sampling the delights that these fine isles have to offer, from fine dining establishments to delightfully rustic seafood shacks, in order to provide personalised recommendations, no matter where you decide to travel to.

It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…

Train Holidays 

Sometimes, the most relaxing kind of getaway can be one where you leave the car at home. We have years of experience planning grand tours of Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales by train, and so we can arrange for seamless, stress-free travel, charming accommodation and plenty of opportunity to explore beyond the end of the train line. All you will need to do is sit back, relax and take in the breath-taking scenery unfolding before your eyes on each journey.

Special Experiences

We are passionate about ensuring your holiday is a special experience. We are constantly in search for unforgettable things to do and places to stay, and we love coming up with unique, contrasting itineraries to suit your bespoke requirements. From driving a classic car to kayaking in the moonlight, staying in a private island hotel to landing on a cockle strand beach in a tiny plane, we know the very best of what Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales have to offer. Everyone has a different version of what ‘special’ means to them – so if you have an important occasion on the horizon, a significant birthday or you simply deserve a treat – we have it covered.

Why McKinlay Kidd

Local Knowledge

We won't recommend anywhere unless we have tried and tested it ourselves

You'll stay in small, family-owned accommodation, engaging with local people

Hand-picked local guides will help you get under the skin of places too

We'll help you explore well beyond the main tourist spots

Your holiday information pack will include a set of personal recommendations for your trip

Personal Service

You will have a personal contact from start to finish

Your trip will be individually planned and booked to suit your requirements

We are contactable 24/7 whilst you are on your trip

We guarantee to refund our service charge if you are not entirely satisfied

It’s an approach which has won awards: most recently voted Telegraph Travel’s 'Best Specialist Tour Operator 2017' and 'AITO Tour Operator of the Year 2016'

Fully Protected

Your money and your holiday are fully protected when you book with us.

Flight-inclusive holidays are protected via our ATOL licence. Our ATOL number is ATOL 9481

All other, non-flight inclusive holidays, are covered by an insurance bond through ABTOT: all prepayments would be reimbursed in the unlikely event of our financial failure, see our terms and conditions for full details