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“We turn off the motorway near Stirling and plunge into a picturesque landscape of undulating hills and long, empty roads. If there’s a better sensation than driving a convertible Aston Martin along a deserted country road with Duran Duran’s A View To A Kill blaring out of the stereo, I suspect it’s illegal,” Rob McFarland, Traveller Magazine Australia, November 2015.
Pick up your Aston Martin and head off on a route which will take you past Faslane naval base, featured in The Spy who Loved Me, and the loch by Crinan, actually used for filming of a boat chase through the Bosphorus in From Russia with Love.
Then what could be more appropriate than staying in luxury on a private island?
While you’re here, learn how to make the ultimate martini, then be whisked by speed boat out to Duart Castle on Mull, traditional home of the MacLean’s. The castle fell into ruins but was restored early in the 20th century and is once again the seat of the clan chief. The exploits of soldier and diplomat Fitzroy Hew MacLean, who parachuted into Yugoslavia to assist the resistance in WW2, are said to have been the origins of Ian Fleming’s James Bond and 007.
Your return journey saves the best for last, with a spectacular drive through Glencoe, setting for the dramatic finale of Skyfall.
What could be more Bond than staying on your own private island? Cross the rickety bridge from the west coast mainland to this idyllic hideaway and you enter a different world – a world of luxury, seclusion and not a little eccentricity! Run by the effusive Beppo and his charming family, this delightful island retreat offers intriguing contrasts and pleasant surprises at every turn. Choose to stay in a characterful room in the baronial mansion, or splash out – literally – on a Spa suite, complete with private conservatory, patio, large lounge, luxury bathroom and outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub. What’s more, September 2014 saw the hotel’s restaurant win its first Michelin Star for its commitment to creating a food identity to match it’s natural surroundings.
Leisure facilities at the Stables Spa are a testament to streamlined modernity with a 17 metre indoor heated swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, sauna, steam room, aromatherapy and reflexology suite – plus a rooftop terrace for leisurely lunches. There’s even a challenging nine hole golf course, with superb views from its greens and fairways. But what really makes this place special is the child-like pleasure of wandering along secret woodland pathways and discovering rocky coves where you’re unlikely to meet another soul save for a few playful otters.
This luxury break is based in west coast of Scotland near to Oban, with an exclusive speedboat trip to the Isle of Mull.
2016: £1365 per person for March, £1450 per person for April & October, £1595 per person for May to September.
2017: £1395 per person for March, £1480 per person for April & October, £1625 per person for May to September.
Prices based on 2 sharing a deluxe double room at the five star hotel on dinner, bed & breakfast basis and including 3 days’ hire of an Aston Martin DB9, cocktail master class and private speedboat ride and entrance to Duart Castle.
Your stay includes free use at the hotel of the golf course and driving range, gym, sauna, steam-room and swimming pool. Massage and beauty treatments are available subject to an extra charge.
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.
Travelling through Glen Coe with the roof down, in the sunshine, was magical.Judith & John, Aberdeenshire
Car fabulous...hotel magnificent...speed boat exciting. The only disappointment was that my husband didn't turn into Daniel Craig!Stephanie
The Martini lesson was a great touchMichael & Daniel (no, not that one...), Kent
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