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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 Bond than staying on your own 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 MacLeans. 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.
Cross the rickety bridge from the west coast mainland to this idyllic five star hideaway and you enter a different world – a world of luxury, seclusion and not a little eccentricity! You’ll find intriguing contrasts and pleasant surprises at every turn. Choose to stay in a characterful room in the castle-style baronial mansion, or splash out – literally – on a Spa suite, complete with private conservatory, patio, large lounge and outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub.
Get really into the spirit of the Bond lifestyle with a pre-dinner Vesper Martini – very definitely shaken, not stirred. It’ll whet your appetite perfectly for the delights which await in the Michelin Star restaurant. The young Head Chef designs a daily-changing menu to reflect the best available seasonable produce, with fish and seafood from surrounding waters and meat and game from local estates.
Leisure facilities at the Stables Spa are a testament to streamlined modernity with a 17-metre indoor heated swimming pool and full range of ESPA treatments. The rooftop terrace, overlooking the water, is a tranquil spot for leisurely lunches. There’s even a challenging nine-hole golf course, with superb views from its greens and fairways, plus a croquet lawn where you can try your hand at the most refined – and competitive – of British past-times.
Pick up the car in Edinburgh (or Glasgow by arrangement) then head to your private island hotel on the west coast of Scotland near to Oban, with an exclusive speedboat trip to the Isle of Mull.
£1395 per person for March, £1480 per person for April & October, £1625 per person for May to September.
Prices based on two sharing a deluxe double room at the five star hotel for two nights on dinner, bed & breakfast basis and including three 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.
Before your departure, you will receive personalised holiday information including full directions and details on each location to help you get the most from your luxury break.
We would be delighted to assist with accommodation in Edinburgh either before or after your classic car tour as well as transfers to and from the rental depot – please ask us for a quote from our selection of centrally located luxury hotels.
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
This holiday is available from March to October.
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