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From taking a step back in time aboard a world-famous steam train to living a life of luxury, staying in Scottish castles, and from discovering ‘foodie’ Ireland to tasting Scotland’s best whisky, McKinlay Kidd has hand-picked a range of tailor-made holidays perfect for a loved one this festive season, simply buy the trip as a gift or give a McKinlay Kidd gift voucher to put towards a unique experience.

Here are six suggestions from McKinlay Kidd’s wide range of tailor-made holiday gift ideas:

West Highland Line Experience

Sit back and relax in the comfort of an upholstered first-class seat as the famous Jacobite Express chugs along with sooty smells and spectacular views of stunning Highland scenery, including Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis and Europe’s deepest loch, Loch Nevis.

West Highland Line Experience costs from £310 pp (two sharing), including two nights’ B&B accommodation, one dinner, first-class rail day return on the Jacobite Express steam train and refreshments en route. This holiday can be arranged from 19 April – 25 October 2019. Flights extra, from £100 pp (London to Glasgow return).

Castle to Castle in a Tesla

With instantaneous power-delivery, silent cruising ability and surprising ease-of-use, driving a Tesla Model S around Scotland’s breath-taking scenery offers a holiday to remember. After a thrilling day on four wheels, relax and unwind in two fascinating Scottish castle hotels with world-class facilities.

Castle to Castle in a Tesla costs from £1,385 pp (two sharing), including four nights’ B&B accommodation in two five-star castle hotels and five days’ rental of a Tesla Model S.

Wild Atlantic Way Food Trail

Take in a portion of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way on this nine-day self-drive adventure, staying in accommodation that’s been hand-picked especially for its cuisine. Each stop along the route offers the chance to try the best authentic Irish food, from freshly-caught seafood to seaweed!  

Wild Atlantic Way Food Trail costs from £1,150 pp (two sharing), including eight nights’ B&B accommodation, a four-hour food tour (Kinsale), one-hour seaweed forage (Kerry) and guided walking tour (Burren).

Islay Whisky Short Break

Some say whisky from the Isle of Islay is the best in the world – peat is cut from the mosslands, giving the Islay malt whiskies their distinct flavour – so McKinlay Kidd’s short break is the perfect getaway for a whisky-lover. If nine working whisky distilleries aren’t enough, the island is also home to spectacular costal seascapes, birdlife and delicious seafood.

Islay Whisky Short Break costs from £415 pp (two sharing), including three nights’ B&B accommodation, two premium distillery tours and return ferry travel (one car and two passengers).

Mull Wildlife Experience

From a whale-watching boat trip with the chance to learn from an onboard marine biologist, to a wildlife safari with golden eagles soaring above and white tailed sea eagles hunting in the bays below, where otters and seals may be sunning themselves, this five-day itinerary offers animal lovers the chance to spot wildlife in its natural habit.

Mull Wildlife Experience costs from £490 pp (two sharing), including four nights’ B&B accommodation, return ferry crossing (one car and two passengers), full-day wildlife tour and full-day whale watching tour.

Land on the Sand on Barra

Escape to Barra, Outer Hebrides, where the plane lands on Cockle Strand. Take a walk along the powder-white sands, or head to Castlebay, the capital of the island, to potter around and visit Kisimul Castle.  

Land on the Sand on Barra costs from £335 pp (two sharing), including two nights’ B&B accommodation and return flights from Glasgow to Barra.

Gift vouchers

McKinlay Kidd gift vouchers are available from £200 and can be used against any holiday booked within the next 12 months.

For more details, or to book, visit or call 0141 260 9260 to speak to an expert.

Press: For further information call Sue Ockwell or Charlotte Griffiths at Travel PR on 020 8891 4440 or email or


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