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Special Experiences by McKinlay Kidd

Private island hotel near Oban

Special means different things to different people, but if we are talking about distinctive, out of the ordinary, exceptional, wow places...

…to stay we know a few that might just tick your box. How about an impressive Irish castle estate packed full of history stretching back to the 16th century, or a cool, modern luxury suite on a tiny island with panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean? Maybe you dream about the formal opulence of a renaissance hotel or a sprawling Highland farmhouse with fresh food to die for, a splendid old English coaching inn or a penthouse suite atop a real Scottish castle? Leaving the mainland is always a thrill, whether by ferry to a wee island renowned for

Special means different things to different people, but if we are talking about distinctive, out of the ordinary, exceptional, wow places...

…to stay we know a few that might just tick your box. How about an impressive Irish castle estate packed full of history stretching back to the 16th century, or a cool, modern luxury suite on a tiny island with panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean? Maybe you dream about the formal opulence of a renaissance hotel or a sprawling Highland farmhouse with fresh food to die for, a splendid old English coaching inn or a penthouse suite atop a real Scottish castle? Leaving the mainland is always a thrill, whether by ferry to a wee island renowned for peace and tranquillity, by rickety bridge to enter a world of luxury and seclusion – complete with a Michelin star restaurant, or by plane to land on the magical Shetland Isles to enjoy a stay at a haunted hotel. Four-poster beds, stunning views, roaring log fires, fresh seafood: let us know what’s special for you and we’ll make sure we include it as the highlight of your holiday.

Special Experiences Holidays

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Spoil yourselves 007 style with an Aston Martin and five star hotel on its own private island. This holiday captures the style and glamour of the films, and lets you enjoy the thrills of driving a stylish Aston Martin around some key locations associated with them.

  • Holiday duration: 3 days
  • Price from: £1,680
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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Want to combine the thrill of the open road with some jaw-dropping beautiful scenery? This classic car holiday boasts a heady combination of glamour, excitement and adventure making your journey through the breathtaking highlands truly memorable.

  • Holiday duration: 5 days
  • Price from: £1,190
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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This is arguably the finest section of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way - from Cork City around the southwest coast to Dingle and north up the west coast to County Clare. This self-drive holiday will allow you time to stop at inviting hand-picked hotels and enjoy guided tours of some of the country’s most tempting culinary experiences along the way.

  • Holiday duration: 9 days
  • Price from: £1,150
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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Our most popular wildlife holiday in search of whales, otters and eagles

  • Holiday duration: 5 days
  • Price from: £490
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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Enjoy a self-drive adventure of an appealing portion of Ireland’s lengthy coastal touring route, the Wild Atlantic Way, including boat trips and a guided tour of the Burren.

  • Holiday duration: 7 days
  • Price from: £875
  • Operator: McKinlay Kidd
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