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Tailor made Scotland

Our verdict:

Who doesn't love a road trip? Spend a few days driving along the spectacular coastal roads and mountain highways that link Scotland's seaside resorts and inland villages, stopping for slap-up seafood lunches, whisky-tastings and bracing walks on gorgeous beaches. Or take a trip by rail on the West Highland Line to the beautiful Isle of Skye.

Recommended tour operator: McKinlay Kidd

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McKinlay Kidd says

We specialise in tailor-made self-drive, fly-drive and train touring holidays – both independent and guided – in Scotland, and have personally sampled everything we recommend so you can get the very most from your holiday.

For the first time in 2019, we are offering a number of small group guided rail tours. Travel along some of Britain’s most evocative train routes in the company of a knowledgeable and passionate local guide. With just 15 places per departure, personal service and attention is guaranteed.

We have a stunning range of exceptional self-guided holidays to give you an unforgettable and uniquely Scottish experience.

The most popular choice is this luxury six-night break that allows you to fall asleep in bustling London and wake up in the tranquility of the Scottish Highlands, and includes private tours, time on the Isle of Skye and exceptional accommodation throughout.

The Seafood Trail sets out from Glasgow and takes in gourmet seafood feasts, seafood cookery demonstrations and the chance to join local fishermen as they haul in their creels. From Loch Linnhe to secluded Wester Ross, it’s a foodie’s dream.

If you are interested in sampling Scotland’s most beloved export, our Edinburgh and Speyside Whisky Guided Rail Tour takes you way beyond the more famous distilleries, and into the heart of the Scottish Highlands to uncover some real hidden gems, with stays in four-star lodgings throughout.

For a relaxing way to go Scottish island-hopping, leave the car at home and embark on a discovery of Scotland’s most fascinating islands, including tours with local guides and a unique private boat trip.

The four-night Mull Wildlife Experience gives you the chance to see Minke Whales, otters, seals, porpoises and amazing sea birds on and around the island of Mull.

Travel under your own steam in one of our collection of classic cars – choose from the ever-popular Jaguar E-Type or the Austin Healey, Mini-Cooper or Aston Martin DB9, for example, and head for the open road. We’ll make sure there’s a fabulous hotel waiting for you each evening.

Thought to be one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal road trips, Scotland’s North Coast 500 showcases the fairytale castles, wild beaches and ethereal ruins of the less-visited northern Highlands. Drive this 500-mile circular route in a luxurious new electric Tesla Model S with our carefully-planned itinerary detailing places of interest – and car charging points. Alternatively, why not take the short hop over to the fascinating island of Orkney at the end of your driving adventure?

We are enormously proud to have been awarded ‘AITO Tour Operator of the Year 2016’ based on outstanding consumer reviews. Most recently, we were awarded Telegraph Travel’s ‘Best Specialist Tour Operator’ in 2017.

Find out more about our short breaks in Scotland as well as Wales,  Ireland and England.

* See the McKinlay Kidd review.

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