McKinlay Kidd

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McKinlay Kidd is an award-winning tour operator, based in Scotland. We have spent years exploring both Scotland and Ireland, and have stayed in, eaten at, driven through, sailed across, and visited everything we recommend. We design tailor-made holidays - self-drive or public transport - and escorted small group journeys the length and breadth of Scotland, Ireland and their islands, from wildlife holidays to whisky tours, from touring by train to foodie experiences. Winner Guardian/Observer Readers Award: Best Small Tour Operator 2011 and 2012
Member since: 08 Feb 2013

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

We directly employ a small team of local people in Glasgow. We offer part-time and flexible working. We ensure staff take undertake at least two recce visits in a year so that they have first-hand experience and knowledge of our products throughout Scotland and Ireland. All staff share our values of environmental and sustainable responsibility.

Environmental responsibility

On our wildlife holidays, we only work with the most knowledgeable and responsible guides and boat trip operators, who adhere to strict codes on wildlife observance so as not to disturb the animals being viewed. We offer whale-watching holidays in both Scotland and Ireland with specialist conservationists and guides, who also collect data on the cetaceans seen, contributing to research on behaviour and habitats.

Social responsibility

We encourage our customers to try local produce Ė and provide recommendations for the best places to visit to do this. From seaweed lamb on Shetland and Orkney to langoustines, crabs and scallops caught off the west coast, from many varieties of Scottish cheese to all sorts of Irish bread and baking...not forgetting local ales from microbreweries and the chance to sample a dram of Scotch whisky or Irish whiskey.

A family run business founded in 2003 that wins awards for its eclectic and inspiring itineraries around Scotland. Secret beaches a specialty. But donít tell too many people.
Travel flight free

Travelling to Ireland flight-free has never been easier, thanks to the number of ferry routes existing between the Emerald Isle and mainland Britain. The most convenient route for this rail tour would be from Holyhead in North Wales, to Dublin. Holyhead is well-connected by the mainline rail network. There is also an overnight service from Liverpool, or you can travel from Cainryan in Southwest Scotland to Belfast and from there connect by express train to Dublin. 

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