• New partnership with award-winning specialist McKinlay Kidd
  • New UK and Ireland section added to Kuoni website today (Friday 29 May)

It’s been famous for luxury long-haul holidays for years, but now Kuoni is planning to sell tailor-made holidays closer to home as it announces plans to launch a new range of bespoke holiday itineraries throughout Scotland, England, Wales and the island of Ireland.

Swapping island hopping in the Indian Ocean for UK islands and coastal escapes  is something the company believes will appeal to anyone who may be disappointed they won’t be able to enjoy their much-needed overseas holiday this year as uncertainty around travel plans continues. 

Kuoni has partnered with award-winning company McKinlay Kidd, which has been creating tailor-made holidays throughout the UK and Ireland since 2003, using local knowledge and expertise to design premium road trips with personal touches. 

A new UK section of the company’s website will go live today (Friday 29 May), featuring a range of hand-picked itineraries discovering some of the UK and Ireland’s most scenic routes and hidden gems.  

Places to stay have all been carefully chosen, ranging from five-star luxury hotels to family-run characterful retreats and all accommodation is pre-booked on carefully planned itineraries, with experiences which can be added along the way, from whisky tours to whale watching.

Trips which can be booked include the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland; Scotland’s islands, including Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides; Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way; the beautiful and peaceful Gower Peninsula in Wales; the Isles of Scilly; Devon and Cornwall road trips; rural Northumberland, which is the largest area of protected dark sky in Europe and ideal for stargazing, and a five-star Aston Martin 007 weekend in Scotland discovering locations from past Bond movies. 

All the UK and Ireland holidays are bookable through Kuoni’s team of travel experts who will work in partnership with the team at McKinlay Kidd to create holidays personalised to suit each customer’s brief.

It’s not the first time Kuoni has partnered with a handpicked travel partner with like-minded values; the company already works with Ski Independence, Plain Sailing, Neilson and Wellbeing Escapes.

Derek Jones, CEO of Kuoni, said: “We’re famed for planning special trips to beautiful places around the world but we think there are many equally stunning places to discover closer to home as well.  The coronavirus crisis has played havoc with people’s travel plans so we wanted to create a collection of quality, premium trips throughout the UK and Ireland which blend local culture, adventure and exploration with luxury style.”

“This is about working with like-minded specialists with similar values, and introducing more reasons for people to trust us with their special travel plans so we can broaden the scope of what we can offer.” 

Heather McKinlay, co-founder of McKinlay Kidd said:  “Our expertise for creating stunning holidays is a great match with Kuoni and we’re looking forward to working with them so more people are able to discover the beauty of their home country and close neighbours later this summer and beyond.”

“Lots of people know Kuoni for their beautiful beach escapes and we want to surprise people about what’s on their doorstop. On a sunny day, a beach in the Outer Hebrides can do a fantastic impression of the Caribbean, with white sand and turquoise waters.

“Some of the beaches are so vast, you will barely see another soul – you could say social distancing is the norm. 

“Conservation and wildlife is another reason lots of Kuoni customers travel to places like Africa, India and Borneo.  Around our own countries, wildlife abounds in rural and coastal areas – eagles, otters, seals, badgers, pine martens and more. You can even go whale-watching off the west of Ireland and from the Isle of Mull in Scotland.”

The Kuoni UK and Ireland collection will go on sale today for holidays in 2020 and 2021 and be ready for travel once the lockdown is eased to allow travel again. 

More details can be found here https://www.kuoni.co.uk/uk-and-ireland-holidays


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About Kuoni

Kuoni Travel UK is part of DER Touristik, one of Europe’s leading travel groups. Kuoni has continued to set the pace in luxury worldwide travel in the UK market for the past 55 years and is regularly voted one of the best holiday companies in the country by readers of national newspapers and travel industry titles. The company excels in creating tailor-made holidays and honeymoons to more than 90 destinations around the world. Since 2008 Kuoni has grown its retail network across the UK and can be found in 48 locations on premium high streets and in selected John Lewis department stores. Each store is unique in design and showcases Kuoni’s Personal Travel Experts and personalised customer service.