Luxury long-haul specialist Kuoni launches first UK and Ireland collection of high-end holidays

Luskentyre Beach, Isle of Harris

It’s long been our go-to for luxury long haul travel. Now, for the first time ever, travel firm Kuoni is expanding to the UK and Ireland to offer tailor-made high-end holidays closer to home. 

Swapping island hopping in the Indian Ocean for spectacular escapes around the British Isles, the new bespoke itineraries will range throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. 

Highlights include the palm-tree lined beaches of the Isles of Scilly and a five-star Aston Martin 007 Bond weekend in Scotland

It’s exciting news for travellers whose global travel plans have been scuppered this summer – who now may be able to replace their international trips with high-end, personalised holidays around the UK, and social distance at the same time. 

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

The Isle of Skye / Credit: McKinlay Kidd

Highlights from the new range of trips now available to book include luxury trips along the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland; the beautiful and peaceful Gower Peninsula in Wales; the subtropical, palm-tree lined beaches of the Isles of Scilly; rural Northumberland, which is the largest area of protected dark sky in Europe and as such, ideal for stargazing, and a five-star Aston Martin 007 weekend in Scotland discovering locations from past Bond movies.

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

On a sunny day, a beach in the Outer Hebrides can do a fantastic impression of the Caribbean, with white sand and turquoise waters

The North Coast 500, Scotland / Credit: McKinlay Kidd

Heather McKinlay, co-founder of McKinlay Kidd said, “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,” she added.  You had us at ‘white sand’. 

For extra bespoke touches, 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 travel desires.

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

More details can be found at

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Bex April May is an experienced entertainment, travel and lifestyle journalist based in London, writing for The Guardian, Metro, Cosmopolitan, MTV, Shortlist and more. Follow her adventures on Twitter @bexlectric and on Instagram @bexaprilmay

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