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Whales, whiskey and wild landscapes

1st March 2010 Print

McKinlay Kidd has extended its reach beyond Scotland with a new collection of self-drive holidays across Ireland.

Called See Ireland Differently, the new programme includes opportunities for whale and dolphin watching on the South West Coast, an Irish whiskey tour of Bushmills and the chance to discover the often overlooked highlights of Northern Ireland.

Every aspect of the newly launched Ireland collection has been personally tested by Managing Director, Robert Kidd, who has employed the same attention to detail and high standards that have made McKinlay Kidd’s sister programme in Scotland such a success. The new programme introduces a choice of special places to stay and a host of off-the-beaten-track experiences which, combined with Ireland’s naturally warm welcome, will make the perfect holiday.

Highlights of the new programme include:

Whale and dolphin watching in West Cork: Since the Irish government declared the coastal waters of Ireland a whale and dolphin sanctuary during the early 1990's, the area of West Cork has become established as a renowned destination for lovers of these magical animals. This four night short break includes two half day boat trips with an expert resident marine biologist. With four nights in the attractive coastal village of Baltimore, this holiday also provides plenty of time to relax and explore more of the beautiful coastline of West Cork. Price from £369 per person.

Irish Whiskey Experience: A short break on the north coast of Ireland, including a tour and tutored tasting at famous Bushmills, Ireland’s oldest working distillery. This three night trip includes accommodation in an award-winning hotel in the village, within convenient walking distance. Price from £269 per person.

Coastal Explorer: A trip around the southwest and west of Ireland from Cork to Connemara - dramatic coastal scenery and welcoming coastal villages, including the popular and colourful village of Kinsale, less than an hour from Cork and now firmly established as one of Ireland's premier destinations for foodies. Price : 10 nights from £839 per person

Celtic Contrasts: There have been links across the Irish Sea for centuries, and this new holiday provides an opportunity to experience the contrasts and explore the connections between Scotland's Dumfries & Galloway and counties Antrim & Down of Northern Ireland. Price from £625 per person for 7 nights.

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