Scotland &Ireland - McKinlay Kidd

Scotland &Ireland - McKinlay Kidd

Ever dreamt of driving a classic open-topped sports car

through some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery?

For Ann and Douglas Ballantyne it became a reality.



Celebrating a 40th wedding anniversary

calls for something special. For the

Ballantynes, that meant going back to

somewhere that meant a lot to them –

and doing it in style. “We wanted to visit

Perthshire and Argyll,” says Douglas.

“We’d lived in this area many years

before. It meant going back to where

we spent our honeymoon, and where

we had our first home.”

The Ballantynes’ journey began when they

picked up the beautiful red Jaguar E-Type

convertible in Edinburgh. “The car had

been built in 1966, the year Ann and I met!”

As Douglas points out, “there are a lot

of nuances to driving the Jaguar – like

the narrow wooden steering wheel,

and remembering to use the choke.”

The Ballantynes were given a full briefing

on driving it, as well as a chance to try it

out with tuition.

“Everything was arranged for us,”

remembers Douglas. “Robert Kidd had

planned our route down to the last detail,

including suggesting a great place for

lunch on our first day.

The first part of their tour took them to

the village of Killiecrankie, near Pitlochry,

where they stayed at the Killiecrankie

House Hotel. Set in glorious wooded

grounds and with immaculate gardens,

the hotel was an early highlight of

the Ballantynes’ holiday. “It was

so comfortable,” recalls Douglas,

“an interesting place and very friendly.

What made it stand out for us was

their attention to detail – and of course,

the staff.”

Heading for their private island destination

of Eriska, they chose a route that took

them over a brightly-sunlit Rannoch Moor

and through majestic Glencoe. And this

was a wonderful opportunity to feel the

wind-through-the-hair freedom of motoring

with the top down.

Robert recommends

As well as 3 day tours in this

beautiful car, for 2012 we can offer

the widest ever choice of classic

and prestige cars, combined with

our hand-picked routes and carefully

selected small hotels.

Choose a classic car, such as

mgB, morgan, Austin Healey and

Jaguar mk2; more modern classics

like an Aston martin DB9, Lotus Elise

and Bentley turbo; or perhaps a

brand new vehicle, like a convertible

mini cooper or BmW Z4. All are

ideal for enjoying Scotland’s open

roads and stunning scenery.

For John and Susan Short, visiting the Scottish islands is about many things: peace and quiet,

the light, the beaches, wildlife and walking – as well as the people and way of life.

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