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My name is Andy Gilhooly and I am an Independent Travel Counsellor based in Portobello, Edinburgh.
Sydney, Johanesburg, Marrakech, Essaouira, Mauritius, Auckland, Bangkok, Dubai, Haiti, Kuala Lumpur, Jamaica, Mexico, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Budapest, Lanzarote, Majorca, Porto, Charleroi, Tenerife, Tel Aviv, Valetta, Dusseldorf, Amsterdam, Zeist, Chicago, New York, Cape Town,Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Nassau, St.Thomas, St. Maartin, Prague, Stockholm, Oslo, Turku, Copenhagen, Mumbai, Delhi, Pretoria, Orlando, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Key West, Bratislava, Rijeka, Dublin, Belfast, Cairo, Venice, Memphis, Sofia, Dominican Republic, Koh Samui and Varna.
I am absolutely passionate about travel and as you can see I have visited many destinations worldwide. I have also been organising travel for small and large groups for over 30 years.
Whatever your enquiry please be assured that you will receive 100% commitment and assistance at any time of the day.
I have arranged worldwide travel for many people and specialise in Florida, USA. I promise you the highest level of personal service and would be delighted to assist with your travel plans. Accessible Travel is also a speciality so please get in touch as you will receive everything required.
Travel Counsellors are the only Travel Agency to be awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise and have been voted "Best Travel Agency" by readers of The Guardian and The Observer newspapers, 4 out of the last 5 years.
Your money is 100% safe and is protected financially by ATOL and the unique Travel Counsellors Financial Trust, giving you total peace of mind. No other Travel Agency offers you this full protection.
Your enquiry will be treated as if it is my own holiday. As I say "Miles to Travel, Many or Few, I'll go that extra one just for you."
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so please either fill in and send the form below or simply give me a call and I can get things started for you:-
Sent in by Martin Laidlaw
Grand Cayman, 17 January 2019
Everything went so smoothly
Sent in by Emma Grant
Melbourne, Australia, 16 January 2019
Andy was AWESOME. Over responsive, found us a great deal - and what was normally a really painful and arduous process for us - was done over a matter of days. Plus we had a timezone to deal with (myself in Australia, Andy in the UK). Couldn't recommend Andy highly enough.
Sent in by Neil Valentine
Musselburgh, 15 January 2019
Andy provides an excellent friendly service, I’ve previously recommended friends and will continue to do so.
Sent in by Janey Dighton
Edinburgh, 14 January 2019
I have already recommended Andy to my friends!
Sent in by Thomas Denholm
Innerleithen, 13 January 2019
Great service, takes all the pressure out of booking a holiday. Great prices. I recommend Andy to everyone.
Sent in by William Thompson
Livingston, 13 December 2018
Always feel well looked after
Sent in by Ian Mackay
Musselburgh, 11 December 2018
Excellent service from Andy. Prompt replies to our emails and queries which resulted in the holiday being as we wanted.
Sent in by Lynne Ramsay
Edinburgh, 19 November 2018
Rachel and Andy have been excellent. Very patient and understanding. They made the booking process very easy and stress free. Fantastic service. I will certainly use them again.
Sent in by Carolyn Dunion
Perth, 19 November 2018
Excellent service. I am looking forward to my holiday all the more because I didn't have to do all the hard work of organising it!
Sent in by Rita Muirhead
Edinburgh, 06 November 2018
Andy responded promptly with my enquiry and was able to get the flights at the times and price I was hoping for. Paperwork with all the details were sent to me a week after booking my flights.
Sent in by Janet Fenton
Edinburgh, 05 November 2018
Very easy to talk to and always willing to find out your needs .
Sent in by Mary McClymont
Edinburgh, 26 October 2018
As always professional, friendly service. I have no hesitation in recommending Andy and his services. Fantastic as always
Sent in by Christopher Patterson
Edinburgh, 25 October 2018
Great service got everything I asked for from Andy gilhooly at a great price would highly recommend this company thanks again Andy
Sent in by Lisa MacKinnon
Edinburgh, 24 October 2018
Andy in my opinion is my go to for all travel outside of UK. He is extremely responsive and will always advise on best options for both timings and your budget.
Sent in by Holly Buckley
Lathom, 22 October 2018
Andy always does such an amazing job at organising my trips from flights to all inclusive! Would definitely reccomend!
Sent in by Stuart McKie
Cheltenham, 21 October 2018
Friendly, prompt and knowledgable Just what I need in a travel advisor.
Sent in by Pauline Robertson
Edinburgh, 21 October 2018
Great service, very quick on responding and only took a short time to find the ideal holiday for me.
Sent in by Lisa Bray
Birmingham, 17 October 2018
Andy always answers promptly and has consistently got us a great deal.
Sent in by Gil Wallace
Edinburgh, 16 October 2018
Excellent, competent, mannerly personality, when dealing with customers.
Sent in by Mandy Boyd
Edinburgh, 12 October 2018
Amazing service every time! I would highly recommend and I will continue to use you guys in the future.
Sent in by Gary Harrison
Edinburgh, 12 October 2018
Excellent service which is why I returned and booked with Andy again.
Sent in by Barbara Fairbairn
Edinburgh, 02 October 2018
Andy was extremely helpful , courteous and friendly. He also got back very quickly to answer any of my questions.
Sent in by Robert Bell
Edinburgh, 21 September 2018
Absolutely fantastic experience booking with Andy. We wanted a tailored holiday and Andy made sure that every aspect of our requirements was part of the final proposal. I cannot recommend Andy and Travel Counsellors highly enough.
Sent in by Hazel Kirkland
Glasgow, 20 September 2018
Great advice and very efficient service
Sent in by Joanne Taylor
Sheffield, 06 September 2018
Great service. Andy listens to the criteria and responds so quickly with great options.
Sent in by Nicholas Groome-Vine
East Lothian, 04 September 2018
Andy’s service was exemplary. Personal and professional. No request was a problem and all questions were replied to so quickly. I would not hesitate to recommend Andy and the Travel Counsellors service to friends and family.
Sent in by Mark Lowrie
London, 04 September 2018
Very supportive, and dealt with issues when needed. We have booked with Andy for next year already.
Sent in by Deborah Robertson
Edinburgh, 04 September 2018
Andy was very helpful and informative and will definitely use his services again.
Sent in by Lynn Boag
Edinburgh, 01 September 2018
This will be the third time that I have booked through Andy Gilhooly and it will not be my last, he has so much attention to detail
Sent in by Stephen McIntyre
Edinburgh, 30 August 2018
Andy is both attentive and responsive. He offered a choice of options within budget and removed all the hassle of booking for a group of 10 plus people. We will definitely use Andy and Rachel again, Thank you.
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21 June 2018
I recently had a short break to the amazing town of Kalkan in Turkey. I flew with Easy Jet out of Edinburgh. It’s a 4-hour, 20-minute flight then a 90 minute transfer but well worth the wait. I stayed at the 5-star Likya Residence and Spa. It’s about a 10-minute walk into town but a stunning hotel set on the hill overlooking Kalkan. The rooms, food and people were amazing. We sunbathed each morning then it was into town to explore their never-ending streets of shops and restaurants. The food everywhere was amazing and if you like a bargain or two...
14 June 2018
It was then off to the Maldives for a short 4-night fam trip. Great and short flight with Emirates out of Dubai - just under 4 hours which was great. On arrival it was onto the seaplane for our trip to Atmosphere by Kanifushi. A great 40-minute journey to this lovely Island. We had an amazing welcome from the staff and were then shown to our rooms. We had some time to relax and then had a great tour of this amazing resort. It was then all change for our hosted Dinner at the Teppenyaki restaurant. All the usual but the...
13 June 2018
Great flight with Emirates over to Dubai then met up with other TC’s for our 45 minute transfer to Ras al Khaimah and to the Waldorf Astoria. Checked into this amazing hotel and then it was off to the pool to cool down. The rooms are huge and stunning. At night it was the welcome dinner at The Doubletree Marjan Island. We were really well looked after. It was then back to the hotel and more festivities in Bar 27. The next morning after breakfast was the conference with amazing updates from our key sponsors supporting the event. Then more cooling down...
12 June 2018
Great flight with BA from Heathrow to Seattle and the views coming into the city are stunning. It was then off to the Crowne Plaza to offload our cases. It was then down to Pike Place Market for lunch and a look round. Amazing place to visit and the fish were flying around. It was then the Ride the Ducks Tour which is a great way of seeing Seattle by land and water. Then it was up the Space Needle which has amazing views across the State. At the entrance to the Needle is the Chihuly Garden and Glass experience which was...
12 June 2018
Arrived in Nashville after a fairly lengthy flight from Portland via Chicago. Picked up and taken to the lovely Cambria Hotelk which is close to Broadway and a really modern hotel. Quickly checked in and then off to the welcome reception. It was then time to explore Broadway where every bar had live music - playing what a fun street. The next day it was off to RCA Studio B for a great tour of this famous Studio where Elvis and others recorded many tracks. After a great concert and tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame it was...
12 June 2018
After our time in Washington it was then over the border and into Oregon. First up was the Fort Clatsop National Historical Park. Lots of history as the explorers in 1805 used this as a base to search the region. We then checked into the amazing Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria. Stunning hotel with amazing views. We had a ride on the Old 300 Trolley before Dinner at the Bridgewater Bistro. After a bit more exploring of this unique town it was bed. After breakfast it was up the Astoria Column and checked out some amazing views across the state and the Columbia...
27 September 2017
I left Edinburgh on the 19th of September for a week in the 5- star Miraggio Thermal Resort and Spa. I went with Jet2 out of Edinburgh to Thessaloniki. It’s a 3.5-hour flight and the service was pretty good. We arrived at the airport and our complimentary transfer was waiting for us. The only problem was we had to wait an hour on another two people coming in from Stansted. It was then another 90-minute transfer. Eventually we arrived at the stunning resort and they did put some cold sandwiches etc in the room. The rooms were superb. We had a Junior...
25 September 2017
We started off by flying with Etihad to Bangkok via Abu Dhabi. Great service. We arrived in Bangkok and firstly were off to the amazing Royal Orchid Sheraton. Destination Asia were looking after us on the ground. A quick rest before a boat trip up The Chaoprahya for lunch at The Babble and Rum Restaurant at The Riva Surya Hotel. The food was great. It was then a boat trip on The Klong Tour and a visit to The Wat Arun. Back to the hotel for a quick change and a hosted dinner in The Thara Thong restaurant and site inspection of...
29 March 2017
I'm just back from an awesome trip to Morocco with the Morocco Tourist Board. We stayed at the superb Movenpick in Marrakech for 3 nights, a great large hotel close to the airport and Medinah. We visited the Medinah and souks and picked up a few bargains. My advice is that it's best to go in a group or with a guide when you explore. We soaked up the atmosphere in the square and then had dinner at the amazing Salama Restaurant. The next day we visited the Royal Palm Hotel, about 20 minutes outside the Medinah. Beautiful hotel with an...
28 January 2017
I’ve just returned from an amazing four days in Venice, where I stayed in the Hotel Principe on the island. The flights with EasyJet were perfect (only 2 hours 20 minutes) and we went straight to the boat ferry, which, for 15 Euros, took us to our station Guglie; our hotel was just round the corner. After checking in, we went out for our first taste of pizza and pasta at a local trattoria. There seem to be hundreds of them within 5 minutes of Hotel Principe! We spent each day just walking around the island of Venice, stopping for coffee...
27 December 2016
The first part of this amazing journey was from Edinburgh to Doha with Qatar Airways. We had a long stopover in Doha but they had a great (and free!) city tour, which included a 3-hour transit visa. We went on the tour and returned to the airport for our flight to Johannesburg. After arriving in Johannesburg, we had a look around the city and ended up in Nelson Mandela Square. It’s next to Sandton City so there are lots of shops, restaurants and bars to wander around. The next day, we took the Gautrain to Pretoria. We visited the United Buildings...
26 October 2016
30th September 2016 I drove over to Glasgow Airport with my colleague Kate Milton, checked in and then we were well looked after in the Emirates Lounge, they even had the Ryder Cup on. Great start to the trip. We flew over to Dubai with Emirates and the economy cabin was very good. Great service. I watched the Ryder Cup on their live TV channel, amazing what you can get at 38,000 feet. You even have free internet on Emirates which is getting faster and faster. 1st October 2016 We ended up being a bit late into Dubai but our fabulous hosts Desert...
15 June 2015
On arrival in Joburg we split our luggage up as we could only take 20kg in total onto our small light aircraft for our short flight up to Madikwe Game Reserve. Brilliant flight up to the Game Reserve and even had a lovely light lunch. We were me by the staff from our first night at the Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge. Did not have much time to relax as we then had the afternoon game drive. The highlight of this drive was meeting the two local lions who are brothers. They were asleep but we were about 10 metres away....
20 March 2015
Started the journey in the amazing Emirates Lounge at Glasgow airport. Superb lounge with great hot food. The next leg was a 7 hour flight to Dubai. Very relaxing on board with their superb service. After a short connection in Dubai it was the second and final 7 hour leg from Dubai to Kuala Lumpur. We arrived in Kuala Lumpur about 10pm and after a quick luggage pick up and immigration check we pre paid our Taxi into KL. Its well worth pre paying as it only cost 100 ringgits (£19). The motorway networks are pretty good and although its a fair distance...
30 September 2014
Just back from an amazing trip to Thailand. Went Jet Airways from Heathrow to Mumbai and then on to Bangkok. Brilliant airline with a great on board service. The food was amazing. Arrived in Bangkok and stayed a night in the Nuovo Hotel in the City Centre. Great location and the staff were very friendly. Large rooms with very big walk in showers. Visited the Grand Palace and various other Temples which were unbelievable. Then went on a long boat trip on the Chao Phray River, very interesting. The food and drink is so cheap and the food delicious but can be spicy. The...
20 June 2014
I had a wonderful few days at The Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. It’s only a 25 minute cab ride from the airport and the cabs are really cheap and plentiful in Dubai. The Jumeirah Beach is in front of the Burj Al Arab the 7 star wonder Hotel. I had a look round but not much to see apart from the amazing entrance. During my stay I visited a few markets and malls. The Dubai Mall is massive but worth a visit as there are some great bargains to be had. Also within the Dubai Mall is the Burj Khalifa,...
19 June 2014
What a stunning city. I stayed in the Grand Chancellor in Auckland City Centre. There is another one out at the airport but what a cracking location the city centre one has. It is just down from Sky City and just up from the marina where all the ferries to Davenport and Waiheke (to name a few) leave from. The room was a reasonable size, clean and modern. There was a small kitchen area and a small balcony. There are harbour view apartments that you can book as well. The staff were very friendly and eager to help. I went up...
15 June 2014
I had an amazing time in Sydney. The city is vast and so many different cultures call this home. The vivid light show on the Opera House was superb and is now an annual event in mid-June. The weather was in the low 60’s in June and was pleasant enough. I stayed in the Haymarket area in the Mercure Hotel which was clean and modern. The rooms have either two double beds or a king. They have some with balconies. The rooms were not massive but a decent size. The bar and restaurant were great and the staff very friendly...
23 May 2014
I have just returned from the Gold Travel Counsellors Conference at the superb Portofino Hotel at Universal. I had an amazing four days at the conference and then stayed on for a couple of weeks in Clermont. The Portofino is the perfect choice is you want to chill in 5 star surroundings. There are lots of different locations to chill, from the adult’s only pool to the family lagoon style pool to the beautiful bay which has been modelled on Portofino. You can take a boat to the entrance of City Walk from here. We sampled the numerous restaurants and bars...
12 April 2013
I’ve just returned from an educational trip to Malta with my fellow Travel Counsellors. I have visited Malta several times but that was over 20 years ago. Malta is famous for the sport of water polo and that is what took me there all those years ago. How things have changed. The development is unbelievable. Malta is a very small island but it has lots to offer. The history of the island is incredible. You must take in the Malta experience with a visit to The Sacra Infirmeria, the famous infirmary where hundreds were treated during the many wars....
16 March 2013
I recently enjoyed a short break in Amsterdam and stayed in the Amstel Botel. It was a quick jaunt over from Edinburgh with Easy Jet and no complaints about the flight; well organised and all on time. I got to Schipol and straight on the train to Central Station. It’s 3.90 euros and by far the best and quickest way into the centre. The train station is right in the middle of the town. I had a quick look round and then got on the free ferry at the back of the station that takes you on the ten minute ride...
25 February 2013
I’ve recently been over to Orlando and visited all the Disney Parks. Here is a quick update on my trip. When you arrive at the transportation centre at the Magic Kingdom, take either the boat or monorail. When it is busy the boat can be the better and quicker option. The new aspect to the park is the development of New Fantasyland for the youngsters. Lots of work is going on so it’s going to be great. Part of it is complete like the Little Mermaid Ride. It’s very busy as it’s full of building sites and lots of people. When...
05 December 2012
I’ve been to Las Vegas a few times and stayed in The Stratosphere, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand. This time however we stayed in the Rio. It’s just off the strip but there are free shuttles to the strip every 20 minutes. The rooms are clean, tidy and large with either a view over the pool or the strip. We had a view of the strip and it was superb. There are a lot of good restaurants including the famous World Buffet. It’s got everything and it gets pretty busy. They also have the Voodoo restaurant and club. It’s right on...
04 December 2012
Key West is superb. There are lots going on. It’s not the easiest place to get to but when you’re there its brilliant. I have driven the beautiful 100 miles from Miami and it is well worth it, certainly once. I have also flown in and my favourite is the Key West Express from Fort Myers Beach. You can also get it from Marco Island. It’s a large fast vessel with a bar. It takes about three and a half hours from Fort Myers Beach and it’s around $120 return. We have stayed at the Casa Marina Resort three times...
03 December 2012
I have a villa in Clermont, just at the back of Animal Kingdom, and come over here about four times a year. It is heaven. If theme parks are your thing then it is a perfect location as we are just behind animal kingdom. Only a five to ten minute drive away is Disney World. We are about 30 minutes from Universal and 20 minutes from Sea World. The weather is great all year. It’s quite hot and humid in July and August but a very pleasant 75 and over in January. I love golf and you have no problems playing...
03 December 2012
I recently travelled on the ‘Oasis of the Seas’ and took the excursion to Cancun. It was only a 45 minute ferry ride from Cozumel to the mainland and then an hour on a coach. The coach ride was very informative and stopped at a beautiful beach just before Cancun. Cancun has some stunning hotels. They line the beautiful white beach all the way up the coastline, which is right on the border between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. The centre is very lively with lots of bars and restaurants. Although I was not there at night, there...