What does British football’s most successful manager do after blowing the final whistle on his career? Sir Alex Ferguson, having been the most successful manager in the modern era of Manchester United for 27 years, it was time to take a break. So once the final whilst blew on the last game of the season last year and he officially retired as manager, he fulfilled a lifetime’s ambition and made his booking for the Scottish holiday he had always wanted and hired a boat to tour the Hebrides with friends and family.

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That was one of the best things I’ve ever done,’ he told the Saturday Telegraph. ‘I’d always wanted to do it. Brought up in Glasgow, you are 20 minutes from Loch Lomond, which is really the start of the Highlands, on the west side. The nearest I’d ever got to the islands was summer camp, at the southern end of the Highlands. But you’d only ever see documentaries of the islands, the Inner Hebrides, and they’re fantastic. We saw a sea eagle, we saw seals, we saw a whale dipping, we saw sharks, and puffins”.

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The inner Hebrides include 35 inhabited islands, with the largest being the islands of Islay, Jura, Mull, Rhum and Skye. Whilst the Isle of Skye can now be accessed via a bridge, the others are all accessible by ferry. Scotts Castle Holidays offers a varied selection of large houses and castles on the west coast of Scotland to choose from for self-catering holidays. Amongst them is this dower house that can be found opposite Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye, which is ideal for a family of 12 people to discover more of the islands and Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Why not check out the selection of large holiday houses and castles in Scotland today at Scotts Castle Holidays – and you too can have the Scottish holiday of your dreams.