Shona Thorne has always been passionate about travel. For many years she spoke of her desire to own and operate her own travel agency, but she kept putting it off.
Finally in 2009, with the support of her family, Shona ‘bit the bullet’ and opened a small store on the Main Street of her hometown, Kilwinning.
Shona’s mission was simple - she wanted to specialise in providing quality holidays at great prices, combined with outstanding customer service.
This proved to be a recipe for success and the business has steadily expanded over the years, creating employment opportunities for local people and supporting other local businesses wherever possible.
The timeline below sets out some key milestones in our history.
Thorne Travel - Our Journey
2009 - Thorne Travel was established in a small store on Kilwinning Main Street. 2013 - Thorne Travel established Thorne Experience, our tour agency focusing on day, overnight and theatre tips. 2013 - Thorne Travel moved to much larger premises on Kilwinning Main Street. 2014 - Thorne Travel went viral following the release of our hugely successful promotional video (134,000+ YouTube views). 2015 - Thorne Travel won Travel Weekly - Promotion of the Year Award 2017 - Thorne Travel won ‘Best Luxury Travel Agency’ Award 2018 - Thorne Travel won TTG ‘Scotland’s Top Travel Agency’ Award. 2018 - Thorne Travel won TTG UK and Ireland’s ‘Number One Travel Agency’ Award 2019 - Thorne Travel established ‘All About the Magic’, our not-for-profit community interest company, designed to support disadvantaged families in the local area. 2020 - Thorne Travel won TTG ‘Scotland’s Top Travel Agency’ Award. 2021 - Thorne Travel introduced ‘Destiny’, our eco-friendly luxury coach. 2022 - Thorne Travel merged with Largs Travel and opened a second store in the seaside town of Largs. 2022 - Thorne Travel launched its dedicated Cruise Department - ‘Seas the Day’ 2022 - Thorne Travel won TTG ‘Scotland’s Top Travel Agency’ Award.
We are very grateful to all of our customers for their continued support. It is thanks to all of you that our business has flourished over the years.