Trailfinders is a travel company in the United Kingdom and Ireland and is notable for being the largest independently owned travel company in the United Kingdom. Trailfinders has 26 travel centres in the UK and 3 in Ireland, and previously there were four in Australia, where it still owns Hinterland Aviation. The company specialises in tailormade travel worldwide.
Trailfinders was founded in 1970 by former SAS-officer Mike Gooley  with a staff of four. The company remains privately owned but today has a staff of over 1000 and has made travel arrangements for over 14 million clients.
Trailfinders have won most of the major national awards voted for by the press and travelling public
The Telegraph Travel Awards - Winner Best Tour Operator 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001
Which? Consumer Travel Survey - Winner Best Holiday Company 2014, 2013
The Times, The Sunday Times & The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Travel Awards - Winner UK's Best Tour Operator - 2014, 2013
CLIA UK & Ireland Cruise Excellence Awards - High Street Travel Agent of the year 2014
Trailfinders is considered a very reliable company and has built up a good reputation in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Trailfinders saw 2011 become its most profitable year yet, despite the 'credit crunch'.
Michael Gooley, founder of Trailfinders was the biggest private donor to the UK Conservative party in October to December 2014. He donated £500,000.(BBC News 19/2/2015)
Since 1995 Trailfinders has donated over £30 Million to charity, the majority of which has been for the benefit of medical research.
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