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Sun-kissed Algarve, even in January

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Surf crashed against the beautiful, sandy beach for as far as the eye could see under a cloudless, blue sky as we lunched in shorts and T-shirts in temperatures well over 20C. A lone windsurfer cut through the azure blue sea and locals indicated that this beach was popular with surfers. It is easy to see why.Dog walkers paraded along the boardwalk. Others...

Take a fast plane to China from Edinburgh

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Hainan Airlines will operate more flights from Edinburgh to Beijing this year.The airline will increase the length of their season by nine weeks and it will now run from 17 May to 26 October.Four flights to Beijing will be available to passengers each week in the peak summer months aboard an Airbus A330-300.Edinburgh is the only airport in...

Ryanair urges passengers to book now for the best fares to the slopes

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Ryanair has announced a sale on flights to the slopes with the lowest fares available to many European ski destinations this winter.With fares starting from £29.99, this is the time to book and then take in those snowy mountain views before enjoying some much-deserved après ski.Whether you’re looking for an adventurous winter break on the slopes or a relaxing escape...

There is more to France than Paris, Nice and Cannes

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Think France, think Paris, think Nice, think Cannes. However, Explore France are promoting other areas including Pas-de-Calais, the Loire Valley and Corsica as well as one of their undoubted gems, Antibe, which is, or course, on the French Riviera.The PR machine came to Scotland's Capital with a clear message, consider France for a holiday destination and also look further than...

Seeing Scotland solo soars in popularity

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Soaring numbers of people from across the world are exploring Scotland solo - including Edinburgh - new figures have revealed.Visitors say that Scotland's friendly people and inclusive culture make the country stand out from other destinations.VisitScotland has identified a post-pandemic trend in solo travelling after a surge of interest over the last three years.From 2021 to 2023, Google searches...

A new future for Edinburgh’s premier park?

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Holyrood Park is widely seen as 'an iconic green space' in the heart of the city and 'Edinburgh's premier park'.Through the path-breaking work of James Hutton, the park also has great significance in the history of geology. It is, many would agree, ‘a city park like no other’. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is currently carrying out a 12-week...

Five-star award for Musselburgh holiday park

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A camping and glamping site near Musselburgh has been awarded a five-star rating by VisitScotland with inspectors praising the quality of the facilities and describing the park and its grounds as ‘spotless’.The rating makes Drummohr one of only 33 five-star camping and caravan parks sites across Scotland and one of four five-star sites in East Lothian.Drummohr has undergone significant...

Luxury yacht calls into Edinburgh on first Scottish cruise

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One of the world's most luxurious and unique cruising yachts called in at Ocean Terminal this week on its first ever cruise from Scotland.The Scenic Eclipse II set off from Leith for its eight day Scottish Isles, Historic Trails and Wilderness Voyage, calling at Aberdeen on Friday and other locations will include Stromness in Orkney, St Kilda and Skye.The...

Paris aiming to produce sporting legends

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Paris less than one year out from the Olympics followed by the Paralympic Games, is currently in-Seine-ly gripped by Rugby World Cup fever, fired by France's sensational opening night victory over the mighty All Blacks.French fans crave their fist Rugby World Cup win but, while the oval ball circus continues, construction is going ahead at pace for Paris 2024, and the worlds...

Fined and confused in Germany

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18.56: Dusseldorf Airport Station. Next train to Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof platform four. We board after asking the guard if this was the correct train. Seconds later the same man said: "You are on the wrong train."We were shocked. Yes, it was the train to Dusseldorf Hauptbahnhof, one stop, around five minutes. He summoned the ticket collector. "You are fined 60E each." Why? "You...

York still possesses its old world charm

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The bell rang out, calling worshipers to imposing York Minster, acknowledged as one of the world's most magnificent cathedrals. Since the 7th century, the highly-impressive building, has been at the center of Christianity in the north of England.Today, it remains a church offering worship and prayer, and it has a switched-on website, offering a myriad of exclusive products, including a...

Rhodes update from Jet2.com and Jet2holidays

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Wildfires continue to create problems in Greece and Rhodes in particular.Jet2 have issued an update for their customers.A spokesperson said: "By the end of Wednesday 26 July Jet2.com will have operated 20 flights to the UK from Rhodes so far this week – a combination of repatriation flights and scheduled flights - which have continued to meet the...

Quality hideaway in southern France

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The sweet floral scent of lavender drifted across the extensive garden as we chilled after the two-hour Ryanair flight, Edinburgh to Marseille. There was not a cloud in the clear blue sky and very little wind.Indeed, the French flag flying from a flagpole in the neighbouring garden hardly moved. We took in the sun and rejoiced in the experience. However, the...

Keep your wits about you at Marseille Airport

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Ryanair flights into Marseille (2hr 10min) are busy as we recently found out, but a word of warning about the airport there. The flights were delayed in both directions, but were otherwise fine.If you are travelling by train there is a shuttle bus from the station to the terminal. Fellow travellers found that three buses arrived at the same...

Air Canada resumes service from Edinburgh Airport to Toronto

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Service to operate up to daily during the summer peak and it will continue three times weekly into the winter seasonCustomers in Scotland will benefit from convenient connections across North America and beyond via Air Canada’s Toronto hubAir Canada has resumed its non-stop service between Edinburgh Airport and its Toronto hub. The newly extended service is set to...

Award winning self catering destination building its foodie reputation

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Self-catering destination Morton of Pitmilly is to hold pop up events to focus on its foodie and green credentials.The award winning accommodation now has plans to promote sustainability across the board.The venue won the 2023 VisitScotland Thistle Award for Best Self-Catering Accommodation Experience - the first accolade secured by Managing Director, Eilidh Smith since she assumed sole responsibility...

Rothbury a hidden gem in Northumberland

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Rothbury. We've seen the sign on many occasions as we drove up and down the A1, but never thought of making the short journey.We did this time and we are glad we did. To set the scene, Rothbury is a market town in Northumberland. It is situated on the banks of the River Coquet and is 14 miles north...

Riverside Hotel ticked boxes

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Kendal. One of the go-to towns in The Lake District and an ideal location for touring, but where to stay, that was the question. There are many options and varying prices. We've stayed high-end but this time we through, let's try mid-range with a deal.Up popped the Riverside Hotel (pictured), a family-owned, converted, 18th-century tannery. It ticked a number of...

Great location but big let down

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The Nethy Bridge Hotel, part of the Strathmore Hotel group, is described in the promotional material as a charming Victorian manor house.This imposing, granite-built hotel appeared that way as our taxi rolled up to the entrance. I was looking forward to some good Highland hospitality. However, the 70-bed hotel spectacularly failed to live up to that billing.It is ideally...

Oar inspiring boat crew brewing up a storm at Bellfield Brewery tell all

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Many of us would struggle to row half a mile let alone 3,000 miles across the Atlantic but that’s what a team of five rowers from Portobello achieved.Crossing the finish line in Antigua in late January having set off from the Canary Islands 39 days earlier, the Atlantic Body & Soul team are back and giving a "blisters and...

Air Canada’s Edinburgh-Toronto service to resume this summer

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Air Canada has announced it will resume and extend its non-stop service between Edinburgh and Toronto.Starting from June 2023, the service will operate up to daily during the summer peak, and continue three times weekly into the winter season until January 8. It is currently planned to return in early spring 2024.Air Canada offers more daily flights from...

TUI add more hotels to holiday destinations in Spain and Turkey

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Ancient ruins in Turkey with blue sky behind
More choice for holidaymakers from Edinburgh in summer 2024 has been announced today as TUI added 1,500 more hotels to their 22 holiday destinations.There are flights to Palma, Majorca and Dalaman in Turkey. With ten flights weekly on seven routes to the holiday destinations (flights to Palma, Majorca three times a week and Dalaman, Turkey twice a week) this...

Staycation Scotland lists refurbished Schloss Roxburghe

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SCHLOSS Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course in the Scottish Borders has recently joined Destination by Hyatt and completed an extensive refurbishment, including upgrading its bedrooms and installing a new Winter Garden spa with heated infinity pool. The destination has now become one of the first Scottish hospitality businesses to engage with the new look Staycation Scotland (Accommodation) Ltd.A vibrant...

More seats made available this winter with Jet2.com

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Jet2.com has announced more availability in their winter sun flights and holidays in Turkey and Cyprus as they put 32,000 more seats on sale.The holidays to Dalaman in Turkey will have added capacity with around 15,000 additional seats on sale all the way to 20 November.And there are more than 6,000 more seats from the UK to...

Ryanair introduce six new routes from Edinburgh this summer

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As a result of a multimillion pound investment in a new aircraft and additional crew at Edinburgh Airport, Ryanair is announcing six new routes from our capital's airport this summer.The new routes will take passengers to Belfast, Bournemouth, Cornwall, London Stansted, Rhodes and Venice as well as 63 other destinations in Ireland and Europe. There will also be...

Golf tourism award for Strathmore

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Strathmore Golf Centre near Alyth is celebrating its fourth major win in six years at the recent Scottish Golf Tourism Awards.The centre, which has the 18 hole 72 par Rannaleroch Golf Course at its heart, together with the nine hole 27 par Leitfie Links course, has once again been named Scotland’s Best Golf Course in the “£75 a...

Changes to the Highland Explorer service next month

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Scotrail's Highland Explorer service which offers cycle carriages is making changes to give even more support to active travel.The train operator is cutting the additional fares on the Highland Explorer service and is adding carriages to two of the daily services on the Mallaig branch of the West Highland Line, This will introduce more seats and improve on-board facilities...

Travel – Golfers are heading to Angus

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A Coupar Angus hotel is doing its bit to fight the cost of living crisis and boost golf in its home area. The family run Red House Hotel, the only hotel in Coupar Angus, has, since the start of the year, already booked in 1,400 golfers who plan to visit and play golf on a range of courses all...

Staycationing in Cumbria is just a short distance away

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City dwellers seeking a Cumbria bolthole might like to head for Camelot Holiday Park at Longtown near Carlisle where the latest luxury development, The Paddocks, is now selling from its third phase.Current available properties include a stunning Willerby Manor at £69,000, a spacious design with a traditional layout which adds chic and modern touches making this something really special....

Da Vinci Code keeps Rosslyn Chapel visitor numbers high

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Dan Brown's mystery thriller, the Da Vinci Code, was published 20 years ago and the novel has had an enormous impact to visitor numbers to atmospheric Rosslyn Chapel in Midlothian.Ian Gardner, director, Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said the chapel continues to welcome visitors from all over the world throughout the year, seven days a week, but he stressed that the chapel is...