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Travel – take off to the Caribbean

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Scotland's first direct flight to the Caribbean takes off on 5 December 2021, when Virgin Atlantic starts flying from Edinburgh to Barbados. Here's our guide to a Caribbean isle that packs a lot into a small package: Just over 20 miles from north to south and 14 miles across at its widest – roughly the size of Arran - and...

Edinburgh to Toronto flights will begin next year

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Canadian airline WestJet will operate a new route between Edinburgh and Toronto from summer 2022. The service will fly three times a week between the cities in a first for the airline which has not operated from the capital before. The airline will use its fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “We...

Virgin Atlantic to begin transatlantic flights from Edinburgh in December

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Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to begin flying form Edinburgh Airport to Barbados from December and to Orlando in Florida from April 2022. This will be a first for the company and will be Scotland's only direct flight to the Caribbean with fares starting from £419 per passenger. The twice weekly Caribbean flights will begin on 5 December 2021...

Take a tour from Edinburgh with Rabbie’s

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Now that we can go almost anywhere, the choice can be overwhelming. Our suggestion is that you could go away with local tour operator, Rabbie's, on one of their small buses. Delve deep into the West Highlands and soak up the atmosphere and serenity that can only be enjoyed in Scotland. Begin by stepping back in time at Doune Castle,...

Getting away from it all to The Red House Hotel

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Staycation is the word on everyone’s lips this year, but it's a term I’m not fond of. A holiday can happen whether you’re travelling for a half hour bus ride or a long haul flight. My daughter and I were rather excited to head off to Coupar Angus for a couple of nights. I’m not a fan of driving...

Staying close to home can still feel like a holiday

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We have been told to stay at home for over fifteen months, and we have. Looking around for a change from our own four walls it was a little odd at first to choose a mini break just a mile from the front door. But it turned out to be a wee adventure, and a wonderful way of looking...

Travel – Moness Resort in Aaaaaaahhhhhberfeldy

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I’ve never been one for doleing out parenting advice (preferring the flying from the seat of my pants to the studious approach to motherhood) but I will offer these words of wisdom to you: when checking your kiddywink’s school calendar before booking holidays it’s a good idea to make sure you’re consulting the school in Edinburgh, rather than one...

LNER say use the train and reduce carbon emissions

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Each person living in Scotland might travel 1,335 miles by car, 1,432 miles by train and 1,360 miles by plane in search of the perfect UK break this year, according to research by London North Eastern Railway (LNER). The train operator would prefer that everyone uses the train - and not just so that they can increase their bottom line...

High Street to close for essential work from Monday

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The High Street will be closing between Blackfriars Street and St Mary’s Street from Monday 24th May for works to replace the setts on the road and various other improvements. This is to allow for works involving the re-construction of the existing setts using re-claimed setts, the final road level at the junction will be raised to the footway level...

The Balmoral hotel launches a ‘Summer of Love’

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The Balmoral is bringing loved ones together once again with a range of summer experiences to make up for lost time. The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel in Edinburgh,has announced the ‘Summer of Love’ - a new programme of experiences available from 17 May to help guests reconnect with friends, fall in love with Edinburgh and discover world-class hospitality. The Balmoral’s...

Travel – have a holiday in Perthshire

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COLOURFUL COTTAGES KICK OFF A VIBRANT LETTINGS SEASON AT MAINS OF TAYMOUTH COUNTRY ESTATE & GOLF COURSE  As the self catering sector reopens after its long layoff, ahead of what it hopes will be a very vibrant “fully booked” summer, a Highland Perthshire country estate is using colour to say that it’s glad to be back. Multi award winning Mains of...

BEAR Scotland add six new Ultra Low Emission Vehicles to their fleet

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Six new, electric powered vans have been delivered to BEAR Scotland, bringing the total number of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, in its South East Scotland fleet, to thirteen. This means that 10% of all BEAR Scotland’s vehicles in the South East are now fully electric powered. BEAR Scotland took over responsibility for operation and maintenance of trunk roads in South East...

LNER offers advance tickets for first time on almost 200 routes

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Advance tickets are now available on 196 journey combinations using London North Eastern Railway (LNER) for the first time. The rail company want to offer the savings on advance tickets while also making ticketing simpler and smarter, even on shorter journeys within Scotland. David Horne, LNER Managing Director, said: “LNER is on a mission to make rail travel even...

Fusion 500 launched – Edinburgh to Dornoch

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With another year of exploring new parts of Scotland beckoning for many Scots, not to mention visitors from other parts of the UK, a new Scottish Road Trip – The Fusion 500 - has been launched by hospitality experts, the Accommodation Services Trading Company. Looking after an extensive portfolio of hotels and self catering rooms, stretching from Edinburgh to Dornoch,...

UK holidays – Camelot Holiday Park just over the border

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NEW ATLAS & PEMBERTON MODELS NOW IN STOCK AT CAMELOT HOLIDAY PARK  Camelot Holiday Park in Cumbria has a new phase in stock, showcasing holiday home models from top UK manufacturers, Atlas and Pemberton. Prices are from just £24,995. Models include a stunning Atlas Onyx, with a chic neutral colour scheme and modern furniture, and a spacious Atlas Heritage with...

Holidaying in Scotland – take a look at Brackenhill

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BRACKENHILL, BY CRIEFF NOW OPEN & LOOKING AHEAD TO A BUSY SUMMER SEASON   Described as “an amazing secluded retreat for friends looking for a relaxing break or an adventure holiday”, Brackenhill near Crieff has opened its doors to paying guests as Scotland’s hospitality and tourism sector bursts back into life. The four bedroom, 5 star detached cottage, situated on the Ochtertyre...

Overnight resurfacing – A720 Lothianburn Westbound on-slip

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Motorists using the A720 Lothianburn westbound on-slip are set to benefit from an improved road surface, with Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland planning to renew approximately 100m of the trunk road over one night, on Friday 23 April 2021. The scheme tackles areas of deteriorated carriageway. For the safety of workers and road users, A720 Lothianburn westbound on-slip will...

Overnight road closure – M90 Southbound

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BEAR Scotland - Transport Scotland’s operating company - is planning to resurface approximately one kilometre of the M90 southbound carriageway near Kirkliston over three nights, beginning on Monday 19 April, 2021.   For the safety of workers and road users, the M90 will be closed southbound between Junction 1 and Junction 1A of the M9 from 20:00 until 06:00 on...

airBaltic to make Edinburgh debut this summer

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airBaltic will begin flying to Edinburgh Airport this summer with flights between Edinburgh and Riga from June. It’s the Latvian airline’s first route from Edinburgh and it will operate two flights per week between to Riga on an Airbus A220-300 aircraft. The route is scheduled to begin on 4 June 2021 and will operate on Mondays and Fridays. Gordon Dewar, Chief...

M8 to be closed overnight for resurfacing on 13th April

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The M8 will be closed westbound between Junction 4a and Harthill Services from 20:30 until 06:00 on the night of 13 April. This is to allow Transport Scotland’s operating company BEAR Scotland to renew over 0.2 kilometres of road surface between the westbound slip roads. During this closure, a signed diversion route for westbound traffic will be signposted via Junction...

Overnight road closure on Saturday on the A720

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The westbound carriageway of the A720 Edinburgh City Bypass will be closed for resurfacing between Baberton and Calder Junctions from 20:30 until 06:00 on the night of 27 March. A diversion route for westbound traffic will be signposted from Baberton Junction via the B701 and A71 before rejoining the A720 at Calder Junction. This diversion will add an estimated 8...

Wellbeing the focus for Scottish staycation site

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Private House Stays, one of Scotland’s most popular staycation booking sites, is to focus on holidaymakers’ wellbeing in its bid to breathe new life into the tourism sector. The company lists hotels, B&Bs, glamping sites and private and self-catering houses with rooms to let all over Scotland. Owner Cassie Bouverie is expanding her selection of properties as the lockdown restrictions ease and the...

Staycation ideas – Eco-friendly retreats on Royal Deeside

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ROYAL DEESIDE SELF CATERING BRANDS TO CAPITALISE ON DEMAND FOR ECO FRIENDLY RETREATS THIS SUMMER £¾ million investment builds upon previous success by Cairngorm Lodges & Cairngorm Bothies, with the generation of new jobs and new energy into the area As we look forward to a summer staycation season where getting “back to nature” will be to the fore, two green...

Staycation ideas – Belmont Trust celebrates 25th anniversary of rescuing Shetland house

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Historic Mansion House on Unst, Shetland thanks its funders, supporters and customers as it looks ahead to post pandemic recovery The historic Belmont House on Unst, Shetland, now run as a commercial self catering business, is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its rescue by five volunteers whose connections to, and love of the island, inspired them to step in to...

M90 Diversion via Forth Road Bridge to be trialled

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On Saturday 30 January motorists using the M90 at Queensferry will be diverted over the Forth Road Bridge in the first trial of the emergency diversion to include live traffic. This builds on an earlier trial held in December, which tested the implementation of traffic management without diverting live traffic onto the route. Traffic will initially be diverted via Kincardine Bridge...

Staycationing ideas at an online show in February

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The Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show will be a free virtual event this year. From 27 to 28 February the UK's top dealers and other touring holiday brands will show their best caravans, camper vans and holiday parks. There will be online stands where prospective customers can chat to dealers asking questions about what is on offer....

Plan a staycation in Perthshire

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LOOK FORWARD TO PERTHSHIRE STAYCATIONS WITH LAUNCH OF NEW CRIEFF LETTINGS PROPERTY  The business which created Gamefield, Crieff, one of Perthshire’s finest self catering & exclusive use venues, is back with another luxurious property. The launch of Brackenhill, a four bedroom, detached cottage, sleeping eight, on the Ochtertyre Estate, Crieff, is being viewed by its owner as an important investment in...

Bovine beauties become social media influencers

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Aspiring social media influencers in the shape of Highland cattle in Dumfries & Galloway and Edinburgh are in a new VisitScotland video wishing future international visitors a ‘happy coo year’. The video was promoted on the national tourism organisation’s social media channels last night (Tuesday) and has been viewed more than 90,000 times. Captured on VisitScotland’s own “coo cam”, the animals...

Jet2 will have more flights from Edinburgh next summer

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Jet2 has confirmed that it can take passengers and holidaymakers to 32 sunshine destinations next year from Edinburgh Airport, and flights are on sale now. There are three new weekly Greek routes to Skiathos, Santorini and Preveza, as well as Izmir, Naples and Thessaloniki. Flights are also on sale now to the Canaries, Spain, Greece, Turkey and Portugal. Gordon...

In praise of Portobello, now a much sought-after place to live

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Sadly, Portobello made the headlines for all the wrong reasons during the early stages of lockdown when thousands packed the beach to grab some welcome relief and enjoy the sunshine.Senior politicians expressed concern, particularly after disturbances, and this cast an unexpected and unwanted nationwide spotlight on the Costa del Forth.Now, as we continue to be dominated by the world-wide...

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