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Small hotel with much to offer

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Ascot House is a small hotel and, the website claims, a big welcome. Yes, it is small but we didn't receive a big welcome. Adequate certainly, but not gushing. Notwithstanding that, it has free parking, wi-fi and it is a two-minute walk from the vast convention centre and only ten minutes from the bustling town centre. Ideal, it is also quite easy...

Holiday lodges – fourteen new homes now available

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Camelot Holiday Park in Cumbria offers fourteen new luxury holiday homes at The Paddocks. In the midst of another vibrant staycation year, Camelot Holiday Park at Longtown in Cumbria has announced the launch of The Paddocks, an exciting new phase showcasing fourteen luxury holiday homes. Priced from £29,995, the properties at The Paddocks, which are available to buy now,...

Away Days – luxury apartments in Dollar for your next staycation

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The former Castle Campbell Hotel in Dollar – built as a Coaching Inn in 1822 - has been turned into luxury serviced apartments. Trading as West Burnside Apartments, the redevelopment offers seven luxury apartments and two townhouses. Aiming at both business and leisure clients, the building has been brought to life by property developers, Neil and Marie Munday. Features in the...

Hit the road in East Lothian this summer

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Forget the over-rated North Coast 500 – Visit East Lothian has reminded day trippers of three routes that start right on Edinburgh's doorstep. The tourism body initially suggests using a car, although there will be some cyclists out there able to take on the challenge by bike or e-bike. Taking inspiration from over 40 miles of stunning coastline, an expanse...

Out of town – Karma Lake of Menteith – new name for redesigned hotel

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Following a buyout by the worldwide Karma Group, Karma Lake of Menteith is launched with exciting plans to collaborate with local visitor attractions and further develop its impressive whisky vault. A beautiful country hotel in a truly idyllic Scottish location which has become the latest addition to a worldwide collection of outstanding resorts and estates. It was this tempting proposition...

Virgin will no longer fly the Edinburgh to Barbados route next winter

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Virgin Atlantic, which launched its direct Edinburgh-Barbados service in December, has announced it will not carry on flying the route this winter. The airline says passengers who have already booked flights to Barbados for winter 2022-23 will be contacted by the airline or their travel agent and will be re-booked via Manchester, or they can choose a voucher or...

Away days – a fine day out to a Perthshire pearl

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Perthshire’s nine hole golf course celebrates its 30th anniversary. The golf course's pearl anniversary coincides with the Menzies family owning the Mains of Taymouth Country Estate for 100 years. “Perthshire’s finest nine holes”. In what was a major feat of engineering completed over a two year period - to turn farmland into a challenging 3,026 yard course - Estate owner Robin...

Ryanair begins new flight from Edinburgh to Nîmes

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A new Ryanair flight from Edinburgh will travel to Nîmes in southern France three times a week until the end of October 2022. The route adds to the eight French destinations from Edinburgh and will take travellers to the city in Occitanie between Provence, the Cevennes mountains, the Camargue and the Mediterranean. The city stages large-scale events throughout the...

Government announced biggest ever sale on rail fares

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Great British Rail will offer one million rail tickets cut by up to 50% as the UK Government and the rail industry launch the first ever Great British Rail Sale. Savings on offer for off-peak tickets include:  York to Leeds: was £5.60, NOW £2.80London to Edinburgh: was £44, NOW £22 London to Cardiff: was £47, NOW £25Wolverhampton to Liverpool: was £10.50, NOW...

Away days – newly opened Isle of Skye Guest House beckons

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The Isle of Skye Guest House has just opened with forward bookings of more than £200,000 for what looks like a busy season ahead. The Fusion Group of Companies owns and operates a portfolio of hospitality businesses across Scotland and has invested more than £250,000 in its first property on the island, The Isle of Skye Guest House.And just last...

Away Days – Stay at Sweeney Rooms – first stop on planned trail of Scottish staycation venues

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In our series of suggestions for an away day this Easter holiday and into the summer, try Sweeney Rooms and Apartments as a base for visiting the two country parks which are nearby - Strathclyde Country Park for outdoor enthusiasts and Clyde Valley Family Park with its many attractions. Property developers Stephen & Martin Sweeney say they have a healthy...

Children from 5 to 15 can travel free with Scotrail next weekend

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Next weekend on 2 and 3 April children between five and fifteen will travel for free. The scheme is funded by The Scottish Government to mark the historic change for ScotRail which will now be owned and run by the government. The ‘Yours to Use’ Kids Go Free weekend will allow families to discover train travel, giving them a chance to...

LNER urges customers to book ahead for Easter

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For those who are taking the train this Easter then London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is urging customers to book ahead. Already more than 350,000 bookings have been confirmed between 8 and 25 April on the East Coast line with a third of those for the holiday weekend. There will be a full timetable operating with no planned engineering...

Edinburgh to Toronto direct will resume this summer

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Air Canada announced today that it will resume its non-stop seasonal service between Edinburgh and Toronto, operating six times weekly from 1 June - 2 October 2022 and four times weekly from 3 October - 29 October 2022.   The flights from Edinburgh to Toronto will be operated for the first time by Air Canada mainline with state-of-the-art Boeing 787-8...

Holiday in the bothies which have just won the highest green tourism award

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ROYAL DEESIDE SELF CATERING BUSINESS WINS A GOLD GREEN TOURISM AWARD Cairngorm Bothies, near Aboyne in Royal Deeside, an off grid holiday development set within some of the finest Scots Pine Forest in the country, has secured a Gold Green Tourism Award which recognises the business’ commitment to becoming more sustainable. Acknowledged worldwide as an indicator of best practice in sustainability,...

Looking for a holiday home – two choices at Mains of Taymouth

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MAINS OF TAYMOUTH OFFERS TWO LOCATIONS FOR HOLIDAY HOME OWNERSHIP  Mains of Taymouth Country Estate & Golf Course is offering those in the market for a luxury holiday home two fantastic opportunities to secure a property on the five star estate. Overlooking the picturesque nine hole golf course, fully furnished and decorated lodges from Willerby Bespoke are available at the Cairn...

Jet2.com boost for snow seekers

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Jet2.com has responded to strong demand from skiers and snowboarders looking to get back to the slopes and airports at Edinburgh and Glasgow are two of the departure points. Confirmation came after the Swiss Government said pre-arrival testing is no longer required for vaccinated customers. Bookings are strong to all of the eight ski destinations that Jet2.com operates to, Chambery, Geneva,...

Holiday homes at Kenmore become even greener

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Mains of Taymouth Country Estate & Golf Course at Kenmore already has green vibes with six EON electric car charging points on the estate for general use. Now it has strengthened its eco credentials by announcing that it is providing Cheeky Panda toilet roll, which is created sustainably from 100% bamboo, in all of the estate’s holiday homes. General Manager...

Number one rating for holiday lodges

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The Fusion Group of Companies, which owns and operates a number of leading hospitality businesses across Scotland, is celebrating as one of the very first properties it added to its portfolio, Logierait Pine Lodges near Pitlochry, has reached Number 1 on TripAdvisor. The holiday development, which consists of fifteen traditional pine lodges, enjoys an idyllic situation in the small village...

Taking a trip to Staffa

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by Vroni Holzmann After 25 years in Scotland I had the opportunity of going to Staffa for the first time. This island is a miracle of nature and I always found hard to believe that the images I’d seen of it were true. An island made of hexagonal basalt columns, really? To get to Staffa from Edinburgh you have to...

Get out of town to a new look at The Green Hotel

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REFURBISHMENT PROGRAMME CONTINUES APACE AT THE GREEN HOTEL KINROSS The Green Hotel in Kinross has announced that the latest part of its £100,000 refurbishment, which includes the flooring in the main reception, together with carpeting in corridors, decoration in additional bedrooms, and installing new TVs in bedrooms, will begin in the next few weeks. The new look in the popular Jocks...

Hey we’re going to Barbados…

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Scotland’s only direct flight to the Caribbean began this week as Virgin Atlantic set off for Barbados from Edinburgh Airport. A launch event for the new service was held on Wednesday as flight VS223 departed from the capital to the island on 8 December. The twice weekly service is being operated on an Airbus A330 with three classes available, The...

United to resume flights to the US from Edinburgh Airport next year

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United Airlines will resume daily nonstop services between Scotland and the United States next spring. Starting on 5 March 2022, the airline will resume its year-round daily nonstop service between Edinburgh and New York/Newark. The airline is also set to resume daily nonstop seasonal services from Edinburgh to Chicago O’Hare and Washington D.C. on 7 May 2022. United will be the first...

Sun Express to begin Turkey routes from Edinburgh Airport in 2022

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New direct flights to Turkey will begin next year. A new service between Edinburgh and Turkey will launch for summer 2022 as SunExpress will begin to fly to and from Edinburgh Airport. The new service to Antalya will begin in April 2022 operating on Tuesdays and Saturdays, then stepping up to Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from May 24 2022. The service...

Travel – book now for your island holiday

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Thinking of a spring getaway? You may have to as one B&B on Skye, currently in the midst of a significant £250,000 upgrade, is already being booked for next year. Following its purchase of the former MacKinnon Country House Hotel on the Isle of Skye, which will be rebranded as the Isle of Skye Guest House, The Fusion Group of...

Buy a holiday home now for your next staycation and get a free TV

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Camelot Holiday Park are looking to end the year on a high. The holiday home provider will charge no site fees next year for purchases made now and will give you a free widescreen TV. The Cumbrian holiday park is continuing to showcase their range of industry leading holiday homes from top manufacturers such as ABI, Atlas & Pemberton. These holiday...

Travel – eco retreat on Royal Deeside

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SIX MORE BOTHIES TO OPEN IN SPRING 2022 Following a bumper year for staycations, during which the business picked up an Enterprise Award - Cairngorm Bothies expands. Following a bumper staycation season where getting “back to nature” was at the fore for many holidaymakers, a green tourism brand based deep in the heart of ancient woodland in the Cairngorm National Park,...

Ryanair add new routes from Edinburgh

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Ryanair have announced more routes to be added to their Winter 2021/22 schedule from Edinburgh Airport. The total number of routes which the airline is flying from Edinburgh is now 50 with hopes for tourism recovery in Europe. The four new routes include Cork, Madrid, Palermo and Paris. Beauvais. Ryanair’s Director of Marketing, Dara Brady said:“Ryanair remains committed to re-building...

Holiday lodges released at Mains of Taymouth

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NEW PHASE RELEASED AT CAIRN LODGES, MAINS OF TAYMOUTH - Luxurious, bespoke Willerby lodges are “on course” for strong sales With half the development already sold, Mains of Taymouth Country Estate & Golf Course at Kenmore has released a further release of luxury turnkey lodges at its Cairn Lodges holiday home development. Part of the prestigious Taymouth Village on the estate, the development sees Mains of...

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...

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