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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...

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...

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