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Scotland Group Travel Guide 2014

www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO ALL THAT IS BEST FOR GROUPS & TRAVEL ORGANISERS, SCOTLAND’S ONLY NATIONAL GROUP TRAVEL GUIDE

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Welcome to

Scotland Group Travel Guide 2014 Contents Each section features an area description and suggested itineraries. Group Tourism Contacts

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CENTRAL & WEST SCOTLAND

National Tourist Routes

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Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond,

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Stirling & the Trossachs

How to use this guide Transport to and within Scotland

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Car Hire in Scotland

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Theatres

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Sporting Venues

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NORTH CENTRAL & EAST SCOTLAND Dundee & Angus

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Aberdeen City and Shire

SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND

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HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS

Dumfries & Galloway

OF SCOTLAND

Ayrshire, Arran & Cumbrae

Highlands of Scotland

Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley

Outer Hebrides

Scottish Borders

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Perthshire

Incoming Tour Operators

SOUTH EAST SCOTLAND

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42-50

Orkney Isles Shetland Isles

Edinburgh & Lothians

01 and cover Towards Ben Nevis, Fort William and Loch Linnhe. 02 and cover Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Kingdom of Fife

A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO ALL THAT IS BEST FOR GROUPS & TRAVEL ORGANISERS, SCOTLAND’S ONLY NATIONAL GROUP TRAVEL GUIDE 02 in2 Design & Publishing has designed and produced this publication. It is compiled using a large database of visitor attractions and other tourism businesses catering for the Travel Trade & Groups Market. We provide an online and a downloadable version of the guide: www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com follow on Twitter, Facebook and sign up for the in2groups newsletter for updates direct to your desktop. Plus now available as an iPhone app download to your mobile device from the Apple app store. Published in Scotland. Principal Photography: ©VisitScotland/Scottish Viewpoint ©VisitBritain/Britainonview.com ©National Trust Scotland ©Alister G. Firth ©McAteer Photography ©Grossick Photography All information contained within this publication has been collated and published in good faith and every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. The publishers will not accept responsibility for error or misinterpretation. Liability for loss, damage or disappointment caused by reliance on information in this publication or in the event of failure or cessation of trade of companies, individuals or firms mentioned is hereby excluded. At time of going to print, all prices were current. We recommend checking prior to arrival.

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Travel Trade Contacts “local knowledge and a friendly smile, it’s that simple” 01

VisitScotland Contacts SCOTLAND’S NATIONAL TOURISM AUTHORITY

OCEAN POINT ONE, 94 OCEAN DRIVE, EDINBURGH EH6 6JH TEL: +44 (0) 131 472 2222 www.visitscotland.com

VisitScotland is keen to work with UK & Ireland based tour operators, group travel organisers, coach tour companies and travel agents who are already bringing clients to Scotland or considering developing Scotland-based holiday. For further information please

INTERNATIONAL MARKETING

contact the UK & Ireland travel trade team.

VisitScotland’s International Marketing team is tasked

VisitScotland Information Centres

with generating increasing demand for Scotland holidays in key markets. For information on how you can tie in with their marketing activities or how they can assist in

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UK & IRELAND MARKETING

23 Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BP www.aberdeen-grampian.com Tel: +44 (0) 1224 288828

developing new Scotland holiday products, please

3 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2QP

contact the travel trade team at Ocean Point:

www.edinburgh.org

TEL: + 44 (0)131 472 2323

Tel: +44 (0) 845 2255121

15 High Street, Fort William PH33 6DH www.visithighlands.com Tel: +44 (0) 1397 701801 11 George Square, Glasgow G2 1DY www.visitscotland.com/glasgow Tel: +44 (0) 141 204 4400 Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3BJ www.visithighlands.com Tel: +44 (0) 1463 252401 70 Market Street, St Andrews KY16 9NU www.visitfife.com Tel: +44 (0) 1334 472021

VisitBritain Offices Worldwide For full details and contacts all over the world visit: www.visitbritain.org/aboutus/contactus/officefinder/ index.aspx

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National Tourist Routes are available from www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com

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NORTH & WEST

GALLOWAY TOURIST

FIFE COASTAL ROUTE

BORDERS HISTORIC ROUTE

The National Tourist Routes are

HIGHLAND ROUTE

ROUTE

85 MILES/136 KM

95 MILES/152 KM

well signposted. They show the

140 MILES/224 KM

96 MILES/154 KM

From Dunfermline,

From the great border city

diverse landscape of Scotland,

From Ullapool through to

From Gretna to Ayr on the

Scotland’s ancient capital

of Carlisle

with its many and varied

John o’Groats.

Ayrshire coast.

along the coast of the

through historic border

attractions and things to do.

‘Kingdom of Fife’

country to Scotland’s

to the City of Dundee on

capital, Edinburgh.

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PERTHSHIRE TOURIST

MORAY FIRTH ROUTE

ROUTE

80 MILES/128 KM

45 MILES/72 KM

From Inverness round

From just north of

the three firths of Beauly,

Dunblane to Ballinluig

Cromarty and Dornoch to

near Pitlochry.

the heart of the Northern

3 ARGYLL COASTAL ROUTE

Highlands.

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149 MILES/238 KM

HIGHLAND TOURIST

From Tarbet on the banks

ROUTE

of Loch Lomond to

118 MILES/189 KM

Fort William at the

From Aberdeen to

foot of Ben Nevis.

Inverness.

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FORTH VALLEY ROUTE

DEESIDE TOURIST ROUTE

39 MILES/62 KM

107 MILES/171 KM

From Edinburgh to the

From “The Fair City of

historic town of Stirling.

Perth” all the way to

5 CLYDE VALLEY ROUTE 42 MILES/67 KM

KEY TO THE GUIDE

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Aberdeen.

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the River Tay.

1 LOCHINVER LAIRG

ACHILTIBUIE ULLAPOOL

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INVERNESS

ABERDEEN BRAEMAR FORT WILLIAM

From Dundee - “One City. Many Discoveries” along

to Hamilton.

the coast to Stonehaven.

Each area consists of up to 6 categories where some abbreviations are used as below: VISITOR ATTRACTIONS PR = Party (Group) Rates available GL = Guides and/or Lecturers available R = Restaurant/Café facilities available CP = Coach Parking available EPW = Educational Parties Welcomed Last figure refers to the Maximum Party Size that can be accommodated at any one time MEAL STOPS MC = Morning Coffee available L = Lunches available AT = Afternoon Teas available D = Dinners available Other = Other Catering available CP = Coach Parking available

STONEHAVEN

BALLINLUIG

MONTROSE

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ABERFELDY

ARBROATH 2 BLAIRGOWRIE DUNDEE CRIEFF PERTH ST. ANDREWS DUNBLANE

OBAN

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KINCARDINE

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TARBET STIRLING BRIDGE DUNFERMLINE

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EDINBURGH

GLASGOW HAMILTON

5 AYR

58 MILES/93 KM

the River Clyde through

GRANTOWN-ON-SPEY

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ANGUS COASTAL ROUTE

From Abington following

JOHN O’GROATS

DURNESS KINLOCHBERVIE

LANARK BIGGAR

GALASHIELS SELKIRK

ABINGTON

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DUMFRIES DALBEATIE

SERVICED ACCOMMODATION R = Restaurant available CP = Coach Parking available SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION R = Restaurant on site C = Coach Parking available GROUP ACTIVITIES PR = Party (Group) Rates available Max Number = Maximum single party size that can be accommodated Min Age = Minimum Age of customers that are accepted EF = Educational Facilities available HOSTELS AND BUNKHOUSES Capacity = Total sleeping capacity of the establishment

LANGHOLM GRETNA

Min = Minimum party/group size accepted for Group Rates SYMBOLS USED Bronze Green Tourism Award Silver Green Tourism Award Gold Green Tourism Award Cyclists Welcome Walkers Welcome Unassisted wheelchair access Assisted wheelchair access Access for visitors with mobility difficulties More detailed information is available at www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com

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Travel Scotland “getting here and getting around is so easy” into driving. There are no tolls on roads in Scotland.

SCOTLAND BY ROAD

Scotland has an excellent primary road network with motorways and dual carriageway roads linking cities and most towns. The primary road network extends over most of the country, except in a few remote areas. In these areas you will find single-track roads with passing places where you have to draw in to the left to let others pass or overtake. Getting away from traffic jams and out onto Scotland’s quiet roads can really put the fun back

SCOTLAND BY COACH

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National Express and Stagecoach can take you to from over 1000 destinations throughout the UK to Scotland. CONTACTS: National Express +44 (0) 8717 818181 www.nationalexpress.com For information on disabled travel: +44 (0) 8717 818179 or textphone 0121 455 0086

Stagecoach For all enquiries: www.stagecoachbus.com

TO SCOTLAND BY AIR

Glasgow Prestwick Airport, Aviation House, Prestwick, Ayrshire KA9 2PL Tel: +44 (0) 871 223 0700 www.gpia.co.uk Inverness Airport, Dalcross, Inverness IV1 2JB Tel: +44 (0) 1667 464000 www.hial.co.uk/inverness-airport

Scotland is well served by airports offering airlines with destinations both international and domestic.

SCOTLAND BY AIR

International Airports

Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow Prestwick, Inverness. Aberdeen Airport, Dyce, Aberdeen AB21 7DU Tel: +44 (0) 844 481 6666 www.aberdeenairport.com Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh EH12 9DN Tel: +44 (0) 844 481 8989 www.edinburghairport.com Glasgow Airport, Paisley PA3 2SW Tel: +44 (0) 844 481 5555 www.glasgowairport.com

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Car Rental There are many companies offering competitive car rental rates. Details of many of the major car rental firms in Scotland are given in the Car Hire section (see page 9). Conditions of hire vary but most require the driver to be between 23 and 75 years old, with a current driving licence having been held

Around Scotland by coach/bus

There is an excellent network of coach services in Scotland and information can be obtained from VisitScotland Information Centres. Advance booking is not usually required, although you are

Domestic Airports

for at least one year. The rental charge is due when you collect the vehicle and usually covers passenger liability, third party, fire and theft insurance. You will also be required to leave a deposit which will be refunded if you return the vehicle without damage. Be sure to check if you are required to fill the tank full or to the same level as when you hired the car, otherwise you will have advised to do so for longer journeys. CONTACTS: Scottish CityLink +44 (0) 8705 50 50 50 www.citylink.co.uk Stagecoach For all enquiries: www.stagecoachbus.com

to pay a re-fuelling fee. For details of branch locations and rental conditions please either view the company's website or contact them directly. Fuel Many fuel stations in cities are open 24 hours a day. In rural areas the distance between stations is greater and opening hours may be shorter. Fuel prices fluctuate and tend to be lower in cities and towns. and Islands +44 (0) 871 200 22 33 www.rapsons.co.uk Postbus (available in some more remote areas of Scotland) +44 (0) 8457 740 740 www.postbus.royalmail.com

Rapsons (Stagecoach) Highland’s

Highland and Islands Transport Map: available from +44 (0) 1463 702660 or public.transport@highland.gov.uk

Campbeltown (Machrihanish) Airport, Moss Road, Campbeltown PA28 6NT Tel: +44 (0) 1586 553797 www.hial.co.uk/campbeltown-airport

Shetland (Sumburgh) Airport, Virkie Mainland, Shetland ZE3 9JP Tel: +44 (0) 1950 460905 www.hial.co.uk/sumburgh-airport

Dundee Airport, Riverside Drive, Dundee DD2 1UH Tel: +44 (0) 1382 662200 www.dundeecity.gov.uk/airport

Barra Airport, Northbay, Isle of Barra HS9 5YD Tel: +44 (0) 1871 890212 www.hial.co.uk/barra-airport

Islay Airport, Glenegedale, Islay PA42 7AS Tel: +44 (0) 1496 302361 www.hial.co.uk/islay-airport

Benbecula Airport, Benbecula, Western Isles HS7 5LW Tel: +44 (0) 1870 602051 www.hial.co.uk/benbecula-airport

Kirkwall Airport, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1TH Tel: +44 (0) 1856 872421 www.hial.co.uk/kirkwall-airport

Stornoway Airport, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS2 0BN Tel: +44 (0) 1851 702256 www.hial.co.uk/stornoway-airport

Tiree Airport, Isle of Tiree PA77 6UW Tel: +44 (0) 1879 220456 www.hial.co.uk/tiree-airport Wick Airport, Caithness KW1 4QP Tel: +44 (0) 1955 602215 www.hial.co.uk/wick-airport

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SCOTLAND BY RAIL SCOTLAND BY SEA

There are fast and efficient crossborder rail links with England and Wales to both Edinburgh and Glasgow and thence to Perth, Stirling, Dundee, Aberdeen, Inverness, Wick, Thurso, Kyle of Lochalsh, Fort William, Mallaig and Oban. There are also extensive urban services especially throughout the west central and south west of Scotland.

Tel: +44 (0) 8457 225 010 (Groups) www.nationalrail.co.uk www.firstscotrail.com

CONTACTS: www.virgintrains.co.uk Tel: +44 (0) 870 010 4490 (Groups) www.eastcoast.co.uk

CONTACTS: First ScotRail Telesales: +44 (0) 8457 55 00 33 (Groups) www.firstscotrail.com

FERRY LINKS WITH EUROPE There is a large selection of ferry links between England and Europe. Details can be found on www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com

P&O Irish Sea operate between Larne/ Cairn Ryan and Larne/Troon Contact: +44 (0) 871 66 44 888 (Groups) www.poirishsea.com

FERRY LINKS WITH NORTHERN IRELAND Stena Line operates both fast ferries and superferries from Belfast to Cairn Ryan Contact: +44 (0) 8445 764 764 (Groups) www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/groups

FERRY LINKS WITHIN SCOTLAND With over 130 inhabited islands, ferry links are very important in Scotland. Main operators are: Caledonian MacBrayne (sailing to 24 destinations off the west coast and in the Clyde) +44 (0) 1475 650 355 (Groups) www.calmac.co.uk or email: traveltrade@calmac.co.uk

SLEEPER SERVICES First ScotRail’s Caledonian Sleeper is the overnight train service operating between London (Euston) and a number of Scottish cities via the west coast route.

Around Scotland by rail First ScotRail’s rail network covers almost all major towns. www.firstscotrail.com RAIL TRAVEL PASSES There are a number of incentive passes available offering special discount pricing. These include: Freedom of Scotland Travelpass: covers many ferry, rail and bus routes. Highland Rover: unlimited travel on many routes in the Highlands Western Ferries (Gourock to Dunoon) +44 (0) 1369 704452 www.western-ferries.co.uk Highland Council (Corran Ferry) +44 (0) 1397 709000 www.lochabertransport.org.uk Skye Ferry (Glenelg to Kylerhea) www.skyeferry.co.uk NorthLink Ferries (Orkney, Shetland and Aberdeen) 08456 000449 www.northlinkferries.co.uk

Central Scotland Rover: unlimited travel on many routes in the central belt. Club 55: is a discount scheme for the over 55s, see: www.scotrail.co.uk/club55 For further information contact any staffed railway station, rail-appointed travel agents or First ScotRail on +44 (0) 8457 55 00 33 Group business can also be carried out on: www.scotrail.co.uk/content/grouptravel.html John o’Groats Ferries (John o’Groats to Burwick, Orkney non-vehicular) +44 (0) 1955 611353 www.jogferry.co.uk Orkney Ferries (Orkney inter-island) +44 (0) 8445 764 764 www.orkneyferries.co.uk Pentland Ferries (John o’Groats to St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney) +44 (0) 1856 831226 www.pentlandferries.co.uk Shetland Isles Council for Shetland inter-island services www.shetland.gov.uk/ferries

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Venues

Hotels & Consortia

Car Hire

THEATRICAL VENUES

Within Scotland a large number of hotels are owned/managed by multi-national hotel chains or are part of marketing consortia.

Car, van and mini-coach hire is widely available throughout Scotland. The major national companies operating throughout the country are: Alamo Car Hire: 0871 384 1086 www alamo.co.uk Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental: +44 (0) 845 6074500 www.arnoldclarkrental.com Avis Rent-a-Car: +44 (0) 844 581 0147 www.avis.co.uk Budget Rent a Car: +44 (0) 844 544 3439 www budget.co.uk Easycar: +44 (0) 8710 500 444 www.easycar.com Enterprise Rent-A-Car: +44 (0) 800 800 227 www.enterprise.co.uk Europcar: +44 (0) 8713 849 847 www.europcar.co.uk Hertz: +44 (0) 8708 41 51 61 www.hertz.co.uk Thrifty: +44 (0) 1494 751 500 www.thrifty.co.uk

Scotland is renowned for its association with the performing arts as shown at Festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. On www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com there are contact details for over 90 theatrical venues throughout the length and breadth of the country, many of them are willing to accept group bookings at discounted prices.

SPORTING VENUES The “beautiful game” of football is often seen as being Scotland’s favourite spectator sport - however it is by no means the only spectator sport available to the general public. On www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com you will find contact details of Premier League clubs in addition to main rugby venues, racecourses, athletics stadiums, ice rinks, motor racing circuits, golf clubs (Championship), ski centres and mountain biking centres. This list is constantly being added to. Group rates are often available.

These include companies and consortia such as: The Hilton Group Choice Hotels Best Western Hotels Corus Hotels MacDonald Hotels

Thistle Hotels Strathmore Hotels Premier Travel Inn and many others.

Several of these hotel companies and consortia have online booking facilities and special groups departments. Information on a large number of hotels and consortia can be found at www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com Details of travel options to Scotland including destinations and airline, train, ferry, coach and bus services can be found on: www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com

There are, in addition, a number of independent car hire companies, details of which can be found at www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com (together with more detailed information on the national operators)

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Aberdeenshire. Where you can be king of over 300 castles.

Castle Fraser Garden Estate, near Kemnay, Aberdeenshire - where there are more castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK

From idyllic castles, stately homes and gardens, seafood trails and whisky trails, and first class shopping in our vibrant cities; to 5,000 year old standing stones, rare wildlife and island adventures; Scotland offers both large and small groups a wealth of unique visitor experiences that will captivate them from the moment they arrive.

History & Heritage Renowned for our iconic historical landmarks, clients can uncover stories of heroes, villains, fallen monarchs and bloody battles, find out more about Scotland’s literary greats and marvel at some truly breathtaking castles, monuments and architecture.

Abbotsford House, The Scottish Borders

Natural Wonders From coast to countryside, your clients will encounter an array of wonderful wildlife and natural marvels. From bottlenose dolphins and botanical gardens to dramatic glens and idyllic islands, Scotland’s spectacular landscapes are unrivalled.

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Jousting at Linlithgow Palace

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Colourful Events Scotland’s creative scene is bursting at the seams with some of the best art, music and theatre. Look out for some great events coming up in 2014, including Bannockburn Live!, the Forth Bridges Festival and the John Muir Festival celebrating the ‘father of national parks’.

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For more information, ideas, contacts and suggested itineraries go to visitscotlandtraveltrade.com or email us at traveltrade@visitscotland.com

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Royal Hotel, Oban

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Dumfries & Galloway

Ayrshire Arran and Cumbrae

Glasgow and the Clyde Valley

From streams to summits and forests to shores, the landscape in Dumfries & Galloway is naturally inspiring, influencing the region’s history, culture and everyday life. Groups can discover how this region’s beautiful scenery has filled artists and writers with the passion to create great works and see how it is the perfect backdrop for exciting activities and an abundance of rare wildlife. This is one of the most beautiful, accessible and contrasting areas of Scotland, yet one of the least explored and the potential for a plethora of “themes”.

Castles, gardens and country parks, a stunning coastline, the sea, islands, bustling inland and coastal towns and award-winning visitor attractions - whatever your clients are looking for, the stunning scenery of Ayrshire and the Isles of Arran and Cumbrae will simply take their breath away. Steeped in history - from the mysterious Bronze Age standing stones on Arran and the Viking attacks of the early Middle Ages to the magnificence of Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire Coast - and the romance of Robert Burns.

Hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow is

A golfers’ paradise, with over 50 courses including three Open Championship links venues.

River Clyde with some of Scotland’s most magnificent

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one of Europe’s most exciting, friendly and energetic destinations - a true European city of the arts, architectural elegance and education with an eclectic atmosphere, chic shopping, excellent restaurants, theatres and great nightlife. From the vibrant streets of Glasgow with their spectacular architecture to the upper reaches of the scenery a World Heritage site.

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Dumfries & Galloway...coast & countryside, forests and hills Dumfries on the River Nith is heavily associated with Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard who worked and eventually died here at a very young age.

towns of Kirkcudbright (artists town), Wigtown (book town) and Castle Douglas (food & drink town), with Threave Castle - NTS nearby.

Langholm with its Armstrong Museum and Moffat are both famous woollen/textile towns. Moffat was once a fashionable spa town, and as is now Scotland’s first “Walkers are Welcome” town. To the west lies one of Scotland’s most beautiful stately homes, Drumlanrigg Castle with its fine gardens and parks.

These forests, hills, rivers and shoreline contain some superb attractions like the Creetown Gem Rock Museum, Cream o’Galloway and many others right down to the Rhins of Galloway. This is where you can savour the many gardens by following Scotland’s Gardens Route.

Gretna and Gretna Green (with two superb group attractions, Blacksmith’s Centre and Outlet Centre) lie just off the M74 and turning west into the centre of the area and into deepest Galloway, art, literature and food draw the unsuspecting visitor in the three “theme”

The Galloway Forest Park offers a plethora of activities for all ages and abilities. It is home to the Galloway Red Deer Range a short trail for wonderful views of red deer in their natural environment. Wildlife, walking, fishing, cycling all have a place here and many

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What’s On & SUGGESTED ITINERARY Getting to Dumfries & Galloway could not be simpler - up the M6 and turn off at Gretna on the M74. A tour taking in eastern Dumfriesshire and the Borders would follow the A7 which goes to Edinburgh from Carlisle via Langholm, Hawick, Selkirk, Galashiels and Melrose. From Gretna to the west, a number of themed tours could be created, perhaps contrasting the beautiful Solway Firth coastline with the rugged beauty of the

activities take place on Forestry Commission Scotland land. This is also an award winning Dark Sky Park and is the first of its kind in the UK. The RSPB Reserves at Mersehead and the Wood of Cree offer excellent opportunities to learn more about the local and transient birdlife…and wildlife in general. There is also the Caerlaverock Wetland Centre (WWT) a spectacular 1,400 acre wild reserve situated on Solway coast. For new Group Themes and group products, look no further than the potential offered by Dumfries & Galloway.

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Galloway Hills and Forest Park or discovering the “theme towns” of Kirkcudbright (Artists Town), Castle Douglas (Food & Drink town) and Wigtown (Book town). Events of interest to the Groups Market include the Wickerman Festival “Scotland’s Alternative Music Festival” held near Kirkcudbright annually in July together with the annual Jazz Festival held in June and the Dumfries & Galloway Arts festivals - including the “Spring Fling”, Scotland’s premier Art and Craft Open Studios Event - held throughout the area in May. The Wigtown Book Festival in late September attracts

visits from many well known writers and offers an exciting programme of events. The Dumfries & Galloway Wildlife Festival attracts many visitors to the area in April as do the many walking events especially those that take place in the Galloway Forest Park. For full up to date information see: www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS Gardens, golf, walking, cycling, wildlife, arts and crafts, coast and countryside, the three theme towns of Castle Douglas (Food Town), Kirkcudbright (Artists’ Town) and Wigtown (National Book Town).

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A great medieval fortress - it played an important historic role in the defence of Scotland.

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Britain’s largest forest park, includes Dark Skies, moorland and lochs from seashore to mountain tops.

“An area with tremendous group tourism potential on the road from the Northern Ireland ferry. A must try for groups, includes; great landscapes, seascapes, country and fishing culture, wildlife, outdoor activities, gardens and fascinating history” 01 River Clyde at night. 02 Port Patrick.

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Ayrshire, the Isles of Arran & Cumbrae...great golfing all on the doorstep Over a century ago, Largs, Ayr and the Isle of Arran developed as major holiday resorts - Arran was an extra special attraction needing a ferry trip across the Clyde. Today, they are still major tourism destinations and for very good reasons - superb championship golf being only one of them with almost 50 courses including Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick. Excellent transport facilities mean that the mainland and islands are very easily accessed. Robert Burns is a key attraction, especially for the popular seaside town of Ayr - the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is popular with many group itineraries. Ayr Racecourse is also a major venue with frequent meets. To the north

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lie Largs and Irvine with Kelburn Castle, The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume and Vikingar! nearby. To the east, Dean Castle, and Dumfries House are must sees and to the south, the National Trust for Scotland’s (NTS) Culzean Castle is a jewel of Scotland’s architectural and historic heritage. Further castles like Dunure and Dundonald as well as Souter Johnnies Cottage (NTS), at Kirkoswald add to the Castles’ and Burn’s themes respectively.

Brodick Castle and Country Park - this is in addition to excellent walking, cycling, local food and drink. For the energetic, the view from the top of Goatfell is exquisite! Adventure sports are also readily available for those looking for an adrenaline rush.

The Isle of Arran gives the best of what Scotland can offer in one stunning location. The golf theme continues with 7 courses to enjoy, its very own distillery (with golden eagles) and the splendour of

Accommodation throughout the area is abundant right up to 5 star luxury standard (Turnberry) - Ayrshire & Arran is, truly, a self-contained group tourism destination.

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What’s On & SUGGESTED ITINERARY Ayr Racecourse holds meetings throughout the year including the Scottish Grand National in April and the Ayr Gold Cup in September. The annual Burns an’ a’ that! Festival is held in May, the Arran Folk Festival in June, the Brodick Highland Games and Irvine’s Marymass Festival in August and the Isle of Largs Viking Festival in September. One of the main themes, Robert Burns, covers both

Smaller neighbour, the Isle of Cumbrae, is “built” for cycling, being flat and only 4 miles by 2 miles wide, with the Museum of the Cumbraes, golf (of course) and in Millport, the smallest Cathedral in Europe!

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Dumfries and Ayrshire and a coastal tour of South West Scotland would take you right along the Solway Firth from Dumfries and north up the Clyde coast past the spectacular splendour of Culzean Castle (with Ailsa Craig the focus of attention out in the Firth) and the hallowed links of Turnberry to Ayr and on to the famous links of Troon. Travelling from the north, the M77 route - Glasgow - Kilmarnock - Ayr - is the most direct. Dumfries House near Cumnock is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and no matter where you go in this area, the pull of the islands is strong.

Relatively short ferry trips take you to the very popular Isle of Arran, “Scotland in Miniature” as it has been dubbed and its smaller neighbour, Cumbrae. Apart from scenic beauty and a plethora of activities, they offer a very special island culture and hospitality. For full up to date information see: www.ayrshire-arran.com

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS Golf, Robert Burns, seascapes and scenic beauty, country houses and castles, islands culture, food & drink, walking.

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A staggering setting - fronted by the sea, bedecked with gardens, surrounded by hills and overlooked by the majestic mountain of Goatfell.

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His birthplace, the monument and gardens created in his honour, a modern museum housing a collection of his life and works. www.nts.org.uk

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“A warm welcome, stunning sea views, two very different islands to explore, castles and country parks, Scotland’s international airport, rolling countryside, the bustle of country towns and some of the world’s best golf!” 01 Ayr Racecourse. 02 Sunset from Fairlie.

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Glasgow and the Clyde Valley...city of culture, arts and design and world class sport A city of culture, of arts & design, a city of music, theatre and shopping.

good shopping, some of the very best in Britain now branded as “Glasgow’s Style Mile”.

is tastefully preserved in its spectacular riverside

A city of parks, gardens and centres of educational excellence like the Glasgow School of Art has made Glasgow one of THE major centres of the arts in Europe.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Kings Theatre, Theatre Royal, Citizens Theatre and the Tron Theatre offer a combination of live comedy, music and dance options all year round.

community of 200 residents. And Paisley, built around

21st century Glasgow is now very much an international city with an exciting eclectic atmosphere especially in the huge range of restaurants, bistros and pavement cafés - from the magnificent malls of Princes Square and Buchanan Galleries to the ultrachic of the Merchant City. There is also some seriously

To the south east of Glasgow lies the Royal Burgh of Lanark which was the site of Scotland’s first parliament meeting in 978AD. New Lanark - a UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a glimpse of a fascinating past in the award winning Visitor Centre. Robert Owen’s 19th century revolutionary “new town”

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setting near the Falls of Clyde and is still home to a its magnificent 12th century Abbey, was for many years at the centre of the textile industry in the UK - the Paisley Pattern is well known - Paisley Museum has the finest collection of Paisley shawls in the world which is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland. The area around Hamilton is very historic with 13th century Bothwell Castle and the superb hunting lodge of Chatelherault, designed by William Adam.

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Glasgow has a year-round programme of arts and music festivals including Celtic Connections (January), Glasgow Film Festival (February), the Glasgow International Comedy Festival (March), International Jazz Festival (June) and Glasgay! (October/ November)…and many others including the National Mod in Paisley in October.

home of superlative architects like Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander “Greek” Thomson. In the 19th century, Glasgow was the centre of European Art and the Glasgow School of Art was world renowned - it still is! Attractions include the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Gallery of Modern Art, Riverside - Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, The Burrell Collection, House for an Art Lover, Hunterian Art Gallery and The Lighthouse which applauds the design and architecture of Glasgow’s superb buildings.

buildings like Chatelherault in Hamilton and the World Heritage site of New Lanark are further tour itinerary options. Other ideas could include the regular meetings at Hamilton Races which attract many group visitors.

Glasgow is resplendent with excellent museums, art galleries (most are free entry), theatres, the Science Centre and stunning architecture. This is the

In addition, the National Trust for Scotland has three properties - Greenbank Gardens, The Tenement House and Pollok House. Outside the city, spectacular

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS City culture, city tours, the arts and design, city of music, theatre and shopping “Glasgow’s Style Mile”.

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But no tour of Glasgow is complete without the option of enjoying the city chic, style and buzz of a vibrant modern, truly European city. For full up to date information www.visitscotland.com/glasgow

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In the heart of Pollok Country Park, award-winning building houses a unique collection of art.

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Tours of the National Stadium - Scottish football, over 2500 objects on display, 14 galleries and the Scottish Cup.

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OF TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL.

Vintage cars, bicycles, ship models, trams & locomotives.

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“Host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games - a city of culture, iconic architecture, Italianate steeples and medieval spires, sensuous Charles Rennie Mackintosh Art Nouveau and the cosmopolitan living culture of a vibrant contemporary city” 01 Glasgow School of Art. 02 New Lanark.

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Contact: lesley o’Neill An excellent selection of ladies and gents knitwear, countrywear, outerwear, golf equipment and accessories, household textiles,lingerie,Ponden Home Interiors,shoe shop, Peacocks and foodshop. Restaurant and Coffee Shop.

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Mackintosh’s only built church. The simplicity of the design is inspiring where light and space are used to dramatic effect. Shop, Resource Centre, Cafe with Mackintosh video presentations. Special group tours can be arranged. Prices: Adults £4.00, Conc £2.00 (free wednesday afternoons) open: Mon, wed & fri (Call in advance) PR Gl EPw No limit

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Scotland’s capital and seat of Government. A truly classic European capital city dominated by one of the most awe-inspiring castles in the world. Its upper Old Town is historic, atmospheric, compact and vibrant and is complemented by a neoclassical lower New Town with some of the finest museums and art galleries in the Britain.

Once the playground of Scotland’s Kings & Queens spending leisure time at Falkland Palace, Fife is now a leisure area for all - with some of the finest beaches in Scotland, 4 of Scotland’s 5 Blue Flag awards.

Always in the front line of defence for Scotland’s freedom and the view from Carter Bar on the A68 shows why - to the south, moorland and rocks, to the north, rich pasture, always coveted and often the stage for bloody border battles.

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It is also the World’s Festival Capital, the most prestigious being the annual Edinburgh International Festival held in August. Scotland’s Homecoming this year is bound to make Edinburgh a mecca for the visiting Scottish diaspora.

Known as “The Home of Golf” the Kingdom over 45 courses including 10 in and near St Andrews. Seabirds and seals can be seen along the length of the stunning Fife Coastal Path, suitable for both recreational and serious walkers. Relax into an easy-going pace of life as the coastal walks, quaint and picturesque fishing villages, historic towns and plentiful outdoor pursuits of the Kingdom of Fife take hold.

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Scottish Borders...rich in tradition, farmland, rivers and opulent country houses This is rich farming country which is one of the main reasons why the area was so heavily contested in past skirmishes and battles. Your first view of the Borderlands from Carter Bar on the A68 explains it all, green fertile hills and valleys in sharp contrast to the rough hill country of the near south.

in Britain. No expense was spared at Manderston

The east coast A1 route takes you from the busy harbour at Eyemouth, past the National Nature Reserve of rocky St Abbs and then through the Lammermuir Hills to Cockburnspath.

Castle is the largest inhabited castle in Scotland - as

Paxton House was built to the design of John Adam in 1758 and is one of the finest Palladian country houses

offer more than enough for an afternoon or morning’s

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House, Duns which boasts the world’s only silver staircase. Further inland, the picturesque town of Kelso on the River Tweed is home of one of the four Border Abbeys destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII. Nearby Floors

and cafe are a must visit. This is an excellent area for

a trip to Edinburgh and Stirling so why not come and

jail, woollen mills and Ferniehirst Castle in Jedburgh sojourn.

explore all that is on offer in this magnificent part of Scotland - truly a destination for all seasons.

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There are three main routes into the Scottish Borders (A7, A68 and A1) all of which pass close by the many magnificent visitor attractions on offer throughout the region. There is absolutely no shortage of attractions to satisfy groups off any of these routes and with The Scottish Borders having more grand houses and stately homes than any other part of Scotland outside Edinburgh, it is a definite ‘must visit, must return’ destination for Group itineraries. There is also a “Cross-Borders” route (A72) through Melrose,

The routes are numerous, so are the attractions in this area of outstanding potential and quality. The many traditional “Common Riding” festivities held in most Scottish Borders’ towns over spring and summer are major local attractions for both the locals and the Scottish diaspora. Many of the country houses, gardens and estates have calendars of events throughout the year. In sporting circles, rugby rules V661-14-64-aw-03 and the famous Melrose Rugby Sevens drawing participants from all over the world takes place in April. Many other towns such as Hawick, Selkirk,

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Dating back to 1107, a refuge for the Jacobite cause, complete with its own brewery!

Galashiels - the beautiful gardens and visitor centre

groups to explore and can easily be combined with

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Abbotsford House, lying just along the road towards

Traquair House in Innerleithen. The abbey, castle and

Galashiels, Innerleithen (and Traquair House) and Peebles (Cardona Hotel and Golf Course) almost following the route of the magnificent River Tweed.

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another excellent stop, with Sir Walter Scott’s home,

opposed to the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland,

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Melrose with its Abbey and walks down the river is

Galashiels and Jedburgh to name but a few also host their own Sevens tournaments. Racing at Kelso racecourse is extremely popular with many meetings throughout the year. And Glentress Forest in the Tweed Valley is regarded by many as Britain’s best mountain biking centre and is a Mecca for beginners to more experienced alike! You’ll also find a new Go Ape treetop adventure course at Glentress if you want to get the pulse racing further! GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS Country houses and gardens, fishing, golf, cycling, mountain biking, wildlife, walking, coast and countryside.

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the Border Abbeys and stunning Gardens abound - these and the wealth required to create them was borne out of the fertile borders soil” 01 Calton Hill Edinburgh. 02 Peebles on the River Tweed.

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Edinburgh & The Lothians...historic, cosmopolitan and cultured The Royal Mile offers a plethora of attractions from the ancient Castle at the top down to the new Scottish Parliament and Our Dynamic Earth at the bottom. The New Town is full of fine architecture, sweeping crescents, squares and circles where gardens form an integral part of the overall architectural effect. Both old and new, however, offer an array of stylish bars, award-winning restaurants and quality shopping. A similarly eclectic feel is to be had in the port of Leith where The Royal Yacht Britannia resides awaiting your pleasure. During the International Festival in August, every

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theatre and hall is used by a cosmopolitan plethora of performers, artists, comedians and special evenings for the Fringe. It is an extremely exciting, atmospheric and busy time for the City.

an insight into the heavy mining of the past at the National Mining Museum Scotland in addition to a little gem, Rosslyn Chapel of the famous Da Vinci Code book and film.

To really get to know Edinburgh, though, a walking/ theme tour is suggested as part of any group itinerary. You can also take in fantastic views of Edinburgh from open - top city bus tours.

East Lothian abounds with fine golf courses like Muirfield, Gullane No 1 and North Berwick all overlooking the sea, the Bass Rock and its myriad seabirds. The Scottish Seabird Centre runs boat trips to the Firth of Forth islands from North Berwick.

Edinburgh sits centrally surrounded by the Lothians. Hopetoun House stands quite close to South Queensferry and the Forth bridges as does Linlithgow with its grand palace. Midlothian to the south offers

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What’s On & SUGGESTED ITINERARY The Edinburgh Festival which includes the International Festival, The Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Jazz & Blues Festival and Edinburgh Mela, all take place in August. Other Festivals include Childrens’ (late May), Ceilidh Culture (late Mar/Apr), Science (Apr), Beltane Fire Festival (late Apr), Film (June), Art (Aug), Politics (Aug), Edinburgh’s Christmas and Hogmanay. It is fairly simple to target any particular festival as the theme of any tour product. Accommodation to suit all is abundant.

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Edinburgh is also full of itinerary possibilities under many other themes. The Arts in particular are strong with many art galleries, museums and literary attractions such as the National Galleries of Scotland, National Museum of Scotland, Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Writers’ Museum. Evening entertainment is particularly well represented with many theatres, cinemas, clubs and pubs. Edinburgh & the Lothians is also a region of golf courses with the jewel in the crown being Muirfield, an Open Championship course. History abounds: the Real Mary King’s Close instructs on the hidden Edinburgh of old and there is also a number of superb walking tours covering a variety of themes including literary characters, ghosts, horror

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, EDINBURGH Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped Experience tranquil haven only a mile 400grounds. years ofA plant hunting from the city centre. when you visit the four Gardens of the www.rbge.org.uk Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Benmor e

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stories, infamous characters and witches. Excursions out of the City to West Lothian (Hopetoun House, House of the Binns, Linlithgow Palace,) Midlothian (Rosslyn Chapel, National Mining Museum Scotland) or East Lothian (Dirleton Castle, Scottish Seabird Centre, Tantallon Castle, National Museum of Flight) are highly recommended. For full up to date information see: www.edinburgh.org GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS City culture, festivals, shopping, the arts and theatre, themed walking tours, historical sightseeing, golf.

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Scotland’s inspiring capital seems to grow in stature every year and certainly does a good job as the “shop window” for the country it represents.

Tour the 14 breath-taking interactive galleries, groups will embark on the journey of a lifetime!

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Scotland’s official residence of The Queen. Tours highlight both Holyrood’s dramatic past and the Palace’s important role today.

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diversity and quality of its attractions, entertainment and accommodation provision. Its Old Dawyck Botanic Garden

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The Kingdom of Fife...Ancient Kingdom, golfing mecca & picturesque villages Dunfermline was Scotland’s capital for six centuries and many Scottish Kings and Queens are buried in its Abbey and Palace.

Scotland and an ancient Castle and Cathedral.

Dunfermline, Cupar or Kirkcaldy every Saturday are an excellent option for purchasing and enjoying the best of

For walkers, the Fife Coastal Path offers a plethora

the Kingdom’s local produce and meeting the locals.

of different types of walk - a breathtaking way to

This is, of course, the Home of Golf and the Kingdom

experience and explore the real countryside and see

From the 16th century village of Culross in the west, to

offers over 45 golf courses from links to inland courses

the abundance of wildlife. Through the centre of Fife,

Leven and Methil in the east lie a range of towns and

to suit all tastes and abilities. You can enter a ballot for

wildlife flourishes including roe deer, badgers, foxes

picturesque villages especially Culross with its historic

the privilege of playing the Old Course but St Andrews

and red squirrels - there is no lack of wildlife to look

16th century palace. The old fishing villages of the East

has another 10 courses to choose from, including the

out for whilst taking in the scenery on foot or even

Neuk including Elie, Pittenweem, Crail and Anstruther, are

newest addition, the Castle Course. St Andrews is an

by bike. Being a seriously agricultural community, the

very picturesque and frequented by artists. A beautiful

attraction in its own right, having the oldest university in

weekly Farmers’ Markets, held in rotation in St Andrews,

area with an ancient seafaring heritage.

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What’s On & SUGGESTED ITINERARY Events include the Fife Festival of Music (Jan/Feb), StAnza (poetry, March), East Neuk Festival (early July), Pittenweem Arts Festival (August), Lammas Fair, St Andrews (Aug) and the St Andrews Festival (November). Meanwhile golf events to look out for are the St Andrews Golf Week (April), and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (October). Crossing the Forth Road Bridge, Deep Sea World

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in North Queensferry is a popular stop, as are

National Significance’.

Dunfermline Abbey, St Andrews with its Cathedral,

The Scottish Deer Centre (near Cupar) offers nine

Castle and Golf Museum and the National Trust for

species of deer, falconry displays and wolves. For the

Scotland properties, Hill of Tarvit Mansion House

more active, watersports are to be found in Elie, golf

(Cupar), Kellie Castle (Pittenweem) and Falkland

on around 45 courses and a number of riding centres

Palace. The villages of the East Neuk of Fife on the

throughout Fife.

coast of the Firth of Forth - Elie, Pittenweem, Crail,

For full up to date information

Anstruther - are must sees popular with artists collection at the Scottish Fisheries Museum at

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS

Anstruther which houses 66,000 objects from across

History, golf, cycling, walking, watersports, multi-

Scotland, was recently awarded ‘Recognition of

activity, food.

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Built in the 16 century, it was the hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs, including Mary Queen of Scots.

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(NTS). One of Scotland’s finest Edwardian

See artefacts from Tom Morris Jr., James Braid, Bobby Jones, Henry Cotton and Seve Ballesteros.

mansionhouses, splendid collection and superb paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn.

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east lothian visit

“Cosy, comfortable country inn, exquisite food, charming staff,

Edinburgh’s Coast & Countryside

the place to stay when visiting the Scottish Borders”

Ideal base for exploring the Scottish Borders and North Northumberland. First class food, friendly service, cosy, comfortable country accommodation.

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Ad Page 7 Experience a taste of 18th-century ‘high society’ living in this magnificent Robert Adam town house situated in the centre of Edinburgh’s New Town. Exquisite collections of china, silver, paintings and furniture. Prices: From £5.00 or Discover Tickets Open: Mar-Nov PR gL CP EPW

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Discover the story of Mellerstain. Admire the unique Adam design, fine art, embroidery and furniture. Relax in the parkland & gardens. Treat yourself to lunch or afternoon tea in our coffee shop. Booked parties anytime and guided tours available upon request.

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LEITH MILLS, 70-74 BANgOR ROAD, LEITH, EDINBURgH EH6 5JU Tel: 0131 553 5161 Fax: 0131 553 4415 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk Contact: Dougie Neave A wide selection of knitwear, countrywear, outerwear, golf equipment & accessories, shoe shop, Ponden Home interiors, textiles, Scottish foods & gifts, Whisky Shop. Licensed Restaurant, large free coach park coach washing facilities. Prices: Free Open: Jan-Dec R CP No limit

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20 GEOrGE STrEET, EDINBUrGH EH2 2PF Tel: 0131 260 3000 Fax: 0131 225 4530 edinburgh_sales@hardrock.com www.hardrock.com Contact: Lesley ross Catering for up to 150 for a sit down meal and up to 250 for a reception/ buffet style event. Group menus available on request. Open: Jan-Dec 12pm - late (not Christmas Day) Pr Max Party Size: 250 Min Age: n/a EF

THE SCOTCH wHISKy EXPErIENCE

354 CASTLEHILL, THE rOyAL MILE, EDINBUrGH EH1 2NE Tel: 0131 220 0441 Fax: 0131 220 6288 info@scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk Contact: Julie Trevisan Hunter Take a barrel ride as you become part of the whisky making process. See the world’s largest collection of Scotch whiskies. 15 languages. Amber restaurant & coffee shop, whisky bars and whisky & gift shop. Prices: Adults: £13, Conc: £10.50, Children (6-17 years): £6.75, Children 5 and Under: Free Open: Jan-Dec Pr GL r EPw No limit

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THE HArBOUr, NOrTH BErwICK EH39 4SS Tel: 01620 890202 Fax: 01620 890222 info@seabird.org www.seabird.org (live webcams!) Ad Page 24 Embark on an interactive wildlife adventure at the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre. Control the cameras in the Discovery Centre, enjoy seasonal boat trips, relax in the Seabird Cafe and indulge in the gift shop. Prices: Adult £8.95, child £4.95, conc £6.95, Under 3s free Open: JanDec (only closed Christmas Day) Pr GL r CP EPw 50

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Ad Page 7 remodelled by the Scottish architect Sir robert Lorimer, the house showcases an exquisite collection of French and Chippendale-style furniture, along with paintings by raeburn and ramsay. Lorimer-designed gardens and traditional 9-hole hickory golf course. www.kingarrock.com

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An exciting wildlife park with 14 species of deer, resident wolves & daily bird of prey demonstrations, otter enclosure and new Go Kart race track together with our excellent selection of quality shopping and Courtyard Coffee shop. Prices: Group rates on application Open: Jan-Dec Pr GL r CP No limit

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CUPAr Ky15 4NQ Tel: 01337 810391 Fax: 01337 810477 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk

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Overlooking the village green of Swinton, offers ideal base to discover Scottish Borders and North Northumberland. Graded 4 Star by VisitScotland. Best restaurant in Borders winner - 2013 Scottish Hotel Awards Tariff: £119 B&B per night 2 sharing - rack rate per room 8% Commission Open: Jan-Dec (closed 23-26th Dec) rooms: 12D, 3T, 2F, all en-suite CP r

Contact: Sharon Forbes Ad Page 23 The Brunton presents a variety of events and offers the best in drama, music, comedy, children’s theatre, pantomime and film all year round. It is the ideal venue to experience productions for a range of tastes.

Contact: Pete Chambers Experience Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction (VisitScotland). Explore The Queen’s former floating royal residence on a self-led audio tour of five decks, available in 22 languages. Special rates for pre-booked groups, 10 or more. Prices: Adult £11.45, Senior (60+) £10.35, Student £10.35, Child £6.95 Open: Jan-Dec Pr r CP EPw No Limit

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MAIN STrEET, SwINTON TD11 3JJ Tel: 01890860257 Fax: 01890860688 reception@wheatsheaf-swinton.co.uk www.wheatsheaf-swinton.co.uk

LADywELL wAy, MUSSELBUrGH EH21 6AA Tel: 0131 6652240 Fax: 0131 6535264 boxoffice@eastlothian.gov.uk www.bruntontheatre.co.uk

OCEAN TErMINAL, LEITH, EDINBUrGH EH6 6JJ Tel: 0131 555 8800 Fax: 0131 555 8835 groups@tryb.co.uk www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk

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Ad Page 7 Stunning 16th century royal hunting lodge, where Mary, Queen of Scots spent some of the happiest days of her life. Beautiful tapestries and interiors. The gardens designed by Percy Cane are the only complete example of his work in Scotland. Also home to Britain’s oldest tennis court, built in 1539. Prices: From £8.00 or Discover Tickets Open: Mar-Oct Pr GL CP EPw

Ad Page 22 The Queen’s Gallery hosts a programme of changing exhibitions from the royal Collection. Exhibitions on display in 2014 include In Fine Style, the Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion and Poetery for the Palace, from Dryden to Duffy. Prices: £2.95 - £6.50 Open: Jan-Dec (closed 3 Mar - 13 Mar, 18 April, 21 Jul-6 Aug, 3-13 Nov, 25 & 26 Dec GL r CP EPw No limit

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Contact: Sales Team Ad Page 9 Spectacular, scrumptious and seriously good, with stunning views. Explore the castle then relax and enjoy everything from a biscuit to a banquet in one of two truly unique venues - The Queen Anne and redcoat Cafes.

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Contact: rena ramsay Ad Page 23 One of the three great medieval churches of the Lothians and the longest parish church in Scotland. There is a tearoom and shop. Disabled access and toilet. Groups are welcome with advance notice.

THE NATIONAL TrUST FOr SCOTLAND, CUPAr Ky15 7BU Tel: 0844 493 2663 Fax: 0844 493 2260 traveltrade@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/traveltrade

PENCAITLAND, TrANENT EH34 5ET Tel: 01875 342012 Fax: 01875 342007 glenkinchie.distillery@diageo.com www.discovering-distilleries.com Contact: rhona Paisley

SIDEGATE, HADDINGTON EH41 4EE Tel: 01620 824494 groupvisits@stmaryskirk.com www.stmaryskirk.com

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Contact: robin robertson Set inside the wonderfully restored Lady Victoria Colliery, this 5 star attraction tells the story of coal for Scotland. Be amazed at the engineering & retrace the lives of the miners. Prices: Adult £7.50, Child FrEE, Conc £5.50. Groups: Adult £6.50, Child £1, Con £4.50 Open: Jan-Dec Pr GL r CP EPw 50

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LADy VICTOrIA COLLIEry, NEwTONGrANGE EH22 4QN Tel: 0131 663 7519 Fax: 0131 654 1618 visitorservices@ nationalminingmuseum.com www.nationalminingmuseum.com

Ad Page 22 At the Palace of Holyroodhouse group visitors can explore the State Apartments with their magnificent tapestries combined with a guided tour of the gardens and Abbey ruins. Palace open daily, Historic Garden Tour May - Sept. Prices: £6.10 - £11.30 Open: Jan-Dec (closed 18 Apr, 25 & 26 Dec 2014 & royal visits) GL r CP EPw No limit

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Our Dynamic Earth, it’s the Mother Earth of all adventures. Explore our planet’s past, present and future. Group discounts and foreign language guides available. Gift shop and cafe.

EDINBUrGH EH8 8DX Tel: 0131 556 5100 bookinginfo@royalcollection.org.uk www.royalcollection.org.uk

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9 HADDINGTON PLACE, OFF LEITH wALK, EDINBUrGH EH7 4AL Tel: 0131 524 2090 reservations@syha.org.uk www.syha.org.uk Ad OBC In the heart of the city and ideally situated for enjoying and exploring Scotland’s vibrant capital. This stylish and modern building is well equipped to suit the needs of large groups. Tariff: From £24.00 Commission: rates negotiable. Open: Jan-Dec. Acc. Type: En-suite, private, family, disabled & dorms. 1 Public room(s) Sleeping - 271 Min party size - 10

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Central and West Scotland “landscapes as diverse as Scotland itself islands, mountains & history all around” 01

Coll Arinagour Tobermory

Coll Arinagour Tobermory Scarinish Tiree

Lochaline

Glencoe

Lochaline

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Ulva Craignure Bridge Lismore of Orchy Connel Craignure Ulva Killin of Orchy Isle of Connel Killin Connel Killin Oban Tyndrum Isle of Isle of Lochearnhead Mull Iona Tyndrum Oban Lochearnhead Mull Oban Tyndrum Iona Crieff Lochearnhead Mull Loch Iona Crianlarich Crieff Loch Fionnphort Crianlarich Awe Crieff Fionnphort Awe Loch Auchterarder Loch Crianlarich Auchterarder Loch Luing Luing Fionnphort Katrine Awe Katrine Inveraray Inveraray Auchterarder Loch Callander Callander Luing Tarbet Scarba Tarbet Katrine Scarba Dunblane Inveraray Dunblane Colonsay Strachur Callander Loch Bridge of AllanColonsay Strachur Allan Loch Bridge ofScarba Alloa Lomond Tarbet Scalasaig Ardlussa Lochgilphead Alloa Lomond Scalasaig Ardlussa Lochgilphead Dunblane Stirling Colonsay Helensburgh Oronsay Strachur Denny Grangemouth Stirling Loch Bridge of Allan Helensburgh Alexandria Oronsay Denny Grangemouth Alloa Lomond Dunoon Scalasaig Ardlussa Lochgilphead Bo'ness Dumbarton Alexandria Jura Falkirk Port Tighnabruaich Dunoon Greenock Bo'ness Dumbarton Helensburgh Askaig Oronsay Tarbert Jura Tighnabruaich Denny Falkirk Grangemouth Port EDINBURGH Greenock Kennacraig Rothesay Alexandria Askaig Tarbert Dunoon GLASGOW Portnahaven Islay EDINBURGH Largs Bo'ness Dumbarton Kennacraig Rothesay Falkirk Gigha Port Jura Tighnabruaich Greenock GLASGOW Portnahaven Islay Askaig Largs Tarbert Port Ellen Tayinloan Arran Ulva

Craignure

Campbeltown

Port Ellen

Argyll & the Isles Mull of Kintyre

Coast, countryside, castles and gardens, islands, spectacular seascapes, history, wildlife, lochs, mountains, glens and rivers. It’s no wonder this area is one of the gems of Scotland. Highly popular with groups and very accessible with a surfeit of attractions, accommodation of all types and world class fresh, local produce. And then there is the culture, born out of Gaeldom and Highland heritage and a style of living prevalent to these shores; crofting. This is the land of Mull, Iona, Jura, Islay, Kintyre and Oban, an area as diverse as one can find.

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Mull of Kintyre

Mull of Loch Lomond is part of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Kintyre

National Park. More popular than ever, the loch splendours in scenic beauty and offers boundless activities - it is now

Rothesay Largs

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Stirling and the Trossachs Brodick

The city of Stirling, the ancient capital of Scotland, is engraved forever in the country’s history as a major logistical prize for any invader. Highly significant battles were fought in or near here including Bannockburn and Stirling Bridge - battles that were to shape the future of

a place of learning, understanding and conservation all

Scotland’s independence as a sovereign state. Stirling’s

aimed at preserving its idyllic beauty. More groups have

majestic castle has seen plenty of action over the centuries

passed Loch Lomond than probably any other location in

and still stands proudly over the Forth Valley - a symbol of

Scotland - many on their way to Dunoon or Bute, over the

power and strength, designed to send a signal of defiance

“Arrochar Alps” - memories and views to cherish forever!

to any invading foe.

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Argyll & the Isles...Scotland’s birthplace and the cradle of its Christianity The beautiful gardens of Argyll are a garden lover’s paradise ranging from the unusually lime-rich soils of the Isle of Lismore to the more common peaty soils of the mainland - both offer distinctive ranges of floral displays. Group attractions include Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel; Arduaine Gardens (NTS); Bonawe Iron Furnace, Taynuilt; Oban Distillery; Castle Stalker view from Portnacroish; Scottish Sealife Sanctuary, Barcaldine; Ardchattan Priory, North Connel; Ardanaiseig Gardens, Kilchrenan; Barguillean’s Angus Garden, Taynuilt; Cruachan Power Station Visitor Centre, Dalmally; Kilchurn Castle, Dalmally; Craignish Castle, Ardfern; Inverawe Fisheries and Smokery, Taynuilt; Ardmaddy

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Castle; Ardmaddy Gardens, Isle of Seil; Oban Chocolate Company; Kilmartin House Museum, nr. Lochgilphead. Whales, dolphins, seals. seabirds, in addition to otters, red deer, golden and white-tailed sea eagles (see Mull Eagle Watch at www.rspb.org.uk) and the osprey are all to be seen in and around Mull. Beaver have also been re-introduced to Knapdale Forest 400 years after being hunted to extinction. Tobermory is famed for its colourful waterfront buildings, its distillery and the sunken Spanish Galleon. The peaceful, spiritual Island of Iona radiates harmony and the Abbey is a “must see”. Tiree is almost completely flat and has hosted the Tiree Wave Classic

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Picturesque walks, stunning beaches and wildlife are a fine complement to the famous single malt whiskies especially on Islay! Tarbert is renowned as a sailing base/port, having one of the most photographed harbours in Scotland. Eastern Kintyre is full of historic sites and the sublime setting of Carradale, with the western side offering spectacular views over to Islay, Jura and Gigha.

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Special events of interest to groups include the Islay Festival of Music & Malt (May), Cantilena Summer Festival (Chamber Music) in Islay and The Machrihanish Golf Festival (July), Mull of Kintyre Music Festival (August), Islay Jazz Festival, Best of the West Festival (September) and Tunnock’s Tour of Mull Rally (October).

of Scotland. From here it is an easy trip north to Fort William/Mallaig or Tyndrum or south, down the spectacular coastline to Lochgilphead and Kintyre or across the sea to Mull and Iona. Gardens abound here with the National Trust for Scotland’s Arduaine and Crarae Gardens and the Glorious Gardens of Argyll (www.gardens-of-argyll.co.uk is a very useful website). Tours of Mull are highly popular taking in Tobermory the island’s main town, with ferry trips to Fingal’s Cave on Staffa and Iona Abbey from Fionnphort on the south of Mull.

The most popular “base” for tours in this part of the West Highlands is Oban, the seafood capital

Islay and Jura are both easily accessible from Kintyre, Jura being the more rugged and wild. Inveraray should

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Windsurfing Festival for the past 25 years. Islay, Jura, Kintyre and around Kilmartin are where the original Scots (6th century) settled. Pre-historic cairns, standing stones, ancient castles and crannogs (Bronze Age/Neolithic loch dwellings) are all part of this area.

form part of any tour to Kintyre with the castle, jail and Crarae Gardens (NTS) essential viewing. The road from Inveraray to Campbeltown (A83) is full of attractions but make sure you give yourself time to explore. Argyll and the Isles offer myriad tour opportunities with so many themes available. The A special For full up to date information see: www.visitargyllandtheisles.com GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS Island hopping, coast and countryside, history, wildlife, activities, scenic beauty, castles and gardens, food and drink.

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THE LOCH KATRINE EXPERIENCE

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Founded by St Columba in AD 563 on the Isle of Iona - a very interesting exhibition to explore.

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Highly popular attraction for groups - enjoy guided tours of the distillery and sample the Oban 14 year old single malt!

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Loch Katrine is truly one of Scotland’s special places. Try a trip in the famous Panoramic Cruises in The steamship the Sir Walter Scott.

Trossachs ˆ ˆ Discounted Group Rates www.historic-scotland.org.uk www.discovering-distilleries.com www.lochkatrine.com ˆ 60 mins. from Glasgow & 75 mins. from Edinburg ˆ Brenachoile Café - Restaurant & B Cycle Hire for all the family ˆ Katrinewheelz “Oban the “Gateway to the Isles” is a starting point for many inner Hebridean islands. ˆ Katrine Gifts Souvenirs and Scottish Cra Coach Parking It abounds with evening entertainment, accommodation, shopping, eating out (the ˆ Free

area is renowned for its fresh produce and seafood) and its very Information own distillery” & Reservations (01877) 37631 E-mail: cruises@lochkatrine.com Visit: www.lochkatrine.com 01 Kilchurn Castle from the shores of Loch Awe. 02 Castle Stalker, near Appin.

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Loch Lomond, Bute and the Cowal Peninsula ...historic houses and gardens, scenic beauty & outdoor activities The remains of ancient loch dwellings - crannogs

Gareloch. This handsome town, birthplace of John

south. Dunoon offers the opportunity to take a pleasure

- can be found just off Inchcailloch, one of the most

Logie Baird, the inventor of the television, dates back

cruise amidst the breathtaking coastal scenery of the

accessible islands. The National Park Visitor Centre

to the 18th century. The National Trust for Scotland’s

Firth of Clyde. The Isle of Bute, once the island retreat

together with the sheltered harbour in Balmaha and

Hill House, is a fine example of architect Charles

the Loch Lomond Shores complex at Balloch offers

of Scottish kings is the favourite destination of the

Rennie Mackintosh’s distinctive and innovative design

visitors the opportunity to learn more about this

famous Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer

and is one of his original works.

in the world. The Royal Burgh of Rothesay splendours

to explore or take part in many water-sports on the

West from Loch Lomond, over the “Arrochar Alps” the

in Victorian architecture and wildlife on Bute includes

Loch. Loch cruises for groups can be arranged with

Saddle, Cnoc Coinnich, The Brack, The Cobbler and

mountain goats, buzzards and roe deer in the hills and

Sweeney’s Cruises, Balloch and Cruise Loch Lomond

Beinn Ime is where the rugged Highlands takes over

fine fishing in the lochs and sea where seals keep a

from Tarbet. Helensburgh stands at the mouth of the

from the rolling hills and fertile fields of the east and

constant eye on proceedings

national treasure as well as giving them the chance

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and be Thankful then turn off at Cairndow on to the

Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, Mount Stuart House and

A815. This takes you deep down into Cowal through

Gardens and Rothesay Castle in addition to a round

St Catherine’s and Strachur (visit the Strachur Smiddy

tour of the island taking in the scenery and ever

Museum) with Inveraray in view across Loch Fyne.

changing vistas - paying close attention for the seals

Dunoon lies 19 miles south past Loch Eck amidst

in Scalpsie Bay and the mountain goats, buzzards and

some superb coastal scenery. This is where the

roe deer.

famous Cowal Highland Gathering is held annually in

For full up to date information see:

August

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route to the National Park Visitor Centre, Balmaha.

From Dunoon, attractions like the Castle House

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS

For Dunoon, Cowal and the Isle of Bute, turn west at

Museum and Benmore Botanic Gardens (north of

Historic houses and gardens, wildlife, scenic

Tarbet and follow the A83 over the magnificent Rest

Dunoon) can be visited on route to Bute to see the

beauty, beaches and outdoor activities.

& SUGGESTED ITINERARY The main A82 Glasgow to Inverness road, is one of the main arteries from Glasgow to the north. The attractions of Loch Lomond lie either alongside this road or near to it so no major detour is really required except for turning east through Balloch en

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GLORIOUS GARDENS OF ARGYLL & BUTE

GLENGOYNE DISTILLERY

MOUNT STUART, ISLE OF BUTE

Proud to offer distillery visits, including the Master Blender Tour where guests create their very own blended whisky.

Britain’s most astounding Victorian Gothic mansion and one of the world’s great houses.

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18 gardens set in the spectacular landscape of the west coast, on both the mainland and the islands.

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“Beautiful Loch Lomond is an impressive 24 miles long, 5 miles wide and contains 38 islands. One of its most romantic, Inchlonaig, is scattered with yew trees that were originally planted by Robert the Bruce” 01 Loch Lomond sunset. 02 Dunoon from the water.

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Stirling and the Trossachs

...history, castles, great views, walking, city culture and great shopping Clackmannanshire on the northern shore of the River Forth is steeped in history and has a strong industrial heritage. The area boasts Castle Campbell, the Tower Trail, Alloa Makers’ Village with a new bistro and Sterling Mills Outlet Shopping Village. Falkirk was once the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire and the remains of the Antonine Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can be explored in the grounds of Callendar Park and at Rough Castle about a mile and a half away from the remarkable Falkirk Wheel on the Forth & Clyde Canal. A reminder of earlier, more stormy times is the 15th century

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Blackness Castle, poised above the River Forth. Callendar House and Park in Falkirk has played host to many great historical figures over the centuries, including Mary Queen of Scots, Cromwell and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Stories spanning 2000 years of Scottish history are told here in this free to enter attraction. The Trossachs lie at the frontier between the Highlands and the Lowlands and form part of the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. The popular holiday town of Aberfoyle offers superb walking and cycling opportunities. Cruises on Loch Katrine are very popular

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What’s On & SUGGESTED ITINERARY From Stirling, there are a number of different themes on which to create itineraries. History alone draws you to Stirling Castle, the National Wallace Monument, Doune Castle, the Old Town Jail, Castle Campbell (Dollar), Blackness Castle, the Antonine Wall and

and take the visitor near to Rob Roy’s birthplace at Glengyle. In the middle of the Lake of Menteith lie the ruins of Inchmahome Priory, once a refuge for the infant Mary Queen of Scots. The River Teith flows sedately through the town of Callander and walks along its banks while watching for signs of salmon is always interesting. Here, the woollen mill at Kilmahog and the Lade Inn are worthy of inclusion in any itinerary as is the NTS property, Moirlanich Longhouse near Killin. Above all, this is a remarkably beautiful area full of activity opportunities, walks, wildlife and discovery!

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- excellent for that “free” day. A scenic drive from Stirling takes you into the heart of the Trossachs and towards the Lake of Menteith with boat trips to Inchmahome Priory. Aberfoyle is where you will find the Scottish Wool Centre and from here journey north across the dramatic Dukes Pass towards David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre and Loch

Callander, with the salmon enriched River Teith meandering through it, is also an extremely popular “base” from which to tour the surrounding countryside with plenty of accommodation, restaurants, shopping, walking and activity opportunities. For full up to date information: www.visitscottishheartlands.com

Callendar House & Park - some of Scotland’s most

Katrine for cruises on the SS Sir Walter Scott. Journey

important historical venues, all within a few miles

past Loch Vennachar towards Callander and north

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of one another. Stirling is also an excellent city to

into the mountains of Breadalbane past Loch Lubnaig

History, castles, loch cruises, scenic beauty,

explore and then relax in the centre’s shops and cafes

towards Lochearnhead, Killin and Crianlarich.

wildlife, walking, city culture, shopping.

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STIRLING CASTLE

THE FALKIRK WHEEL

NATIONAL WALLACE MONUMENT

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See the Royal Apartments, the Great Hall, Great Kitchens and Tapestry Studio.

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Connecting the Forth & Clyde and Union canals - the world’s first and only rotating boat lift. Boat trips.

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3 refurbished galleries will be unveiled in April 2014 - highlighting the life of the Scottish patriot and martyr.

“The City of Stirling offers not just historical attractions but also superb shopping options, excellent bars and entertainment with eclectic restaurants and cafes and excellent accommodation choices in this vibrant university town” 01 Stirling Castle. 02 Falls of Dochart, Killin.

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‘THERE CAN BE NO BETTER PLACE ON EARTH TO SIT AND TAKE A GLASS OF WHISKY’ Richard Grindal, The Spirit of Whisky

‘THE BEST WHISKY TOUR IN SCOTLAND’ The Sunday Times

INCOMPARABLE Nestled below the Campsie Hills in picturesque Blane Valley, just north of Glasgow, is Scotland’s most beautiful distillery. Only 30 minutes drive from Glasgow and Stirling, this traditional, hard working distillery has bee flourishing since 1833, producing a unique selection of award-winning Single Highland Malts, Single Casks and Special Vintages.

WORTH THE WAIT GLENGOYNE.COM TAKE YOUR TIME, ENJOY YOUR DRAM RESPONSIBLY

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THE GLENGOYNE EXPERIENCE We’ll show you behind the scenes, giving insights into the techniques that make Glengoyne Single Highland Malt Whisky so unique, we’ll introduce you to our resident experts, tempt you to a sample dram, even show you how to blend your own. Contact us to find out more about our bespoke tours.

GLENGOYNE DISTILLERY

Dumgoyne, by Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LB T: 01360 550254 F: 01360 550094 E: reception@glengoyne.com

www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com

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The

Award winning country hotel.

Set in 20 acres of private riverside gardens. Dining capacity 150. Group service of Lunch, Dinner, Coffee & Teas. 3 AA rosette award winning restaurant. 15 luxury bedrooms all ensuite, Spa baths, LCD TV, WiFi. Conference facilities. Main Street, Callander, Perthshire, FK17 8BG www.romancamphotel.co.uk ~ mail@romancamphotel.co.uk Tel 01877 330003

A special experience for groups

Experience

ˆ Panoramic Cruises in The Trossachs ˆ Discounted Group Rates ˆ 60 mins. from Glasgow & 75 mins. from Edinburgh ˆ Brenachoile Café - Restaurant & Bar ˆ Katrinewheelz Cycle Hire for all the family ˆ Katrine Gifts Souvenirs and Scottish Crafts ˆ Free Coach Parking Information & Reservations (01877) 376315/6 E-mail: cruises@lochkatrine.com Visit: www.lochkatrine.com 31

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Ad Page 32 One of the world’s greatest houses (with breathtakingly beautiful white marble Chapel and magnificent marble Hall) surrounded by 300 acres of glorious gardens. Visitor Centre / Restaurant / Retail / Tea Rooms / Adventure Play Area. Prices: Please see website for current details Open: 4 Apr-Aug. Group Travel bookings welcome all year round PR GL R CP EPw

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PORT ELLEN, ISLE OF ISLAY PA42 7EA Tel: 01496 302244 Fax: 01496 302040 jthomson@glenmorangie.co.uk www.ardbeg.com At the end of the road on the remote southern coast of Islay you will arrive at Ardbeg. A warm welcome, great tours, wee drams and good home cooked food awaits. more in-depth tours and tastings available. See website for details. Prices: from £5.00 Open: Jan-Dec (closed Christmas and New Year) PR GL R CP EPw 12

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CAOL ILA DISTILLERY

PORT ASKAIG, ISLE OF ISLAY PA46 7RL Tel: 01496 302760 Fax: 01496 302763 caolila.distillery@diageo.com www.discovering-distilleries.com Contact: Leigh Aitken

INVERARAY ATTRACTIONS

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Distillery

ISLE OF ISLAY

ARDBEG DISTILLERY

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Contact: Rhona Hunter Ad Page 30 Visit Scotland’s most Beautiful Distillery for guided distillery tours, whisky tastings, blending, masterclass sessions and superb whisky shop. Situated on the A81, approx 35 minutes drive from Glasgow, Stirling and Loch Lomond. Prices: £7.50 - £125.00 Open: mar-Nov: 10am-5pm and Dec-Feb 10am-4pm PR GL CP EPw No limit

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Contact: Samantha Potts Ad Page 32 In a stunning lochside position witness ‘living’ history at the Courthouse & Prison. Experience the atmosphere, brought vividly to life by the ‘real’ warders, matron and prisoners. Interest and excitement for all. Prices: Seniors £5.95, Adults £7.50 Open: Jan-Dec PR GL EPw 100

LAGAVuLIN DISTILLERY LAGAVuLIN, PORT ELLEN PA42 7DZ Tel: 01496 302730 Fax: 01496 302733 lagavulin@diageo.com www.discovering-distilleries.com Contact: Leigh Aitken

Pronounced ‘cull-eela’, the distillery is situated on the north eastern shores of Islay, tucked away in a hidden cove near Port Askaig. Prices: From £6.00 Open: Jan-Dec PR GL CP EPw By Appointment

INVERARAY JAIL

CHuRCH SQuARE, INVERARAY PA32 8TX Tel: 01499302381 Fax: 01499302195 info@inverarayjail.co.uk www.inverarayjail.co.uk

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One of the finest distilleries on the Isle of Islay. Next to Dunyvaig Castle, three miles from Port Ellen. ATTRACTIONS

ISLE OF BuTE PA20 9LR Tel: 01700 503877 Fax: 01700 505313 visitors@mountstuart.com www.mountstuart.com

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Contact: Peter Innes Ladies & mens fashions, Cashmere, Golf Shop, whisky Shop with free tastings, Pavers Shoes, Ponden Home Interiors, Scottish gifts and food. Hector Russell Highland Dress Village Restaurant with speciality coffee Drivers room. Prices: Free Open: Jan-Dec R CP No limit

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Prices: Free Open: Jan-Dec R CP No limit

Prices: Free Open: Jan-Dec R CP EPw No limit

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Contact: Kirsteen Bell Originally a Blacksmith’s shop, dating from 1787. Here you will now find a wide selection of knitwear, tartans, countrywear and outerwear, Scottish gifts and foods. whisky Shop with free tastings, Clan Tartan Centre. Anvil Coffee Shop.

Contact: Bryan Conlan Informative live show with sheep dogs and ducks, Donkeys, miniature Horses, various sheep breeds and duck pond & mini golf. Browse quality shopping. 150 seat restaurant hot meals, snacks & Coffee. Coach washing facilities.

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THE ANVIL, INVERARAY PA32 8uY Tel: 01499 302166 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk

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Prices: Vary from garden to garden, several are free Open: See website for locations and entrance details. GL, CP PR, R (some gardens)

ALEXANDRIA

ABERFOYLE

ARGYLL & BUTE

Ad Page 33 18 gardens to visit in the west of Scotland, from Helensburgh to North of Oban, including many on islands. Something for everyone with interesting plants to see throughout the year.

t: +44 (0) 1700 503877

DumGOYNE, NEAR KILLEARN, GLASGOw G63 9LB Tel: 01360 550254 Fax: 01360 550094 reception@glengoyne.com www.glengoyne.com

LOCH LOmOND INDuSTRIAL ESTATE, HEATHER AVENuE, ALEXANDRIA G83 0TP Tel: 01389 752393 Fax: 01389 750656 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk

OFF mAIN STREET, ABERFOYLE FK8 3uQ Tel: 01877 382850 Fax: 01877 382854 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk

Tel: 01499 600261 www.gardens-of-argyll.co.uk

ANTARTEX SHOPPING VILLAGE

DUMGOYNE

www.mountstuart.com

Church Square, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8TX Tel 01499 302381 e: info@inverarayjail.co.uk

THE SCOTTISH wOOL CENTRE

Just 90 minutes from Glasgow with frequent rail and ferry services daily to the most accessible scottish island. seasonal opening - see website for details.

OPEN ALL YEAR www.inverarayjail.co.uk.

GLORIOuS GARDENS OF ARGYLL AND BuTE

House │ Gardens │ Visitor Centre Restaurant │ Gift Shops │ Tea Rooms Adventure Play Area │ Fine Art Collection contemporary visual Arts exhibition

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“Brilliant and fun”. “A superb experience!”

explore this wondrous victorian Gothic structure and its labyrinth of gardens set in 300 acres - you won’t fail to be impressed!

Prices: From £6.00 Open: Jan-Dec GL CP EPw By appointment.

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LOCH KATRINE ATTRACTIONS

ARGYll SQUARE, obAN PA34 4bE Tel: 01355 266 886 fax: 01355 260 782 groupsales@strathmorehotels.com www.strathmorehotels.com

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contact: Eric brown Ad Page 31 A 17th century country house hotel set in 20 acres of secluded gardens by the beautiful river Teith in the heart of the Trossachs. offering refined dining in our award winning restaurant, luxury bedrooms with modern facilities. Tariff: from £75.00 per night per person 10% commission open: Jan-Dec Rooms: 6D, 6T, 2f, All ensuite cP R

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CALLANDER

obAN YoUTH HoSTEl

STIRlING YoUTH HoSTEl

Ad obc our newly refurbished seafront Youth Hostel and purpose-built oban lodge offer panoramic views across the bay. A great base for groups looking for action-packed adventure, a taste of local culture and history or a gateway to the islands. Tariff: from £15.00 commission: rates negotiable. open: Jan-Dec. Acc. Type: Private, family, disabled, en-suite and dormitory. 2 Public rooms Sleeping - 87 Min party size - 10

Ad obc Stirling is steeped in history and its location makes it easily accessible from Edinburgh or Glasgow and perfect for touring Scotland. The Youth Hostel offers superb modern facilities and a friendly international atmosphere. catering available. Tariff: from £15.50 commission: rates neg. open: Jan-Dec; Acc. Type: En-suite, private, family, disabled and dormitory. 2 Public rooms Sleeping - 92. Min party size - 10

coRRAN ESPlANADE, obAN PA34 5Af Tel: 01631 562 025 reservations@syha.org.uk www.syha.org.uk

bY DRYMEN, GlASGoW, G63 0AR Tel: 01360 870 259 reservations@syha.org.uk www.syha.org.uk Ad obc In the heart of the loch lomond and Trossachs National Park, offering an unrivalled location. Relax and enjoy the magnificent views, fish, sail or walk the West Highland Way which passes the front door. Tariff: from £16.00 commission: rates neg. open: Mar-oct (RentaHostel Nov-feb). Acc. Type: Private, family, ensuite, disabled and dorm rooms. 2 Public room(s) Sleeping - 62. Min party size - 10

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off 182 MAIN STREET, cAllANDER fK17 8bG Tel: 01877 330003 fax: 01877 331533 mail@romancamphotel.co.ukwww. romancamphotel.co.uk

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With the aromas of home baking and the sound of the sea outside, The old Kiln cafe is a magical place. People flock here to enjoy hearty, traditional dishes.

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contact: Rhonda Wood Ad Page 8 built in 1895 the Royal Hotel offers traditional Scottish hospitality within quality modern surroundings. The hotel stands in the centre of town close to the harbour and ferry terminal.

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Tariff: from £49.00 per room open: Jan-Dec Rooms: 6S 29D 19T 19f all ensuite cP R

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contact: David Warnes Ad Page 31 The Winnock has recently been extensively refurbished whilst retaining the 18th century character of the original inn. It is ideally located for exploring Scotland’s 1st national park and nearby cities.

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PoRT EllEN PA42 7EA Tel: 01496 302244 fax: 01496 302040 jthomson@glenmorangie.co.uk www.ardbeg.com contact: Jackie Thomson Ad Page 51

contact: Eric brown Ad Page 31 A beautiful 17th century house hotel set in 20 acres of gardens with river views directly off the main street of callander. Two Restaurants with AA 3 rosette awards, offering quality food service and a fantastic setting. Mc l AT D other 180 Max cP

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ST JoHN STREET, STIRlING, fK8 1EA Tel: 01786 473 442 reservations@syha.org.uk www.syha.org.uk

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THE SQUARE, DRYMEN G63 0bl Tel: 01360 660245 fax: 01360 660267 info@winnockhotel.com www.winnockhotel.com

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For details see: www.gardens-of-argyll.co.uk

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contact: Sales Team Ad Page 9 considered to be one of the grandest of all Scotland’s castles with outstanding architecture and spectacular views. Enjoy the recently refurbished Renaissance Royal Palace and let our costumed performers transport you back in time. Prices: £6.50-£13.00 open: Jan-Dec (closed 25 & 26 Dec) PR Gl R cP No limit

700 years after the famous Scots victory in 1314, experience medieval warfare like never before through cutting-edge 3D technology at this major new attraction. Within easy reach of Edinburgh and Glasgow it’s perfect for day trips and as an exciting start or finish to any tour of Scotland. Prices: from £8.00 or Discover Tickets open: Jan-Dec from March 2014 PR Gl R cP EPW no max

18 gardens set in the spectacular landscape of the west coast, on both the mainland and the islands. Rich plant collections flourish in the mild climate and acid soils of the gardens, ranging from woodland to more formal design. Most are open throughout the year and help in planning tours is available.

ISLE OF ISLAY

contact: Ian Anderson Totally refurbished for 2014, The National Wallace Monument tells the story of Scotland’s first National Hero. See the Wallace Sword, Visit the Hall of Heroes, and relax in legends coffee House. free car and coach Parking. Prices: Adults - £9.50 (Discount for groups of 10+). Special rates for school parties. open: Jan-Dec PR R cP EPW 60

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AbbEY cRAIG, HIllfooTS RoAD, STIRlING fK9 5lf Tel: 01786 472140 info@nationalwallacemonument.com www.nationalwallacemonument.com

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Prices: from £7.00 open: feb-Dec PR Gl EPW No limit

c/o HISToRIc ScoTlAND, loNGMoRE HoUSE, SAlISbURY PlAcE, EDINbURGH EH9 1SH Tel: 0131 668 8831 fax: 0131 668 8888 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/traveltrade

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contact: carol bennett Ad Ifc This year oban is offering a new flavours tour where visitors to the distillery will explore exactly what happens in the process to produce oban single malt’s unique spirit character.

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contact: Gail canaway Ad Page 31 A special experience for groups - cruising loch Katrine on ‘lady of the lake’ or the historic ‘Sir Walter Scott’. live commentary and kiosk service on all sailings. Shop, cafe, Restaurant, free coach Parking. on-board catering and entertainment available for corporate and social events. Prices: Group rates available open: Jan-Dec, Daily Sailings from Apr 2014 PR R cP EPW 150

THE NATIoNAl TRUST foR ScoTlAND, GlASGoW RoAD, STIRlING fK7 0lJ Tel: 0844 493 2663 fax: 0844 493 2260 traveltrade@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/traveltrade

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TRoSSAcHS PIER, locH KATRINE, bY cAllANDER, STIRlING fK17 8HZ Tel: 01877 332004 fax: 01877 376317 cruises@lochkatrine.com www.lochkatrine.com

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STAffoRD STREET, obAN PA34 5NH Tel: 01631 572004 fax: 01631 572011 oban.distillery@diageo.com www.discovering-distilleries.com

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Prices: from £5.00 or Discover Tickets open: Jan-Dec PR Gl cP EPW

STIRLING

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Ad Page 7 This tranquil garden oasis is renowned for its spectacular displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, blue Tibetan poppies & giant Himalayan lillies - a real horticultural adventure across the temperate world.

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THE NATIoNAl TRUST foR ScoTlAND, ARDUAINE, obAN PA34 4XQ Tel: 0844 493 2663 fax: 0844 493 2260 traveltrade@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/traveltrade

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contact: claire Muir Visit the Weaving Exhibition where the looms date back to 1927 producing the famous Trossachs Rugs. beautiful knitwear, countrywear, outerwear, as well as Scottish foods and gifts - and Hamish and Hamish Dhu and Honey. coffee shop.

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Prices: free open: Jan-Dec R cP No limit

TRoSSAcHS WoollEN MIll

KIlMAHoG, bY cAllANDER fK17 8HD Tel: 01877 330178 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk

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contact: claire Muir 250 year old mill complete with original waterwheel. Discover your Scottish clan and tartan at clan History and Heraldry centre. Hector Russell Highland outfits. Restaurant serving hot & cold food daily. Drivers’ room. coach washing facilities.

OBAN

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bY cAllANDER fK17 8HD Tel: 01877 330268 fax: 01877 331631 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk

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North Central and East Scotland “ “ancient towns and cities, the heart and the home of Scotland’s independence” 01 Lossiemouth

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Kirkcaldy Cowdenbeath

Brechin

Dykehead Kirriemuir

Forfar

Blairgowrie Coupar Angus

Aberlour Dufftown

Edzell

Brewlands Bridge

Crianlarich

Cullen Banff

Buckie

Glamis

Friockheim

Inverkeilor

Rhynie

Aviemore

Todhills

Auchterhouse

Arbroath

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Peterhead Boddam

Huntly

Mossat

Oldmeldrum

Alford

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Fraserburgh

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Aberdeen City and Shire

One of Europe’s finest adventure playgrounds and host to this year’s Ryder Cup Golf. You will find, amongst other things, a strong emphasis on outdoor activities. “Big Tree Country” as this area is also known, is full of superlatives - home to the world’s highest hedge, Europe’s oldest tree, the widest conifer in Britain, the sole survivor from Shakespeare’s Birnam Wood and high mountains, tumbling streams and waterfalls, lochs and rivers, all amongst Scotland’s best scenery. It is this, along with the unbeatable range of things to see and do that has make Perthshire such a enduring magnet for visitors from Victorian days to the present day.

Angus - an ancient name for an ancient land where Kings, Queens, adventurers and inventors have woven tales of magic and mystery that have become part of the landscape and culture for over two thousand years - and from where Scottish independence was declared in 1320. Take relaxing walks, absorb romantic castles, enjoy glistening beaches and stunning formal gardens and experience first-rate visitor attractions that are as informing as they are inspiring and entertaining.

Scotland’s North East - a culture steeped in sea fishing, castles, open countryside, salmon rivers, coastal and country villages, whisky, Highland Games and North Sea oil. Aberdeen’s clutch of “Britain in Bloom” awards is fully complemented by some of the most fertile and scenic landscape in the UK, stretching out to a stunning coastline that includes ‘Scotland’s Dolphin Coast’ in Banffshire. The Granite City of Aberdeen is the gateway to Royal Deeside, an area of outstanding natural beauty, sparkling rivers and misty mountains which is adored by the Royal Family. A buzzing city, whisky, castles, salmon fishing, adventure sports and Royal patronage.

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Dundee - the host to some top quality visitor attractions and modern varied shopping.

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Perthshire...the heart of Scotland with accessible scenery to inspire and awe The Fair City of Perth, once the capital of Scotland and now its seventh city, became a major trading port and with Scone Palace nearby, was the crowning place of Scottish kings. Perth has always been at the forefront of Scottish culture and history and stands on one of the finest salmon fishing rivers in the UK and Scotland’s longest, the River Tay. Here, shopping abounds with family-owned and specialist businesses. Pitlochry, served by both rail and road transport links, has been a holiday destination since the 1860’s. Its most popular attractions include the Pitlochry Dam and Fish Ladder and Pitlochry Festival Theatre and a

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superb attractions like the Scottish Crannog Centre at

excellent walks around the town.

Kenmore on Loch Tay, Drummond Gardens and Crieff

Attractions in the area range from Blair Castle and Edradour Distillery (Scotland’s smallest) to superlative

What’s On & SUGGESTED ITINERARY Access to this beautiful and diverse part of Scotland is easy by way of the A9 and the M90 from the south. Perth also lies on a “crossroads� for train travel north to Inverness and east to Dundee and Aberdeen.

In addition to the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles 23-28 September, events of interest to groups include Perth Races (April - September), Perth Festival of the Arts (May), Game Conservancy Scottish Fair (July), Blair International Horse Trials (late August), The distilleryCastle tours Enchanted Forest (mid-late October) and Perthshire

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mplimentary refreshments drivers DEWAR’S WORLD OF WHISKY, ABERFELDY

oup discounts and free entry Discover the art of distilling and uncover leaders the secrets of the Master Blender. www.dewars.com

nveniently located just 20 nutes from Pitlochry and the A9

the distilleries, Dewar’s World of Whisky in Aberfeldy, the Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery

as ‘the Harrods of the north’. Killiecrankie Visitor

in Crieff and Tullibardine Distillery near Baxter’s at

Centre (NTS) and the Queen’s View show Scotland’s

Blackford, to name but three.

landscape at its spectacular best.

En route to Perth, the M90 passes Loch Leven, here

Off the A9, Lochs Earn, Tay and Rannoch nestle in

you can learn about the daring escape from the Castle

some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland and

in the middle of the loch by a young Mary, Queen of

from here, watersports are popular, complemented by

Scots in 1568.

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Amber Festival (Late October - early November). Perth (Scone Palace, Perth Racecourse, Concert Hall, Museum and art galleries), Pitlochry (Festival Theatre, Hydro Dam, Bell’s Blair Athol Distillery, Edradour Distillery, Queen’s View, Killiecrankie Visitor Centre NTS) and Blair Atholl (Blair Castle, House of Bruar) are the major towns for group tourism with plenty of attractions and accommodation. The draw of the countryside brings more options such as Aberfeldy & Loch Tay (Dewar’s World of Whisky, The Scottish Crannog Centre), Blairgowrie, Crieff (Crieff Visitor Centre, Drummond Gardens, The Famous

Grouse Experience/Glenturret Distillery), Dunkeld (Cathedral, The Hermitage NTS) and Kinross (Loch Leven Castle and the RSPB Loch Leven NNR and Loch Leven Heritage Trail). In winter, Glenshee Ski Centre is not far from Blairgowrie which can be used as a base. On the A9 from Stirling, the Gleneagles Resort is a major draw as is Baxters at Blackford. For full up to date information see: www.perthshire.co.uk

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS Royal connections, history, culture, lochs and rivers, scenic beauty, wildlife, golf, whisky, gardens.

The Crowning Place of Scottish Kings

mospheric heritage exhibition

ffee shop & whisky store

Visitor Centre on the way to Loch Earn - and there are

shopping at the House of Bruar, regarded by some

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wide selection of fine restaurants, accommodation and

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SCONE PALACE, NEAR PERTH

PITLOCHRY FESTIVAL THEATRE

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The crowning place of Scottish Kings “The stylistic equivalent of a West where Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and End producing theatre set against a... For full information on our 2014 Summer Season ďż˝ See the crowning place of Scottish ďż˝ 1 hour from Edinburgh and 1.5 of six shows by six Scottish authors, including group rates and packages, Charles II were crowned. attraction. Kings and the site5î ˆ of the Stone of hours from Glasgow, 2 miles north backdrop of rolling Perthshire hills.â€? Scone. of Perth on the A93. Open 1 April 31 October, daily from 9.30am. ďż˝ Roam around the extensive grounds featuring the Murray Star Maze, ďż˝ Winter Hours: FREE ADMISSION to Pinetum, Plant Hunters’ Pavilion, the Grounds, Food Shop, Christmas Children’s Play Area and Glorious Shop & Coffee Shop each Friday, Gardens. Saturday and Sunday from November to March. ďż˝ Browse around our Food and Gift Shops, enjoy refreshments in our Old Servants’ Hall Coffee Shop.

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“The first impression of Perthshire is of trees, rivers and mountains - in essence the epitome t: 01738 552300 e: visits@scone-palace.co.uk www.scone-palace.co.uk

over the spirit of Dewar’s

of all that is expected of a Scottish Highland landscape. Three of the most popular group

Aberfeldy Distillery, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, PH15 2EB 1887 822010 www.dewars.com

destinations in Scotland are Perth city and Highland Perthshire - and for very good reasons� 01 Craigievar Castle. 02 Kenmore.

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Dundee and Angus...first rate attractions, romantic castles an ancient land Many visitors are introduced to this vibrant riverside city through science, education and its two Universities. Dundee also boasts a plethora of attractions, events, entertainment, shopping and the arts & culture. Captain Scott’s ship RRS Discovery and Dundee’s Science Centre: Sensation are two of the city’s superb attractions. The performing arts are also very strong in Dundee with the Caird Hall, Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre and the Dundee Rep Theatre offering a full year’s entertainment. The ancient county of Angus stretches from the

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base of Balmoral Forest and Lochnagar to the coast. There are 9 Munros (mountains over 3,000 feet) in Angus and some of the best salmon and sea trout fishing in Scotland. It was in Arbroath Abbey that the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320, six years after the battle of Bannockburn, (commemorating its 700th anniversary in 2014), confirming Scotland’s independence from England. Glamis Castle was the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the legendary setting of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Kirriemuir, birthplace of Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie, is a charming small red sandstone town located at the foot of two Glens and is, therefore,

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What’s On & SUGGESTED ITINERARY Nestling on Scotland’s east coast, between Edinburgh and Aberdeen - en route to Royal Deeside - Angus and Dundee are easy to reach from either Edinburgh via Fife or Perth. Events of interest to groups include the annual Angus Glens’ Walking Festival (end May/early June), the Strathmore Highland Games at Glamis Castle (June), Scottish Transport Extravaganza and the Scottish Countryside Festival (July) and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (October). Dundee also hosts the Dundee Flower and Food Festival (Sept).

often referred to as ‘the gateway to the Angus Glens’ - glens which offer excellent walks with some of the most amazing scenery in Scotland and which have been the hiding places of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and the Marquis of Montrose and Claverhouse (Bonnie Dundee). They are fully utilised nowadays by hikers and walkers taking in the superb scenery, flora and fauna. Dundee and Angus are blessed with some fine golf. Carnoustie is the hardest of all The Open Championship courses especially when the wind howls off the Firth of Tay.

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Using Dundee as a base, groups can explore the influence of the ancient Picts at Pictavia near Brechin, celebrate the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at Glamis Castle and find out all about the 14th century Declaration of Scottish Independence by empowered Scottish nobles at Arbroath Abbey. The life of Victorian explorer Captain Scott is celebrated at Discovery Point in Dundee and group members can also witness the influence of the jute barons of Dundee on modern day life at Verdant Works or discover a child’s eye view of our five senses at the award-winning Dundee Science Centre:

Sensation. The Angus Glens that once offered shelter to Highland outlaws and patriots can now be explored by anyone and, for golfers, a round of links golf can be enjoyed at Monifieth, Panmure, Arbroath and Montrose or even on one of the hardest layouts on The Open Championship circuit, Carnoustie. For full up to date information see: www.angusanddundee.co.uk

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS Golf, seascapes, city breaks, history & heritage, shopping, walking, cycling, wildlife, Peter Pan.

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THE MCMANUS: DUNDEE’S ART GALLERY

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Childhood home of the late Queen Mother and legendary setting for Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth”.

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With a retail area and café with an outdoor terrace designed to improve groups’ overall visitor experience.

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At the heart of Dundee’s cultural and social life. Come and experience an exhibition, film, get creative, buy a lovely gift or have something to eat and drink.

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“This area offers dramatic and breathtaking scenery from rugged coastlines to Highland glens and a unique blend of ancient Scottish history, romantic castles, formal gardens, top quality visitor attractions and modern 21st century shopping” 01 Captain Scott’s ship RRS Discovery. 02 Glamis Castle.

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Aberdeen City and Shire...a booming city, whisky, castles and stunning coast The multi-million pound, newly opened Trump International Golf Links just north of the city has been designed to be one of the finest in the world.

and Tolquhon Castle (all nr Ellon) are all excellent

group-orientated attractions such as Archaeolink

itinerary options. The three “Trails” are worth exploring

Prehistory Park (Oyne), Fyvie Castle, Huntly Castle and

- Scotland’s Castle Trail (www.visitscotland.com/

Delgatie Castle.

But it is the sea that is Aberdeen’s “raison d’etre”. Its harbour has always been busy, previously with a huge fishing fleet but sea fishing is, mostly, concentrated in Fraserburgh (home to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses) and Peterhead, Europe’s busiest fishing port, with small picturesque villages including Pennan, Crovie and Gardenstown nestled around the coast.

castletrail), the Coastal Trail, and the Victorian Trail

Royal Deeside is teeming with attractions suitable

In this northeastern corner, Aberdeenshire Farming Museum (Mintlaw), Pitmedden Garden, Haddo House

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(www.visitroyaldeeside.com) which explores the areas best loved by Queen Victoria.

& SUGGESTED ITINERARY Popular with groups: Aberdeen International Youth Festival (late July), The Braemar Gathering (September) and the Stonehaven Fireballs Festival on Hogmanay. Local events include the Royal Deeside Golf Week (May), Castle Fraser Steam & Vintage Fair (June), The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival (June), Stonehaven Folk Festival (July), Aberdeen International Football Festival (Youth Football - July), The Aboyne and Deeside Festival (July), Turriff Show (agriculture, August) and numerous Highland Games and Agricultural Shows.

Museum, Banchory Woollen Mill, Drum Castle (all in or

Around Inverurie, set in the midst of this superb

near Banchory), Balmoral Castle and Crathie Church,

flowing countryside, you’ll find Grampian Transport

Glenshee Ski Centre, Loch Muick and Lochnagar

Museum, Alford Valley Railway, Kildrummy Castle,

Wildlife Reserve, Royal Lochnagar Distillery & Visitor

Craigievar Castle and Castle Fraser (all around Alford),

Centre and The Old Royal Station (in or around

Glen Garioch Distillery and The Bennachie Centre.

Ballater), World Horse Welfare at Belwade Farm

Towards Huntly and Turriff, there are further excellent

(Aboyne) and Corgarff Castle (Strathdon).

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for any group - Crathes Castle and Garden, Banchory

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Possibly the most popular group tour themes are Royal Deeside, including the Victorian Heritage Trail, and Scotland’s Castle Trail: Dunnottar (Stonehaven), Crathes (Banchory), Drum (Peterculter), Fraser (Dunecht), Tolquhon Castle & Haddo House (Tarves), Fyvie & Delgatie (Turriff), Duff House (Banff), Huntly, Spynie Palace (Elgin), Balvenie (Dufftown), Kildrummy, Corgarff (Strathdon), Braemar, Balmoral (Ballater), and Craigievar (Alford). Enjoy fantastic malt whisky with a visit to Aberdeenshire’s distilleries: Royal Lochnagar (Ballater), Fettercairn, Glen Garioch (Oldmeldrum), and Glen Dronach (Huntly) are all open to visitors. Aberdeen City attractions: the David Welch Winter Gardens in Duthie Park, Aberdeen Art Gallery,

Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Provost Skene’s House, Satrosphere, Aberdeen Arts Centre, His Majesty’s Theatre, Gordon Highlanders Museum, St Machar’s Cathedral, Marischal Museum, Old Aberdeen and Blairs Museum. For literary interest there is the superb Grassic Gibbon Centre - his classics are all based in the Aberdeenshire Mearns. For full up to date information: www.aberdeen-grampian. com/explore

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS Royal Deeside, Castle Trail, golf, activities (walking, cycling, skiing, fishing, adventure and water sports), scenery, whisky, city culture and shopping.

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THE GRASSIC GIBBON CENTRE,

HADDO HOUSE (NTS)

DAVID WELCH WINTER GARDENS

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Noted for its fine furniture and paintings, it also has a terraced garden leading to the Country Park with lakes, walks.

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At Duthie Park are one of Europe’s largest indoor gardens and Scotland’s third most visited gardens.

“At the confluence of the Rivers Dee and Don with its own international airport, Aberdeen, the “Oil Capital of Europe” or “Granite City” is Scotland’s third largest city with the customary buzz of a great university institution” 01 Aberdeen City. 02 Enjoying Royal Deeside Whisky.

03 Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven.

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Add something extra to your group touring programme and take your group on an Off-Road personalised Land Rover tour of beautiful Highland Perthshire.With your kilted private Guide, take in some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery and wildlife and combine with the following options: • RED DEER ENCOUNTER • COFFEE or WHISKY ON THE HILL • GOLD PANNING • HILLWALK and/or PICNIC IN OUR MOUNTAIN BOTHY • CAFÉ & GIFT SHOP

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The Crowning Place of Scottish Kings

The Perfect Whisky Experience  Guided distillery tours  Atmospheric heritage exhibition  Coffee shop & whisky store  Free bus parking  Complimentary refreshments

for drivers  Group discounts and free entry

for leaders

� See the crowning place of Scottish Kings and the site of the Stone of Scone.

 Conveniently located just 20

� 1 hour from Edinburgh and 1.5 hours from Glasgow, 2 miles north of Perth on the A93. Open 1 April 31 October, daily from 9.30am.

� Roam around the extensive grounds featuring the Murray Star Maze, � Winter Hours: FREE ADMISSION to Pinetum, Plant Hunters’ Pavilion, the Grounds, Food Shop, Christmas Children’s Play Area and Glorious Shop & Coffee Shop each Friday, Gardens. Saturday and Sunday from November to March. � Browse around our Food and Gift Shops, enjoy refreshments in our Old Servants’ Hall Coffee Shop.

minutes from Pitlochry and the A9  Easy booking - call for details

Discover the spirit of Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, PH15 2EB Tel 01887 822010 www.dewars.com

t: 01738 552300 e: visits@scone-palace.co.uk www.scone-palace.co.uk

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of Caithness Glass “A fantastic place to visit with all kinds of gifts instore”

Open 7 days, 9am - 5pm

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C/O HISTORIC SCOTLAND, LONGmORE HOuSE, SALISBuRy PLACE, EDINBuRGH EH9 1SH Tel: 0131 668 8831 Fax: 0131 668 8888 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/traveltrade

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Contact: Sales Team Ad Page 9 The beautiful Walled Garden at Edzell is one of Scotland’s unique sites, created by Sir David Lindsay in 1604. The architectural framework surrounding the the garden with heraldic sculptures and carved panels is unique in Britain. Prices: Child £3.00, Adult £5.00, Concession £4.00 Open: Jan-Dec (closed 25 & 26 Dec and 1 & 2 Jan) PR CP No limit

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Contact: ms Barrie Andrian Ad Page 39 Experience the Iron Age. Guided tours (English, Dutch, French, German), exhibits, and ancient craft demonstrations bring the past to life. Groups welcome - booking essential. Giftshop. Refreshments. Prices: £6.00 - £8.00 Open: Apr-Oct. mar & Nov by appointment PR GL CP EPW 100

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Contact: Jill Scougall Ad IFC Blair Athol Distillery stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Come along and enjoy a tour at one of the oldest working distilleries. Wheelchair access limited to shop and reception

Contact: Julie Riddell Ad Page 38 Add something extra to your group touring programme - An Off-Road Safari tour in beautiful Highland Perthshire with kilted guides *Coffee or Whisky on the hill *Group rates from £15.00 per person *Gold Panning *Hill walk and/or Picnic in our mountain bothy. Prices: On Application Open: Jan-Dec PR GL R CP EPW 2-50

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PERTH ROAD, PITLOCHRy, PERTHSHIRE PH16 5Ly Tel: 01796 482003 Fax: 01796 482001 blair.athol.distillery@diageo.com www.discovering-distilleries.com

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The capital of the Highlands, Britain’s largest National

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Scotland’s most outstanding attractions. Inverness is the commercial and cultural ‘capital’ of the Highlands with historic Culloden battlefield and mysterious Loch Ness on its doorstep; the Cairngorms National Park protecting a sublime natural mountain environment; and Moray Strathspey, home of many iconic malt whisky brands.

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Inverness, Strathspey and Moray Speyside

...the magic of malt whisky, mountains and glens with unique outdoor activities. Inverness is an expanding and beautiful city. It offers excellent shopping, bars, restaurants and cafes with Eden Court Theatre supplying some excellent evening entertainment. Accommodation of all types is plentiful and of a very high quality. From Inverness you can also visit Culloden Battlefield, the scene of the last battle on British soil. To the east, the seaside town of Nairn offers miles of sandy beaches and championship golf courses. Moray Speyside leads the way to Malt Whisky Country

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where the River Spey winds from its source high in the Cairngorms National Park. Visitors can explore Elgin’s ruined cathedral and watch whisky barrels being made at the Speyside Cooperage near Craigellachie, or visit one of eight distilleries on the Malt Whisky Trail. (www.maltwhiskytrail.com) Aviemore offers myriad activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing - but also less strenuous ones, like canoeing, walking and pony trekking in this outstanding natural environment. Here, visitors can try and spot the local inhabitants like red squirrels at the

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What’s On & SUGGESTED ITINERARY Highland Games naturally feature throughout the summer months with walking and mountain festivals making lively additions to the programme (www.shga. co.uk). Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival (May) has a AWARD WINNING

LOCH NESS full programme of tastings, events and ceilidhs.

Other highlights include the Burning of the Clavie (Burghead, January), Inverness Music Festival

(March), Jazz Festival C RU I SNairnE International S & TO U Rand S the

Inverness Book Festival (August), Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival, Dufftown and the Blas Festival (Sept).

Landmark Forest Adventure Park, pine martens (and polar bears!) at the Highland Wildlife Park, ospreys and elusive capercaillie at Loch Garten or Abernethy Forest or mountain hare, dotterel and ptarmigan. Group members do not have to walk all the way - the funicular railway at CairnGorm Mountain and the Strathspey Steam Railway can do the legwork for them. Kingussie, Newtonmore and, to the north, Grantown-on-Spey are further options for use as tour “bases” and all are within easy reach of all of the attractions in this remarkably accessible area.

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Driving up the A9 it is easy to turn off and visit the attractive towns of Newtonmore and Kingussie - the Highland Folk Museum, Clan Macpherson Museum, Ruthven Barracks, Highland Wildlife Park and the RSPB Insh Marshes National Nature Reserve before travelling north to Aviemore which for many is the gateway to the Cairngorms National Park, the funicular railway at CairnGorm Mountain, Glenmore Forest Park and en route to Inverness, the Loch Garten Osprey Centre and Strathspey Railway (Boat of Garten) and the Landmark Forest Adventure Park (Carrbridge). Inverness offers the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre (NTS), Holm Mills Shopping Village and towards Beauly, the Moniack Castle Wineries

(Kirkhill). To the east along the Moray Firth, the imposing barracks at Fort George guard the entrance to Inverness by sea and together with Cawdor Castle are popular attractions. Further east, lie Nairn and Elgin (Elgin Cathedral, Pluscarden Abbey, Johnstons Cashmere Heritage Centre), Fochabers (Baxters Highland Village) and the Malt Whisky Trail. For full up to date information see: www.visithighlands.com

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS History, mountains and lochs, whisky, activities, castles, cruises - Dolphin and “Nessie” spotting.

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5 star Loch Ness cruises from Inverness, and other historic locations. Superb entertainment and facilities for groups.

Site of the last battle fought on British soil. The battlefield is now returned to as close as it was on 16 April 1746.

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Whisky & Chocolate, tours and tastings plus a range of Classic Single Malts paired with luxury highland chocolates.

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Moray Firth - probably one of the best places in Europe to see bottlenose dolphins” 01 Glenfinnan Monument, Loch Shiel. 02 River Ness, Inverness.

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Fort William, Loch Ness and Skye

...romantic, supremely beautiful, historic and full of mystery The ancient region of Lochaber abounds with tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie fleeing from the Redcoats through these hills, moors and mountains to Skye and the Outer Hebrides and of treacherous deeds like the Massacre of Glen Coe. Fort William has many stories to tell and the West Highland Museum is a good place to start. The natural environment is used to the full for outdoor activities, this being the Outdoor Capital of the UK, and part of this vast and dramatic area can be viewed from the top of the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola. Alternatively, cruises on Loch Ness are popular from Fort Augustus.

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mountains are ever-present and a boat trip on Loch

ferries to Skye and the Small Isles of Eigg, Muck, Rum

Coruisk from Elgol offers some of the best views of

and Canna, via the Glenfinnan Monument which group

this stunning part of Skye - Dunvegan Castle, Armadale

visitors may want to experience by steam train just

Castle and Gardens, Talisker Distillery and Portree.

like Harry Potter (peak season).

The Lochaber, Loch Ness and Skye area offers an

Towards the Isle of Skye, picturesque little villages

introduction to Gaeldom - a culture unique to the

such as Plockton and Glenelg and spectacular castles

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visitor destinations in Europe complemented by a

an island of scenic splendour, folklore and a romance

superb selection of accommodation, visitor attractions,

associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora

quality local shopping, restaurants, cafes and pubs

MacDonald. The soaring, craggy heights of the Cuillin

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to the Isles, following in the footsteps of ancient

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cattle drovers and Bonnie Prince Charlie. The route

An Isle of Skye tour is always popular, perhaps visiting

can also be undertaken on the Jacobite Steam Train,

the Clan Donald Centre and the ruins of Armadale

Music, mountains, Highland Games, motorcycle trials and mountain bike events all feature throughout the year, the most popular being the Fort William Mountain Festival (February); Scottish Six Days (Motorcycle) Trial, Fort William and area (May); UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, Fort William (June); the Skye Agricultural Show (August); Ben Nevis Race (September) in addition to many Highland Games.

made famous by the Harry Potter movies. The A830 to

Castle in the south and Dunvegan Castle in the north,

Mallaig is now much improved and suggested stops

taking in Portree, Broadford and Talisker Distillery

are Glenfinnan, Loch nan Uamh, Arisaig, Morar and

along the way.

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Mallaig. This is a great route to the Isle of Skye and the CalMac ferry from Mallaig is often preferred to the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh. Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain as viewed from the top of the Nevis Range gondola is a must. Glen Coe can be visited on

For full up to date information see: www.visithighlands.com

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS Lochs and glens, mountains and scenery, history, activities, coast and countryside.

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GLENCOE VISITOR CENTRE (NTS)

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20,000 acre estate in south Skye, historic gardens and woodland trails around Armadale Castle and Museum of the Isles.

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The largest range of fine quality gifts from the shores of Loch Ness in The Highlands of Scotland.

www.lochnessgifts.com

“Spectacular mountains, glens, rivers, lochs and sea, full of history, romance and wildlife. Visitors are welcomed to Lochaber through the vast expanse of Rannoch Moor before passing the Buachaille Etive Mor guarding the entrance to Glen Coe” 01 The Cuillin from Sligachan Bridge, Skye. 02 Highland Games.

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Ross-shire, Sutherland and Caithness

...scenic beauty, northern mountains, lochs & glens, castles, gardens and great golf These sublime landscapes are made for walkers and climbers with caves, sea-stacks, seals and dolphins. Golf, cycling, riding and watersports and even a sub tropical garden are also to be found here but, ultimately, it is the wilderness experience and its vast grandeur, which will leave the strongest impression. Mountains with wonderful names as Canisp, Foinaven, Suilven, Stac Pollaidh, Ben More Assynt and Quinag punctuate the landscape. The whole coast is indented with the fjord-like sea lochs of Carron, Torridon, Gairloch and Ewe. Opportunities for wildlife spotting abound and, for walking, are infinite. For group tours,

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there are towns neatly spread out just far enough away to make itinerary planning simple - Gairloch, Aultbea, Ullapool, Lochinver then the long run to Tongue or else travelling straight down to Lairg leaving the east coast for a future trip! Sutherland is a vast area of sparsely populated moorland and glens supporting some superb rivers with excellent trout and salmon fishing. Along the top of mainland UK, Viking names adorn the coastline - Durness, Tongue, Melvich, Reay, Thurso, Wick - testament to the Viking settlement and governance of this area some 1,000 years ago.

The eastern side of northern Scotland is peppered with quaint old fishing communities offering beautiful views. Standing resplendent on the coast, Dunrobin Castle is a must see attraction as is a visit to Dornoch with its championship golf course and sandy beaches. Over the Dornoch Bridge, Tain is the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland and is home to ‘Glenmorangie Whisky’ and another fine links golf course. Another bridge then takes you to Cromarty Firth on the Black Isle where a detour of the harbour town of Cromarty itself is recommended, simply for the architecture and for dolphin spotting!

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What’s On & SUGGESTED ITINERARY The Northern Highlands offers a number of excellent festivals and events, many spontaneously! Most notable ones are the Caithness & Sutherland Walking Festival (May), Dunrobin Castle Vintage Car Rally (August), Ullapool’s Loopallu Music Festival, Wild About Food, Wester Ross (Sept), Wild North Festival, Caithness and Sutherland (Sept-Oct), The lush oasis of Inverewe Gardens, special walking and wildlife spotting events and the various Highland Gatherings including those of Dornoch, Strathpeffer, Tain and

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Halkirk, all add to the holiday experience. To go round the top of the UK mainland is a supreme experience. From Inverness to Gairloch where there is plenty of good tour accommodation up to Ullapool via Inverewe Gardens and then, with perhaps a detour and glimpse of, or a boat trip to, the Summer Isles (from Ullapool or Achiltibuie), especially during an evening sunset, to Durness and Tongue. Along the top of Scotland past many secluded beaches and tumultuous seas crashing on the rocks and sheer cliffs and on to John o’Groats then Wick taking in the Castle and Gardens of Mey, Caithness Horizons, Pulteney Distillery, Wick Heritage Centre, Castle Sinclair Girnigoe Beinn Eighe NNR. Continue down

the east coast through the small fishing villages of Lybster, Latheron, Dunbeath, Helmsdale (Timespan Museum and Arts Centre), Brora and Golspie with a popular stop at Dunrobin Castle. Dornoch lies a few miles south - excellent for accommodation, walks (with superb views out to the Tarbat Peninsula) along the beach and the renowned Royal Dornoch championship golf course! For full up to date information: www.visithighlands.com

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS History, castles, gardens, archaeology, scenic beauty, walking, wildlife.

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CLYNELISH DISTILLERY, BRORA

CAWDOR CASTLE, NAIRN

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The most northerly of Scotland’s great houses, dating back to the 1300s. Home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland.

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A magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle.

“The sheer expanse of these northern lands makes a big impression. This area offers splendid variety from beautiful wildness and austere rock-hewn landscapes to natural untouched seascapes all the way along the coastal fringes” 01 Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland. 02 Sango Beach, Caithness.

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and Seallam! Visitor Centre in Harris. The middle set of islands consists of Berneray (a favourite of Prince Charles), North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay: all of which are linked by causeways. 40 miles offshore, the island of St Kilda (a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site) remains a major once-in-a-lifetime attraction with boat trips available (subject to weather conditions). Lochmaddy, the main port in North Uist, links the islands by ferry to Skye. For visitors there is Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre (North Uist);

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Both Nature Reserves in the Uists, at Balranald, North Uist and at Loch Druidibeg, South Uist, renowned for their visiting bird life and around the coast you may spot seals, dolphin and even otter. On Barra, Kisimul Castle stands proud in Castlebay. The beaches are superb and where else in the world will you find an airport runway that is washed twice a day by the tide - only on Traigh Mhor! In fact Barra is ideal for beachcombing and fresh Atlantic air!

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The Gaelic Culture is strong here and Gaelic events, highland games, agricultural shows and ceilidhs are highly popular with both locals and visitors - many are spontaneous! Events include Cèolas Music School, South Uist (July), Hebridean Celtic Festival (July), BarraFest (July), Harris Arts Festival (July and August).

Lochmaddy (North Uist) being serviced from Uig in Skye. The Port of Ness which seems at the edge of the world at the very top of Lewis is always a major draw for its harbour beaches and wildlife - just because it is there! The Calanais Standing Stones are even more impressive and older than both Stonehenge and the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza but being so far from centres of population, are not so well known.

Thanks to modern ferries and causeways, it is now possible to tour all of the islands in the Hebrides by coach/car. Ferries travel from Ullapool to Stornoway in the north, Oban to Castlebay and Lochboisdale in the south with the ports of Tarbert (Harris) and

Stornoway is one of the main “bases” with a busy harbour, welcoming cafés and traditional unusual shops. Harris has a stunning landscape with mountains with ancient rocks rising up out of crystal clear waters and is world-renowned for Harris Tweed

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Borve Castle (Benbecula); Kildonan Heritage Centre and Museum (South Uist).

which is unique to these isles. North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist are connected by causeways with each island having its own noticeable environmental differences. Barra is a delight to explore where you will meet welcoming locals. Just make sure none of your group absconds and decides to stay - don’t be surprised if they do! For full up to date information see: www.visithebrides.com

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS Beachcombing, watersports, nature, fishing, archaeology, local culture, walking, cycling, history and heritage.

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TAIGH CHEARSABHAGH

CALANAIS STANDING STONES

KISIMUL CASTLE, ISLE OF BARRA

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5000 years old they have witnessed countless changes in the landscape around them. Superb visitor’s centre.

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Spectacularly sited on a rock in the bay, take the short journey and follow in the wake of the clan chiefs.

“Lewis and Harris both have west coasts with fabulous white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and big Atlantic swells which are perfect for surfing, beachcombing or simply relaxing” 01 The Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis. 02 Traig Lar, the Machar, North Uist. 03 Tarbert, Isle of Harris.

04 Sailing into Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. 05 Horgabost, Isle of Harris.

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The Northern Isles The Isles of Orkney and Shetland

“Viking tradition is matched by striking beauty & charm”

“seabird haven, ancient Skara Brae and living heritage” 01

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The Orkney Isles

The Shetland Isles

From the northern shores of Caithness, Orkney is clearly visible over the Pentland Firth - seems just a stone’s throw away - but far enough away for these islands to develop their own independent culture and lifestyle; a lifestyle with strong Viking influences. But the Vikings were latecomers as far as Orkney is concerned, as reason why these stunning islands are now world famous for their fascinating archaeology.

North

Papa Westray

Ronaldsay

Its attractions are guaranteed Westray

to keep any group of visitors

Sanday Rousay Birsay

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in six of all British species of

Orkney

seabird (over 350 recorded species) nest here on every

Auskerry

Orkney Deerness

Houton

Scapa Flow

Flotta

Hoy

airborne grace above the fury

Shapinsay

Kirkwall

Stromness

ledge on Orkney’s dramatic

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and power of a mesmerising

Stroma

Atlantic Ocean.

Gills

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Finstown

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conceivable rock, cranny and cliffs giving a contrast of

Stronsay Tingwall

St Mary’s

Burray St Margerets Hope South Ronaldsay Burwick Pentland Skerries

John O'Groats

Islands

Muckle Roe

Baltasound

Brae

Whalsay offers a completely different Sandness Girlsta destination and experience. Islands Walls North Roe Shetland Shetland was part of the royal Lerwick Foula Hillswick Isle of Noss Scalloway estate of Norway for hundred’s Bressay West St Magnus Burra Shetland Bay years before becoming a part of MousaRoe Sandwick Muckle Brae Papa Stour Levenwick Scotland in the late 15th century. Sandness Islands Walls As it is nearer to Bergen in Norway Sumburgh than Edinburgh, it is not surprising Foula Scalloway that some Shetlanders see West Burra themselves as Norse rather than Sandwick Levenwick Scottish. The Viking influence can Fair Isle be seen in the culture, dialect and Sumburgh place names.

Sound Yell

especially ornithologists. One

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Unst Here, the strength of tradition is matched by the sheer spectacle of its natural Baltasound environment. Over 100 islands featuring spectacular cliffs andBelmont seascapes, abundant wildlife including the highest number of otters in Europe andGutcher over a million breeding West Fetlar North Roe Sandwick seabirds can be found here, all Ulsta Yell Muckle Hillswick Flugga enjoying Shetland’s superb seafood! Burravoe Toft St Magnus Out Unst Shetland Bay Skerries Vidlin To the visitor the Shetland Isles Sound Yell

evidence shows that there were communities here 8,000 years ago. This is one

One of the really special group destinations for people who like adventure, the outdoors Muckle and unique cultural traditions. Flugga

Belmont Gutcher West Sandwick

Fetlar

Ulsta Yell Burravoe Toft Out Skerries

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Isle of Noss

Bressay Mousa

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The Orkney Isles...defined by the past and sculpted by the sea For such a relatively small destination Orkney has an unprecedented array of both natural and man-made attractions filling any seven day itinerary.

of Brodgar, Barnhouse Neolithic village and Skara Brae, a well preserved Neolithic village engulfed by sand 5,000 years ago.

Offering a rich variety of activities, these islands are superb for wildlife watching and for rich and varied angling.

Viking heritage and cultural influences are also seen - Kirkwall is a fine example, dominated by the magnificent 12th century St Magnus Cathedral and the ruins of the Bishop’s Palace and the Earl’s Palace. The Orkney Museum in Tankerness House provides an introduction to Orkney’s history.

The quality and importance of many of the 1,000 recorded archaeological sites has resulted in Orkney’s Neolithic Heartland being awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site Status. This includes sites such as Maeshowe chambered tomb in Stenness, dating back to 2,800 BC, the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring

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Stromness, dates from the 17th century when trade between Europe was growing rapidly. The town was an important port of call for the Hudson’s Bay Company.

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What’s On

Following the sinking of HMS Royal Oak in 1939 in Scapa Flow, sea defences were strengthened resulting in the islands of South Ronaldsay, Burray and Lamb Holm being joined by four causeways called the Churchill Barriers. Italian prisoners of war helped to build these causeways and they created the Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm from old Nissen huts. Each island in Orkney has something different to offer, the Mainland may be the largest but from a total of around 70 islands and skerries, there are 20 lively communities each with easy going, friendly people.

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Isles are a haven for both. The plethora of birdlife

Flow and the Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm). Getting

includes guillemots, razorbills, shags, storm petrels,

away from history and archaeology, the Highland Park

cormorants and the favourite, puffins. Over 8000

Distillery (Kirkwall), the Pier Art Centre (Stromness)

Four of the main events of interest to group visitors

hectares of nature reserve land are managed by the

and the brand new Orkney Brewery and Visitor Centre

are the Orkney Nature Festival (May), the Orkney Folk

RSPB including their reserve in Hoy.

in Quoyloo are excellent group attractions.

Walks and cycle trips in Orkney take visitors through

For full up to date information see:

thousands of years of history - from the Neolithic

www.visitorkney.com/events

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Festival (May), the St Magnus Festival (June) and the Orkney Science Festival (September). There is, however, a long list of other events throughout the year covering golf, sailing, Nordic Studies Summer

Settlers (Skara Brae - now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Ring of Brodgar and

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS

Maeshowe being excellent examples) to the Viking era

Ornithology, archaeology, fishing, sea angling,

Ornithology/wildlife and archaeology tend to be the

2,000 years ago (the Orkneyinga Saga Centre, Orphir)

diving, wildlife, walking, cycling, island tradition

most popular group travel themes as the Orkney

and right up to 20th century maritime history (Scapa

and heritage.

Schools, agriculture and arts and crafts.

SEE & DO

SEE & DO

SEE & DO

MAESHOWE, STENNESS

ST MAGNUS CATHEDRAL, KIRKWALL

HIGHLAND PARK DISTILLERY

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It is the finest Neolithic chambered cairn in north-west Europe. Built around 5,000 years ago.

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Known as the ‘Light in the North’, the Cathedral belongs to the people of Orkney and its doors are open to all.

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The home of “The Best Spirit in the World”, made with the same exacting standards as it has been since 1798.

“Inhabited for over 8,000 years - long before settlement by the Vikings its archaeology is world-renowned. One of the “must-see” group destinations for people who love nature and the great outdoors” 01 Skara Brae, Skaill. The Orkney Isles. 02 Up Helly Aa! The Shetland Isles. 03 The Old Man of Hoy from the sea. The Orkney Isles.

04 Warebeth Beach, Stromness. The Orkney Isles. 05 The Italian Chapel, Lamb Holm. The Orkney Isles.

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The Shetland Isles...dramatic coastlines, Norse heritage and stunning wildlife Shetland has a deep interdependence with the sea

Shetland has a wealth of archaeology to discover.

This rich heritage manifests itself in a vibrant array

that permeates every facet of life from the rich cultural

The Broch of Mousa is over 2,000 years old and

of arts, crafts and music, from the world famous Fair

traditions to the unforgettable wildlife. Shetland’s

astonishingly intact - the stairs to the top of the Broch

Isle knitwear to beautiful handcrafted jewellery. Don’t

afford breathtaking views and a midnight trip to see

miss Shetland’s Craft Trail or an informal fiddling

the nesting Storm Petrels is a must. Meanwhile, the

session at one of Lerwick’s bars.

prehistoric and Norse settlement of Jarlshof provides a

Attractions for groups include the fabulous Shetland

even orca. Wildlife watching trips are easily arranged

record of human history going back 5,000 years, from

Museum and Archives, the new Mareel Music and Arts

with knowledgeable guides who know the best places

the late Bronze Age right through to the Middle Ages,

Centre, Hermaness, Noss and Sumburgh reserves and

to visit.

with Viking influence evident throughout the isles.

Viking Unst.

spectacular cliffs are home to millions of seabirds including fulmar, gannets, guillemots and the ever popular puffins. Seal, porpoise and dolphin sightings are common and lucky visitors will see otters and

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lifestyle and experience their culture. This is where

islands have their own museums/heritage centres to

Scotland meets Scandinavia, where the Atlantic meets

inform visitors of the history, culture, heritage, natural

the North Sea and where the local English dialect

history of their own island community. Exploring the

Shetland has a number of major festivals each year

has a definite Nordic lilt to it - Bergen is closer than

scenery and landscapes of Shetland by foot or by bike

including Up Helly Aa (Viking Fire Festival January),

Edinburgh! For groups, the ideal place to get a feel for

also offers added opportunities to see local wildlife.

Shetland Folk Festival (April/May), the Bergen-

these islands is with a visit to the excellent Shetland

Shetland Races (Yachting June), the Shetland Fiddle

Museum and Archives in Lerwick. This will prepare

and Accordion Festival (October) and the Shetland

those who have never been here before for ancient

Guitar Festival October - and this is just a flavour as

sites like Jarlshof and the Brochs at Mousa, Clickimin,

there are many other events throughout the year.

Old Scatness and many more.

Probably the main reason why people like to visit

Travel to the outer islands by ferry and air. Island

island hopping, geological, outdoor activities,

island communities is to take a glimpse into their

hopping is popular and rewarding as most of the

traditional crafts.

& SUGGESTED ITINERARY

For full up to date information see: www.visitshetland.com

GROUP TRAVEL THEME SUGGESTIONS Archaeology, history, ornithology, wildlife, culture,

SEE & DO

SEE & DO

SEE & DO

JARLSHOF, SUMBURGH

SCALLOWAY MUSEUM

THE UNST HERITAGE CENTRE

www.historic-scotland.gov.uk

www.scallowaymuseum.org

www.unstheritage.com

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An important site with a complex that includes a Bronze Age village of oval stone huts and an entire Viking settlement.

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A permanent memorial to those involved in wartime activities between Shetland and Norway (Shetland Bus) between 1939-45.

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Comprises the Heritage Centre and Boat Haven, on Unst - Britain’s most northerly island.

“With Bergen in Norway being nearer than Edinburgh, it is no surprise the culture and lifestyle of the Shetland Isles reflect that of its near neighbours in Scandinavia and it truly remains a destination worth visiting in its own right” 01 The Gaada Stack, Island of Foula. The Shetland Isles. 02 A puffin at Sumburgh Head. The Shetland Isles.

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V I S I T OR

EXPERIENCE

The Glenmorangie Distillery Shop

The Glenmorangie Distillery Visitor Experience

Open all year Mon to Fri 10:00 - 17:00 and June - August Saturdays 10:00 - 16:00 Sundays 12:00 - 16:00

Tours every 30 minutes between June and August and every hour any other time. Tours are £5 per adult

On the gentle shores of the Dornoch Firth in the Highlands of Scotland lies the Glenmorangie Distillery, renowned for crafting the most delicious malt whisky in the world

Visit the distillery and discover the home of the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland

Tour the Distillery’s oldest warehouse and discover the secrets behind Glenmorangie’s pioneering reputation

Tain Inverness On the A9, 45 minutes from Inverness, 1 mile north of Tain

Perth Glasgow Edinburgh

See the Men of Tain at work - highly skilled craftsmen entrusted with the creation of Glenmorangie

Enjoy a dram of Glenmorangie Original at the end of your tour – delighting in its honeyed sweetness and notes of citrus, vanilla and almonds

Take home your favourite whisky after a visit to the Glenmorangie Distillery Shop

Pre-booking is recommended and essential for large groups. The Glenmorangie Distillery is a working distillery. For a few weeks a year we undergo essential maintenance when tours may be restricted. For more information call 01862 892477 email: tain-shop@glenmorangie.co.uk or visit www.glenmorangie.com The Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, Ross-shire IV19 1PZ, Scotland

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Dunrobin Castle & Gardens

t: 01408633177 f: 01408634081 info@dunrobincastle.co.uk www.dunrobincastle.co.uk

Dunrobin Castle is the largest house in the North of Scotland and dates from 1400. The Castle contains a magnificent collection of furniture, silver, tapestries, family portraits and memorabilia. Outstanding formal gardens designed by Sir Charles Barry. Informative Falconry Displays every Monday to Saturday with additional Sunday displays during June, July and August. Tearoom and Gift Shop, pre-booked coaches welcome. Group rates available. Open 1st April - mid October. Dunrobin.indd 1

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Tel FreeFone

0800 688 8998 or BOOK ONLINE

www.pentlandferries.co.uk

The 21st Century crossing to Orkney! Using the very latest technology and meeting the highest safety standards demanded by today’s modern travellers, Pentland Ferries now has Scotland’s finest catamaran car and passenger ferry crossing the old Viking Highway – the Pentland Firth, a journey time of an hour, and with three return sailings each day.

Passengers should be at the terminal thirty minutes before sailing time and are advised to book, either via the web or by telephone, to avoid disappointment.

A comfortable lounge offers excellent views on passage, and for those who prefer fresh air, the top deck has safe, comfortable seating. Light snacks and drinks are available.

We accept cash on board or credit, debit card at our onshore offices.

Gills Bay

Kirkwall

St Margaret’s Hope

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Orkney Museums and Heritage

From Prehistory

to the present day

Visit our museums and attractions including

THE ORKNEY MUSEUM ST. MAGNUS CATHEDRAL CORRIGALL FARM MUSEUM KIRBUSTER MUSEUM SCAPA FLOW VISITOR CENTRE AND MUSEUM

FREE ENTRY For further details telephone: 01856 873535 or email: museum@orkney.gov.uk

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DuNROBIN CASTLE

GOLSPIE KW10 6Sf Tel: 01408 633177 info@dunrobincastle.co.uk www.dunrobincastle.co.uk

FORRES (HS)

Contact: Scott Morrison Ad Page 52

Ad Page 7 Award winning visitor centre with innovative interactive displays and stunning mountain views. Wildlife safari tours. Location of James Bond film ‘Skyfall’.

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DRUMNADROCHIT (HS)

THE NATIONAL TRuST fOR SCOTLAND, GLENCOE PH49 4LA Tel: 0844 493 2663 fax: 0844 493 2260 traveltrade@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/traveltrade

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Contact: Sales Team Ad Page 9 The remains of one of the largest Castles in Scotland. Dominates a rocky promontory on Loch Ness. Splendid views up and down the Loch. The visitor centre provides a fascinating display of artefacts plus an audiovisual presentation. Prices: Child £4.50, Adult £7.40, Concession £5.90 Open: Jan-Dec (closed 25 & 26 Dec). PR R CP No limit

INVERNESS (HS)

Prices: from £7.50 Open: Jan-Dec PR GL CP On Application

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One of Scotland’s highest distilleries - mid-way between Perth and Inverness. Home of the Gentle Spirit. A warm welcome awaits.

C/O HISTORIC SCOTLAND, LONGMORE HOuSE, SALISBuRy PLACE, EDINBuRGH EH9 1SH Tel: 0131 668 8831 fax: 0131 668 8888 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/traveltrade

Dunrobin Castle dates from 1400. The Castle contains a magnificent collection of furniture, silver, tapestries and family portraits. Outstanding formal gardens designed by Sir Charles Barry. falconry displays Monday to Saturday. Additional Sunday falconry displays during June, July and August. Tea Room and Gift Shop. Pre-booked coaches welcome. Prices: £7.25- £8.25 Open: Apr-Oct 15th PR GL R CP

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Contact: Aileen Haggart Here you will find a wide selection of knitwear, countrywear, Scottish gifts and food as well as the whisky shop offering free tastings. Original end of the West Highland Way where you can purchase souvenirs. Drivers’ room. Prices: free Open: Jan-Dec R CP No limit

GLENCOE (HS)

BELfORD ROAD, fORT WILLIAM PH33 6BZ Tel: 01397 704244 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk

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ATTRACTIONS

C/O HISTORIC SCOTLAND, LONGMORE HOuSE, SALISBuRy PLACE, EDINBuRGH EH9 1SH Tel: 0131 668 8831 fax: 0131 668 8888 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/traveltrade

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DALLAS DHu DISTILLERy

Prices: from £6.00 Open: Jan-Dec GL CP EPW On Application

Contact: Ewan MacKintosh

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Visit Clynelish Distillery and take a guided tour to see the distillers at work producing their own brand of liquid gold.

DALWHINNIE, INVERNESS-SHIRE PH19 1AB Tel: 01540 672219 fax: 01540 672228 dalwhinnie.distillery@diageo.com www.discovering-distilleries.com

GOLSPIE (HS)

Contact: Claire fraser

DALWHINNIE DISTILLERy VISITOR CENTRE

ATTRACTIONS

BRORA KW9 6LR Tel: 01408 623000 fax: 01408 623004 clynelish.distillery@diageo.com www.discovering-distilleries.com

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CLyNELISH DISTILLERy

DALWHINNIE (HS)

Scottish Highlands and Islands

BRORA (HS)

Managed on behalf of the people of Orkney and visitors by Orkney Islands Council

BRODIE CASTLE (NTS)

THE NATIONAL TRuST fOR SCOTLAND, BRODIE, fORRES, MORAy IV36 2TE Tel: 0844 493 2663 fax: 0844 493 2260 traveltrade@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/traveltrade Ad Page 7 Beautiful 16th-century tower house, packed with paintings, antique furniture and porcelain, and the magnificent library contains 6,000 volumes. Surrounded by peaceful parkland. National Collection of daffodils. Prices: from £6.50 or Discover Tickets Open: Apr-Oct PR GL R CP EPW

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CAWDOR CASTLE

NAIRN, HIGHLAND IV12 5RD Tel: 01667 404401 info@cawdorcastle.co.uk www.cawdorcastle.co.uk Contact: Sandra Campbell Ad Page 54 A superb fairy-tale castle and just what every visitor is looking for. fine paintings, tapestries and furniture. Three gardens, courtyard cafe, shops, nature trails, putting green, golf course, events programme and much more. Prices: Groups (over 20 people) £8.75 Open: May- 5th Oct, all week PR GL R CP EPW

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5 SHOrE STrEET, ULLAPOOL Iv26 2UJ Tel: 01854 612399 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk Contact: Donna Douglas Superbly located on the harbour front, here you will find a unique selection of quality knitwear, countrywear, gifts and food. Prices: Free Open: Jan-Dec CP No limit

Journey through breathtaking scenery to the UK’s most northerly subtropical-style garden paradise. This award-winning oasis of the north boasts 10,000 recorded plants from around the world, including China, Chile, the Himalayas and Indian subcontinent, as well as the rare Wollemi pine, until recently considered extinct. Prices: from £7.00 or Discover Tickets Open: Apr-Oct Pr GL r CP EPW

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Contact: Sales Team Ad Page 9 Enjoy the best selection of good old fashioned home baked cakes whilst relaxing in our cafe. The food, the panoramic views of the castle and Loch beyond will remain in your memory for a very long time! Picnic lunches available to order. MC L AT Other CP

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SPEAN BrIDGE MILL

SPEAN BrIDGE PH34 4EP Tel: 01397 712260 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk Contact: Marianne Campbell Watch Mary Carol Souness, our resident weaver, bring the Scottish weaving tradition alive. Knitwear, tweeds, tartans, Scottish gifts and souvenirs, food and whisky shop with tastings.Coffee Shop and Drivers’ rest area. Prices: Free Open: Jan-Dec r CP No limit

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DUNrOBIN CASTLE

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Ad Page 52 Large FrEE Car/Coach Park with FrEE access to the Loch-Side! Great value large Gift Shop, with Whisky, Crystal, Books, Clothing, Craft/Souvenir & sundry items. OPEN ALL YEAr. Hourly Boat Trips on site, via our Car Park.

DUNvEGAN CASTLE AND GArDENS DUNvEGAN HOUSE, ISLE OF SKYE Iv55 8WF Tel: 01470 521206 info@dunvegancastle.com www.dunvegancastle.com

Ad Page 53 Any visit to the Isle of Skye would be incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend on offer at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Open: Apr- 15 Oct 10-5.30, 16 Oct-Mar by Appointment

KEITH & DUFFTOWN rAILWAY

DUFFTOWN STATION, DUFFTOWN AB55 4BA Tel: 01343 870429 info@keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk www. keith-dufftown-railway.co.uk

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ISLE OF LEWIS (OH)

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A superb selection of quality knitwear, clothing, accessories and souvenirs at the UK’s most northern point. Coffee Shop serving Costa Coffee.

Contact: Mags Macdonald Ad Page 53 visit Clan Donald Skye - the romantic ruined Armadale Castle & Gardens, Museum of the Isles, woodland walks, study centre, plus restaurant & gifts shop – all with glorious views across the Sound of Sleat. Special Exhibitions throughout the year - popular Wedding and Conference Centre. Prices: Group rate (over 10 people) £6.50 Open: Apr-Oct Pr GL r CP EPW 100

INVERNESS (HS)

WEST HIGHLAND WOOLLEN COMPANY

COUNTY rOAD, JOHN O’GrOATS KW1 4Yr Tel: 01955 611326 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk

ArMADALE, SLEAT, ISLE OF SKYE Iv45 8rS Tel: 01471844305 Fax: 01471844275 office@clandonald.com www.clandonald.com

Contact: rod Furr Ad Page 40 Take a nostalgic trip on the Whisky Line. Spot the wildlife and enjoy superb scenery from our heritage trains. restaurant at Dufftown, shop at Keith Town. Disabled access and facilities at both stations. Prices: Adult £10, Group Bookings welcome Open: W/ends Easter-Sep, and Fridays June-Aug Pr r CP EPW 50

BLACKHOUSE

C/O HISTOrIC SCOTLAND, LONGMOrE HOUSE, SALISBUrY PLACE, EDINBUrGH EH9 1SH Tel: 0131 668 8831 Fax: 0131 668 8888 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/traveltrade Contact: Sales Team Ad Page 9 A traditional, fully furnished, Lewis thatched house. There is an attached barn, byre and stackyard. Beside the blackhouse, a furnished 1920s house and a ruined blackhouse can also be seen. Prices: Child £2.40, Adult £4.00, Concession £3.20 Open: Jan-Dec (closed every Sunday, 25 & 26 Dec and 1 & 2 Jan) Pr CP No limit

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Combine your visit to Dunrobin Castle with morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. Facilities only available to groups paying admission to Dunrobin Castle. Private facilities available on request. Prior bookings advisable.

When you visit our Castle or gardens, a freshly ground Cappuccino, light lunch or a tasty afternoon tea in our Courtyard cafe is an absolute must. We offer an array of freshly cooked local dishes. Group menu available on request.

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Prices: On Application Open: May-Sep Pr CP 100

Contact: Neil Souter Here you will find a wide selection of knitwear, countrywear, outerwear, golf equipment and accessories, whisky shop, Scottish gifts and food, Pavers Shoe shop. Highland Weaving Exhibition. Ghillies restaurant. Coach washing facilities. Prices: Free Open: Jan-Dec r CP No limit

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Contact: Fred Fermor Ad Page 52 OrKNEY DAY TrIPS FOr COACH PArTIES 40 minute ferry crossing from John O’Groats. Once ashore on the Islands your exclusive coach with local driver guide will take you on a fascinating tour. Ferries leave Daily at 9am and 10.30am

HOLM MILLS, DOrES rOAD, INvErNESS Iv2 4rB Tel: 01463 223311 Fax: 01463 231042 simplythebest@ewm.co.uk www.simplythebestdestinations.co.uk

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Contact: Annette MacKenzie Ad Page 51 Glenmorangie Distillery can be found on the shores of the Dornoch Firth. visitors can enjoy tours and tastings by experienced guides and a chance to explore the well-stocked whisky shop. Prices: £2.50 - redeemable against purchases in the shop Open: Jan-Dec Pr GL CP EPW 12 (larger groups prebooking advisable)

FErrY OFFICE, JOHN O’GrOATS, CAITHNESS KW1 4Yr Tel: 01955 611353 Fax: 01955 611301 fred@jogferry.co.uk www.jogferry.co.uk

JAMES PrINGLE WEAvErS SHOPPING vILLAGE

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TAIN, rOSS-SHIrE, Iv19 1PZ Tel: 01862 892477 Fax: 01862 893862 tain-shop@glenmorangie.co.uk www.glenmorangie.com

ULLAPOOL (HS)

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JOHN O’GrOATS FErrIES

Contact: Sales Team Ad Page 9 Built following the battle of Culloden. Fort George, is the mightiest artillery fortification, in Britain, if not Europe. Audio tour available in six languages.

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C/O HISTOrIC SCOTLAND, LONGMOrE HOUSE, SALISBUrY PLACE, EDINBUrGH EH9 1SH Tel: 0131 668 8831 Fax: 0131 668 8888 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/traveltrade

MUIr OF OrD, rOSS-SHIrE Iv6 7UJ Tel: 01463 872004 glen.ord.distillery@diageo.com www.discovering-distilleries.com Contact: Heather Miller Ad IFC Enjoy a tour at the nearest distillery to Inverness and have a dram of the Classic Highland Malt we have been making since 1838. Browse our range of Single Malt Whiskies from all corners of Scotland. Prices: Glen Ord Tour £6.00 (Group rate £5.00) Open: Jan-Dec GL CP No Limit

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Prices: From £13.50 Open: Jan-Dec Pr GL CP EPW 94

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Ad Page 53 There is no better way to experience Loch Ness than by boat. Award winning Jacobite Cruises gets you onto the water and into the heart of this iconic landscape.

DRUMNADROCHIT (HS)

Prices: Adults £7, 8-17yo £3.00 Open: Jan-Dec GL CP All by Appointment

TOMNAHUrICH BrIDGE, GLENUrqUHArT rOAD, INvErNESS Iv3 5TD Tel: 01463 233999 Fax: 01463 710188 info@jacobite.co.uk www.jacobite.co.uk

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Contact: Fiona MacIntyre Ad IFC visit Talisker Distillery, the only distillery on the Isle of Skye and home of Talisker single malt. Tastings, tours, selection of fine malt whiskies available. restricted access for wheelchair users. Please book in advance during summer months as we can be very busy.

JACOBITE CrUISES LTD

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Ad Page 7 Award-winning visitor experience with 360 deg. total immersion theatre and superb displays of artefacts and weaponry. Listen to first-hand accounts leading up to 16 April 1746 when the course of British and world history changed forever. Multilingual audio battlefield guides. Prices: from £7.50 or Discover Tickets Open: Jan-Dec Pr GL r CP EPW

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INVERNESS (HS) ATTRACTIONS

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ISLE OF SKYE (HS) ATTRACTIONS

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MUIR OF ORD (HS) ATTRACTIONS

THE NATIONAL TrUST FOr SCOTLAND, CULLODEN, INvErNESS Iv1 5EU Tel: 0844 493 2663 Fax: 0844 493 2260 traveltrade@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/traveltrade

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Contact: Ms Joyce Muir Ad Page 54 Northlink Ferries provide fast and frequent sailings to Orkney and Shetland, from Aberdeen and Scrabster, using three state-of-the-art ships. Net rates available to group organisers. Prices: various Open: Jan-Dec R CP 600

CORRIGALL FARM HOUSE MIDHOUSE, CORRIGALL Tel: 01856 771411 museum@orkney.gov.uk www.orkney.gov.uk

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PIER ROAD, ST. MARGARET’S HOPE, ORKNEY Kw17 2Sw Tel: 01856 831 226 Fax: 01856 831 697 sales@pentlandferries.co.uk www.pentlandferries.co.uk Ad Page 55 Pentland Ferries Ltd offer the shortest crossing to Orkney for your coach at approximately one hour. The route is very sheltered providing an appealing option to travellers who are unsure of travelling on the sea. Open: Jan-Dec

THE ORKNEY MUSEUM

TANKERNESS HOUSE, BROAD STREET, KIRKwALL Kw15 1DH Tel: 01856 873535 Ext 252 Fax: 01856 871560 museum@orkney.gov.uk www.orkney.gov.uk Ad Page 56 16th century merchant house containing displays on Orkney’s history and prehistory covering the habitation of these islands over 5000 years. Prices: Free Open: Jan-Dec GL No limit

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BROADFORD, ISLE OF SKYE Iv49 39AA TOMACHARICH, TORLUNDY, Tel: 01471 822 442 FORT wILLIAM PH33 6SP reservations@syha.org.uk Tel: 01397 702532 Fax: 01397 702532 www.syha.org.uk thelogs@scotland-info.co.uk Ad OBC www.scotland-info.co.uk/TheLogs Set in a romantic bay with beautiful Contact: Anne & Alistair Smyth sea views. Plenty to do for touring well-appointed Norwegian log the house visitors and walkers including sleeping up to 10.low Quiet rural setting famous Cuillins, level walks and trips Loch from -boat views of into Norththeface of Coruisk Ben Nevis. a range of room sizes 5Elgol. minsOffers from Fort william. Ideal for and within easy reach of the village. of discovering the west Highlands Tariff: From £17.00 Open: Mar-Nov Scotland. (RentaHostel Dec-Feb). Acc. Type: Tariff: - £1,350 accommodation Open: Jan-Dec Private£650 & dormitory Units: 1 Log House room 4 Public Room(s) available. 1 Public 6Sleeping Bedrooms sleeping 10size - 10 - 55 Min party

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STROMNESS FERRY TERMINAL, STROMNESS, ORKNEY Kw16 3BH Tel: 01856 852086 Fax: 01856 851795 grouptours@northlinkferries.co.uk www.northlinkferries.co.uk

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Ad Page 56 Rural life museum with unique surviving central hearth, restored garden, machinery display. Prices: Free Open: Mar-Oct GL CP 70

Ad OBC Contact: Groups Advisor Inverness is stroll an excellent centre for Just a short to the town centre touring Highlands Scotland, and ferrythe terminal, theofisland’s with the possibility of day trips to largest hotel is known for its friendly Loch Ness, Guests Cullodenenjoy Moorcomfortable, and dolphin hospitality. spotting in the Moray Firth.and well appointed bedrooms Tariff: From £17.00 Commission: rates excellent dining. Free wi-fi. negotiable. Open: Jan-Dec Acc. Type: En-suite, private, and Tariff: £49.00-£69.00 DBB perfamily person dorm rooms. Open: Jan-Dec 3 Public20S, rooms Sleeping 170Ensuite Rooms: 20D, 26T, 2F,-All MinRparty size - 10 CP

Contact: Rhonda wood Ad Page 8 Situated at the foot of Ben Nevis in Fort william, The Ben Nevis Hotel & Leisure Club is in a prime spot for exploring the area’s most scenic countryside.

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FOSSIL & HERITAGE CENTRE

vICTORIA DRIvE,STORNOwAY INvERNESS Iv2 JAMES STREET, HS13QB 2QN 01463 706600 231 771Fax: 01851 703900 Tel: 01851 reservations@syha.org.uk groups@calahotels.com www.syha.org.uk www.caladhinn.co.uk

NORTH ROAD, FORT wILLIAM PH33 6TG Tel: 01355 266 886 Fax: 01355 260 782 groupsales@strathmorehotels.com www.strathmorehotels.com

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Prices: On application Open: May-Sep PR R 100

INvERNESS CALADH INNYOUTH HOSTEL

BEN NEvIS HOTEL & LEISURE CLUB

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Contact: Fred Fermor Ad Page 52 ORKNEY DAY TRIPS FOR COACH PARTIES. 40 minute ferry crossing from John O’Groats. Once ashore on the Islands your exclusive coach with local driver guide will take you on a fascinating tour. Ferries leave Daily 9am and 10.30am.

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FERRY OFFICE, JOHN O’GROATS, CAITHNESS Kw1 4YR Tel: 01955 611353 Fax: 01955 611301 fred@jogferry.co.uk www.jogferry.co.uk

Tariff: Negotiable Open: Jan-Dec Rooms: 12S 26D 44T 11F All ensuite CP R

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JOHN O’GROATS FERRIES

Contact: Rhonda wood Ad Page 8 The Alexandra Hotel provides traditional Scottish Hospitality at its best and located in the centre of Fort william is an ideal base from which to explore the Highlands and Islands.

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Contact: Groups Advisor Ad OBC Known the island’s finest hotel, the In one ofasScotland’s most spectacular Cabarfeidh set inthis extensive gardens, and historicisglens, alpine-style on the outskirts of Stornoway. hostel provides comfortable Excellent bedrooms, superb food accommodation for walkers of alland attentive contribute to an abilities. Aservice great base for experiencing enjoyable stay. Free wi-fi. and climbing some of the best walking Scotland has to offer. Tariff: £59.00 - £79.00 DBB per night From £16.00 Commission: rates per person Open: Jan-Dec Acc. Type: negotiable Open: PrivateJan-Dec & dormitory accommodation Rooms: 10S, 9D, 27T, All Ensuite available. 1 Public room Sleeping - 48 CP MinRparty size - 10

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MANOR PARK, STORNOwAY HS1 2EU BALLACHULISH ARGYLL PH49 4Hx Tel: 01851 01855 706600 811 219Fax: 01851 703900 groups@calahotels.com reservations@syha.org.uk www.cabarfeidh-hotel.co.uk www.syha.org.uk

THE PARADE, FORT wILLIAM PH33 6AZ Tel: 01355 266886 Fax: 01355 260 782 groupsales@strathmorehotels.com www.strathmorehotels.com

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BIRSAY Tel: 01856 771268 museum@orkney.gov.uk www.orkney.gov.uk

CABARFEIDH HOTEL GLENCOE YOUTH HOSTEL

ALExANDRA HOTEL

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Ad Page 7 Relax and enjoy the best of Scottish food in a unique location. Morning coffees and afternoon teas with traditional home baking and quality refreshments, delicious lunches made with the finest ingredients, tasty light snacks, healthy options and treats to take away, make this the perfect stop for groups and FITs at any time of day. Pre-booking advised for groups. MC L AT 180 Max CP

CORRIGALL (OR)

Tel: 01445 712068 Fax: 01445 GLENMORE, AvIEMORE, PH22 712933 1QY enquiries@gairlochhighlandlodge.net Tel: 01479 861 238 www.gairlochhighlandlodge.net reservations@syha.org.uk www.syha.org.uk Contact: Alastair Pearson Ad OBC Lunch stops as well as overnight stays. Secluded off-road parking.in Quality accommodation & facilities the heart of Cairngorms National Residents’ lounge & bar. ClosePark. to Ideal for year-round activities including Inverewe Garden, whale-watching, walking, rock and ice-climbing, skiing, golf, spectacular walking. Drying snowboarding, watersports mountain room, wIFI. Can organise and transport. 28 biking. rooms all ensuite. Tariff: From £17.00 Commission: rates Tariff: From £76.00(RentaHostel per night B&B neg. Open: Feb-Oct Nov-Jan per room & open extended weekends Jan & Dec. Open:Type: Apr-Oct Acc. Private, family and dormitory Rooms: 1S, 5D, 218T, 4F, rooms All ensuite accommodation Public Sleeping CP - 72 Min party size - 10

THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND, POOLEwE, ROSS-SHIRE Iv22 2LG Tel: 0844 493 2663 Fax: 0844 493 2260 traveltrade@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/traveltrade

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CAIRNGORM LODGE LODGE GAIRLOCH HIGHLAND GAIRLOCH, ROSS-SHIRE Iv21 2AH YOUTH HOSTEL

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Ad Page 7 Relax and enjoy the best of Scottish food in a unique location. Morning coffees and afternoon teas with traditional home baking and quality refreshments, delicious lunches made with the finest ingredients, tasty light snacks, healthy options and treats to take away, make this the perfect stop for groups and FITs at any time of day. Pre-booking advised for groups. MC L AT D Other 140 Max CP

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THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND, CULLODEN MOOR, INvERNESS Iv2 5EU Tel: 0844 493 2663 or from outside the UK +44 131 243 9304 traveltrade@nts.org.uk www.nts.org.uk/traveltrade

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NETHYBRIDGE HOTEL

NETHY BRIDGE PH25 3DP Tel: 01355 266886 Fax: 01355 260 782 groupsales@strathmorehotels.com www.strathmorehotels.com Contact: Rhonda wood Ad Page 8 well known to generations of travellers, this victorian hotel of magnificent character is situated amidst the splendour of the Cairngorm Mountains and the lushly wooded Strathspey. Tariff: Negotiable Open: Jan-Dec Rooms: 8S 19D 37T 5F All Ensuite CP R

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25 ROAD, BY GRAMPIAN ACHNASHEEN, ROSS-SHIRE Iv22 2EZ AvIEMORE PH22284 1PR Tel: 01445 791 Tel: 01479 810 345 reservations@syha.org.uk reservations@syha.org.uk www.syha.org.uk www.syha.org.uk Ad OBC Ad OBC Torridon boasts views of some of the

In the mountain heart of the Cairngorms National finest scenery in Europe. This Youth providing Hostel provides modern facilities Park, excellent facilities & including private rooms and twoinlarge quality accommodation. Great summer panoramic fantasticincluding base & winter forlounges. outdoorAactivities for hillwalkers, climberswatersports and wildlife& skiing, snowboarding, watchers. mountainbiking. 5 mins from town centre. Tariff: Tariff:From From£18.50 £17.00Commission: Commission: rates negotiable Open: negotiable Open:Mar-Nov All Year(RentaHostel Dec-Feb) Acc. Type: Private & dormitory Acc. Type: Private, family, disabled and accom available. 2 Public rooms Sleeping dormitory 2 Public rooms Sleeping - 49 Min party size - 10

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SKARA BRAE & SKAILL HOUSE

C/O HISTORIC SCOTLAND, LONGMORE HOUSE, SALISBURY PLACE, EDINBURGH EH9 1SH Tel: 0131 668 8831 Fax: 0131 668 8888 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/traveltrade Contact: Sales Team Uncovered by a storm in 1850, Skara Brae presents the remarkable picture of life around 5,000 years ago. It is one of the best preserved groups of stoneage houses in western Europe. Prices: Child £4.10, Adult £6.90, Concession £5.50 (April-October), Child £3.50, Adult £5.90, Concession £4. Open: Jan-Dec (closed 25 & 26 Dec and 1 & 2 Jan)PR R No limit

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KILN CORNER, JUNCTION ROAD, KIRKwALL Kw15 1LB Tel: 01856 871400 Fax: 01856 871560 museum@orkney.gov.uk www.orkney.gov.uk/heritage Ad Page 56 Impressive display of communications equipmement, staffed by knowledgable volunteers. Children’s activities. wealth of photos and small shop. Prices: £1.00 - £3.00 Open: Apr-Sep GL CP 20

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STROmNESS FERRy TERmINaL, STROmNESS, ORKNEy KW16 3BH Tel: 01856 852086 Fax: 01856 851795 grouptours@northlinkferries.co.uk www.northlinkferries.co.uk Contact: ms Joyce muir ad Page 54 Northlink Ferries provide fast and frequent sailings to Orkney and Shetland, from aberdeen and Scrabster, using three state-of-the-art ships. Net rates available to group organisers. Prices: Various Open: Jan-Dec R CP 600

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Orkney maritime and natural history including whaling, fishing, Hudson’s Bay Company, Scapa Flow, birds, butterflies, fossils and geology. ATTRACTIONS

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Preserved wartime buildings tell the story of Scapa Flow’s strategic importance to the British fleet since Napoleonic times. Shop, cafe.

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Fabulous 12th century cathedral founded by Norse Earl Rognvald in memory of Norse Earl magnus. Superb collection of carved grave markers. Prices: Donation Open: Jan-Dec GL CP No limit

aLFRED STREET, STROmNESS KW16 3DF Tel: 01856 850025 Fax: 01856 871560 museum@orkney.gov.uk www.orkney.gov.uk

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BROaD STREET, KIRKWaLL Tel: 01856 874894 cathedral@orkney.gov.uk www.orkney.gov.uk

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C/O HISTORIC SCOTLaND, LONGmORE HOUSE, SaLISBURy PLaCE, EDINBURGH EH9 1SH Tel: 0131 668 8831 Fax: 0131 668 8888 hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/traveltrade Contact: Sales Team ad Page 9 Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of its inhabitants during the late Bronze age, Iron age, Pictish era, Norse era and middle ages. Prices: Child £3.30, adult £5.50, Concession £4.40 Open: Summer only. PR CP No limit

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Herkimer House, mill Road Industrial Estate, Linlithgow EH49 7SF Tel: 01506 847000 james@europeincoming.co.uk www.europeincoming.com Contact: James Grieve member of: UK Inbound, ETOa main markets: Worldwide - Russia, Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, USa main Business: Offices also in London, France and Italy, we can network the whole of Europe. Scotland opened in 1997, we offer a wealth of knowledge and due to the volume of biz operated all year round, we acheive and offer good rates/service Languages : Spanish, Italian, French, German & English

Languages : English, Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Polish, Russian, Latvian and Norwegian

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87 Newhouse Road, Grangemouth FK3 8NJ Tel: 01324 482093 Fax: 01324 665411 info@fitzcharles.co.uk www.fitzcharles.co.uk Contact: Ronnie member of: Visit Scotland, Confederation Of Passenger Transport, Falkirk Chambers of Commerce main markets: Local and International main Business: Corporate Groups, Luxury Groups, Conferences, Special Interest Groups, School Groups and Leisure Groups also With: Tailor-made Tours, accommodation, Ferries, Visitor attractions, Event Tickets and Conference Venues. Languages : English, German, & Other Language Guides can be organised. Fully bonded for financial protection and we only use our own vehicles.

also With: Car tours with or without walking. Languages : English

FOCUS SCOTLAND FOCUS SCOTLaND < Outlook Europe groups-on-the-move, 9 Howard Place, Edinburgh EH3 5JZ Tel: +44 131 558 1800 john.clifford@focusscotland.co.uk www.focusscotland.co.uk Contact: John Clifford member of: FRSa; Consular Corps in Edinburgh and Leith main markets: austria Germany France Switzerland Italy all Europe, Turkey & beyond. USa & Canada main Business: Delegations; incentives; political and professional, commercial, cultural and study programmes; specialist and general tours. meetings and symposia. Both organisation and (multi-cultural) content. also With: Inter-national public affairs and connection: people, ideas. Policy, information, culture exchange Languages : German French and others as required

C-N-DO SCOTLAND

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HAGGIS ADVENTURES

EUROPE INCOMING SCOTLAND

main Business: Walking Tour Operator. Single day private guiding to full scale multi-day packages, independent and ‘specially for you’. We’re well informed and passionate about Scotland.

CONTOURS WALKING HOLIDAYS Barton House, 21 North End, Wirksworth DE4 4FG Tel: 01629 821900 Fax: 01629 821901 info@contours.co.uk www.contours.co.uk Contact: Karen Townsend main markets: Worldwide main Business: Self-guided walking tours in Scotland - the West Highland Way, East Highland Way, Great Glen Way, Speyside Way, St Cuthbert’s Way, Fife Coastal Path, Cateran Trail, Rob Roy Way, ayrshire Coastal Path, Borders abbeys Way and arran Coastal Way. Languages : French

HAGGIS ADVENTURES 60 High Street, The Royal mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TB Tel: 0131 557 9393 Fax: 0131 558 1177 groups@radicaltravel.com www.haggisadventures.com Contact: Laura macNeil main markets: Worldwide main Business: FIT Tours throughout Scotland, England and Wales. 20 years experience delivering world-class tours, from 1-10 Days. accommodation is in youth Hostels, 16-41 Seat mercedes Coaches, Local Guides, Never EVER Cancel!

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main markets: UK, Europe, N.america

main Business: Incoming tour operator specialising in the UK and Ireland. Group tours, Luxury tours, incentives and conferences. Twenty five years experience in the business and handling over 25,000 clients per year.

FITZCHARLES COACHES LTD.

Contact: margot mcmurdo, Nick Wilson, Fiona Whitehead member of: aTOL STGa DGa GRTG aBTOT

also With: Ryder Cup packages available. British Open St andrews 16-19 July 2015. Book early.

C-N-DO SCOTLAND

Contact: Dorothy Breckenridge member of: GTBS(Gold), aaLS

main markets: Worldwide

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Tweedview Farmhouse, Tweedsmuir mL12 6QN Tel: 01899 880207/0208 42 Fax: 01899 880207/0208 86 enquiries@ctem.co.uk www.ctem.co.uk or www.aboutscotland.co.uk/tour/ guide/margot.html

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CREATIVE TRAVEL AND EVENT MANAGEMENT 6 TOUR OPERATORS

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main Business: Incentive events, conferences, venue finding, team building, golf events, meetings with leisure activities, day excursions and spouses programmes.

Contact: James aitken member of: UKinbound, SITE, IaTa, VisitBritain, VisitDublin, marketing Edinburgh, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce

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Contact: Ronnie Pook main markets: Europe, USa, Canada, S africa, australia, Japan, Korea

39 Commercial Street, Edinburgh EH6 6JD Tel: 00(44)1315602850 Fax: 00(44)8701329820 info@casheltravel.com www.casheltravel.com

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30 Canmore Street, Dunfermline Ky12 7NT Tel: 01383 727999 Fax: 01383 727927 enquiries@1st-events.co.uk www.1st-events.co.uk

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1ST EVENTS LTD

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also With: Bespoke Group Tours, Transfers and airport Shuttle Services. We can take care of entire trip or transport only Languages : any by arrangement

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Contact: Pasquale Foniciello Member of: SITE

3 Hillcrest Road, Bearsden, Glasgow G61 2EB Tel: 0141 942 4043 Fax: 0141 942 4043 info@thistlegolf.co.uk www.thistlegolf.co.uk

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Contact: Andrew Syme Member of: SIGTOA Main Markets: USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and China Main Business: We specialise in high-quality golf tours to Scotland, Ireland and throughout the UK for large and small groups, including tee reservations, accommodation, transport and sightseeing arrangements...we can guarantee a memorable trip! Also With: Incentives,corporate golf, and sightseeing tours for non-golfers to beautiful and historic places in Scotland. Languages : Specialist language guides as required. Special discounts for groups of 8 or more

Also With: Sondergruppen, Incentives, Tailor-made tours, Golf Tours Languages : German Italian French Spanish Russian Poland

VORSCOT TOURS ONLY CONTACT BY EMAIL info@vorscottours.co.uk Tel: 01506 409944 info@vorscottours.co.uk www.vorscottours.co.uk Contact: Mr Ivor Henrichsen Member of: Various Trade Bodies Main Markets: Worldwide Main Business: Private tailored escorted tours for groups of any size in Scotland, England, Norway and Spain.Also Day Tours. Packages arranged all year round.

Also With: Customised interest tours including, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Whisky, Gardens and Castles programmes Languages : English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish

SCOTLAND MADE EASY Ad Page 8 32 Albert Street, Nairn, Scotland IV12 4HQ Tel: +44 1667 453285 office@scotlandmadeeasy.co.uk www.scotlandmadeeasy.co.uk Contact: Marie Cruickshank Member of: Inverness Chamber of Commerce, Singapore Scottish Business Assoc,British Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, Visit Scotland Scots Specialist Counselor Main Markets: Worldwide,USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, UK. Main Business: Award winning company locally based in the Scottish Highlands. We specialize in customized self drive tours & itineraries using upscale 4 & 5 star accommodations. All itineraries are based on clients interests & time in Scotland. Also With: Scottish Heritage passes, driving map & routes marked,our own area guides,clients own online webpage & login Languages : English and French spoken

MCKINLAY KIDD LTD Baltic Chambers, 50 Wellington St, Glasgow G2 6HJ Tel: +44 (0)844 873 6110 Toll-free from USA/Canada 1-866 922 8538 Fax: +44 (0)141 278 6013 info@mckinlaykidd.co.uk www.mckinlaykidd.co.uk Contact: Robert Kidd Member of: AITO, ATOL, SDMA Main Markets: UK Europe North America Australia South Africa Main Business: Tailor-made and personally researched Scottish island holidays and short-breaks. Customised self-drive tours, itineraries and special experiences for individuals and small groups from Scottish experts. See Scotland Differently. Also With: Whisky, golf, honeymoons, romantic breaks, island-hopping, wildlife, cruising, classic cars,car-free & Ireland Languages : All major languages by arrangement

SCOTLAND TOURS CO LTD 30 Canmore Street, Dunfermline KY12 7NT Tel: 01383 727999 Fax: 01383 727927 enquiries@scotland-tours.com www.scotland-tours.com www.scotlandgolftours.com www.1st-events.co.uk Contact: Mr Ronnie Pook Member of: ASTA , SIGTOA, Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Main Markets: USA, Canada, Australia, Ireland, S Africa, Japan, Korea, NZ, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland. Main Business: Golf, touring, Edinburgh Festival, Whisky, FITS and Groups, Ground Handling for overseas Tour Operators/Travel Agents/Incentive Companies/ Corporations. Conferences, incentives and corporate inquiries dealt with by subsidiary company 1st Events Ltd Also With: Ryder Cup 2014 Packages available. British Open St Andrews 16-19 July 2015. Book early.

JACTRAVEL LTD

JACTRAVEL LTD 116 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 5DQ Tel: 0131 556 4500 Fax: 0131 558 5570 groups@jactravel.co.uk www.jactravel.co.uk Contact: Karen Robertson Member of: ETOA, UKinbound, STA, GTBS, NTA, SYTA Main Markets: Worldwide

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Main Business: Hotels Online & Inbound Travel Services. Touring Programmes, City Breaks, Special Interest Groups and Scheduled Tours to UK & Ireland. Specialist for the UK & Ireland. Specialist for the UK & Ireland.

MORRISON TOURS

Contact: Klaus Frömmel: deutschsprachiges Büro and F, Es, Po Ru, Ilaria: Italian enquiries Main Markets: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, Spain, Poland , Russia , Worldwide Main Business: Incentive Reisen, Special Interest Groups, Sondergruppen, Adhoc Reisen. Also, for GUARANTEED DEPARTURES Walking/Cultural/Study/ Railway Tours,Erlebnisreisen, Busrundreisen: please see www. RobRoyToours.com Also With: INCENTIVES, SONDERGRUPPEN, SPECIAL INTEREST, GOLF Languages : German, Italian, French, Polish, Russian, Italian, Spanish

Also With: Extensive Fly/Drive Programme plus 10,000 hotels available to book online across 56 countries. Languages : English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish

MORRISON TOURS 90 Giles Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6BZ Tel: 0131 561 0523 Fax: 0131 553 3698 peter.schuller@morrisontours. co.uk Contact: Peter Schuller Member of: Cruise Scotland Main Markets: UK, Europe & America Main Business: Experienced & Professional Ground-Handler, specialising in quality Group Tours, Shore Excursions & Corporate Hospitality

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MCKINLAY KIDD LTD

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Main Business: GUARANTEED DEPARTURES Walking/Cultural, Study, Coach, Whisky, Railway, Wildlife Tours. Wander- und Erlebnisreisen, Studienreisen

VORSCOT TOURS

THISTLE GOLF (SCOTLAND) LTD

Contact: Klaus Frommel (deutsch, français, English) Ilaria (Italian) Member of: Green Business Scheme, visitscotland, various Travel Trade Organisations

Also With: Golf & other special interest or themed tours Languages : French, German, Italian

SCOTLAND’S BEST! Tweedsmuir Farmhouse, Oliver Farm, Tweedsmuir ML12 6QN Tel: 01899 880207 margot@ctem.co.uk www.aboutscotland.co.uk/tour/ guide/margot.html Contact: Margot McMurdo Member of: ATOL STGA DGA GRTG ABTOT Main Markets: USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, UK Main Business: Quality tours customised to suit individual travellers or groups of any size in luxury people carriers,or coaches. Specialist interests welcomed. Itineraries Planned and accomodations suggested to suit requirements and tour route. Also With: Driver / Guided Tours; Coach Tours; Accommodation; Flight Requirements; Activities; Worldwide Travel with London Office. Languages : Tours Organised in many other languages with qualified guides

Follow - Scotland’s only National Group Travel Guide You can also follow us on twitter: twitter.com/in2groups or visit our Facebook page. Search for: Scotland Group Travel Guide. rory@in2designandpublishing.com boyd@in2designandpublishing.com www.scotlandgrouptravelguide.com

Languages : Norwegian Spanish

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Languages : Italian, German, French, Spanish, Japanese

Main Business: Established Incoming Tour Operator offering extensive group and individual services: scheduled coach tour series, FIT services, incentives and special interest programmes.

Main Markets: Germany Austria Switzerland, Italy, France, Poland, Russia, Spain Worldwide

Main Business: Tour series and special interest groups, Charter Programmes, FIT programmes (online booking system), incentives and meetings, sporting teams and supporters, cruise ships Also With: A complete ground handling service throughout Europe with offices in London, Dublin, Madrid, Rome and Paris.

HIGHLAND EXPLORER TOURS

HEART OF SCOTLAND TOURS

Main Markets: Worldwide - particularly Italy, Spain,rest Europe and Scandinavia

20 Old Abbey Road, North Berwick, Edinburgh EH39 4BP Tel: 01620 890908 Fax: 01620 892442 tours@RobRoyTours.com www.RobRoyTours.com

51 Niddry Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LG Tel: 0131 556 7559 Fax: 0131 557 4222 mail@macitalia.co.uk www.macitalia.co.uk

Main Markets: Worldwide

Main Business: Customised/ Escorted Highland and Islands Car or Minibus Tours for the Individual or Group Traveller up to 8 Passengers Maximum .

ROB ROY TOURS LTD

MACITALIA LTD

Contact: Mr Ross Clark Member of: UKInbound

Contact: George Simpson Main Markets: Worldwide

Also With: Castle Tours / Whisky Trail / Wildlife Tours.

Main Business: 5 Star tours for FIT. Year round. 1-5 Days in duration. Discounts for groups of 4+ as well as Child & Senior Prices. Mercedes Coaches with Air Conditioning, Local Guides, Never EVER Cancel Guarantee. A 5 Star Tour operator with over 16 years experience touring in Scotland Also With: Private tours for Groups/Corporate. Groups department will deal with your enquiry and help plan itinerary etc. Languages : Any by arrangement

20 Old Abbey Road, North Berwick, Edinburgh EH39 4BP Tel: 0044-1620 890908 Fax: 0044-1620 892442 schocentiv@aol.com www.incentive-Schottland.de

SCOTLAND’S BEST!

Wisharts Warehouse, 18/2 Shore Place, Edinburgh EH6 6SW Tel: 0131 554 2444 Fax: 0131 555 2550 pasquale@panoramatours.co.uk www.panonline.biz

West Lewiston, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Scotland IV63 6UW Tel: 01456 450550 Fax: 01456 450550 george@lochnesstravel.com www.lochnesstravel.com www.walklochness360.com

Main Markets: Worldwide

INCENTIVE SCHOTTLAND

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PANORAMA TOURS

LOCH NESS TRAVEL

Contact: Laura MacNeil Member of: Visit Scotland, Edinburgh Capital Group

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Member of: Golf Tourism Scotland. Golf Tour Operator of the Year 2010, 2012 & 2013 Main Markets: USA, Japan, Europe, Worldwide Main Business: Links Golf St Andrews are a golf tour operator based in St Andrews. We provide the finest golf tours to Scotland, combining the championship golf courses with the best in accommodations and transport. We have St Andrews Old Course tee times and provide customised packages for British Open. We are providing packages to The 2014 Ryder Cup which include official tickets, hotel accommodation and transport Also With: Organisers of the St Andrews Golf Week - April & October. Visit website for details www. standrewsgolfweek.com

Languages : Any by arrangement

60 High Street, Royal Mile, EdinburghEH1 1TB Tel: 0131 558 3738 info@highlandexplorertours.com www.highlandexplorertours.com

SCOTLAND TOURS CO LTD

Contact: Mark Rigg

Also With: Bespoke group tours, student language groups, airport transfers

HIGHLAND EXPLORER TOURS

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7 Pilmour Links, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland KY16 9JG Tel: +44 (0)1334 478639 Fax: +44 (0)1334 474086 tours@linksgolfstandrews.com www.linksgolfstandrews.com

Main Business: Guided minicoach tours in the famous Wee Red Bus. 1-7 days. 5-star grading Visit Scotland. Driver/guides, group tours, student groups. 13 years experience in Edinburgh.

MACITALIA LTD

LINKS GOLF ST. ANDREWS

Contact: Nick Roche Main Markets: Worldwide

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Also With: Individual self drive tours, self catering cottages, hotels, castles, B&Bs, islands, ferries, car hire.

Hill House, Beech Hill Rd, Coupar Angus PH13 9AZ Tel: 01828 627799 HEARTSCO3213 www.heartofscotlandtours.co.uk

SCOTLAND MADE EASY

Main Business: Specialist tour operator for Scottish island holidays and self drive touring itineraries across Scotland for FIT clients & small groups. Passionate, reliable, flexible & competitive, with over 60 years experience of Scotland.

HEART OF SCOTLAND TOURS

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PANORAMA TOURS

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LINKS GOLF ST. ANDREWS

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Main Markets: UK, Europe, Middle East, North America, Worldwide.

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Member of: SDMA

LOCH NESS TRAVEL

Contact: Douglas Hart

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The Holiday Centre, Building 3, Cameron Dr, Glasgow G61 2NH Tel: 0141 280 0172 Scotland@hartholidays.co.uk www.hartholidays.co.uk

ROB ROY TOURS LTD

HART HOLIDAYS

HART HOLIDAYS

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