Travelling to Scotland
Scotland has convenient, worldwide air links with most countries via international
carriers and their partners. Direct flights are available into the four
international airports of Glasgow, Prestwick, Edinburgh & Aberdeen. Connections
can also be made to Scotland's international and domestic airports such
as Inverness & Dundee via most UK and European Airports.
National railways enquiries +44 (0) 8457 484950
The Trainline +44 (0) 845 300 9000 www.thetrainline.com
GNER +44 (0) 8457 225225 www.gner.co.uk
Virgin +44 (0) 8457 222333 www.virgintrains.co.uk
National express +44 (0) 8705 808080 www.nationalexpress.co.uk
From Northern Ireland Seacat Scotland +44 (0) 8705 523523 www.seacontainers.com
Stena Line +44 (0) 8705 707070 www.stenaline.co.uk
P & O Ferries Irish Sea +44 (0) 990 980777 www.ferry.co.uk
Travel within Scotland
The most popular and versatile way of travelling in Scotland is by car.
Hired cars can be collected at all major airports, rail stations and in
many cases can be delivered to hotels etc.
Various operators at different locations
+44 (0) 1556 680566 firstname.lastname@example.org
Scotrail +44 (0) 8457 550033 www.scotrail.co.uk
Scottish Citylink Coaches +44 (0) 8705 505050 www.citylink.co.uk
Private coach hire
Western Isles, Orkney & Shetland
Caledonian MacBrayne +44 (0) 1475 650100 www.calmac.co.uk
P & O Scottish Ferries +44 (0) 1224 572615 www.poscottishferries.co.uk
To call any of the above numbers from within
the United Kingdom:
Remove the +44 and use the '0' at the beginning
of the number.
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Suggested Tourist Routes avoiding
the trunk roads.
Bonnie Galloway 100 miles / 160 km
This route running from Gretna Green to Ayr, links the Robert Burns attractions
in both Dumfries & Ayr. It also gives the visitor an introduction to the
unfamiliar countryside of the Galloway Forrest Park and the industrial
heritage of the Doon Valley. The Galloway Tourist Route connects with
the Solway Coast Heritage Trail at Dalbeattie providing an opportunity
to visit the abundance of castles, abbeys, gardens and harbours further
The area also has 5 major salmon rivers and some
32 golf courses and is undoubtably 'Scotland's Best Kept Secret'
On a more personal note. This area has suffered
badly with the recent Foot & Mouth outbreak. It needs to get the visitors
and tourists back. Come and have a look at it. I can vouch for it as I
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Clyde Valley 45 miles / 72 km
Turn off the M74 at Abington if travelling north, or Hamilton, if travelling
south and you can follow the River Clyde through an area of contrasting
landscapes, rich in historical interests. Visit the cluster of fascinating
museums around the market town of Biggar and the Heritage site at New
Argyll Coastal Route 150 miles / 240 km
From Tarbet on the 'bonnie banks' of Loch Lomond climb steadily to the
Rest - and - be Thankful. Descend to Inverary and continue to follow the
shores of Loch Fyne to Lochgilphead. Turning south you can travel round
the Mull of Kintyre. Turning north you pass the Crinan Canal on your way
into Oban. From Oban cross the Connel Bridge and travel round Loch Linnhe
to Fort William sitting at the foot of Ben Nevis.
North West Highlands 140 miles / 224 km
This route running from Ullapool to John O Groats boasts some of the wildest
and most magnificent scenery in Europe. Wild mountains and lochs, foaming
salmon rivers, Eagles riding the thermals, rugged coastlines with mighty
sea cliffs and secluded sandy beaches, isolated crofts, fishing villages
and bustling towns.
The Moray Firth 80 miles / 128 km
Almost in a semicircle this route takes you around three of the most beautiful
inlets on the east coast of Britain. The Beauly Firth with Inverness to
the south and the Black Isle to the north.. The Cromarty Firth with the
majestic rock cliffs known as the sutors guarding the entrance. The Dornoch
Firth with the famous Glenmorangie Distillery on the south shore and Dornoch
with it's famous golf course on the north shore.
The Highland Route 120 miles / 192 km
This route takes us from Inverness down to Grantown on Spey and round
the fringes of the Cairngorms to the village of Tomintoul and down through
the heather clad slopes of the Lecht, before dropping down through the
lovely valley of Upper Donside and into Aberdeen. This area is well known
for the Whisky & Castle Trail featuring many of the Castles of Mar all
of which are open to the public.
Deeside to the Fair City 110 miles / 176 km
Travel along Royal Deeside which is so called because of the connection
with Balmoral Castle and the Royal Family. Travelling through the towns
of Banchory, Aboyne, Ballater & Braemar and down through the pass of Glenshee
climbing to over 2100 feet one of Britain's highest roads to the town
of Blairgowrie famous for it's soft fruit growing. Continue over to the
Fair City of Perth. Scone Palace is en route and is allways worth a visit.
Feel the experience, not the crowds
Scotland, the land where golf began with
its rolling dunes and heather lined fairways you will discover the soul
of the game. Here you will gain a sense of golf's long history and long
traditions. Here with help of man, nature has conspired to create truly
beautiful and extraordinary settings. Here you will find genuine challenges
and an unforgettable golf experience. Scotland , the home of golf welcomes
The Golfing Season
Generally Scottish Golf starts the 1st weekend in April and runs well
into October, Links courses can generally be played all year. Best weather
is between May and September where moderate temperatures are ideal for
golf. This is the time that the countryside is at it's best and the courses
are in full bloom.
When to Play
From late May to early September it is light from 5am and does not get
dark until 10.pm. For golfers it is feasible to go out for a round after
an early meal. Golf Clubs generally open between 7.30-8am. Some times
are reserved for members and it is advisable to telephone ahead.
What to Wear
Average Summer temperatures are around 65-75F (18-23C). A woolen sweater
and waterproofs are worth keeping at hand as weather can change very quickly
especially on links courses.. There are dress codes associated with most
golf clubs. Jeans and collarless shirts are frowned upon although some
clubs will tolerate them There are still some clubs that insist on gentlemen
wearing a jacket, collar and tie into the main lounge. These are the more
traditional clubs which can have wonderful golfing paraphanalia and can
be worth the extra effort
The golden rule is, if you handicap certificate and a letter of introduction
from your club, do not leave home without them.
Playing the Old Course at St
To arrange a round on the Old Course you should apply in writing at least
18 months in advance to the links trust giving your full name and address,
name of home club and handicap. For those that wish to simply turn up,
a daily ballot system is in operation. Your name is allocated to the ballot
which is posted at 4pm each day for play the following day. To enter the
ballot golfers should contact the Starter or telephone +44 ( 0 ) 1334
466666 before 2pm on the day before they wish to play. Finally, you can
turn up at the Starters Box and they will try and place you with a two
or three ball. Golfers start queuing early in the morning but you have
just as much chance in the afternoon.
For further information on playing
the Old Course. www.standrews.org.uk
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Have you ever tasted a brown trout
which has grown slowly and naturally in the peaty waters of a Highland
Loch ?. Scotland's game fish will give good sport and great eating, and
best of all a good healthy day out in some of the country's most scenic
locations. Unless you aspire to fish for salmon on some very exclusive
beat permits can be great value. Equipment is also available for hire
in most tackle shops or fishing hotels. Local advice is always given free
and in plenty.
With so much high ground catching
the winter snows, it's no wonder that Scotland has a well developed range
of winter sport venues. Five ski centres cater for all levels of experience,
with equipment hire and ski schools offering all levels of instruction.
Scotland and winter sports go together.
Other activities include, Walking,
Cycling, Mountaineering, Watersports, Horse Riding, shooting and many
others. Why not let the experienced team at Blue Riband plan your next
holiday for you.
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