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Links and Useful Websites

Some useful and interesting links for your Scottish vacation and self drive tour

 

Bed and breakfast in the Scottish Highlands - The Braighe in Nairn near Inverness and Loch Ness

 

Private cruises on Loch Ness for our clients

http://www.highlandfreespirits.com/

Highland Free Spirits specialise in exclusive cruises for up to 6 people on Loch Ness in a luxurious modern cruiser and will include Champagne on boarding, a light finger buffet and wine.

 

Currency Exchange

http://www.xe.com/

 

Air Travel 

http://www.britishairways.com/

http://easyjet.com/

http://hial.co.uk/

 

Rail Travel

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

 

Tips to Travel lightly

http://www.onebag.com/

 

Steam Trains

http://steamtrain.info/

http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk/

 

Car Hire - we have a special code for this Scottish company (Go Geta Rental Car)to give our clients good deals. They offer different types of car to the more well known companies including sports cars, minis, mini coopers etc.


http://www.gogetarentalcar.co.uk/

 

Private tours and private driver

If you want a very highly recommended driver based in Edinburgh who would meet you at either Edinburgh or Glasgow Airports and then take you out on a private day tour to suit your time and interests, contact Ian at Borders Journeys http://www.bordersjourneys.co.uk/Ian, the owner, does fishing tours, genealogy tours and tours to suit our clients interests.

 

If you want a personlised driver to take you on day trips to save you driving when you are in the Highlands, contact David Laidlaw at Scenic Routes on 01463 719230  or mobile 07919 408547. His website which shows some of his variety of tours is www.scenic-routes.co.uk

 

For motorcycle hire - contact Duncan at   http://www.scotlandbybike.com/

 

Ferry travel to the islands

 

http://www.calmac.co.uk/   Ferries to Western Isles, Hebrides, Mull, Skye

http://www.northlinkferries.co.uk/  Ferries to Orkney and Shetland

 

Driver escorted personalised tours round Islay by our local driver and expert  - contact Christine Logan at Lady of the Isles  at http://www.ladyoftheisles.co.uk/index.html

Christine who comes from Islay knows the island, the people and the distilleries very well and is the expert you need for your visit to the island!

 

Golf

http://www.castlestuartgolf.com/

www.standrews.org.uk

www.nairngolfclub.co.uk

www.nairndunbar.com

www.moraygolf.co.uk  Lossiemouth Golf Club

www.royaldornoch.com

www.royaltroon.co.uk

www.turnberry.co.uk

www.gleneagles.com/golf

 

Whisky - maybe you are out in Singapore and want to taste some unusual Scottish whiskies? Try Vom Fass at Marina Bay Sands shopping mall on the first floor- Jutte Klement will be delighted to help you. Her shop is at 2 Bayfront Avenue #01-11, just opposite the door for the museum and exhibitions.

 

 

Sites of General Interest

 

http://www.scotlandmadeeasy.co.uk/admin/www.inverness-chamber.co.uk

 

 http://www.scotland-info.co.uk/  The Internet Guide to Scotland

 

http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places Historic Scotland properties all round Scotland to visit eg Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle, Fort George, Clava Megalithic Chambered Cairns and Standing Stones 

 

http://www.ambaile.org.uk/  Information on Highland Culture and History

 

 http://www.musicnairn.org.uk  Music Nairn, which has a very high reputation in the musical field, holds classical concerts monthly in Nairn at the Community Centre. They  invite only the very best calibre of musicians and are keen to promote classical music to both young and old. They are also very lucky to have been able to buy an excellent Steinway piano through very generous donations.

 

http://www.nairnfestival.co.uk/  Nairn Book and Arts Festival which is on in September . The Book and Arts Festival promotes Scottish literature and writers from Scotland and abroad and is a very popular event.

  

http://www.nairnwoolshop.com/ Textile and woollen crafts with spinning demonstrations, courses such as feltwork, jewelry making etc and unusual wool and yarns for sale - based in Nairn on the High Street.

 

http://www.scotland-inverness.co.uk/Chatelaine  Scottish castle information

 

http://www.cawdorcastle.com/ Cawdor Castle and interesting gardens near Nairn

 

http://www.ballindallochcastle.co.uk/  Ballindalloch Castle near the Speyside Whisky Trail

 

http://www.glamis-castle.co.uk/  Glamis Castle in Angus - where our late Queen Mother spent her childhood

 

http://www.scone-palace.co.uk/  Perthshire

 

http://clunyhousegardens.com/   Interesting gardens near Aberfeldy in Perthshire

 

http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_2007.html  Biblical gardens in Elgin using 110 herbs and plants mentioned in the Bible.

 

 http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/jhb/whisky/scotland.html  Information on whisky distilleries all round Scotland

 

http://www.maltwhiskytrail.com/   Malt whisky trail near Speyside

 

http://www.aultsighadventures.com/ Hill Walking and Mountaineering with professional, qualified  mountain guide. Will collect our clients from their accommodation if near Inverness, NW Highlands or Skye

 

http://www.rothiemurchas.net/  Rothiemurchas estate and Visitor Centre in Cairngorm National Park

 

http://www.logie.co.uk/  Logie Steading  - interesting art gallery, including local crafts, secondhand books, antiques and teashop - situated near Nairn and Forres

 

 http://www.john-nicholson-artist.com/ Scottish artist based in Inverness

 

http://www.gordon-c-harrison.co.uk/ Landscape Photography in the Highlands. Based at Achnasheen

 

http://edintattoo.co.uk/  Edinburgh Tattoo information

 

http://www.universityhotelnetwork.com/  Online resource site for finding hotels for conferences close to universities all over the US

 

http://www.cosca.net/

 

 http://www.ambraighe.com/   A little award winning B&B in Nairn near Inverness

 

Highland Games in Scotland - these are usually from July to September but you may find others in May and June. Some of the games may be large or small and not all have websites.

Here are a selection which may be of interest to you during your trip.

 

Interesting news - we have recently met some members from the Somme area in France who have a Scottish pipeband and play at events there! They are all French and have a deep love for Scotland - check out their blog spot and site at http://samarobriva-pipes-and-drums.blogspot.co.uk/

 

May 

Atholl Gathering and Highland Games held at Blair Castle

http://www.blair-castle.co.uk/events_parade_gathering.cfm

 

June  

Strathmore Highland Games at Glamis Castle

 

July 

Luss Highland Games, in the village of Luss, Loch Lomond

Forres Highland Games

Lochcarron Highland Games, Attadale Estate

Inverarary Highland Games at Inverarary Castle

http://www.inveraray-games.co.uk/

Lochearnhead Highland Games at Balquidder

http://www.lochearnheadhighlandgames.co.uk/

Inverness Highland Games

http://www.invernesshighlandgames.com/

St Andrews Highland Games

Dufftown Highland Games

http://www.dufftownhighlandgames.org/highland.html

Lochaber Highland Games at Fort William

 

August 

Dornoch Gathering

http://www.dornochhighlandgathering.com/

Aboyne Highland Games

http://www.aboynegames.com/ 

Mey Highland Games

Glenfinnan Highland Games

Nairn Highland Games - on the 3rd Saturday of August

http://www.nairnhighlandgames.co.uk/

Argyllshire Gathering at Oban

http://www.obangames.com/

 

Lonach Gathering at Bellabeg village in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire. 

This famous March of the Clansmen (the only one of its kind worldwide) leaves the village of Bellabeg early am, led by the Lonach Patron. They march round several houses in the area where they are given "Traditional Scottish Hospitality" before the Games commence and several well known personalities are often seen attending.

http://www.lonach.org/

 

September 

Braemar Gathering - which is attended by Her Majesty the Queen and some of the Royal Familyand is early in September
http://www.braemargathering.org/

 

If you would like a self drive tour round Ireland, we also do that at http://www.irelandmadeeasy.co.uk

 

If you would like a self drive tour personalised for you round Italy - try Italygate as they work in a very similar manner to us and are locally based in Rimini.  They  do upmarket personalized tours and honeymoons as Scotland Made Easy does.  Their site is http://www.italygate.it


 


 



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