Posts Tagged ‘ Scotland ’

One of the great railway experiences

May 24th, 2012 | By

Travelling from Kyle of Lochalsh to Iverness by train is Britain’s most scenic rail journey, writes Adrian



Government’s ‘holiday at home’ campaign failing to make an impact

May 14th, 2012 | By

Research shows over two thirds of Brits not affected at all by £3m advertising campaign  



An affordable Olympic experience


Feb 15th, 2012 | By

With just under 200 days to go until the Paralympics event, the countdown for the London Olympic Games is well and truly underway. But what if you missed out on tickets? Happily there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the spirit of the games – from afar or for free. Cheapflights.co.uk has the insider guide



What’s hot: January 2012

Jan 5th, 2012 | By

CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month, we’re loving the sound of the Strictly themed cruise and booking breaks in the Big Apple and Burma, while crossing our fingers that the situation improves quickly in Cairo



Travel highlights and trends

Jan 1st, 2012 | By

The CD-Traveller team share their top 2011 travel experiences and look at the top spots for 2012



The Great Wales

Dec 30th, 2011 | By

A Welsh village is hoping to woo cash rich Chinese tourists by building a £50 million purpose built holiday resort, where signs will be in Mandarin and staff will be familiar with Chinese customs.



Edinburgh to charge £2-per-night tourist tax?

Dec 13th, 2011 | By

UPDATE: 17/12/2011. Scottish Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing has announced that there will be no accommodation tax in Edinburgh.Without the transfer of powers from the government to loacl authorites, any such introduction would be illegal.



10 of the best: European city breaks for history lovers

Dec 2nd, 2011 | By

History travel website, Historvius, picks ten of the best destinations for European city breaks bursting with history, perfect for everyone from the casual sightseer to diehard history buffs



Making the most of the school strike

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

We understand that many of you will be struggling to find things to do with your kids today, as a result of the strikes in many schools across the country. Here’s a few fab ideas…



Four months equals one million

Nov 25th, 2011 | By

It seems that it was only yesterday that I was in Edinburgh at the re-opening of the National Museum in Chambers Street. But it was four months ago. A short time. So it is surprising to learn that the museum welcomed its one millionth visitor yesterday since its re-opening.



Forty two and the meaning of historic Scotland

Nov 22nd, 2011 | By

The Meaning of Life may be 42 and the question forgotten according to the author, Douglas Adams but Historic Scotland hasn’t forgotten what 42 means. It is the number of its attractions that will be open completely free to us next weekend.



Olympics? Come to Scotland.

Nov 6th, 2011 | By

Tom Jenkins of ETOA- European Tour Operators Association – has been pointing out that the Games could be cause a downturn in tourists to London as people stay away. Hotel rates are treble the price says ETOA. Is that not enough to dissuade the tourists who would normally come?



What’s hot: October 2011

Oct 1st, 2011 | By

CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world. This month, it’s good news for Glasgow and Gothenburg and gourmands in London, but we’ve lost trust in TripAdvisor…



Glasgow’s great, but it’s not capital worthy

Sep 27th, 2011 | By

According to Rough Guides, Glasgow should be the Scottish capital. The travel guide publishers have hailed the city as a “warmer less expensive alternative” to its east coast rival



The Historic Battlefields of Scotland

Sep 11th, 2011 | By

Last March created an inventory of what it considers to be the most important battlefield sites in the country. Seventeen were added then. Now the second tranche is being considered.
You might be tempted to say, so what? We know about the battles, why have an inventory? Isn’t this an academic thing so it’s not going to affect me?



A Day in…Perth

Aug 7th, 2011 | By

Adrian travels to Perth to see what this Scottish town (maybe a city from next year) has to tempt the visitor



Bannockburn, Stirling and Scotland’s National Museum

Jul 29th, 2011 | By

On the day that the National Museum of Scotland reopens in Chambers Street, Edinburgh, there has been news lately that two other visitor attractions have received grants so that they can improve facilities for visitors.
Bannockburn will receive £10 million



Scotch Whisky & Tourism

Jul 11th, 2011 | By

Have you visited a distillery? Scotland has 52 whisky visitor centres and, last year, over one and a quarter million visitors spent just short of £27 million in them. That is the summary of a report published by the Scotch Whisky Association.



The Lure of the Salmon

Mar 10th, 2011 | By

Think of the Scottish Borders and one thing that will come to mind will be fishing. Salmon fishing. The Tweed is one of the great salmon fishing rivers we have but over some recent years catches have been disappointing. Not last year though which has been a bumper one. In fact it has been the best year since records began 64 years ago.



Scotland’s Heritage Starts the Year With A Boost

Jan 6th, 2011 | By

Two stories reported in The Scotsman this week should gladden hearts in their tourism industry. Firstly they have received grants from the EU which will be used to build a new visitor centre at the Orkney chambered tomb, Maeshowe and the redevelopment of the Highlanders Museum outside Inverness. Secondly, a rather reclusive American millionaire who had already given $4 million to the National Trust for Scotland has left a legacy in his will which might match the sum.



It’s the Pubs in the North East

Dec 16th, 2010 | By

That, according to Visit Britain, is what is attracting people to that part of the country. This is one of many results to be found in a report snappily titled, “Activities Undertaken by Visitors from Overseas in Different Parts of Britain.” But there is a lot on this report to digest, not just the interesting bits that say why visitors go to different regions of our countries. Just as interesting is how much they spend in those regions and the disparities that arise.



Ski Update: Nevis Range

Dec 10th, 2010 | By

If you can’t beat the snow, join it!

Thats what lots of people decided to do last weekend and, this weekend, even more may venture north. A Nevis a week ago, over 800 Skiers/Sledgers/Snowboarders opted to “Go with the snow” taking to the slopes which opened for snowsports a fortnight earlier than planned on 4-5 December 2010.



Doing Arran in a day

Nov 2nd, 2010 | By

The Isle of Arran is known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ owing to its remarkable mix of mountains, rolling hills, charming villages and beautiful coastline. Resident, Claire Richardson, tells us how to ‘do Arran in a day’



Travel Talk: where the experts holiday- Vanessa Collingridge

Jul 13th, 2010 | By

Vanessa Collingridge has travelled the world from the frozen Antarctic to Tahiti. Here, the renowned geographer, explorer, author and presenter shares her experiences with CD Traveller and reveals why Scotland will always hold a special place in her heart



By Sea and Land – Glen Coe and Lochaber in Summer 2010

Jun 28th, 2010 | By

Three women, one dog, a geology hammer and a long weekend

At the end of May I turned 32. No biggie (well, a bigger number than I would am comfortable with!) but, in February, some friends and I thought it would be nice to get away for a few days. May is a good time to visit Glen Coe and, since the Open University Geological Society had organised a couple of days “geologizing” in Glen Coe, that’s where we headed.



Going the Extra Mile

May 7th, 2010 | By

Courtesy in tourism is considered a must-have. Any organisation that deals with the public tends to have had training at some stage so that they can achieve high customer satisfaction ratings. Usually it comes down to politeness and a willingness to help – and that seems to satisfy most providers. But going the extra mile to deliver the kind of service that makes the customer say “wow” is rare. Living in the south-east of England, it could be that we are not used to people
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Best of Britain

Feb 22nd, 2010 | By

Everyone wants to make the most of their time on earth and Rough Guides’ new compact sized book, Make the Most of Your Time on Earth, tells you how to go about it. We’ve handpicked five of Britain’s best travel experiences to whet the appetite



Had Enough of Snow?

Jan 8th, 2010 | By

If some of the ski holiday companies are to be believed some of us have got so enamoured of the white stuff that we are “inundating” (their word not mine) companies with enquiries about skiing holidays.
Can this be true? Haven’t they seen enough of the stuff? Have they forgotten already the need for clearing paths and roadways, waiting for non-existent trains and buses to get to work, delayed flights to take them to ski resorts and no milk in the villages because the delivery trucks can’t get through.