Friday, 23 September 2011

CairnGorm Mountain for Groups

 At CairnGorm Mountain on 13thand 27th October loveable lurcher Moudy will demonstrate his abilities as a search and rescue dog at 11.30 in free demonstrations lasting 45 minutes. Between the 15th and 23rd of October visitors will have the chance to take part in native tree planting in free daily free 45-minute sessions at 11am and 2pm as part of a project to reinstate habitat for wildlife and plants. From 7th -30th October visitors can take the free ‘Exploroute’ and spend an hour following clues on a new easy trail which leads them around the lower part of the mountain, close to the car park and enabling them to make discoveries at every turn.                                                           
The attraction will also be open throughout November apart from the 1st,  2nd and 3rd. A ride on the funicular up the UK’s 6th highest mountain is unforgettable. Group discounts are available and pre-booking is not necessary.  As well as travelling up on the funicular railway for spectacular views, home-baking,  light lunches, gluwein and hot chocolate at the highest restaurant in the UK, there will also be a chance to call in at the Christmas Shop at the top which will be full of decorations, cards and lots of Christmas gift ideas.
Passengers can be dropped off at the door of the Base Station where mountain railway tickets can be purchased. For coach party groups a drivers’ cash-back incentive of £5 plus a £6 meal voucher applies.

CairnGorm Mountain Ltd, Cairn Gorm Ski Area, Aviemore PH22 1RB. Tel: 01479 861261

Explore East Lothian

Described as Edinburgh’s coast and countryside, East Lothian is right on the capital’s doorstep.  With excellent road links it’s the perfect base from which to explore.....

To help organisers make the most of all that East Lothian has to offer, East Lothian Council has produced a new series of coach-filling tour itineraries, ranging from simple half-day excursions to comprehensive group experiences.  The 6 tours suggestions are: Glorious Gardens and Heritage; Mighty Castles and Beautiful Coast; Coach Stop Dunbar; Swing into Action; Great Scots and Flight of Fancy.  Now, coach tour operators from across the UK are being invited to visit East Lothian to see for themselves the wide range of attractions and destinations on offer!

This varied and welcoming county is steeped in Scottish history. Here you can visit the birthplace of the Saltire (the Scottish Flag); uncover a turbulent past at Tantallon Castle, perched high on rugged cliffs, above quaint North Berwick; take a tour of the world famous Glenkinchie whisky distillery, home of the Edinburgh Malt; climb on board for a thrilling boat trip from the award-winning Scottish Seabird Centre to see seabirds on the iconic Bass Rock; and check-in at the National Museum of Flight for a tour of Concorde.

East Lothian boasts some of Britain’s best beaches (Gullane Bents, Yellowcraig and Belhaven Bay to name a few) and is home to a fantastic selection of world-class golf courses, an excellent horse racing course and a 256 seat theatre.  Picturesque towns and villages await you with an excellent range of independent retailers offering exclusive local merchandise, first class cafes, bars and restaurants.  From an elegant spa to restaurants with rooms and value hotels – there is accommodation to suit every budget for groups both large and small.

The tour itineraries packs are free to coach and tour operators and group travel organisers.
Anyone interested in bringing a group tour and requesting their own copy of Explore East Lothian, should contact Elaine Carmichael or Claire Dutton on 01620 827371/7181

Glamis Castle - Christmas treats Mulled wine & themed tours!

With the festive season just around the corner, get into the spirit of Christmas with a visit to Glamis Castle.  See the castle decorated for the festive season, and take the opportunity to visit our unique Pavilion Gift Shop. The Victorian Kitchen Restaurant will be serving festive flavours in front of the Yule stove.

With its Royal connections, Glamis - childhood home of the Queen Mother - has a special relationship with Christmas as it is the Royal family who is widely credited with introducing the Christmas tree to Britain in the 19th century.

The Winter Programme runs from 15 November to 31 December 2011 (closed 24, 25 & 26 December) from 10.30am - 4.30pm

All guided tours include a glass of Mulled Wine served in the Victorian Dining room.
Victorian Themed Tours are available with costumed guide at no extra charge.

£7.50 Adult - £6.50 Senior - £5.00 Child