Friday, 15 August 2014

The Royal Yacht Britannia, UK’s no. 1 attraction, TripAdvisor

Staff at The Royal Yacht Britannia are thrilled by the news that Britannia has been named the Best Attraction in the UK in the TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award 2014. This prestigious award reflects the quantity and consistency of 5 Star “Excellent” reviews posted on this influential website by visitors to the former Royal Yacht during the last 12 months (to date, 72% of the 5,000 TripAdvisor reviews are Excellent, and 23.5% are Very Good).

Britannia has officially been Scotland’s best visitor attraction for the last nine years, with a current quality score of 96%, the highest mark ever awarded to a visitor attraction by national tourist board VisitScotland.

With a complimentary audio tour now available in 27 languages, the latest being: Turkish, Thai, Brazilian-Portuguese, Cantonese, and Punjabi, Britannia is believed to be the most translated audio tour in the world.Last month the former Royal Yacht also received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, an award that is given to the top 10% tourism businesses in the world.

Britannia’s Chief Executive, Bob Downie, said “We are absolutely delighted that our passion for delivering outstanding customer experiences has been so highly valued on TripAdvisor, and to be Number 1 in the UK is a tremendous achievement that our staff can be very proud of”.

TELLING THE STORY OF A NATIONAL HERO… at Scotland’s National Wallace Monument

Groups arriving at Stirling’s famous National Wallace Monument might well find themselves being welcomed by a sword-wielding warrior from Wallace’s army!  Perhaps they will notice a few other nasty-looking weapons in his armoury, as he demonstrates how Scotland’s National Hero managed to see off his enemies.

Regular performances by costumed actors are just one of the features of the Monument, a striking tribute to Scotland’s ‘Braveheart’, which towers above the woodlands of the city’s Abbey Craig.

As leader of the Scottish army which triumphed at The Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, William Wallace’s victory ensured that his name would become central to the story of the Scottish nation, and the exhibits and displays within the newly-refurbished Monument show just how he masterminded his victory, and how his legacy endures to this day.
 In a new film – commissioned especially for the Monument, Wallace is depicted in conversation with Andrew de Moray (who had fought alongside him in the battle), and of course visitors can also see Wallace’s legendary sword, a powerful symbol of the hero’s courage.  It now has pride of place in the Hall of Heroes – where the achievements of other famous Scots are recognised, from Robert Burns to Robert the Bruce, who led Scotland to victory at The Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

Special discounts are available for groups (10+) visiting the Monument (which is open every day), and further information can be obtained from

The St Andrews Golf Week

Can you imagine playing over the world famous links where names like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Sir Nick Faldo, Seve Ballesteros and Old Tom Morris claimed some of their most memorable wins! Well here is your opportunity to achieve this dream and play The Old Course which will host The Open Championship again in 2015!

You will follow in the footsteps of the great and play not only the legendary Old Course but also the other excellent St Andrews courses - The New, The Jubilee and The Castle. There is also a days golf at the fantastic Kingsbarns Golf Links.

Whether an expert golfer or a little less practiced, the weeks programme lends itself to golfers of all standards, whilst at the same time allowing you to relax and savour the unique atmosphere of St Andrews, "The Home of Golf".Competitions throughout the week include scramble, stableford, am-am, medal play, nearest the hole and longest drive. For those wishing to work on their game there is golf tuition fromPGA Professionals available throughout the week.

The St Andrews Golf Week was first introduced in 1974 and continues to attract golfers from all over the world.

Please visit for further information.

Contact: Links Golf St Andrews, 7 Pilmour Links, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9JG, Scotland. Tel: +44 (0)1334 478639

Dates: 12 – 18 April 2015 and 18 – 24 October 2015