Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Don't pass on this great offer!

The Scottish Heritage Pass offers entry to Scotland’s most outstanding historic attractions.

Historic Scotland, The National Trust for Scotland and selected members of The Historic Houses Association Scotland have joined forces to create the Scottish Heritage Pass.

It makes visiting a host of ‘must-see’ heritage attractions all over Scotland – including Edinburgh Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Culzean Castle, Urquhart Castle, Traquair House, Mount Stuart and Stirling Castle – simple and great value for money.

Available exclusively through the travel trade with commission on all sales.

To order passes and for a full list of sites contact the Historic Scotland Travel Trade Team on +44 (0) 131 668 8797 or email hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

New ‘Royal Sailing Exhibition’ at Britannia

In Summer 2010 a new ‘Royal Sailing Exhibition’ opens at The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh.

This new exhibition tells the story behind the Royal Family’s passion for sailing. The focus will be on the annual Cowes Week regatta in the Isle of Wight, the Royal Family’s private holiday sailing in the Western Isles of Scotland, and past royal racing yachts.

In addition to this exhibition the classic and elegant 1930s racing yacht Bloodhound, owned by The Queen and Prince Philip in the 1960s, will be moored alongside Britannia. Visitors will have the opportunity to view one of the most successful racing yachts ever built. (Group organisers should note that from 2011, Bloodhound will be sailing on private charter during July and August and will not be on view to the public at Britannia.)

Special group rates are available for groups of 15 or more when pre-booked. For further information call our Group Sales Office on 0131 555 8800 or email groups@tryb.co.uk

Friday, 21 May 2010

Truly Scottish Hospitality at its best

We at Morton Golf Holidays are delighted to have arranged for an enthusiastic group of 52 golfers from Australia to come to Scotland in July for this year’s Open Championship at St Andrews.

Morton Golf Holidays have been arranging wonderful golf holidays for groups since 1989 and we offer packages to suit every need possible. The group from Australia will enjoy rounds of golf on Carnoustie, North Berwick, Gullane, Kingsbarns, Lundin Links and Gleneagles as well as attending the Open on 3 days.

The will be staying at both the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh and the Craw’s Nest Hotel in Anstruther. We will ensure the group enjoy some real Scottish hospitality and 3 dinners have been arranged at the Kingarroch Inn in Craigrothie, a Scottish night in the Craw’s Nest and a gala dinner in the new Rocca at Rusacks overlooking the Old Course itself and we are delighted that this last dinner is being sponsored by Tullibardine whisky.

If you have a group who wish to come to Scotland get in touch with Morton Golf Holidays who will take care of your every need and ensure that you see Scotland at its very best.

Contact Mr Peter Craigen, Morton Golf Holidays, Northlands, 48 The Muirs, Kinross, KY13 8AU Tel: 01577 865679. Web: www.mortongolf.com

A great deal for the travel trade!

Agent Commissions increased to 25% on 2011 Travel Trade Discover Tickets

From 2011, commission rates will be increased from 20% to 25% on sales of the Trust’s flexible 3-, 7- and 14-day Discover Tickets. As a result, agent commissions will range from £6.25 to £17.50 per Discover Ticket sold.


Extremely cost-effective, Discover Tickets are perfect for both visitors and agents, providing easy access to National Trust for Scotland castles, palaces, stately homes, industrial heritage, gardens, parks, and the new Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.


2011 Discover Tickets:

  • retail from £25.00
  • can save visitors over 70% on standard admission prices
  • allow unrestricted access to over 90 attractions across Scotland
  • are sold exclusively to the Travel Trade
  • are issued on a sale or return basis
  • are valid all year
  • are only available through the Trust’s One-Stop-Shop

The Trust has also just launched its 2011 group rates with over 65% of 2010 rates held until 29 February 2012


For all bookings and enquiries email the National Trust for Scotland at traveltrade@nts.org.uk or telephone 0844 493 2104 (+44 131 243 9304 from outside the UK).

Come Fly With Us!

The Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick offers visitors a unique experience of becoming a wildlife cameraman for the day to watch amazing wildlife close up - thousands of nesting seabirds, including puffins and gannets in spring and summer and seals in winter with their fluffy white pups. Sightings of dolphins, porpoises or whales are on the increase, so you could be lucky!!

The multi award-winning five star visitor attraction is perched on the sea at North Berwick with a Discovery Centre, Gift Shop and Licensed Café for refreshments to full meals, cooked on the premises using fresh local produce. We can cater for large numbers with, for example, lunch or high teas, also offering complimentary lunch/refreshments for drivers and free off site coach parking. Dine on the deck overlooking the sea and stunning views. Full disabled and baby changing facilities. An all weather attraction, the Centre is open all year. Open all year. Easy access from the A1.

The exciting Discovery Centre features live remote control cameras with giant screens, wildlife cinema, daily fish feeding, wildlife talks and walks, events and exhibitions. Environment Zone and Migration Flyway. Kids’ Playzone and family events programme with something for everyone and children’s workshops at weekends and school holidays. Boat trips to the Bass Rock and the Isle of May, including landing trips, home thousands of gannets and puffins.

North Berwick is just a short trip from the bright lights of Edinburgh, but it feels a million miles away. Stunning unspoilt coastline, blue flag beaches, dramatic panoramic landscapes, lovely individual shops, cafes and restaurants and officially the su
nniest place in Scotland!

The Seabird Centre has a great website at www.seabird.org with nine live webcams and lots of information for planning your journey.

For further information visit www.seabird.org
or call 01620 890202

The mighty miniature!

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society's 'Out and About' Whisky Tastings...if only we could bottle the atmosphere...

Impress with an exclusive and entertaining single cask, single malt whisky tasting at your event. As the provider of the world's widest range of single cask whiskies, the Society can add the extra touch with a variety of flexible formats, including tutored tastings before or during meals through to informal market-stall style whisky bars.

For a limited period the Society will provide a complimentary 10cl Mighty Miniature of Society whisky for each guest, when you book a tasting, any location of your choice, in 2010 for 25 people or more.

Contact the Events Team on 0131 555 2266 or events@smws.com to discuss how the Society can parti'sip'ate in your next special event. Visit www.smwsevents.co.uk

New SYHA restaurant & hostel

Two Hostels. One mile apart. Countless adventures for groups await.

Scotland’s largest hostelling organisation SYHA Hostelling Scotland is excited to announce the opening of Corrour Station House Restaurant and Hostel. Located on the remote and beautiful Rannoch Moor, this newly acquired hostel is being heralded as the destination for groups looking for a unique experience in 2010 and beyond.

Being situated just one mile from SYHA’s already well-established eco-destination Loch Ossian, school, walking and youth groups can now be easily accommodated between the two properties to enjoy the stunning scenery and abundance of wildlife right outside the hostel doors.

Corrour Station House will provide full dining services alongside Loch Ossian’s traditional style of self-catering accommodation – giving groups flexibility across two fantastic hostels.

For further information about opening dates and for group reservations please visit hostellingscotland.com or call 0845 293 73 73.

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is a registered charity dedicated to providing low cost, quality accommodation across Scotland. The charity is committed to promoting the social, environmental and educational benefits of hostelling to all, from families to retired people, couples to groups of friends.

A sensational journey with the The Scotch Whisky Experience

From Perfect Pairings to Cocktail Capers the Scotch Whisky Experience is launching a series of new hands-on experiences. Visitors will be able to delve deeper into the world of Scotland’s most famous export and explore fabulous food and whisky matches, wonderful whisky cocktail recipes and tempting Scottish tapas.

These “mini master-classes” will be available to visitors who take the whisky tour or as a separate group event.

Scent of Success

Discover the world of Scotch whiskies through their unique aromas and learn how the master distillers use their nose to evaluate a whisky. Includes a tasting of one single malt whisky and a certificate with your score.

Cocktail Capers

Guests will all have a go at learning some cocktail skills and putting them to the test. Includes one mini cocktail and sampling of other cocktails made by the group.

Tempting Tapas

Our Amber Restaurant chef reveals a few gems of knowledge about the best of Scottish fresh and raw produce and how it can be used to create some great “Scottish Tapas”. Includes a tasting of one single malt whisky, three pieces of tapas and recipe cards.


Perfect Pairings

Do you share our love of chocolate or cheese? Scotch whisky has found its perfect food partners in recent years and we will share with you the secrets behind the best dram to match. Includes two single malt whiskies matched with chocolate and cheese.

  • Groups of under 10 £300.00 (choice of 2 sessions)
  • Groups of over 10 £30.00 per person
For further information contact Gillian Armstrong at The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, 354 Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NE. Tel: 0131 220 0441 or visit: www.whisky-heritage.co.uk