Thursday, 2 December 2010

Opening Soon! Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

From 1 December 2010, groups can visit Scotland’s new, international hub for Burns heritage. A bold, state of the art, eco friendly museum will house the most important Burns collection in the world where technology blends with precious historic items giving visitors a fantastic new insight into the life and legacy of one of the world’s most iconic writers. The new museum is the focal point in a beautifully landscaped park where visitors can also:

Cross the picturesque Brig o’ Doon (from the famous epic poem Tam o’ Shanter)

Visit the 18th-century thatched cottage where Burns was born

  • Climb the Burns monument and explore the atmospheric Auld Kirk of Alloway
  • Meet the famous ‘Mouse’ on Poet’s Walk – perfect photo opportunity!
  • Relax in the Trust’s new120-cover licensed cafe serving delicious Scottish dishes and light bites
  • Choose from an exclusive new range of Burns branded gifts reflecting his life and work
  • Receive free Destination Leaflet *with map (included in admission)

The new park also features improved signage, more parking space, and easier access for coaches and groups. Prices from £5.25. Open all year.

Take your group on a Burns 7-Day Trail with the National Trust for Scotland’s flexible Discover Tickets.

For more information visit www.nts.org.uk/discover, email traveltrade@nts.org.uk or telephone 0844 493 2104 (+44 131 243 9304 from outside the UK).

*available in French, German, Spanish and Italian

Scottish Heritage Pass

Discover 5000 years of history with one pass

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 for 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.

The pass is sold exclusively to the Travel Trade and commission is available on all sales. Passes are valid for 7 consecutive days and can be used between 1 April and 30 September 2011.

2011 Prices

Retail Rate Trade Rate

Adult (16-59yrs) £38.00 £30.40

Concession (60yrs+) £30.00 £24.00

Child (5-15yrs) £20.00 £17.60

For further information on the pass and other commissionable products please contract the Historic Scotland Travel Trade Team on +44(0) 131 668 8797 or email hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Stirling Castle: Royal Palace re-opening April 2011

The Stirling Castle Palace Project to return the royal palace to how it may have looked in the mid-16th century will reach completion in April 2011 and will see the re-opening of the Palace buildings after a £12 million investment to return the Palace to its Renaissance glory.



The Stirling Palace Project will:

  • conserve the Queen’s Outer Hall, Queen’s Inner Hall and Queen’s Bed Chamber so they are fully decorated and furnished in mid-16th century style;
  • present the King’s Outer Hall, King’s Inner Hall and King’s Bed Chamber as splendidly decorated, but unfurnished, lodgings – as it is believed they were after the death of James V;
  • use costumed interpreters to help bring the past of the palace to life for visitors;
  • create a Renaissance Gallery on the upper floor where the original Stirling Heads will be displayed;
  • feature displays and exhibits in the Renaissance Gallery allowing visitors to find out about Scotland’s place in Renaissance Europe;
  • Provide updated exhibitions in the palace vaults about the lives of courtiers;
  • Feature a new introductory display, telling the story of Stirling Castle throughout the ages.

For further information please visit our website www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk or call our Travel Trade Team on +44(0) 131 668 8664


Two Great Offers!

Visit the Loch Lomond SEA LIFE centre and the Scottish SEA LIFE sanctuary and discover the wonderful word beneath the waves. At Loch Lomond be amazed to discover Cammy the first giant Green Sea Turtle in Scotland, and be wowed by the many amazing creatures from around the world, including the largest selection of sharks in Scotland.

At the Scottish SEA LIFE sanctuary come face to face with our resident seals and learn more about our rescue and conservation work with seal pups off the west coast. Also get up close and personal with the Einstein of the ocean a giant Pacific Octopus, who is one of the most intelligent sea creatures able to negotiate complex puzzles.


Both centres are

  • fully wheelchair accessible,
  • Toilet, catering and gift shop facilities on site.
  • Free car and coach parking

Free risk assessments.

£5 flat rate per person. Call 0871 423 2110 and quote ‘VisitScotlands Groups Guide’

New group packages for 2011!

New Lanark Visitor Centre Special Group Package for 2011 - only £11 per person, plus every 11th person goes free!

Our Special Group Package is all-inclusive and includes... entry to New Lanark Visitor Centre & Roof Garden, Afternoon Tea in the Mill Pantry Coffee Shop, 20% discount at the Edinburgh Woollen Mill store and New Lanark Gift Shop. All this for only £11 per person, plus every 11th person goes FREE!* Coach parties, clubs and societies welcome!

Surrounded by native woodland and close to the famous Falls of Clyde, this cotton mill village was founded in 1785 and became famous as the site of Robert Owen’s radical reforms. Today, New Lanark World Heritage Site is beautifully restored as both a living community and attraction, and is ideal for group visits.

The fascinating history of this unique village is interpreted in the award-winning New Lanark Visitor Centre. A highlight of the Visitor Centre is the “Annie McLeod Experience”, a dark ride, which features mill girl Annie who reveals the amazing story of the life and times in New Lanark in the 1820’s. There is a Roof Garden, which provides a panoramic and view of the historic village and surrounding natural scenery.

Delicious meals and homebaking are available all day in the Mill Pantry Coffee Shop. Plus there’s a large Edinburgh Woollen Mill store, the New Lanark Gift Shop, and Village Store.

The village is also home to the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Falls of Clyde Reserve and beautiful walks along the riverbank can be enjoyed as well as some peregrine and badger spotting.

Accommodation is available in the New Lanark Mill Hotel, a stunning conversion from an original 18th century mill. Each of the 38 spacious bedrooms offers fantastic views across the surrounding conservation area and River Clyde, and the peaceful setting is ideal for those wanting to escape for a quiet break and take time to explore the attractions of the World Heritage Site and surrounding area.

* Terms and conditions - Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. 20% discount - exclusions apply. Advance booking essential. Available for visits 1st January to 31st March 2011.

Contact:

New Lanark Visitor Centre, New Lanark, Lanark, South Lanarkshire, ML11 9DB

Tel: 01555 661345

Email: visit@newlanark.org

www.newlanark.org

Wilderness Scotland

Wilderness Scotland can offer you a truly inspiring Corporate Incentive Experience, Team Building Event, Company Away Day or Charity Challenge. We are the only 5star accredited activity provider in Scotland, so you can be sure that your experience will be delivered to the highest standards.

Our expert team will be on hand to help you every step of the way by providing you with advice on training, equipment and fundraising (if relevant) in the build up to your Challenge. Our Fully qualified guides will also ensure that you have an experience to remember at the event itself.

If your company or group are starting to think about something exciting to do in 2011, then this could be for you. We can offer you a relaxing luxury Highland Castle Escape on the banks of Loch Ness, to a challenging Sea to Summit Journey in the Cairngorms, we have the expertise to design and deliver a successful event that will stand out from the rest.

Our charity challenges or fundraising events are the perfect way to help raise funds, for your charity or group. Our unique challenges can include a number of outdoor activities such as walking and hiking, canoeing, sea-kayaking, mountain biking, nature walks, wild camping and eco-challenges.

To request a copy of our Corporate Events or Charity Challenge Brochures, then please email Craig Little, Group and Events Manager at craig@wildernessscotland.com. Please feel free to visit our website www.wildernessscotland.com to view some of our recommended challenges.

Forbes of Kingennie

Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort has joined Scotland’s Groups Guide for 2011. The resort is situated in the heart of the Angus countryside, yet enjoys easy access to major towns and cities via the A92 which is only two miles away, with Dundee City Centre a mere 6 miles from the resort.

Accommodation wise, the resort boasts 14 luxury lodges, with the most recent, Kingennie Court, purpose built for smaller groups accommodating 20 guests in 10 beautifully appointed twin bedrooms. The maximum capacity for all accommodation within the resort is 81 guests, and the resort can offer room only, bed and breakfast or dinner bed and breakfast packages.

Dining in the Waterside Restaurant is a delightful experience, with striking views overlooking the resort’s fishing ponds and golf course to the countryside beyond. High teas and lunches for groups are a speciality, with very reasonable rates offered for quality menus. The experienced chefs use locally sourced seasonal produce to create their freshly cooked dishes. So if your group is out exploring Angus, a meal or refreshment stop at Forbes of Kingennie Resort is the ideal choice.

If you would like to make an enquiry or booking or learn about any special offers, please contact Louise on 01382 350777.

Cruachan Power Station

Cruachan Power Station and Visitor Centre’s unique location makes it a popular attraction with over 60,000 visitors touring ‘The Hollow Mountain’ or visiting the purpose-built Visitor Centre each season.

Cruachan is very proud of the high standards of cleanliness and customer care that it achieves, which has been recognised by The Loo of the Year Awards. The visitor centre has again been awarded 5 stars for the excellent toilet facilities on site.

The centre houses a free exhibition, self service cafe with panoramic views over Loch Awe and an excellent gift shop offering a wide range of products. All this combined with a warm highland welcome makes it a great place to stop off with groups, for a guided tour of the power station or just to have a refreshment stop and use the gardens as an ideal place to let your passengers take some photos.

For information on our group rates or to make a booking please call 01866 822618 or visit www.visitcruachan.co.uk

Clan Donald Skye

Spend some time at Armadale on the south coast of Skye discovering the history of the Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, its most powerful clan, at our award-winning visitor centre and museum.

Visitors can spend time here -
Explore our Museum of the Isles
Shopping in our gift shops for that perfect souvenir
Savouring delicious food & drink in our Stables Restaurant
**special group lunch menus available, from just £5.00pp **
Marvelling at our beautiful gardens with its ruined castle<>

Groups benefit from access to our preferential travel trade rates PLUS free admission and lunch for both the group driver and guide when your party is booked in advance.

Call Mags today to make your advance reservation on + 44 (0) 1471 844 305 or email office@clandonald.com

For further details, please visit www.clandonald.com

Clan Donald Skye, Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV45 8RS, Scotland, UK | Tel: +44(0) 1471 844305

Walk @ The Top at CairnGorm Mountain

Hitherto the 140,000 visitors who ride the funicular railway 2km up CairnGorm Mountain every year to visit the outside viewing terrace, mountain exhibition, restaurant and shop have not been permitted to exit the building at the top, in order to conserve the rare flora on the mountain plateau. Between July and October 2010 however the operators were granted permission for a trial period to take groups out at the top on a guided walk to the summit to experience the mountain at first hand. This proved very popular and over 1000 people went on the walk which takes about 90 minutes. The feed-back from customers was overwhelmingly positive with almost all commenting particularly on how the presence and knowledge of a guide enhanced their visit. The company expects to be able to continue to offer this experience in the non-skiing months of 2011 and beyond when small groups (max.10) or individuals will be able to book onto it.

For visitors not wishing to ride the funicular or walk there is a Mountain Garden at Base Station level where they can see the plants from the whole mountainside replicated. At the top of the garden is the Camera Obscura with 360 degree views of the surrounding landscape. These attractions are free.

Located only 15 very scenic minutes by road from the A9 at Aviemore CairnGorm Mountain is a place where visitors can engage with the landscape, the very thing which draws so many of them to Scotland in the first place.