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Find UK Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom has everything from historic landmarks to world-class museums, beautiful countryside, vibrant cities, and picturesque towns and villages.

As the dominant industrial and maritime power of the 19th century, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science.

At its zenith, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the earth's surface.

Destination Management Companies in the UK.

Travel Map Mapping United Kingdom

Map of the United Kingdom

Map - United Kingdom of Great Britain: England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

Visit Britain

Stonehenge, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Driving From Belfast, Driving From Dover, Driving From Edinburgh, Driving From London, Driving From Manchester, Driving From Plymouth, Driving From Southampton.

UK Airports - UK Airport Parking.

Things to do in London

Theatre Breaks:
Theatre and hotel breaks to London, Edinburgh, Stratford-Upon-Avon and a host of other UK cities.

UK Holidays

Black Prince Holidays:
Narrowboat holidays across Great Britain.

Hotels in England and Scotland

Find and Book a Hotel in The United Kingdom.

Best Western Hotels Great Britain:
Over 270 independently owned and managed hotels throughout Great Britain, each with its own charm, character and personality. Properties include castles, coaching inns, modern city hotels, golf hotels and spa hotels.

Corus and Regal Hotels:
With an inspiring range of hotels from country houses and coaching inns to city centre accommodation, you're assured a warm welcome all year round.

With over 9,000 self-catered cottages throughout England, Scotland, Wales, France and Ireland there's a wide range of rental accommodation in just about every location, to suit any budget.

Hoseasons Holidays:
From secluded forest lodges to holiday parks, thatched rustic cottages and farmhouses to boating holidays on the beautiful waterways of Britain and France, Hoseasons offers the widest available range of accommodation and facilities to suit everyone.

UK's Hottest  Hot Tub Locations

If you're looking for the perfect hot tub escape try these top hot tub locations.

North Lakes Lodges:
Nestling in the Brayton Park Estate close to the Lake District National Park and engulfed by the splendour of the Cumbrian countryside.

Swandown Lodges:
Enviably set within the breathtaking parkland of the renowned historic Cricket St Thomas Estate on the Dorset/Somerset border.

Weybread Lakes Lodges:
Boasts a breathtaking setting on the picturesque Norfolk/Suffolk border, one of the country’s most beautiful and sought after holiday destinations.

Spring Wood Lodges:
Select group of Scandinavian lodges exclusively for couples, offering every comfort and creating a unique retreat for romantic breaks, special celebrations and a wonderful year-round luxury escape.

Oak Farm Lodges:
Centrally located in East Anglia and perfect for couples and families exploring the coast, forests and Broads as well as the delights of Norwich, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

Anglesey Lakeside Lodges:
Spaciously situated around 9 acres of beautifully landscaped lakes, this exclusive selection of luxurious contemporary lodges commands spectacular views over the picturesque Anglesey landscape.

Ivyleaf Combe Lodges:
Enjoys an idyllic setting nestling in a stunning wooded valley just two miles from the unspoilt, picturesque Cornish seaside town of Bude.

Mill Meadow Lodges:
A paradise for nature lovers, these comfortable lodges sit in an area of Special Scientific Interest surrounded by rivers, pools, woodland and glorious panoramic views of the Mid Wales countryside.

Cedar Retreats:
Small cluster of luxury lodges in a beautiful lakeside setting close to the renowned village of West Tanfield. Superbly located for exploring the Yorkshire Moors and Dales and perfect for opulent rural retreats or indulgent romantic escapes.

Kessock Highland Lodges:
Set amidst lush rolling meadowland in the wild heart of Highland Scotland. Secluded and yet superbly located for exploring, this luxurious retreat offers a truly individual flavour of Scotland surrounded by some of its most spectacular mountain scenery.

Hot Tub Superstars:
Discover the superstar lifestyle by booking a luxurious hot tub break.

Sykes Cottages:
Luxury, self-catering holiday cottages throughout England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Select Budget Hotels in London

Hampton Court Palace Hotel:
35 Hampton Street, London SE17 3AN.
One of the cheapest budget hotels in Central London.

Looking for Cheap Hotels in Earls Court?

City Continental Kensington Hotel:
The ideal place to board in if you're looking to stay near Earls Court for its superb location advantages.

Comfort Inn Kings Cross:
An elegant budget hotel at Kings Cross. Very close to Kings Cross Station and Euston Station, the hotel is also near several major London attractions: Camden Market, the British Library, TheatreLand London, the British Museum, Regents Park and London Zoo.

UK Departures

By Air

Offers a host of travel products and services, including negotiated airfares with 120 airlines discounted up to 75%, discounts with over 14,000 hotels world-wide and some of the most competitive car hire on the web.

Carrying more than 17 million passengers each year KLM is the 4th largest airline in Europe.

By Car

Holiday Autos:
Low cost car rental in over 4,000 rental locations UK and world-wide.

Spaceship Rentals:
Campervan hire in the United Kingdom; ideal for visiting some of the fantastic British countryside around the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.

By Train

The high-speed train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris and the French Alps. You can also reach over 100 more destinations across France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany with Eurostar Connections.

Pet Relocation - To or From the United Kingdom

PBS International Pet Travel
PBS International Pet Travel.

Your pets are precious cargo. As they can easily become distressed during travel, it is advisable to  invest in the skills of a trusted pet transport company, like PBS Pet Travel, to ensure your furry friends are safe and happy when travelling to or from the United Kingdom.

Travel Insurance

Don't leave home without it!

Go Travel Insurance:
One of the leading providers of online travel and holiday insurance for UK and Irish residents on the Internet.

UK Sailings

Peak season and weekend sailings are generally more expensive, as are overnight sailings long enough to permit a good night's sleep.

Generally, on short crossings the most cost effective time to travel is between 8pm and 7am. Likewise, short daytime sailings are often more expensive than short sailings at night. Decide which is your priority, convenience or cost.

Get onboard and save up to 50% on UK sailings and mini-breaks. Special offers and deals change with the seasons, but most ferry companies offer discounts for advance bookings. Prices often depend on the time of day at which the sailing takes place.

DFDS Seaways:
Choose from a selection of ferry crossings, mini cruises, city breaks, themed cruises and holidays in Northern Europe and the Baltic.

P&O Ferries:
Sailings between England and mainland Europe. Sea crossings from: Dover to Calais, Portsmouth to Bilbao, Portsmouth to Cherbourg, Portsmouth to Le Havre, Portsmouth to Caen, Hull to Rotterdam and Hull to Zeebrugge.

Great Britain (GB) or United Kingdom (UK)

Great Britain is a political entity that consists of the countries of England, Scotland, and Wales.

It is located in western Europe, and it is bordered by the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south, and the Irish Sea to the west.

Great Britain has a rich history that dates back thousands of years, and it has been home to many different peoples and cultures over time.

Today, it is a modern and diverse society with a vibrant economy and a strong cultural heritage.

Some of Great Britain's most famous landmarks are in England; Big Ben, the Tower of London, Stonehenge, and Buckingham Palace.

Britain is also known for its contributions to literature, music, and art, with iconic figures such as William Shakespeare, the Beatles, and J.M.W. Turner among its most celebrated artists.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom, also known as the UK, is the official name of the political entity that governs Great Britain as well as Northern Ireland.

The UK is a constitutional monarchy, which means that it has a monarch as its head of state, but its government is run by an elected parliament.

Visit Great Britain

If you're interested in visiting Great Britain, there are many places to explore and things to do that will give you a taste of its rich history and culture.


The capital city of Scotland is a must-visit destination. Visitors can enjoy its stunning architecture, historic castle, and world-renowned festivals.

You can explore the medieval Old Town of Edinburgh, hike up Arthur's Seat for fabulous views, or check out the many art galleries and museums for a culture fix.


The capital city of England is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Great Britain.

Home to iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and the London Eye, there's something for everyone in this bustling city.

You can also explore world-class museums like the British Museum and the Tate Modern, shop at famous department stores like Harrods and Selfridges, or catch a show in the West End.


This ancient stone circle in Wiltshire is one of the most famous landmarks in Great Britain, and is thought to have been built over 4,000 years ago.

Visitors can learn about the history and significance of the stones, and even walk among them on a guided tour.

The Lake District

Located in north-west England, the Lake District is a stunning area of natural beauty with rolling hills, sparkling lakes, and picturesque villages.

It's a popular destination for hiking, boating, and other outdoor activities, and is also home to historic sites like the poet William Wordsworth's former home.


With its rugged coastline, charming towns, and beautiful countryside, Wales is a great destination for those looking to explore Great Britain's more rural side.

Highlights include Snowdonia National Park, the historic town of Caernarfon, and the impressive Caernarfon Castle.

Tourism in Great Britain & UK Tourist Offices

Britain's Heritage Cities:
A lot of people visiting England tend to concentrate on London, but in doing so they are missing out on a lot of Britain's heritage. So next time you plan a trip to 'London' consider venturing out of the capital and take in the sights of Bath, Brighton, Chester, Durham, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and York.

British Heritage:
Camelot International brings you the history of the European kings and queens who have intermarried and killed each other to become the Windsors.

Discover Northern Ireland:
Take a virtual tour of Northern Ireland, courtesy of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

Fat Badgers Guide:
Guide to Quality Inns of the British Isles containing pubs in the United Kingdom which give the highest standards of British hospitality, traditional ales and superior cuisine, along with associated tourist information.

Great Western:
Great Western provide Inter City Services between London, South Wales, the Cotswolds and the West of England.

London Tourism:
The official home of the London Tourist Board, and very stylish too it is too. Check out the 3D maps.

The Met Office:
The latest UK weather and shipping forecasts from the Crown's authority on the clouds.

Visit Britain:
A very polished and interactive site with touring ideas, routes for walkers and cyclists, and a movie-map.

Visit Scotland:
A whole new light on web page design. Animated gifs do not have to be flashing bits and pieces but can be used constructively to put a shine on an already very polished project.

Visit Wales:
Wales is a distinctive part of Britain, and the Welsh Tourist Board get that message across; with everything from history and culture, to attractions and events.

UK Attractions


'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford'.

The writer Samuel Johnson said this in the 18th century, and it can still be said of today's contemporary London.

A Tour of Number 10:
Downing Street that is; home of Britain's Prime Ministers since 1735.

British Monarchy:
The official presentation of the Monarchy in Britain. Perhaps you would like to go straight to Buck House; or Buckingham Palace, as it's more commonly known.

Mayor of London:
The official website for the Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the Greater London Authority.

London Transportation on London Buses and London Underground (The Tube).

Guide To London:
There's more here than just accommodation and places to go, there are also some interesting features on LondonNet.

Inside Guide to London:
Visit London from the inside with Patrick Seery. Covers the known and less well-known sights in London.

London Aquarium:
The Sea Life London Aquarium is the first attraction of its kind in the capital and one of Europe's largest exhibits of aquatic life. County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London. SE1 Open daily from 10:00 - 18:00.

Where to Stay in London

Hotels in London.

London Theatre

Buy your West End theatre tickets for performances on Monday to Thursday, rather than Friday to Saturday as they tend to be cheaper.

London Visions:
Visually appealing guide to attractions, entertainment, restaurants and accommodation in London - with plenty of links to London-related information.

London Walks:
The oldest urban walking tour company in the world.

This is London:
Read the Evening Standard. This online version is packed with news and sport, as any good daily should be.

Tower of London:
Authentic presentation of the Tower of London's 900 years of history; in co-operation with the Yeoman Warders.

Lake District

Coast to Coast Cycle Route:
Starting in West Cumbria, the route passes through the stunning scenery of the northern Lake District and onto the Eden Valley, with its lush valleys and sandstone villages. You'll then climb up the unspoilt Northern Pennines and glide down into the Durham Dales. From here it's an easy ride through one of Britain's old industrial heartland to the North Sea.

Coast to Coast Walk:
Starting beside the Irish Sea, you have wonderful walking through the mountains of the Lake District, across the Pennines and down Swaledale. The North York Moors await you and beyond them the east coast. Most people undertake the walk between May and September. Daylight hours are much longer and weather more likely to be favourable.

Hidden River Cabins:
After a good day's walking in the woods or fishing on the River Lyne returning to your own private luxury log cabin with hot tub on the decking, overlooking the river, is the perfect way to relax in wild and luxurious surroundings. 

Keswick on Derwentwater Tourism Guide:
Keswick, in the English Lake District, is nestled between the Northern fells and Derwentwater. A beautiful Lakeland market town it has grown, with the help of local industry and visitors, into a thriving tourism centre with a close-knit local community.

Keswick Golf Club:
Cumbria has many great sports clubs and Keswick Golf Club is no exception. Located 4 miles East of Keswick on Derwentwater, in the heart of the Lake District, the golf course is easily approached from the A66 at Threlkeld - the main route from Penrith to the West Coast.

Lake District Fishing at Shank Wood Log Cabin:
Fishing in the Lake District is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and admire the scenery Shank Wood cabin has to offer. Salmon and trout fishing in the Lake District is available, on the River Lyne. 

Lake District - Go Lakes:
The Cumbria Tourist Board brings you  closer to the Lake District, Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall, Eden Valley and The Pennines, The Lake District Peninsulas, and the Western Lakes and Coast.

The Cumbria Directory:
Cumbria is a land of beauty and variety, from its busy cities and historic market towns to its stone and slate villages, each possessing their own character.

The Glaramara Centre:
Situated at the head of the Borrowdale Valley, The Glaramara Centre offers a multi-purpose venue for adventure activity packages, walking holidays, group accommodation, conferences, outdoor development training, and a base for further exploration of the Lake District National Park.

Lake District Hotels

Lake District Hotels:
A distinctive collection of seven Graves family-owned and run Lake District hotels in picturesque lakeside and town centre locations in some of the most beautiful locations around the Lake District.

Borrowdale Hotel, George Hotel, Inn on the Lake, Kings Arms Hotel, Lodore Falls Hotel, Queens Hotel, Skiddaw Hotel.

The Cotswolds

Cotswolds Travel Guide:
Visit this beautiful and unique region in England, where time seems to have stood still for 300 years.

Visit Cotswolds:
The official Gloucestershire tourism site providing tourist information on Gloucestershire - The Cotswolds, The Severn Vale, Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.


Take a trip to Liverpool. Apart from the football teams and the Beatles, you'll be surprised at the beautiful waterfront, Albert Dock and the new Aqua Bus that drives straight into the Mersey.

By Real Holiday Reports.

Merseyside Memories:
Customised videos of the Merseyside area providing scenes of specific houses and streets for customers who once lived in a particular area of Liverpool, showing the various points of interest that the customer may have requested.


Virtual Manchester:
Includes a cool graphical travel guide for getting around the City Centre and oodles of info.

The City of York

York: Carlton House:
The Carlton House Hotel in York is a much loved Georgian Terraced home built in the early 1800's, belonging to the Greaves family since 1948.

Devon and Cornwall

A comprehensive guide to towns and villages in Cornwall.

Cornwall Cottages:
When visiting Cornwall do not use the 'shortest route' on your sat nav, as it will take you off the faster A roads and down smaller roads and narrow lanes that are no wider than a car; taking much longer in the long run.

Country Boy: by Carl Appleby
A day in the life of a country boy in East Budleigh, Devon.

Devon & Cornwall:
The Devon and Cornwall rail partnership helps you to plan your car free days out. Plenty of ideas, and multilingual.

Devon Connect:
Tourism, art, country life, business and general information relating to Devon.

Devon Holiday Directory:
Designed to help visitors to Devon find holiday accommodation -- self catering, bed and breakfast, hotels and holiday parks. It also has lots of links to the attractions, museums, house and gardens, activities such as walking, surfing riding and fishing, as well as pubs and restaurants for eating out.

Devon Museums:
With the most densely populated museum landscape in the country, there's something for everyone in Devon museums.

Devon Online:
Guide to Devon's towns and villages.

Quarterly magazine for Devon residents which aims to keep them in touch with what's going on in the county - brought to you by Devon County Council with Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, The Police Authority and The Devon Fire & Rescue Service.

Discover Devon:
Developed by local authorities in Devon to offer online visitor information, accommodation booking, travel advice and an interactive search facility for local events and activities. There's also a wide range of other services to help people get around the county and enjoy what Devon has to offer.

Devon Attractions

Becky Falls:
High on Dartmoor, and enjoyed by generations of visitors since Victorian times, Becky Falls Woodland Park, with its huge oak canopy, rugged landscape, massive granite boulders and waterfalls, provides some of the most scenic and enjoyable walks in the south west. Open from 10am every day, March to October, school holidays and winter weekends (weather permitting). Coach parties and school visits always welcome.

Exeter Cathedral:
Provides information and pictures which will appeal to the curious browser of any age and to those seeking more detailed information about this beautiful, historic cathedral; its very active community and its continuous cycle of daily worship.

West Country Holidays:
The South West peninsula, stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean, is Britain's most popular and successful holiday area. It consists of the counties of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Bath and Bristol.

The Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly lie twenty-eight miles off the coast of Cornwall.

There are five inhabited islands - St. Mary's, Tresco, St. Martin's, Bryher and St. Agnes – and countless uninhabited islands to explore.

Boats leave from Penzance to the main island of St. Mary’s and take about 2 hours 45 minutes.

Accommodation on Scilly:
Whether you're looking for a cosy B&B, a luxurious outpost, a wild camping experience or simple self catering, there are great choices on every island.

Isles of Scilly Magazine:
With long white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, picturesque little harbours and gorgeous stone-built houses, the Isles of Scilly are one of the UK's best kept secrets.

Isles of Scilly Travel:
Sail to the Isles of Scilly from Penzance, or fly from Land’s End Airport (15-20 minutes), Newquay Airport (30 minutes) and Exeter Airport (60 minutes).

Isle of Man

Situated in the Irish Sea, between the United Kingdom and Ireland, the Isle of Man is easily accessible by air and sea.

The capital of the Isle of Man is Douglas.

Getting to the Isle of Man

By Air

Ronaldsway Airport is served by a number of airlines flying out of Belfast, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Jersey, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London City Airport, Luton, Manchester and Newcastle.

By Sea

SeaCat and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company offer fast ferry crossings on the Irish Sea between Belfast, Dublin, Heysham, Liverpool and the Isle of Man.

Isle of Man Tourism

Isle of Man Guide:
From medieval castle to giant water wheel, the Isle of Man has more than enough tourist sites to attract, wonder and entertain.

Isle of Man Tourist Board:
The Island is a unique destination with over 10,000 years of history, its own currency, stamps, native tongue and mile upon mile of unspoilt countryside and secluded beaches, yet less than 60 miles from the north west of England.

Isle of Man TT:
The official site of the Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Races; featuring results, facts, history and bulletin board for race fans.

Around England

Glastonbury Abbey:
Traditionally the oldest above-ground Christian church in the world. A Christian sanctuary so ancient that only legend can record its origin.

Home Base Holidays:
International home exchange service based in London. New listings on-line daily plus published in three directories each year. Free bi-monthly Home Swappers newsletter provides information on arranging successful home swaps. Established 1985.

Lyme Regis:
There's more than old fossils in Lyme Regis.

Melton Mowbray:
They call it the rural heart of England; famous for its pork pies and stilton cheese.

Oxford City:
Once in Oxford call in at the Oxford Tourist Information Centre at Gloucester Green for details of attractions and more ideas of what to see and do in the City.

Oxford on Foot:
Let Annetta Harvie take you on a two hour walking tour of this famous university city, and learn about the history of the university from its mediaeval origins to the present day.

Oxfordshire's Towns:
Ox Towns has all the information you need regarding businesses, tourist attractions, places to eat, drink and stay.

Visit The Heart of England:
The story of the Heart of England is written in a time-capsule of stone - mighty castles, cathedrals and stately homes, and picturesque cottages in countless sleepy hamlets where, at the village inn, the tradition of hospitality spans centuries.

West Sussex Info:
Chichester born and bred, Mark Hoult shares the hidden treasures, beautiful places and great things to do in the West Sussex towns of Arundel, Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Littlehampton, Midhurst, Petworth, Shoreham-by-Sea, Steyning, and Worthing.

Driving in England

The Automobile Association:
Get immediate AA Breakdown cover online and enjoy peace of mind on the road.

The RAC:
Six million RAC members enjoy access to an enormous range of motoring products and services throughout their driving lives, ranging from roadside assistance to continually updated legal and technical advice and up-to-the-minute travel information.

Scotland Decides Against Independence

On Thursday, 18th September 2014 Scotland voted on whether they wanted independence from Great Britain and returned a 55.3% no vote.

After a record turnout at the polls, the majority return was that the Kingdom would remain United.

1.5 million Scots did vote for independence but, crucially, 1.9 million voted to remain in the United Kingdom; Edinburgh and Fife bringing in the final votes to confirm the result.

UK Independence

On Thursday, 24th June 2016 the United Kingdom as a whole voted against remaining in the European Union (Brexit); 52% to 48%. Interestingly, Scotland as a whole voted to remain and could seek another Scottish Independence vote.

Scotland Travel and Tourism

Historic Scotland:
Scotland's built heritage is a rich tapestry which illuminates the nation's history from the earliest times. The thread reaches from prehistoric standing stones to medieval castles and formal great gardens through to Georgian houses, Victorian factories and Second World War defences.

Isle of Skye:
The official web site for the communities of the Isle of Skye, Lochalsh, and Raasay in north west Scotland.

Kids Go Free - ScotRail:
With a ScotRail Kids Go Free ticket not only can two kids travel free off-peak with each adult, you also get one free entry to Scotland's best attractions.

Kintyre Peninsula:
Kintyre is on the extreme west coast of Scotland, joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus, at Tarbert, with all the characteristics of island living without the hassle and expense of ferry crossings (although you can cross by ferry as well).

Lang Atholl Experience:
Scotland's luxury destination management company creating tour packages to take your breath away.

Scottish Heartlands:
Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Trossachs. Here is the birthplace of Scotland, the cradle of its Christianity and nationhood and the focal point of much of its colourful history.

Scottish Highlands:
These pages by the Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board, are intended to give you a taste of the beauty and tranquillity of The Highlands.

Scottish Web:
Scotland and the Scottish Highlands have many secrets. Little known places, castles, historical events and famous people are what defines a large part of highland culture and Scottish Web aims to bring you articles of interest to help you appreciate this.

Scotland Info:
A comprehensive online guide to the land north of Hadrian's Wall, with special features on Scottish castles, travel tips and travel stories to help you appreciate Scotland more.

Secret Scotland:
Michael Peddie offers detailed tour itineraries and personal online support for planning and booking self-drive tours of Scotland. Customers are given a 10% discount code for car hire with Arnold Clark Rental.

The Isle of Islay:
The Isle of Islay is the most southerly of the Hebridean islands at the west coast of Scotland. Pictures, information, links and tips from, Armin Grewe, a frequent visitor to Islay.

The Western Isles

The Western Isles, also known as the Hebrides, are made up of the islands of Lewis, Harris, Scalpay, Berneray, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Barra, Eriskay, Vatersay, Taransay and St Kilda.

Visit Hebrides:
Standing majestically at the north-west edge of Europe, this 150 mile-long island chain of beaches, culture, wildlife and adventure is a haven for outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind.

Visit Scotland:
Provides information on holiday accommodation, outdoor activities and places to visit in Scotland.

Visit Shetland:
Experience the extraordinary natural beauty and individual identity of the Shetland Islands.

West Highland Explorer:
An extensive area of mountains, moorland, islands, and sea. From Shetland Islands in the north to Mull of Kintyre in the south and all points westward, this region is home to several distinctly different cultures.

Orkney Islands

When visiting the Orkney islands, you can make more of your holiday time and save a bit of money on accommodation by booking an overnight cabin on the Northlink ferry from Stromness to Scrabster.

You can book yourselves a cabin on the Northlink Ferry and board the ferry between 21:30 and 23:30 on the night before you sail.

The ferry leaves Stromness at 06:30 in the morning and you can get breakfast on the ship before arriving in Scrabster at 08:00.

Visit Orkney:
Orkney Tourist Board's official visitors' guide to the Orkney islands -- an archipelago of some 70 islands, with excellent scheduled air and ferry services between them.


Aberdeen has 30 golf courses within half an hour's drive from the city centre. Aberdeen is also on the Castles trail and the famous Malt Whiskey trail.

Aberdeen Hotels Association:
Detailed information on 27 Aberdeenshire hotels; with contact details, location maps and links to the relevant hotel websites.

Aberdeen and Grampian:
Scotland’s Castle and Whisky Country is more than a little bit special; with miles of unspoiled coastline, some of the world’s finest malt whisky and more castles than any other part of the United Kingdom.

The Web Cafe:
Guide to eating, drinking and partying in the Aberdeen area.


Edinburgh: Town and Country: by Dan Bailey
Fill up on orgies of urban entertainment, then cleanse body and spirit with a walk in the hills or a stiff sea breeze. Just as nothing beats the refreshment of a hot steam bath and icy plunge pool, harnessing the contrasting forces of nature and culture will leave you feeling thoroughly recharged.

Edinburgh and Lothians Tourist Board:
This site will help you get to grips with the wealth of opportunities available both in the city of Edinburgh and amongst the beautiful coast and countryside that surrounds it.

Edinburgh Castle:
The most famous of Scottish castles. In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in six languages. Parking is restricted from June to October for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Edinburgh Festivals:
Official online listings for every Edinburgh festival.

Edinburgh Film Festival:
Edinburgh is the UK’s leading Film Festival and has celebrated cinema in its infinite variety for over half a century.

Edinburgh Fringe:
Whilst still remaining true to its founding principle of open-access for all performers, the Fringe has come a long way since its organisational beginnings -- in a disused pub with a leaky roof, just off the Royal Mile.

Edinburgh Guide:
Coverage of Edinburgh arts and entertainment with extensive coverage of Edinburgh's festivals.

Edinburgh's Hogmanay:
Includes an extensive archive of broadcast quality video footage of Edinburgh during the last 15 years.

Edinburgh International Festival:
The Edinburgh International Festival is over fifty years old and has earned its reputation as one of the world's greatest celebrations of the arts.

Edinburgh Old Town:
Unlike most city High Streets where the same national chains of shops, bars and restaurants can be seen whichever town you're in, Edinburgh's Old Town is rich in specialist shops, small restaurants and intimate little bars. Whether it's shopping, hotels, bars, cafes, restaurants or just memorable sights, you'll find a feast of attractions on your visit to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Zoo:
Edinburgh Zoo opened in 1913, in leafy hillside parkland just ten minutes from the centre of Edinburgh. Open every day of the year, including Christmas Day, from 9.00am to 6.00pm April-September, 5.00pm October and March, and 4.30pm from November to February.

National Gallery of Scotland:
The National Gallery of Scotland, oldest of the four Galleries, is situated in the heart of Edinburgh on The Mound, between the ancient Old Town and the Georgian New Town. It is home to Scotland's greatest collection of European paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism, and is one of the very finest galleries of its size in the world.

Our Dynamic Earth:
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh at the foot of Arthur's Seat, adjacent to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the site of the new Scottish Parliament.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art:
Set in extensive parkland, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art lies to the west of Edinburgh's City Centre, on Belford Road. The Gallery first opened in 1960 at Inverleith House in the Royal Botanic Garden and moved to its present site in 1984.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery:
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is situated in the heart of the Edinburgh New Town at the east end of Queen Street. It provides a unique visual history of Scotland, told through portraits of the figures who shaped it: royals and rebels, poets and philosophers, heroes and villains.

Scottish Parliament:
Members of the public can sit in the public galleries of the Chamber and watch sessions of Parliament. The main debates usually take place on a Wednesday afternoon and on Thursday, both morning and afternoon. There are a number of seats available to book in advance. Others are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Dean Gallery:
Situated opposite the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Dean Gallery displays Edinburgh's world-class holdings of Dada and Surrealist art, and work by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

The Fruitmarket Gallery:
Situated in one of the world's most beautiful cities, Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery is an acclaimed international art space showing a programme of exciting, thought-provoking exhibitions of Scottish, British and international contemporary art. The gallery is complemented by an ambient, street-level glass fronted cafe and innovative bookshop.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse:
Founded as a monastery in 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Situated at the end of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is closely associated with Scotland's turbulent past; including Mary, Queen of Scots - who lived here between 1561 and 1567.

Near Edinburgh

North Berwick:
A picturesque town situated on the shores of the Firth of Forth, just 35 minutes by train from Edinburgh, close to the A1 motorway, and perfectly placed to explore the links golf courses in East Lothian.

A small country town in the Scottish Borders situated 23 miles south of Edinburgh and about 40 miles from Glasgow. This quiet south eastern corner of Scotland, with its lower than average rainfall, clean air and bright sunshine attracts visitors year round.


The City in the Highlands.

Scotland Tips

The salmon season runs from 11th February to 7th October.

When visiting Scotland don't try to do it all in one day. Although it's a small country, the highlands and islands roads are not built for speed and distances can be deceptive. It is better to take your time and be selective in what you wish to see and enjoy it at a more leisurely pace. Your motto should be: 'See less, enjoy more'.

Make sure to visit the Hill House in Helensburgh (near Glasgow). It's one of the best examples of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's work.

By Armin Grewe.

Getting To (and Around) Scotland

Scotland by Air

Eastern Airways:
Connecting Aberdeen, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Humberside, Manchester, Norwich, Teesside and Wick.

Flies from Luton to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow also go to Amsterdam and Belfast.

Scotland’s airline provides life-line services to remote island communities and serves the needs of the business traveller with frequent flights between Scotland’s cities and towns.

Cheap flights from London Stansted to Glasgow.

Highlands and Islands Airports:
Operates ten airports throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; providing vital social, business and welfare links to the people who live there.

Scot Airways:
Flights from London City Airport to Edinburgh and Dundee.

Scotland by Rail

Provides around 95% of all train services within Scotland as well as the Anglo-Scottish overnight Caledonian Sleepers linking Fort William, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh with the heart of London.

Scotland by Road

Scottish Citylink Coaches:
Fast and frequent services to over 200 towns and cities across Scotland.

Scotland by Sea

CalMac Scottish Island Ferries:
Explore the magical islands and peninsulas of Scotland's Atlantic coast; a world away, yet so easy to get to.

NorthLink Ferries:
Ferry from Aberdeen to the Islands of Orkney and Shetland. Also sails between Scrabster and Stromness.

Scotland Accommodation

Clava Lodge:
Relax in the splendour of the Highlands of Scotland, 7 miles from Inverness, in one of Clava Lodge's comfortable apartments, chalets or cottages. Go monster hunting, follow the whisky trail, visit the Clava Cairns or do a bit of salmon fishing.

Birchbrae Luxury Self Catering Lodges: (Fort William)
Seven luxury self catering Scandinavian-style lodges set in a peaceful and secluded woodland in the Highlands of Scotland. Birchbrae is 8 miles south of Fort William and sits in a woodland clearing up of Forest track; off the A82. The Corran Ferry is some 500 metres away, which crosses Loch Linnhe to the Ardnamurchan peninsula.


Glasgow International Airport Hotels:
Cosmopolitan Hotels operate two 3 star hotels close to Glasgow's International Airport and within perfect commuting distance of Scotland's largest city, Glasgow.

Erskine Bridge Hotel & Spa:
Stunning scenery within 18 acres of parkland, with panoramic views of the Kilpatrick Hills, the River Clyde and the Erskine Bridge.

The Normandy Hotel:
Set in the heart of Renfrewshire, with extensive conference, events and banqueting facilities for up to 600 people.

Hotels in Glasgow.

Self Catering

Bonawe House:
An eighteenth century Scottish country house set in its own secluded grounds, surrounded by mature beech trees and gardens; with views over Loch Etive. Offers six self-catering holiday cottages in Taynuilt, near Oban.

Reserve Apartments:
Self-catering accommodation in Edinburgh and Glasgow with online booking.

Scotland Tours

Adventure in Scotland:
Guide to Scotland's best adventure sports, companies and events.

Ayrshire Golf Tours:
Concentrate on your desire to play golf in Scotland and leave the minor details like transportation, accommodation, golf tee times, and complimentary whisky tastings to the Scottish golf tour experts.

Romantic Scotland:
The ideal setting for a wedding, honeymoon or getaway.

Scotland Made Easy:
Assists in itinerary planning and booking accommodation for stress-free self-drive tours of Scotland.

Scottish Dream Tours:
Specialises in small group tours to Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England featuring castles, gardens, historic sites, tea-rooms and pubs.


Wales Preview

Wales is a small Principality of the United Kingdom, covering an area of 8,015sq miles with a population of around 2,800,000 people; 20% of whom speak Welsh.

The capital city is Cardiff, in the south of the country, which was once the coal mining area and exported coal to all parts of the world.

Although Wales is a small country, it is rich in natural beauty with its 732 miles of rugged coastline: from unspoilt beaches and coves in Pembrokeshire, to the snow-capped mountains of Snowdonia in the north. Mt Snowdon, at 3,560ft, being the highest mountain in England and Wales.

There are more than 400 castles and ancient monuments to explore. Wales also has many forests, woodlands and gardens; including the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, which boasts the largest single span glasshouse in the world.

But most important is the warmth and friendliness of the Welsh people and visitors can be assured of a warm welcome.

There is a variety of accommodation from country cottages, farmhouses, country house hotels, to 5 star city centre luxury.

By Colin's Wales.

Beaches of Wales:
Many coastal villages offer boat rides along the coast just yards from the towering cliffs where you can observe seals basking on the rocks.

Castles in Wales:
There are over 400 Castles in Wales. Some interesting castles to visit in Wales include Caerphilly, Carreg Cennen, Castell Coch, Chepstow, Goodrich Castle, Coity Castle, Manorbier, Ogmore, Raglan and Tintern Abbey.

The Castles of Wales:
Wales is often called the 'Land of Castles' and rightly so, as it is home to some of Europe's finest surviving examples of medieval castle construction. This site covers a wide range of topics related to Welsh castles and Welsh medieval history.


Swansea City Life:
Put together by Pete Rogers, who says:

Don't spend a fortune at one of the main city hotels in Swansea, there are dozens of excellent guesthouses at very reasonable prices.

Explore Swansea's Gower peninsular for some of the most dramatic and beautiful seascape in Europe.

Swansea's Bayside Maritime Quarter and parklands are genuinely world class.

The Channel Islands

Jersey is English speaking, and only an hour away from the mainland, yet has a climate more favourable than the British Isles.

Visit the islands of Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney.

Visit Guernsey:
Bathed by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, Guernsey may be geographically closer to France than England but it remains loyal to the British crown, and has done since the Norman Conquest.

Accommodation and Tours

Travelling on a hotel narrow boat along British canals is a unique and relaxing way to discover the English countryside, quaint villages, pubs and interesting locks in complete comfort.

Backpacker Tours UK:
Backpacker tours of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Budget tours depart from London and Edinburgh.

Premium Tours:
If it's the small things that make the difference between a good day out and a perfect one, Premium Tours try to do that little bit extra to ensure your day is special.

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