Scotland and much more at Lastminute.com

If you’re trying to find a great Scotland holiday or flight deal then check out Lastminute-com.

Lastminute-com is the UK’s leading online travel and leisure retailer, with over 1.65 million visitors per week it provides customers with the best ways to make their free time go even further.

Whether it’s planning an exotic escape to the Maldives, jetting off from Scotland, or maybe planning a great night out in the UK, lastminute-com has it all and at great value prices.

Lastminute-com offers its customers the opportunity to book flights, tickets, hotels and more through a one stop shop.

From adventuring in the mountains to relaxing beach breaks, spa stays, theatre trips and dining, there really is something for everyone.

Amazing Facts about Lastminute-com:

>The most popular travel and leisure site in the UK with around 1.65 million people logging on every week to bag the best deals
>Has sold 750,000 airline tickets to 1300 destinations worldwide in the last year – that’s the equivalent of packing off the whole of Glasgow abroad
>80,000 hotels available on their site worldwide
>Every 15 minutes someone books a holiday
>Every 60 seconds someone sleeps in a hotel bed booked on their site
>They sold 1.5 million theatre tickets in 2009. A theatre ticket sells every 26 seconds
>They are the largest independent retailer of West End theatre tickets, selling one in 9 of every seat sold
>They offer over 350 fun experiences ranging from shark diving to chocolate making, to hot air balloon flights

Click-Here…. to visit the Lastminute-com website.

Enjoy your Scotland Bargain! :-)

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Premier Inn for Great Value Scotland Hotels

If you’re looking for a great value Scotland hotel where quality is assured you should try Premier Inn ( Visit-Site…. ).

Part of Whitbread PLC, Premier Inn is the UK’s largest and fastest-growing hotel chain, with over 600 hotels across the UK and Ireland.

Premier Inn provides class-leading budget hotels, which offer outstanding levels of comfort and service at a reasonable price. With Premier Inn “Everything’s Premier but the Price”.

Premier Inn offers its guests:

More choice – a class-leading network of over 600 hotels (150 more than the nearest competitor) means that there’s always one near to where the guest wants to stay

Nice roomy bedrooms, comfy surroundings and friendly service – everything a guest needs, from only 49 pounds per room (not per guest) per night

Licensed bars and restaurants in or adjoining every hotel (not licensed at Motorway service areas), serving good food and drink at a reasonable price

An eat-as-much-as-you-like hot or continental breakfast served in every hotel

Under-16s stay and eat breakfast free

Up to two children and two adults can sleep in Premier Inn’s spacious family rooms at no extra cost. All hotels provide good quality cots for babies and toddlers too

Up to two under-16s can eat breakfast for free when one adult purchases a full Premier Breakfast

Exclusive access to Premier Inn Days Out – discounted entry, generally 2-for-1 or Kids go free, to over 800 top visitor attractions across the UK

Free kids packs for children, containing a mini story book, activity book, colouring sheet, pencils and competitions

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Massive savings on Scotland Hotels at Hotwire.com

If you’re looking to book your Scotland Hotel then check out Hotwire UK first.

You’ve probably seen them advertised on the TV and they make some amazing claims on achieving huge hotel discounts. It seems from customer and press feedback that Hotwire’s claims may be true. They really could get you a fantastic Scotland hotel discount.

We certainly wouldn’t book any Scotland Hotel without giving them a try first.

Hotwire was launched in 2000 and negotiates deep discounts from its travel suppliers to help travellers book unsold airline seats, hotel rooms and rental cars at significant savings. Hotwire’s mission is to offer unbeatable low prices on airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, holiday packages, and cruises. Through their partnerships with leading travel companies, they can get customers ridiculously low prices.

How does Hotwire work?
Their partners allow them access to their unsold inventory – empty seats on flights, empty hotel rooms, and extra cars at big savings. By showing the name of the travel partner after customers book, Hotwire can get them travel deals that are significantly below published prices.

Click-Here…. to visit the Hotwire website and search for Scotland bargains!

Recent Press comment on Hotwire has been really impressive …

The Economist:
“Users can get room-rate discounts that sometimes exceed 50%”

Daily Mirror:
“We were paying a two-star price for our stay in this grand luxury hotel”

The Telegraph:
“Prices can be as much as 70 percent less than the published price”

London Evening Standard:
“Anyone planning a last-minute holiday you should check out the secret hotel deals”

The Hotwire Promise:
Within 48 hours of booking, if you find a lower rate for an identical booking, they’ll pay you the difference between the rates.

Click-Here…. to visit the Hotwire website.

We hope you find some amazing Scotland hotel deals! :-)

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Book your Scotland Hotel at Hotels.com

Hotels-com (Visit-Site….) offers the choice of over 154,000 hotels in more than 60 countries and has a wide range of Scotland hotels and apartments to choose from.

Their vast database of hotel reviews will help you find the best Scotland deal in the right Scotland location.

Whether you are travelling last minute, as a family or need a Scotland hotel for business they are sure to have the right hotel deal for you.

They also have a 24 hour phone line if you would prefer to speak to someone.

Find, compare, review and book Scotland hotels at great prices all at the Hotels-com (Visit-Site….) website.

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20% off at Buyagift with Scotland-Traveller

Scotland-Traveller have teamed up with www.giftexperienceshop.co.uk to bring you 20% off all gifts and experiences at Buyagift, one of the UK’s biggest gift experience websites.

Just use the discount code provided and you will save 20.12% off everything you buy.

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Choose from hundreds of already discounted prices on days out, food & drink, pampering, driving, flying, short breaks and much much more.

You’re bound to find something special to enjoy this summer with an extra 20% off!

Have fun from Scotland-Traveller :-)

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Scotland Rain and Flood Forecast

A couple of useful links if you’re tryng to dodge the Rain and Floods across Scotand ….

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Compare Scotland Hotel Prices in One Easy Search

If you can’t decide which leading hotel booking website to use to book your Scotland accommodation then the answer may be here.

With just one easy search you can now compare prices on Scotland Hotels at over twenty leading hotel booking websites.

This fantastic new utility simply searches all the leading Scotland hotel bookers and presents you with a list of where you will get the best prices. You then simply go to the leading site with the best price and book direct with them.

You will always be booking your Scotland accommodation with leading and well-respected hotel booking websites like those listed below:

> AccorHotels.com
> Agoda.com
> BestWestern.com
> BookDirectRooms.com
> Booking.com
> CarlsonHotels.com
> ChoiceHotels.com
> dhr.com
> EasyClickTravel.com
> EasyToBook.com
> Ebookers.com
> eLong.com
> Expedia.com
> Getaroom.com
> Hilton.com
> HotelClub.com
> Hotelopia.com
> Hotels.com
> Hotels4U.com
> HRS.com
> InterContinental.com
> LastMinute.com
> LateRooms.com
> Marriott.com
> OctopusTravel.com
> Otel.com
> Priceline.com
> RatesToGo.com
> Skoosh.com
> Travelocity…

Give the new Scotland Compare Hotel Prices utility a try and it’s unlikely that you will ever use another Scotland hotel booking site again.

The team here at Scotland-Traveller have made some amazing savings on Scotland accommodation using this impressive search tool and are delighted to recommend this amazing site.

Visit the Compare Hotel Prices website.

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Compare Scotland Hotel Prices

The team here at Scotland-Traveller have just stumbled upon an amazing hotel price comparison website that lets you compare the prices on Scotland Hotels from over 20 leading hotel booking websites in a single search.

> Compare Hotel Prices – Scotland Hotel Search you can get prices from all these hotel booking websites:

AccorHotels
Agoda
BestWestern
BookDirectRooms
Booking
CarlsonHotels
ChoiceHotels
dhr
EasyClickTravel
EasyToBook
Ebookers
eLong
Expedia
Getaroom
Hilton
HotelClub
Hotelopia
Hotels
Hotels4U
HRS
InterContinental
LastMinute
LateRooms
Marriott
OctopusTravel
Otel
Priceline
RatesToGo
Skoosh
Travelocity

Give it a try .. you could save an amazing amount of money on your Scotland Hotel Booking.

> Compare Hotel Prices – Compare Scotland Hotels at HotelsCombined

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Lerwick Cruises – Cruise to Lerwick in The Shetland Isles Scotland with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the town of Lerwick in The Scottish Shetland Isles as a Port-of-Call.

Bustling Lerwick is the capital, and only town, of Scotland’s Shetland Islands. Founded in the 17th century to service Dutch herring fleets, a number of its oldest structures, including the fort, were burnt to the ground many years ago. Today most of its historical architecture can be seen along the waterfront, including sandstone buildings, which date from the 18th century.

Perched on the hillside, over the harbour, the town’s lanes retain their charm. As you stroll the narrow streets, you will discover a mix of shops and restaurants, whilst up on the hillhead stand more recent additions including villas, public parks and the Town Hall.

The Shetland’s have an internationally celebrated musical heritage, in particular, their fiddle playing, which you might get the chance to sample whilst here. They also have a fascinating story to tell through the many, rich archaeological sites that can be found here, with remains dating back some 5,000 years.

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Lerwick as a Port of Call can be found here:

Lerwick Cruises from P&O Cruises

P&O Lerwick Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Lerwick Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

Scenic Shetland and Jarlshof Settlement
Enjoy the unique, picturesque landscape of the Shetland Islands and visit one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Europe.

Enjoy a short tour of Lerwick Town, capital of the Shetland Islands, and the most northerly town in the British Isles. The compact town is built of stone, with narrow paved streets to give the residents some protection from the fierce winter gales. It has a very unique character not found elsewhere in the world; founded on the fishing industry and with strong Viking connections, little now remains of the old village of Lerwick.

Travelling south along the coastal road with the sea on one side and the hills of the South Mainland on the other, you’ll pass through several small settlements. A stop will be made to see the Island of Mousa, home of the best preserved Broch (Iron Age drystone hollow-walled structure) in existence. Drive on a short way to Hoswick and make a stop at the Hoswick Visitor Centre, a small souvenir shop and local museum about Shetland life, including information about the world renowned Shetland weaving.

From Hoswick, there is a short drive to the remarkable archaeological site of the Jarlshof settlement at Sumburgh, on the southern tip of the mainland. Jarlshof presents one of the most interesting remains of early human habitation and displays, through its monuments and ancient dwellings, a view of many different peoples and periods.

Refreshments of tea or coffee and shortbread will be served during the tour.

Shetland Ponies and Panorama
Enjoy a scenic and cultural tour of Shetland and admire the photogenic Shetland ponies for which the islands are renowned.

Shetland has a 5,000 year old history, which has provided the islands with a fascinating background, steeped in legends and myths. Lerwick began as a fishing port in the 17th century, and today the centre of Lerwick is full of character. Moving through the town you’ll see the Town Hall and other interesting monuments before travelling out to Scalloway. A photo stop will be made en route at the Clickimin Broch, a drystone hollow-walled structure, with surrounding buildings dating from the Iron Age.

Arriving in the old town of Scalloway, the 2nd largest settlement on the mainland, see the ancient Castle, built around 1600 by Earl Patrick Stewart. Free time is given to enable you to browse the shops or soak up the atmosphere.

Your journey continues past the pretty Loch of Tingwall, where a stop will be made to photograph the small, beautiful Shetland ponies. Back on the shores of Weisdale Voe, a visit will be made to Shetland Jewellery, where traditional local jewellery is still hand crafted in the Celtic and Norse inspired fashions.

On the return journey, ascend Wormadale Hill to enjoy panoramic views across the water of Whiteness Voe.

Mousa Island, Broch and Seals
Gain an insight into one of Shetland’s most picturesque islands and visit the best preserved Iron Age Broch in the world.

Departing Lerwick, travel south along the coastal road passing through several small settlements before reaching the village of Cunningsburgh. Travel by ferry to Mousa, where your skipper will be delighted to point out any sightings of porpoises or seals for which the island is famous. Mousa Sound is one of Scotland’s most important sites for the endangered Harbour Porpoise, present between May and September.

Once on the island, you’ll walk to the famous Mousa Broch, the most magnificent and awe-inspiring of all of the world’s Brochs. At 42 feet high, the tower is the tallest and best preserved Broch (an Iron Age drystone hollow-walled structure) in the world combining features of a fort, fortified house and status symbol.

If you wish, take a guided walk of just under 2 miles to explore more of Mousa and perhaps see some seals in their natural habitat at the ‘Home of the Seals’. The circular walk will take you past 2 pools, which are known seal resting sites. You may also see many kinds of birds including Arctic Terns, Arctic Skuas and Great Skuas.

If you do not wish to take the walk, you will have time to explore the mysterious structure of the Broch and take photos from the tower where the views are magnificent and unspoiled.

Lerwick Walking Tour
Situated amidst an archipelago of islands, Lerwick has fascinating stories to tell as well as unique architecture to discover.

The ancient fishing port of Lerwick, is the cultural and administrative hub of the Shetland Islands, the most northerly islands in Britain. The town itself dates from the 17th century, when it began to grow as a trading port for Dutch herring fishermen. Local merchants built Lodberries (houses with their own piers) to serve incoming fishing boats direct from their own properties, which still stand along the harbour front.

Overlooking the harbour is Fort Charlotte, built in 1665 and later rebuilt in 1781. The Fort provides panoramic views over the harbour, which, though not in use today, was once a prison and a Royal Navy reserve base.

Lerwick Town Hall was completed in 1884, due to the wealth the herring industry brought. Inside the Victorian building you will find a delightful insight into the development of the islands through its stained glass windows.

A visit to the Shetland Museum and Archives, opened in 2007, provides an interesting insight into island life, past and present. View the various displays of archaeology, folk life, social and maritime history, as well as exhibitions of contemporary art.

Also intriguing are the narrow lanes that run from the harbour area to the top of the hill, home to many secret tales from the lives of the town’s inhabitants. Your knowledgeable guide will bring the town to life as they recount the town’s history and regale you with stories of local life.

You will find the full and current list of P&O Lerwick Shore Excursions at

Lerwick Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises

Book online and qualify for P&O online booking discounts.

All P&O Cruises to Lerwick are fully bookable online at P&O Cruises.

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Invergordon Cruises – Cruise to Invergordon in Scotland with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the town of Invergordon in Scotland as a Port-of-Call.

From the tiny port of Invergordon, the beautiful Scottish Highlands are yours to explore. Perhaps youll visit the nearby city of Inverness or try to catch a glimpse of the elusive monster in Loch Ness?

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Invergordon as a Port of Call can be found here:

Invergordon Cruises from P&O Cruises

P&O Invergordon Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Invergordon Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

Loch Ness and Inverness
Discover the mystery of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ affectionately known as ‘Nessie’ and explore the historic town of Inverness.

Drive along the banks of the Cromarty Firth and through Beauly on your way to Drumnadrochit. As you approach the famous Loch Ness you will have great views of the Loch and your chance to spot ‘Nessie’, who was first sighted in the 6th century by St Columba.

Visit the Loch Ness Centre & Exhibition Experience, where you can see a fascinating presentation passing through 7 themed areas of a journey from the dawn of time to the 3rd millennium. A highly effective mix of lasers, special effects and digital projection charts the history of the Loch Ness Monster by exploring Scotland’s geological past, its folklore and the various research projects undertaken on the Loch.

From here, travel to Urquhart Castle, perched on a rocky cliff at the Loch’s edge. Enjoy a photo stop at this classic picture-postcard ruin.

On arrival at Inverness, ‘Capital of the Highlands’, around 1½ hours’ free time will be given to enjoy all that the city has to offer, including shops and historic sites, such as the Gothic-style Town House, Inverness Castle and Tolbooth Steeple, as well as the pretty, tree-lined River Ness.

Highland Glens and Firths
A panoramic tour around the eastern Scottish Highlands, renowned as one of the most beautiful areas within the British Isles.

As you follow the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth you will take in views of the scenic Black Isle and perhaps catch a glimpse of a seal. Turning inland, take the scenic road through the Ardross Forest, planted with beautiful spruce, larch and pine trees, pausing at the Struie Hill viewpoint with superb views over the Dornoch Firth.

Descending to the firth, follow the picturesque northern side to the enchanting 12th century town of Royal Dornoch. The town’s oldest buildings are all clustered around its spacious and beautiful square. Stop to admire the impressive medieval Cathedral, the scene for Madonna’s rock ‘n’ roll wedding. Opposite stands the majestic, 16th century Bishop’s Palace, with stepped gables and towers, and next door, the Old Town Jail, now home to a series of enticing galleries and shops.

Imagine the smell of malted barley in the air as you pass the Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery and enter the Royal Burgh of Tain, a small thriving town with ancient history and attractive red sandstone architecture. Continue through low-lying fruitful farmland, dotted with relics of the Pictish people that once lived here, to the windswept Easter Ross seaboard where you find the fishing villages of Balintore and Shandwick.

Leisurely Loch Ness
A relaxing panoramic tour to the beautiful and mysterious area of Loch Ness, one of the most popular locations in Scotland.

Pass the banks of the scenic Cromarty Firth before pausing at the charming village of Beauly on the way to Drumnadrochit. Approaching from a height, look out over the famous Loch Ness, the deepest freshwater loch in the country. Enjoy spectacular views of the Loch, and have your binoculars at the ready to catch a possible glimpse of its elusive monster, ‘Nessie’!

Your leisurely drive will take you through stunning scenery and along the length of the Loch to the Clansman Hotel. The hotel grounds are located on the edge of the Loch. A photo stop will enable you to capture one of the most picturesque parts of the Loch at close range, before continuing along the panoramic eastern shore of the Loch.

On the return journey to the port, you’ll pass through the historic city of Inverness, with its imposing Castle overlooking the city.

Grand Dunrobin Castle
Combine a scenic drive to the northern Highland coast with a visit to the grand chateau style Dunrobin Castle.

A scenic drive north from Invergordon displays the wonderful countryside in this area of Scotland. Crossing the Dornoch Firth you will pass through the fishing village of Golspie, where the Duke of Sutherland’s monument can be seen high on the nearby hill. This tribute is a source of contention in the area, as he is regarded by many locals as responsible for evicting thousands of tenants during the Clearances.

The breathtaking Dunrobin Castle with its fairy tale turrets suddenly becomes visible at the end of a long, tree-lined drive. The impressive building, containing 189 rooms filled with fine furniture, paintings, tapestries and art, is magnificently set in a great park and formal gardens overlooking the sea. The collections make for an interesting visit, as you browse through the bedrooms, nurseries, studies and public rooms. Displays include antique household equipment, ceremonial robes, uniforms, arms and a complete working 19th century fire engine, all of which give a detailed insight into life for the earlier Earls and Dukes of Sutherland.

There will be a partially guided tour of the Castle followed by 1 hour free time to further explore the Castle or to walk amongst the beautiful gardens in this wonderful setting.

Glenmorangie Whisky and Royal Dornoch
Visit a traditional distillery that produces one of Scotland’s best-loved malt whiskies and explore the historic town of Royal Dornoch.

A short drive north takes you to the ancient Royal Burgh of Tain, an attractive small town of grand whisky-coloured sandstone buildings and home to the Glenmorangie Distillery. ‘Glenmorangie’ in Gaelic means ‘glen of tranquillity’, a particularly appropriate description for its calm and scenic location. Enjoy a guided tour of the fascinating distillery that is famous for its highly rated malt whisky which is distributed around the world. During your leisurely visit, see demonstrations of traditional skills, before savouring a glass of this fine whisky.

Following the distillery visit, cross the Dornoch Firth via the low causeway bridge to the enchanting, 12th century town of Royal Dornoch. Surrounded by sand dunes and blessed with an exceptionally sunny climate, it’s a very popular, but select resort. See the Edwardian hotels, a profusion of trees and flowers, miles of sandy beaches, and a championship golf course. The town’s oldest buildings are all clustered around its spacious and beautiful square; stop to admire the impressive medieval Cathedral, the scene for Madonna and Guy Richie’s wedding. Opposite stands the majestic, 16th century Bishop’s Palace, with stepped gables and towers, and next door, the Old Town Jail, now home to a series of enticing galleries and shops.

Georgian Cromarty and the Black Isle
Enjoy a scenic exploration of the beautiful ‘Black Isle’, an area of rolling farmland and pretty villages.

Following the Cromarty Firth to the Black Isle, an area which is in fact, a peninsula and not an island, you’ll discover one of the most attractive gems on the east coast. The beautifully preserved 18th century town of Cromarty is full of historic interest, from the 17th century East Church with its extraordinary pews and the fascinating old Courthouse to old-world antique shops, taverns and cafés. After a short guided tour, there will be time to stroll at leisure through the town, perhaps visiting the thatched-roofed Hugh Miller’s Cottage, birthplace of the eminent local geologist and writer.

Continuing on the road above the fabled Fairy Glen, setting of many a local legend, through fertile farmland, dramatic countryside and stately woods, past the village of Rosemarkie, an important centre of Christianity in Pictish times. A stop will be made at Fortrose, a quietly elegant village to photograph the beautiful ruins of the early 13th century Fortrose Cathedral.

Further on, you’ll see the Clootie Well, a Celtic place of Pilgrimage, where colourful rags have been hung on overhanging branches to bring luck and health.

Before returning to the ship, a stop will be made at North Kessock, one of the best spots in the UK to view Moray Firth dolphins. From here, you can also see over to Inverness and the impressive Kessock Bridge.

Inverness On Your Own
An ideal opportunity to discover the historic city of Inverness for those who prefer to explore independently.

A short orientation tour of the Highland City of Inverness will help you get your bearings before setting off on your own. Despite being the capital of the Highlands, Inverness is more like a town and its centre is compact and easily accessible.

Why not spend some time strolling along the tree-lined banks of the River Ness, seeing the majestic Inverness Castle, visiting the museum or browsing the shops, which include several large chain stores and local craft shops.

You will find the full and current list of P&O Invergordon Shore Excursions at

Invergordon Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises

Book online and qualify for P&O online booking discounts.

All P&O Cruises to Invergordon are fully bookable online at P&O Cruises.

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Stornoway Cruises – Cruise to Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides as a Port-of-Call.

Stornoway is the main town on the Isle of Lewis, in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides – an area renowned for its unspoilt natural beauty and stunning scenery of mountains, moorland and golden beaches. The history of Lewis dates back thousands of years and around the island lie myriad ancient stone circles and standing stones, including the famous Carloway broch – a round Iron Age fortification.

Located on the east coast, Stornoway is a phonetic translation of ‘Steering Bay’ – a name given by Vikings first visiting this natural sheltered harbour. This attractive, bustling town was built on traditional trades including fishing, Harris Tweed and farming, and today you can enjoy fascinating insights into these industries in the local museum and the Lewis Loom Centre.

Just west of the town lies the neo gothic Lews Castle. Built between 1847-57 as a country house for Sir James Matheson – who purchased the island a few years previously – it was funded by his Chinese Opium fortune.

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Stornoway as a Port of Call can be found here:

Stornoway Cruises from P&O Cruises

P&O Stornoway Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Stornoway Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

Breathtaking Harris
Enjoy the beauty and diversity of Harris, with its rugged countryside, lush mountain passes, barren moorland and sandy beaches.

This panoramic tour takes you to picturesque Harris, famous for its Harris Tweed, a hand-woven cloth made from pure new Scottish wool, dyed using indigenous plants.

Admire the diverse scenery as you pass the fjord-like sea lochs of Loch Erisort and Loch Seaforth, before travelling through a mountain pass with excellent views of the rugged countryside and the majestic Clisham, which at 2625 feet is the highest mountain in the Outer Isles. Powerful forces of ice and sea in the distant past have carved and polished an impressive landscape of stark sea-cliffs, sweeping beaches and heather uplands. The rocks discovered here are said to be the oldest in the world.

Watch as the old, pre-First World War whaling station of Banamhuinneader and the vivid lunar landscape of rocks dotted with tiny lochans pass by, before stopping for some free time in the quaint fishing village of Tarbert, which overlooks Loch Tarbert.

Leaving Tarbert, you’ll travel the vast expanse of Luskentyre Bay, heading for Horgabost Beach. Enjoy free time here to admire the bleached white sand that enticingly fills the entire bay, washed by turquoise sea and backed by steep dunes. All this is set against the backdrop of the mountains to the north and the beautiful, uninhabited island of Taransay, where the BBC Television series Castaway 2000 was recorded.

Historic Lewis
Enjoy the stunning, unspoilt scenery of the Isle of Lewis before visiting some of the most important pre-historic sites in Scotland.

The Isle of Lewis is the heartland of Gaelic culture with long-standing traditions and relics, where people’s lives are still dominated by traditional pursuits like crofting, fishing and weaving.

Travel towards the striking west coast and the village of Callanish, site of the dramatic prehistoric ruins of the Callanish Standing Stones, rated as the most important in Britain after Stonehenge. A guided tour will be given of the stones which date from 1,500 BC and are laid out in the form of a cross with a circle in the centre. They were aligned with the sun and the stars to provide the seasonal cycle on which the early Neolithic farmers were so dependent.

Continue along the beautiful Atlantic coastal road to the next stop of Carloway, a pretty parish with a scattering of island croft houses, with the best preserved broch in the Hebrides, Carloway Broch. Enjoy a tour of the fortified stone tower which was built around 100 BC for defence purposes.

Travelling northwards, you’ll arrive at Arnol, with its remains of numerous, abandoned blackhouses. These were built as a combined byre, barn and home in the tradition of ancient “long-houses”, where the poor lived together with their animals. Visit the Blackhouse Museum, which is a restored blackhouse. Step back in time and imagine what it would have been like to live within its thick walls and thatched roof, with its homely furnishings and burning peat fire.

Bostadh Iron Age Settlement
Enjoy a beautiful, remote area of North Lewis with superb views and a unique chance to visit a reconstructed old Iron Age House.

Travel to the Island of Great Bernera, which is joined to the main island by a narrow bridge. It is a rocky island, dotted with lochans, fringed by a few small lobster-fishing settlements, owned by the Queen’s former herald.

Arriving near the deserted village of Bostadh, you will come upon an entire Iron Age settlement perched above a precious little bay of golden sand. The settlement was only discovered here in the early 90’s when gale-force winds revealed it. One of the ancient dwellings has now been completely restored: the Iron Age House. Enjoy a visit inside where you can absorb the warm gloom and sharp smell from the real peat fire, whilst a local guide describes the way of life of the ancient folk who lived here. Afterwards, there will be a chance to explore the small graveyard nearby and go for a stroll on the wide beach of fine white sand with its gorgeous views out to the turquoise-blue Atlantic.

On your return journey, you will be able to admire the beautiful scenery and views of Carloway Broch to the north.

You will find the full and current list of P&O Stornoway Shore Excursions at

Stornoway Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises

Book online and qualify for P&O online booking discounts.

All P&O Cruises to Stornoway are fully bookable online at P&O Cruises.

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Glasgow Cruises – Cruise to Glasgow in Scotland with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Glasgow in Scotland as a Port-of-Call.

Originally a small salmon-fishing village, the 19th century Industrial Revolution turned Glasgow into a prominent city. In 1990 it was voted European City of Culture and today it’s known for its fabulous designer shops and unique culture.

Art lovers will certainly enjoy this city. Visit the Glasgow School of Art, a building that’s reputed to be the greatest architectural work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It’s here that Mackintosh met his future wife and much of the work on display here is borne of their artistic collaboration. As well as his iconic furniture designs, you’ll see work from other artists and designers who collectively created “The Glasgow Style”. Nearby the 18th century Hunterian Art Gallery houses Scotland’s largest print collection, while the Burrell Collection contains a number of important artistic artefacts donated by Sir William Burrell, a wealthy shipowner and collector.

Other attractions include the Museum of Transport and the 13th century cathedral and necropolis.

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Glasgow as a Port of Call can be found here:

Glasgow Cruises from P&O Cruises

P&O Glasgow Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Glasgow Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

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Edinburgh Cruises – Cruise to Edinburgh in Scotland with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Edinburgh in Scotland as a Port-of-Call.

This handsome capital has an eclectic mix of medieval and Georgian architecture. One of the city’s most obvious attractions is Edinburgh Castle, first founded in the 7th century. It’s still the headquarters for several of the British Army’s Scottish regiments and, at noon each day, the sound of a cannon fired from the castle’s battlements reverberates throughout the city. The castle sits at one end of the Royal Mile with the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other. Founded as a monastery in 1128, Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II.

Princes Street is the shopping district, while George Street is home to bars and restaurants. Those with a love of art will want to visit the National Portrait Gallery. Alternatively see life as it was once lived by touring the city’s remaining underground vaults. For the more active visitor the view from the volcanic sill of Arthur’s Seat may be worth a refreshing, if slightly strenuous walk.

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Edinburgh as a Port of Call can be found here:

Edinburgh Cruises from P&O Cruises

P&O Edinburgh Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Edinburgh Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

Leisurely Edinburgh
Visit the magnificent capital of Edinburgh, a city which offers an interesting balance between traditional and contemporary.

Enjoy a fascinating city tour that embraces most of Edinburgh’s treasure trove of historical monuments and sights, in both the medieval ‘Old Town’, and the 18th century ‘New Town’, both of which form a World Heritage Site.

During your journey, view the many elegant streets, mysterious cobbled alleys with Georgian and Victorian architecture, nestling alongside a variety of vibrant, cosmopolitan and modern elements, including an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants. The most majestic aspect of the city is medieval Edinburgh Castle which dominates the skyline. Before returning to the ship, drive along the historic and atmospheric Royal Mile, and pass Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh.

This tour is ideal for those who prefer to sightsee from the comfort of a coach.

Royal Mile Walking Tour
Explore the famous historic Royal Mile on foot.

The Royal Mile connects Edinburgh Castle with Holyrood Palace. Although the Old Town of Edinburgh grew up around the castle in the early middle ages, there have been settlements on the castle rock since prehistoric times. It boasts a complex political and social history that saw it turn from a small village to a royal market town, to a centre of European Enlightenment. Its renewal today as a beautiful ‘living museum’ and cultural centre is a fascinating story. In the Old Town, stories and folklore seem to appear out of the buildings and stones. Ghouls and ghosts, sieges and war craft, religious wars, martyrdom and zealous public reformers stalk across the cityscape of this World Heritage site.

The walk will cover 3 of the 4 sections of the Royal Mile: Castlehill, Lawnmarket and the High Street. You will see St Giles’ Cathedral, John Knox House, the ancient home of the pre-Enlightenment Scottish Parliament, ‘Writers Close’ with its history of literary visitors and Gladstone’s Land, a perfectly preserved 17th century tenement. Listen as your guide regales you with stories of the area’s most interesting historical figures.

The tour will end with a short coach tour of the Canongate, the final section of the Royal Mile, where there will be a chance to see Holyrood Palace and the new Scottish Parliament.

Royal Yacht Britannia
Visit Her Majesty The Queen’s beloved private yacht and discover the heart and soul of this most special royal residence.

The Royal Yacht Britannia, once home to The Queen and the Royal Family, is now based permanently in Edinburgh. You will have the chance to explore the ship whilst your guide provides you with captivating stories and rare glimpses into the life of the British Royal Family.

This magnificent floating palace is a master class in style and luxury, and remains one of the most famous ships in the world. Britannia has hosted many glittering state and official occasions, where she has welcomed some of the world’s most famous and influential people including Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Rajiv Gandhi and Boris Yeltsin.

The tour covers 5 of Britannia’s decks which will take you from the fabulous State Apartments and crew quarters through to the gleaming Engine Room. Highlights will include the State Dining Room, Sun Lounge, Officers Wardroom and the on board garage which houses one of Her Majesty’s Rolls-Royces. You will also have the unique opportunity to see inside the Queen’s Bedroom, a rare insight that is not possible at any other royal residence.

Discover Britannia’s fascinating past through exhibits, displays and photos found in the different rooms, the majority of these items are the original pieces, which have been loaned from the Royal Collection.

Magnificent Edinburgh Castle and City
Visit Scotland’s magnificent and historic capital, and explore its world-famous medieval Castle.

Travel into Edinburgh, with its dramatic setting perched on a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags. Enjoy a fascinating city tour before visiting the impressive Edinburgh Castle.

Dominating the city, the Castle has been home to Scottish Kings and Queens through the centuries. Enjoy a guided visit of the Castle, before spending some free time on the historic and atmospheric Royal Mile. After passing Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh, go through the extensive, rather wild Royal Park.

Continue to the Georgian New Town, with its elegant townhouses and private parks, before ascending Arthur’s Seat, which affords beautiful views across the city,

Glamis Castle and St Andrews
Enjoy time at the spectacular Glamis Castle and the charming old university town of St Andrews.

Travel through the Vale of Strathmore, a fertile valley with the Grampian Mountains to the north and the Sidlaw Hills to the south, to your first stop, the imposing keep of Glamis Castle, with its rich history and stunning setting. Owned by the Bowes-Lyon family, it was the childhood home of the late Queen Mother, Lady Strathmore. It is an archetypal Scottish baronial castle, made famous as the setting of Duncan’s murder in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Visit the Royal Apartments and see pheasants and deer in the surrounding Royal Park.

Continue to St Andrews, a beautiful town situated on a wide bay on the north-east Fife coast. Often described as the Oxford and Cambridge of Scotland, it has a very distinctive collegiate feel, with its quads, beautiful gardens and magnificent old trees, which influenced Prince William to study at the ancient university, the place where he first met Kate Middleton and started their Royal romance. Enjoy a guided tour by coach, passing through the medieval streets, past the ruined Gothic cathedral and castle, and close to the Old Course, where the game of golf originated. Afterwards, enjoy around 2 hours free time to explore this historic gem with cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and many places which have changed very little in centuries.

Edinburgh on your Own
Explore Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital, whose Old Town and Georgian New Town form a World Heritage Site.

Edinburgh has a treasure trove of historical monuments and sights in both the medieval `Old Town`, and the 18th century `New Town`. These include Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, famous Princes Street and its shops, the Outlook Tower and its view over the city. Whether you are sightseeing or shopping there are an abundance of places to eat and drink to keep you replenished This unguided tour gives you the freedom to choose what to do with your day out.

Holyrood Palace and Royal Yacht Britannia
Visit the residence occupied by Her Majesty The Queen whenever visiting Edinburgh, and see her beloved private yacht.

Once described as her floating palace and her ‘home away from home’, a tour around the Royal Yacht Britannia is a master class in style and luxury, and a unique insight into the lives of the British Royal Family. As host to glittering state and official occasions, this remains one of the most famous ships in the world. Discover Britannia’s fascinating past through exhibits, displays and photographs, before visiting the Royal Apartments, where hundreds of original items are on display in the Sun Lounge, Drawing Room and Bedrooms, as well as the Working Deck, Officer’s Mess, Sick Bay and Engine Room.

Holyrood Palace, which stands proudly at the eastern end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, is the official Scottish residence Queen Elizabeth II. The Palace was built in the style of a French chateau and contains the Great Gallery, which is adorned with over 100 portraits of Scottish monarchs through the ages. There is also a chance to explore the beautiful grounds where the Queen hosts her annual Garden Party.

You will find the full and current list of P&O Edinburgh Shore Excursions at

Edinburgh Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises

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Kirkwall Cruises – Cruise to Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands Scotland with P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the town of Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands Scotland as a Port-of-Call.

The 70 or so Orkney Islands lie at the north west tip of Scotland, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea. Kirkwall, the capital of the archipelago, is a Viking town founded in 1035 by Earl Rognvald Brusason.
You’ll find that the original ancient Norse town has been beautifully preserved and provides an intriguing place to while away your time.

For such a small town, there is plenty to see and do. Visit one of Scotland’s finest town houses – The Tankerness House Museum – where examples of Orkney’s rich archaeology are on display. Alternatively there are two palaces to explore; the mid-century Bishop’s Palace and the stunning Earl’s Palace, with its French Renaissance style of architecture. And there’s St. Magnus Cathedral, which was founded in 1137 by Earl Rognvald Kolson in memory of his uncle Saint Magnus. The island’s 5,000 years of culture ensures you will find history around every corner.

A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Kirkwall as a Port of Call can be found here:

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P&O Kirkwall Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Kirkwall Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.

Orkney Panorama
Discover a veritable haven abounding with fantastic wildlife, breathtaking panoramas and fascinating ancient wonders.

Follow the marvellous coastal trail through the Parish of Evie. Here you will be afforded stunning views across Eynhallow Sound to the Island of Rousay and the spectacular tidal roosts on either side of the mysterious Isle of Eynhallow, where the North Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Skirting the nearby Birsay Moors RSPB Reserve, a stop will be made at the sandy beach of Birsay Bay, from where the imposing cliffs at Marwick Head can be seen, another designated reserve and arguably the best sea bird cliffs in Orkney.

Keep your eyes alert for your stop at the magnificent cliffs of Yesnaby, where you will find one of the most dramatic seascapes in Orkney and also the rare Primula Scotica (Scottish primrose) which blooms only in May and July.

Travel inland through an area of rich farmland, rolling hills and moorland on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Heart of Neolithic Orkney’. Here you will see the great ceremonial stone circle, known as the Ring of Brodgar, and stop at the imposing Standing Stones of Stenness, one of the earliest stone circles in Britain.

Your journey then takes you via the Brig o’ Waithe and the Kirbister Loch, eastward around the coast and close to the World War II Naval Base of Scapa Flow. Your guide will tell you dramatic wartime stories that make this one of the best known stretches of water in the world.

Archaeological Wonders
This scenic circular tour takes in the beautiful West Mainland and a concentration of World Heritage pre-historic sites.

Travel through an area of rich farmland, rolling hills and moorland, fringed by magnificent cliffs, to visit the great ceremonial megalith circles of the Ring of Brodgar and the Standing Stones of Stenness before arriving at Skara Brae.

Skara Brae is one of Orkney’s most exciting and oldest monuments, an entire 5,000 year-old Neolithic village, beautifully preserved and interpreted in a new visitors’ centre. Lying beside the pretty, sandy crescent of the Bay of Skaill, this stone age settlement was totally buried under sand for thousands of years, until suddenly revealed during a fierce storm in 1850. Amongst the fascinating relics found here are tools, beads, pottery and whalebone artefacts. Looking across the village, it is easy to imagine how it looked all those centuries ago, and close inspection of the houses gives a unique insight into how our ancient ancestors lived.

The hardship of life in Skara Brae can be directly contrasted to Orkney’s finest manor house, Skaill House, located next door. It was built by a powerful Bishop in 1620 on an ancient graveyard and is now surrounded by spacious lawned gardens in a beautiful secluded spot between the sea and the Loch of Skaill.

Return to Kirkwall via the historic bay of Scapa Flow, one of the most renowned stretches of water in the world.

Sagas, Relics and Whisky
Combine causeways and fascinating relics of World War II with a visit to the northernmost whisky distillery in Scotland.

Founded in 1798 the Highland Park Distillery is the world’s most northerly producer of whisky. Enjoy an interesting guided tour of the distillery with a presentation and a tasting of the traditional ‘peedie dram’ (shot of whisky).

Afterwards, you will hear dramatic wartime stories as you drive close to the World War II Naval Base of Scapa Flow, one of the best known stretches of water in the world. The causeway that links the 2 islands together was originally built from cement blocks to restrict access to the Naval Base, but is now surfaced with a roadway to provide a service to the islands previously connected by ferry.

On Lamb Holm, stop for a brief visit of the beautifully hand-painted Italian Chapel. Built by Italian prisoners during the last World War, the Chapel has been preserved and maintained for its historical connection with the soldiers from Italy.

Back in Kirkwall there will be free time to enjoy this pretty town, dominated by the magnificent 12th century, red sandstone St Magnus Cathedral, known as the ‘Light of the North’. It is the finest medieval building in northern Scotland.

Scenic South Isles
Discover the local history and scenery as you take a leisurely drive around Orkney’s picturesque southern islands.

As you travel close to the Second World War Naval Base of Scapa Flow, your knowledgeable guide will tell dramatic wartime stories relating to this well known historic stretch of water. Heading south, you’ll reach the southern islands which are linked by a series of causeways called the Churchill Barriers.

On the small island of Lamb Holm you’ll stop to visit the beautifully hand-painted Italian Chapel. Known as the miracle of Camp 60, this remarkable structure was built by Italian Prisoners during the last World War. The Chapel has been preserved and maintained for its historical connection with the soldiers from Italy.

Continuing on to the island of South Ronaldsay, you’ll head for the pretty village of St Margaret’s Hope, which sits at the head of a sheltered bay. There will be time here to explore the craft workshop, browse the shops or stroll along the attractive waterfront.

Rejoining your coach, your journey will take you to the island of Burray. A stop will be made for refreshments at the Sands Hotel, located in a delightful setting overlooking the peaceful harbour of Burray Village, before returning to the port.

You will find the full and current list of P&O Kirkwall Shore Excursions at

Kirkwall Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises

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Scottish Holiday Cottages – Wonderful Cottages in Scotland

Mackays Agency “Self-Catering Scotland” has been offering holiday cottages in Scotland since 1970 – from simple Scottish cottages to grand country houses.

They offer a wide selection of cottages in Scotland and all their Scotland holiday cottages are inspected before joining the network. Mackay’s pride themselves on offering excellent quality at value-for-money prices.

A few examples of the wonderful Scottish Holiday Cottages offered by Mackays Agency

Balcurvie – WINDYGATES (Near Leven) – Fife
prop ref: FF208 sleeps: 6 start day: Saturday
In a delightful rural setting, high above the village, this charming detached cottage enjoys panoramic views over rolling countryside to the Lomond Hills. Very well appointed, all rooms are bright and very comfortably furnished. The large enclosed garden has a patio with furniture and is ideal for outdoor living or children playing. Sitting at the end of a private lane leading up from the village there is a lovely tranquil atmosphere and a true “away from it all” feeling. All accommodation is ground floor.

HAUGH OF GLASS – Aberdeenshire
prop ref: AB168 sleeps: 4 start day: Saturday
Surrounded by a beautifully maintained landscaped garden, featuring a pond, fountain, seating areas, barbecue, patio and summer house, this charming property enjoys a tranquil leafy location overlooking a small river at the end of a quiet lane. Completely renovated the cottage is fitted and furnished to a high standard and the spacious bright rooms are tastefully decorated and comfortably furnished. Garden doors from the lounge, conservatory and dining room facilitate outdoor living in the secluded garden. This would be the ultimate choice for a relaxing and peaceful holiday away from the stresses of modern life.

LOCH TAY – Perthshire
prop ref: PE582 sleeps: 4 start day: Saturday
Beautifully located on an elevated, secluded spot, under the slopes of Ben Lawers, this charming detached lodge enjoys magnificent views over the surrounding parklands to the sweep of the loch. Completely refurbished, the traditional timber exterior conceals a modern contemporary interior with stylish furnishings and fittings of the highest standard. Patio doors open to a terrace, which looks out over the loch and enjoys the luxury of a hot tub offering the chance to relax in the tub while savouring the surrounding tranquillity and natural beauty. Paths lead from the property to the loch shore where guests can swim, fish or picnic or explore the surrounding 40 acres of grounds, home to ancient oak woods and an abundance of bird and wildlife.

DUNBLANE – Perthshire
prop ref: PE590 sleeps: 2 start day: Saturday
Hidden away in a conservation area of this historic little cathedral town, this charming period cottage, originally for the railwaymen, sits on a private path leading from the station square to the River Allan. Steps lead down through the garden to a delightful, secluded deck overlooking the water and another seating area enjoys the morning sun. The compact interior has been totally refurbished and refitted to provide every modern convenience within the traditional exterior with lovely personal touches and great attention to detail. Metered parking is available in the adjacent square (free after 5pm and at weekends) and within easy walking distance are good local shops, quaint old inns, the station, supermarket, cathedral and a peaceful riverside walk.

Mackay’s have acheived an impressive 4+ star rating from Tripadvisor.

For more information on Scotland Holiday Cottages or to book visit Mackays Agency

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