Thinking about the future and getting excited!
At some point in the future we will be saying:
When the above actually happens where will you go to in the United Kingdom?
Have you been to all the countries in the UK yet?
I bet there are so many places that you haven't been and fantastic and different experiences to have. You can; see all the historic sites, eat delicious cuisines, enjoy local and international drinks, go hiking in the countryside, go cruising on the canals and lakes or lochs, have an adventure packed break, visit all the amazing cities, travel around the local villages, soak up the local atmosphere and so much more.
Below is a summary of the MANY Reasons to holiday in The UK
The 'Staycation' is something to seriously think about and start planning as it is good to have something to look forward to.
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Just WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!! This is a challenge and a half!!!!!
Kodak have come out with a fabulous puzzle here! It is 1.9m high, 8.6m long and weighs a MASSIVE 18.5KG!!! To put that into perspective that's:
What an amazing idea! we can't travel the world right now, however we can create hours of Fun putting it together. They estimate it will take around 3 weeks to complete it. This will keep you going through the lockdown for sure, drive everyone crazy and take up a lot of space but what an achievement when you have done it!
It features 27 of the World's landmarks and cities, how much fun would it be to pick the cities in order of where you want to go next and then construct the puzzle in that order? I would choose Prague, Czech Republic first! I love it there! What order would you choose?
They have made it a bit easier than it first sounds by splitting it into each of the 27 destinations with 1900 puzzle pieces per destination so in effect you have 27 puzzles to do and then connect them together!
I have to ask the question once done would you then:
I have to say it would be 2 for me as I do not have a wall big enough to put it on and you never know I might be the next one to do it all over again!!!
Let us know what you would do!
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It has been a very difficult time for everyone over the last few months and the Travel Industry has suffered a dramatic downturn due to this awful Coronovirus that has effected so many people Globally. There have been numerous cancellations and postponements of people's travel plans with all the different restrictions that each country has put into place for everyone's safety to combat this horrendous virus.
The 'Stay at Home' Measures that The Government have put in place are extremely important and have just been extended by 3 weeks. We take this very seriously and all our team are at home staying safe so that we can get back to the the office sometime in the near future. Working from home is OK however we all miss the office banter!
One thing that we have noticed over this time is that people are feeling optimistic about their future holidays. We have seen a large increase in people browsing our holiday website www.ttceholidays.com looking at different destinations and getting ideas of where they may want to go when we can all travel again!
We love dreaming about holidays and where to go to next and now more than ever I think we all need those holiday ideas giving us something exciting to look forward to!
We have added an overview of almost 100 lovely holiday destinations for you have browse through while you are staying at home. We want to give you some ideas of where you may want to go with the top destinations and average temperatures etc.
Stay safe and well and we look forward to being able to help you with any travel plans in the future!
If we can help with anything you can call us on +44131 467 7000 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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Flying by private jet is normally seen as a luxury and a very expensive mode of transport, although there is lots of benefits to consider which we have listed for you below:
Why fly by private jet?
You are in charge of your schedule
You travel safe and sound
Saves time and money
Local smaller airports to depart or take off from
Productive while travelling
You are in charge of your schedule
The truth is that the real luxury when you fly private is the ability to reschedule your flight according to your needs. Business jets can even let you arrange your take off times as you go about your day, making it even more convenient to reach your destination when a meeting runs late or you can even change your arrival point while travelling in the air.
You travel safe and sound
Private aircrafts provide a safe and comfortable environment while travelling. When hiring a private jet, the safety checks are much more thorough than flying on a commercial airline, giving you a better picture of who you are sharing the aircraft with. It also protects you from any illnesses you could obtain from being on a commercial aircraft, as you won’t be sharing the circulated air with hundreds of people who could be potentially carrying any viruses or illnesses.
Saves time and money
When business executives and their colleagues fly private, the biggest benefit is the time they save – for both their employees and any third parties involved. Instead of arriving to the airport hours early to check in and wait in long security lines, you can arrive just before take-off. This also saves time at the other end, saving having to wait for baggage. In a scenario where executives need to visit multiple cities for meetings, private travel can provide incredible cost-saving advantages. Rather than flying commercial and taking multiple days to travel back and forth, private travel can reduce this trip to a single day. Instead of paying for multiple nights at hotels and multiple meals for the entire team, all meetings can happen in one day.
Local smaller airports to depart or take off from
Travelling on private jet allows you access to smaller, local airports, over 10,000 to be exact!! Giving you the freedom and flexibility to fly right to the heart of your destination or take off from closer to home, saving you time and money. Flying on a luxury jet allows you to travel non-stop to your preferred destination, avoiding unwanted road trips and lengthy layovers in places you don’t want to be.
Productive while travelling
Prepping for a big business meeting or trying to catch up on your emails? This may seem impossible on a commercial aircraft, with people listening in to private conversations and the background noise and buzz. Renting a private jet provides you with complete privacy from the minute you take off until touchdown, giving you peace and quiet to catch up on work or discuss the company strategy. Comfort is another major benefit to flying private, with spacious, walkable cabins featuring lavish, plush interiors and many comforts for a more relaxed flight.
Travelling by private jet can be more cost effective than you think. Call 0131 467 7000 today to receive a no obligation quote.
Citizens of the world, global businesses and Government are watching, monitoring and adapting plans as the Coronavirus crisis continues to unfold. In travel, we’ve been through many a destination crisis, from Caribbean storms, Icelandic volcanos and the previous SARS outbreak, amongst others. However, the rapid spread of Coronavirus has taken the world by surprise.
At In2Scotland, we understand and appreciate the concerns of our customers, who are unsure if they should travel, as well as our trade partners who are facing heightened corporate pressures as well as concern for their customers and loved ones.
As the situation unfolds, there are lots of questions on cancellation fees, how insurers are approaching force majeure and the Foreign Office’s advice to travel. A lot of the answers are as yet unknown, but we will communicate new information when we have it.
We don’t intend to make any impulsive reactions here and will be following destination tourism advice as well as our own Government’s action plans to protect our customers and partners. Trade associations and bodies continue to aggregate and share news and issue guidance, which will inform our position too.
We are hopeful that like SARS, which spread rapidly and then all but disappeared, the Coronavirus outbreak will be temporary, and we can return to creating incredible, stress-free holidays. In the meantime, we suggest that for those of us who are well, it’s business as usual for ourselves and our clients.
The world should keep on travelling where it’s safe to do so. And the over-riding view of the industry is that most of the world is safe. We advise to take common sense steps to protect from illness, at home and on your travels. Good hand hygiene, self-isolation if unwell and reporting any travel to infected areas. If you are booked to travel to an infected area, rather than cancel your trip we recommend that you postpone it or switch destination.
At In2Scotland, we reassure that we stand by our customers, partners and employees over the next few unknown months. Together, we’ll find our way through this crisis, whilst standing together and preserving the beautiful experience of world travel and the industries that support it.
If you have any questions on imminent travel to an affected region, get in touch with us on our dedicated hotline on 0131 467 7000.
Here at In2Scotland we are very excited to be working with Medical Travel Companions as their UK partner. It is very exciting because the service that we can now provide is a fabulous addition for all travellers that need this service.
What is Medical Travel Companions?
Medical Travel Companions is a unique service that assists people with their travel needs from a local domestic or complex international journey. There are a large number of individuals or families who choose not to travel due to a variety of reasons. MTC can remove many of the barriers that will allow many to realise their travel dreams.
MTC travel companions are experienced paramedics, nurses, or nannies, that have undergone a rigorous selection process. They have a range of knowledge including: families with elderly parents, young children, people with a mental health issue, disability, or simply people who just need reassurance or help on a holiday or in transit.
MTC companions are available on a global basis.
Key Benefits of Using Medical Travel Companions Travellers can engage MTC services for travel on all forms of travel including, tours, cruises, flights, private vacations, or concierge transport services for local transportation requirements.
MTC companions are available to help you to your desired destination or even to stay with you for the duration of the entire trip. Medical Travel Companions is flexible and can tailor a solution to suit your specific needs.
MTC companions provide caring assistance to travellers such as:
About Ben Wilson | Co Founder & CEO of Medical Travel Companions Ben holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of South Australia.
Ben brings to MTC experience in the Airline, Airport, Travel, Health and HR sectors. Ben is responsible for the day to day strategic direction of MTC on a global basis.
Before starting Medical Travel Companions in 2000, Ben held management roles for a major international airline, and also at a global management consulting firm.
Ben has travelled extensively, including completing a transatlantic sailing voyage.
He has lived and worked in the UK and Africa. Ben is married and has three children and enjoys boating, Kangaroo Island, diving, tennis and, of course, travelling.
Text accredited to: Allan Suss, Podcast travel
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EDINBURGH WHISKY FESTIVAL 15 June, Edinburgh
The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh is where you can find the Edinburgh Whisky Festival, a one-day event which will delight whisky fans. Included in the price of your ticket is the sampling of whisky from all of the exhibitors. There are also some rare and more exclusive whiskies available to purchase, or you can educate your senses at whisky masterclasses.
DRAMATHON 19 October, Speyside, Highlands
Now this is an event with a difference – Dramathon is a marathon distance race where whisky is very much the motivation! Running part of the Speyside Way from Glenfarclas Distillery to Glenfiddich distillery, you can race distances of a full marathon, a half-marathon, a 10K or a relay race. Along the way, get stamped as you pass distilleries to collect whisky miniatures at the finish line. It won’t just be the whisky that will warm you up!
THEATRE OF DRAMS 21 – 25 October, Bowmore Hall, Islay
Barley in a glass of whisky © Theatre of Drams
Learn enough to start your own distillery at the Theatre of Drams Festival. This whisky symposium takes place on Scotland’s whisky island – Islay and 2019 will be the festival’s third year running. Spend your time learning about whisky production with knowledge shared by distillers, barley experts, chemists, coppersmiths, coopers, brand ambassadors and more. If you’re short of time, it’s still possible to join the festival for just a day or two by cherry-picking your preferred events.
GLASGOW WHISKY FESTIVAL 9 November, Glasgow
This festival brings Scotland’s national drink to the country’s national stadium. Whisky lovers flock to the Glasgow Whisky Festival at Hampden Park to sample and savour a wide range of great whiskies. This festival also showcases the distilleries which are closest to Glasgow along with the city’s independent bottlers.
FIFE WHISKY FESTIVAL March 2020 (final dates TBC), Cupar, Fife
Lindores Abbey Distillery will exhibit at the Fife Whisky Festival © Lindores Abbey Distillery
The Fife Whisky Festival, heading into its third year in 2020, will again take place at the historic Corn Exchange in Cupar and will showcase the finest whiskies from the Kingdom of Fife and beyond. In 2019, over 30 exhibitors offered a huge range of whiskies to try as well as tasting samples at exhibitor stands. The live entertainment programme is also a big feature of this festival.
INVERNESS WHISKY & GIN FESTIVAL – THE BIG DAY OUT April 2020 (final dates TBC), Inverness, Highlands
The Inverness Whisky & Gin Festival at Bogbain Farm
The Inverness Whisky & Gin Festival will again take place at Bogbain Farm overlooking the Moray Firth, just south of the Highland Capital. The organisers promise that the Big Day Out will be an adventure from start to finish! There will be live music throughout the day and a Fired Up Scotland pop up restaurant will again serve the very best of Scottish cuisine.
SPIRIT OF SPEYSIDE FESTIVAL 30 April – 4 May 2020, Speyside, Highlands
Lovely Strathisla Distillery in Keith, one of the venues for Spirit of Speyside
Join whisky lovers from far and wide in romantic Speyside for a unique and varied whisky festival programme. The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival is one of the most popular in Scotland and filled with special manager and behind-the-scenes distillery tours, whisky and food pairings, whisky tours by train or 4×4, sensory experiences, ceilidhs, whisky-themed walks and more, held across a huge range of iconic distilleries and local venues.
If you fancy booking to come to one of these fabulous events just get intouch with our team at in2Scotland:
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Information about the events thanks to Visit Scotland
The Below story is credited to Rochelle & Christian Debaun
One of the most delightful Scots’ expressions is ‘Haste Ye Back’ – which translates as ‘hurry up and come back’.
In September 2016, my wife Rochelle and I took our first trip to Scotland and immediately fell in love with the country. We did a fairly long trip of 14 days, and travelled from Edinburgh all the way up the east coast. We visited Orkney, back down through the center of the country to Glen Coe, then up to the Isle of Skye, and finished our trip in Glasgow. I’m leaving out a lot here, but all told, we racked up almost 1,250 miles of driving.
During that first trip we were both posting updates and photos to our Facebook pages, and a lovely Facebook group Scotland From The Roadside, which has almost 130K members. At the end of the trip, I posted a cheeky list of ‘observations’, and it went viral. It ended up being shared, liked, and commented on hundreds of times and eventually ended up in newspapers such as the Daily Record. It was a fun 15 minutes of fame, and many responded with a hearty ‘Haste Ye Back’, which of course we were keen to do.
FAST FORWARD TO 2018: THE RETURN TRIP
So almost a year and half later, we returned to make new friends, connections and even perhaps make a few more amusing observations.
OFF WE GO!
We like to call this the ‘Happy Plane’ (the plane you fly home on, the ‘Sad Plane’), and super thanks to United Airlines for the great start to our trip. This isn’t the plane we flew overseas on – simply our flight from Charlottesville to Dulles International, which only takes about 20 minutes.
The gate at Dulles was decorated with balloons, they had a piper there and each customer got a gift bag for the flight. We were very excited to be on United’s inaugural non-stop flight from Dulles to Edinburgh. For mid-Atlantic residents like us this is a great carrier to fly with and the flight is a quick seven hours (nice for a nap or two).
EDINBURGH – ADAGIO APARTHOTEL
Ouch, jetlag always kicks my butt, but we dug right in and started our next Scottish adventure. We checked into the Adagio ApartHotel on the Royal Mile, which is fantastically placed (about half a mile, 10 minute walk) east of Edinburgh Castle. It’s on the quieter side of the Royal Mile and we really liked that. Each room is kind of a mini-apartment with a small kitchen if you prefer to self-cater. We loved it.
EDINBURGH – DEAN VILLAGE
After checking in, we decided to stretch our legs. One of my ‘bucket list’ items was to visit Dean Village, which is about a 45 minute walk from the Adagio Hotel. We hopped past Waverley Train Station, and the Scott Monument, choosing to walk along Rose Street (instead of the standard Princes Street route), which is filled with lots of delightful little restaurants and shops, and well worth the leisurely stroll.
Dean Village itself is a hidden gem. It’s ‘off the beaten track’ and we love these sorts of places with a fascinating history. It’s a lovely, peaceful place and well worth a visit.
An actual working phone booth (Dean Village) © Rochelle DeBaun
Of course I wanted my photo snapped in front of one of the iconic red phone booths that are dotted all over Scotland, and was quite surprised that it was an actual working phone booth in Dean Village. Such a thing simply doesn’t exist in the US anymore. Not only are they impossible to find in America, if you do find one, it’s likely to be broken. I was fascinated by this.
EDINBURGH – MOTHER INDIA
When we visited Edinburgh in 2016, we fell in love with Mother India, so we had to go back. There is a long history between the UK and the Indian sub-continent and curries are one of the favorite dishes in Edinburgh and across Scotland. It’s a small and busy place and only a 10 minute walk from our hotel. Reservations are highly recommended, and the service is lightning fast. The food is amazing, so bring an appetite!
EDINBURGH – THE CAR
Travelling by car in Scotland is simply the best way to see the country. You’ve got a tremendous amount of flexibility; you can get off the beaten track, see what you want and stop where you want. The great folks at Arnold Clark actually delivered our car right to the hotel at no extra charge. We had a brand spanking new mini-SUV, with only 20 miles on the odometer.
Having a car with higher wheel base was smart too, as there’s more visibility on the ‘Passing Places’ (there were a LOT). I cover these more later. If you are fearful about driving on the left-hand side, don’t worry. If you are a good driver in your home country (right-hand side), you’ll pick it up quickly.
EDINBURGH – THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO
One of my ‘bucket list’ items was to have a bagpipe lesson. I have never played a musical instrument in my life (I barely know how to turn on my home stereo), so I approached this with a mixture of fear and delight!
We met Connor Pratt – master piper from the The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at their offices, just a short walk up the Royal Mile and only five minutes from our hotel. To be honest, this was just me playing ‘dress up’ and honking out a couple of horrible notes.
Even though I failed miserably, I’m deeply honored to have met Connor and understand what he does (for no payment) and the effort he makes for retired armed forces personnel. It’s people like him that make our world a better place. For those that don’t know, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a non-profit organization, which has been running since 1950, has raised £2 million in the last two years for good causes.
If you have never worn the full kit (kilt and accessories), it’s an incredibly heavy (and hot!) uniform to don. I can’t imagine what it’s like in summer. The guys and gals that play for the Military Tattoo, do it for free, for the camaraderie, the passion and the history. Thank you for this precious experience Connor, I’ll never forget it.
EDINBURGH – SURGEON’S HALL MUSEUM
We were on our way to the Summerhall Distillery, but happened to walk by the Surgeons’ Hall Museum on Nicolson Street, and decided to spend a quick 45 minutes inside. Originally developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, SHM’s fascinating collections, including bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and works of art, have been open to the public since 1832, making it among Scotland’s oldest museums. It’s not the most cheerful place and you’ll walk out thinking ‘gosh, there are so many ways to die’, but it’s a remarkable and really well curated collection.
EDINBURGH – SUMMERHALL DISTILLERY
Next up, and only a short walk from the Surgeon’s Hall Museum we headed over to Summerhall. This is an interesting place and a mixed bag of entertaining things. The main building is home to 120 artists, designers and a sprinkling of other companies. Across the internal courtyard (where they often have live music events) there’s a lovely bar called the ‘The Royal Dick’ (the building used to be an animal hospital called the ‘Dick Vet’), where we had a dram of the good stuff before our tour.
Summerhall Distillery is the home of Pickering’s Gin and you can have a lovely tour of their craft distillery. Victoria Anderton there was kind enough to give us a tour around. There’s a complimentary gin and tonic to start and the tour ended with three samples of their core range. Their oak-aged gin was my favorite!
EDINBURGH – GHILLIE DHU
We needed a quick nap after that (wee!) gin tasting as we were a bit tuckered out, after which we opted for a cab ride to Ghillie Dhu to try some authentic Scottish cuisine.
A quick note on Edinburgh cabs – they are easy to find and hail and not very expensive. If you’ve got a talkative cabbie (as most seem to be) you’ll get a good story and some local history to go with your ride. We also used three Uber cabs, and those promptly appeared. They showed up with clean cars and are fairly inexpensive.
Ghillie Dhu is a dramatic vaulted Georgian hall with booths for Scottish dining, live music and ceilidhs (dancing). Dinner was in a cosy booth with a confessional-style window for ordering flights of whisky. Poke the button and the bartender appears through the wee opening with your drinks. Fine food ✓ Live music ✓ Ceilidh (kay-lee) ✓.
PERTH – FLY-FISHING AT SCONE PALACE
From Edinburgh we hopped in our car and headed north up the M90 motorway to the lovely city of Perth. The drive up was easy, but navigating through Perth to get to Scone Palace was a bit more of a challenge, especially as there was a BBC Radio concert going on there the same day!
After a few wrong turns and asking for directions, we ended up with one of the Earl of Mansfield’s ghillies, Iain Kirk. If you are looking for a master ghillie (The Yoda of Fly Fishing), you could not find a better one. Iain does not cut corners and you’ll be learning from a true professional. Fly-fishing was crazy hard, I think it would take me a month just to learn to cast. That said, it was a wonderful experience.
DUNDEE – RRS DISCOVERY
The RRS Discovery with the new V&A Dundee Museum behind © Christian DeBaun
From the River Tay we jumped on the A90 east for a short trip to Dundee (about 25 miles). What a fantastic small city with an amazing waterfront and a plethora of attractions. We arrived too late to really explore the downtown properly (shame on us), but we did have a fantastic tour of the RRS Discovery. This was the last traditional wooden three-masted ship to be built in Britain. Designed for Antarctic research, it was launched as a Royal Research Ship (RRS) in 1901. It’s perfectly preserved and sits right on the waterfront.
DUNDEE – APEX CITY QUAY HOTEL & SPA
The Apex Hotel & Spa, City Quay, Dundee © Apex Hotels
If you’re looking for a nice place to stay with fantastic views across the water, try the Apex City Quay Hotel. The rooms are modern and contemporary, and you are only a 10 minute walk from the RRS Discovery and the soon to open V&A Dundee museum (opens September 15, 2018). The V&A Dundee will be an international centre for design for Scotland – the first ever V&A museum to be built outside London.
What better way to get the best from your team is there than arranging an incentive trip to Scotland?
Your team will love; the excitement of the cities, the beauty of the countryside, the stunning historic castles and monuments along with the fabulous Scottish people.
Think how motivated your team will be if they know that they can win a place of a trip to Edinburgh or Glasgow and visit Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park or take a trip to The Isle of Skye. The ideas are endless as Scotland is such a diverse landscape. Your team can enjoy an action packed few days or relax and have a tranquil time enjoying the Scottish culture and of course not forgetting spotting that illusive Haggis! The choice is yours and the pleasure is ours.
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