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Where to Go | When to Visit Scotland | Tours & Tours Operators | Finding Out More | Language | Travellers | Working in Scotland

One week trip

If you only have a week and you want to see some Highland scenery, you can head straight for the hills from Glasgow and Edinburgh. A short distance north of Glasgow is Loch Lomond, gateway to the Western Highlands and a beautiful introduction to the spectacular sights which lie in wait farther north. From Loch Lomond you should head north through Glencoe, one of the main highlights of a visit to Scotland, to Fort William, the main tourist centre for the Western Highlands. From Fort William there are two routes to another of Scotland's most popular attractions, the Isle of Skye. The quickest route is by road and bridge, via Kyle of Lochalsh, but by far the most romantic and scenic route is by train from Fort William to Mallaig, and by ferry from there to Armadale. You should then leave at least three days to explore the island, or more if you plan to do any walking.

Two/three week trip

Alternatively, or if you have more time at your disposal, it's only a short drive north from Edinburgh to Perthshire. Though not as dramatic as the northwest, the mountains, rivers, lochs and glens of the Perthshire Highlands are very beautiful and easily accessed. If you also want a slice of history thrown in, then you could make a round trip from Perth to the historic town of Stirling, with its important castle, and return via Callander and the Trossachs. Also near Perth is the medieval town of St Andrews, home of Scotland's oldest university and the world's most famous golf course. From St Andrews, it's an easy day trip to the charming fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife. An alternative to Fort William and Skye, or in addition if you have more time, would be to head from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Oban, the main ferry port of the west coast, and make the short trip to the beguiling Isle of Mull, which tends to be attract fewer visitors than Skye in the summer months, and from where you can pop across to its divine neighbour, Iona, or explore the amazing Fingal's Cave on Staffa. Or you could head south from Oban, through Argyll, with its many prehistoric sites, and take a ferry to the little-visited islands of Islay, famous for its malt whiskies, and Jura. Both are great places for walking holidays. Also within reach of Argyll, or Ayrshire, is the island of Arran, described as 'Scotland in miniature' and ideal for walking or cycling.

Three/four week trips

If you have three or four weeks at your disposal then you can make the stunningly beautiful trip north from Kyle of Lochalsh, along the coast to Ullapool. Most visitors don't make it north of Ullapool but those who do are rewarded with the most spectacular landscapes of the northwest. You can sail from Ullapool across to the Outer Hebrides, a long, narrow archipelago stretching from Lewis and Harris in the north to Barra in the south. But note that most of the islands are fiercely religious and transport is non-existent on a Sunday. Alternatively, you could include a trip to the Orkney Islands, with their many Stone Age ruins, or the culturally-distinct Shetland Isles, which are so far north of the mainland that they can only be included on maps as an inset.

Getting off the beaten track It is easy enough to visit the main towns and tourist sights by bus or train, but getting off the beaten track without your own transport requires careful planning and an intimate knowledge of rural bus timetables. Even if you're driving, getting around the remote Highlands and Islands can be a time-consuming business as much of this region is accessed only by a sparse network of tortuous, twisting, single-track roads. Be sure to allow plenty of time for getting around the Highlands and Islands, especially for the countless impromptu stops you'll be making to admire the views, and book ferries in advance during the busy summer season.

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Our Essential Travel Guide to Scotland

Before You Travel | Money | Getting to Scotland | Arriving in Scotland | Where To Stay | Getting Around | Keeping in Touch | Food & Drink in Scotland | Shopping in Scotland | Entertainment & Nightlife in Scotland | Holidays & Events | Special Interest Travel | Tours | Munros Climbing Guide

Introduction to our Essential Guide to Scotland

Scotland is a small country but there's a lot to see and trying to cram everything into a first visit can be very frustrating. There are many, many places of great natural beauty and the country's long,  turbulent history has left a rich heritage of medieval castles, cathedrals, palaces, abbeys and historic towns and cities. So, where do you begin?

Those arriving by air will start in Edinburgh, the capital, or Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Edinburgh is one of the world's truly great cities and deserves at least a few days to explore its castle, palace, medieval streets, fine Georgian architecture, art galleries and museums, and enjoy its liberal licensing laws. Glasgow is less than an hour from Edinburgh and though it lacks the capital's tourist credentials, it is worth a visit for its elegant Victorian architecture, the genius of Charles Rennie Mackintosh - Scotland's very own Gaudí - and its friendly and quick-witted citizens. (They also do a fine and comprehensive range of swear words)

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Scottish CityLink Buses have a vast network and cover over 200 towns across Scotland.

So the main routes the buses cover are:

  • Glasgow - Edinburgh
  • Glasgow - Glasgow Airport
  • Glasgow - Gourock
  • Glasgow - Largs
  • Glasgow - Aberdeen
  • Glasgow - Perth -Dundee
  • Glasgow - Isle of Skye
  • Glasgow - Oban
  • Glasgow - Campletown
  • Glasgow - Inverness

From Edinburgh

  • Edinburgh - East Kilbride
  • Edinburgh - Stirling - Dunblane
  • Edinburgh - Inverness
  • Edinburgh - Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh - Perth - Dundee
  • Oban - Fort William - Inverness
  • Inverness - Thurso - Scrabster
  • Inverness - Isle of Skye
  • Inverness - Ullapool

Bus Tickets

You Can Buy Citylink Bus Tickets through the Internet, Mobile Phone by calling the centre or from your driver.

Citylink  number is 0871 266 3333 (calls cost 10p/min from a BT landline. Other providers and mobiles may vary).

Savings on Tickets

Super Singles - The Super Single ticket is currently available for many popular journeys from as little as £1. Book early to take advantage of their very cheapest fares!

To find out more visit Scottish Citylink website.

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Where to Go | When to Visit Scotland | Tours & Tours Operators | Finding Out More | Language | Travellers | Working in Scotland

The best way of finding out more information for your trip to Scotland is to contact the British Tourist Authority (BTA) in your country or write (or email) direct to the head office of the Scottish Tourist Board (STB). The BTA and STB can provide a wealth of free literature and information such as maps, city guides, events calendars and accommodation brochures. Travellers with special needs should also contact their nearest BTA office. If you want more detailed information on a particular area, you should contact the area tourist boards.

Useful websites

The official Scottish Tourist Board site and the various area tourist board sites information on accommodation, transport and tourist sights as well as outdoor activities such as walking, skiing, fishing etc. Huge UK travel site Click on 'Scotland guide' for a massive selection of subjects plus links to various sites including newspapers. Also useful is www.bbc.co.uk the UK's most popular site with an excellent what's on guide.

Massive directory with lots of information on clans, travel etc In-depth history pages. Huge directory of Scottish links Updates on government affairs in Scotland Easy to use guide to the Scottish Parliament Background information on history, politics and geography Scotland online with good information on golf, walking and climbing and also features www.travelscotland.co.uk Run in conjunction with STB, with magazine-style features and reviews. Good for local information on hotels, shops and restaurants Useful for accommodation Suggested walks, contacts and practical information for hikers and climbers Everything you need to know on golf in Scotland Information on ski conditions at all centres, updated daily Scotland Pages and Both sites have Scotland pages with useful ratings Celtic music site with lots of information and sounds Everything you ever wnater to know about the "water of life" the official site for the all the Edinburgh festivals Lists everything taking place in the capital Covers all Glasgow sights and updated regularly Comprehensive site for the islands

Scottish Tourist Boards

Scottish Tourist Board Central Information Department 23 Ravelston Terr, Edinburgh EH4 3EU, T0131-3322433, Scottish Tourist Board In London 19 Cockspur St, London SW1 5BL, Tel 020-7930 2812.

Area Tourist Boards

Aberdeen & Grampian Tourist Board 27 Albyn Pl, Aberdeen AB10 1YL, Tel 01224-632727, Aberdeen & Grampian Tourist Board

Angus & City of Dundee Tourist Board, 7-21 Castle St, Dundee DD1 3AA, Tel 01382-527527, Angus & City Of Dundee Tourist Board

Argyll, the Isles, Loch Lomond, Stirling & Trossachs Tourist Board 7 Alexandra Par, Dunoon, Argyll PA23 8AB, Tel 01369-701000, Stirling & Trossachs Tourist Board

Ayrshire & Arran Tourist Board Burns House, Burns Statue Sq, Ayr KA7 1UP, Tel 01292-288688, Ayrshire & Arran Tourist Board

Dumfries & Galloway Tourist Board 64 Whitesands, Dumfries DG1 2RS, Tel 01387-253862, Dumfries & Galloway Tourist Board

Edinburgh & Lothians Tourist Board 3 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2QP, Tel 0131-4733800, Edinburgh & Lothians Tourist Board

Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board 11 George Sq, Glasgow, G2 1DY, Tel 0141-2044400, Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board

The Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board Peffery House, Strathpeffer IV14 9HA, T01479-810363, UK Tel 0870-5143070, The Highlands of Scotland Tourist Boarrd

Kingdom of Fife Tourist Board Tourist Information Centre, 70 Market St, St Andrews KY16 9NU, T01334-470021, www.standrews.com Orkney Tourist Board 6 Broad St, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1NX, Tel 01856-872856, Fife Tourist Board

Perthshire Tourist Board Lower City Mills, West Mill St, Perth PH1 5QP, Tel 01738-627958, Perthshire Tourist Board

Scottish Borders Tourist Board Tourist Information Centre, Murray's Green, Jedburgh TD8 6BE, Tel 01835-863170, Scottish Borders Tourist Board

Shetland Islands Tourism Market Cross, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0LU, Tel 01595-693434, Shetland Islands

Western Isles Tourist Board 26 Cromwell St, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2DD, Tel 01851-703088, Western Isles Tourist Board

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Though the vast majority of Scots speak English, to the untutored ear the Scottish dialect can be hard to understand, as many words and expressions are derived not from English but from Lowland Scots, or lallans, which is now recognized as a separate language as opposed to simply a regional dialect. In the Highlands and Islands, the accent is very clear and easy to understand. In fact, it is said that people from Inverness speak the clearest English in the UK.

Gaelic

Scotland's oldest surviving language is Scottish Gaelic (Gaidhlig, pronounced 'Gallic'). Often referred to as the national language, it has been spoken the longest. Introduced to the country by Irish immigrants in the third and fourth centuries, its use soon spread and became well established. The language is spoken by about 85,000 people in Scotland (about 2% of the population). This is in the Gaidhealtachd, the Gaelic-speaking areas of the Outer Hebrides, parts of Skye, and a few of the smaller Hebridean islands. Gaelic is one of the Celtic languages, which has included Irish Gaelic, Manx, Welsh, Cornish and Breton. Today only Scottish and Irish Gaelic, Welsh and Breton survive.

Those wishing to teach themselves Gaelic could start with the BBC CanSeo cassette and book. A good phrasebook is Everyday Gaelic by Morag MacNeill (Gairm). Also, the Celtic Heritage Centre, based on Arran, has a great store of Gaelic and Celtic information and documents; they publish a quarterly newsletter. Macbain's Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic language contains a wealth of words and information.

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Before You Travel | Money | Getting to Scotland | Arriving in Scotland | Where To Stay | Getting Around | Keeping in Touch | Food & Drink in Scotland | Shopping in Scotland | Entertainment & Nightlife in Scotland | Holidays & Events | Special Interest Travel | Tours | Munros Climbing Guide

The British currency is the pound sterling (£), divided into 100 pence (p). Coins come in denominations of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. Although not legal tender in Scotland, Bank of England banknotes are accepted as legal currency, in addition to those issued by the Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Bank. These Scottish banknotes (bills) come in denominations of £5, £10, £20, £50 and £100 and are legal currency in the rest of Britain, although some shopkeepers south of the border may be reluctant to accept them.

Euros: Some retail outlets and visitor attractions will accept euros; check with the Scottish Tourist Board for latest news.

Banks

Most towns and villages in Scotland have a branch of at least one of the big four High Street banks - Bank of Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale and TSB Scotland. In small and remote places, and on some islands, there may only be a mobile bank which runs to a set timetable. This timetable will be available from the local post office. Bank opening hours are Monday-Friday from 0930 to between 1600 and 1700. Some larger branches may also be open later on Thursdays and on Saturday mornings. Banks are usually the best places to change money and cheques. Outside banking hours you'll have to use bureau de change, which can be found in most city centres and also at the main airports and train stations. Note that some bureaux charge high commissions for changing cheques. Those at international airports, however, often charge less than banks and will change pound sterling cheques for free. Avoid changing money or cheques in hotels, as the rates are usually very poor.

Credit cards and ATMs

Most hotels, shops and restaurants in Scotland accept the major credit cards (Access/MasterCard,Visa and Amex, though some places may charge for using them. They may be less useful in more remote rural areas and smaller establishments such as B&Bs which will often only accept cash. You can withdraw cash from selected banks and ATMs (or cashpoints as they are called in Britain) with your cash card. Your bank or credit card company will give you a list of locations where you can use your card.

Visa card holders can use the Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and TSB ATMs; Access/MasterCard holders can use the Royal Bank and Clydesdale; Amex card holders can use the Bank of Scotland.

If you have an account with a High Street bank in England or Wales, you can use your cashpoint card in Scotland. Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank take Lloyds and Barclays cash cards; Clydesdale takes HSBC/Midland and National Westminster cards. Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale and most building society cashpoints are part of the Link network and accept all affiliated cards.

Travellers' cheques

The safest way to carry money is in travellers' cheques. These are available for a small commission from all major banks. American Express (Amex), Visa and Thomas Cook cheques are widely accepted and are the most commonly issued by banks. You'll normally have to pay commission again when you cash each cheque. This will usually be one percent, or a flat rate. No commission is payable on Amex cheques cashed at Amex offices. Make sure to keep a record of the cheque numbers and the cheques you've cashed separate from the cheques themselves, so that you can get a full refund of all uncashed cheques should you lose them. It's best to bring sterling cheques to avoid changing currencies twice. Also note that in Britain travellers' cheques are rarely accepted outside banks, so you'll need to cash them in advance and keep a good supply of ready cash.

Money transfers

If you need money urgently, the quickest way to have it sent to you is to have it wired to the nearest bank via Western Union (Tel 0800-833833) or Moneygram (Tel 0800-894887). Charges are on a sliding scale; ie it will cost proportionately less to wire out more money. Money can also be wired by Thomas Cook or American Express, though this may take a day or two, or transferred via a bank draft, but this can take up to a week.

Cost of living/travelling

Scotland can be an expensive place to visit, though there is plenty of budget accommodation available and backpackers will be able to keep their costs down. Edinburgh is the most expensive city, and prices are also higher in more remote parts of the Highlands and Islands. Petrol in particular is very expensive in the Highlands and Islands, where it can cost up to 10p per litre more than in the central Lowlands. Accommodation and restaurant prices also tend to be higher in more popular destinations and during the busy summer months. The minimum daily budget required, if you're staying in hostels or cheap B&Bs, cycling or hitching, and cooking your own meals, will be around £25 per person per day. If you start using public transport and eating out occasionally that will rise to around £30-40. Those staying in slightly more upmarket B&Bs or guesthouses, eating out every evening at pubs or modest restaurants and visiting tourist attractions, such as castles or museums, can expect to pay around £40-50 per day. If you also want to hire a car and use ferries to visit the islands, and eat well, then costs will rise considerably and you'll be looking at at least £75 per person per day. Single travellers will have to pay more than half the cost of a double room in most places, and should budget on spending around 60% of what a couple would spend.

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List of Tourist Information Centres in Scotland

Aberdeen Visitor Information Centre 23 Union Street Aberdeen AB11 5BP Tel: 01224 288828 Email: info@agtb.org

Aberfeldy The Square Aberfeldy Perth & Kinross PH15 2DD Tel: 01887 820276 Fax: 01887 829495 Email: aberfeldytic@perthshire.co.uk Web: www.perthshire.co.uk Please phone for opening times

Aberfoyle Trossachs Discovery Centre Main Street Aberfoyle Stirlingshire FK8 0TH Tel: 08707 200 604 Fax: 01877 382153 Email: info@aberfoyle.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times.

Abington Welcome Break Service Area Junction 13, M74 Crawford Lanarkshire ML12 6RG Tel: (01864) 502436 Fax: (01864) 502765 Web: www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk

Alford Railway Museum Old Station Yard Main Street Alford Aberdeenshire AB33 8FD Tel: 019755 62052 Seasonal opening

Alva Mill Trail Visitor Centre West Stirling Street Alva Stirlingshire FK12 5EN Telephone: 08707 200 605 Fax: 01259 763100 Email: info@alva.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times.

Anstruther Tourist Information Centre Scottish Fisheries Museum Harbourhead Anstruther Fife KY10 3AB Tel: 01333 311073 Email: anstruther@visitfife.com Seasonal opening

Arbroath Market Place Abroath DD11 1HR Angus and Dundee Tel. 01241 872609

Ardgartan Forestry Car Park Glen Croe Ardgartan by Arrochar Dunbartonshire G83 7AR Tel: 08707 200 606 Fax: +01301 702432 Email: info@ardgartan.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times

Auchterarder 90 High Street Auchterarder Perth & Kinross PH3 1BJ Tel: 01764 663450 Fax: 01764 664235 Email: auchterardertic@perthshire.co.uk Web: www.perthshire.co.uk Please phone for opening times map

Aviemore Grampian Road Aviemore Inverness-shire PH22 1PP Tel: 0845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com map

Ayr 22 Sandgate Ayr KA7 1BW Tel: 01292 288688 Fax: 01292 288686 map

Ballachulish Albert Road Ballachulish Argyll PA39 4JR Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Ballater Old Royal Station Station Square Ballater Aberdeenshire AB25 5RB Tel: 013397 55306 Open all year map

Balloch Balloch Road Balloch Dunbartonshire G83 8LQ Tel: 08707 200 607 Fax: 01389 751704 Email: info@balloch.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Seasonal opening map

Banchory Bridge Street Banchory Aberdeenshire AB31 5SX Tel: 01330 822000 Seasonal opening map

Banff Collie Lodge Banff Aberdeenshire AB45 1AU Tel: 01261 812419 Seasonal opening map

Bettyhill Clachan Bettyhill By Thurso Sutherland KW14 7SS Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Biggar 155 High Street Biggar South Lanarkshire ML12 6DL Tel: 01899 221066 Fax: 01899 221066 Web: www.seeglasgow.com Seasonal opening map

Blairgowrie 26 Wellmeadow Blairgowrie Perth & Kinross PH10 6AS Tel: 01250 872960 Fax: 01250 873701 Email: blairgowrietic@perthshire.co.uk Web: www.perthshire.co.uk Please phone for opening times map

Bo'ness Car Park Seafield Place Bo'ness Lothian EH51 0AJ Tel: 08707 200 608 Fax: 08707 200 608 Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Seasonal opening Map

Bowmore The Square Bowmore Isle of Islay PA43 7JP Tel: 08707 200 617 Fax: 01496 810363 Email: info@islay.visitscotland.com map

Braemar The Mews Mar Road Braemar Aberdeenshire AB35 5YP Tel: 013397 41600 Open all year map

Brechin Brechin Tourist Information Centre Brechin Castle Centre Haughmuir Brechin Angus and Dundee DD9 6RL Tel. 01356 623050 map

Broadford The Car Park Broadford Isle of Skye IV49 9AB Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Brodick The Pier Isle of Arran KA27 8AU Tel: 01770 302140/302401 Fax: 01770 302395 map

Callander Rob Roy and Trossachs Visitor Centre Ancaster Square Callander Stirlingshire FK17 8ED Tel: 08707 200 628 Fax: 01877 330784 Email: info@callander.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times. Map

Campbeltown MacKinnon House The Pier Campbeltown Kintyre PA28 6EF Tel: 08707 200 609 Fax: 01586 553291 Email: info@campbeltown.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times map

Carnoustie Carnoustie Tourist Information Centre 1b High Street Carnoustie Angus and Dundee DD7 6AN Tel. 01241 852258 map

Castlebay Main Street Castlebray Isle of Barra HS9 5XD Tel: 01871 810336 Fax: 01871 810336 Email: castlebay@visithebrides.com Web: www.visithebrides.com Seasonal opening map l

Castle Douglas Market Hill Castle Douglas Dumfries and Galloway DG7 1AE Tel: 01556 - 502611 Email: castledouglas@dgtb.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk Seasonal opening Map

Craignure The Pier Craignure Isle of Mull Argyll & Bute PA65 6AY Tel: 08707 200 610 Fax: 01680 812497 Email: info@mull.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times map

Crail Tourist Information Centre Crail Museum & Heritage Centre 62-64 Marketgate Crail Fife KY10 3TL Tel: 01333 450869 Email: crail@visitfife.com Seasonal opening map

Crathie The Car Park Crathie Ballater Aberdeenshire AB35 5UL Tel: 013397 42414 Seasonal Opening map

Crieff Town Hall High Street Crieff Perth & Kinross PH7 3HU Tel: 01764 652578 Fax: 01764 655422 Email: criefftic@perthshire.co.uk Web: www.perthshire.co.uk map

Daviot Wood Picnic Area (A9) Daviot Wood By Inverness IV1 2ER Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Dornoch The Coffee Shop The Square Dornoch Sutherland IV25 3SD Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com map

Drymen Drymen Library The Square Drymen Dunbartonshire G63 0BD Tel: 08707 200 611 Fax: 01360 660751 Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times map

Drumnadrochit The Car Park Drumnadrochit Inverness-shire IV63 6T Tel: 0845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com map

Dufftown The Clock Tower The Square Dufftown Aberdeenshire AB55 4AD Tel: 01340 820501 Seasonal Opening map

Dumbarton Road Chef Service Area A82 Northbound Milton Dunbartonshire G82 2TZ Tel: 08707 200 612 Fax: 001389 371164 Email: info@milton.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times map

Dumfries 64 Whitesands Dumfries DG1 2RS Tel: 01387 253862 Fax: 01378 245555 Email: info@dgtb.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk Map

Dundee Dundee Tourist Information & Orientation Centre 21 Castle Street Dundee DD1 3AA Tel. 01382 527527 Email: enquiries@angusanddundee.co.uk map

Dunbar 143a High Street Dunbar Lothian EH42 1ES Tel: 0845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.edinburgh.org Map

Dunblane Stirling Road Dunblane Stirlingshire FK15 9EP Tel: 08707 200 613 Fax: 008707 200 613 Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times. Map

Dundee Dundee Tourist Information & Orientation Centre 21 Castle Street Dundee DD1 3AA Tel. 01382 527527 Email: enquiries@angusanddundee.co.uk map

Dunfermline Tourist Information Centre 1 High Street Dunfermline Fife KY12 7DL Tel: 01383 720999 Email: dunfermline@visitfife.com Seasonal opening map

Dunkeld The Cross Dunkeld Perth & Kinross PH8 0AN Tel: 01350 727688 Fax: 01350 727688 Email: dunkeldtic@perthshire.co.uk Web: www.perthshire.co.uk Please phone for opening times map

Dunoon 7 Alexandra Parade Dunoon Argyll & Bute PA23 8AB Tel: 08707 200 629 Fax: 01369 706085 Email: info@dunoon.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times map

Dunvegan 2 Lochside Dunvegan Isle of Skye IV55 8WB Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Durness Durine Durness By Lairg Sutherland IV27 4PN Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Edinburgh Tourist Information Centre above Waverley Shopping Centre 3 Princes Street EH2 2QP Tel. 0845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: http://www.edinburgh.org map

Edinburgh Airport Tourist Information Desk Edinburgh Airport EH12 9DN Tel. 0870 040 0007 (counter inquiries only) map

Elgin 17 High Street Elgin Moray IV30 1EG Tel: 01343 542666 Open all year map

Eyemouth Auld Kirk Market Place Eyemouth Borders TD14 5HE Tel: 0870 6080404 Fax: 01750 21886 Email:info@scot-borders.co.uk Seasonal opening map

Falkirk 2-4 Glebe Street Falkirk FK1 1HX Tel: 08707 200 614 Fax: 01324 638440 Email: info@falkirk.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times. Map

Forfar Forfar Tourist Information Centre East High Street Forfar Angus and Dundee DD8 2EG Tel. 01307 467876 map

Forres 116 High Street Forres Moray IV36 ONP Tel: 01309 672938 Seasonal Opening map

Fort Augustus Car Park Fort Augustus Inverness-shire PH32 4DD Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Fort William Cameron Centre Cameron Square Fort William Inverness-shire PH33 6AJ Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com map

Forth Bridges Tourist Information Centre c/o Queensferry Lodge Hotel St Margaret's Head North Queensferry Fife KY11 1HP Tel: 01383 417759 Email: forthbridges@visitfife.com map

Fraserburgh 3 Saltoun Square Fraserburgh Aberdeenshire AB43 9DA Tel: 01346 518315 Seasonal Opening map

Gairloch Achtercairn Gairloch Ross-shire IV22 2DN Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Gatehouse of Fleet Car Park Gatehouse of Fleet Dumfries and Galloway DG7 5EA Tel: 01557 814212 Email: gatehouseoffleettic@visitscotland.com Web: www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk Seasonal opening Map

Girvan Girvan Visitor Centre Bridge Street Girvan South Ayrshire KA26 9HH Tel: 01465 715500 Fax: 01465 715500 Email: info@girvanvisitorcentre.co.uk Web: www.girvanvisitorcentre.co.uk map

Glasgow 11 George Square Glasgow G2 1DY Tel: 0141 204 4400 Fax: 0141 221 3524 Email: enquiries@seeglasgow.com Web: www.seeglasgow.com map

Glasgow Airport International Arrivals Glasgow International Airport Paisley Renfrewshire PA3 2ST Tel: 0141 848 4440 Fax: 0141 849 1444 Email: airport@seeglasgow.com Web: www.seeglasgow.com map

Grantown on Spey 54 High Street Grantown on Spey Inverness-shire PH26 3EH Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Phone for opening times map

Gretna Green Unit 10 Gretna Gateway Outlet Village Glasgow Road Gretna Dumfries and Galloway DG16 5GG Tel: 01461 337834 Email: gretna@dgtb.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk Seasonal opening Map

Hamilton Road Chef Services M74 Northbound Hamilton South Lanarkshire ML3 6JW Tel: 01698 285590 Fax: 01698 891494 Email: hamilton@seeglasgow.com Web: www.seeglasgow.com map

Harestanes Ancrum Jedburgh Borders TD8 6UQ Tel: 0870 6080404 Fax: 01750 21886 Email:info@scot-borders.co.uk Seasonal opening map

Hawick Drumlanrig's Tower Knowe Hawick Borders TD9 9EN Tel: 0870 6080404 Fax: 01750 21886 Email:info@scot-borders.co.uk Seasonal opening map

Helensburgh Clock Tower The Pier Helensburgh Dunbartonshire G84 7NY Tel: 08707 200 615 Fax: 01436 672642 Email: info@helensburgh.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times map

Huntly 9a The Square Huntly Aberdeenshire AB54 8BR Tel: 01466 792255 Seasonal Opening map

Inveraray Front Street Inveraray Argyll & Bute PA32 8UY Tel: 08707 200 616 Fax: 01499 302269 Email: info@inveraray.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times map

Inverness Castle Wynd Inverness IV2 3BJ Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com map

Inverurie Book Store 18 High Street Inverurie Aberdeenshire AB51 3XQ Tel: 01467 625800 map

Islay The Square Main Street Bowmore Isle of Islay PA43 7JP Tel: 08707 200 617 Fax: 01496 810363 Email: info@islay.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org map

Jedburgh Murray's Green Jedburgh Borders TD8 6BE Tel: 0870 6080404 Fax: 01750 21886 Email:info@scot-borders.co.uk map

John O'Groats County Road John O'Groats Caithness KW1 4YR Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Kelso Town House The Square Kelso Borders TD5 7HF Tel: 0870 6080404 Email:info@scot-borders.co.uk map

Kilchoan Kilchoan Community Centre Pier Road Kilchoan, Acharacle Argyll PH36 4LJ Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Phone for opening times map

Killin Breadalbane Folklore Centre The Old Mill Falls of Dochart Killin Stirlingshire FK21 8XE Tel: 08707 200 627 Fax: 01567 820764 Email: info@killin.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times. Map

Kingussie Highland Folk Museum Duke Street Kingussie Inverness-shire PH21 1JG Tel: 0845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Kinross Heart of Scotland Visitor Centre Junction 6, M90 Kinross Perth & Kinross KY13 7NQ Tel: 01577 863680 Fax: 01577 863370 Email: kinrosstic@perthshire.co.uk Web: www.perthshire.co.uk map

Kirkcaldy Tourist Information Centre The Merchant's House 339 High Street Kirkcaldy Fife KY1 1JL Tel: 01592 267775 Email: kirkcaldy@visitfife.com map

Kirkcudbright Harbour Square Kirkcudbright Dumfries and Galloway DG6 4HY Tel: 01557 330494 Fax: 01557 332416 Email: kirkcudbright@dgtb.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk Seasonal opening Map

Kirkwall 6 Broad Street Orkney KW15 1DH Tel: 01856 872856 Fax: 01856 875056 Email: info@visitorkney.com Web: www.visitorkney.com Map

Kirriemuir Kirriemuir Tourist Information Centre Cumberland Close Kirriemuir Angus and Dundee DD8 4EF Tel. 01575 574097 map

Kyle of Lochalsh Car Park Kyle of Lochalsh Ross-shire IV40 8AQ Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Lairg Ferrycroft Countryside Centre Lairg Sutherland IV27 4AZ Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Lanark Horsemarket Ladyacre Road Lanark South Lanarkshire ML11 7LQ Tel: 01555 661661 Fax: 01555 666143 Email: lanark@seeglasgow.com Web: www.seeglasgow.com map

Largs Railway Station Main Street Largs Ayrshire Tel: 01475 673765 Fax: 01475 676297

Lerwick Market Cross Lerwick Shetland ZE1 0LU Tel: 08701 999440 Email: info@visitshetland.com Map

Linlithgow Burgh Hall The Cross Linlithgow Lothian EH49 8RE Tel: 0845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.edinburgh.org Seasonal opening Map

Lochboisdale Tourist Office Pier Road Lochboisdale Isle of South Uist HS8 5TH Tel: 01878 700286 Fax: 01878 700286 E-mail: lochboisdale@visithebrides.com Web: www.visithebrides.com Seasonal opening map

Lochcarron Main Street Lochcarron Ross-shire IV54 4LX Tel: 01520 722357 Fax: 01520 722324

Lochgilphead Lochnell Street Lochgilphead Argyll & Bute PA30 8JN Tel: 08707 200 618 Fax: 01546 606254 Email: info@lochgilphead.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times map

Lochinver Assynt Visitor Centre Main Street Lochinver By Lairg Sutherland IV27 4LX Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Lochmaddy Pier Road Lochmaddy Isle of North Uist HS6 5AA Tel: 01876 500321 Fax: 01876 500321 map

Mallaig The Pier Mallaig Inverness-shire PH41 4SQ Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com map

Melrose Abbey House Abbey Street Melrose Borders TD6 9LG Tel: 0870 6080404 Fax: 01750 21886 Email:info@scot-borders.co.uk map

Milton (See entry for Dumbarton )

Moffat Churchgate Moffat Dumfries and Galloway DG10 9EG Tel: 01683 220620 Email: moffat@dgtb.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk Seasonal opening Map

Montrose Montrose Tourist Information Centre Bridge Street Montrose Angus and Dundee DD10 8AB Tel. 01674 672000 map

Musselburgh (See Old Craighall entry)

Nairn The Library 68 High Street Nairn Inverness-shire IV12 4AU Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Newtongrange Scottish Mining Museum Newtongrange Midlothian EH26 8HB Tel: 0845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.edinburgh.org Seasonal opening Map

Newton Stewart Dashwood Square Newton Stewart Dumfries and Galloway DG8 6EQ Tel: 01671 402431 Email: newtonstewart@dgtb.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk Seasonal opening Map

North Berwick Quality Street North Berwick Lothian EH39 4HJ Tel: 0845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.edinburgh.org Map

North Kessock Picnic Site North Kessock Ross-shire IV1 1XB Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Oban Church Building Argyll Square Oban Argyll & Bute PA34 4AR Tel: 08707 200 630 Fax: 01631 564273 Email: info@oban.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times. map

Old Craighall Old Craighall Service Area (A1) by Musselburgh Lothian EH21 8RE Tel: 0845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.edinburgh.org Map

Paisley 9a Gilmour Street Paisley Renfrewshire PA1 1DD Tel: 0141 889 0711 Fax: 0141 848 1363 Email: paisley@seeglasgow.com Web: www.seeglasgow.com map

Peebles High Street Peebles Borders EH45 8AG Tel: 0870 6080404 Fax: 01750 21886 Email:info@scot-borders.co.uk map

Perth Lower City Mills West Mill Street Perth Perth & Kinross PH1 5QP Tel: 01738 450600 Fax: 01738 444863 Email: perthtic@perthshire.co.uk Web: www.perthshire.co.uk map

Perth (Inveralmond) Caithness Glass Inveralmond Perth Perth & Kinross PH1 3TZ Tel. 01738 638481

Pitlochry 22 Atholl Road Pitlochry Perth & Kinross PH16 5BX Tel: 01796 472215/ 472751 Fax: 01796 474046 Email: pitlochrytic@perthshire.co.uk Web: www.perthshire.co.uk Please phone for opening times map

Portree Bayfield House Bayfield Road Portree Isle of Skye IV51 9EL Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com map

Rothesay Isle of Bute Discovery Centre Winter Garden Rothesay Isle of Bute PA20 0AT Tel: 08707 200 619 Fax: 01700 505156 Email: info@rothesay.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org map

St Andrews Tourist Information Centre 70 Market Street St Andrews Fife KY16 9NU Tel: 01334 472021 Email:standrews@visitfife.com map

Selkirk Halliwells House Selkirk Borders TD7 BL Tel: 0870 6080404 Fax: 01750 21886 Email:info@scot-borders.co.uk Seasonal opening map

Southwaite M6 Service Area Southwaite Carlisle CA4 0NS Tel: 016974 73445 Email: southwaite@scot-borders.co.uk

Spean Bridge The Kingdom of Scotland Spean Bridge By Fort William Inverness-shire PH34 4EP Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Stirling (Dumbarton Road) 41 Dumbarton Road Stirling FK8 2QQ Tel: 08707 200 620 Fax: 01786 450039 Email: stirlingtic@aillst.ossian.net Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times. Map

Stirling (Pirnhall) Motorway Service Area Junction 9 M9/M80 Pirnhall Stirling FK7 8ET Tel: 08707 200 621 Fax: 01786 810879 Email: info@pirnhall.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Map

Stirling (Royal Burgh) Royal Burgh of Stirling Visitor Centre Castle Esplanade Stirling FK9 5LF Tel: 08707 200 622 Fax: 01786 451881 Email: info@rbsvcl.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times. Map

Stonehaven 66 Allardice Street Stonehaven Aberdeenshire AB39 2AA Tel: 01569 762806 Seasonal Opening map

Stornoway 26 Cromwell Street Stornoway Isle of Lewis HS1 2DD Tel: 01851 703088 Fax: 01851 705244 Email: stornoway@visithebrides.com Web: www.visithebrides.com map

Stranraer 28 Harbour Street Stranraer Dumfries and Galloway DG9 7RA Tel: 01776 702595 Fax: 01776 889156 Email: stranraer@dgtb.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk Map

Strathpeffer Square Wheels The Square Strathpeffer Ross-shire IV14 9DW Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Stromness Ferry Terminal Building Pier Head Stromness Orkney KW16 3BH Tel: 01856 850716 Fax: 01856 850777 Email: info@visitorkney.com Web: www.visitorkney.com Map

Strontian Strontian Acharacle Argyll PH36 4HZ Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Tarbert (Loch Fyne) Harbour Street Tarbert Argyll PA29 6UD Tel: 08707 200 624 Fax: 01880 820082 Email: info@tarbert.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times map

Tarbert (Isle of Harris) Pier Road Tarbert Isle of Harris HS3 3DG Tel: 01859 502011 Fax: 01859 502011 Email: tarbert@visithebrides.com Web: www.visithebrides.com Please phone for opening times map

Tarbet (Loch Lomond) Main Street Tarbet Loch Lomond Argyll & Bute G83 7DE Tel: 08707 200 623 Fax: 01301 702224 Email: info@tarbet.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times map

Thurso Riverside Thurso Caithness KW14 8BU Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com Seasonal opening map

Tobermory Main Street Tobermory Isle of Mull PA75 6NU Tel: 08707 200 625 Fax: 01688 302145 Email: info@tobermory.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times map

Tomintoul The Square Tomintoul Aberdeenshire AB37 9ET Tel: 01807 580285 Seasonal Opening map

Tyndrum Main Street Tyndrum Stirlingshire FK20 8RY Tel: 08707 200 626 Fax: 01838 400530 Email: info@tyndrum.visitscotland.com Web: www.visitscottishheartlands.org Please phone for opening times. Map

Ullapool Argyle Street Ullapool Ross-shire IV26 2UB Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com


Wick Norseman Hotel Riverside Wick Caithness KW1 4NL Tel: 01845 22 55 121 Email: info@visitscotland.com Web: www.visithighlands.com

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