Below are a few websites you may find
useful when planning your holiday in Scotland. ( Much of this information, but with some new links, you will find duplicated on our other website, www.fivestarholidaycottage.co.uk )
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TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT INFORMATION
Edinburgh and Glasgow and Prestwick
British Airports Authority
- Information about the UK's
basic, low cost, flights within UK
This budget flight company operates from Prestwick Airport (22 miles) 35
km south west of Glasgow. Although described as 'Glasgow' be aware, if renting
a car, that this is not the same as Glasgow International Airport which is 8
miles to the west of the city.
www.easyvalue.com - Impartial
comparisons for online shopping, including best-value flights on any given day.
Car hire websites
The following have depots at either
Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport or both.
Alamo Rent A Car
Avis Rent A Car
Hertz Rent A Car
National Car Rental
cheap car rental, currently operating only out of Glasgow Airport.
with depots at most airports
makes hiring a car a doddle. Breathtaking choice, simplicity and good value.
offer discount hire from Edinburgh and Glasgow airports.
City car hire firm: www.capital-carhire.co.uk operate
from Edinburgh itself, very close to HAYMARKET Train Station and offer competitive
rates with good customer care. Everything from family cars to limousines
and chauffered minibuses. For limos and minibuses visit www.xlimo.co.uk
All-in-one Train, airline and Bus
Plan any public transport journey within and from Scotland to main points in
the UK by bus,
coach, ferry, flight or underground.
For similar information covering the whole of the UK, use www.traveline.org.uk
Railtrack Travel Information
Definitive resource for UK rail timetables
Other useful train websites
British Rail Website
Useful for timetables and to book your train tickets online in advance.
Norfolk Lines will
convey you ( and your car ) to Rosyth, just 20 miles from here, in luxury. Drive
on in Zeebrugge, Belgium, relax in luxury and drive off in Scotland.
( service temporarily suspended.)
Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries links the Scottish mainland with its islands.
Other Useful Travel Links
Ferry Crossing Tickets Online -
Great deals on ferry tickets throughout Europe including Eurotunnel crossings,
cross channel, Irish sea. All ports available including Folkstone, Calais,
Hull, Dover, Dublin, Douglas & Holyhead.
Fully Inclusive Car Hire -Fully
inclusive car rental and hire worldwide.
Holiday parking near uk airport -
Find a secure car park at all major UK airports. Easy online booking with
instant online airport parking documents.
Online Airport Hotel Accommodation
in the UK - Airport hotels at all major UK airports including
Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester. Instant online accommodation
confirmation and hotel directions.
VIP Lounges at Major UK Airports -
Airport executive VIP lounges at all major UK airports including Gatwick,
Heathrow, Stansted and Manchester. Instant online confirmation and lounge
Short Breaks in Europe and USA -
Short break holidays with hotel accommodation throughout the UK, Europe and
North America. Also London theatre break short stay holidays and special
Food And Drink
This article from Edinburgh
University gives a good overview of the culinary delights you can expect in Scotland.
It links to other food and drink sites.
For an Aladdin's cave of traditional food, wine, cheese and exciting products
visit www.valvonacrolla.co.uk . Their
fabulous shop is at 19 Elm Row, Leith Walk, Edinburgh and their
Enjoy the sound of bagpipes
whilst you read about that great chieftain o'the puddin' race. This award winning
website from haggis makers McKean's of Scotland includes information on how to
cook haggis and Rabbie Burns' "Address to a Haggis"
a bit of fun, play this! And perhaps sample some Famous Grouse
Discover more about our
If you want to start your holiday off well, order from www.simplesimonspies.co.uk and have some pies made with Scottish quality ingredients waiting in your fridge on a Saturday or Sunday arrival.
And to ensure you get
the freshest and finest of produce, visit
discover what's on sale and when.
www.taste-of-scotland.com - Where
to eat in style in Scotland. Describes select establishments, some within
easy driving distance of Crosswoodhill.
www.edinburghguide.com/society/food/index.htm - This online Edinburgh Guide offers
various listings of Edinburgh pubs and restaurants for all tastes and budgets.
the website for the Edinburgh Restaurateurs Association.
These are excellent, exclusive eating places but not for those on a low budget.
a more comprehensive and cosmopolitan selection to suit every palate and budget
Green Tourism Business Scheme: source eco-friendly fellow members / accommodation providers elsewhere in the UK www.green-business.co.uk
Currency Conversion - Exchange Rates
City Touring within Edinburgh and
Insurance for Your Holiday
For UK guests booking
our accommodation and wishing to insure against cancellation, we recommend Travellers
Protection Services Ltd.
Hop-on / hop-off buses which depart from
a central location every 10 to 15 minutes and take about an hour to do the complete
tour, but much longer when you jump off at the attractions you want to visit.
Tickets are valid all day and include discounts to attractions. No prior booking
here as your through route to the
Edinburgh Guide Friday buses. And click
here for the Glasgow ones.
Tours and Guides
This 5 STAR Edinburgh company runs 1, 2, or 3 day guided tours in luxury mini-coaches
to the Highlands and/or the hallowed hame o' golf. Why not take
a rest from driving and enjoy one of these before or after your stay at Crosswoodhill?
These Blue Badge Guides can give visitors a memorable, entertaining experience
of Scotland in a total of 19 languages.
offers unique half and whole day personalised tours from Edinburgh to
sites of prehistoric, Celtic and mediaeval interest, including Rosslyn
Historic Scotland which owns Edinburgh
and Stirling Castle, as well as many other historic castles and abbeys,
have a special Scottish Explorer ticket valid for 7-14 days. Good value.
The National Trust for Scotland has
many beautiful castles and historic houses in its care and their Trust Touring
Pass is excellent value for money
www.asva. lists an abundance of exciting museums and attractions all over Scotland. Go exploring!
site has a wealth of information for disabled people in the UK
www.arjo.com - For hoists on the move. One call to Arjo Hire can solve handling
problems for a disabled guest. From Arjo's homepage, click on 'others' and select
'UK', then 'Hire' or phone 01452 506050.
For wheelchair hire whilst at Crosswoodhill,
try www.med-ecosse.co.uk or
contact the local West Lothian branch of the Red Cross via
www.defra.gov.uk - Good official information here on what you need to do to bring your
pet into the UK.
Weather in Edinburgh:
A touch of tartan.
Geoffrey (Taylor) Kiltmakers & Weavers: kilts, tartans
or just down the
road from us, visit www.macdonaldkiltmakers.co.uk
, kiltmakers of over 50 years, offering excellent value for money.
dedicated family researcher can help bring your ancestors to life
Scottish Genealogy Society
Scottish Roots Ancestral Research Service.
www.ar-turas.co.uk - Ar-turas specialises in providing cultural, social and historical
contexts to bring the family tree to life.
www.samanthagodley.co.uk/ Unlock Your Family's History
UK Street Maps Online
Whisky Map of Scotland
Good directions to Crosswoodhill. Type
in EH55 8LP as a destination.
Order your hiking maps in advance
Europe's No. 1 publisher of all weatherproof leisure maps, publishing over 3000
titles including Ordnance Survey, IGN, Kompass and more..
Type PENTLAND HILLS in this space for the map covering our area. The 1:25000 map shows the most detail for walkers.
For route planning: use www.rac.co.uk/routeplanner
All About Edinburgh
To discover What's On in Edinburgh click on www.edinburgh.org/events/
Edinburgh Directory : has all sorts of useful contact numbers.
Festival and Event Sites
www.homecomingscotland2009.com offers a packed calendar of activities during this year of celebration
http://www.scotland.org/celebrate-scotland/dates-for-your-diary/ dazzles with the variety of what's on!
http://www.visitscotland.org/events-and-training/whats_on_guides.htm This page offers imminent weekly or monthly pdf. printable guides for the different regions in Scotland. Only available with a short lead-in time, the most useful for a stay here are those for Edinburgh & the Lothians
Information on Edinburgh's Festivals
Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August)
Edinburgh International Festival (August - September)
Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August)
year round drama, ballet and opera in Edinburgh
www.edinburghshogmanay.com - Edinburgh is of course the place to bring in the
www.list.co.uk is the most comprehensive entertainment
and events listing site, covering both Edinburgh and Glasgow
With Children in Mind
Proves there's no shortage of imaginative events and activities geared to kids'
Weddings and Romance
Our cottages have been the perfect honeymoon setting for many couples. But for a small intimate ceremony, why not think about actually getting married in the cottage? We know of a Minister happy to do this for you. For help with other wedding essentials, marry up with http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/regscot/getting-married-in-scotland/i-want-to-get-married-in-scotland-how-do-i-go-about-it.html
Living close by is a talented
artist who has achieved global fame with her flower paintings. View www.jennietuffs.co.uk before
you visit! Cards, prints, posters and glorious originals available locally.
www.scottishgolf.com and www.uk-golf-guide.com are
on the ball!
Check out our local golf course at Harburn.
www.fishing-uk-scotland.com allows you to go fishing for information.
www.brenfield.co.uk, though a bit of a distance away, offers a smooth ride when it comes to information
on pony trekking amongst scenic splendour.
www.eica-ratho.com lets you discover more about the largest indoor rock-climbing
centre in Europe, just 15 miles from us. + lots of other exciting sporting opportunities.
Fancy stepping off a 30m high building on a skyride over a huge natural arena?
This is the place to go. Impressive
for something excitingly different?
as you've never seen it before! Here are 2 suggestions, happening
less than an hour's drive away from Crosswoodhill. Not cheap but exhilarating.....
Hot air balloon flight (with champagne), more on www.scotair.com
Soar over lochs and mountains on a seaplane, more on www.lochlomondseaplanes.com
Tempted to pamper
yourself whilst staying at Crosswoodhill? Discover what's
on offer at our local health and beauty shop, Woodfield Salon
We are proud and passionate about Scottish Tourism and encourage guests to feedback their experiences to us.
We also now encourage our guests to feed back to TripAdvisor where you can read independent travellers' opinions about holiday accommodation. Click on this link to add your comment or see how we did. Type Crosswoodhill into the search area to bring up reviews on our properties. If you are kind enough to send in a review, please state the full name Crosswoodhill Farm Holiday Cottages near Edinburgh as this will help others to find us.
Two other sites highlighting customer care that you may enjoy are: http://www.extramilescotland.co.uk/index.asp is all about situations where the service exceeded expectations. You can contribute or just peruse. Or add us after your stay if you feel we qualify!
www.TheRealVisitorsBook.co.uk and My Cottage Holiday website are along the same lines but
restricted to self-catering accommodation UK wide
Carefully Selected Links to Cottages
in Other Areas:
For those who yearn to be beside the Scottish seaside these lovely 4 Star cottages
in Argyll offer the perfect retreat. www.craobhcottages.co.uk
Escape to the Edge, to the ideal romantic Hebridean 5 STAR retreat
for two. Matched by a stunning island location, click on www.stay-hebrides.com for
a preview of these irresistable turf-roofed, luxury cottages on Harris, close
to glorious deserted beaches.
Wonderful for families, this group of luxury cottages near St. Andrews, Fife is much more than just a place to stay. It offers lots to do on site. http://www.pitmilly.co.uk/
For a different kind of holiday, in a striking setting
near Loch Lomond, within a quiet private estate of chalets and lodges,
Highland Holiday Cottages offer luxury 4 star self catering holiday accommodation in the Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, Nr Aviemore.
Combining a trip to Scotland with visiting Ireland? Have a look at www.rathmullancottages.com - for quality cottages and caring owners in Donegal, Ireland.
And should you need an overnight stay in a Glasgow Hotel, close to the airport for an early morning flight, click on this link.
VisitScotland Star Grading System for Accommodation, Attractions, etc.
Click here to find out more about choosing your accommodation with care.
Individual sites mentioned
in the "Days Out" page
Crosswoodhill is an active
member of the
of Scotland's Self-Caterers
Crosswoodhill Farm Holiday Cottages 2005
Tel. 01501 785205