Below are a few websites you may find useful when planning your holiday in Scotland.
Travel and Transport Information
Edinburgh and Glasgow and Prestwick Airports
http://www.baa.co.uk/BAAHome.htm - British Airports Authority - Information about the UK's major airports.
http://www.easyjet.com/ - basic, low cost, flights within UK
http://www.ryanair.com/ - 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.
http://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.
http://www.alamo.com/ - Alamo Rent A Car http://www.avis.co.uk/
- Avis Rent A Car http://www.hertz.co.uk/
- Hertz Rent A Car http://www.nationalcar-europe.com/
- National Car Rental http://www.easyrentacar.com/
incredibly cheap car rental, currently operating only out of Glasgow Airport. http://www.budget-uk.com/
- with depots at most airports http://www.holidayautos.co.uk/
- makes hiring a car a doddle. Breathtaking choice, simplicity and good value. http://www.leisurecars.com/
- also 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 http://www.xlimo.co.uk/
All-in-one Train, airline and Bus Timetables
Railtrack Travel Information
Definitive resource for UK rail timetables
Other useful train websites
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.
http://www.calmac.co.uk/ - 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 directions.
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 offers.
Food And Drink
www.geo.ed.ac.uk/home/scotland/fooddrink.html 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 http://www.valvonacrolla.co.uk/. Their fabulous shop is at 19 Elm Row, Leith Walk, Edinburgh and their VinCaffe nearby. http://www.scottishhaggis.co.uk/ 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" Famous Grouse Movie For a bit of fun, play this! And perhaps sample some Famous Grouse tipple! http://www.whiskyweb.com/ Discover more about our national drink
Enjoy some really nice pies with the finest Scottish quality ingredients. www.simplesimonspies.co.uk can have these ready and waiting for you on your arrival here. And to ensure you get the freshest and finest of produce, visit http://www.scottishfarmersmarkets.co.uk/ to discover what's on sale and when.
Websites specific to:
City Touring within Edinburgh and Glasgow
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 required. http://www.lothianbuses.co.uk/
Click here as your through route to the Edinburgh Guide Friday buses. And click here for the Glasgow ones.
Tours and Guides
www.timberbushtours.com - 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.
http://www.stga.co.uk/ - These Blue Badge Guides can give visitors a memorable, entertaining experience of Scotland in a total of 19 languages.
http://www.celtictrails.co.uk/ - offers unique half and whole day personalised tours from Edinburgh to sites of prehistoric, Celtic and mediaeval interest, including Rosslyn chapel.
If we cannot accommodate your wanted dates, you may want to think about taking a tour of the Highlands and then coming on down to stay with us at Crosswoodhill, hiring a car. Particularly recommended are Rabbies Trail Burners and Haggis Adventures, both of which have won numerous prestigious awards, and run tours of various lengths, specially geared to small groups. http://www.rabbies.com/index.asp http://www.haggisadventures.com/Tours
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. http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/
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.nts.org.uk/
Another useful site is www.asva which lists a host of fantastic museums and attractions all over Scotland.
http://www.radar.org.uk/ This site has a wealth of information for disabled people in the UK
http://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 http://www.med-ecosse.co.uk/ or contact the local West Lothian branch of the Red Cross via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine/index.htm - Good official information here on what you need to do to bring your pet into the UK.
A touch of tartan.
http://www.geoffreykilts.co.uk/ - Geoffrey (Taylor) Kiltmakers & Weavers: kilts, tartans or just down the road from us, visit http://www.macdonaldkiltmakers.co.uk/, kiltmakers of over 50 years, offering excellent value for money.
All About Edinburgh
Festival and Event Sites
With Children in Mind
www.kidsedinburgh.com/eventsearch.php - Proves there's no shortage of imaginative events and activities geared to kids' enjoyment.
Weddings and Romance at Crosswoodhill
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 http://www.jennietuffs.co.uk/ before you visit! Cards, prints, posters and glorious originals available locally.
http://www.scottishgolf.com/ and http://www.uk-golf-guide.com/ are on the ball! Check out our local golf course at Harburn.
http://www.fishing-uk-scotland.com/ allows you to go fishing for information.
www.ridinginscotland offers a smooth ride when it comes to information on riding. If you are happy to drive more than 2 hours to Lochgilphead, Argyll ( a five hour total journey ) for an extra special experience, explore www.brenfield.co.uk This could be a fantastic day out on horseback or on foot amongst stunning scenery.
http://www.adventurescotland.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
Looking for something excitingly different?
See Scotland 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.....
Visual beauty now!
Tempted to pamper yourself whilst staying at Crosswoodhill? Discover what's on offer at our local health and beauty shop, Woodfield Salon
We encourage our guests to complete Feedback forms in the cottages.
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 in Crosswoodhill in the Search Space to bring up reviews, but if you are kind enough to add one, to help others discover us, please state the full name Crosswoodhill Farm Holiday Cottages near Edinburgh.
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: along the same lines but restricted to self-catering accommodation UK wide. If you would like to read a Crosswoodhill review by a previous guest, you'll find a couple here.
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. http://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 http://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, consider http://www.sandwood-lodge.co.uk/
Combining a trip to Scotland with visiting Ireland? Have a look at http://www.rathmullancottages.com/ - for quality cottages and caring owners in Donegal, Ireland.
VisitScotland Star Grading System for Accommodation, Attractions, etc.
to find out more about choosing your accommodation with care.
Accommodation : Customer Care.
promoting quality accommodation
Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers