Scotland is a wild and untamed country, stretching from rolling farmlands in the south and east to the dramatic highlands and islands in the west, where the craggy coastline is pocked with beautiful beaches and rises up to rugged, empty mountains divided only by shimmering lochs and deep rivers. This ancient land has a brutal history and is studded with ancient castles and strongholds.
Although still part of the United Kingdom, the Scots are a fiercely independent and proud nation. They are, at the moment, agitating to gain political independence from the UK by 2014. They have their own legal system and more recently have their own parliament, and are developing into an economic force in their own right - Aberdeen is the hub of the North Sea oil industry, and Edinburgh is now home to Europe's largest bank.
Scotland is the home of golf and whiskey, and has a cultural heritage stretching from the festivities of the clans, to the poetry of Robert Burns. Scotland's rich traditions can be best seen over the summer months at the cutting-edge Edinburgh Arts Festival or at one of the many, more low-key Highland Games events.
A land of unparalleled raw natural beauty, outdoor and wilderness enthusiasts will delight in Scotland's open spaces and its excellently-managed national parks.
The imposing castle that stands on the craggy mound of an extinct volcano in the heart of Edinburgh is not only the city's top attraction, but a proud and lasting symbol of the Scots nation. The castle rock has been inhabited since 800 BC, but today most of the remaining structures date from around the 16th century (with the big exception of St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh's oldest building, dating from the early 12th century). Of all the things to see and experience at the Castle (including the spectacular view of the city), the favourite for visitors is the Crown Room, which contains the Scottish crown jewels and regalia of state. Also on view here is the legendary 'Stone of Scone', upon which all the monarchs of Scotland have been crowned. The castle also still functions as a military headquarters, and is the site of the spectacular military tattoo, which is world-renowned and held each August. At 1pm each day, except Sunday, the 'one o'clock gun' is fired, traditionally to allow ships in the Firth of Forth to check their chronometers. The gun is also fired at New Year to mark midnight during the Hogmanay celebrations. Tickets should be pre-bought online to avoid queuing on arrival.
Palace of Holyrood House
The Palace of Holyrood was originally an abbey, built in the 12th century, and later the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, notorious for her turbulent reign and dramatic life. Today the palace is the official Scottish residence of Queen Elizabeth II, and is used by the Royal family for state ceremonies and entertaining, but much of the imposing baroque building is open to visitors. An audio guide steers visitors around the grand royal apartments, which reflect the changing tastes of a line of monarchs, as well as the Throne Room and the Great Gallery, culminating in the apartments of Mary Queen of Scots and her husband Lord Darnley, their bed-chambers linked by a secret staircase. A plaque on the floor marks the spot where Mary's Italian secretary David Rizzio was murdered in 1566. The rooms feature splendid plasterwork ceilings and magnificent furnishings and tapestries.
Royal Botanic Garden
Not just any garden, the Edinburgh Botanic Garden is acknowledged as one of the finest in the world, featuring six percent of all the world's known plants, the most tender being cosseted in glasshouses. Visitors can admire vegetation from 10 climate zones from tropical palms to arctic tundra, and see some of the world's oldest plants in the orchid and cycad house. There are also several restaurants and cafes, and a gift shop. The garden was established in 1670 as a physic garden in Holyrood, was later moved to Leith and was firmly planted in Inverleith in 1820, where it has remained a top attraction ever since.
National Gallery of Scotland
The National Gallery of Scotland is situated in the heart of Edinburgh and is home to Scotland's greatest collection of European paintings and sculpture from the Renaissance to Post-Impressionism. The museum opened to the public in 1859 and includes works by Botticelli, CÃ©zanne, Van Dyck, Pisarro, Monet, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Titian. The Gallery also boasts the most comprehensive collection of Scottish painting in the world. The Scottish Portrait Gallery can be found nearby at 1 Queen Street and includes great paintings of Scots rather than by Scots. The National Portrait Gallery is closed for renovations however, and will re-open in late 2011.
The historic town of St Andrews is home to the most famous golf club in the world, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Often referred to as 'the home of golf', St Andrews and the British Golf Museum are must-visits for any enthusiasts of the sport. With 500 years of golfing history, and the home of the British Open, the museum will take visitors on an exciting journey through the sport's heritage and an introduction to the world's golfing legends.
Glasgow's top cultural attraction was donated by the shipping magnate Sir William Burrell in 1944. Over his lifetime, Burrell amassed more than 8,000 works of art, 3,000 of which are displayed at any one time. The collection includes hundreds of sculptures, drawings and paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries, some notable medieval European tapestries, as well as artefacts from Arabia and the Orient. The collection is housed in an ugly, purpose-built building set in the sedate surroundings of Pollok Country Park. Within walking distance is Pollok House, which contains a fine collection of Spanish paintings including works by Goya, Murillo and El Greco. The Edwardian house is the ancestral home of the Maxwell family, who donated the house and the collection to the National Trust in 1966.
Gallery of Modern Art
Located in a former Grecian-style mansion in the heart of the city near George Square and Buchanan Street, the Gallery of Modern Art displays Glasgow's extraordinary range of post-war art and design. Glasgow's most recent gallery, it was opened in 1996 and includes works by Niki de Saint Phalle, David Hockney, Sebastiao Salgado, Andy Warhol and Eduard Bersudsky as well as Scottish artists such as John Bellany and Ken Curry.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Glasgow's principal art gallery and museum, the Kelvingrove is one of Scotland's most popular free attractions. This imposing red sandstone building, opened in 1901, houses a superb collection of paintings by old masters such as Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso, as well as an impressive display of European armour, military weapons and prehistoric relics. The main attraction is a room dedicated to the works of the 19th-century architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, who studied at the Glasgow School of Art and designed many of the city's great Art Nouveau buildings.
Loch Ness is situated in the Great Glen that links Inverness on the east coast to Fort William in the west. The most famous lake is 24 miles (39km) long, half a mile (1km) wide and 700ft (213m) deep and is home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster, which many claim to have glimpsed from the shore. There are fine walks around the mountains and glens that surround the loch and many head for the scenic ruins of Urquhart Castle or the Nessie exhibition at Drumnadrochit. The four lochs that make up the Great Glen are linked by the Caledonian Canal, which was built in the early 1800s to enable ships to pass from the North Sea to the Atlantic without having to navigate Scotland's harsh north coast. The most traditional and comfortable way to travel along the glen is by boat, and a flotilla of canoes, yachts and cruising boats are available for hire in Inverness and Fort William. The more energetic may opt to walk or cycle along the 70-mile (113km) Great Glen Way. The walk will take four to seven days.
West Highland Railway
The West Highland Railway runs on 100 miles (161km) of track from Glasgow to Fort William, and then along the West coast through the remnants of the Caledonian forest, Loch Lomond, Glencoe and some of Britain's most spectacular mountain scenery and finest walking country. Passengers can get off at Highland stations and set off on wonderful walks direct from the platform. For a hiker this railway is an absolute gift and for any visitor wanting to explore the Highlands in comfort, a ride on the West Highland Railway is a must. There are three passenger trains running in each direction every day. Walkers should make sure they book accommodation well in advance and remember to bring rainwear and anti-midge cream.
Beyond Inverness and the Great Glen, Scotland stretches away in a spectacular fusion of wooded glens, sweeping moors, rugged coasts, towering mountains and welcoming villages. The Northern Highlands includes both the rich farmland of the Black Isle and the precipitous sea cliffs of Cape Wrath; the traditional crofting communities of North West Sutherland and the busy towns of Easter Ross; the historic fishing villages of Caithness and the wooded straths of Mid Ross; and the popular beaches of East Sutherland and the majestic, beautiful mountains of Wester Ross. Due to its remoteness this huge area is largely overlooked by tourists despite having one of the most dramatic landscapes in all of Europe.
Malt Whisky Trail
The Grampian Highlands area is famous for its delicious malt whisky, and the best way to explore this long-standing tradition is by following a whisky route (self-drive or guided) to eight different distilleries, including the Glenfiddich Distillery that was started in 1887. Visitors can learn about the age-old process of coaxing different smells, tastes and colours from a mixture of yeast, barley, peat and water, and take tours of different distilleries. Some distilleries can only be visited with advanced bookings, and usually offer tastings.
Created by Lady Elizabeth Duthie in 1881 to commemorate her uncle and brother, Duthie Park is beautifully situated on the banks of the River Dee and draws hundreds of visitors to its colourful floral displays and 44 acres (18ha) of well-maintained grounds. The park is famous for its Winter Garden, an indoor garden with a spectacular array of tropical plants and cacti; its Rose Garden, with over two million plants; and its exotic and stylish Japanese Garden. There is also a boating pond, plenty of winding walkways for a romantic stroll, bowling greens, tennis courts, a children's playground and a restaurant. Other 'green lungs' worth visiting in Aberdeen include Hazelhead Park, the Union Terrace Gardens and the Johnston Gardens.
Brig o' Balgownie
Built from granite and sandstone, the single-arched Brig o' Balgownie, stretching over the River Don, dates back to the 13th century and was completed in 1320 during the Scottish War of Independence. The bridge long served as an important thoroughfare for large armies as well as for traders, and was extensively renovated in the 1600s after it had fallen into disrepair. The bridge stretches for 39 feet (12m) and offers beautiful views of the river.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Situated on historic Shiprow, with spectacular views of the busy harbour, the Aberdeen Maritime Museum proudly exhibits the city's strong maritime history and its close connection to the sea. The city's significance in the North Sea oil industry is explored, as well as the importance of fishing, shipbuilding and sailing in the development of the area. Displays at the museum include a 28-foot (8.5m) high model of the Murchison oil production platform, collections of photographs and plans from major Aberdeen shipbuilders, and various naval paintings. There is also a cafÃ© and gift shop at the museum.
Aberdeen Art Gallery
The Aberdeen Art Gallery first opened its doors in 1885, and more than a hundred years later, continues to be one of the city's more popular attractions. The Gallery has a large permanent and changing collection, housed in an impressive building with an exquisite marble interior. Highlights include collections of Modern Art, the Scottish Colourists (including artists such as Leslie Hunter and Francis Cadell), and the Post-Impressionists. There is also a collection of local applied art and crafts, including fine examples of Aberdeen silver.
No trip to Scotland is complete without a visit to one of its magnificent castles, and Balmoral Castle - set on the banks of the River Dee - is one of the best known and most prestigious. The Castle, with its fairytale turrets, is set on 50,000 acres (20,234 ha) of spectacular grounds, and the Royal Family has preserved the surrounding wildlife, buildings and scenery since it was bought by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1852. A visit to the Castle includes access to the gardens, the ballroom and the grounds, but the Queen's Rooms are out of bounds. The Balmoral Castle and its estate are set within the Cairngorms National Park and offer breathtaking vistas of the Highlands. Visitors can also enjoy a Castle tour, which takes in other impressive castles such as Crathes Castle and neighbouring Craigievar Castle.
Museum of Edinburgh
Get to grips with the mystery and magic of the ancient city of Edinburgh at the museum dedicated to its history, from prehistoric times to the present day. The Museum of Edinburgh contains important collections all relevant to the city's history, from pottery to documents, shop signs to silverware. The building in which the museum is housed is also of interest, dating from the 16th century with a chequered history of ownership and tenancy by a variety of people from aristocrats to common workers. There is a gift shop on the ground floor, and although there is no food or drink allowed, there are a number of pubs and restaurants nearby.
Scotch Whisky Experience
Alongside Edinburgh Castle visitors can enjoy a 'wee dram' and uncover the secrets of brewing Scotland's famed malt, grain and blended whiskies, known to the locals as 'the water of life'. The whisky tour includes a barrel ride through the history of whisky, a tutored tasting, and a chance to meet a resident ghost. The bar offers the chance to choose from 270 different whiskies, and a restaurant serves up traditional Scots cuisine. The interactive tour promises fun for all the family, although of course only adults are permitted to sample the wares.
Royal Yacht Brittania
Pride of the Ocean Terminal in the port of Leith, Edinburgh's recently developed waterfront shopping and leisure area, is moored the famed Royal yacht, Britannia. Numerous illustrious passengers, including Sir Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela, have trod her decks, not to mention the British Royal family themselves. Now visitors can board this vessel on a self-guided audio tour, cruising through the fabulous state apartments to the crew's quarters, and even the gleaming, polished engine room. Most of the accoutrements on board are original, and there are some surprises too: like the Queen's bedroom and one of her shiny Rolls Royces. At the Visitor Centre you can learn about celebrity life on this luxury ship, and browse through the souvenir shop.
Made famous by the conclusion of the exciting novel (later turned movie) The Da Vinci Codeby Dan Brown, this 15th-century Gothic church has become a touristic place of pilgrimage, just six miles (10km) south of Edinburgh's city centre. Known among the clergy as the 'Collegiate Chapel of St Matthew', the church was founded in 1446 and features the famous Apprentice Pillar, and remains a working church with regular services on Sundays.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
The Edinburgh Festival Theatre is used primarily for musical events and touring groups, and it is one of the main venues for the annual summer Edinburgh International Festival, as well as being the year-round venue for the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet. This historic location is Edinburgh's oldest continuous theatre site: there has been a theatre there since as far back as 1830. For nearly thirty years after 1963 the theatre became a bingo hall, but was still occasionally serving as a festival venue. It re-opened in June 1994 with a glass-fronted structure as the new entrance and a dramatic mix of art nouveau, beaux-arts and neo-classicist architecture, and now has adequate acoustics, serving all the artistic requirements of the community.
A 'must see' in Edinburgh is the Royal Mile, a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of Edinburgh's Old Town. Fittingly, the Royal Mile is approximately one Scottish mile long, running between two historic attractions; Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Castle Rock and Holyrood Abbey. This is Edinburgh Old Town's busiest tourist strip, rivalled only by Princes Street in the New Town. The streets that make up the Royal Mile include Castle Esplanade, Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate and Abbey Strand. The Hub, at the top end of the mile, plays host to the Edinburgh International Festival, and holds integral information on all the Edinburgh festivals. Its gothic spire, which is the highest point in central Edinburgh, towers over the adjacent castle and surrounding buildings. During the Festival the Royal Mile coems alive with entertainers and visitors.
Like the London and York Dungeons, the Edinburgh Dungeon gives a graphic and spine-chilling look into Edinburgh's history. The dungeon employs every trick in the book to scare the life out of its visitors, and it does a pretty good job of it. But behind the scary masks and gruesome make up, it also offers an educational and interesting look at history - a fun way for children of all ages to learn.
Featuring a wonderful variety of cute and exotic animals, children will be absolutely thrilled with a visit to the Edinburgh Zoo. It also offers younger visitors a Kids Zone where they can do puzzles, meet new additions to the zoo, find out about wildlife in their own back garden and more. A must-see is the penguin parade, held each day at 2:15pm. Another huge attraction of the Edinburgh Zoo is its Giant Pandas enclosure, but note that visitors must book a time-slot to see these magnificent animals as they are kept largely out of the public eye.
Deep Sea World Aquarium
Located just 20 minutes from Edinburgh, Scotland's national aquarium Deep Sea World is the perfect place for a fun-filled family outing on a rainy day. Children can view marine life such as sharks, eels and rays from one of the world's longest underwater tunnels, watch seal pups play, and even get to watch a shark-feeding session. There is a series of shallow 'touch pools' for younger tots to touch and handle some of the sea life, such as starfish and sea urchins.
The Museum of Childhood
When travelling in Edinburgh with children, a trip to the Museum of Childhood is an absolute must and a favourite with adults and children alike. It contains wonderful displays, featuring toys from the past and present and from all parts of the world, as well as displays about other aspects of childhood, including school and sports, health and holidays. While children enjoy playing with the toys, adults will enjoy the feelings of nostalgia at seeing their favourite playthings of yesteryear.
Our Dynamic Earth
This science centre is a fabulous attraction for children of all ages and adults alike, and aims to educate and inspire visitors to think about our planet and its evolution. Featuring a number of changing exhibitions, there's always guaranteed to be something new to discover upon each visit to Our Dynamic Earth. Take a spin in the G-Force space ball, and explore the many wonders of the world in which we live.
The tallest of the seven hills that form Holyrood Park at 822 feet (250m), Arthur's Seat is actually an extinct volcano that overlooks the city of Edinburgh. There are the remains of an Iron Age hillfort, with several grassy plateaus that make for pleasant stopping points on the way up. Described by poet Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design", Arthur's Seat is popular for hikes, and the view from the top of Edinburgh and the surrounding countryside is well worth the climb. There are many ideas of how the hill got its name, among them the famous legend of King Arthur and his half-sister Morgan Le Fay.
One of the most impressive Scottish castles in the region, Stirling Castle has a famous history of clashes between British troops and Scottish revolutionaries. Its bridge is the site of one of William Wallace's major victories, and the field of Bannockburn was the venue for the triumph of Robert the Bruce. Stirling Castle was also the home of Mary Queen of Scots. The castle offers tours, and the views of the surrounding countryside, including the famous Wallace Monument, are spectacular.
Glasgow Science Centre
One of the city's premier tourist sights, the Glasgow Science Centre is a captivating and compelling attraction that will appeal to visitors of all ages. Located in Glasgow's Clyde Waterfront Regeneration area, the Science Centre has been awarded a five-star ranking from VisitScotland, the country's official tourist board. There is much to see and do in the Glasgow Science Centre. The heart of the Centre is its Science Mall, which features hundreds of interactive exhibits spread over three floors. On the first floor, kids will be delighted by the Giant African Land Snails and the Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches; while highlights on the second floor include a fancy console that allows you to morph your features with those of celebrities, and to view a 3D model of your face. The third floor is probably the pick of the lot, featuring brain-teasing optical illusions in the Mindworks and Alice and Wonderland exhibitions. The Glasgow Science Centre is also home to an IMAX theatre and Scotland's leading planetarium. A world-class attraction, a trip to the Glasgow Science Centre is a must for visitors to this Scottish city - and an absolute godsend for those travelling with kids in tow. Budget at least three or four hours to take it all in.
The Falkirk Wheel - a rotating boat-lift located near the town of Falkirk in central Scotland - is an unlikely but extremely popular Scottish tourist attraction. The Wheel, which was built as part of an initiative to rejuvenate Scotland's canals and waterways, is a tremendous feat of engineering. Visually spectacular, the Falkirk Wheel has an overall diameter of 115 feet (35m), and features two 45-foot (15m) mechanical arms, shaped like double-headed Celtic axes. A landmark in Scottish engineering, the Falkirk Wheel features on the obverse of the country's Â£50 note. An increasingly popular day excursion, visitors to the Falkirk Wheel can enjoy 50-minute boat rides on the Union Canal that feature an exciting 'lift' on the Falkirk Wheel. Kids will also love the Waterwalkerz Activity Zone found at the site, and the whole family can enjoy the four miles (7km) of woodland walking trails that surround the area. Bicycles can also be hired. A fun and educational day out with the kids, a trip to the Falkirk Wheel is highly recommended for family vacationers in Scotland.
The history of the city of Glasgow is intimately linked to that of the Glasgow Cathedral, as it was the city's patron saint, St Mungo, who oversaw its original construction. The Saint's remains remain buried in the Cathedral's crypt, and the Cathedral itself continues to form a vital part of the religious life of the city of Glasgow. The impressive medieval building, which dates back to the late 12th century, is one of the best examples of Scottish Gothic architecture you'll find anywhere in the country, featuring vaulted arches, stained glass, and spires that have been beautifully blackened with age. A highly recommended activity for tourists in Glasgow, take about an hour to explore the Cathedral's quiet, serene and splendid interior.
The highest peak on the British Isles, Ben Nevis is an extremely popular destination for serious mountaineers and intrepid hikers alike. Located near the charming town of Fort William in the Scottish Highlands, the imposing igneous cliffs of Ben Nevis dominate the skyline and offer an irresistible challenge to active types looking to conquer Britain's most intimidating climb. There are two main routes up the mountain: the Mountain Track, which is ideal for experienced climbers, and features a thrilling ascent up craggy 700 metre (2,300 feet) cliffs on the mountain's north face. The gentler Glen Nevis route is suited to fit hikers, and follows a steep track up the mountain's south face. On the summit of Ben Nevis, the ruins of an old observatory (abandoned since 1904) can be found, and the views are immense, rugged and spectacular. At the foot of the mountain, the famous and popular Ben Nevis Distillery can be found near Victoria Bridge (a little ways north of Fort William), providing an interesting excursion for malt whisky enthusiasts.
Location: The airport is situated seven miles (11km) northwest of Aberdeen.
Contacts: Tel: +44 (0)870 040 0006.
Time Zone: GMT (GMT +1 between last Sunday in March and Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Departure tax: None.
Facilities: Facilities include left luggage, a bureau de change, bars, a duty free shop, business facilities, play area and several restaurants. There are no smoking facilities in the airport. The Servisair Executive Lounge is located on the first floor past security and can be prebooked online. Other airport lounges include the British Airways Terraces Lounge and the Eastern Airways Lounge, which is located near Gate 10. There are several internet cafes around the airport both before and after security, and wi-fi services operated by Boingo.
Parking: There is short-term parking at Aberdeen Airport within walking distance of the terminal, ranging from Â£1 for 15 minutes to Â£8.40 for four hours. Long-term parking at Aberdeen Airport can be accessed by a free shuttle from the terminal; it costs Â£9 per day and there is a two-day minimum stay.
Transfer to the city: Aberdeen and Inverness train services run from the local station at Dyce, which is just a short taxi ride from the airport. The main line station is in Aberdeen city centre where there are frequent services to all parts of Scotland and England. Regular bus services operate from the airport to Aberdeen city centre for appriximately Â£1.50-1.70, and takes roughly 30 minutes. Services are less frequent at weekends than on weekdays.
Car rental: Car hire companies represented at the airport include Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National/Alamo. Other off-airport operators can be contacted via the airport information desk. Hired cars can be collected on Broomfield Road, and dropped off at Car Rental Ready and Return.
Edinburgh International Airport
Location: The airport is eight miles (13km) west of Edinburgh.
Contacts: Tel: +44 0)844 481 8989.
Time Zone: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Departure tax: None.
Facilities: Facilities at the airport include ATMs, a bureau de change, shops, pharmacy, wi-fi, children's play area, baby change rooms, restaurants and bars. The Servicair Executive Lounge is available to departing passengers on the first floor past security, bookings can be made online via the airport's website. OHM Therapies is located near Gate 7 and offers a range of massages. The airport also has an art gallery displaying Scottish works near Gate 12. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their airline in advance.
Parking: A multilevel car park is located just across from the terminal building; pricing is Â£1 for 10 minutes, Â£5 for 20 minutes, Â£7 for an hour, and Â£9 per hour thereafter. The long-term car park is a few minutes away; a courtesy bus ferries passengers to the terminal. The airport offers Fast Track parking for speedy terminal access. There are discounts available if parking is pre-booked; book online or call +44 (0)121 410 5105.
Transfer to the city: Airlink 100 buses connect between the airport and the city centre every 10 minutes, from early morning until after midnight, and cost Â£3.50 (calling at the Waverley and Haymarket train stations); the journey takes approximately 25 minutes. There are many alternative buses including Night bus N22, Service 35 and Airdirect 747, that run to the city centre via a couple of stops en route. Stops for public buses are situated at stand 18 on the terminal forecourt road outside the UK Arrivals Hall. The designated taxi rank is also outside the UK Arrivals Hall beside the coach park. Car rental companies are also available.
Car rental: There is a new car rental centre located next to the parking area, connected to the terminal by a covered walkway. Car rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty, Hertz and National.
Location: The airport is located eight miles (13km) west of Glasgow, off junction 28 of the M8 motorway.
Contacts: Tel: +44 (0)870 040 0008.
Time Zone: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Departure tax: None.
Transfer between terminals: A covered walkway connects the terminals.
Facilities: Facilities at Glasgow Airport include ATMs, a bureau de change, a post office, and many shops, bars and restaurants. A business centre in the terminal offers meeting rooms, secretarial support, telephones, fax machines and internet connectivity. There is a Relaxation Station past security offering massages, and a Skylounge with facilities for business and entertainment, which can be booked via the airport's website. Disabled facilities are good; those with special needs are advised to inform their airline or travel agent in advance. There is a multi-faith prayer room in the international arrivals terminal on the ground floor. There are no smoking facilities in the airport.
Parking: Short-term parking is located near the terminal, charging roughly Â£4 per hour. Long-term parking is Â£9.90 for the first day and Â£8 per day thereafter. Premium business parking is also available. The airport offers Fast Track Parking for speedy access to the terminal, located on level 2 of Car park 2. Parking can be booked in advance via the airport website.
Transfer to the city: Buses leave regularly for Glasgow, stopping off at the main railway and bus stations. The journey to the city centre takes 15 to 20 minutes. There are also eight trains per hour from Paisley Gilmour Street Station to Glasgow Central Station, which is one mile from the airport and can be reached by taxi or by regular bus services from bus stop bay 1, just outside the terminal building. Taxis are available outside the terminal 24 hours a day, with only those licensed by the Renfrewshire Council allowed to operate. The taxi fare from Glasgow Airport to Glasgow city centre is approximately Â£20-22.
Car rental: Alamo, Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National are represented at the airport.
Location: 2.3 miles (3.7 km) east of Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis
Contacts: Tel: +44 (0)1851 702256.
Time Zone: GMT (GMT +1 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
Facilities: Airport facilities include a shop, cafÃ© and bar, as well as pay phones, TVs, broadband Internet and postal facilities.
Parking: There is free short- and long-term parking available at the airport.
Transfer to the city: The airport bus service leaves for Stornoway town at regular intervals throughout the day, from Monday to Saturday.
Car rental: Car and van rental is available at the airport from Stornoway Car Hire and advance booking is advised.
Location: The airport is in Dalcross, eight miles (13km) from downtown Inverness.
Time Zone: GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
Parking: Short-term parking at Inverness Airport, next to the terminal building, is free for the first 20 minutes, then starts at Â£2.80 per hour up to Â£9.70 for 12-24 hours. Long-term parking is available in a separate lot to the right of the terminal building for Â£5.40 per day.
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