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Newly Opened Hotels in Scotland

Scotland is on top of my ‘places I want to visit in 2010’ list. I’ve never been there, but I only heard great things about this diverse country and that there’s much more to Scotland than Loch Ness, bagpipes, and kilts.

It’s not easy to find accommodation in  a country you have never been to when there’s so many to choose from. So I decided to do some research, and with help from VisitScotland I found four newly opened hotels that have that little extra and thought I should share it with you.

Go Green
The Ecopod Boutique Retreat is a 5 star accommodation located on the west coast of Scotland. The pods look like an igloo and are 70 square metres and lies on top of a wooden platform and have a stunning view. The interior is modern with eco furniture. Doesn’t their hand made bed and organic cotton bed linen and hot tub on the deck just sound like heaven?
Find Ecopod Boutique Retreat on our Britain Map

Gunsgreen House – The Merchant’s House
Who said you don’t need a big hotel room when you’re on holiday? Inside Gunsgreen House you can stay at The Merchant’s House and get the top two floors all for yourself! Being curious as I am, I’d love to uncover the history and secrets behind this house that was built in the 1750s by John Nisbet – a smuggler who imported contraband tea from Gothenburg in the 1760s and 1770s!
Find Gunsgreen House – The Merchant’s House on our Britain Map

For the love birds
Get away from the city buzz and spend your holiday with your boy- or girlfriend in a tranquil and romantic environment. Glengyle Steadings are luxury self-catering cottages located in Loch Katrine, in the Trossachs National Park and opened in April 2010. This is also the birthplace of Rob Roy, a well-known Scottish folk hero and outlaw from the 18th century. Us Norwegians like walking in the nature and the surroundings are perfect for long or short hikes.
Find Glengyle Steadings on our Britan Map

Blythswood Square
This hotel used to be the Clubhouse for The Royal Scottish Automobile Club (RSAC) and it was one of eight official starting points of the 1955 Monte Carlo Rally. This fashionable luxury boutique hotel just opened in 2010 in Glasgow. Ranked with 5 stars they can offer a wonderful spa, restaurant, cocktail bar, champagne bar and the historic Rally Bar. Blythswood Square is definitely the hotel for me and my girlfriends.
Find Blythswood Square on our Britain Map

Useful links
Read our travel guide to Scotland in:
> Danish
> Finnish
> Norwegian
> Swedish

Stayed at any of these hotels? Please share your thoughts about them in the comment field below.


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Blog Winner – Asbjørn goes Aberdeen

Last year, VisitScotland held a competition for Norwegian bloggers where the prize was a 3 night trip to Aberdeen City and Shire with Eastern Airways. We pulled two winners who each got to bring a friend. The lucky winners were Asbjørn Wille and Liv Brekkenes. Congratulations!

Asbjørn took his wife with him, and this is about their experience from Aberdeen City and Shire.

My wife and I visited Aberdeen during the Easter holiday and we discovered that Aberdeen is an exciting city. We also got to travel around and see its beautiful green landscape. We stayed at Jurys Inn, which is a top modern hotel in the heart of the city and it’s a part of Union Square – a huge shopping centre.

At the airport we were met by a friendly and service minded lady from Avis and we prepared ourselves to start driving on the wrong side of the road for the very first time. We were a bit nervous, but after great success in the first roundabout we felt fine. Driving in Scotland was in fact a pleasant experience.

On Saturday, after a good Scottish breakfast, we were ready to explore the city. We took a taxi to the lovely Seaton Park and walked from there. There were many charming streets, small beautiful cottages and great architecture. Aberdeen is also a city where you can really shop till you drop! You’ll find everything from the big fashion boutiques, shopping centres, charity shops, small designer houses to local street markets.

While in Aberdeen, we made sure to try some haggis and it was much better than we had expected. But we had the best dinner at the restaurant at the Jurys Inn hotel. The meal was fantastic and deserves a star.

Sunday was our big day on the road. In our Avis car we started early in the morning and our first stop was at the beautiful Stonehaven – this is a must-visit town. It’s difficult to describe by words – you just have to see it for yourselves. After Stonehaven we drove to Dunnottar Castle. What a location and what a view.

Next stop was at Crathes Castle and Garden. A couple of lovely ladies from the National Trust for Scotland (NST) took us on a guided tour and told us interesting stories about the castle and its items. We also visited the famous Glendfiddich distillery in Dufftown.

Our trip to Aberdeen and Shire was a great success. It was great to explore, taste and see this part of Britain. We fell in love with Scotland and its people. Hopefully we will be back soon. You just have to visit Aberdeen.

Below you can see which places Asbjørn and his wife visited in Aberdeen. (Click on the names to find it on the map.)
Jurys Inn Hotel
Union Square Shopping Centre
Seaton Park
Glenfiddich Distillery
Dunnottar Castle
Crathes Castle and Garden

Liv Brekkenes, the other winner, will soon share her experience from Aberdeen City and Shire. So keep checking the blog.


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Lost in Austen Country

My friend Charlotte took her sister Cecilia and her friend Jenny for a 24 hour trip through Jane Austen’s world. This is their story.

The Jane Austen travellers

My sister and I spent a weekend visiting a friend in London. The only rent we were allowed to pay our hostess was to arrange an excursion of some sort; a day-trip or a one-night stay somewhere no further away than an hour or two by train.

Some late night surfing made me come up with a plan that would accommodate for all our needs. Once I had found the website of Jane Austen’s House Museum – which took me about 20 seconds – it seemed that the small town of Alton was the place to go. Another useful site was the Hampshire County Council.

Visit Hampshire suggested some places to stay in the area and I had e-mailed enquires to a few of them. Luckily, Joan Mossop of St Mary’s Hall gave us a swift reply. She and her husband ran what turned out to be a very nice Bed and Breakfast in what used to be a church. The rooms were pleasant, breakfast delicious and our hosts generous and welcoming.

St Mary's Hall, Alton

Upon our arrival, we relaxed in the guest lounge at St Mary’s Hall before heading to a nearby pub, The French Horn for dinner and a taste of some local ale.

The next day we set out to discover Jane Austen Country.


Find out what the girls did the next day in our next episode of Lost in Austen Country tomorrow.

– Towe


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And the winners are…

Blackpool Illuminations (©Britainonview)

I’ve just heard of the winners of  this year’s EnjoyEngland Awards for Excellence 2010 (The Oscars of the English Tourism). The award is given out to the best of the best in tourism within nine categories.

The finalists were chosen from an original list of 2,200 entries and the judging in most categories were anonymous visits. Here’s the list of the winners, it might be worth exploring before your next trip to the UK.  

Congratulations to you all!

Large Hotel of the Year
Thurlestone Hotel, Thurlestone, South Devon

Small Hotel of the Year
Gilpin Lodge Country House Hotel, Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria

Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year
The Old School, Newton on the Moor, Alnwick, Northumberland

Self-Catering Holiday of the Year
Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages:, Bonsall Lane, Winster, Derbyshire

Best Tourism Experience of the Year
Livingstone Lodge Overnight Safari, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, Lympne, Kent

Best Tourism Event & Festival Award
Blackpool Illuminations, Blackpool, Lancashire

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, 75–79 Vyse Street, Birmingham

Taste of England Award
The Bildeston Crown, High Street, Bildeston, Suffolk

Read more and view the complete list of all the Gold and Silver winners here.

/Camilla, trainee Stockholm office


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Looking for romantic accommodation in London?

Valentine’s Day is coming up!
Looking for something special for you and your loved one? Then maybe 41 Hotel could be what you are looking for!

This luxurious 5 star boutique hotel is located behind Buckingham Palace. In a quiet and exclusive location, this hotel welcomes you with comfortable and stylish rooms. In the tastefully decorated lounge with chandeliers and antique furniture, you and your loved one can enjoy afternoon tea in an elegant atmosphere.  How romantic!

Happy Valentine’s!


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A family friendly hotel in London

The website TripAdvisor is a page where you can read what other travellers have thought about their accommodation. This year has The TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards for “The UK’s most family friendly hotel”  gone to The Luna Simone Hotel in London, which even makes it into the World’s Top Ten Family list. Impressive!

This hotel is located close to Victoria Station and Pimlico. An ideal location for those who travel from Stansted Airport by bus and Gatwick Airport by train.



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A Golfers Paradise, part 5

Måns Zelmerlöw went to Scotland and fell in love with the people, the nature and of course – the golf. Here’s his last post from the trip. (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4)

12.40. Tee-off at The Old Course. I hauled out the driver again. Don’t duff, don’t duff, don’t duff, not now…An audience and a starter follows your every move, judging…But hey, I managed to get the ball in the air and off we went.

For the first time in my life I had a caddie. I didn’t think it was going to make a difference but I had to try it. It was all worth it. From my perspective I played a round of dream golf and managed to finish the course on my handicap.

Famous bridge at the Old Course

Famous bridge at the Old Course

It’s a great course and the feeling to swing your way out of the same bunkers as you seen the professionals handle on TV is a love story. I managed a birdie on the 16th followed by cheering from four hardened caddies and my hear was pounding when my driver at the 17th just barely finds its way over the hotel and you know that you can reach the green on two. You can feel hundreds of people looking at you when you cross the world famous bridge between the 17th and the 18th and right here you realize that you want to come back again and again. St. Andrews is a golfers paradise.


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