Links and Useful Websites
Some useful and interesting links for your Scottish vacation and self drive tour
Bed and breakfast in the Scottish Highlands - The Braighe in Nairn near Inverness and Loch Ness
Private cruises on Loch Ness for our clients
Highland Free Spirits specialise in exclusive cruises for up to 6 people on Loch Ness in a luxurious modern cruiser and will include Champagne on boarding, a light finger buffet and wine.
Weddings can also be arranged on board for our Scotland Made Easy clients too!
If you want to have your wedding arranged in Scotland, contact Susan at
Tips to Travel lightly
Car Hire - we have a special code for this Scottish company (Go Geta Rental Car)to give our clients good deals. They offer different types of car to the more well known companies including sports cars, minis, mini coopers etc.
Private tours and private driver
If you want a very highly recommended driver based in Edinburgh who would meet you at either Edinburgh or Glasgow Airports and then take you out on a private day tour to suit your time and interests, contact Ian at Borders Journeys www.bordersjourneys.co.uk Ian, the owner, does fishing tours, genealogy tours and tours to suit our clients interests.
If you want a personlised driver to take you on day trips to save you driving when you are in the Highlands, contact David Laidlaw at Scenic Routes on 01463 719230 or mobile 07919 408547. His website which shows some of his variety of tours is www.scenic-routes.co.uk
For motorcycle hire - contact Duncan at http://www.scotlandbybike.com
Ferry travel to the islands
http://www.calmac.co.uk Ferries to Western Isles, Hebrides, Mull, Skye
http://www.northlinkferries.co.uk Ferries to Orkney and Shetland
Driver escorted personalised tours round Islay by our local driver and expert - contact Christine Logan at Lady of the Isles at http://www.ladyoftheisles.co.uk/index.html
Christine who comes from Islay knows the island, the people and the distilleries very well and is the expert you need for your visit to the island!
www.moraygolf.co.uk Lossiemouth Golf Club
Whisky - maybe you are out in Singapore and want to taste some unusual Scottish whiskies? Try Vom Fass at Marina Bay Sands shopping mall on the first floor- Jutte Klement will be delighted to help you. Her shop is at 2 Bayfront Avenue #01-11, just opposite the door for the museum and exhibitions.
Sites of General Interest
http://www.scotland-info.co.uk The Internet Guide to Scotland
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places Historic Scotland properties all round Scotland to visit eg Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle, Fort George, Clava Megalithic Chambered Cairns and Standing Stones
http://www.ambaile.org.uk Information on Highland Culture and History
http://www.musicnairn.org.uk Music Nairn, which has a very high reputation in the musical field, holds classical concerts monthly in Nairn at the Community Centre. They invite only the very best calibre of musicians and are keen to promote classical music to both young and old. They are also very lucky to have been able to buy an excellent Steinway piano through very generous donations.
http://www.nairnfestival.co.uk Nairn Book and Arts Festival which is on in September . The Book and Arts Festival promotes Scottish literature and writers from Scotland and abroad and is a very popular event.
http://www.nairnwoolshop.com Textile and woollen crafts with spinning demonstrations, courses such as feltwork, jewelry making etc and unusual wool and yarns for sale - based in Nairn on the High Street.
http://www.scotland-inverness.co.uk/Chatelaine Scottish castle information
http://www.cawdorcastle.com Cawdor Castle and interesting gardens near Nairn
http://www.ballindallochcastle.co.uk Ballindalloch Castle near the Speyside Whisky Trail
http://www.glamis-castle.co.uk Glamis Castle in Angus - where our late Queen Mother spent her childhood
http://clunyhousegardens.com Interesting gardens near Aberfeldy in Perthshire
http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_2007.html Biblical gardens in Elgin using 110 herbs and plants mentioned in the Bible.
http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/jhb/whisky/scotland.html Information on whisky distilleries all round Scotland
http://www.maltwhiskytrail.com Malt whisky trail near Speyside
http://www.aultsighadventures.com Hill Walking and Mountaineering with professional, qualified mountain guide. Will collect our clients from their accommodation if near Inverness, NW Highlands or Skye
http://www.rothiemurchas.net Rothiemurchas estate and Visitor Centre in Cairngorm National Park
http://www.giles-pearson-antiques.co.uk Restoration of antiques and specialist in chairs - near Nairn and Inverness
http://www.logie.co.uk Logie Steading - interesting art gallery, including local crafts, secondhand books, antiques and teashop - situated near Nairn and Forres
http://www.john-nicholson-artist.com Scottish artist based in Inverness
http://www.gordon-c-harrison.co.uk Landscape Photography in the Highlands. Based at Achnasheen
http://edintattoo.co.uk Edinburgh Tattoo information
http://www.universityhotelnetwork.com Online resource site for finding hotels for conferences close to universities all over the US
http://www.ambraighe.com A little award winning B&B in Nairn near Inverness
Highland Games in Scotland - these are usually from July to September but you may find others in May and June. Some of the games may be large or small and not all have websites.
Here are a selection which may be of interest to you during your trip.
Interesting news - we have recently met some members from the Somme area in France who have a Scottish pipeband and play at events there! They are all French and have a deep love for Scotland - check out their blog spot and site at http://samarobriva-pipes-and-drums.blogspot.co.uk
Atholl Gathering and Highland Games held at Blair Castle
Strathmore Highland Games at Glamis Castle
Luss Highland Games, in the village of Luss, Loch Lomond
Forres Highland Games
Lochcarron Highland Games, Attadale Estate
Inverarary Highland Games at Inverarary Castle
Lochearnhead Highland Games at Balquidder
Inverness Highland Games
St Andrews Highland Games
Dufftown Highland Games
Lochaber Highland Games at Fort William
Aboyne Highland Games
Mey Highland Games
Glenfinnan Highland Games
Nairn Highland Games - on the 3rd Saturday of August
Argyllshire Gathering at Oban
Lonach Gathering at Bellabeg village in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire.
This famous March of the Clansmen (the only one of its kind worldwide) leaves the village of Bellabeg early am, led by the Lonach Patron. They march round several houses in the area where they are given "Traditional Scottish Hospitality" before the Games commence and several well known personalities are often seen attending.
Braemar Gathering - which is attended by Her Majesty the Queen and some of the Royal Familyand is early in September
If you would like a self drive tour round Ireland, we also do that at http://www.irelandmadeeasy.co.uk
If you would like a self drive tour personalised for you round Italy - try Italygate as they work in a very similar manner to us and are locally based in Rimini. They do upmarket personalized tours and honeymoons as Scotland Made Easy does. Their site is http://www.italygate.it