useful links

These are links that are personally recommended and some have come from individuals on private and custom tours from far and wide including Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, India and the US.

tour links

For walking tours given by a real gentleman whose family built some of the notable buildings of Edinburgh we can recommend Stuart Usher at Edinburgh Guided Tour: Edinburgh Guided Tour.

For walking tours with a pilgrimage / spiritual / religious focus we can recommend Paul and Isolde James-Griffiths: Soul of Scotland Tours.

High quality one day travel from Edinburgh, Heart of Scotland Tours and one day and multi-day travel, Rabbies Trail Burners including trips to Loch Ness, Hadrian's Wall, North Berwick and Dunbar.

Hidden Aberdeen Tours have a host of interesting insider views of Aberdeen. Lead guiding is by Dr Fiona-Jane Brown. Tours range from 'Blood & Granite I: the Murder History Tour' to 'Aberdeen's Blitz Experience: 21 April 1943' to the 'Medieval & Prehistoric Origins Tour'.

Five Senses, a great company doing interesting elemental tours in Orkney

There’s more to North Wales than just mountains. These guided tours provide an excellent opportunity to witness the hidden treasures of the area, an insight into the ‘living culture’ and a varied interesting historical past. Celticos - Guided Walk & Ride Tours in Wales

For tours from Aberdeen, sightseeing, including castles and Speyside I recommend a real gentleman, Duncan: Duncan's Flexible Tours.

Cats Whisker's Tours: private group tours of Scotland, England and Ireland. Also, self-drive tours.

Discreet Scotland also provide guided travel by Range Rover from Edinburgh.

Another very personal company specialising in tours of England: Discover England.

For Ireland I can highlight the website: My Ireland, a long established tour operator within the Emerald Isle.

Accommodation Links:

Ross Birnie's 23 Mayfield. At 23 Mayfield you have friendly hospitality, tasteful and comfortable accommodation up to four poster luxury, and fabulous breakfasts (including locally sourced fish and homemade pancakes); all at an affordable price.

Apex Hotels have three design led 4 star contemporary hotels in Edinburgh with stylish, affordable accommodation that are very convenient for central Edinburgh (also Apex has hotels that I would recommend in Dundee and London).

Comfortable and homely Bed and Breakfast, good base for day trips to Edinburgh by train, and close to Edinburgh airport: Craigbrae Farmhouse. In Edinburgh, for value and very high quality, I heartily recommend

For self catering accommodation in Edinburgh I recommend Edinburgh Holiday Rentals who have three apartments.

Other places that come recommended in Edinburgh are the Clan Walker Guest House and the Clan Campbell Hotel .

For hotels near the Royal Mile in Edinburgh try Royal Mile Edinburgh Hotels Their goal is to provide the best rates on hotels in area around the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland and from experience they do offer good discounted rates.

In Glasgow I recommend the Kelvingrove Hotel for friendly service, great location, and value for money. Close to the newly refurbished and celebrated Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

For other hotels in Glasgow City Centre try Glasgow City Centre Hotels.

For one of the most sumptuous and friendly Bed and Breakfasts of which I know in Scotland try the Dulaig in Grantown on Spey, a great base for walking in the Cairngorms and touring the Speyside Whisky Distilleries.

In St. Andrews, people on tours have had great experiences staying at Jerry's Castlemount , directly opposite St. Andrews' historical castle.

In Angus, just to the north of Arbroath and close to wonderful Lunan Bay, I recommend Cross Wind Lodge with friendly owners, Shirley and Beverley.

In Argyll I highly recommend Duncraigaig House. Set in the heart of Kilmartin Glen, surrounded by enigmatic standing stones, cairns and rock carvings, Dunchraigaig House offers quality Guest House accommodation with a warm welcome and good food. Go D, B&B and try Lynn's baking. it's a must!

In beautiful Port Appin, Argyll, there is: Airds Hotel and Restaurant, an 11 bedroom converted ferry inn offering superb views over Loch Linnhe, beautifully comfortable rooms, food to 3 Rosette standard and exceptional service. It is located in Port Appin on the west coast some 20 miles north of Oban and is set amongst stunning scenery which can be viewed from many of the bedrooms and the restaurant. Step outside for beautifully scenic walks and cycle routes.

For a unique experience in Ayrshire try: Craufurdland Castle where you can sleep in a room used by Charles I in 1648, and browse the library with books dating back to the early 16th century! (Virgil)

As a convenient base for a self-catering vacation in Highland Perthshire try: Riverside Log Cabins and Killin Highland Lodges .

For very comfortable and good value accommodation 3 miles from Fort William in the rural settlement of Torlundy, I very much recommend Torlundy House; a family run 4 Star B & B, and a great base where you can enjoy wonderful views of Ben Nevis.

Distant Hills is a friendly four star guesthouse in Spean Bridge convenient for Ben Nevis and Loch Ness.

On the Great Glen (Albyn) I recommend Glen Albyn Lodge which is an ideal base for day trips exploring the Highlands and the Isle of Skye, is friendly, comfortable, and has hot tubs.

A great Whisky Inn in the heart of Speyside - Highlander Inn with Tatsuya and Duncan, your whisky experts as hosts.

Also on Speyside I recommend Cragganmore House, set in the heart of Malt Whisky country and overlooking the Spey river. They offer the best food in a house full of character, having once been the family home of John Smith, founder of the Cragganmore distillery Cragganmore House.

If touring the wonderful and less-visited Moray Coastline you can do no better for value, money and friendly hosting than: Ashtree Cottage in Macduff. A great base for exploring places such as Banff, Crovie and Pennan.

In Angus, five miles to the north of Dundee I recommend: Duntrune House.

Cottages Scotland - TravelScotland offer an exciting range of holiday cottages all over Scotland.

In Ayrshire I recommend Doonbank Cottage in Alloway, a beautiful thatched property set within four and a half acres of its own secluded private woodland.

Richmond Hotel - a small and friendly hotel in the picturesque village of Strathpeffer, ideally situated for exploring the Northern Highlands of Scotland.

For a traditional country house hotel with many original features at Achnasheen in Rossshire try Ledgowan Lodge.

For an unusual choice of accommodation try a wigwam. Wigwams can be found throughout the UK at Wigwam Holidays.

For top quality five star accommodation just over the border in Northumberland I recommend Chatton Park.

other links

Welcome to Scotland is a very useful resource for accommodation, and events, also Undiscovered Scotland, Visit Scotland, The Internet Guide to Scotland,, BBC Scotland Website, and Rampant Scotland.

Castles: Historic Scotland, National Trust for Scotland.

National Museums Scotland , The Elphinstone Institute , The School of Scottish Studies.

Scottish Cultural Events: Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Events in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Hogmanay Celebrations, Edinburgh Traditional Arts, Scottish Dance, Traditional Music and Song Association.

For impartial information for the traveller, rated by the traveller, try: The Edinburgh Airport Guide.

For wildlife trips I recommend: Sealife Adventures at Clachan Seil, to the south of Oban. Great for wildlife watching and education and they will even take you (safely) to the Corrievreckan Whirlpool!

If you feel inspired and fancy a spot of recording while you are in Edinburgh I recommend my friend Andrea Meneghini's recording studio. Andrea combines an open, affordable and personable approach, and will work on your behalf to perfection.

Holiday Cottages in Scotland - Mackays Agency offers a wide variety of Scottish cottages, lodges and other self catering accommodation throughout Scotland. Mackays Agency has the largest network of self catering Scotland holiday cottages at locations across Scotland.

Scotland tour at its best

Tour to Ethiopia - Blue Sky Ethiopia tour offers great Ethiopia holidays, Honeymoons and private tours all over Ethiopia. They offer complementary Hotel and Travel Service including car rent, airport shuttle service, air ticket reservation; tours are fully customizable.

Tours to India customized India tour packages portal online.

India Tours - Tour India travel and tourism company offering various tour packages at affordable prices.

Bunnahabainn Tour




Delhi Tourism India Delhi Tourism offers a guide to Delhi hotels and accommodations including tourist attractions.

Delhi Tour Packages provides Information on exclusive Delhi tour packages.

Indian Maharaja Train: Looking for a luxury train journey between Delhi and Mumbai? Opt for the Indian Maharaja tour. Aboard the Indian Maharaja experience one of the classic train trips.

Also, Royal Rajasthan on wheels is a fantastic luxury train which would take you on an epic journey through the regal former Princely states as well as the incomparable Taj Mahal.

Loch o' the Lowes Tour


Beijing Luxury Hotels- For Luxury Accommodation in Beijing.

For private, guided tours in Amsterdam and Holland, with experienced English speaking guides, .and using Mercedes vehicles:; in Berlin with Mercedes and VW vehicles, try:


other serenity scotland links

A networking resource for expats living in the UK and throughout the world.

For high quality bespoke tours of India, Siddharth Travels.

Daytours Victoria - Australian private guided tours, catering to the needs of tourists and visitors to Melbourne, Australia, who want a discrete and attentive sightseeing experience. Luxury transport and luxury treatment for small groups.

A great experience if you are planning a trip to the Netherlands, or are living there, is for Jock Shaw to organise you a Whisky Night. Jock, who has led several whisky tours for Serenity Scotland, and is a former champion noser and taster, can offer you an introductory or masterclass experience, augmented by his own music, storytelling and humour, see Scotch and Folk.

Other Reciprocal Links

Scotland has some of the best hotels in the UK and combined with its striking cities and landscapes it makes for a perfect holiday. See Travel Scotland for hotels.

Scotland Tours: a portal that allows you to find great Scottish holidays.

GNWS - A Travel Guide for Scotland - online boookings and tourist information for Glasgow and all the main cities and towns in Scotland.

Also for accommodation, attractions, restaurants, shops and travel companies in Glasgow and the surrounding area: Glasgow B & Bs.

If you are looking for a great selection of places to stay with discount prices, visit hotel reservation in Edinburgh for more information.

For self-catering it is also worth checking out: Edinburgh and the Borders Cottages.

For a great selection of cottages on the Ayrshire coast and in Dumfries and Galloway try

Steayban is a real find of a restaurant offering a fine dining experience in relaxed and intimate surroundings in the small village of Glassford, near Strathaven, South Lanarkshire.

For hotels in Oban try the Glenrigh Guest House .

Consistently a favourite among budget Perth hotels, Scotland the Express by Holiday Inn Perth hotel offers 81 tastefully decorated guestrooms complete with satellite TV, tea & coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi internet access.

For walking holidays:Camino de Santiago Pilgrim Route hiking and walking holidays.

Paris Bike Tour - Paris bike tour in small groups, for all ages. Discover Paris as an insider.

For value accommodation in London : Airways Bed And Breakfast Hotel - offering budget hotel rooms in central London.