A luxury cruise is one of the most exciting things to happen in any Scotland holidays and for the budget travelers who cannot afford it, cruising by barge will be a good choice. Relaxing and rewarding, barge cruises is a green holiday option as it causes very little pollution unlike flights or long drives. It is catching up the fancy of the movie icons and the rich and the famous including the Hollywood stars Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart among others .
There is an impressive line up of barge holiday itineraries on offer all over the UK- From the canal waterways of France, Italy, Holland and Ireland- the options are truly countless. You can explore the vast expanses of the waterways and the stunning spectacles around in these fully-crewed and catered luxury floating country hotels, which are some of the best remodeled classic working barges. With just eight to twelve guests on board, it will will be an ideal option for a close knit house party, a fun filled stag party or for a private charter. Apart from an exciting cruise, fine dine and wine options and daily shore excursions.
Check out the fabled Scottish Highlander, the barge that was built way back in 1931 as a river ship to carry grain, which was refurbished to be a riverboat hotel in 2000. The tastefully done up interiors well complimented by paintings of Scottish countrysides and plush leather upholstery and a well stocked bar would remind you of the plush milieu of a Scottish country house. Set out on a cruise along the Caledonian Canal between Fort William and Inverness through the Great Glen and the legendary Loch Ness. There is a well heated sprawling suite and three rooms with double or twin beds and an attached shower room with hot water and toiletries.
The best part is that barge cruises do not result in seasickness even for the uninitiated travelers as they travel at a gentle pace and get moored by night. During the cruise, there are countless things to do. You can steal a glance of some of the most stunning landscapes the Great Glen that fall in the cruise route , laze around on the deck or take a stroll along the tow path to take a closer look at the Caledonian canal, which is 60 miles in length and constructed in 1822 as a waterway for cargo and leisure ships bypassing the choppy and treacherous waters of the Pentland Firth and Cape Wrath of Scotland.
The cruise starts at Fort William or Inverness and passengers from Glasgow or Edinburgh can reach by train, which in itself is a visual feast that offers one of the most magnificent spectacles of pine forests, cascading waterfalls and lochs. Barge cruise holidays offer real value for your money and are convenient substitutes for the exorbitant luxury cruise holiday options
The Edinburgh Half Marathon is scheduled for 18th April 2010. The route is from Meadowbank Stadium that goes to the Firth of Forth cost to Portobello and then goes south and finally finishing at the Musselburgh racetrack. This time there are some serious participants and all running for some reason. Some might be fun runners, fund raisers or even some who run for charity.
How much you need to train yourself for this marathon depends. They say it hardly take 10-12 weeks for a beginner to get acquainted with half marathon. More information about this marathon is available on the website of Chris Hoy Edinburgh half marathon.
Marathon enthusiasts can be seen training themselves running around and keeping their fitness level intact for the big day. The race is to commensurate the campaign ‘Be a friend of the earth’ and those who are affiliated with ‘Friends of the Earth Scotland‘ can participate for free.
Scotland, Edinburgh half marathon aims to raise maximum funds for its clean world campaign. The motto is to enable everyone gets a fair share of clean environment and earth’s resources. Friends of the Earth Scotland was formed to help people look after the planet.
Visitor to Scotland in the coming year will find plenty of activities to enjoy, if you can be a part of fund raising campaign along with your leisure trip, won’t that be great?
For more information about Scotland travel, please visit http://www.scotland.org.uk
Edinburgh Stag Weekends
Edinburgh has not seen any real significant down turn in the levels of of stag and hen groups coming for a weekend of partying. Many of the cheaper hotels are still seeing a lot of business with the pre-wedding parties.
Many of these types of party weekends bring the much needed revenue into Edinburgh not only for the bars and clubs but also for activity providers from clay pigeon shooting, go karting to rafting companies.
Most hotels in Edinburgh will only take a minimum of 2 nights, and certain times of the year the whole city can be booked out especially on rugby weekends.
Some Edinburgh Stag Weekend Providers: