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Tips for Booking Luxury Hotels

Everybody should have their own slice of luxury, without it breaking the bank. Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend excessive cash to experience the best of luxury hospitality. Most high-end hotels have brilliant special offers all year round! There’s almost always something happening somewhere, no matter the time of year!

 

Booking luxury holidays and hotels can be confusing – especially with so many online travel agents! But, by booking direct, hotels will often offer additional incentives such as a free glass of wine. We look at some of the best hotels to book with in the UK:

 

The Dunstane – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

If you’re going to visit Edinburgh, you may as well do it in style. The Dunstane is a boutique hotel that boasts some serious style. With its simple online booking engine, you can book your stay and pay in minutes! The hotel also is home to one of the best Orcadian restaurants in the UK, known as The Skerries. This hotel has 4 stars, although some would argue with its excellent service and design perks such as bathroom heated floors, that the quality excels its official rating.

 

Parliament House Hotel – Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Parliament House Hotel, Edinburgh, is a fusion of Jacobean and Georgian buildings that make up the 53 bedroom hotel. It’s grandeur has no limits, maintaining period features, creating a truly authentic experience for guests who stay. Don’t be put off by the period features though – Parliament House Hotel is equipped with all the contemporary amenities that are expected with city centre hotels.

Borgo Egnazia – Puglia, Italy

 

Taking a trip to Italy? Seeking the ultimate celebrity experience? Borgo Egnazia is your hotel! Many high-end clients and celebrities have stayed at Borgo Egnazia. It’s no small wonder that celebrities are known to return with the destination boasting a castle-like structure and 28 luxury villas. Did we mention the golf course and the worldwide award winning spa? If these aren’t reasons to book now, what is? This destination is on the pricier side of luxury hotels, but provides the ultimate relaxation experience. There is no place quite like Borgo Egnazia.

Castle Leslie – Monaghan, Ireland


This 1000 acre estate has everything you want from team-building exercises to equestrian tracks and riding lessons. The castle was completed in 1871 by Sir John Leslie. The grounds of the castle were the venue for on the grounds of the marriage of Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. Ireland is possibly one of the friendliest countries in Europe and the castle delivers a rich sense of freshness, open air and luxury comfort without being overwhelming. To top this off, you can even take a tour of the castle and it’s grounds on their website too!

 

Booking Luxury Hotels

 

Each hotel has their own deals throughout the year and luxury hotels often offer exclusive discounts and packages inclusive of local attractions, meaning that spending a little more often means saving more too!

 

Just remember, when booking luxury hotels, book direct to potentially receive additional perks!

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Celebrity Hot Spots in Glasgow

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Are you planning to visit Scotland? Do you want to spot your favourite celebs and even chance a sly snap? The problem you have is you don’t know where to spot them! We’ve patched up that loophole in your celeb spotting plans with our celebrity hot spots in Scotland guide!

 

Celebrity Hot Spots – Glasgow – West End

 

Head over to Glasgow’s West End to spot celebs such as Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill. The actors of Jack and Victor from the Scottish television programme Still Game have been spotted in the West End of Glasgow through Ashton Lane. The comedic pair have been stopped and asked for autographs, photographs and even brief chats by fans. Jade Lezar, the actress of Alana on television soap River City has also been spotted in the affluent West End. Jack Nicholson, the wacky actor from Hollywood hits such as Anger Management and The Shining has been spotted in Tinderbox on Byres Road. Tiger Tim Stevens, a local radio DJ for Radio Clyde has been spotted leaving the West-End branch of Marks & Spencer’s.

 

Celebrity Hot Spots – Glasgow – City Centre

 

Many locals in Glasgow have spotted popular comedian Jimmy Carr walking down to Buchanan Street. The city centre of Glasgow is definitely a hotspot for spotting celebs, especially the key main streets such as Buchanan Street and Argyle Street; the House of Fraser is also a great place to spot celebrities shopping for their seasonal wardrobes. Michelle O’Brien was seen outside Blackfriars pub during the period of the Merchant City festival. Anthony Costa (from pop group Blue) was also seen outside the Kings Theatre.

 

Spotting Celebrities in Glasgow

 

Glasgow is a buzzing cosmopolitan city and a hotspot destination for many celebrities. With major venues such as the SSE Hydro and the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, there’s always a great chance of bumping into a major A-lister travelling around the city! Have we missed any celebrity hot spots? Share with us who you have spotted in the comments below

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Top 10 Scottish Film Locations

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It’s doesn’t come as a surprise that Scotland is chosen for as a filming location with it’s outstanding scenery, but to have found as many filming spots as we have in Scotland almost knocked us off our seats. Scotland has been a key spot it would seem for filming since as early as 1981 in the film Chariots of Fire. We’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 Scottish film locations so you can visit the backdrops of your favourite films!

 

Chariots of Fire – 1981

 

The opening scene for Chariots of Fire was actually filmed on the West Sands beach on the coast of St. Andrews. This beach was chosen specifically for its stunning aesthetics and Highland feel.

 

Braveheart – 1995

 

Aspects of this epic film, which will never get old, were filmed in the stunning landscapes throughout and near Glen Nevis and Loch Leven. The backdrop was chosen specially for this Oscar winning film by Mel Gibson.

 

Trainspotting – 1996

 

This disturbing yet brilliant movie was partially filmed in Edinburgh’s famous location Princes Street as well as Calton Road. Edinburgh wasn’t the only lucky place to be picked for this film though, Glasgow and Rannoch Moor were also chosen.

 

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets – 2002

 

This was the first of the movies in the series to exhibit the stunning scenery around and the body of Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Scottish Highlands.

 

The Eagle – 2011

 

This Scottish historical film directed by Glasgow’s own Kevin MacDonald, was filmed in Wester Ross, Stirling and even Loch Lomond! Highlighting the beauty of Scotland, this film naturally had to be shot in the country itself. After all nothing can possibly recreate the natural beauty and spectacle that what Scotland is!

 

Prometheus – 2012

 

Filmed in Skye, parts of this film strengthen the natural beauty of the stunning landscaped, fresh skies, natural shining waters and Cullin Mountains. To not have chosen Scotland for the filming of the incredible blockbuster would have been without a doubt devastating for the quality of the production.

 

Skyfall 007 – 2012

 

The Bond film producers have a history of choosing iconic locations for the production of the popular movies, so it was no surprise to us when Scotland’s Glencoe was chosen for scenery in the film. Having been chosen for the Bond blockbuster is without a doubt the seal of approval for Scotland as one of the best places to film for scenery.

 

World War Z – 2013

 

Brad Pitt brought out the screaming fan girl inside all of us when he came to shoot in Glasgow’s city centre: George Square (turned into Philadelphia Square.) Not only was the film shot in Glasgow, but open auditions for extras were held at the local Caledonian University campus just minutes walk from the filming location.

 

Outlander – 2014

 

This hugely popular time-travel romance/fantasy television series has been built from the best-selling novels by Diana Gabaldon. The entire series was filmed throughout Scotland, also featuring Doune Castle just 9 miles from Stirling.

 

Macbeth – 2015

 

The latest version of the classic Shakespeare play was filmed on the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands. The classic story of the Thane of who violently slaughters the King in his sleep would never have been accurate without having been filmed in the exact country of which the play was said to take part. Had this film be shot elsewhere, it would have been like filming Harry Potter in Greenland.

 

Visiting Top Scottish Film Locations

 

Why not make your next trip to Scotland a film road trip? With luxury hotels such as the Kingsmills offering Outlander experience tours, why not check out what is in the local area of your Scottish film locations?

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