Spoiling Mum For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a special time of year. It’s when we go out of our way to let Mum know how much she is valued. Flowers and a card saying ‘Mum you’re so special’ is a great start. But we at Best UK Hotels want to give you some ideas on how to tell her just how important she really is.

Saying thank you to Mum

The traditional afternoon tea has enjoyed a revival in recent years. It is without question one of the most refined ways to celebrate Mother’s Day. From crystal glasses of bubbly, to fine china tea cups, afternoon tea is the best way to have a little pampered heart-to-heart. With afternoon tea a prominent pastime in Edinburgh, there is a selection of locations almost as wide as the sandwich flavours. All waiting for you, your mother, and the gossip.

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Mother’s Day in Spring

For those who want to make something special for their Mum head along to the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Take in the new spring views and stroll around all the beauty and wonder this natural exhibit has to offer. On Mother’s Day, they offer the most quirky and fun alternatives to a Mother’s Day bouquet, all freshly picked and created, there in the gardens. With a restaurant too, it is easy to see how this walk can quickly turn into a full day out.

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Pampering Mother’s Day

Of course, nothing says “I love you Mum” like a hotel getaway. Parliament House Hotel in Edinburgh regularly offers the perfect Mother’s Day retreat that is sure to have you in the good books for the rest of the year. Make the most of beautiful Edinburgh this Mother’s Day or any day with a gift voucher.  Spoil her with dinner on the first night, as well as with a gift voucher for afternoon tea and bubbles at Frederick Street based tea room, Eteaket.

Whatever you decide to do for Mother’s Day this year, we hope you have a great time!

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Why Booking Christmas in January Pays Off

Christmas in the United Kingdom is a big deal. We enjoy Christmas markets, festive festivals, and a seemingly endless supply of food and drink. It’s lucky for our waistlines that this holly-day comes but once a year!

But once all the decorations have been packed up and this year’s haul of presents are safely stowed away, the end-of-holiday hole is quickly filled with some post-Christmas January sales. As we head online and to the high street to make good on retailers’ January sales promises, it’s important to remember that booking Christmas in January pays off too.

Toasting the Bells in Edinburgh

Over winter, Edinburgh’s beautiful Princes Street is transformed into a labyrinth of markets, festivals, and family festivities. And while Christmas in Edinburgh is big, nothing compares to Hogmanay. From a torchlight procession down ancient cobbled streets, to one of the largest street parties in the world, there’s a reason this three-day New Year’s festival is on every travellers bucket list.

View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill

Tickets sell out fast. Thousands of people from around the world flock to Scotland’s vibrant capital each year to toast the bells and welcome in the New Year. And while you can always count on a few Christmas, Twixmas and Hogmanay deals leading up to December, accommodation in the heart of Edinburgh at a reasonable price is hard to come by. Booking early in January is a clever way to ensure you get the best rates. It also means you’ve got a visit to Edinburgh to look forward to all year!

Getting Jolly in London

Not to be outdone by their northern counterparts, Christmas in London is every bit as magical. Every year, one of the busiest cities in the world ditches the hustle and bustle of business as usual. In its place comes a Christmas season like no other. From outdoor ice rinks and London’s iconic Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. From dazzling lights to endless Christmas fairs and century-old traditions. Christmas in London always leaves everyone hungry for more.

So if you’re looking to stay in the UK next December, booking Christmas in January makes sense. It is the best way to ensure you get a great hotel deal. Enjoy your festive festivities!

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Pet Friendly Accommodation That’ll Give You Paws For Thought

When planning your next UK city break, there is no reason to leave your furry family behind. No matter your destination, the UK has a number of pet-friendly accommodation options that’ll bring out the animal in you. Enjoy long walks on the beach and scenic escapes, dog-friendly parks, pubs and cafes. It’s a dog eat dog world for anyone offering pet-friendly accommodation in the UK!

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England: Barking Up The Right Tree

For centuries the English have worked hard to secure their reputation as fierce horse and dog lovers. And while it isn’t always easy to cart your horse around on holiday with you, the many pet friendly accommodation options throughout the country make up for any holiday horsey inconvenience.

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Forest Holidays understand just how important your dog is to you. It’s why they have a number of pet friendly cabins in forests across England and Scotland. Their cabins can accommodate up to 4 dogs in addition to their human companions. All they ask is that your dog is loved, well looked after, never locked up in your cabin and on a lead when you venture out into the forest.

Scotland: Taking The Highlands Highroad

The Scottish Highlands are synonymous with natural beauty and untamed wilderness. It’s not surprising then that this holiday destination offers a multitude of pet-friendly accommodation options.

Dog up the hills looking at the view

Where to stay:

As one of the few carbon-neutral holiday destinations in the world, Eagle Brae is not only eco-friendly, they’re animal-friendly as well. Home to a number of Highland animals, it’s the perfect place to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature.

A very handy website to have up your sleeve in Scotland is Dugs n’ Pubs, which lets you know which pubs, cafes and other attractions you can bring your dog into.

Wales: Pet Friendly Holidays Are A Beach

With some of the prettiest beaches in the UK, the Welsh coastline isn’t just beautiful, it’s fun for the whole family too. With long sandy stretches, rolling dunes, crashing waves, cool rock pools and plenty of seagulls to chase, there’s no end to the fun you and your loving pet can get up to.

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Where to stay:

Culver House has eight luxury apartments with beautiful balconies overlooking breath-taking sea views. With a blue flag beach on your doorstep, their pet-friendly accommodation makes them a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and their lovable critters.

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Fall In Love With Wedding Venues In Scotland

The word ‘Scotland’ evokes images of a wild, untamed and ultimately gorgeous landscape. Lochs and glens abound and the ruins of old castles rest where they were built. Is it any wonder why Scotland is considered one of the most romantic places in the world? Of course, there are plenty of locations in the UK to choose from but if you’re after something truly special, then read on to find out more about stunning wedding venues in Scotland.

Something Old

The southernmost island of Scotland, Islay, is looked at with a mixture of nostalgia and awe. Home to distilleries, wildlife, stunning views and of course, history. One such historic landmark is available for Weddings: Loch Finlaggan. Formerly the home to the Lords of the Isle, the Loch houses a set of ancient buildings that make the perfect backdrop for that special day. Your wedding should be historic, so why not include a part of Scottish lore?

Islay

For accommodation during your stay on the island, Islay Cottages are offering a special Romantic Escape – just the treat for your wedding and subsequent honeymoon.

Something New

Scotland is a varied country. Ruins and modern houses abound and choosing between the traditional and the up-to-date can be tricky. That’s why we’re suggesting the best of both worlds. Located in Inverness, the stunning Achnagairn Castle has been called a ‘fairy-tale wedding venue’ before and was named number one in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine’s Best UK Wedding Venues category.

A bride and groom holding a bouquet of flowers

The castle itself features a grand ballroom that can host up to 260 people. It has 24 luxury bedrooms for guests and an option for more rooms in the lodges set up outside of it. Expansive grounds, individually decorated rooms and all the grandeur of a royal palace… It’s hard not to say ‘I do’ to Achnagairn!

Something Borrowed

There’s no need to fret if you’re still chasing ideas on just how your wedding should go. After all, perfection takes time and plenty of patience. If you’re really feeling stuck, have a read of a few examples: including a DIY wedding in an abbey that’s only accessible via boat!

Something Blue

The venue might be sorted, the wedding plans are underway but what about entertainment? Something romantic to listen to while you’re walking down the aisle or to dance along with during the reception. Fittingly named, Something Blue is a band based just inside of Glasgow that specializes in wedding entertainment. To learn more, or to have a taste of their talent, check out one of the videos up on the Something Blue site!

Organising a wedding can be a hard task, though it’s well worth it in the end. Hopefully these wedding venues in Scotland will give you a few ideas on how best to plan and arrange that lovely day. Your wedding should be perfect – so why settle for anything less?

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Top Ten Scottish Waterfalls

The Most Spectacular Waterfalls in Scotland

There are countless spectacular Scottish waterfalls to see all over the country. These enchanting and powerful cascading waters are true wonders of nature. So, here are our some of the best waterfalls in Scotland. Be sure to soak up the views on your next visit.

Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

Fairy Pools Skye

The magical Fairy Pools are one of the top attractions on the island of Skye in the Inner Hebrides. Several waterfalls flow into these crystal-clear and icy-cold waters on the River Brittle, which are popular with wild swimmers. Are you brave enough to try it?

Falls of Foyers, Foyers

Falls of Foyers in Scotland

This spectacular waterfall drops 50 metres into the River Foyers, which leads to the famous Loch Ness. The Falls of Foyers are known in Gaelic as Eas na Smuide, meaning ‘the smoking falls’. And they inspired the great Robert Burns to pen a poem in 1787.

Plodda Falls, Tomich

Plodda Falls Tomich

Plodda Falls is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the Highlands. Located close to the village of Tomich near Glen Affric, its waters plunge 46 metres into Abhainn Deabhag and then the River Glass. The magnificent Douglas Fir trees in this area are another highlight.

Steall Waterfall, Fort William

Steall Falls Fort William

Below Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK, the stunning Steall Falls flows. Plunging 120 metres, it is one of the highest waterfalls in Scotland. There is a rope bridge across the river, where you can enjoy amazing views, if you’re daring enough to cross it.

Glenashdale Falls, Whiting Bay

Glenashdale Falls Whiting Bay

The Glenashdale Falls, or Eas a’ Chrannaig in Gaelic, is a beautiful double-cascade near Whiting Bay and Holy Island on the Isle of Arran. Part of a scenic island tourist trail, this 40-metre waterfall is a spectacular highlight.

Rogie Falls, Contin

Rogie Falls Contin

Rogie Falls is an impressive series of waterfalls on the Black River, near Contin in the Scottish Highlands. You can view the falls from a new suspension bridge across the river.

Corrieshalloch Gorge, Ullapool

Corrieshalloch Gorge Ullapool

There are several breathtaking waterfalls surging down the 40 metre-deep Corrieshalloch Gorge on the River Dorma in the north of Scotland. There is a fantastic viewing platform, where you can take in the splendour of this remarkable National Nature Reserve.

Grey Mare’s Tail, Moffat

Grey Mares Tail Moffat

Plummeting 60 metres into the valley below, the splendid Grey Mare’s Tail in the Moffat Hills is tall and thin. And it certainly does look like a mare’s tail. Climb the steep slopes of White Coomb hill for the best views.

Falls of Dochart, Killin

Dochart Falls Killin
In Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the Falls of Dochart run through the small town of Killin, at the western end of Loch Tay. You can enjoy stunning views of the falls from the bridge in the town.

Falls of Clyde, Lanark

Falls of Clyde Lanark

And last but not least in our list of the best waterfalls in Scotland, we have the outstandingly beautiful Falls of Clyde. There is a Visitor Centre here and lots of Scottish wildlife to look out for, including badgers and otters.

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