From elegant and grand royal boroughs to cool and trendy suburbs, London is a captivating city of many faces. The United Kingdom’s charming capital city offers an abundance of sightseeing opportunities, including iconic attractions like the Big Ben clock tower, Trafalgar Square, Number 10 Downing Street and The Shard. Stroll along the River Thames and cross its many famous bridges, or take a ride on The Coca-Cola London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel affording spectacular city views. Relax in leafy squares and sprawling parks, escaping the fast-paced frenzy of city life, before heading back into the urban landscape for top-class culture, shopping, dining, theatre and music.
History and Heritage
In London, explore the past of the country’s treasured monarchy, visiting Buckingham Palace or marvelling at the crown jewels in The Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the land’s varied past in the British Museum, or visit the fascinating Churchill War Rooms, an underground complex used as a Second World War command centre for the British government. Edinburgh is a charming city that flawlessly combines centuries of history with a cosmopolitan offering of stylish bars and restaurants. Begin your city tour from Edinburgh’s medieval castle – a perfect viewpoint to glimpse the contrast between the Old Town’s cobbled streets and the New Town’s Georgian elegance.
Arts and Theatre
A treasure chest of culture, London is home to over an impressive 850 galleries in total – the Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Gallery are just a few highlights. The Globe Theatre hosted Shakespeare’s first performance in 1599 and today, London remains renowned for its West End theatre - there are over 200 shows to choose from daily. One of Edinburgh’s greatest attractions is The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, held every August. Classed as ‘the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom’, by the festival’s director, and showcasing outstanding performers from across the globe, experience the sounds of poetry, music and comedy at this world-class cultural event.
The United Kingdom is home to some truly glorious golf courses. Our featured property in Perthshire, The Gleneagles Hotel, houses an impressive three of Scotland’s top championship golf courses within its staggering 850 acres of land. The glorious PGA Centenary Course was designed by icon, Jack Nicklaus, while the challenging King’s Course has played host to no less than eight Scottish Opens. Surrounded by lush highland greenery, The Queen’s Course has been played by some true golfing legends. Head to the Par 3 Wee Course for a nine hole warm up, or perfect your game at the world-class PGA Golf Academy.
We invite you to discover a glorious playground in the Scottish glens, a place of terrific scenery and outdoor pursuits. Pick from shooting, horse-riding, tennis, off-road driving, falconry, cycling, fishing and more, with experts on hand providing first-class tuition. Gape at Perthshire’s spectacular landscapes of lush forests, bleak moorland, tranquil glens and tumbling waterfalls. Head out to the Highlands into sweeping areas of wilderness, home to majestic red stags and circling ospreys, looking out for the remarkable, age-old trees that give Perthshire the apt nickname of the ‘Big Tree Country’.
Elegant Resorts can advise you which hotels have helicopter landing facilities, should you require transporting to your hotel in this way.
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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk
Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net,
www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.