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A Scottish Fling in Edinburgh



It is unlikely that, when planning a holiday or even a city break, the nation of Scotland springs to mind. There is an unfortunate association with Scotland and bad weather, and while Scotland does get the worst of the UK weather systems it is nevertheless a charming place to visit. During the summer months in particular, the weather can be just as pleasant as in the south of the union.

Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is not known as a destination for a city break – but it should be. The things that attract people to city breaks in cities such as Rome, Amsterdam and London are all available at Edinburgh.

There is a thriving night life, in terms of both a night club scene and a restaurant and bar scene. Edinburgh is well priced for a night out, compared to some of the more traditional city break destinations. There is plenty to see and do around the city, as well; Edinburgh Zoo is world famous for its animals and reptile enclosures, and it is a fun day out for any family or even a couple interested in seeing some of the world’s most exclusive animals.

Edinburgh is also home to a great many historical sites. Above the city on a hill sits Edinburgh Castle, a Scottish stronghold for centuries and a place rich and full of history. The Castle has been preserved and makes for an interesting and fun day out, where it is possible to both learn and absorb the history and indulge in playful games if you have children with you.

The city is also near to some of the most stunning golf courses in the world, making it ideal for an extended leisure break that can incorporate a quick round on the greens.

As Edinburgh is a capital city, it is fairly expensive to stay in, but no more so than any of the other European capitals. The main airport, Edinburgh International, deals with flights from both within the UK and international destinations. Edinburgh is an accessible and interesting place to visit, and deserves a place on the city break map.

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Every Dark Cloud Has a Silver Lining – Jackie Coakley




Well the weather has been really disappointing and with kids on holidays from next week it’s not looking very hopeful that it’s going to get much better. On the positive side there are some great deals to be had for holidays for the rest of the year.

Throughout the Summer there are some fantastic bargains on Cruises eg 14 July 7 nts Med Cruise including flights ex Cork € 643 pp – Thomson Cruises
Royal Caribbean have deals for 7 nts ex Venice from € 449 in August – Cruise only

Tailor making is big business now and we can package with any of the low cost airlines to Canaries, Portugal , Spain etc, adding transfers and accommodation so again saving you money eg 14 – 21 Aug, 2 adults + 2 kids – ex Cork – Tenerife € 1350 Total , 4* Self Catering

Over 50’s holidays have proved very popular and we are the Cork agent for the Senior holidays. Packages for self catering in Portugal start at € 365 pp including flights and transfers running from Sep 2011 – Apr 2012.
Packages for Spain start at € 445 and include flights, transfers, all meals and wine, 2 free excursions in the area and insurance. The new programme runs from October 2011 – Apr 2012.

Thinking of getting Married abroad or want to plan an amazing honeymoon? I would be happy to make an appoinment and come visit you in your own home to talk through options. I understand sometimes the normal 9-5 doesnt suit people so do not hesitate to contact me to make an appointment. email or Tel 021 4277094.

Some exciting news for 2012 – Cruise direct from Cobh ! 15 Aug 2012 – 11 nts – Holland, Germany and Scottish Isles from € 1099.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.


Jackie Coakley
Cruise and Longhaul Specialist
Shandon Travel/The Cruise Centre
3 Marlboro Street
Tel :021 – 4277094
Fax:021 – 4274607

Winner – 2009 Best Individual Consultant & Special Merit Award by MSC Cruises
Winner – 2009 Special Merit Award & Cruise Specialist by Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruise

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