By CHARTERED bus
Friday, 13 September - the bus will leave at 1:30pm from this bus stop opposite the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in central Edinburgh. It will drop guests off at Glentruim first, then the Newtonmore hotels.
Monday, 16th September - the bus will depart first from The Glen Hotel at 10am, then swing by Glentruim on the way south. It will drop you off at Haymarket Station at around 12:30pm.
The drive should be around 2hr 15 mins. The bus won’t make any stops.
From Edinburgh take the M90 motorway, then the A9 north from Perth. Approximately 6 miles north of Dalwhinnie you will start to see signs for “Invernahaven Caravan Site” on the left side of the road. You will then see a brown road sign for “Laggan/Glentruim”. Exit left at this sign, onto a single track road.
Carry on up the hill for 300 metres until you see the black iron entrance gates to the estate on the right hand side. Enter here and follow the driveway up through the estate.
The drive should take around 2 hours by car, without traffic.
There are regular services between Edinburgh Waverley or Haymarket to Newtonmore - we advise checking the timetables beforehand. Newtonmore station is around 10 minute walk to The Glen Hotel, and even less for Dower House.
Guide to Edinburgh
Things to do
Visit the Castle & the Royal Mile
No brainer! Check out all of the small alleys (“closes”) going off the Royal Mile and stop into the Jolly Judge or The Salt Horse for a quick pint. Head along Victoria Street for some shopping & a snack, or walk to The Edinburgh Larder or Bertie’s Fish and Chips for lunch.
Walk along the Water of Leith
A lovely walk that takes you from the entrance in Stockbridge, where you’ll find a ton of amazing restaurants and cafes, to the entrance at Dean’s Village in the West End - which is a short walk to the fantastic Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (which has a nice cafe).
A gorgeous place to spend the afternoon. Lots of little pathways to explore and a huge greenhouse for Singapore friends to feel like they’re back home. Look out for a fluffy black cat. It’s also not far from Stockbridge.
Great restaurant for posh pub food, owned by Tom Kitchin. Our favourite place for sit-down Scottish food. You might want to book ahead because it’s so popular, though you’d probably be okay for a weekday lunch. Could be combined with a walk along the Water of Leith!
Beautifully plated, seasonal dishes foraged in Scotland. It’s a really nice place for dinner and a great way get to know Scottish cooking (that isn’t deep fried). Definitely reserve well in advance.
A recommendation from our local friend Katie. It’s a new place that serves modern Scottish food in the form of a tasting menu, all of which is seasonal and locally sourced. Again, book well in advance!
If you can’t be bothered to go out, order in some yummy pizza from La Favorita - though their deli on Leith Walk is a great place to get some cold cuts and cheese.
Okay it’s a cat cafe so you’re not really going for the food, but they do have lovely cakes. Visit our best friend Sebastian (Seabass), a fat ginger British Shorthair who looks like Mochi! You need to book slots online in advance.
Really delicious coffee near the University, not far from The Grassmarket and near Greyfriar’s Kirkyard. This is the site of Matt and Gill’s first date!
Matt Sr. and Nicky’s favourite place for beer! They’ve got a creative selection of craft beers and also serve good burgers. It’s just off the Royal Mile.
Gill’s favourite bar in Edinburgh. It’s a super cosy place with a roaring fire and comfy sofas. They make great cocktails and have a fantastic selection of whiskies.
Another fantastic place for craft beer - and also a site of Matt and Gill’s first date (when Gill pretended to like beer). They serve good food, like hot dogs, ribs, mac and cheese and burgers.
Really cool place for live jazz music near the University. It’s pretty loud and vibrant so you won’t be able to chat too deeply, but there are quieter tables towards the back.
A super cosy bar tucked away on Thistle Street in New Town. The bar area is small so it may be hard to find space, but worth trying. They also serve Scottish food in the restaurant area.