Price is Right for Scotland Flights

TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - Now is the perfect time for Canadians to book a trip to Scotland, thanks to the current great exchange rate, low cost deals from Canadian Affair on flights into Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a whole host of great deals and offers throughout Scotland.

Canadians can take advantage of the current exchange rate of £1 UK - $1.56 CAD.  This compares to the exchange rate in April 2009, which was £1 UK - $1.82 CAD.  This favourable change means that now is a perfect time for Canadians to explore their heritage and walk in the footsteps of their ancestors in Scotland.

Visitors can also make their money go further with some great deals and offers throughout Scotland.  Whisky tours from $30CAD; over 340 galleries and museums free to visit; connoisseur whisky tours from $30CAD; and 5 rounds of golf at the Home of Golf, St Andrews, from $145CAD with the First in Fife golf pass; these are just some of the fantastic value offers currently available throughout Scotland.

Visitors can also take advantage of:

Edinburgh Pass
With free entry to over 30 top attractions, free return airport and city centre bus transport, free comprehensive guidebook as well as loads of exclusive offers, the Edinburgh Pass is the best way to discover all that Edinburgh has to offer.  Adult passes are from $41CAD, while child passes start at $26CAD. www.edinburgh.org/pass

Heritage Pass
Discover 5000 years of history with one pass.  The seven-day Scottish Heritage Pass offers fantastic value for money, allowing access to over 120 top historic attractions.  Historic Scotland, The National Trust for Scotland and selected members of The Historic Houses Association Scotland have joined forces to create the Scottish Heritage Pass, which includes a host of 'must-see' heritage attractions all over Scotland- including Edinburgh Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Culzean Castle, Urquhart Castle,Traquair House, Mount Stuart, and Stirling Castle, all for $59CAD for adults, $47CAD for seniors and $34CAD for children.
www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/scotheritagepass

Touring
If you prefer to tour Scotland then Rabbie's Tours are offering a Loch Ness and Inverness Highland two day tour from $98CAD per person, crossing the magnificent Highlands and travelling north over the wilderness of historic Glencoe.  The tour price does not include accommodation but does provide an opportunity to choose the type of accommodation you wish to stay in.
www.rabbies.com

Museums
All throughout the year Scotland also offers the chance to visit 340 museums and galleries completely free of charge, from Glasgow's magnificent Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery to Robert Burns House in Dumfries and Edinburgh's National Gallery of Scotland.

2011 also sees a new addition to Scotland's museum scene, with the opening of the Riverside Museum, Scotland's new state-of-the-art transport museum.  The new £74 million museum will offer an interactive experience where visitors will be able to drive a locomotive, work in a garage, fight fires, travel on a subway and even witness a ship launch.
www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/projects/riverside-museum

Whisky
Set in the heart of the Highlands, Glenfiddich Distillery is offering a Connoisseur Tour for $30CAD per person, including a tasting session of the distillery's finest whiskies.  The surrounding hills and forests are of Glenfiddich are full of vibrant colours, while bubbling natural spring add to the romance. www.glenfiddich.co.uk

Golf
If you prefer golf then Scotland's Home of Golf, the Kingdom of Fife, is offering 3 rounds of golf from just $98CAD or 5 rounds from $154, with 12 courses in total to choose from, including Pitreavie and Aberdour Golf Courses and the recently added Elmwood Golf Course, home of the world famous greenkeeping college.
www.firstinfifegolf.com

Food and Drink
The award-winning Ardanaiseig Hotel in the Highlands has launched a luxurious mini-break for fine food and whisky lovers.  The private packages include overnight accommodation with gourmet dinner, bed and breakfast, and chauffeured daily tours of some of Scotland's finest distilleries, fresh food producers and eateries.  A three-night, four day package including, dinner, bed and breakfast and an experienced chauffeur-guide, starts from $904CAD per person.
www.ardanaiseig.com

Active Scotland
For walking holidays and mountain courses in the Highlands of Scotland, Mountain Innovations are offering guided 3-day Midsummer Cairngorm Backpacking trips from $600CAD.  If you're looking to totally immerse yourself in the mountains, then there's no better way than backpacking. If you want the perfect place to do it, then look no further than the Cairngorms. Mountain Innovations avoid the repeated long ups and downs of other ranges and provide an ideal introduction to backpacking.
www.scotmountain.co.uk

For more information on your trip to Scotland visit www.cometoscotland.ca

SOURCE VisitScotland

For further information:

Press information available from: Claire Dickson | claire.dickson@visitscotland.com | +44 7917067850

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