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New routes bring Scotland closer than ever before!

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Our guest blogger Ian Simm from Palmerston House Educational Services, based in Edinburgh looks into the affect that new flight routes into Scotland will have on tourism.

With several new flight routes having opened up in the last year and more coming in 2015/16, more people than ever have a direct flight option for coming to Scotland.

This opens up a wealth of opportunities throughout the tourism sector, with hundreds of millions of potential new clients.

Scotland has a fantastic reputation for tourism: from city breaks in Edinburgh or Glasgow to luxury golf trips to Gleneagles or St. Andrews, the level of service on offer is world-class.

Direct flights now operate from around 30 countries including the majority of the members of the European Union, the UAE, Qatar, Turkey, the United States, Canada and Mexico. If we add the number of potential travellers who will now benefit from a one-stop connection to Scotland via one of the major hubs – Schiphol, Heathrow, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York, Chicago, etc. – we’re into the billions.

This week saw the arrival of the first Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to Edinburgh, which will now operate a daily service.

With so many roads leading to Scotland, you now have the perfect opportunity to visit.

We are very proud of the options available to tourists and business visitors to Scotland. The country has some of the most breath-taking scenery we’ve ever seen, as well as fascinating history and traditions – highland dancing, kilts, whisky, golf, castles, etc. – all of which are presented in fabulous visitor centres and tours. With all of these options available, Scotland seems to be the perfect place to visit to learn English while experiencing unique culture and tradition.

That’s where we and Timberbush Tours come in.

Why not combine your visit to Scotland with an English language course in a native English-speaking environment? Or make the most of your free time to go on one of Timberbush’s award-winning coach tours? These all focus on making sure that you see, experience and enjoy all the very best of what Scotland has to offer.

Our companies are based in Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, home to the world’s largest arts festival. The city’s popularity keeps growing. Since 1999, the number of passengers flying in and out of Edinburgh has doubled from around 5 million to more than 10 million each year. Last year, a tram system was completed, providing an environmentally-friendly connection between the airport with the city centre, and this stops just around the corner from our language centres and a short walk from the departure point for tours.

Our broad range of language and cultural programmes and tours offer an opportunity to experience city life in Edinburgh, as well as trips to visit other parts of the country, giving you the chance to see famous locations like Loch Ness, the Highlands, and many, many others. Meanwhile, children attending our exclusive boutique Summer School will have fun while surrounded by the beautiful nature of Scotland’s west coast.

To see a full list of the available Timberbush tours, click here.

To find out more about what Palmerston House Educational Services can offer, please click here.

Palmerston House Educational Services is proud to collaborate with Timberbush Tours in creating bespoke educational and cultural visits to Scotland.

Guest Blogger Ian Simm is Co-ordination and Client Relations Manager at Palmerston House Educational Services, based in Edinburgh.

Palmerston House organises exclusive English language learning and cultural visits to Scotland for school groups and adults as well as summer schools for children. For more information, go to