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People who holiday by coach love to travel but want to bypass the hassle of planning routes, booking hotels and fnding tickets for attractions along with the stress of wrong turns and honking horns as you get lost on unfamiliar roads. Aboard a touring coach there’s no worrying about speed cameras, you don’t have the problem of finding a parking space and you don’t have to shell out for the exorbitant cost of flling your car’s tank. Coach travel is very much in vogue these days and you may well have watched the popular Channel 4 series, Coach Trip and realised this is the life for you. Coaching is a greener, safer, more economic and enjoyable way to travel – especially in times of concerns about fossil fuel usage. A recent nationwide poll by the Coach tourism Association showed that 92% of coach travellers said they will continue to book coach tours whilst 40% of people who have yet to try a coach holiday said they were eager to give it a go.

Coaching presents the opportunity to discover off the beaten track places both in the Uk and abroad that air travellers often miss out on. explore ancient castles, sink your toes into a secluded sandy beach, visit iconic cities, stroll through history in medieval towns, admire the flowers in leafy countryside or be awestruck by glorious cathedrals and natural wonders.
You can even experience several thrilling destinations on one amazing tour. for example, on one of
GLENTON’S continental tours you can pack Venice, Verona and lovely lake Garda into an irresistible getaway.

Coach travel has come a long way since bygone days of bone-rattling buses with no facilities and the dubious pleasure of sharing a room with a stranger! new coaches cost upwards of £250,000 so nowadays, you step aboard a state-ofthe-art vehicle with comfortable seats, generous leg room, climate control and panoramic windows as well as an onboard restroom should nature call. Itineraries are carefully designed to make the most of your holiday time and some coaches like GLENTON and GLENTON PALMER’S Select range feature onboard satellite navigation on screen so you can follow the route and know where you are at any given time. In addition, your vantage point above the hedgerows and other traffc means you have the best view of the passing scenery. GLENTON and GLENTON PALMER even provide an onboard welcome pack with refreshments and travel items to make your journey even more relaxing.

Then there’s the convenience of joining your holiday locally with pickups in locations across Scotland, the north east of england and Yorkshire, saving you both time and money. even better, some of our getaways include a Door to Door* service so your holiday starts from your own home.

Coaches also take you right to your hotel, avoiding the additional expense of taxis from an airport or train station. What’s more, GLENTON and GLENTON PALMER’s buying power mean we pass on great deals so you stay in excellent hotels and visit landmark attractions for a fraction of the price an independent traveller would pay. Hotels are carefully chosen by our products team and range from family-owned seaside ‘home from homes’ to four star properties by well established chains with superb leisure facilities. All in all, coach holidays offer outstanding value for your holiday pound. travelling with like-minded people who bid you a friendly good morning, chat about the day’s events over dinner and soon become friends is another huge tick on the coach holiday checklist. As is knowing everything is taken care of leaving you free to relax and take in the sights.

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British Breaks Booming

Last year saw a boost in domestic holidays, with over 33 million trips taken and Britons holidaying at home spending a record £7.9 billion. Indeed, the UK looks set to be the most popular destination overall for holidays in 2018 with two-thirds planning a UK break, according to ABTA research. Perks of holidaying in the UK include no language diffculties, not having to buy foreign currencies and avoiding that awkward moment when you fnd out your credit card doesn’t work! What’s more, Britain is brimming with historic cities, iconic landmarks, beautiful coastline,
leafy countryside and award winning attractions. Highlights include Liverpool, currently marking ten years since it was European Capital of Culture with a programme of events including the world-famous Terracotta Warriors at the city’s World Museum. In Manchester, the People’s History Museum will mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote by dedicating part of its 2018 programme to the suffragette movement. Away from the cities, the simply stunning Lake District was recently announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hotspots like Lake Windermere are sure to rise in popularity

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The Gairloch Hotel

Popular hotel Manager, Tommy Sutherland was a GLENTON favourite when he was in charge of a hotel in oban. last year, tommy fancied a change so headed north to take the helm at the charming Gairloch hotel. here we catch up with tommy...

How does Gairloch compare to Oban?

Gairloch is not quite as bustling as oban but the beautiful scenery makes up for that – and the hotel is staffed by an outstanding team with a lot of familiar faces!

The setting for your hotel looks lovely...

The hotel has an amazing location, looking outwards towards the Isle of Skye with an unspoiled beachfront less than fifty metres away. there are lovely walks and great golfing as well as Inverewe Gardens – a must see. the Gairloch Museum is also a grand experience and the more adventurous can go whale watching!

Have you made any changes?

We have had significant investment into the property, which has benefitted all aspects of the hotel. A number of rooms have been decorated along with public areas and we hope to invest more throughout the year.

What sort of entertainment do you host?

We have live entertainment four days a week ranging from Scottish entertainment, cabaret acts, musicians and vocalists.

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The Hotel Inspector - Destination Eastbourne By Lisa Palmer General Manger at GLENTON PALMER

 

Here at GLENTON and GLENTON PALMER we regularly visit the hotels we feature in our brochures. What’s more, we’re always on the lookout for tempting new properties so we can offer our valued customers an even greater choice. It’s essential to know that the hotels we use provide the facilities our customers want and need but also that they deliver the high standards we – and more importantly – you, expect. So, bag packed, I trotted off to eastbourne on england’s southeast coast to do some hotel inspecting. eastbourne oozes charm with a timeless seafront bordered by period architecture dating from the town’s beginnings as a Victorian resort. Graceful and unspoilt, it is home to the famous Carpet Gardens and boasts award-winning beaches, a traditional bandstand and its historic old town blends seamlessly with a modern marina. Wander along the level promenade or hop aboard the seafront train for a fun way to see the sights. Perhaps make your way to eastbourne Pier where you can step back in time and enjoy afternoon tea in refined splendour. So where should you stay when you visit eastbourne? White gloves and notebook at the ready, it was time to check out some hotels!

Imperial Hotel

The Imperial hotel used by both GLENTON and GLENTON PALMER was first on my list. It’s a traditional coaching hotel, with nice friendly staff, a superb entertainment programme and a happy ambiance.

View Hotel

The View hotel, used by GLENTON PALMER, is a modern property which, as the name suggests, boasts stunning vistas. this is a lovely hotel with impressive public areas and well-equipped bedrooms.

New Wilmington Hotel

A firm favourite with GLENTON guests – this cosy hotel had one of the most extensive dinner menu’s I’ve seen in ages.

Britannia Cavendish Hotel

I stayed at the Cavendish hotel which GLENTON PALMER has used for twenty years. It’s in a super location and enjoys great sea views from its stylish lounge and light airy restaurant. I was shown around the public areas and several bedrooms. there have been some changes since my last visit and I was more than satisfied that the hotel offers good standards of accommodation and service.

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Glenton Kilt Walkers raise over £1000 for the STV Children's Appeal

Five fearless Glenton staff members joined 10,000 other heroes to take part in the recent Glasgow Big Stride Kilt Walk, setting off from Glasgow Green and traipsing a gruelling twenty-three miles through the city. Lindsey McLaughlin, Hollie Curran, Lyn Bennett, Flora Thomas and Lola Omar all donned their kilts and best hiking boots to yomp past iconic sights such as the Finnieston Crane, the Hydro and the Riverside Museum, raising over £1000 for STV’s Children’s Appeal as they made their way to Moss O Balloch Park.  Lindsey said, “It was an amazing day and we all completed the walk which is quite an achievement - although I don’t think my feet will ever recover!”

Glenton Holidays are proud supporters of the STV Children’s Appeal – a charity committed to helping children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. The money raised by the STV Children’s Appeal helps make a real difference to the lives of Scotland’s youngsters by providing practical help like food, warm clothes and training opportunities for employability as well as facilitating emotional support for those who need it most.

“I had a wonderful experience taking part in the Kiltwalk and doing it on behalf of such a worthwhile charity made it all the more special,” said Lyn. Although she did add with tongue firmly in cheek, “However, I can honestly say I felt like a broken woman by the time we crossed the finish line!”

In its first seven years the STV Children’s Appeal has raised £16.3 million, enabling hundreds of awards to projects across all areas of Scotland and providing much needed support to over 67,000 children. Every single penny raised by the STV Children’s Appeal stays in Scotland and 100% of donations are spent on the children who need it most, as all overheads are met by STV and The Hunter Foundation.

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