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WIN a five-star holiday in Edinburgh, and more post-lockdown Scottish travel inspiration

The COVID-19 pandemic has pressed pause on travel for the time being, but we can still dream… Here’s how to start looking forward to the future of Scottish travel

No-one knows when the travel and hospitality industries will be able to resume, or what that ‘new normal’ will look like. But looking forward to that time, whenever it may be, will help us get through this right now.

We’ve put together a list of ways you can start to plan your future travels, whether that means buying a voucher for a restaurant you’ve been meaning to visit for years, a photo book to inspire your coffee breaks or entering our competition to win a post-lockdown holiday touring Great Britain. No dates and no difficult decisions; just inspiration for future Scottish trips and ways to stay connected with your favourite places in the mean time.

Enter the Great British holiday competition

Booking a holiday isn’t at the top of any our to-do lists at the moment, the current uncertainty not really conducive to future plans. But we have a solution. Our Great British holiday competition has been put together to give one winner and a plus one the chance to see a little bit of everything on offer in Britain.

From London to the Cotswolds and up to our beloved Edinburgh, all accommodation is included, plus lots of foodie and cultural experiences too. Think the West End and five-star hotels! This once-in-a-lifetime holiday prize is worth £5000 and even includes flights for those that need them. www.scotlandmag.com/gbh2020

Join the NC500 club

Inside Smoo Cave. Credit: North Coast Explorer

If you are planning to complete Scotland’s answer to Route 66, the North Coast 500, next year, then you might want to consider signing up for membership of the route now to support businesses along the route through the months ahead. 

Starting in Inverness and skirting the coast of the North Highlands through the Black Isle, Easter Ross, Caithness, Sutherland and Wester Ross, the North Coast 500 is not a journey you’ll forget in a hurry.  

Membership of the route starts at just £15 per year and includes discounts off boutique hotels, restaurants, pubs and cafes throughout the North Highlands – as well as access to itineraries, guidebooks and maps to help you plan your future road trip. www.northcoast500.com 

You can read our introduction to the route here. It’s sure to tempt you if you’re not already! www.scotlandmag.com/north-coast-500

Buy now, book later

Fingal, Edinburgh’s luxury floating hotel

There’s no doubt about it, Scotland’s tourism industry will be hit hard as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis but there are ways you can support businesses that have been forced to close. 

Many venues are now offering pre-pay vouchers for people who would like to enjoy a meal or an overnight stay at a future date, when it is safe to travel again. 

At the Bridge of Orchy Hotel in Argyll along the West Highland Way, gift vouchers starting from £100 are valid for a year from the date of purchase.

Bridge of Orchy Hotel in Argyll

This small Highlands hotel is conveniently located on the A82, the winding road that leads from Loch Lomond all the way through Glencoe to Mallaig where you can take the ferry to Skye. One of Scotland’s most epic road trips, if this route isn’t on your future travel list, we think it should be. www.bridgeoforchy.co.uk

Meanwhile, if you plan to visit Scotland’s capital next year, then Fingal, Edinburgh’s luxury floating hotel in the foodie hotspot of Leithhas a wide range of pre-buy options available, starting from just £40 and valid for 12 months, whether you’re looking for an overnight package, gift experience or afternoon tea. www.fingal.co.uk 

Immerse yourself in inspirational landscapes

Scotland’s natural playgrounds and beautiful open spaces will still be here when we are able to travel again, but until then, Scotland Revealed, packed with 126 pictures taken by Dundee-based photographer Shahbaz Majeed will fuel our daydreams. 

Majeed has tried to cover each of Scotland’s many facets, from its majestic mountains and wild moorlands, to its lonely lochs, rural communities and unspoilt towns and villages. 

With this photo collection Majeed reveals a proud and fascinating country, made up of natural and man-made attractions that gives it enduring appeal. 

Flick through this coffee table book when the time comes to plan your next trip, or simply open it up whenever you feel the need to be transported back to Scotland’s shores. (Amberley, £17.99) www.amberley-books.com

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