Friday, April 17, 2009

Scotland's Homecoming Stretch!

Deep Discounts and Free Homecoming Festivities:
Time to be Bullish on Scotland

On Monday, April 6, National Tartan Day, Highland Athlete, Harrison Bailey III (L) and Scotland’s Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, the Honorable Jim Mather (R), visited New York to share ways to stretch the dollar for travel during the Homecoming year.

Top Ten Ways to Stretch Your Dollar
During Homecoming Scotland 2009

1. Dooley Vacations is offering a week-long “Scotland Tartan B&B” package starting at $999 air-inclusive:

2. Get 25-30 percent more for your dollar with sterling at a 10 year low

3. Based on the average spent in 2008, Americans will save more than $300 visiting Scotland in 2009

4. The UK Government has reduced retail tax (VAT) on goods and services by 2.5 percent

5. The year of Homecoming Scotland 2009 is serving up more than 100 free cultural events and festivals Scotland-wide

6. More than 300 free traditional music sessions will take place in bars and pubs Scotland-wide from April - September 2009; that’s 1 per day!

7. In September, visitors will have free access to more than 800 historic buildings – some never opened before -- during the Homecoming year’s Doors Open Days

8. In Edinburgh, visitors have free entry to more than 30 top attractions, free return airport and city centre bus transport, and a free comprehensive guidebook

9. For golfers the legendary St Andrews Links Trust has frozen green fees for 2009 (high season green fee’s for the Old Course are now $195 per person, down from $260 in 2008)

10. And most importantly -- leave it to the Scots to measure value in pints – A pint from Pub chain JD Wetherspoon’s (with 50 pubs in Scotland) is selling for 99 pence (less than a pound!). That’s just $1.40 USD for a pint of real ale!

For more information about traveling to Scotland, great deals and Homecoming festivities, visit

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