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Getting There: Depending on the U.S. departure city, airlines serving Edinburgh's International Airport include United Airlines and British Midland Airways. Nearby Glasgow International Airport is served by United Airlines and Air Canada. If you are planning an extended trip through England, airlines serving London’s Heathrow Airport include American, British Airways, and United. Airlines serving London’s Gatwick Airport are American, British Airways, Continental, Delta, Northwest, and TWA. The 1-800 phone numbers and Web links for these airlines are available at this magazine’s Airlines page.

Visitors to Scotland are recommended to rent a car in advance from the U.S., available via Auto Europe, Avis, Europe By Car, and Hertz.. The 1-800 phone numbers and Web links for these agencies are available at this magazine’s Autos page. If you are planning to visit only Edinburgh, an auto is not recommended, as the city has excellent taxi service and limited parking.

Staying There: A variety of lodging accommodations and eating establishing in Edinburgh and throughout Scotland are described in detail in Rick Steves' Great Britain. Rick Steves also gives excellent advice on sites and suggested itineraries, although it does not cover the Isle of Skye. Frommer's Scotland covers all of Scotland in an excellent manner, including the Isle of Skye. Since we are partial to both series of books, we used both to good advantage in our Scotland travels. Other travel guides on Great Britain and Europe are available in High on Adventure’s Travel Bookstore. The Web site links below also provide information on history, sites, lodging and eating.

Fast Facts: With one third of England's area (30,000 sq. miles) and one tenth of its population (app. 5 million), Scotland is relatively sparsely populated. The major regions include the Lowlands around Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Border region to the south, and the Highlands and Western Highlands, including the Hebrides Islands. The climate is temperate due to the surrounding seas and rainfall is fairly high, ranging up to 150 inches per year in the Western Highlands. Scotland has its own currency, although England's currency is also utilized.

Scotland Map
Map courtesy: Lonely Planet Destination England

Useful WWW sites for Scotland, Edinburgh, and the Isle of Skye:

Lonely Planet Destination England: An excellent resource for history, culture, travel in England and Scotland.
Isle of Skye: the official Web site for the island and neighboring islands.
Edinburgh Accomodations: Lodging and related information for Edinburgh.

Return to Sparkling Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye article.

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