Guidebook Updates for Scotland

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Scotland, we post them here. (Of course, it’s still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you’re set for a great trip!

Across Britain

Across Scotland

  • The Hudson Heritage Explorer Pass has been discontinued.

Edinburgh

  • The Edinburgh Pass has been discontinued; consider the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass instead.
  • Metropole Café, at 33 Newington Road, has reopened as Apiary, and offers an eclectic menu.
  • Heart of Scotland Tours has a new telephone number: +44 (0)131/228-2888.
  • Belford Guest House has closed (after more than 45 years in business!).

For books published before September 2014, the following may also apply:

  • The city’s trams, which run from the airport to city center, are now up and running.

For books published before January 2014, the following may also apply:

  • The National Museum of Scotland’s tour schedule has changed a bit; it now offers a “taster tour” of its new galleries at 11:00 and a “highlights” tour of its Scotland galleries at 15:00, as well as themed tours, which now start at 13:00.
  • Wedgwood Restaurant is open daily 12:00–15:00 & 18:00–22:00.
  • Creelers Restaurant and Wild Elephant (a Thai restaurant) have both closed.

Glasgow

  • Where the Monkey Sleeps cafeteria and La Vallée Blanche restaurant have both closed.

Glencoe

  • Inchconnal B&B has closed.

For books published before January 2014, the following may also apply:

  • Heatherlea B&B has closed its doors.

Inverness

  • The Joy of Taste restaurant has closed.
  • Leakey's Bookshop no longer has a café.
  • Macveans Supermarket near Fort Augustus has closed.

For books published before January 2014, the following may also apply:

  • Happy Tours’ historical walking tours and “Crime and Punishment” tours are no longer free; both now cost £6/person.
  • It’s become particularly difficult to visit Cawdor Castle without a car, as the public bus no longer runs to nearby Cawdor Church.

Isle of Skye

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