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

For books printed before April 2018, the following may apply:

  • The Brit Xplorer bus pass has been discontinued and replaced by the Skimmer pass, which is valid for 7, 14, or 28 days.

For books printed before May 2016, the following may also apply:

Across Scotland

For books printed before April 2018, the following may apply:

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

  • The Freedom of Scotland rail pass has been renamed the "BritRail Spirit of Scotland" pass.

Edinburgh

  • The road next to the Scottish parliament building has permanently closed; it no longer connects to the Royal Mile.

For books printed before April 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The Scottish National Gallery is renovating. Visitors should expect some exhibits to be closed and pieces missing during the renovation.
  • Gladstone's Land can only be visited by booking a one-hour tour. Travelers can book ahead to ensure a spot in person or by phone (tel. +44 (0)131/226-5856).
  • Smart City Hostel is now called SafeStay Edinburgh and has a new website: www.safestay.com.
  • Aonach Mòr B&B has closed.
  • The following eateries in the Dalkieth Road neighborhood have closed: Hewat's Restaurant, Hellers Kitchen, Reverie Bar, Positano Ristorante, and Forn.
  • MacTours hop-on, hop-off bus is no longer running.

For books printed before April 2017, the following may also apply:

  • Brodie's Hostels has closed.
  • Local guide Ken Hanley has a new email address: kennethhanley@me.com.
  • Kenvie Guest House has closed.

Glasgow

For books printed before October 2018, the following may apply:

  • The former Willow Tea Room on Sauchiehall Street is now called Mackintosh at the Willow. The correct contact information is tel. +44 (0)141/204-1903, www.mackintoshatthewillow.com.
  • Glasgow School of Art is closed following a fire in June 2018, and tours have been suspended. The Vic bar/café at the school is also closed.

For books printed before April 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The city's tourist information office has moved inside the Gallery of Modern Art (downstairs) on Royal Exchange Square.
  • The Mackintosh Trail Ticket has been discontinued.
  • The Burrell Collection is closed for renovation until at least 2020.
  • One of the star paintings at the Kelvingrove Museum, Salvador Dalí's Christ of St. John of the Cross, will be on the road until 2020.
  • Visitors can only enter the Mackintosh House at the Hunterian Gallery with a free guided tour in the morning, but are now allowed in without a tour in the afternoon.
  • Adelaides Guest House has closed.
  • The Ketchup diner has closed.

Glencoe & Fort William

For books printed before April 2018, the following may apply:

  • The Morven Cottage B&B in Glencoe has closed.
  • Dunire Guest House in Glencoe has closed.
  • Glenmorven Guest House in Fort William has closed.

Inverness & Loch Ness

  • The Little Neuk in Loch Ness is now called The Nourish Ness Community Café.

For books printed before April 2018, the following may apply:

  • The restaurant where Inverness Bike Tours meets is now named Prime.
  • Happy Tours no longer offers walking tours of Inverness, but instead offers minibus tours of the Highlands.
  • Ryeford Guest House in Invernesshas closed.

Isle of Skye

For books printed before April 2018, the following may apply:

  • The open-top tourist bus #60X is no longer running.

Oban

For books printed before April 2018, the following may apply:

St. Andrews

For books printed before April 2018, the following may apply:

  • The Glass House restaurant has closed.
  • The Grill House restaurant has closed.

Stirling

For books printed before April 2018, the following may apply:

  • Cressington B&B has closed.