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

  • The National Express Skimmer Pass (which had offered unlimited bus rides) has been suspended.
  • Eurail Global Passes now include Great Britain — see our 2019 rail-travel update.

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

  • The Brit Xplorer bus pass has been discontinued.

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

Across Scotland

  • Jamie Oliver's restaurants have closed.

For books printed before April 2018, the following may also 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

  • Edinburgh's buses now accept smartphone payment apps.
  • The tourist information office has moved to the Royal Mile across from St. Giles' Cathedral (Mon–Sat 9:00–17:00, Sun from 10:00, June daily until 18:00, July–Aug daily until 19:00, 249 High Street, tel. +44 (0)131/473-3868, www.visitscotland.com).
  • The road next to the Scottish parliament building has permanently closed; it no longer connects to the Royal Mile.
  • Dunedin Guest House has a new phone number: +44 (0)131 668 4438.
  • The Pinnies & Poppy Seeds bakery on St. Mary's Street has closed.

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

  • The city's tourist information office has moved to 156a/158 Buchanan Street, just across from Nelson Mandela Plaza.
  • The Glasgow School of Art's shop and visitor tours are permanently closed (but the school's Vic bar/café has reopened).
  • The Burrell Collection is closed for renovation until spring 2021.
  • Expect a wait to enter the Hunterian Gallery's Mackintosh House, where admission is currently limited to 12 visitors at a time (and guided tours are not running).
  • The Tenement House is now open weekends year-round with off-season (Nov–Feb) hours of Sat–Mon 11:00–16:00 (closed Tue–Fri in off-season).
  • Pipers are now on hand to perform and answer questions at the National Piping Centre on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 12:00 and 14:00, as well as Saturdays at 12:00.
  • Tours at the Tennent's Brewery are now Mon–Sat on the hour 10:00–18:00 and Sun 12:00–17:00.
  • Cail Bruich restaurant is now closed Sun–Mon (and has new hours the rest of the week: lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–14:00, dinner Tue–Sat 18:00–21:00).
  • The Empire Coffee Box has closed.

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

  • The former Willow Tea Room on Sauchiehall Street is now called Mackintosh at the Willow (new tel. +44 (0)141/204-1903).

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

  • The Mackintosh Trail Ticket has been discontinued.
  • 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

  • Ghlasdruim B&B in Glencoe has closed.
  • The Heatherlea B&B in Glencoe has a new phone number: +44 (0)788-436-7354 (and Jo is no longer running the B&B with Helen).

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

  • City Sightseeing no longer offers a bus tour from Oban.
  • The Skipinnish Ceilidh House is now called "The View," and has new owners (but the music and dance offerings are the same).
  • The Kitchen Garden restaurant has closed.

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

St. Andrews

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

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

Stirling

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

  • Cressington B&B has closed.