Tag: Lothian Motorcoaches

Durham Christmas Market

Went on one of Lothian Motorcoaches Excursion Trips to Durham Christmas Market with a friend 1/12/18.

Margaret and mysself got to Charlotte Square to get on the mini coach with others but we had two more stops to pick people up from Sheriffhall Park & Ride and Dumber before we heading to Durham Christmas Market.

It was great to come here as I’ve never been to Durham before so Margaret and myself had a look round the City Centre of Durham then had a look at the Christmas Markets.

Both of us where quite surprise to see the markets not much of a Christmas Market, it didn’t look very festive plus it just looked like a Normal ever day market,

After looking round the market and stalls we both went for a coffee at Chapters of Durham Tea Room which was great before exploring more.

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There was a big massive Chrimas Tree in the City Centre of Durham with a few tinsel about the centre which look great but we both felt a little disappointed about the markets and stalls.

We also seen salvation army Brass Band playing Christmas Music next to the massive Christmas Tree in the City Centre of Durham before we heading back to the mini coach.

As we all got back on the mini coach we were talking about our time in Durham and we all felt the same about the Chrismas Markets not really Christmasey.

Maybe in a few weeks near Christmas the market might look more like Christmas Market but beginning of December it look like they weren’t set for Christmas at all, just saying.

Apart from that I’m glad to visit Durham for the first time and thanks to Lothian Motorcoaches driver Charles for taking us all there and back.

Rosslyn Chapel, the Scottish Borders & National Mining Museum

I went on one of Lothian Motorcoaches Winters Tours to Rosslyn Chapel, the Scottish Borders & National Mining Museum Scotland on the 9/10/18. 

Waiting at Charlotte Square for the Coach but it was not there bigger coach, it was one of there mini coaches.  Which was pretty cool.

 

On-board was our adorable Guide Scott and our wonderful driver Graham, which was great to see them again as there are the dream team.

Our first destination was Rosslyn Chapel, which was nice but I got myself a bit flustered because there was so many people inside and I didn’t knew where to put myself.   just had one of these mornings however I just had a walk around outside before getting back on the mini coach.

 

 

Our second destination was Scottish Borders amd i had a walk round to see Melrose Abbey, priorwood garden and then had a nice cup of tea and a big scone in Dalgetty Alexander & sons cafe.

 

Our final destination was the National Mining Museum Scotland, which was amazing and interesting to learn more about Mining back in the days.

Our tour guide was great showing us around but i forgotten his name, the guide was fantastic and helpful explain everything to us.  Also walked around some great displays too.

 

The overall of the day tour with Lothian Motorcoaches was outstanding from start to finish, another great experience and also my 6 Day Tour with them.

For me the National Mining Museum Scotland was my best part of the day, just love having these walking guide tours in interesting places.

Lothian Buses Open Day

I visited Lothian Buses Open Day at Annandale Street in Edinburgh for the first time because I knew Lothian Motorcoaches where going to be there 29/9/18.

I arrived at Annandale at 11:30am, Waiting in the queue to get in and i was not far from the entrance.

Having a look around the depot was very impressive seeing all the vehicle buses displayed  also getting information and tips about the services

My favourite part was when I got to Lothian Motorcoaches, it was great to finally meet both of the Coaching and Touring Manners (Willie Hamilton & Kevin Slater) also some of the team too.

Willie Hamilton Is a giant compare to me because he is so tall, i had to step back and look up hehe.   Should of asked Willie to get down on his knees and then he would be the same size as me, oh dam I wished i did PMSL oh well maybe next time huh.

Kevin Slater was very interesting to tell me a few things about there Tours coming up and a little bit about there service they provide at Lothian Motorcoaches.  Awwww thanks kevin, he is so adorable friendly bubbly guy.

What I’ve learned and seen from this service, has been fantasticalso to knew there improving things all the time to suit everyone needs and to show them an great experience  that they have not seen before.

Interesting fact about Lothian Motorcoaches, is that they have 10 double decker, 5 new 61 seat coaches, 3 x 50+ seat coaches and 2 x 16 seat new minibuses plus a lot of vintage vehicles.

Lothian Motorcoaches have there new Tour Brochure out now, to get a copy just visit one of Lothian Buses Travel Shops.

 

The out come of visiting Lothian Buses Open Day was really good and well worth the visit for a couple of hours.  Thank you Lothian Buses and the rest of the services.

Scottish Day Tour to Linlithgow Palace – the Kelpies & The Home of Braveheart

I went on a Scottish Day Tour with Lothian Motorcoaches to Linlithgow Palace, The Kelpies & The Home of Braveheart 17/9/18  

When the Coach arrived at Charlotte Square, I was pleased to see Scott the Guide & Steven the driver again.   We headed of to our first destination, which was Linlithgow Palace.

We were the first visitors there before they opened there door, which was pretty cool as it  was just us for a while.

Had a look around the grounds and took some picture but I did not take the chance of going up the tower as there where 139 steps maybe if I didn’t have sight loss, i would be straight up there looking at the view.

After being at Linlithgow Palace we headed of to see the kelpies, this was great to come back and see them, got a few photos.   It was funny a little as Scott the Guide lay down flat on the ground and took a picture of me with one of the kelpies hehe, awww thanks for doing that Scott.

 

Up next was Stirling Castle, one of the places I’ve tick of my list as I wanted to visit.  Very impressive  looking around and doing some learning, the views were great, just a shame the weather was a bit dull.

After having a look around Stirling Castle for 2 hours we decided to get something to eat before heading back on the coach to our final destination

Here we are at The National Wallace Monument, we could not get the trailer up the hill as they were doing some wo so we walked  half way up before getting a lift.

The views was amazing from the viewing platform but I was not going to attempt to climb up 246 steps to the top of the monument hehe.

The overall of the Tour trip with Lothian was outstanding, I didn’t expect to do so many things but I enjoyed every minute of it from start to finish.

A massive thankyou to our Guide Scott & our driver Steven for taking good care of us all and showing us a really good time experience.

I can’t believe I’ve done my 5th day tour with Lothian,  really fantastic and well recommended to see the wonderdul experience for yourselves with the outstanding team that will go that extra mile to take good care of there passengers.

Scittish Day Tour – Distillery Tour, Scone Palace & Viewpoint of the 3 Bridges

I went on a Scottish day Tour with Lothian Motorcoaches to the Distillery Tour, Scone Palace & Viewpoint of the 3 Bridges 7/9/18

When I got to Charlotte Sqaure early before the Coach arrived, this man walking towards me and said “im Douglas, the guide for the tour” i said “you forgotten something thing ___ your coach hehe” Douglas replyed “it will be here soon, i stay close from here and James is driving the coach”

 

When everyone boarded the Coach, we headed to our fist destination which was the  Distillery Tour (Famous Grouse Experience) this was very interesting to find out more of the Famous Grouse.   Could not take picture for policy regulations  but i learned so much anyways from our Guidr Diane at the Distillery Tour.

After the great experience from the Famous Grouse, we headed back on the coach to our sencond destination, which was Scone Palace.

This was amazing to see, having a look around inside the palace was huge and interesting to see everything displayed.  Could not take picturesin side for policy regulations.

After I took a look around there grounds outside, which was beautiful and relaxin.  Took a few photos, as you are allowed to do that.    Before leaving i saw an Owl called Haggis which was adorable.

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Next we are all heading to our final destination which was the Viewpoint of the 3 Bridges.  I’ve seen this so many times but it’s always great to come back to and see.

A massive thank you to James our driver & Douglas our Guide for making this day enjoyable, just perfect.

The outcome of this day trip was outstanding from start to finish once again, really spectacular and the more I go on Lothian Motorcoaches Tour, the more I get hooked on.  Yes I’m  definitely a big fan of theirs now 100% behind them.