No1 lounge opens at Edinburgh Airport

No1 Lounges will open a new facility at Edinburgh airport on Friday, and is currently offering 20 per cent off entry prices.

Book your Airport taxi 24/7 on 0800-6190575 .

The group’s previous lounge at the airport closed last month, and its website confirms that it will open in a new location on February 8.

For those not holding a valid Dragonpass, Diners Club, IOD, Lounge Club, Priority Pass or Wexas membership, entry costs £28 when booked in advance (£35 on the door).

currently promoting a special launch offer of 20 per cent of the entry fee (reducing the cost to £22.40) for visits before April, using the code TWEETEDI.

the Edinburgh lounge is located opposite gate 10, although it’s unclear if this refers to the previous facility or the forthcoming opening (Business Traveller has contacted the group for clarification).

Guests benefit from complimentary food from the self-service selection, plus one dish from the made-to-order menu (extra dishes can be purchased for £4 each). All drinks except for champagne are included in the entry fee.

The group recently launched a new lounge at Gatwick Airport .

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Edinburgh Airport access road

Edinburgh Airport could be “cut off entirely” as calls have been made for proposals to provide a second access road to pick up the pace. Airport news from Linlithgow Airport taxis , 0800-6190575

Edinburgh council housing and economy committee discussed progress for a second access route to the airport to ease the pressure on the current route, which is often clogged up

LKevin Lang highlighted that any progress had so far lacked a “sense of urgency”.

He added: “The road around it has remained virtually unchanged over 30 years.

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“I think we should be deeply concerned by the fact that for what is a main gateway in and out of the city, we are probably one major incident away from Scotland’s largest airport being cut off entirely.”

Edinburgh Airport has agreed to offer funding towards a new access road

Council officers said the key to progress was a “three-way dialogue and coming to a solution” with invested parties.

A new Gogar link road is specifically supported within the council’s local development plan and was included in Edinburgh Airport’s 2016 master plan.

A new Gogar link road is specifically supported within the council’s local development plan and was included in Edinburgh Airport’s 2016 master plan.

But progress has ground to a halt due to slow development of the International Business Gateway and neighbouring sites.

Conservative councillor Cameron Rose said the council should take its share of the blame for the hold-up.

He added: “There’s a perception that the council has dragged its feet.”

The airport has agreed to offer funding towards a new access road.

A spokesman for Edinburgh Airport said: “The pressures on the road infrastructure around Edinburgh Airport are well documented. Any issue on that infrastructure will cause real problems for those wishing to access or exit the airport.

“We are tackling this head on with a range of partners, including the council. It’s very complex and the need is pressing but we’re determined to ensure this issue is solved as quickly as possible.”

Winchburgh set for huge development

A major multi-million pound development for Winchburgh   in West Lothian has been agreed by Sir Tom Hunter’s West Coast Capital, CALA Homes and West Lothian Council.

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In one of the UK’s largest developments, the joint venture will include a total of 3,450 new homes, new schools and a range of infrastructure including improved transport links, a new marina, a 75 acre district park and 35 acres of employment land.

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West Coast Capital, the private equity owners of Winchburgh Developments Limited, signed the joint venture with CALA Homes to invest in the 347 hectares site at Winchburgh in West Lothian.

The joint venture, alongside a tripartite agreement between Winchburgh Development Limited, the Scottish Government and West Lothian Council, will delivering on an agreed masterplan.

Winchburgh Village, seven miles from Edinburgh airport, is being expanded to become a new town,  while preserving the area’s heritage. Scottish Canals, who own and operate the Union Canal, have been overseeing the building of a marina and moorings in the centre of the village.

The agreement will see West Lothian Council build new schools,  funded by West Lothian Council with support from the Scottish Government but paid for by house builders across West Lothian via receipts from the roof tax as housing is developed. 

Winchburgh is one of the UK’s largest developments

Sfounding partner of  West Coast Capital, said: “Both West Lothian Council and the Scottish Government have played a critical role in securing this long-term development for Scotland. Having already delivered over 558 homes in the first phase with five national house builders, we now look forward to moving forward with many more housebuilders to deliver much needed homes for West Lothian in the next phase of development.” 

In support of WDL’s infrastructure investment, the Building Scotland Fund is lending the joint venture £26.8 million towards the development on a secured and interest bearing basis.

Phase One of Winchburgh saw five private housebuilders; Barratt Homes, Miller Homes, Bellway, Stewart Milne Homes and Taylor Wimpey active on site, with the expectation that many more will participate in the ongoing development. 

 In addition, West Lothian Council’s Housing Department and the Wheatley Group, through its subsidiary West Lothian Housing Partnership, delivered 96 affordable housing units for social rent in the new town centre. 

Kevin Whitaker, chief executive of CALA Homes, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with West Coast Capital to help fund and deliver a high quality, sustainable development that will bring multi-tenure housing, education and infrastructure to West Lothian.  Following the acquisition of CALA by Legal & General last year, we have the appetite, expertise and capability to work on ambitious large-scale projects such as Winchburgh. 

“West Coast Capital has worked incredibly hard over the last eight years to bring the site to this advanced stage. We now look forward to working with them and other stakeholders to deliver the next chapter of this exciting project, including the Scottish Government and West Lothian Council whom have played a pivotal role in the progression of the development.”

Cranesmuir tours

Our private group tours take up to four people to five Outlander film locations – Midhope (Lallybroch) , Culross ( Cranesmuir ) , Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison)
Castle Leoch (Doune Castle) and Blackness Castle (Fort William)


Tours start at 10 am .  We also offer bespoke private tours with the option of choosing your own itinerary .

Tours start from locations in Edinburgh or Glasgow .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh/ Glasgow city centre , your hotel or the airport .

Itinerary

On this tour we visit various locations used for filming the hit series Outlander. Based on the best selling novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is filmed in a number of locations in castles and towns in central Scotland.

Culross, in Fife is the location for Cranesmuir. Geillis Duncan’s house is in Culross and the picturesque town square where Geillis is sentenced to burn for being a witch. Jamie and Claire rescue the thief, Tammas, in Cranesmuir when his ear is pinned to the post.

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Doune Castle was built in 1400 for the first Duke of Albany and provides the setting for Castle Leoch in Outlander. It was also the set for Winterfell in Game of Thrones and Monty Python’s Holy Grail. The Great Hall is 20 metres by 8 metres , and 12 metres high to its timber roof, again a 19th-century replacement.The hall has no fireplace, and was presumably heated by a central fire, and ventilated by means of a louvre like the one in the modern roof. No details of the original roof construction are known, however, and the restoration is conjectural.Large windows light the hall, and stairs lead down to the three cellars on ground level.

Blackness Castle goes back to 1440 . The castle provides the setting for Fort William, as the original fort no longer exists.

The castle is long and narrow because of the shape of the rock on which it is situated and it is sometimes called ‘ the ship that never sailed ‘ . It guards the bay at Blackness and is only a few miles from Linlithgow Palace . The first castle was built in the middle of the 15th century by Sir George Crichton , Earl of Caithness , a member of one of the most powerful families in Scotland .

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This royal palace and birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots became the backdrop for some of the most harrowing scenes of the TV show Outlander .

Depicted as Wentworth Prison, the prison corridors and entrance were used in episode 15 of the first series when Jamie Fraser was brutally incarcerated by his adversary, Black Jack Randall.

Built in the 1400s and 1500s, the now-ruined palace is set among the spectacular surrounds of Linlithgow Loch and Peel.

Midhope Castle – Outlander’s Lallybroch

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Midhope Castle 

Located on the Hopetoun Estate is Midhope Castle which is the external location for fictional Lallybroch, the family home of character Jamie Fraser. Midhope Castle dates back to the 15th Century and although the exterior is relatively intact the castle is derelict inside and not open to the public ..

Hopetoun House

Hopetoun House was designed by William Bruce and then altered and extended by William Adam, Hopetoun House is one of the finest examples of 18th century architecture in Britain.

The magnificent interiors which have remained virtually unchanged for three centuries reflect the elegance of the Georgian era and are decorated with the best period furniture, paintings, tapestries and clocks, with beautifully crafted finishes of carving, gilding and plaster work.

Culross

Tour prices

private tour to six Outlander film locations

  • tour for 2 people   £250
  • tour for 3 people   £280
  • tour for 4 people   £310

Exclusions –
lunch

entrance tickets

refreshments