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Glenton Holidays has been crowned as the 'BEST BOOKING AGENT 2018' in the Scottish Outdoor Leisure awards

We want to thank everyone that voted for us in the Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards. It has been a pleasure serving all our customer in 2018 and look forward to what 2019 has to bring.

Why Glenton should win...

Here at Glenton we are firmly committed to ensuring our customers have the best holiday experience possible.  We strongly believe we are only as good as our last holiday. Once a week, we scrutinise every tour questionnaire, discuss clients’ suggestions and address any issues raised. We show transparency by featuring holiday ratings from previous guests in our brochure.

Glenton has the perfect getaway for everyone with our range of brands. Customers can choose a traditional coach tour or indulge in a holiday with miles more style aboard a Glenton Select vehicle. Our popular GOOD COMPANIONS hosted holidays are exclusively for mature solo travellers so they can relax or explore in the company of like-minded folk with no annoying single room supplements. We offer a wide-ranging ocean cruise programme and competitively priced air holidays all departing from local ports and airports. We arrange getaways for clubs so friends can travel together.  Add on our popular home pickup service, extensive choice of coach joining points, onboard welcome pack full of goodies and total peace of mind with ABTA and ATOL protection and you can see why Glenton is the tour operator that goes the extra mile so our customers have the time of their lives. We are also particularly proud of our Loyalty Club which has attracted over two thousand members since its launch in January 2017. Customers who join our Loyalty Club for just £25 per year benefit from free holiday insurance on all Glenton holidays both in the UK and abroad, saving them £££s on high street travel policies. They also get 10% off our day trips and receive a regular newsletter with exclusive holiday offers. Glenton also presents the chance to win prizes by entering competitions via our Facebook page. Indeed, we ran a ‘Freebie Friday’ competition throughout the month of July, giving away a wide range of goodies including an eight day continental river cruise.

 

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Recommend a friend

Did you know about Glenton’s popular Recommend a Friend? This fantastic offer rewards you with a £10 holiday voucher for every new customer you recommend who then travels with us. We will also offer a £10 discount on your friends’ frst Glenton holiday – all they have to do is call us on 08000 24 24 24 or pop into our shop and provide your details at the time of booking. So why not tell all your friends about the many benefts of choosing Glenton for a fun-flled, great value getaway? After all, that’s what friends are for!

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People who holiday by coach love to travel but want to bypass the hassle of planning routes, booking hotels and fnding tickets for attractions along with the stress of wrong turns and honking horns as you get lost on unfamiliar roads. Aboard a touring coach there’s no worrying about speed cameras, you don’t have the problem of finding a parking space and you don’t have to shell out for the exorbitant cost of flling your car’s tank. Coach travel is very much in vogue these days and you may well have watched the popular Channel 4 series, Coach Trip and realised this is the life for you. Coaching is a greener, safer, more economic and enjoyable way to travel – especially in times of concerns about fossil fuel usage. A recent nationwide poll by the Coach tourism Association showed that 92% of coach travellers said they will continue to book coach tours whilst 40% of people who have yet to try a coach holiday said they were eager to give it a go.

Coaching presents the opportunity to discover off the beaten track places both in the Uk and abroad that air travellers often miss out on. explore ancient castles, sink your toes into a secluded sandy beach, visit iconic cities, stroll through history in medieval towns, admire the flowers in leafy countryside or be awestruck by glorious cathedrals and natural wonders.
You can even experience several thrilling destinations on one amazing tour. for example, on one of
GLENTON’S continental tours you can pack Venice, Verona and lovely lake Garda into an irresistible getaway.

Coach travel has come a long way since bygone days of bone-rattling buses with no facilities and the dubious pleasure of sharing a room with a stranger! new coaches cost upwards of £250,000 so nowadays, you step aboard a state-ofthe-art vehicle with comfortable seats, generous leg room, climate control and panoramic windows as well as an onboard restroom should nature call. Itineraries are carefully designed to make the most of your holiday time and some coaches like GLENTON and GLENTON PALMER’S Select range feature onboard satellite navigation on screen so you can follow the route and know where you are at any given time. In addition, your vantage point above the hedgerows and other traffc means you have the best view of the passing scenery. GLENTON and GLENTON PALMER even provide an onboard welcome pack with refreshments and travel items to make your journey even more relaxing.

Then there’s the convenience of joining your holiday locally with pickups in locations across Scotland, the north east of england and Yorkshire, saving you both time and money. even better, some of our getaways include a Door to Door* service so your holiday starts from your own home.

Coaches also take you right to your hotel, avoiding the additional expense of taxis from an airport or train station. What’s more, GLENTON and GLENTON PALMER’s buying power mean we pass on great deals so you stay in excellent hotels and visit landmark attractions for a fraction of the price an independent traveller would pay. Hotels are carefully chosen by our products team and range from family-owned seaside ‘home from homes’ to four star properties by well established chains with superb leisure facilities. All in all, coach holidays offer outstanding value for your holiday pound. travelling with like-minded people who bid you a friendly good morning, chat about the day’s events over dinner and soon become friends is another huge tick on the coach holiday checklist. As is knowing everything is taken care of leaving you free to relax and take in the sights.

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British Breaks Booming

Last year saw a boost in domestic holidays, with over 33 million trips taken and Britons holidaying at home spending a record £7.9 billion. Indeed, the UK looks set to be the most popular destination overall for holidays in 2018 with two-thirds planning a UK break, according to ABTA research. Perks of holidaying in the UK include no language diffculties, not having to buy foreign currencies and avoiding that awkward moment when you fnd out your credit card doesn’t work! What’s more, Britain is brimming with historic cities, iconic landmarks, beautiful coastline,
leafy countryside and award winning attractions. Highlights include Liverpool, currently marking ten years since it was European Capital of Culture with a programme of events including the world-famous Terracotta Warriors at the city’s World Museum. In Manchester, the People’s History Museum will mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote by dedicating part of its 2018 programme to the suffragette movement. Away from the cities, the simply stunning Lake District was recently announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hotspots like Lake Windermere are sure to rise in popularity

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The Gairloch Hotel

Popular hotel Manager, Tommy Sutherland was a GLENTON favourite when he was in charge of a hotel in oban. last year, tommy fancied a change so headed north to take the helm at the charming Gairloch hotel. here we catch up with tommy...

How does Gairloch compare to Oban?

Gairloch is not quite as bustling as oban but the beautiful scenery makes up for that – and the hotel is staffed by an outstanding team with a lot of familiar faces!

The setting for your hotel looks lovely...

The hotel has an amazing location, looking outwards towards the Isle of Skye with an unspoiled beachfront less than fifty metres away. there are lovely walks and great golfing as well as Inverewe Gardens – a must see. the Gairloch Museum is also a grand experience and the more adventurous can go whale watching!

Have you made any changes?

We have had significant investment into the property, which has benefitted all aspects of the hotel. A number of rooms have been decorated along with public areas and we hope to invest more throughout the year.

What sort of entertainment do you host?

We have live entertainment four days a week ranging from Scottish entertainment, cabaret acts, musicians and vocalists.

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