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  • 10 April 2007

Excess Baggage

Boldly going where nobody else wants to

Watch out for a rocky few months in the shrink-wrapped world of the package holiday. The proliferation of cheap flight websites turning consumers into armchair travel agents has hit the ‘big four’ travel agents rather hard of late. Thomas Cook and MyTravel announced their merger last month, forcing Thomson’s parent company TUI and First Choice into alliance in order to stay afloat. It’s expected that while the two mergers will create a number of much happier campers as prices plummet even further, the large-scale redundancies will mean tears for redcoats and holiday reps alike.

For those of you who like to be sure that you’re experiencing only the finest wildlife the country has to offer, VisitScotland has introduced a handy star-rating system. Islay Birding ( has been named Scotland’s first five star wildlife activity centre under the new Wildlife Experience Quality Assurance Scheme. Four star attractions include Ecoventure’s dolphin-watching boat trips at Cromarty and the Scottish Owl Centre at Argyll. The full run-down can be found at

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