Get to Gartmore 2010

2 Dec

More news direct from the Termonscotland Committee about transport to next summer’s holiday conference.

Gartmore House is located approximately 30 miles north of Glasgow on the A81 to Aberfoyle.

Getting there by Car

There are 3 crossings from Northern Ireland to Scotland during the month of July.

Belfast – Stranraer with Stena line
Larne – Cairnryan with P&O
Larne – Troon with P&O

Prices for 2010 are not currently available and will vary depending on the day/time/boat selected.

There are a number of ways of obtaining reduced prices for the ferry crossing. The best we have seen to date is offered by Tesco clubcard. You can convert your clubcard vouchers to travel vouchers to get a reduction on the ferry cost. A £1 clubcard voucher is converted to £4 of travel vouchers. Thus if you have saved £50 of clubcard vouchers you can receive £200 of travel vouchers to reduce the price you pay for the ferry crossing. To use this offer you obviously need to shop at Tesco’s and save your clubcard vouchers. To convert the clubcard vouchers, that are posted to you on a quarterly basis, you have to enter the code on the voucher to the Tesco’s clubcard website. http://www.tesco.com/clubcard/deals/ You then select travel and follow the on screen instructions.

Andy not impressed at being asked to pose for a picture

Directions

From Glasgow – On the M8 take junction 16 for A81 to Aberfoyle. This will take you out of the City centre via Milngarie and Stralhblane towards Aberfoyle. Continue past the sign for Gartmore village, Gartmore house is on the left.

From Stirling – On the M9 take junction 10 for A84 towards Callander. After the Safari park, take A873 to Aberfoyle. At the Rob Roy Motel roundabout turn left onto the A81 towards Glasgow. Continue past the sign for Gartmore village, Gartmore house is on the right.

For Satnav – Postcode for Gartmore House – -FK8 3RS

Getting there without a car.

There are 5 main ways to travel to the conference if you do not have or want to take you car.

1. Arrange to get a lift with someone who is taking a car.
2. Fly to Glasgow international airport or Glasgow Prestwick airport
3. Take Stena line’s Rail and Sail link to Glasgow
4. Take Cityline’s sail and bus link to Glasgow
5. Swim

Flights

• Easyjet fly from Belfast international airport to Glasgow international airport.
• Flybe fly from Belfast international airport to Glasgow international airport.
• Ryanair fly from Belfast city airport to Glasgow Prestwick airport.
• Bus transfers from Glasgow international airport to Glasgow Buchanan street station are available every 10 mins with the Glasgow Flyer Airport Express at a cost of £4.60 single.
• Glasgow Prestwick Airport is served by Stagecoach Western Express Service X77 service to/from Glasgow Buchanan Street Station, this is a direct service which stops outside the airport concourse.

Ryanair queuing up to take all the RPs to Scotland

Rail & Sail or Sail & Bus

• Stena line has a sail & rail link to Glasgow Buchanan street station. There are currently 2 travel times available per day and costs approximately £46 per person return. http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferry/rail-and-sail/
• Citylink have a bus and sail link to Glasgow Buchanan street station. There are also 2 travel times available per day and cost approximately £38 per person return. http://www.citylink.co.uk

Travel from Glasgow Buchanan Street station

The conference committee will be arranging a bus or several buses from Glasgow’s Buchanan Street station to Gartmore House on both 17th and 24th July 2010. The return price will be dependent on the number of conferencees using the bus but the approximate price should be no more than £20 return. (If we only get sufficient people for one bus it will leave Buchanan street station at approx 5pm so it arrives at Gartmore house in time for the evening meal at 6.30pm.) The return trip on the 24th July will leave Gartmore House at 10am and arrive at Buchanan street station at approximately 11am.

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2 Responses to “Get to Gartmore 2010”

  1. Robin Parkes December 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    There is also a train service from Prestwick to Glasgow Central. The walk to the railway station is indoors but it is a bit windswept down on the platform. There was an offer on a while ago and I managed to get a half fare on presentation of my flight ticket.

  2. Andy December 7, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    Yeah the train from Prestwick to Glasgow takes about 45 minutes and costs about £4 if you’ve a boarding card/check in details for a flight that day with you

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