The Most Beautiful Drives in Scotland

Attracting tourists from across the globe, the sheer elegance and raw beauty of Scotland’s rugged landscape is often forgotten amongst locals. From winding, country roads carved into the sides of some of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes to historical passes which have survived centuries, there is arguably no better way to experience Scotland than going on a scenic drive.  We’ve outlined some of our favourites which we are sure you will enjoy and appreciate just as much as we do.

Glasgow To Inveraray, Via the Rest and Be Thankful Pass

Probably one of the most famous stretches of in Scotland, and for good reason, the Rest and Be Thankful lives up to its reputation. Carving through traditional, rugged Scottish landscape, the Rest and Be Thankful intertwines with the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond to provide a truly extraordinary drive. To add something a little extra to your trip, stop for lunch at the view point in Glen Croe and do exactly as the road demands, Rest and Be Thankful.

Stirling to Inverness

Also known as the “spine of Scotland” the A9 which connects Stirling and Inverness is one of Scotland’s longest country roads. The Telegraphs Ben Ross reported the road as “the most beautiful road in the world.” Now, there is no competing with that, what else can we say?

A8350 Around Skye

The Isle of Skye is often described by travel bloggers as being a miniature version of Scotland inside Scotland with diverse landscapes, versatile environment and abundance of high-end coffee shops, bars and restaurants. Sitting at the junction of the A850 and B886 to the north of Dunvegan on Skye, you’ll find fairy bridge, a stunning bridge encompassed by folk law and fairy tales.

Loch Lomond to Lochgilphead

If you are fan of relaxing loch walks or enjoy an ice cream on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, then this is the perfect drive for you. Depart from the stunning shores of Loch Lomond to a less well-known Loch to escape bustling crowds and immerse yourself in the very best scenery Scotland has to offer. Turn off at the A83 at Tarbet a short climb over the hill takes you down to Arrochar at the head of Loch Long, the first of the sea lochs.  Then enjoy the delights that Loch Fyne has to offer including the world famous, Loch Fyne Oyster Bar where you can enjoy the very finest fresh fish.

 

To make your experience even more special, why not indulge in a luxury car from Phantom Scotland.

Hen/Stag Party Ideas For Car Lovers

Forget the dress, the shoes and flowers. In the last weeks of wedding planning it’s all about the hen/stag party! If you are lucky enough to be promoted to the role of primary party planner, you’ll know the stress of filtering through activities to find something exciting, entertaining and unique. Fear not, if your bride/groom loves cars we have you covered with some completely extraordinary activities which are sure to keep your whole party entertained!

A-Team Van Party Pad!

Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and rent a life-sized replica A-Team van! Great for film buffs and car lovers alike, this van is the ultimate party pad on wheels. With mood lighting and a state-of-the-art sound system it’s the perfect start to any legendary party. Whether you make a night of it with drinks and snacks or simply want to pull up to your venue in ultimate style, the A-Team van is sure to provide a good giggle and a memorable night!

Luxury Scenic Tour.

For those who like something a little more subdued, why not treat your party to a scenic tour of the beautiful Scottish country side. Take our stunning, chauffeur driven Rolls Royce Phantom and enjoy a bottle champagne as you take in the sites of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas. Relax under the Phantoms star lit roof and recline in bespoke seats before stopping for lunch at a quaint country pub. In the summer months, live out your vintage fantasies in our 1950’s model Buick Riviera. Zip through the Scottish country side with the roof down and the wind in your hair!

Afternoon Tea in Style.

Afternoon tea with a difference. To add a little bit of extra sparkle to your traditional afternoon tea, make an entrance in one of our stunning cars. Enjoy a bit of bubbly on the way (maybe even the way back to!) and be sure to turn heads as you step into your party oozing sophistication and style.

Golf Extravaganza!

For the sports lovers out there (well, and the beer drinkers) take a group of your closest friends and family golfing for the day! Arrange your chauffeur driven pick up in the early morning and set off to your favourite Scottish golf course. Our seven-seater Mercedes Viano provides optimal leg room and plenty of space for your golf clubs so you can sit back, relax and enjoy! Spend the day playing gold, eating and maybe even enjoying a few alcoholic beverages because you won’t have to drive home!

 

 

Your Guide to Booking Wedding Transportation

Your Guide to Booking Wedding Transportation

So, you’ve booked the venue, finalised your guest lists and found the dress but what about your wedding transport? Let Phantom Scotland help ease some of that pressure with our checklist of things to consider before booking your wedding transportation.

 

  1. Consider Your Party Size

This may seem fairly obvious, however, from experience we know it can be common to forget that you’ve got 7 bridesmaids to transport to the venue and not just yourself. Think carefully about everyone that needs transport for example, groom, groomsmen, mother of the bride etc. and where they will need to be picked up from/taken to. This will save you time when enquiring about transportation services and service suppliers will be able to give you a more accurate price from the beginning.

 

  1. Consider Your Theme/Vibe

It may be useful to consider the theme or vibe of your wedding before you enquire about transportation methods. For example, is your wedding traditional, modern, festival themed or boho chic? Even if you don’t know what transportation methods you like having a clear idea of your theme can help service provides give useful advice and suggestions.

 

  1. How Long Do You Need Transportation For?

Most wedding transport hire offers two packages, a full day or a half day. Half days are usually 4 hours, perfect if your venue is close by and you need only one drop off. However, if your venue is further away and your ceremony and reception are taking part in different places you may wish to consider a full day package. Often there is not too much difference in price, so it may be more beneficial to take a full day package and have time to enjoy the car. You can always ask your service provider for a quote or advice if you are unsure.

 

  1. Think Outside the Box

Don’t be restricted to traditional methods of transport. Your wedding day should be special and memorable, unique to you and your partner. At Phantom, we offer a diverse range of transport for something a little different including an A-Team replica van, helicopters and on request, can arrange for boat hire. Got another idea? Contact us we specialise in securing alternative transport options.

 

5 of the Most Difficult Aspects of Wedding Planning

 

There is no doubt that wedding planning can be tricky. It can be tempting to dive straight in to the planning as soon as that ring is safely secured on your finger. The first days can be magical, then before you know it your heads stuck in your notebook and your faced with the impossible dilemma of deciding between chicken or beef.  Yes, it’s no secret that planning is full of hard decisions but what did you rate as the most difficult aspect of wedding planning in 2018.

 Finding Valuable Advice

Finding reputable, valuable advice can be difficult in the midst of wedding planning. 7% of couples reported finding valuable advice as a major issue in wedding planning. To avoid this, make sure you work with reputable service providers and don’t be afraid to ask for their advice, often they have connections which could be beneficial to you.

Communicating with Partner and Family

Weddings days are something that a lot of people have opinions on; what your dress should be like, what food you should eat etc. 9% of couples report that communicating with their partner and family is a major hurdle in wedding planning. Just remember that this is your special day. Take your partner with you to meet suppliers, ask questions and take your time in making decisions.

Knowing What to Do Next

So, you’ve booked the venue, you’ve booked your cars…. now what? 13% of couples report that knowing the next steps to take in wedding planning can be a challenge for them. To avoid this, try to work with reputable suppliers, a good organisation should take responsibility for their services and should be able to guide you in the next steps. At Phantom, all you have to do is pick up the phone, we will do the rest.

Managing Budget

Staying in budget can be difficult at the best of times but planning a wedding can really challenge your budgeting skills according to 17% of couples. Aim to get a rough idea of prices before you start planning and make rough notes about how much you wish to spend on each. Also, try to work with reputable, well established suppliers and don’t forget to indulge in a little luxury sometimes, it is your big day after all.

Managing guest lists

It can be hard to manage a tight guest list, especially since the average wedding guest list is as little as just 79 guests. Can you really justify inviting your mums’ aunties best friend? 24% of couples couldn’t decide, reporting that managing the guest list as the most difficult aspect of wedding planning.