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TripAdvisor Excellence

Friday, April 20th, 2012

In today’s world of spin and hyperbole it is hardly surprising that any claims made by a company are scrutinised with, at best, a pinch of salt or, at worst, a healthy dose of cynicism. We, too, frequently make claims about the quality and high standards of our self catering holiday accommodation. But we have the hard evidence to back up our positive assertions. For Gael Holiday Homes is pleased to note that we have retained our TripAdvisor Excellence Award for 2012!

Such success does not happen by accident. A huge thank you goes out to our handpicked band of property owners who consistently go above and beyond to ensure the expectations of visitors are exceeded. Their hard work, all year round, has maintained the high quality we have become renowned for. Well over 50 properties are listed on TripAdvisor, via the Gael Holiday Homes account, with all that have reviews to date being rated as either excellent or very good. Running in conjunction with Gael Holiday Homes’ own guest satisfaction programme, the published TripAdvisor reviews are sought mainly through invitation instigated by us off the back of our programme.

Every year TripAdvisor and Flipkey rate their leading self-catering rental management clients and it has been as direct result of the many wonderful reviews by guests that Gael Holiday Homes has been recognised for excellence. To qualify businesses must maintain an average overall holiday property rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor.

Commented Les Robinson of Gael Holiday Homes: “We are delighted – but maybe not entirely surprised – to retain this important excellence award. Thanks to the hard work of our property owners we can truly say our properties are at the top end of customer satisfaction. This accolade gives us the confidence to know that when we say our self catering accommodation is top quality that is what customers will receive each and every time they visit the Highlands.”

TripAdvisor is the leading travel review site on the internet and to receive consistently positive feedback is an achievement that is well worth shouting about. Gael Holiday Homes emulates TripAdvisor with its own on-site guest rated quality assurance programme, which closely follows the TripAdvisor review system. This, too, is proving influential in helping our property owners win repeat business.

Added Les Robinson: “We are delighted that guests are enjoying top quality self-catering accommodation in the Scottish Highlands and that our owners offer the best of accommodation combined with the best service levels. Without our clients ‘buying in’ to receive guest feedback and acting upon it, it would not be possible to offer such a high standard of accommodation. We are grateful for this support and would like to thank all of you who have taken the time to give your opinions and experiences. Without your help, and that of our property owners, we would not be such a strong competitor in the Scottish self-catering holiday home market place.”

Website visitors can therefore be assured that when we say top quality: we mean top quality.

Highlands Golf

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Royal Dornoch GolfCastle Stuart Golf Links just outside Inverness plays host again to the Scottish Open Golf Tournament in July 2012.

But while the Castle Stuart golf course will be entertaining the cream of professional golf players, not to mention many millions of TV viewers, it is just one of many challenging and rewarding 9 and 18 hole golf courses that dot the Highlands of Scotland.

After all, Scotland is the home of golf, and the Highlands have embraced the game as enthusiastically as anywhere else in the country. No two golf courses in the Highlands are alike; the one constant that runs through them is their diversity and awe-inspiring scenery.

From traditional old school links golf to mature inland courses, Highland golf courses offer the very best of natural beauty allied to tricky, deceptive fairways, rough that truly lives up to its designation and wind and weather that is both changeable and challenging.

For golf enthusiasts, the Highlands of Scotland are a nirvana of golfing highlights, with many bucket list courses ready and waiting to be ticked off. These include enchanting links courses designed by such golf course luminaries as Old Tom Morris and James Braid.

The sheer scope and variety of golf courses available in the Scottish Highlands is legendary, and there’s a course to suit every level of ability, from the novice right through to the scratch golfer, and, just as importantly, to suit every budget.

What the courses, which stretch from Caithness and Sutherland in the north to Oban in the south, have in common is the warm welcome they give to visitors. For the golf clubs here in the north of Scotland pride themselves in their Highland hospitality.

An estimated 150,000 golfers travel to the Highlands each year to savour the unparalleled pleasures of a round of golf on the home turf of the modern game. And there’s no shortage of outstanding courses to choose from. Scotland is said to have the most golf courses in the world per capita. The Highlands has at least 46 wonderfully testing courses; among them names that resonant around the world like Royal Dornoch, Brora, Nairn, Moray, Fort Augustus and Carrbridge.

Select just about any Gael Holiday Homes self catering accommodation and you are unlikely to be any more than half an hour from the nearest golf course. In many cases, considerably closer.

So here’s a quick guide that matches Gael Holiday Homes accommodation to their nearest golf courses:

Strathpeffer and Dingwall:  Strathpeffer Golf Club

Nairn:  Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, Nairn Golf Club, Castle Stuart Golf Club, Inverness Golf Club, Loch Ness Golf Club

Easter Ross: Moray Golf Club Old Course, Moray Golf Club New Course, Garmouth and Kingston Golf Club

Loch Ness and Glen Urquhart: Inverness Golf Club, Loch Ness Golf Club

Fort William and Oban: Fort William Golf Club, Spean Bridge Golf Club, Traigh Golf Course, Fort Augustus Golf Club

Isle of Skye and the West: Fort Augustus Golf Club, Isle of Skye Golf Club, Kyle Golf Course, Gairloch Golf Club

Speyside: Boat of Garten Golf Club, Carrbridge Golf Club, Spey Valley Golf Course, Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club

Dornoch and Sutherland: Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Bonar Bridge and Ardgay Golf Club, Brora Golf Club

Aviemore and the Cairngorms: Spey Valley Golf Course, Boat of Garten Golf Club, Carrbridge Golf Club

Inverness: Castle Stuart Golf Club, Inverness Golf Club, Loch Ness Golf Club

The Black Isle: Fortrose and Rosemarkie Golf Club