Apps Making Travel Easy

January 18, 2019

Mobile apps have fundamentally transformed nearly every aspect of our lives. Checking our bank balances, paying for parking, ordering food, watching TV, communicating with friends & family and even dating! We use apps so frequently, sometimes we don’t even think about it and it’s hard to remember a time we didn’t. We have short-listed some of our favourite travel apps which include some generic travel apps as well as some local apps that can help make planning your visit to Rufflets and Fife stress-free.

For guests of Rufflets that do not have access to a smartphone or prefer not to use technology, don’t worry our team can provide expert, local travel information too!

Google Maps. Some apps have changed the way we travel without even realising it. How many of us would buy a physical map before visiting a new destination ten years ago? Maps provided by the hotel we were staying in, or part of tourist guides would help reach recommended attractions or to find an off-the-beaten-track eating spot.

Now we can study maps on our phones, find locations easily and ask for step by step directions. It’s also possible to ask for nearby restaurants, hotels and shops all the time knowing exactly where we are and in which direction we are heading.

Taxi Aps. There’s no longer a need to wait for taxis wherever we are travelling. As tourists we are sometimes naively over-charged when the local taxi driver is not being honest and sometimes not having cash to hand makes it difficult paying for taxis, but apps like Uber and Gett have changed that. You can order taxis in advance and wait comfortably until they arrive with notifications of how far away your driver is and journeys are pre-paid or added to your own account. There are different ride-hailing apps in different countries so it’s important to make sure you download the right app for the right destination. UbiCabs is one app you can try for Fife.

Trip Advisor is now one of the largest travel sites that allow us to look for reviews and recommendations, compare prices and make bookings at hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and much more. No matter where your destination is, you can research the best places to visit and what to avoid. With so many reviews it can save time asking people for recommendations.

Welcome to Fife. Developed to encourage and support visitors to Fife in their search for some of the area’s best kept secrets, the App features a variety of trails providing amazing adventures and quality visitor experiences for people of all interests and ages.

The App, which is available on Google Play (Android) and the App Store (Apple), features trails including Outlander, Golf Gourmet, Arts & Crafts, Brewing and Distilleries as well as accessible and seasonal trails.
The App is multifunctional offering visitors’ a host of information at their fingertips including directions, tips and tourist information. It’s a free app too – just search for welcome to Fife.

The Welcome to Scotland App is a free and very comprehensive Scottish travel guide. The app is packed with information on accommodation, things to do, restaurants and events, with many exclusive discounts and offers including St Andrews and Fife.

Scotland VR. This ground-breaking app created in celebration of Scotland’s themed years of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 and History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 allows you to enter a virtual glen where you can explore 3D models and take real 360 tours of some the top tourist attractions in Scotland, including Edinburgh Castle, The Kelpies, Skara Brae and many more. The app includes fun interactive features, such as night mode, where you can witness the spectacular Northern Lights illuminate the sky above your head. To use Scotland VR, your device must have a gyroscope sensor built in. 

St Andrews Links App. If you are planning a trip to St Andrews and intend to play golf, the St Andrews Links official app for iPhone and Android is a must. The app has a wide array of features, and enables users to explore the Links in-depth with a preview of each hole on all seven Links courses including hole guides, interactive scorecards and even hints to help you shoot your best score. You can keep up to date with the latest news from the Links or check the weather forecast for your round. Additional features allow you to book golf, check results, enter the Old Course ballot, follow behind the scenes stories request a caddie for your round and a lot more.

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