To minimise planning time (maximising shopping time), The Travel Company Edinburgh has launched an exclusive shopping package tailored to those looking to visit Inverness from the Western Isles of Scotland.

Specifically targeted at those living on the Isle of Lewis and Harris, The Travel Company Edinburgh can tailor the package to suit individual customers, allowing them to shop ’till they drop at Eastgate.

Eastgate has always had a close relationship with the islands and for several years ran Eastgate on the Road. This was an initiative to give something back, taking the Centre to the islanders who had travelled to Inverness on previous occasions. A group of retailers would pack up their products and spend several days working out of a local hotel selling direct to the islanders. On one occasion this included a fashion show evening raising money for the Lewis and Harris cancer support group.

Jackie Cuddy, Centre Manager, said: “Eastgate on the Road was an opportunity to interact with our more remote customers. We always received such a warm welcome and from this we introduced the delivery service from Eastgate to the islands, which is particularly popular at Christmas. To introduce shopping trips alongside this delivery service seemed the logical progression of the Eastgate on the Road initiative and so I am delighted that we have found the same enthusiasm from our partners, The Travel Company Edinburgh and look forward to the launch and subsequent development of this latest initiative.”

Available all year round, the standard package is available from £271pp and includes return flights from Stornoway to Inverness, plus a relaxing one-night stay (based on 2 people sharing a twin room) at a 4* City Centre hotel with breakfast. A £50 voucher to spend here at the Shopping Centre is also included.

Package add-ons include extra nights, return transfers from the airport to hotel, day trips to local attractions and a delivery service*.

There is also no need for shoppers to worry about making room in their suitcase on the return journey, as Eastgate can organise their purchases to be sent back to their Island front door via Woody’s Express for only £12.00!

If you would like to find out more, please click here.

*Simply drop off your shopping at the Centre Management office on Level 5 (directly above Ernest Jones) and Woody’s Express Parcels will deliver your shopping back to your Island front door (Uist, Lewis or Harris). Up to three boxes, measuring H34cm, W44.5cm & L66cm, of purchases made at Eastgate can be filled for only £12.00. Payable by cash, this service is available Monday – Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Please note that the exact amount of change is required.