News: Hebridean Princess enjoys extensive refit

We’re pleased to announce that the Tiree Lounge, the Library, the Look-Out Lounge and the Conservatory at Hebridean Princess have all been re-designed and re-furbished. Interior designers John Dick & Son have created an individual theme for each room, all linking in with an overall colour scheme, using Scottish fabrics and British made furniture.

 

In addition to these vast visual improvements we are also thrilled to announce that the ship’s Wi-Fi has been significantly upgraded and i-pads installed in the Library. These exciting enhancements will be revealed on the first cruise of the season next week.

 

MV Hebridean Princess is a cruise ship operated by Hebridean Island Cruises. She started life as the MacBrayne car ferry and Royal Mail Ship, initially RMS then MV Columba, based in Oban for the first 25 years of her life, carrying up to 600 passengers, and 50 cars, between the Scottish islands.

 

For more information on Hebridean Island Cruises please call +44(0) 1756 704704 or email reservations@hebridean.co.uk

The Hamilton Grand – Luxury Scotland March Newsletter

It is often said that golf is not just a game in Scotland … it’s a way of life.

jhwinnerWith the success of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the excitement of this year’s Open being hosted at St Andrews, Scotland continues to be seen as the home of golf and a great venue for golfing events.

With over 500 courses throughout Scotland there’s plenty to choose from and, should you wish to enjoy a Scottish golf break, you are never very far from an excellent golf course when you stay at one of Luxury Scotland’s hotels.

balconeySome 120 years ago in 1895 a few privileged guests watched history in the making from their private balconies at the Hamilton Grand Hotel.

They witnessed 24-year old JH Taylor become the first Englishman to win the Open Championship on the Old Course at St Andrews. This year sees the reopening of that same building – this time in the form of privileged luxury apartments.

After a major restoration and refurbishment programme by Kohler Company, owners of the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, the Hamilton Grand is opening in 2015 and will offer what is probably the best seat in town for the 2015 Open at St Andrews.

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Hamilton Grand offers the ultimate in luxury living in St. Andrews

Our newsletter article this month describes the Hamilton Grand in detail. Written by Sheila Szatkowski it touches on the fascinating history behind these luxury apartments, the splendour of living at Hamilton Grand and the exclusive touches that such a residence offers.
Whether your preference is for links or parkland courses, I hope you have the opportunity this year to enjoy Scottish golf either on the course or from the comfort of your armchair.

 

Jeremy Hawkings
Chief Executive.

The Torridon Hotel’s recommended local attractions and activities

A truly exceptional hotel, The Torridon is surrounded by one of the world’s most magnificent views. Wester Ross is such a rich playground for those who enjoy the great outdoors. It is also a very special location for nature and landscape photography, amazing skies and light will guarantee phenomenal images.

Below you can find a few local attractions and activities recommended by The Torridon Hotel. They are all within a 2 hour drive from the hotel.

Eilean Donan Castle (1hr)

Discover the history, see the stunning views, walk on the ramparts and catch whispers in the wind; they carry a myriad of tales of MacRaes, MacKenzies and much more.

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye (2 ½ hr)

The stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years and it remains their home. Built on a Rock once surrounded entirely by salt water, it is unique in Scotland as the only house of such antiquity to have retained its family and its roof throughout the centuries, surviving the extremes of feast and famine, the intermittent periods of warring with neighbouring clans, and the immense changes of social, political and economic life through which the Western Highlands and Islands have passed.

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness (2hrs)

Situated on the banks of the mysterious Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle provides magnificent views over the loch and the majestic scenery of the Great Glen. Urquhart Castle Scotland.

GARDENS

Inverewe Gardens, Poolewe (45 mins)

The garden is nurtured by the warm currents of the North Atlantic Drift, and is set amidst some of the country’s finest scenery. A Scottish National Trust Property.

Attadale Gardens, Lochcarron (45 mins)

Twenty acres of old rhododendrons, woodland walks and exotically planted water gardens. A bridge over a waterfall with beautiful views of the sea and hills.

Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve Beinn Eighe, Kinlochewe (15 mins)

Britain’s first National Nature Reserve, features wonderful mountain scenery and ancient pinewood fragments overlooking Loch Maree.

The Torridon Kitchen Garden (on site)

They have their very own kitchen 2 acre garden located within 58 acres of parkland. The garden grows a variery of vegetables, fruit & herbs as well as cut flowers for the house.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

Ullapool (1 ½ hrs)

Ullapool has a range of restaurants, shops, cafes, bars, Live entertainment, Museum & Library, sea fishing, loch fishing, deer stalking, Car hire & Cycle hire, ferry to Stornoway and boat cruises

Isle of Skye (1 hr)

Here the stark rise of the jagged Cuillin ridge drops to the gentle white of a soft sand beach. Inlets, bays and islands create a complex lacework pattern with the sea. Tiny villages and historic keeps are familiar and fascinating. A place where time means nothing, and beneath every footstep lies 500 million years of history.

Applecross (45 mins)

Between the mainland mountain masses and the Island of Skye lies the Applecross Peninsula. Home to just 238 people, and accessed by only two roads, this is a haven from the noise and clutter of modern life. The Gaelic name for the area, ‘a Chomraich’, means ‘The Sanctuary’.

Plockton (45 mins)

Charming Village, famed for various film locations shoots. Good place to visit for seal trips and there are numerous places to drink and get a bite to eat.

Gairloch (45 mins)

Just north of Torridon, this is an ideal place to visit the heritage museum, play golf, and try your hand at water sports. There are 2 great marine trips available as well as pony trekking and numerous beaches.

LEISURE/SPORTING FACILITIES THAT CAN BE ORGANISED ONSITE

Torridon Activities are their in-house activity company. They offer Adventure Guiding inclusive of; mountain trails & low levels walks, kayaking, abseiling, climbing and mountain biking. Also Archery and Clay Pigeon shooting available with tuition. Outwith the hotel: Wildlife Crusies, Sea fishing, Fly fishing, Falconry, Pony Trekking, Torridon Seatours

GOLF COURSES

A.    Lochcarron  (45 mins) – 9 hole
B.    Gairloch  (45 mins) – 9 hole
C.    Royal Dornoch (2 hrs) – 18 hole. One of the top 10 links courses in the world
D.    Inverness Golf Club (Culcabock 1¼ hrs) – 18 hole

PUBS

Applecross Inn (45 mins)

Produce on their menus, this includes of course the seafood from Applecross Bay itself, Prawns, Squat Lobster, Crab and Lobster, Local Scallops, Oysters, Mussels and Smoked  Salmon. Applecross Estate Venison and as much garden produce as possible,veg ,fruit, and herbs. Cheeses come in from the West Highland Dairy. 1 hours drive no taxi available

Three Chimneys Restaurant, Isle of Skye, (2 hrs): one of Scotland’s favourite restaurants

To learn more about this very special hotel visit this link

Call +44(0)1445 700300 or email to make your booking.

Cameron House Hotel’s recommended local activities and attractions

Luxury Scotland Hotels are situated in exceptionally beautiful areas of Scotland. Each property also benefits from being a short distance away from a number of local activities and tourist attractions. Below you will find a number of activities and attractions recommended by Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond.

ANIMALS AND NATURE

Loch Lomond Aquarium. Distance: 69 miles

Situated on the shores of Loch Lomond, this aquarium provides family fun in an indoor environment – so it’s an ideal place to visit in bad weather. The facility takes guests on a journey from the Scottish coastline to the depths of the ocean, introducing them to an array of creatures along the way. This interactive aquarium puts visitors face-to-face with Scotland’s largest shark collection (and the country’s only shark nursery), lets them hold a crab or starfish at the Rockpool Experience, introduces them to the beauty of stingrays, and provides access to the only giant sea turtle in Scotland. Not to be missed are the aquarium’s playful otters.

Blair Drummond Safari Park. Distance from Cameron House: 24.55 miles
This family-friendly property allows guests to get up close with dozens of animals, from bears to zebras and everything in between. Activities include wild animal reserves, a boat trip around Chimp Island, sea lion shows, birds of prey demonstrations, a petting zoo, paddle boats, a playground, and a variety of rides and attractions. (Closed in winter months)

ARTS & ARCHITECTURE

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House. Distance from Cameron House: 4.51 miles
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928), an architect, designer and artist, is today celebrated internationally as one of the most significant talents of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was born in Glasgow, which is where the majority of his work can be found. In 1902 he was commissioned to design Hill House – the house, its gardens, much of its furniture, and all the interior fittings. Hill House is now in the care of The National Trust for Scotland, and its original furniture, fittings and designs have been reinstated or restored.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Distance: 15.91 miles
Kelvingrove is Scotland’s premier museum and art gallery, and it’s one of the country’s most popular free attractions. Its 22 galleries are home to 8,000 objects that focus on natural history, arms and armor, and art from several periods of history. The museum is noted for its magnificent historic organ; free recitals take place daily.

CASTLES

Dumbarton Castle. Distance: 7.4 miles
Dumbarton was the center of the ancient kingdom of Strathclyde from the fifth century until 1018, and it was an important royal refuge. This is where William Wallace, the hero of Braveheart, was imprisoned before his journey to London for execution. The castle is noted for its artillery fortifications and its governor’s home, a Georgian residence that houses artifacts that have been found in the castle.

Inveraray Castle. Distance: 23.74 miles
Located in the picturesque village of Inveraray, this castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. It was the first castle of its size and type to be built on Scotland’s west coast. Visitors can explore its historical rooms as well as its gardens and grounds.

Stirling Castle Distance: 26.68 miles
One of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture, Stirling Castle towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past, including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the English in 1314.

 

HISTORY

Historic Helensburgh
Drive out of Cameron House towards The Carrick. At the roundabout turn left towards Helensburgh. John Logie Baird, the inventor of the television, was born in Helensburgh. It is also the birthplace of Deborah Kerr (star of “The King and I”), Take a relaxing wander along the front for an ice-cream.

Inveraray Jail Distance: 23.24 miles The jail is a living history museum at which docents portray life in a 19th century prison. These costumed characters interact with guests, who get to talk to prisoners, meet with the warder, see what cell life was like, sample the punishments, witness a courtroom trial and browse a variety of artifacts. Considered one of Scotland’s most haunted locales, the Jail also offers opportunities to participate in ghost-hunting and paranormal investigations.

National Wallace Monument.Distance: 33.5 miles
This monument to the real “Braveheart,” William Wallace, is located just outside the city of Stirling and overlooks the scene of Scotland’s victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. The monument tells the story of Wallace, who’s known as a patriot, martyr and the “Guardian of Scotland.” He earned fame for uniting the clans of Scotland in their struggle for independence from English rule in the late 13th century. Guests can climb to the top for a breathtaking view that encompasses everything from Ben Lomond to Edinburgh.

Rob Roy Visitor Centre. Distance: 30.1 miles
Located in the city of Stirling, this center celebrates the life of Rob Roy MacGregor, a clan leader, cattle trader and ultimately Scotland’s most notorious outlaw. The Centre is located at the gateway of his Trossachs homeland, where he became a hero to his people.

Inchmahome Priory: Drive towards Aberfoyle and you will see a sign for Lake of Menteith. There is a lovely white hotel on the left and you follow the sign for Inchmahome Priory. The priory was established around 1238. Short boat journey across the loch onto the island.

Glencoe Visitor Centre: Drive out of Cameron House towards The Carrick. Follow road towards Crianlarich. Through Tyndrum (Green Welly Shop worth a pit stop), follow for Glencoe and the Visitor Centre. The most famous Scottish glen is also one of its most dramatic, with forbidding mountains, thundering waterfalls and sparkling lochs. Internationally famous for its amazing landscape, its natural and cultural heritage; the scenery of Glencoe has been fashioned by millions of years of geological and geomorphologic processes is now regarded as some of the finest ‘wild’ landscape in Scotland. The drama is also reflected in Glencoe’s history, both real and imagined – myths, massacre and movies are all now part of the fabric of this magical, mysterious place.

 

GLASGOW MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES

People’s Palace, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Riverside Transport Museum, the Burrell Collection, Scotland Street School, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Provand’s Lordship,Gallery of Modern Art (all free). Bus Tours of Glasgow are also available.

 

NEARBY PLACES OF INTEREST

Glengoyne Distillery.Distance: 9.53 miles
Glengoyne is one of the leading premium malt whiskies in the world. An award-winning malt, it’s the product of an unconventional process, remarkable ingredients, and the pride and passion of the tenth generation of distillers who make it. Tours range from a simple walk around the distillery to tastings and master classes in which participants blend their own whisky. An on-site shop sells not only whisky, but also a variety of collectibles.

Scottish Wool Centre. Distance: 20.7 miles
Located in the town of Aberfoyle, a gateway to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the Wool Centre sells all types of woolen goods, from cashmere to Harris Tweed. To keep guests entertained, the center offers a thrice-daily dog demonstration, in which canine competitors round up ducks rather than sheep.

Loch Lomond Shores: Scotland’s most spectacular visitor destination, combining the beautiful environment with an outstanding mixture of leisure and shopping experiences overlooking the majesty of Loch Lomond at Balloch. The site is open all year round with access to enjoy the stunning scenery all day – every day! The Buildings are open daily from 10am.
Glengoyne Distillery: Glengoyne is a distillery like no other. It’s as pretty as a picture, with its whitewashed walls and pagoda roof nestling into the bottom of Dumgoyne Hill, the famous volcanic plug that shimmers like a far-off mirage to the good folk of Glasgow.

It is a happy, thriving community, home to tenth generation distillers who cut no corners and never waver from the methods passed to them by their forefathers. It is also the trailblazer in offering seriously entertaining, in-depth visits to whisky experts and beginners alike. There is something for everyone here and, in the words of Richard Grindall in The Spirit Of Whisky “there can be no better place on earth to sit and take a glass of malt whisky”. Glengoyne provide tours of the distillery along with courses lasting between 60 mins to 2 hours.

David Marshall Lodge: Drive through Balloch towards Stirling, following the road for 25 mins (approx). Take road towards Aberfoyle. Drive past the shops etc and follow the steep hill veering to the right over Dukes Pass. You will see the opening for the David Marshall Lodge on the right. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views, stroll to the waterfall, visit the Red Squirrel Hide or swing through the trees with ‘Go Ape’ – the choice is yours. There’s also a cafe with panoramic views, a well-stocked shop full of Scottish goodies, clothing and souvenirs, and all the information you need to explore the Forest Park. Three Lochs Drive/Loch Drunkie: Back onto Dukes pass and turn right. Near the top of this hill there is a drive on the right called the Three Lochs Drive through the Queen Elizabeth Forest (rough road) there are short walks within.

Loch Katrine: Drive down the Dukes Pass towards Loch Achray, sign on left for Loch Katrine. Experience the ever changing Trossachs landscape throughout the varying seasons on board the classic and elegant steamship the ‘Sir Walter Scott’, the cruiser ‘Lady of the Lake’, or the latest arrival, the ‘MacGregor of Glengyle’. Each sailing offers a different Loch Katrine experience.

Callander, Lubnaig, Balquidder: Drive towards Callander and you will come to a Y fork just before Callander. Take the right fork for Callander or take the left fork for Loch Lubnaig. In 5-6 miles you will see sign for Balquidder. Drive along a single track road for approx 3 miles and you will come to an ancient church which is the site of Rob Roy’s grave. Come back onto main road and head towards Lochearnhead (2miles approx). North from Lochearnhead will take you over Glenogle (5-6 miles) turn right into Killin (Falls of Dochart). Retrace steps but carry on straight towards Crianlarich, turn left towards Glasgow and this will bring you back to Loch Lomond.

 

To learn more about Cameron House Hotel and see all the activities available at the property, click here.

Dining Experiences and Upscale Cuisine in Scotland

As VisitScotland, the national tourism office for the country, prepares to celebrate the “Year of Food and Drink” in 2015, Scottish cuisine is hitting new heights.  Chefs across the country, including those at several of Luxury Scotland’s family of luxury properties, are gaining notoriety for using the bounty of the country’s produce, seafood and meats to create innovative, complex and most importantly, delicious food that’s elevating the very idea of Scottish cuisine.

The recent “locavore” food trend, cooking and eating food that is locally sourced rather than flown great distances to a grocer—is booming in a number of countries. At the Torridon Hotel, located in the Scottish Highlands, head chef David Barnett creates sophisticated dishes from almost exclusively local produce and meats. In fact, Barnett cites Scotland’s natural produce as one of his greatest inspirations, and it shows … his seasonal menus, updated daily, are always filled with the best ingredients from this verdant area. “There’s something special about personally knowing the producers, gardeners, hunters, farmers, and fishermen that supply the ingredients to my kitchen door,” says Chef Barnett. “Knowing how much passion and effort they put into what they do helps me translate my passion onto the plate for our guests.” The restaurant’s kitchen garden offers a superb crop of apples, blackberries, raspberries, potatoes and carrots most of the year as well as a wide selection of herbs. Much of the meat used in Barnett’s kitchen comes from Torridon Farm, located on the estate, which raises Highland cattle and Tamworth pigs.

A highly interactive dining experience is on the menu at One Square in the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh. “Dining at the Pass” puts guests in the heart of One Square’s busy kitchen and offers an exclusive opportunity to watch the chefs apply the finishing touches to the dishes just before they are served. This special table, which accommodates up to four guests, is set adjacent to the “Pass”—the main point of communication between front of house and the kitchen, manned by Executive Chef Craig Hart—so dinner takes place behind the scenes, rather than in the main restaurant. Diners have the opportunity to interact with the chefs as they work, learn insider foodie tips, ask questions about the dishes and enjoy the buzz of a vibrant kitchen. Five- and seven-course chef’s menus are available at the Pass, giving diners a taste of authentic Scottish dishes like marinated highland venison with pickled baby vegetables and warm chocolate pudding with marinated cherries, clotted cream ice cream and chocolate “soil.” The full a la carte menu is also available at the Pass.

Dining at Chez Roux at Cromlix, a luxury hotel in Perthshire owned by tennis superstar Andy Murray, is a grand culinary experience that is not necessarily confined to the dining room. Guests can also opt to dine in the intimate study, which seats up to 10; the elegant snooker room, which can accommodate 20; and the lovely garden room for parties up to 28. The restaurant, overseen by the legendary French chef Albert Roux and run by award-winning executive head chef Darin Campbell, is housed in a glass-walled conservatory overlooking the grounds, offering diners a ringside view of the chefs at work in the extensive open kitchen. With a focus on local and seasonal ingredients, the menu at Chez Roux offers an interesting interplay between traditional Scottish and decidedly international flavors. The Latin inspiration seen in the treacle cured Loch Duart salmon with compressed melon and tequila and the Asian flair of the hot Gressingham duck pancake with pickled carrots, broad beans and spiced orange dressing allow guests to enjoy the best of global and local flavors.

The best of Scottish food and drink can be best experienced at Scotland’s best luxury hotels.

The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course Joins Luxury Scotland

As it kicks off its 23rd year of partnership among Scotland’s most luxurious hotel properties, Luxury Scotland is pleased to announce the addition of its 27th member, The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course near Kelso. Nestled in the Scottish Borders near England, the hotel is conveniently located close to majestic castles, historic abbeys, stunning gardens and family-friendly attractions. The Roxburghe is a luxury country house hotel that boasts 22 bedrooms, a championship golf course, award-winning dining and a full range of outdoor sporting pursuits.

Each guest room has its own unique décor and antique furnishings, and rooms range from standard offerings and luxury suites in the main building to courtyard rooms and suites that are a short walk from the hotel. Courtyard rooms are more modern in style and offer the most privacy, making them ideal for romantic retreats as well as family getaways. All rooms offer flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations and free WiFi, and many have big four-poster beds and log fireplaces. The crown jewel is the Bowmont Suite, which overlooks the hotel’s lawns; guests can take in the view from the cozy sofas beside the open fireplace while they enjoy afternoon tea served in their room.

The Roxburghe also boasts plenty of public areas, from the sunny Drawing Room – a cozy and informal setting where guests can relax as they play chess, cards or a board game – to the Library, which is the ideal scene for after-dinner drinks. The Conservatory is a light and airy space where guests can open French windows and wander right out into the hotel’s garden … which, incidentally, is a popular spot for weddings. Some of these public spaces are also transformed into dining rooms for the hotel’s Chez Roux restaurant, which features innovative cuisine and attentive but unobtrusive service. And as if all that weren’t enough, The Roxburghe is home to a spa suite that offers a full range of treatments, from massages to exotic wraps and scrubs.

Activities at the hotel give guests countless ways to relax in the beauty of the Scottish countryside, whether they’re trying clay pigeon shooting at The Roxburghe’s school, which is denoted as a “center of excellence,” or visiting the property’s well-stocked lake escorted by a resident “ghillie,” who will provide fly fishing instruction to guests of all ages and ability levels. Also nearby, in the waters surrounding Kelso, is some of the best salmon fishing in the country. For those who prefer golf clubs over fishing rods, the Championship Golf Course at the Roxburghe Golf Club is just steps away from the hotel itself. Former Ryder Cup star Dave Thomas, internationally renowned golf course architect, created a par-72 golf course that fully promotes the region’s stunning natural features. The course is known for its challenging bunkers, dramatic water hazards and generous rolling greens.

Rates at The Roxburghe start at £225 (about $350 US) for double occupancy (including full Scottish breakfast), and the hotel regularly offers special packages, such as a golf package available on Sunday nights from May through October 2015 and a “stay and play” option priced at £165 (about $250) per person for room and round of golf, based on double occupancy.

 

 

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Britannia joins Luxury Scotland

Luxury Scotland are delighted to welcome The Royal Yacht Britannia to our group of luxury hotels and businesses in Scotland. Full details about Britannia can be found at the following link: www.luxuryscotland.co.uk/britannia/

Over her 44 years in royal service the Royal Yacht traveled over a million miles on official visits visiting 135 countries. The Royal Yacht was floating residence for the Royal Family. Before the Royal Yacht was decommissioned, Her Majesty The Queen always said that “Britannia is the one place where I can truly relax”

Today, Britannia is not only one of the top day tourist attractions in Scotland but is a also an exclusive five-star evening venue for corporate entertaining, special events, private dinners, product launches, drinks receptions, and special family occasions.

Such is the allure of Britannia that Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall held their pre-wedding reception aboard. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were amongst the royal guests.

Writer and travel journalist Linda Jackson has written a special article outlining all the wonderful aspects of the Royal Yacht. You can find the Britannia article online at:
http://www.luxuryscotland.co.uk/britannia-article/

Welcome to Luxury Scotland’s February 2015 Newsletter

Each year on St Valentine’s Day people in many countries around the world people exchange gifts, cards and flowers with their special ‘valentine’. Saint Valentine was a Roman Saint from the 3rd century associated with courtly love. St Valentine is buried in Rome, but you do not have to go that far to pay your respects to him on 14th February. What you do need to do is to pop along to your local florist, chocolatier, or the Jaguar showroom and purchase a little memento for your loved one.

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Romance is in the Air

Alternatively, you can study our ‘Romance is in the Air‘ article for innovative ideas and let a Connoisseurs Scotland member help you celebrate the occasion in style. Whatever you do, enjoy February and in addition to a romantic break at a Connoisseurs Scotland hotel, the Jaguar option is probably best.

Jeremy Hawkings Chief Executive.

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Our new member – Britannia

Connoisseurs Scotland are delighted to welcome The Royal Yacht Britannia to our group of luxury hotels and businesses in Scotland. Full details about Britannia can be found at the following link: www.luxuryscotland.co.uk/britanniafeb2015-brit1 To give you a taste what Britannia can offer, consider this arrangement for a very special Valentine’s Day treat. Propose to your loved one, celebrate an anniversary or simply enjoy an evening together, in one of the most stunning venues in Edinburgh. A chauffeur-driven Range Rover will bring you to Britannia’s private quayside. You will then be piped aboard via the Royal Brow, the entrance reserved for The Queen and the Royal family. An exquisite five course candlelit dinner, created in the original Royal Galley by Chef Mark Alston will be served to you in the State Dining Room by Britannia’s butlers. Vintage Champagnes and wines will be selected by Britannia’s Head Sommelier and a classical string duo will perform during dinner. feb2015-brit2Your evening will end with a spectacular private fireworks display. You will then be whisked away to the famous five-star Gleneagles Hotel. Staying in a luxurious Spirit Suite, you will enjoy butler service and an indulgent Champagne breakfast. You’ll then have time to unwind in the hotel’s award-winning Spa by ESPA, where you will each experience Gleneagles’ signature 180 minute massage.

Britannia is a very special venue for private dining and corporate events. Writer and travel journalist Linda Jackson has written a special article outlining all the wonderful aspects of the Royal Yacht Britannia.

You can find the Britannia article online at the following link >>>

More ideas for Valentines…

feb2015-airdsThe Airds Hotel and Restaurant

The Airds Hotel and Restaurant in Port Appin recently won the award of the Most Romantic Hotel in Scotland. Why not arrive in plenty of time to enjoy afternoon tea with your loved one whilst sitting by a roaring log fire before enjoying a romantic candlelit St Valentine’s Day dinner for two in the award winning restaurant?

feb2015-glasshThe Glasshouse in Edinburgh

The Glasshouse in Edinburgh was recently voted The Wedding Venue of the Year, and have a romantic package which combines luxury accommodation with all the romantic essentials – Champagne on ice, chocolate-coated strawberries in your room on arrival and rose petals on the bed.

feb2015-glenThe Gleneagles Hotel

Gleneagles offer grown-ups two hours of free childcare each day which is perfect time for you to indulge in a Deseo culinary demonstration and tasting of cellar samples. That’s the thinking behind Gleneagles Discovery programme offering guests the opportunity of discovering new activities, new ideas, right across the famous Gleneagles resort.

feb2015-greyGreywalls Hotel

If golf is your partner’s passion, then head to Greywalls just a few miles south of Edinburgh in glorious East Lothian. Here you can stay at Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux and play Muirfield Golf Course on a Tuesday or Thursday as a four ball.

feb2015-kinlochlodgeKinloch Lodge

If a Scottish island takes your fancy, then head to Kinloch Lodge on the romantic Isle of Skye. Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday modern life and unwind, relax and recharge, whilst enjoying Marcello Tully’s spectacular food and the legendary Macdonald hospitality.

feb2015-knockKnockinaam Lodge

Knockinaam Lodge on Scotland’s south west corner has a special Valentine’s Break- where better to spend a romantic weekend? If you can only get away for one night, there is also a one night dinner bed and breakfast Valentine’s package.

feb2015-oldcourseOld Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

At St Andrews you can enjoy an Old Course Occasion- the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa offers an exquisite experience including two nights of unashamedly divine decadence in luxurious accommodation – the ultimate pampering relaxation.  Enjoy Champagne and canapés, followed by dinner in the Road Hole Restaurant with a romantic turndown of rose petals or chocolates.

feb2015-trumptTrump Turnberry

At Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort, you and your sweetheart can dance and romance on St Valentine’s Day with a live performance from Bakerloo Line in Trump Turnberry’s signature restaurant, 1906. Nicola Cassells will also be singing some of the greatest and most recognizable love songs. The evening includes a three course meal and overnight accommodation.