Discover something new at Gleneagles this Winter

The kids have left home. You’ve left work behind (or at least taken your foot off the gas). Time is yours to do with as you will. It’s the perfect time then to try something new.

 

That’s the thinking behind Gleneagle‘s exciting Discovery programme. Throughout the week, we’ll be offering our guests the opportunity of discovering new activities, new ideas, right across the resort. Whether you come on your own, with your partner or in a small group, these activities take place Monday – Saturday from 1 November 2015 – 31 March 2016.
Mondays 4pm – Cellar Tours
Sample some of our finest wines in the atmospheric surroundings of The Gleneagles Cellars.

 

Tuesdays 3pm – Deseo Demos
Come and learn some foodie tricks of the trade at our informal DESEO restaurant, with plenty of opportunities for tasting along the way!

 

Wednesdays 3pm – Hand massages
Sit back and relax in our luxury spa while you enjoy a complimentary hand
massage. (Must book on arrival – subject to availability)

 

Thursdays 4pm – Tennis session 
Whatever level you are, come and hold court during a 1-hour complimentary court-hire session.

 

Fridays midday – Golf taster session
Improve your handicap during this half-hour golf taster session at The Academy.

 

Saturdays 2.30pm – Country pursuits
Get a taste of our country pursuits, from falconry to fly casting, gundog lessons to equestrian activities.
The Discover programme is open to hotel residents only – why not enjoy them in conjunction with an overnight stay, or check out our great Make it a Double offer, where your second night is half price!

 

To avoid disappointment please reserve your Discovery activities at time of booking, call our Resort Sales team – open evenings and weekends too – on 0800 704 705.

Activities are subject to availability and not on offer over the festive period (22 Dec- 2nd Jan) and February half-term (15-19 Feb)

Make it a Double at Gleneagles this Winter

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One night is never enough at Gleneagles.  So why not make it two?  Our special midweek offer is back by popular demand this Winter.  When you stay one night, you can get the second night half-price!

And, when you visit us between November and March then lucky you, as  there are so many complimentary activities to keep you entertained. You wont believe how much you can do, without spending a penny!  Find out more >>

1 November 2015 – 31 March 2016 From £458 per room for two nights

Prices are based on two people sharing a Sovereign room.

 

This offer is available midweek,  Monday to Thursday, for stays from 1 November 2015 – 31 March 2016 when you book a Sovereign room or above.

Little’s Chauffeur Team Get On Their Bikes for Charity Challenge

A team of staff from Scotland’s leading chauffeur drive company switched their luxury cars for bicycles last weekend to take part in the Five Ferries Challenge, raising £3600 for their long standing charity partner, The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.

The 7 strong team from Little’s in Glasgow joined the 52 mile challenge which incorporates 4 cycle sections and 5 ferry crossings in and around the beautiful scenery of North Kintyre and the Firth of Clyde.
Their effort is part of Little’s involvement with the 50/10 Club – a group of 50 Glasgow businesses each committed to raising £10,000 to build the atrium of the charity’s new hospice, scheduled to be built in Bellahouston Park in the next few years.

The Little’s Five Ferries Challenge team, which included Operations Director Kenneth Good and Operations Manager Robert McKenna, set off from Ardrossan in the early morning, taking their first ferry across to Arran for a 14 mile cycle to the north west of the island. They continued to cycle and sail their way through the Mull of Kintyre, Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Portvadie, Kyles of Bute and Rothesay before taking their fifth and final ferry back to Wemyss Bay.

This strenuous route encompassed a range of challenging hills with the team racing to keep pace and catch all five ferries on time – so the Little’s team was delighted to complete the course and see their charity fund move closer to the 10k target.

Little’s Managing Director Heather Matthews commented: ‘Giving back to our local community is ingrained in Little’s company values, and The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice is a very worthwhile charity that we have supported over the past 20 years. As members of the 50 / 10 Club, we are committed to reaching our 10k target and we are very proud of the efforts of our Five Ferries Challenge cyclists and their great team work throughout the event. Well done to all involved.’

Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Chief Executive, Rhona Baillie, commented: “The team from Little’s have the advantage of being logistical experts when it comes to challenges that involve wheels. We fully appreciate all of their efforts and fundraising support. They really are a great team!”

Established almost 50 years ago, Little’s is headquartered in Glasgow but has an international reach, providing chauffeur services in worldwide locations. The company specialises in corporate travel, including airport and rail transfers and event delegate transport for movements of all sizes. The Little’s team is also experienced in the logistical organisation of single and multiple venue roadshows, taking care of all transport, luggage and passenger requirements. For leisure travellers, they are able to provide bespoke visitor leisure tours and itineraries for worldwide destinations.

For further media information and images please contact:
Burt Greener Communications
Heather Peebles
0131 220 0003

Introducing Scotland’s Only Cycling Butler

The concept of the cycling buter was conceived by Luxury Scotland and The Carter Company to create the ultimate in Scottish luxury cycle tours.  Cycling guests on these Scottish Cycling Tours will have the opportunity to stay at some of the finest five star hotels in Scotland whilst enjoying the exclusive services of their very own cycling butler.

The services of the cycling butler will include:

– Set up pit stops along the route, with healthy snacks, hot drinks, energy bars, and drinks.

–  Mark the route for ease of navigating.

– Transport wet weather gear and have dry towels on hand.

– Give advice on the best spots to take pictures.

– Pick up any weary cyclists and transfer them to the destination hotel.

– Inform on the latest weather forecasts.

– Arrange services such as a massage at the end of the day.

 

Luxury bicycles such as Cervelos and De Rosa can be arranged for those who prefer the very best in cycling technology. There is also the option of hiring e-bikes for those who want to enjoy the scenery without too much huffing and puffing!These stunning self-guided cycling tours take place in some of the most scenic regions in Scotland; they range from a 50 mile per day road cycling trip with some strenuous climbs, to a more genteel 4 night trip in the Highlands on undulating roads. For both trips, cyclists will be met on arrival by The Carter Company who will look after every stage of the process including luggage transfers.

 

A Highland Fling is a leisurely 4 night cycling trip circular from Inverness. The tour offers a wonderful variety of scenery, from cultural cities to tiny fishing villages, and gorgeous stretches of countryside in between. Pedal through the magical setting of Loch Ness, where you might spot the legendary monster; pretty villages like Forres, Nairn with its stunning sandy beach and harbour, and the famous eco-community at Findhorn; the historic battlefield of Culloden; and the most romantic castle in the Highlands – Cawdor Castle, which Shakespeare chose for the setting of Macbeth. You will stay in the hip Rocpool Reserve & Chez Roux, and Boath House with its Michelin starred restaurant.You will be provided with a holiday Adventure Handbook, route directions, OS maps, host meet and brief, luggage transfer and a return transfer from Nairn to Inverness. Electric bikes are available.Price is £1,350 per person based on 2 people sharing a room. The services of the cycling butler is an additional £3,660.

 

The Grand Tour is an epic 5 night road cycling trip with 3,000 – 3,500 feet of climbing on each of the four days. The route traverses the full range of iconic Scottish landscapes, from epic mountains and lochs to forests and sweeping sand dunes. Setting off from Gleneagles, ride through the majestic landscape of the Ochil Hills (where you are likely to see more sheep than humans), pausing along the way to visit Falkland Palace, favoured by Mary Queen of Scots. Take in St Andrews, the home of golf; admire the birdlife along the Eden estuary; pass through the Fair City of Perth, so nicknamed by Sir Walter Scott; and step into history at Scone Palace, where many kings have been crowned. Enjoy panoramic views as the route continues amidst the spectacular scenery of Duke’s Pass, the Trossachs National Park and Loch Lowes reserve, before concluding your journey on the shores of Loch Lomond. Overnight stays are in some of the finest hotels in Scotland: The Gleneagles Hotel, Cameron House, Kinloch House in Blairgowrie, Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, and Cromlix, the hotel owned by Andy Murray. Included are 5 nights of accommodation and one dinner, GPS unit and route directions, OS maps, your Carter Company Adventure Handbook, host meet and brief and luggage transfers.With so much to see and do along the way, the option of staying two nights in each hotel comes highly recommended. Play on world-famous golf courses, sample award-winning whisky at a local distillery, take a flight in a sea plane over the Trossachs’ glens, visit historic castles and unspoilt medieval villages, or spend the day in tranquillity with a spot of fishing on the lochs. Nothing could be grander!Price for the 5 night tour is £1,795 per person based on 2 people sharing a room, excluding the services of the butler. The cycling butler is an additional £2,900.(NB route will not be marked on this tour as cyclists receive GPS with route loaded onto it). Hire of a carbon fibre Cervelo bike is an additional £280 per person, including delivery and collection, based on 2 people.

 

IMPORTANT: All prices correct at time of publication – 21/09/2015

For further information please contact:
The Carter Company – Scottish Cycling Tours:
T: +44 (0)1296 631671
E: hello@the-carter-company.com

Iona Carter, Head of Marketing, The Carter Company
E: iona@the-carter-company.com

Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa Edinburgh makes world’s top ten Sheraton Hotels

The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh has been recognised as one of the top ten Sheratons in the world by Starwood Hotels & Resorts

 
The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, regarded as the UK’s flagship Sheraton Hotel, is the only Sheraton hotel in Europe to be recognised. Following its multi-million pound refurbishment in 2012, the Sheraton Grand Edinburgh is now considered as a blueprint for the Sheraton brand and regularly welcomes hotel owners and developers to view its impressive facilities.

 
“We have heavily invested in our product and service levels and this achievement is a real boost for the team”, said Tristan Nesbitt, General Manager at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa. “Sheraton is a globally recognised brand and this acknowledgement will help us to attract the luxury market and reinforce the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa as one of the leading five-star hotels in the city.”

 
Ten hotels have been named in the initial list out of 430 Sheraton properties in more than 75 countries. Starwood expects to have 50 newly-designated Sheraton Grand hotels around the world by this year end, with plans for 100 by early 2017.

 

Congratulations to the team! For more information on The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa visit: http://www.sheratonedinburgh.co.uk

Michelin-starred Restaurants in Scotland 2015/2016

Congratulations to all the restaurants in Scotland who have held their Michelin Stars for 2016, five of them our members and partners

 

We wish you all continued success!

 

 

A unique foodie adventure at The Old Course Hotel

To celebrate the close of 2015, Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink, The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews has created a foodie adventure for their guests and visitors

As with all the very best foodie events, they have a menu so you can choose exactly what tickles your taste buds!

Join the Old Course Hotel for a night of unashamed, five red-star luxury including full access to our world class Kohler Waters Spa. Indulge in their foodies’ heaven with a dining option of your choice:

Simply choose your night of the week to match your preferred dining experience.

Your adventure is finished off perfectly with a scrumptious, full Scottish breakfast overlooking the Old Course and West Sands beach.

All this for just £195.00. The only question is, who are you taking on your foodie adventure?

Fab Foodies’ Adventure guests receive 30% off certain spa treatments, a discounted rate of £40 to play The Duke’s. Those who are hungry for more can book an additional room night for just £150.00 – bed & breakfast included.

Rates are based on two people sharing one of our fabulous Eden rooms. Booking is essential and subject to availability.

Please call +44(0) 1334 468001 or email reservations@oldcoursehotel.co.uk

Midweek dinner, bed and breakfast at Restaurant with Rooms 21212

Midweek dinner, bed and breakfast at Restaurant with Rooms 21212

 

Paul Kitching’s 21212 opened in Edinburgh in May 2009. It has received rave reviews and numerous awards – including a Michelin Star in 2010. It’s one of only five Michelin star restaurants in Edinburgh, and the only one with rooms.

Stay with us in October 2015, Tuesday – Thursday with a glass of champagne on arrival and a  3 course dinner for two for £260.

All offers are subject to availability and can not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

 

Offers apply to new bookings only and must be stated at the time of booking. Call +44 (0)131 523 1030 or email reservations@21212restaurant.co.uk

Friday, Dinner bed and breakfast at Restaurant with Rooms 21212

Friday, Dinner bed and breakfast at Restaurant with Rooms 21212

 

Stay with us in October 2015 on a Friday and enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival and a five course dinner for two for £350.

All offers are subject to availability and can not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Offers apply to new bookings only and must be stated at the time of booking.

 

Call +44 (0)131 523 1030 or email reservations@21212restaurant.co.uk

The long weekend at Restaurant with Rooms 21212

The long weekend at Restaurant with Rooms 21212

 

Stay on Saturday and Sunday night during September and October 2015  for £370.

 

All offers are subject to availability and can not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Offers apply to new bookings only and must be stated at the time of booking.

 

Call +44 (0)131 523 1030 or email reservations@21212restaurant.co.uk

Midweek Dinner Bed and Breakfast Offer at Restaurant with Rooms 21212

Midweek Dinner Bed and Breakfast Offer at Restaurant with Rooms 21212

 

Stay with us Tuesday – Thursday, during September  2015, with a 5 course dinner for two, bed and breakfast sharing a double room for £265.

All offers are subject to availability and can not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Offers apply to new bookings only and must be stated at the time of booking.

 

Call +44 (0)131 523 1030 or email reservations@21212restaurant.co.uk

Friday and Saturday Offer at Restaurant with Rooms 21212

Friday and Saturday Offer at Restaurant with Rooms 21212

 

Stay with us on a Friday or Saturday during September 2015 and enjoy 10% off the accommodation costs.

All offers are subject to availability and can not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

This offer applies to new bookings and must be stated at the time of booking.

 

Call +44 (0)131 523 1030 or email reservations@21212restaurant.co.uk

Luxury Scotland Welcomes Three New Members

G&V Royal Mile Hotel, Lochgreen House Hotel and Fasque Castle Join Luxury Hotel Collection
Luxury Scotland is pleased to announce three new members, the G&V Royal Mile Hotel in Edinburgh, Lochgreen House Hotel in Troon, and Fasque Castle in Aberdeenshire. The addition of these three hotels brings Luxury Scotland’s total membership to 30 properties.

 

The G&V Royal Mile Hotel’s name is an abbreviation for “George & Victoria,” a nod to both the area’s royal heritage and the hotel’s prime location in the heart of Edinburgh, on the corner of the George IV Bridge, Victoria Street and the famed Royal Mile. The hotel is part of the Quorvus Collection, a luxury hotel division of Carlson Rezidor. Formerly Edinburgh’s award-winning Missoni hotel, the G&V has been completely rebranded and its Italian-influenced décor replaced by a much more Scottish vibe. The G&V boasts 136 guest rooms, some of which offer the most commanding views of the city; selections include four suites, two of which are named, appropriately enough, George and Victoria. The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Cucina, will continue to serve the Italian fare for which it is justly famous, and its bright and lively bar still attracts visitors and locals alike. The G&V also has its own spa, providing a relaxing oasis just steps away from the bustling Royal Mile.

 

In a completely different setting – one that overlooks Royal Troon Championship Golf Course on the country’s west coast – visitors will find Lochgreen House Hotel. And like the golf course, the hotel offers views over the Ayrshire coast and the island of Arran. This spacious country house hotel is set on 30 acres of woodlands and gardens, making it the ideal place for a romantic retreat. But Lochgreen House is also a stunning setting for business meetings and conferences; golf getaways; or weddings, balls and other private functions. The hotel’s 32 guest rooms are decorated with traditional furnishings and fabrics, a design decision that captures the special character of this historic house. The hotel is also home to an award-winning dining scene in which Lochgreen’s owners, master chef Bill Costley and his youngest son, Andrew, make clever use of Ayrshire’s produce. The chefs’ company motto, depicted on the entrance gates to Lochgreen House, is “Ad Virtutem Nitens,” which translates to “the pursuit of excellence” – something they strive for in their kitchens and throughout the entire property.

 

Lochgreen House Hotel

No visit to Scotland is complete without a stop at a castle, and Luxury Scotland has just added another to its family. Fasque Castle is an exclusive-use venue, making it the ideal location for everything from weddings to corporate retreats. Fasque Castle is an early 19th-century building located on a 400-acre country estate. It features 19 bedrooms, a great hall, a spacious drawing room, intimate dining room and even a cozy library. The venue can accommodate up to 150 guests for special events. The grounds are home to a variety of Scottish wildlife, including deer, otters, eagles and red squirrels; guests are encouraged to stroll the property, exploring its woods, riverbanks, fields and walled garden. The estate even features its own house of worship, a 150-year-old Episcopalian church located at the end of the beech-lined “Wedding Walk”; though it has an active congregation, the 100-seat church can be reserved for weddings.

 

Welcome to the Luxury Scotland Newsletter for September 2015

The Luxury Scotland Newsletter for September 2015

I have said many times in our newsletters that Scotland is one of the few places in the world where it is still fun to drive and our Scottish Classic Cars article in this month’s newsletter is testimony to that.

cararticleThere is nothing I enjoy more than spreading out a map of the west coast on the bonnet of my car and planning the next journey.

Written by our Writer in Residence, Linda Jackson describes one of her recent journeys up to Torridon in her new toy.

This month we are delighted to announce that we have yet another new member, bringing the number of Connoisseurs Scotland properties up to 30.

Lochgreen-Hotel-01Our latest member is Lochgreen House Hotel, set on 30 acres near Troon on Scotland’s west coast. We welcome Bill Costley and his team to our organization.

Scotland is in buzzing with activity at this time of the year. In Edinburgh the International Arts Festival, the largest one of its kind in the world, is in full swing, supported by The Fringe, The Book Festival and The Military Tattoo. Elsewhere in the countryside there are nature based activities in Dumfries and Galloway, including moon watching, as well as a number of Highland Games and other smaller festivals to enjoy.

onedevOur luxury cycling tours which we run in conjunction with The Carter Company are proving very popular and the countryside is looking wonderful helped by an amazing display this year of wild flowers.

In Glasgow, following a £200,000 investment, Hotel du Vin Glasgow at One Devonshire Gardens has completed an extensive refurbishment of its ground floor public areas, spanning the bar, bistro and whisky snug as well as several function suites.

A firm favourite in Glasgow for both dining and overnight stays, One Devonshire Gardens is looking very smart indeed.

With Autumn approaching and plans being made for Christmas, I must mention Royal Yacht Britannia for those of you looking for an exceptional venue for your festive celebrations.   Britannia is magical during the festive season and a spectacular setting for private dinners and evening receptions. A red carpet awaits as guests are piped aboard the Royal Brow, the entrance previously reserved for the Royal Family. An evening on Britannia with cocktails for as many as 380 people or dinner for up to 96 people is an occasion that will never be forgotten. For more details go to:
http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/events/britannias-traditional-christmas/

jeremy-sept-2015Wherever you drive this month, enjoy September.

Jeremy Hawkings
Chief Executive.