The Trump Turnberry commences the £200m renovation of its iconic golf resort.

Trump Turnberry, part of The Luxury Collection, has officially closed the doors to its hotel building and Ailsa course as The Trump Organization commences its £200m renovation of this iconic golf resort. The highly anticipated upgrade of the historic 1906 hotel includes a complete renovation, restoration and remodelling of all guestrooms, suites, corridors, restaurants and public spaces. Additionally, Trump Turnberry will soon boast a 500 person grand ballroom which will be the finest of its kind. Changes to the great Ailsa Championship course are also now underway starting with the dramatic renovation of the 9th hole into what is anticipated to be one of the greatest par 3’s anywhere the world.

“My father and I have assembled a world-class team consisting of the best architects, contractors and restoration specialists. When completed, Trump Turnberry will be the most luxurious hotel anywhere in the UK and beyond,” stated Eric Trump, Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for The Trump Organization. “Having already completed vast renovations to the magnificent golf clubhouse and select public areas, we are thrilled to move into the second phase of our major renovation.”

Trump Turnberry is working with Fife-based project management company, Hardies and has appointed ISG PLC, one of the most prestigious contractors in the UK, to carry out this iconic renovation. ISG has an impressive track record and was carefully selected by The Trump Organization from a record number of bidders, all who competed diligently to be a part of this incredible project.

The Turnberry Lighthouse will also undergo dramatic and exciting changes with the creation of the highly anticipated Presidential Suite, which will provide unprecedented views of Ailsa Craig and the Firth of Clyde. The brand new halfway house, located within the lighthouse, will be spectacular and, when completed, will be the most iconic in all of golf.

Throughout the nine month renovation, the brand new world-class golf club house, unveiled in June 2015, is open for business along with The Trump Villas and The Spa at Turnberry. Tee times are available to members and guests on the Kintyre, a challenging and spectacular 18-hole course — a favourite among members and locals alike.

Trump Turnberry will re-open in its full glory in June 2016. When completed, this historic asset, one that is home to not only the birthplace of Robert the Bruce but also to four of golf’s most exciting Open Championships including the famed “Duel in the Sun.” Trump Turnberry will soon shine brighter than ever before and will provide guests and visitors the highest levels of luxury and quality which are synonymous with the Trump gold standard.

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at Gleneagles

DSC_5577 croppedCelebrate a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner With All The Trimmings at Gleneagles

This Thanksgiving (Thursday 26th of November) The Gleneagles® Hotel will be hosting a delicious 3-course Thanksgiving dinner in the vibrant DESEO restaurant as a special treat to welcome its North American guests.

American visitors will feel right at home with the 3-course menu (£55 per person), which will feature a variety of all American classics. Non-Americans are also welcome to indulge! Starters to choose from include: clam chowder with cornbread; roasted butternut squash salad with cider Vinaigrette; or jumbo shrimp cocktail with crackers. Mains on offer include traditional turkey with all of the trimmings; prime rib; or asparagus, spinach and goats cheese Wellington. Of course no Thanksgiving dinner is complete without dessert! Delectable dessert options include a wealth of sinfully delicious treats including pumpkin pie and bourbon cream; steamed plum pudding; or Momma Mugg’s apple crisp served with maple syrup ice-cream.

To ensure an extra special visit, guests will have the opportunity to stay overnight in the resort and discover something new with the midweek Discovery Programme.  Available Monday to Friday from 1 November 2015 until 31 March 2016, Gleneagles will be offering guests the opportunity to enjoy complimentary activities and hobbies at the 850 acre luxury resort.

Whether guests arrive on their own, with their partner or in a small group, they can choose from an array of activities including wine tasting in the hotel’s famous wine cellar, food demonstrations with the expert chefs, hand massages in the award winning spa, tennis, golf or a range of traditional country pursuits.

Scotland’s Best “Over-the-Top” Rooms

These suites, are some of the most spectacular luxury hotel rooms available at Luxury Scotland Hotels.

Boath House – Room 3
This Georgian mansion is nestled on 20 acres of manicured gardens, lawns and woodlands in Nairn. Though Room 4 boasts some incredible views, Room 3 is more in demand for those seeking a romantic retreat. The biggest room in the house, Room 3 was the original master suite when the house was built in 1825. It offers a super-king-sized bed and a stunning view of the lake, but perhaps the most talked-about feature is the gigantic bathroom – as large as the bedroom – and its twin bathtubs.

Cameron House – Glenlossie Suite
Located on the shores of Loch Lomond, just a short drive from Glasgow, Cameron House has seven “Whisky Suites,” the most luxurious room category at the property. Each is named for a different brand of Scotland’s favorite drink. The Glenlossie Suite, which is decorated in deep reds and plentiful tartan, includes a king-size four-poster bed, a bathroom with dual sinks and whirlpool bath, and a separate sitting area with bay windows that overlook the lawns and offer stunning views of the loch.

Fasque Castle – Room 12
One of several ‘castle’ members of Luxury Scotland, Fasque Castle is indeed a castle – and a perfect place to celebrate a wedding or other exclusive event. Located near Aberdeen in the Scottish Highlands, Fasque Castle is situated on an exquisite country estate. Room 12 gives guests the feeling of being the laird and lady of the manor, with a spacious bedroom that includes a fireplace and a bathroom that features a copper claw-foot tub, an original Victorian model that has been restored.

Glencoe House – Suite 3
At this unique property in the Glencoe region of the Scottish Highlands, each of the seven suites is individual and over-the-top. The property doesn’t operate a restaurant, but it boasts an accomplished chef who customizes meals for the occupants of each suite, all of which include a private dining room. Meals are served to guests course by course, as they would be in a restaurant, yet in the privacy of these individual dining rooms. Suite 3 is a two-bedroom unit (one room has a king-sized bed and the other has two twins), study, powder room, full bathroom with twin soaking tubs, lounge and dining area.

Gleneagles Hotel – Blue Tower Suite
This legendary hotel is set in the idyllic Perthshire countryside; its name is synonymous with Scotland’s golf culture, but there’s so much more than that at this 850-acre resort. The room with the most spectacular view is the Blue Tower Suite, which overlooks the hotel’s main entrance. It’s split over two levels and includes two bedrooms, a huge bathroom, an upstairs living room, and an outdoor terrace from which guests can sit at the top of the hotel and survey their surroundings.

Inverlochy Castle Hotel – Queen’s Suite
Another of Luxury Scotland’s castles, Inverlochy is a country house hotel located in Fort William. Its most spectacular room is the Queen’s Suite, home to a king-size four-poster bed and large sitting area that offers an unbeatable view of the castle’s grounds, including its loch and the hills and mountains beyond. The split-level bathroom provides equally stunning views of the loch and mountains. The suite is aptly named, as Queen Victoria once stayed in this room.

Inver Lodge Hotel – Iolaire Suite
Located within a patch of unspoiled wilderness overlooking the bay of Lochinver, Inver Lodge is a haven for nature lovers. Its Iolaire Suite is the former upstairs lounge of this luxurious property, where guests could once enjoy a cup of afternoon tea as they surveyed their surroundings. Today it’s a guest room with an enormous sitting area, fireplace, king-sized bed, and spacious bathroom featuring both a tub (with a sea view!) and walk-in shower. The room is an ideal place from which to watch the sun set.

Knockinaam Lodge – Knockinaam Cottage
The most majestic room at this property isn’t yet available, but plans call for it to welcome its first guests on March 1, 2016. Currently under construction is Knockinaam Cottage, a separate unit that will be located just 20 yards from the beach and offer unparalleled views over the sea to the mountains of Ireland. The cottage will be a two-bedroom unit with a lounge and its own dining room.

MV Hebridean Princess – Isle of Arran Suite
One of Luxury Scotland’s “mobile members,” MV Hebridean Princess is the only ship to be granted a Royal Warrant by Her Majesty the Queen. Its largest cabin, the Isle of Arran Suite on the port side of the Princess Deck, has a private sitting room and beautifully designed bath and shower room. The view from the suite’s large picture windows is ever-changing as the ship sails through the “Highlands & Islands” of Scotland.

Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa – Royal & Ancient Suite
In St. Andrews, the home of golf, the Royal & Ancient Suite boasts the coveted position above the iconic par 4 Road Hole on the Old Course. The suite measures 1,257 square feet, combining a spacious bedroom, Kohler bathroom with tub and shower, and guest bathroom. There’s also a parlor room, mini kitchen and dining area for up to six guests. The unrivalled views – enjoyed through floor-to-ceiling windows and from a private balcony – are often shared by guests on a variety of social media channels.

One Devonshire Gardens at Hotel du Vin – Chateau de la Roulerie
This hotel in Glasgow’s west end is actually a collection of five Victorian townhouses, and each room is singularly sensational. The cream of the crop is the Chateau de la Roulerie room, which is a grand duplex suite. Situated on two floors, the suite has high ceilings, fireplaces and two bathrooms (one with a double monsoon-style shower, the other with a roll-top bath), so it becomes not just a place to sleep but a complete retreat.

Rocpool Reserve – Room 5
At this boutique hotel, bar and restaurant in the city center of Inverness, it’s all about quality, not quantity. The small property is home to just 11 expertly decorated rooms, categorized as “Hip,” “Chic,” “Decadent” or “Extra Decadent.” Falling into the last category is Room 5, which boasts large sleeping quarters, an over-sized bathroom and a hot tub on a private balcony that overlooks the River Ness.

The World’s Best Dark Truffle is Scottish and by Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier, Scotland’s most awarded chocolatier, has been acclaimed The World’s Best Dark Chocolate Truffle without any added flavourings.

Tens of thousands of chocolates from over 40 countries were judged by world class chefs, sommeliers and food experts to decide on this Gold International Chocolate Award.  Iain Burnett’s Velvet Truffles received a further two Silvers for the Passion Fruit & Mango White Velvet Truffle and the Raspberry & Black Pepper Velvet Truffle.

The International Chocolate Awards held their World Finals at The Chocolate Show in London,  Olympia, Kensington to bring Chocolate Week to a close this past weekend. Already a winner of three awards for his unique Velvet Truffles in the UK finals earlier this year, Iain’s exquisite Velvet Truffles have now received this crowning recognition in the elite world of the finest chocolate. The entire Highland Chocolatier team are thrilled about the achievement and are proud to receive such an amazing accolade.

“After a decade of striving for excellence, it is exciting that this recognition is given to the Velvet Truffle in its purest form – fresh cream from a single herd of Perthshire cows meticulously combined with a rare chocolate from the island of São Tomé” Iain said. “In front of the world, the judges have identified the dedication of a small team of artisans in Highland Perthshire who create a unique truffle of unparalleled texture and purity”.

The International Chocolate Awards recognise the finest quality chocolate from around the world.  The awards reflect international tastes, offering a level playing field for world-wide entries overseen by a Grand Jury who travel to each competition.

The judging panel is made up of a cross section of experts, food journalists and pastry chefs.  Prizes are separated according to category with one Gold and a number of Silver awards available in each.  The categories, which range from truffles to bars, are designed to reflect current tastes and exquisite offerings within the chocolate industry.

To learn more about Iain Burnett’s exceptional work visit: www.highlandchocolatier.com

‘Sleep with Art’ at Crinan Hotel in Argyll

Crinan‘s ‘Sleep with the Art’ is a unique experience, devised by Frances Macdonald and her son Ross Ryan.

A selection of artists have each had one bedroom devoted to their work. Several paintings of that particular artist will be hung one of Crinan‘s bedrooms. With each room named after the artist, guest will be able to enjoy a range of the artists work during their stay at Crinan Hotel.

Crinan Hotel is well established as an Gallery venue on Scotland’s west coast. Owner Frances Macdonald and her son Ross Ryan are well established Scottish contemporary artists and regularly exhibit at the Crinan Gallery.

Works by Frances are in several important private collections at home and abroad as well as corporate collections including Fleming’s Scottish Collection. Paintings by Frances Macdonald can be viewed at her dedicated web site – www.francesmacdonald.co.uk. Frances is represented in Scotland by The Scottish Gallery and in London by The Portland Gallery.

When he is not travelling the globe or sailing, Ross Ryan works from his print studio in the Old Boathouse at Crinan Ferry. Fully equipped for Collograph, Monoprinting, Etching and Woodcut prints, this is where Ross creates his print series and develops new projects. Examples of Ross’s work can be seen at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.

For more information contact the hotel on +44(0) 1546 830261 or visit the website

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The Stylish Whisky and Cinema Suites at Cameron House Hotel

Cameron House Hotel’s signature suites are bound to delight whisky and cinema lovers.

 

The highland theatre doesn’t stop at breathtaking scenery. The drama continues as you enter your room. A warm, safe and snug haven from the elements, an elegant blend of contemporary design with a graceful nod to the Loch’s wild and baronial past.

 

The Whisky Suite
Whisky galore. Your hideaway in a space inspired by local legendary distillers. Snuggled up on a four-poster bed and living like a laird you will be loving every minute. A not so wee dram and a good book by the bed and over 200 more waiting for you in the Whisky Bar. As laird of your own private hide-out, it would not be prudent to venture out, a steak well-done and a swift delivery from room service.

  • All standard bedroom inclusions
  • En-suite bathrooms – providing a bath with shower
  • Fluffy bathrobes
  • Plasma TV
  • Free broadband
  • Safety deposit box
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea / coffee making facility
  • Iron and ironing board

 

 

The Cinema Suite

A spacious, striking suite and as implied by the name this rooms offers two separate television viewing areas, each containing a large flat screen television and an abundance of soft furnishing. The décor one again is of a contemporary Scottish fashion and the bathroom is beautifully appointed featuring dual sinks, separate roll top bath and wet room with monsoon shower heads. Similarly with other categories the room also offers arran arromatic bathroom amenities, spring water and hospitality tray. Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, satellite TV and in room safe. Complimentary high speed internet access.  For your entertainment these suites have a selection of magazines.

  • All standard bedroom inclusion
  • En-suite bathrooms – providing a bath with shower
  • Fluffy bathrobes
  • Plasma TV
  • Free broadband
  • Safety deposit box
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea / coffee making facility
  • Iron and ironing board

 

 

 

Download Cameron House’s Christmas brochure and Festive Celebrations Brochure to see all that they have available for guests throughout Winter 2015 or visit

QHotels website to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taittinger releases Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006

Last month Taittinger released the latest expression of Taittinger’s prestige cuvée: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 2006

Recognised as “one of the vintages of the decade” Contes de Champagne 2006 has already been awarded 97+/100 by VinousMedia.com’s Antonio Galloni. Winemakers describe the Chamapagne as “supple, full-bodied and rich” with a “lively attack” and “a hint of spice, reminiscent of liquorice sticks”. The grapes are sourced only from Grand Cru-rated vineyards including Azive, Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Cramant and Chouilly in the Côtes des Blancs.

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger said: “2006 represents the first vintage made in my presidency, when I took over Taittinger with my son, Clovis, and daughter, Vitalie”.

The Champagne won a gold medal in the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2015.

Only released in limited quantities (less than 25,000 cases), less than 200 bottles were released to the UK market. A special treat, a special gift and definitely an experience to remember.

Visit Hatch Mansfield to order

 

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The House of Bruar’s 2016 Catalogue is Out

The much awaited 2016 Catalogue from The House of Bruar has arrived.

 

We have selected three exquisite items to showcase: Irresistible Italian leather boots for this winter, a gorgeous Aztec wrap and Lovat Herringbone suite for the fashionable gentlemen.

 

For those who haven’t had the chance to visit the luxury heaven that is The House of Bruar, it is Scotland’s most prestigious independent store, showcasing some of Scotland’s finest produce, clothes and crafts. It is situated on the A9, nine miles from Pitlochry in Perthshire. It is impossible to miss when you are driving through the area.

 

The House of Bruar has established an unsurpassed reputation for itself as the preeminent Scottish country clothing provider in the UK offering high-quality goods sourced from world-renowned manufacturers. Traditional heritage Tweeds and fine cashmere coats stand alongside the latest cutting-edge offerings from Barbour, Musto and Aigle in their clothing halls, bringing customers an unbeatable range of country clothing.

 

To download the 2016 Catalogue visit this link or visit the website to learn more about the luxury products available in-store.

 

 

The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course: Winter midweek offer from £97.50 per person per night

Winter midweek dining offer: Stay from just £97.50 per person per night inclusive of overnight accommodation, three course dinner from the Daily Menu, full Scottish Breakfast and VAT.

 

A labour of love by the Duke of Roxburghe, it is the personal touches that make the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course so special. From the furnishings, books and paintings from the Duke’s own home, to his selection of fine wines and his influence on the accommodation and impeccable standards of service, the hotel is a true home from home with character and individuality throughout.

 

  •  Available from October 2015 – March 2016
  • Valid Sunday through Thursday inclusive

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Offers are all subject to availability from October 2015 to March 2016
  • Offer are all fully pre-payable at the time of booking, non-cancellable and non-transferable
  • Rates are all quoted per person, based on two persons sharing a twin or double Standard Room
  • Dinner to be taken from the Daily Menu, supplements will apply for a la carte
  • Supplements will apply for other room categories and single use rooms
  • Book a round of golf for just £25.00 per person

 

Golf, treatments, beautiful food, scenery and comfortable bedrooms in the Scottish Borders. Remember that Floors Castle is also part of the Estate.

Contact Roxburghe Hotel on 01573 450331 or email hotel@roxburghe.net to book.

2 for 1 Offer at Cromlix

Stay in a one of our Luxurious Suites for two nights and pay for just one!

  • 2 nights for the price of 1 when staying in a Suite
  • Inclusive of Dinner, Bed & Breakfast in a Suite
  • Valid 7 days per week

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Offers are all subject to availability from November 2015 to January 2016
  • Offers are all fully pre-payable at the time of booking, non-cancellable and non-transferable
  • Dinner to be taken from the Daily Menu, supplements will apply for à la carte
  • Upgrade your package to include a bottle of Albert Roux Champagne on arrival for £78.00

 

You can check availability or make a reservation online.
Alternatively contact us for more information or to book:
Tel: +44 (0) 1786 822 125
Email: enquiries@cromlix.com

Welcome to Luxury Scotland Newsletter – October 2015

As we approach autumn we are enjoying weather in Scotland that is normally associated with summer.

Early this week we had the most wonderful views of the lunar eclipse, yes, at 3.20 am in the morning. And the following day I experienced the most impressive sunset that I have ever seen in my life.

The sky seemed to be ablaze with colour and it stretched for miles and miles. With another ridge of high pressure sitting over Scotland this is indeed a good time to be out and about. There is much to see.

I am delighted to announce that three new members have joined Connoisseurs Scotland.

gvWe welcome G+V Royal Mile Hotel in Edinburgh, Lochgreen House Hotel in Troon and Fasque Castle, an  exclusive use property near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire.

The G+V Royal Mile Hotel was formerly the Missoni but it has had a thorough Scottish rebranding.

It is ideally located on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh and the views from the hotel which overlook the city are magnificent. There are 136 bedrooms and the award winning Cucina Restaurant which  is very much the heart of the hotel. The G+V has a range of meeting rooms and as well as a spa.

 

fasFasque Castle is an impressive building both inside and out. Formerly the home of the Gladstone family, the castle with its 400 acres provides a magnificent venue for corporate events, private functions and weddings. The luxurious interiors can accommodate up to 150 people or more with a marquee.

lochgWith a spectacular coastal backdropLochgreen House Hotel sits within 30 acres of secluded landscaped gardens and is the perfect location from which to explore Ayrshire’s stunning coast line.

The haunts of Robert Burns, the legendary Culzean Castle, Scotland’s Dark Sky Observatory and the famed Trump Turnberry golf courses are all yours to explore and enjoy when you choose to stay in this wonderful country house hotel which has a wide variety of dining options including The Tapestry Restaurant which has three Red AA Rosettes.

Elsewhere in our thriving group of hotels there is much going on…

Our cycling tours have been well received and we are considering adding another one on the west coast. For more details go to www.the-carter-company.com 

britFor a private party with a difference, consider Britannia, one of the most iconic ships in the world and certainly one of the most beautiful. Imagine celebrating an event aboard Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace, where kings and queens, world leaders and celebrities have been entertained.

camThere will be golf on Halloween on the Carrick at Cameron House on Sunday 25th October. For just £37.50per person which includes food before and after with some excellent prizes, the format on the day will be better ball stableford.

To book your team please call 01389 727614 or emailgolfsales@cameronhouse.co.uk

glenAt Gleneagles there is a Kids Stay Free offer for a minimum of two nights between 11th and 15th October 2015.

This is a great holiday programme with low cost activities for the children which will offer Mum and Dad some time to relax.

Please book by telephone, calling Resort Sales on 0800 389 0019 to plan your stay.

greyGreywalls is currently offering a winter mid-week offer from Sunday to Thursday inclusive consisting of dinner from the daily menu, bed and breakfast in a Cottage double room at £179 per room per night or Large Double room £199 per room per night.

There is also a winter weekend offer from Friday to Sunday inclusive, this is a 2 night package of bed and breakfast with dinner from the daily menu on either the Friday or the Sunday night. Cottage double rooms are  £340 per room per two night stay or large double rooms, £390 per room per two night stay.

There is also a Joseph Perrier wine dinner on 6th November 2015 priced at £110 per person for four courses including canapes, coffee, petit fours and champagne with each course and a glass on arrival.

Please email enquiries@greywalls.co.uk to make a booking. Terms and conditions apply.

roxgolfThe Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course is offering a winter golf package of dinner, bed and breakfast and a round of golf, any day of the week from £110 per person.

On Sunday nights only, the price drops to £95 per person.

For more details emailhotel@roxburghe.net
knockinaam

At Knockinaam Lodge there is much excitement with the building of a little cottage very near the private beach. This new cottage will have two bedrooms, a living and a dining area, a kitchen and the most stunning views and will be available for bookings from early 2016.

kohThe Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa are suggesting that you visit the auld grey toon for a devilishly decadent night of luxury, a to die for three-course feast and tickets for the St Andrews Ghost Tour.

For men only… The Rain Man is the newest Kohler Waters Spa treatment designed exclusively for men. A warm Vichy shower experience combines hot stones with a full body exfoliation using the signature John Michael Kohler moisturiser.

For more details go to www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk

Wonderful news from Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa right in the city centre of Edinburgh. The hotel has been recognised as one of the top ten Sheratons in the world by Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Sheraton Grand is a new premier tier that celebrates exceptional Sheraton hotels and resorts for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs and excellence in service and guest experiences and the Edinburgh property is the only Sheraton hotel in Europe to be recognised.

torrThe Torridon are big fans of the North Coast 500, Scotland’s new scenic tourist route. They are also passionate advocates of green tourism. That is why Torridon have a new EV charger in front of the Torridon Inn, ready to serve the next generation of electric tourers.

The Torridon Walking Festival takes place on the first and second weekends in October and if you want to bag one of the Torridon Munros, want to disappear off the beaten track or you just want to explore The Torridon landscape then this is for you.

For more details go to www.mountainandseafestival.co.uk

Whatever you do in October, enjoy this wonderful weather!

Jeremy Hawkings
Chief Executive.

Ring in the New Year With Hogmanay Celebrations Across Scotland

Luxury Scotland Member Properties Offer Packages and Parties for Everyone.

      For most of the world, December 31 is New Year’s Eve, but in Scotland the last day of the calendar year kicks off a national celebration known as “Hogmanay.” Though the origins of this holiday are murky (it likely dates way back to Viking times, referring to Norse celebrations of winter solstice) there’s no denying this holiday is the biggest on the Scottish calendar. Visitors come from near and far to experience the magic of this holiday each year. Guests seeking to ring in 2016 at a quiet Scottish country inn or join the “biggest party of the year” in Edinburgh can look to Luxury Scotland member properties, which offer a range of accommodation packages and activities to fit every style.

While New Year’s Eve lasts just one night, Hogmanay begins on December 31 and continues until January 2. In addition to general merriment and celebration, Scots observe a number of traditions associated with this holiday, the most popular of which is “first-footing.” Starting immediately after midnight, the “first-footer” is the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbor’s home, usually bearing symbolic gifts (shortbread, fruit cake, or sometimes whisky) intended to bring different kinds of luck to the householder. A dark-haired man is said to bring the very best luck. Some celebrate Hogmanay with a ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee), a traditional Gaelic gathering involving folk music and dancing. Other Hogmanay traditions include massive fireworks displays, bonfire ceremonies, torchlight processions, bagpipes, and the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” which was written by Scottish poet Robert Burns.

The following Luxury Scotland properties offer a range of Hogmanay packages and celebrations:

•    At the lovely Airds Hotel in the Highlands near Oban, the Hogmanay House Party is a festive four-day affair.  Traditions include a freshly laid fire (to bring good luck) built with sprigs of juniper (to ward off evil spirits), music by a local bagpiper and ceilidh for dancing (with a caller to guide those unfamiliar with Scottish reeling). A celebratory, gourmet dinner on New Year’s Eve and a variety of entertaining activities round out the stay.  A three-night package starts at £684 ($1,061) per person, double occupancy.

•    Set in the beautiful Highlands town of Nairn, the intimate Boath House is offering one- to four-night packages starting at £350 ($543) per night, per room, depending on length of stay. Packages include Champagne on arrival, dinner, full breakfast, and mulled wine and mince pies in the afternoon. Hogmanay eve activities include a gourmet dinner and fireworks display on the lake.

•    A traditional Scottish Hogmanay is on tap at Cromlix, located in Dunblane. Three-night packages, which start at £1,900 ($2,947), include a Champagne cocktail on arrival, “night afore” dinner at Chez Roux and a falconry display on the estate. New Years Eve festivities begin with a gala dinner followed by a fireworks display at midnight, ceilidh dancing into the wee small hours, and finished with hot bacon rolls at 1 a.m. Brunch and clay pigeon shooting on the grounds follow on New Years Day.

•    Gleneagles Hotel describes their Hogmanay Heroics package as an “unashamedly grand affair,” complete with a black-tie (or touch of tartan) dinner, live music, pipes and drums. It’s also a very family-friendly celebration, with activities for kids that include cooking classes, ice skating lessons, falconry school, talent academy and junior golf program.  Adults will enjoy air rifle shooting, chocolate demos and champagne tastings and food pairings. Dance lessons on Hogmanay eve help guests limber up for the ceilidh later that evening. Three-night packages are available starting at £4,340 ($6,732), and guests booking the Hogmanay Heroics package can enjoy an extra night with compliments of the hotel on either December 29 or January 2.

•    The sophisticated, Edwardian designed Greywalls Hotel, located just outside Edinburgh, is offering two- and three-night accommodations packages that include a festive black-tie New Year gala dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Chez Roux, followed by music, dancing and fireworks. New Year’s Day offers the opportunity to relax and explore the stunning surrounds before enjoying a three-course meal. Two-night packages start at £1,000 ($1,538); three nights start at £1,400 ($2,153).

•    Located in the West Highlands, Inverlochy Castle Hotel is planning an elegant Hogmanay celebration complete with clay pigeon shoot, black-tie gala, sheep dog trial and falconry display. On Hogmanay eve, the Picts Ceilidh Band will play late into the evening, and on January 1, a Highland piper will pipe in the New Year. Inclusive three-night packages start at £2,970 ($4,608) based on double occupancy.

•    The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa in St. Andrews is offering two two-night programs for Hogmanay: a gourmet package and a family package. The gourmet, priced at £920 ($1,415) per room, double occupancy, includes fireworks at midnight with a glass of bubbly, a Hogmanay tasting menu in the 3 AA rosette-awarded Road Hole Restaurant, and full access to the world-class Kohler Waters Spa. For families, the package at £810 ($1,245) per room, plus £240 ($396) per child sharing, includes a Hogmanay dinner in the AA rosette-awarded SANDS Grill, fireworks with bubbly, and access to the spa with children’s splash time. Full Scottish breakfasts overlooking the Old Course are included in both packages.

•    At the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course set on the beautiful Scottish borders, a three-night Hogmanay package starting at £1,375 ($2,113) double occupancy includes afternoon tea, a falconry display on the estate, a four-course gala New Years dinner, dancing to a live ceilidh band and a fireworks display at midnight. New Year’s Day brings the opportunity for brunch followed by clay pigeon shooting and home baked sweet treats beside a roaring fire.

•    The castle-facing rooms in downtown Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa are highly coveted for Hogmanay, thanks to the spectacular views of the world-famous fireworks display over Edinburgh Castle at midnight. Hogmanay rates start at £488 ($757) per room per night based on double occupancy, complete with a hearty Scottish breakfast.  The hotel’s One Square restaurant will be serving expertly crafted gin cocktails, a fabulous four-course Hogmanay menu and a chef’s appetizer on arrival.

The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course: 2 night dinner, bed and breakfast from £185 per night

2 Night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast offer available from  November 2015 through March 2016

 

This unique hotel with 22 bedrooms, a championship golf course and the full range of sporting pursuits on the Roxburghe Estates, offers a getaway destination little more than an hour’s drive from both Edinburgh and Newcastle.

  • From £185.00 per person for the two night package
  • Inclusive of Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
  • Valid 7 days per week

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Offers are all subject to availability from November 2015 to March 2016
  • Offer are all fully pre-payable at the time of booking, non-cancellable and non-transferable
  • Rates are all quoted per person, based on two persons sharing a twin or double Standard Room
  • Dinner to be taken from the Daily Menu, supplements will apply for a la carte
  • Supplements will apply for other room categories and single use rooms
  • Book an extra round of golf for just £25.00 per person

 

You can check availability or make a reservation online.

Contact the hotel on 01573 450331 or hotel@roxburghe.net to book

Winter Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Offer at Cromlix

Stay at one of Europe’s most cherished luxury hotels this Winter and enjoy a special rate of £285.00 per room, per night

 

  • Inclusive of Dinner, Bed & Breakfast in a Large Double room or the Gate Lodge
  • Valid on Sunday through Friday

 

Terms & Conditions

 

  • Offers are all Subject to availability from November 2015 to January 2016
  • Offers are all fully pre-payable at the time of booking, non-cancellable and non-transferable
  • Dinner to be taken from the Daily Menu, supplements will apply for a la carte
  • Upgrade your package to include a bottle of Albert Roux Champagne on arrival for £78.00

 

You can check availability or make a reservation online.
Alternatively contact Cromlix for more details on +44(0) 1786 822 125 or email enquiries@cromlix.com

Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux: Winter Midweek Offer

Winter Midweek Offer available from Sunday to Thursday

 

Greywalls Hotel is uniquely situated on the edge of Muirfield championship golf course with stunning views over East Lothian and the Firth of Forth. Overlooking the world famous greens of the 9th & 18th holes, it has earned itself a reputation as ‘a golfers’ paradise’

 

Bed & Breakfast with Dinner from the Daily Menu

Cottage Double Rooms: £179 per room, per night
Large Double Rooms:    £199 per room, per night

 

  • Available October 2015 through March 2016
  • Packages are fully pre payable at the time of booking
  • All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Offers are subject to availability

 

You can see the hotel’s availability and book online or visit Greywalls Hotel’s website to learn more about this beautiful property designed by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Tel: 01620 842144
Email: enquiries@greywalls.co.uk