Welcome to Luxury Scotland’s June Newsletter

Travel around Scotland and you’re never far from a loch, river or a coastal view. It is no wonder that Scotland is rated as one of the world’s top fishing destinations.

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Scottish waters provide a huge variety of fishing opportunities, from salmon rivers, still water lochs with brown and rainbow trout, plentiful coarse fishing for pike, perch, roach, bream, rudd, carp and tench and a bountiful coastline where skate, cod, pollock, flounder, mackerel and bass can be found.

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With the trout season running from mid-March to the end of September and the salmon season lasting from February to October there is ample opportunity for a fishing vacation or short break in Scotland.

Our recent article entitled ‘Scotland hooks anglers with bountiful fishing opportunities‘ contains tips and advice on fishing in Scotland including a selection of hotels specialising in fishing breaks and vacations. Anglers can choose from a castle location, a riverside lodge, a Scottish country house or a golf resort with its own fishing academy.

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So, if you are angling for a great deal then cast your eye over our latest News & Offers section. If fishing is not on your menu there are opportunities for golf, spa and foraging breaks as well as news about our member hotels.

Whatever you are, have a wonderful June.


Jeremy Hawkings, Chief Executive,
Luxury Scotland.
E: jeremy@luxscot.co.uk

Some last minute news about our member hotels:

TRUMP TURNBERRY RE-OPENS THIS MONTH

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Our best wishes to Ralph Porciani and his team at Trump Turnberry which re-opens this month after their multi-million pound refurbishment.

Guests will enjoy sumptuous accommodation, new bedroom furnishings, a refurbished clubhouse and new features to the Ailsa course including five new holes, new tees and green positions.

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 FIVE IN A ROW FOR GLENEAGLES

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Congratulations to Gleneagles who were named ‘Best Golf Resort in the World’ for the 5th time at the Ultras Awards in London this month.

Paul Heery, General Manager summed it up so well when he said “Winning this prestigious award would be an honour for any hotel or golf resort, but winning it five times in a row is an enormous privilege and accomplishment.”

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BRITANNIA SPECIAL OFFER

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Lastly, an exciting offer from Britannia for anyone who is planning a function on board this luxury yacht.

Last week Britannia launched an exclusive offer with Moët & Chandon to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday offering a complimentary drinks reception for dinners of more than 90 people.

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Luxury Scotland 2016 Brochure

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Featuring the finest luxury hotels in Scotland and selected partners from the world of luxury travel.

Our 2016 Luxury Scotland Brochure is an invaluable source of perfect Scottish destinations for the discerning traveller. As well as a special feature on Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink, the brochure contains full details of all our five star hotels, the luxury cruise ship MV Hebridean Princess and the Belmond Royal Scotsman Train.

>> To view our 2016 Brochure click here

North-East Scotland Championship Links Golf Courses Swinging Deal

APRIL-OCTOBER 2017

 

The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa offers a superb package for people keen to test their prowess on three of Scotland’s internationally-renowned championship links golf courses.

Our package includes two nights bed and full Scottish breakfast and features one round at Royal Aberdeen or Murcar, 18 holes at Trump International and 18 holes at Cruden Bay – all challenging and extremely scenic venues for the golf lover.

Executive £850 Single Occupancy

Deluxe £890 Single Occupancy

Junior £970 Single Occupancy

Executive £650 Twin/Double per person

Deluxe £690 Twin/Double per person

Junior £770 Twin/Double per person

All four of the golf courses tee-times and accommodation are subject to availability.

This offer runs until October, 2017

Quote from Ronnie MacAskill, Director of Golf, Royal Aberdeen Golf Club

 In some of the most recent and highly regarded world course rankings Royal Aberdeen has continued its upward procession now sitting proudly ahead of several esteemed Open and US Open venues.

 A British Seniors, a Walker Cup, a Scottish Open behind us, and in 2018 The Amateur Championship.

 

Complete Indulgence Break at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa

Go on, spoil yourself and someone special at The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa

Savour the dishes on our indulgent a la carte menu which includes Russian King Crab and Champagne.

You will also Bucks Fizz breakfast in your room or in our Conservatory Restaurant and a late checkout till 14:00.

We are sure you know someone who deserves this!

Rates based on two people sharing:

Executive Room – £165 per person
Deluxe Room – 175 per person
Junior Suite – £195 per person

Everything is included, there are no hidden extras!

Call 01224 861000 or see web site for details: http://www.marcliffe.com/

In the design and preparation of our menus our chefs can call on locally grown vegetables to complement Scotland’s finest fish, meat and game – reflecting the truly Scottish nature of the hotel and providing our guests with a real Connoisseurs experience.

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Editor’s Note:

The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa is a luxurious, relaxed and elegant 5-Star country hotel set in the picturesque North-east of Scotland on the outskirts of the historic city of Aberdeen. It has earned an unrivalled reputation as Aberdeen’s only five-star hotel, and the ideal base for exploring all the many riches that Scotland has to offer. Situated in eleven acres of wooded grounds The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa offers world class salmon fishing, championship golf and itineraries full of historic castles and splendid landscapes.

Afternoon Tea at Boath House, Nairn

Enjoy Afternoon Tea at Boath House in Nairn

Join us for afternoon tea at Boath House and enjoy a sumptuous helping of handmade sandwiches, home baked scones and other lovely treats,  topped off with coffee or tea of your choice. You will have the option of make your day particularly memorable with an extra special a glass of Champagne with elderflower syrup.

The style of service at Boath House is unobtrusive, relaxed and very friendly. The decor of the house is an eclectic mix of traditional with contemporary influences. Boath House was designed by the acclaimed Scottish architect Archibald Simpson. Contemporary works of art are exhibited throughout the house.

The inviting restaurant offers fine views out over the lawns down to the lake through its large French windows glimpses of the wild flower meadow and walled garden can be seen in the distance. There is a delightful private dining room which can also be booked for special events and gatherings

To find out more and book your Boath House afternoon tea call 01667 454896 or visit www.boath-house.com

NOTES: Boath House is located close to Nairn and Inverness on Scotland’s MOray Firth. The House is surrounded by 22 acres of lawns, wildflower meadow, woodland and streams are also home to swans, wild geese, ducks and various types of Scottish native birdlife.

 

Scotland “Hooks” Anglers With Bountiful Fishing Opportunities

An island nation dotted with lochs and traversed by rivers, Scotland is easily one of the world’s top fishing destinations. The waters here provide a tremendous variety of fish for the eager angler: salmon populate the rivers; brown and rainbow trout swim in the country’s many still-water lochs; and skate, cod and pollock among others can be found all along the coast. Trout season typically runs from mid-March through the end of September, and salmon season lasts even longer, from February through October, providing a large window for anglers who are itching to cast a line in Scottish waters.

 

Fishing in Scotland comes with its own traditions and language. Anglers here typically work with a “ghillie,” the Gaelic work for man-servant, which is in essence what the role entails a ghillie is like a personal fishing assistant. An experienced ghillie will have expert knowledge of fishing on the local lochs and rivers, and will be able to advise on casting techniques and general fishing skills. He can also steer anglers to the best spots on the beat (a term that refers to a stretch of river where the fishing rights are held by a landowner).

For travelers looking to try their hand at fishing the bounty of Scotland, many of the 29 Luxury Scotland member properties have fishing programs that cater to anglers of all levels with a ghillie or without. And for those who like to reap the rewards of their hard work, several of these properties can also prepare the catch of the day and serve it up as a special celebration dinner.
       

Luxury Scotland properties offering fishing programs include:

·         Guests at the Airds Hotel and Restaurant can take advantage of bountiful fishing opportunities from this ideal Highlands location. Those wishing to fish for salmon or trout can cast a line at a nearby country park, where angling classes cater to both newbies and the more experienced. Sea fishing, mainly for skate, can be arranged through boats in the seaside town of Oban, located just a 30-minute drive from the hotel. Lucky guests who are successful in their fishing endeavors can arrange to have Airds’ head chef prepare their catch for dinner.

·         There’s a fishing experience for everyone at Cromlix, from simply borrowing a rod and lazily casting a line at the estate’s House Loch, to heading out with an experienced ghillie for a full or half day of fly fishing for wild brown or rainbow trout on one of the estate’s larger lochs. Fly fishing packages include instructions, gear, refreshments, and in the case of the full day experience, a packed lunch from the hotel’s restaurant, Chez Roux.

·         Six exclusive lochs located on Gleneagles’ 850-acre estate in Perthshire provide an ideal spot to fish for trout alongside the hotels skilled ghillies. Catches can be prepared by the chef for a celebratory meal, or chilled and vacuum packed to take home. Those angling for salmon can opt to be chauffeured to one of Scotland’s most famous rivers, the Tay, where a ghillie can help teach art of speycasting with a double-handed salmon fly rod.

·         On board the Hebridean Princess, guests can arrange for a sea fishing trip with experienced crewmembers aboard one of the ship’s tenders, or small boats. The most commonly caught fish here is mackerel, but guests can also angle for cod, codling, ling and Pollock. The galley is happy to prepare any fish caught for dinner that evening, and in the case of larger catches, the whole ship can enjoy canapés from the day’s haul.

·         With more than 200 trout lochs in close proximity to Inver Lodge’s Western Highlands location, trout fishing is a popular activity. Guests can rent rods and even have access to row boats to fish some of the larger surrounding lochs. Salmon fishing on the Inver and Kirkaig rivers can also be arranged, with ghillies available for hire for both experiences. A long-standing tradition at Inver Lodge encourages guess to have their fish prepared on site for dinner or breakfast!<

·         Inverlochy Castle offers a wide range of opportunities for anglers, including the private Loch Na Marag on the castle grounds and nearby access to larger lochs and river.  Fly, spinning and bait fishing for brown trout, pike and rainbow trout is available on the lochs accompanied by the ghillie. Seasonal salmon fishing is also available on the upper & lower River Garry.  The chef is happy to prepare the catch brought in by guests.

·         Salmon are plentiful in the heart of Perthshire, where Kinloch House Hotel is located. Beats are available on a daily or weekly basis, and anglers can fish from the bank, boat or by wading. Ghillies are on hand to give advice, or a private guide can be hired for the day. A one-day course introduces the art of salmon fly fishing to guests looking to take on this interesting pursuit, and teaches everything from casting to fly choices to lines and knots.

·         Salmon fishing is king at the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course, with several beats on the Tweed River in close proximity. Sunlaws, for instance, is an attractive beat that runs alongside the property’s 18-hole championship golf course; it boasts 1.2 miles of double-banked fishing with seven pools ranging from 4 to10 feet. Ghillies are available for hire for all salmon fishing trips, and the hotel’s restaurant, Chez Roux, can provide a packed lunch. A trout pond on the grounds is stocked with rainbow trout.

·         At the Torridon Hotel in the Northwestern Highlands, guests can try their hand at both fly and sea fishing. On Lochs Clair or Coulin, anglers can fish from either the banks or in a boat with an experienced and friendly ghillie on hand. The hotel also stocks a few fishing rods for those who want to explore the property and are looking for the adventure of walking to remote lochs and fishing for arctic char or brown trout.

Take the time to go through our website and learn more about Luxury Scotland properties, all of them offer exciting opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors throughout the year!

Welcome to Luxury Scotland Newsletter – May 2016

In this Luxury Scotland newsletter we focus on four new developments from some of our member hotels at Luxury Scotland. Trump Turnberry is about to re-open with a host of new and updated features. Gleneagles has announced plans for a multi-million investment designed to create a truly stylish and luxurious atmosphere with a contemporary twist.

At The Torridon in Wester Ross a significant investment programme is underway including refurbishment to the bedrooms and enhancements to the gardens, the ponds and the external lighting. And at Knockinaam new luxury self catering has been launched – The Shingle Lodge with superb views out over the sea.

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Elsewhere we have several exclusive offers and promotions from our member hotels including special trips on Crinan Hotel’s historic MV Sgarbh in some of the finest cruising waters in the world, foraging weekends at Airds Hotel and early summer offers from Kinloch House where visitors are enjoying what must surely be the longest daffodil border in Scotland.

Whatever your plans, have an enjoyable May.


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Jeremy Hawkings, Chief Executive, Luxury Scotland.
E: jeremy@luxscot.co.uk


ALL CHANGE AT TURNBERRY – LAUNCHING JUNE 2016

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Trump Turnberry, the world famous golf and spa resort on Scotland’s South West coast is poised to unveil the results of a £200 million renovation programme. The legendary Turnberry Hotel and its famous links course have undergone a full renovation and will re-open on June 1 with a reworking of the famed Ailsa Course that hosted to four British Open championships. The course will debut five new holes, redesigned and repositioning the bunkers as well as new tees and green positions. Turnberry’s iconic lighthouse is being be reintroduced as the Ailsa Course’s new halfway house.

Guests staying at Turnberry in June will experience new meeting spaces, new bedroom furnishings, a world class new clubhouse and the updated 1906 restaurant relocated to its original position when the hotel first opened.

During 2016 Turnberry will also launch two exciting new features – a brand new destination spa and the creation of the Crystal Ballroom. There are exciting changes at Turnberry designed to make it the finest golf resort in the world!

A full description of the Turnberry developments can be found online here.


GLENEAGLES SET FOR MULTI-MILLION POUND DEVELOPMENT

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The Gleneagles Hotel has announced extensive refurbishment plans blending contemporary feel with Scottish heritage at this world class iconic hotel. The multi-million pound refurbishment initiative represents a substantial investment from new owner, Ennismore, to make the most of the rich heritage, beautiful architecture and stunning setting for which Gleneagles is renowned.

Ennismore founder and CEO, Sharan Pasricha is quoted as saying: “The Gleneagles Hotel is an incredible property and beloved brand. It is known the world over for its golf, but with 850 acres of beautiful Scottish countryside, there is the potential to do so much more with the hotel. We really want to showcase the unrivalled range of facilities, the glorious playground of country pursuits and activities that we offer on the estate.

The hotel is working with some of Scotland’s most celebrated designers including David Collins Studio, Timorous Beasties, Macaulay Sinclair and Goddard Littlefair to create an effortlessly stylish and luxurious atmosphere that reflects Gleneagles’ distinctly Scottish identity, but with a contemporary feel.

Further details of Gleneagles new developments online.


KNOCKINAAM LAUNCH LUXURY SELF CATERING LODGE

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At Knockinaam Lodge, Shingle Lodge has been unveiled. This new luxury self catering accommodation features two en-suite bedrooms, a fully fitted modern kitchen and comfortable living dining area complete with log burner. Just yards from Knockinaam’s famous shingle beach, the lodge is perfect as a relaxing retreat or a base from which to explore Scotland’s south east corner.

The new Shingle Lodge has a private terrace where you can dine al fresco or spend time relaxing and enjoying uninterrupted sea views looking across the sea to Northern Ireland

Shingle Lodge is available for short breaks and week stays.

See website or contact us on 01776 810471 for more information.


INVESTMENT & AWARDS AT THE TORRIDON

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At The Torridon in Wester Ross a significant investment programme is underway including refurbishment to the bedrooms and enhancements to the gardens, the grounds and external lighting.

Well known for its culinary success, the Torridon continues to wow customers with the freshest of local produce. Chef David Barnett combines Scottish ingredients with French flair and considers local venison and grouse, in addition to the seafood which is on his doorstep, to be amongst his favourite foods. Their own farm produces Highland cattle, chickens and Tamworth pigs, so when you tuck into the delicious Highland beef burgers, steak and ale pie, sirloin of beef or a mixed plate of Tamworth pork, you can be sure of its provenance and that the produce could not be more local. It’s no surprise that The Torridon has been nominated as one of the best Scottish hotels in the 2016 CIS awards in conjunction with Caterer.com.

More details on The Torridon web site.


Luxury Scotland 2016 Brochure

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Featuring the finest luxury hotels in Scotland and selected partners from the world of luxury travel.

Our 2016 Luxury Scotland Brochure is an invaluable source of perfect Scottish destinations for the discerning traveller. As well as a special feature on Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink, the brochure contains full details of all our five star hotels, the luxury cruise ship MV Hebridean Princess and the Belmond Royal Scotsman Train.

>> To view our 2016 Brochure click here

Scottish Ballet lift the curtain to Crossbasket Castle

Dancers from Scottish Ballet took time out from their Swan Lake tour to mark the grand opening of Crossbasket Castle, a new five-star luxury hotel in Scotland.

 


The castle, based in Blantyre, has been thoughtfully choreographed into a modern day fairy-tale. The building was rescued from ruin in 2011 by local businessman and his wife Steve Timoney and Alison Reid-Timoney. The couple saved the property from the Buildings at Risk Register and have invested over £9 million restoring it to its former glory.
Their adagio style approach to restoration reflects their commitment to producing a work of outstanding quality. The makeover reached a finale when Scottish Ballet Soloists Constance Devernay and Andrew Peasgood, shared glimpses of their imaginative re-telling of Swan Lake, choreographed by David Dawson, in front of the castle and inside the Grand Ballroom.
Alison Reid-Timoney said: “We have poured our hearts and souls into the restoration of Crossbasket Castle. It has been a real journey, as have the Scottish Ballet with their new show. It’s the first time the company has performed Swan Lake in over 20 years and we were so pleased they shared a glimpse of this with us, they really helped capture the magic of the castle and make the opening special for us.”
“As locals, we have loved seeing the castle’s transformation over the past five years and we are very excited to now be able to share it with the community. We hope to attract visitors from far and wide to share the castles fairy-tale with them.”
Crossbasket Castle is managed by luxury hotel management company Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI). The business already manages 12 other renowned independent properties around Scotland, including Inverlochy Castle, near Fort William, Greywalls Hotel in Gullane and Rocpool Reserve in Inverness.
Norbert Lieder, ICMI’s managing director, said: “The Timoneys have done an outstanding job transforming Crossbasket Castle into a luxury getaway.
“We have already experienced huge interest from local people, corporate clients and prospective brides and grooms and look forward to working with the Timoneys and making Crossbasket Castle a success.”
The hotel will also feature a new restaurant from renowned chefs Albert Roux OBE, KFO and his son Michel Roux Jnr. It is the first time the duo have collaborated in Scotland. They first worked together in 1985, when Michel Jnr joined the team at London’s Le Gavroche, which he now runs.

 

Stephen Carter appointed general manager of The Old Course Hotel in St Andrews

Stephen Carter joined the hotel this week a year after leaving Cameron House on Loch Lomond

 

His extensive experience in leading major development projects will stand him in good stead as he heads the team at the 144-bedroom hotel, owned by Kohler Co, as it too undergoes major improvements.

The appointment marks a return to St Andrews for Carter who opened and ran the St Andrews Bay Golf Resort & Spa (now the Fairmont St Andrews) from 2000 to 2006. Previous roles include operations director at Cliveden in Taplow, Berkshire, and general manager at the Caledonian hotel, Edinburgh.

Carter said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa and working with them developing the success the resort is already renowned for; delivering a welcome and world class hospitality to the many visitors from home and abroad visiting Scotland and in particular this wonderful city of St Andrews.”

Director of operations at the hotel, David Scott, added: “Stephen’s experience is just what we’re looking for. His expertise in the hospitality sector and his impressive achievements in Scotland will bring something truly unique to our offering.”

Carter’s illustrious career of nearly 40 years includes being named Hotelier of the Year by The Caterer in 2011, having been awarded an OBE for services to the hospitality industry in 2007. His work beyond his day job includes appointments as trustee of the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland and director of both the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and VisitScotland.

The Old Course hotel has been without a general manager since 2014 when Daniel Pereira moved on to become chief operating officer at the Royal Automobile Club in Edinburgh. Since then, the resort has overseen by David Scott in his role as director of operations.