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Luxury Scotland’s Literary Links with Contemporary Fiction

luxury scotland literary links

During September our Luxury Scotland Book Project, marking the 25th Anniversary of Luxury Scotland, reaches its climax at the Wigtown Book Festival. At the end of the Wigtown Festival, Jeremy Hawkings CEO will announce the winner of our ‘Literary Links‘ competition and present them with a small library contains over 30 Scottish Books featuring literary links to Luxury Scotland properties. Their subjects range from historical novel and contemporary fiction to fascinating travelogues and biographies of famous Scots. Within the contemporary fiction section there are several intriguing links to our hotels.

The Sunday Philosopher's Club Edinburgh

The stylishly Edinburgh Sheraton Grand on Lothian Road is located opposite Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. This famous concert hall was the scene of a concert goer’s tragic death in The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith. One of the novel’s characters, the charming intellectual, Isabel Dalhousie, is a philosopher, art lover and amateur sleuth. In her first mystery, she investigates, the tragic death in this warm, witty novel about Edinburgh lives and loves. We like to think she would have had afternoon tea in the Sheraton as she pondered the evidence surrounding the mystery.

 

The Para Handy Tales by Neil Munro

At the end of the Crinan Canal in Argyll, the white washed Crinan Hotel looks out over Loch Crinan and the mountains of the West Highlands. This was the seafaring setting for the Para Handy Tales by Neil Munro. First published in 1905. The Para Handy Tales was a huge success and became a very popular television series.  The book describes the hilarious exploits of crafty skipper Para Handy and his motley crew on board The Vital Spark as they carrying cargo around the West Highlands.  Visitors to the Crinan Canal Basin will spot several vintage puffers including “Auld Reekie”(star of the Para Handy TV series) recently restored at Crinan Boatyard. Pop into the bar at Crinan for a beer or a dram and you might think you were in the company of some of these characters.

 

Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie

The comic novel Whisky Galore by Compton Mackenzie is set in the Scottish Highland’s during the 1940’s. it was inspired by the sinking of the cargo ship SS Politician carrying 250,000 bottles of malt whisky. In the book a cat and mouse chase ensues between the cunning locals who find the cargo of whisky and the customs officials aided by the police who are determined to retrieve the whisky. As well as having over two hundred legally sourced whiskies in their wonderful whisky bar, MacLeod House & Lodge in Aberdeenshire is close to the Malt Whisky Trail, the distilleries and the villages of Portsoy and Pennan – all film locations for the 2016 movie Whisky Galore

 

As well as links to contemporary fiction, during our creation of Luxury Scotland’s Literary Map, we have discovered links to historical fiction and to a number of famous Scottish celebrities. We will explore these links in the next of our Literary Links posts.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HURRY, COMPETITION ENDS ON 29th SEPTEMBER ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For booklovers, there is still a chance to win our little library of books as featured in the Luxury Scotland Book Project. Simply answers the following question in the most creative way.

COMPETITION QUESTION:
If you could sit down with any Scots writer, past or present and discuss a book with them, who would it be, where would you like to have the discussion and what book would you like to discuss?

 

Send your answer to Jeremy Hawkings CEO Luxury Scotland at jeremy@luxscot.co.uk.

 

Luxury Scotland & The Guinness Book of Records

Who would have thought that Luxury Scotland’s very own Monopoly Set would end up setting a new World Record! 

We were recently contacted by Neil Scallon who holds the Guinness Book of Records for owning the most Monopoly sets. When he found out we had created a new set, he made sure to quickly include it in his collection which happened to be his 2000th edition. It took Neil 12 years to reach this number and Luxury Scotland’s set was the one to make him achieve it.

A few weeks ago Neil went to the Monopoly Museum in Charleroi Belgium (which is open until end of this year) to display our set and celebrate the occasion among fellow Monopoly lovers. Next month he flies to Australia to receive his official certificate for his 2000th edition of different monopoly sets. The certificate will be given to him on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge! The reason for that is that after purchasing a few more sets, his 2017th set in 2017 will be Sydney Opera House.  Our set has excellent company to be with.

The count last year which was 1677 editions was filmed for the One Show and Gyles Brandreth was dressed up for the occasion. Neil sent 1999 pictures of front and backs of the monopoly sets and videos being counted and letters from The Mayor of Crawley and Mayor of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Our set is a collectors dream not just because of great picture on front and content but being a rare corporate edition which collectors love to find and buy.

Neil has so many sets that they are kept securely in a warehouse.

If you would like to buy your own, our sets are available online, visit: https://goo.gl/EbHHa7 

 

Guinness Book of Records for Monopoly

Guinness Book of Records for Monopoly - Neil Scallon

Guinness Book of Records for Monopoly - Neil Scallon

 

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Luxury Scotland’s Literary Links with Historical Fiction

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Luxury Scotland’s Literary Map covers every region of Scotland from the Lowlands to Highlands and Islands. It offers an insight into literary links to our collection of contemporary hotels, historic hotels, castles and country Houses. It also reveals links to historical fictions for several Luxury Scotland properties including 21212 Restaurant with Rooms, G&V Hotel in Edinburgh, Knockinaam Lodge, Airds Hotel and Kinloch House. Read on…

At 21212 Restaurant with Rooms, a smart Georgian townhouse in the heart of Edinburgh on Royal Terrace, you might wish to settle down to read “Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Stories”.  Just a few minutes walk from 21212 you will find an impressive statue of Sherlock Holmes. Locate in Picardy Place at the top of Leigh Walk, the statue commemorates Sir Arthur Conon Doyle who was born nearby in 1896. Conon Doyle’s famous fictional detective was actually modelled on Dr Joseph Bell, Doyle’s intuitive lecturer at Edinburgh Medical School.

 

Adjacent to The G&V Hotel on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson is based in Edinburgh and was inspired by Deacon Brodie, the notorious Edinburgh conman. Like the sinister character Jekyll & Hyde, Brodie had a double persona. He was a respectable city councillor by day and an infamous burglar by night.  When it was published in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Victorian horror story sold 40,000 copies in six months. Ninety-eight years earlier in 1788, the same number watched Brodie hang at the Old Tolbooth.

Near Portpatrick on the south west tip of Scotland, you will find Knockinaam Lodge . A warm and luxurious retreat with superb cuisine. Knockinaam is also one of the locations described in The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan. An original gripping tale about a man-on-the-run Richard Hannay fleeing to a house described as Knockinaam Lodge.  “I came out of the moorland to a plateau where a solitary house smoked in the twilight. The smell of peat and of some savoury roast floated to me …”.  It is worth noting that UK prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, an author in his own right, spent a night at Knockinaam Lodge 1944 while he was planning Allied campaigns during the latter stages of the Second World War.

Further north at Port Appin in Argyll, Airds Hotel and Restaurant has links with Robert Louis Stevenson’s gripping novel Kidnapped. Set in Port Appin during the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising, the novel Kidnapped is based on the The Appin Murder, the assassination of Colin Roy Campbell, the government-appointed factor to the Stewart Clan estates.  Suspicion fell on James Stewart (the ‘Red Fox’ in Kidnapped) who, despite protesting his innocence on the scaffold, was hanged for the murder. A cairn marks the spot where the Appin murder took place – located in the Forestry Commission wood known as Leitit Mhor near Airds Hotel. Today, the case is still seen as a notorious miscarriage of justice.

Kinloch House in the heart of Perthshire is a charming country house hotel and the ideal location from which to explore the ancient Scottish castles, Glamis and Scone. Both these castles feature as key scenes in Shakespeare’s tragic play – Macbeth, a dark historic tale of witchcraft, ambition, murder and guilt.  Macbeth has his castle at Dunsinane Hill which is near Close to Kinloch House. The famous play is based loosely on the real King of Scotland who, in reality, was more likely a fair king in those bloodthirsty times of feuding battles.

 

As well as links to historical fiction, during our creation of Luxury Scotland’s Literary Map, we have discovered links to contemporary fiction and to a number of famous Scottish characters both historic and contempory. We will explore these links in the next of our Literary Links posts.

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Luxury Scotland’s literary links comprises 31 books and, to mark the 25th Anniversary of Luxury Scotland, we have assembled a little library of these 31 books to be given away to the person who answers the following question in the most creative way.

COMPETITION QUESTION:
“If you could sit down with any Scots writer, past or present and discuss a book with them, who would it be, where would you like to have the discussion and what book would you like to discuss?”

Send your answer to Jeremy Hawkings CEO at jeremy@luxscot.co.uk.

 

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Save 15% on two-night luxury Breaks at Cameron House on Loch Lomond

cameron house special offer
Discover the beauty of Loch Lomond this autumn and save 15% on two night breaks at Cameron House

Choose from one of our exclusive newly refurbished guestrooms or suites to reflect your style. After a sumptuous nights’ sleep, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and take full advantage of our first class leisure facilities throughout your stay.

This Cameron House offer includes:

  • Two nights accommodation in a luxury bedroom
  • Breakfast on both mornings
  • Swim, sauna, steam or gym – the choice is yours with complimentary access to our Leisure Club throughout your stay.

Costs From £189 per room, per night (Availability: September during October 2017)

For more information call our reservations team on 01389 310 777 or email reservations@cameronhouse.co.uk

More details available online at:
http://www.cameronhouse.co.uk/offers-lochlomond/save-15-autumn-offer.html

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Editor’s Note:

Cameron House is a stunning five star Scottish Baronial Mansion on the banks of Loch Lomond. The Hotel features 136 luxury bedrooms including 26 luxury suites including traditional four poster Whisky Suites to contemporary suites with private balcony and stunning views looking out over Loch Lomond. The Csmeron House Resort has six unique dining experiences ensuring guests have a choice of restaurants to match the occasion. For a more formal dining experience our Michelin star restaurant, Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond is a must. In addition the resort has an 18-hole Championship golf course, a luxury resort spa with rooftop infinity pool and a range of outdoor pursuits.

Crinan Hotel New Year Party

Crinan Hotel 3 Day House Party – Hogmanay 2017 & New Year 2018

Crinan Hotel New Year Party
Celebrate Hogmanay & New Year with the Crinan Hotel’s ‘THREE DAY HOUSE PARTY’

To all our guests who enjoy The Crinan Hotel with its wonderful setting and relaxing atmosphere, we invite you to celebrate New Year with our ‘THREE DAY HOUSE PARTY’

Where better to see out the old and bring in the new? Crinan is offering a Three Day House Party which is available to book online. Phone us for more information or if you would prefer to stay for just two nights. Full information on the programme and prices are outlined below.

ARRIVE at The Crinan Hotel on Saturday 30th December 2017.
DEPART on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 after breakfast.

The three night package is priced from £625 to £865 per person.

Offer includes:

  • 3 nights Accommodation
  • Full Scottish Breakfast
  • Dinner each night
  • Champagne reception on Hogmanay
  • Boat trip on Venture West (weather permitting)
  • Voucher on departure for a double or twin room for 1 night B&B
    at the Crinan Hotel during 2018 per room

For more details call The Crinan Hotel on 01546 830 261 or visit website – www.crinanhotel.com

THE PROGRAMME

SATURDAY – DECEMBER 30th
Arrive at The Crinan Hotel on Saturday 30th December 2017.
Come on in to the warmth of a cosy fire, try our delicious mincemeat pies and shortbread with a glass of bubbly or a cream tea.
Later you can relax over dinner in the Westward Restaurant and prepare for the festivities.

HOGMANAY – SUNDAY DECEMBER 31st
A lazy day in anticipation of a lively evening. In the morning there will be a boat trip aboard Sandy Campbell’s Redbay Stormforce Cabin RIB Venture West to the islands or the Gulf of Corryvreckan if the weather permits. This is an ideal way to blow away the old year in preparation for the New Year! Land lubbers can lie in and hold the fort. This boat trip is amazing fun and is included in your Hogmanay stay.

If you wish to explore there are wonderful and beautiful walks for all abilities and winter is a great time to see otters, deer and a great selection of birds. A short drive away is Kilmartin Glen with its ancient standing stones. Crinan lies in Dalriada which is the oldest Kingdom in Scotland and the Ancient Kings were crowned here. Riding can be arranged at Lunga or clay pigeon shooting at Brenfield.

Prior to dinner Mr and Mrs Ryan and their family will be hosting a Champagne reception in the Gallery Bar which is enclosed on the hotel roof.

Then you will be piped down to the Westward Restaurant by our favourite piper to enjoy a sumptuous Black Tie (or a Touch of Tartan) Dinner to the music of the Sax Folk, our jazz ceilidh band.

There will be Scottish reels as the evening progresses towards Ne’rday.
Dress Code: Black Tie or a Touch of Tartan.
The Crinan piper will bring in the Bells at midnight.
The hotel staff will pour you a glass of champagne as we bring in 2018 together.
The reeling and wheeling will carry on.
Then Haggis Neeps and Tatties will be served before you retire.

NEW YEAR’S DAY – MONDAY 1st JANUARY 2018

“A Happy New Year to One and All!”

There is no hurry, breakfast will be served until 10am
and lunch will also be served in the Seafood Bar from 12 noon.

In the afternoon Mrs Ryan (aka Frances Macdonald) will give a short painting demonstration.

At 5.30 p.m. there will be a showing of the original 1949 version of the film Whisky Galore in The General’s Bar (which has a selection of over 50 whiskies to help to get you in the mood).

Later, enjoy an evening of entertainment with amazing music and a traditional fiddle band. We invite you enjoy another delicious dinner then, as is customary at Crinan, we will invite guests to contribute a song or some other party piece. There will be a special prize for the least inhibited performer.

TUESDAY  2ND JANUARY 2018

Departure after breakfast.

Saxofolk Crinan Hotel

Prices for “The Three Day Package” start at £625.00 per person to £865.00 per person for a double or shared twin room.
This is inclusive of full breakfast, gourmet dinner, champagne reception on Hogmanay and a glass of bubbly and/or cream tea and/or shortbread and mince pies on arrival. You will receive on departure a voucher for a double or twin room for 1 night bed & breakfast at the Crinan Hotel during 2018 per room taken for 3 nights over New Year.

CONDITIONS & TERMS:
Bookings taken via the Crinan Hotel website will be charged an initial 4% deposit. 50% of the balance due for the Hogmanay package is then payable at the beginning of November 2017 (or at the time of booking for bookings taken after the beginning of November) and the balance will be payable when you leave the Hotel in January 2018.

Children are very welcome and so are well behaved dogs.

For more details call The Crinan Hotel on 01546 830 261 or e-mail enquiry@crinanhotel.com or book on-line https://www.crinanhotel.com/booking.php

 

The Torridon Hotel and Luxury Scotland celebrate 25 years this year

Both The Torridon Hotel and Luxury Scotland have reached a milestone in 2017. Luxury Scotland celebrates its 25th anniversary and The Torridon Hotel celebrates 25 years in the family.

Our joint celebrations couldn’t be happening in a better year, when Scotland is exceptionally busy with national and international visitors due to among other things, the success of the North Coast 500, the huge amount of interest TV shows such as Outlander has received and great Media coverage such as being named “the most beautiful country in the world” by the Rough Guide.

The Torridon was built in 1887 as a hunting lodge up until the 1960’s when it opened as a hotel. The Gregory Family (one of the current owner’s parents) originally bought the property in 1992 and it has remained in the family ever since.

The Gregory’s vision was to offer guests a luxurious modern day comfort and first class service. This was recognised in 1993 when, after being opened for just 12 months the hotel was awarded ‘Best Newcomer’ by the AA and later in 1998 ‘Best Hotel in Scotland’.

Owners Rohaise and Dan bought the business from her parents in 2004, having spent 5 years as managers. Since 2007, they have completed a full refurbishment and today The Torridon consists of The Torridon Hotel, The Torridon 1887 Restaurant, The Torridon Inn, Torridon Activities and Torridon Boat House.

We recommend you to see their latest blog where you can find more detailed info on their journey as well as their goals, awards and beautiful approach to high-end hospitality. Click here

The Torridon Boat House

The Boat House at The Torridon

Afternoon Tea at The Torridon

Afternoon Tea at The Torridon

Luxury Bedrooms at The Torridon

Luxury Bedrooms at The Torridon

 

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15th Anniversary Special 2 Night Offer from Airds Hotel

Help us celebrate our 15th Anniversary at Airds, in Port Appin – with our special 2 night package available from Sunday 29th October to Wednesday 31st January 2018
(Offer excludes 4th Nov, 23rd Dec – 6th Jan 2018)

Jenny and I will be celebrating 15 years at The Airds in December and we can hardly believe how quickly the time has gone. Over the years it has been our privilege to welcome so many regular and new guests across our threshold and we feel we can’t let this milestone pass without a celebration. Not one day has been the same and we have made many wonderful friends.

A special anniversary calls for a special package, so please help us celebrate by staying with us for 2 nights any time between the 29th October and the 31st January 2018 (excluding 4th Nov and the 23rd Dec to 6th Jan) from just £122 per person per night based on double occupancy including dinner and full Scottish breakfast each day, and a cream tea on the day of your choice. We hope you can join us to celebrate!

Rates start from just £244 per person for the two night package, based on double occupancy and inclusive of:

  • airds hotel restaurantDinner each evening
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • Early morning tea delivered to for room each morning
  • A cream tea on a day of your choice

To book this October offer call 01631 730236 or email Airds Hotel on airds@airds-hotel.com

Price: From £244 per person for our 15th Anniversary Celebration 2 night package

Offer available for dates between Sunday 29th October and Wednesday 31st January 2018
(Offer excludes 4th Nov, 23rd Dec – 6th Jan 2018)

Web Link for more info https://www.airds-hotel.com/hotel-deals/15th-anniversary/

I do hope you can come and join us … Shaun

October Offers from Airds Hotel Port Appin

Morning mist, Castle Stalker with the Morvern Hills in view, Argyll

October Offers from Airds Hotel Port Appin

Relax & Unwind in October – 3 Night Special Offer from Airds Hotel

Relax and Unwind at Airds Hotel. Take advantage of our 3 night special offer available throughout October.

Enjoy a special trip this autumn to Scotland’s stunning West Coast and The Airds Hotel this autumn. Come and relax, leaving all the cares of the world behind. Take advantage of the many walks from right outside the hotel, hire a bike for the day and enjoy a day on Lismore via the short ferry ride at the end of the pier, watch seals on a boat trip, again from the end of the pier in Port Appin, or simply sit in the conservatory and enjoy the fantastic view over the loch to the Morvern mountains.

airds hotel restaurantAt the end of the day enjoy a meal in our romantic 3 Rosette restaurant with stunning views across the loch, before retiring to the comfort of your room, perhaps with a good book or one of the many dvd’s to choose from – a truly relaxing break!

With rates from just £433 per person, based on double occupancy, for the 3 night package, inclusive of:

  • 5 Course dinner with petit fours and coffee each evening
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • Early morning tea/coffee delivered to your room
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • We will also include a complimentary cream tea on a day of your choice.

To book this October offer call 01631 730236 or email Airds Hotel on airds@airds-hotel.com

Price: From £433 per person for the 3 night package

Offer available for dates between 1st and 31st October  2018 (exclusion periods apply)

Web Link for more info https://www.airds-hotel.com/hotel-deals/autumn-hotel-offer-scotland/

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Luxury Scotland Newsletter – September 2017

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September sees the launch of our
Luxury Scotland Book Project.

Welcome to our Luxury Scotland newsletter for September 2017.
This month we have an excellent article entitled ‘A Literary Journey through Luxury Scotland‘. Written by Viv Devlin it uncovers and explains the many  literary links with Luxury Scotland hotels. As well as a very informative article, we have an interactive map featuring our hotels and their associated books.

From “The Lady of the Lake” to the popular Outlander series, romantic tales, fantasy adventures and stories rich in imagination and intrigue have always promoted tourism, enticing book lovers to follow their literary heroes and heroines from the story on the page to the reality of place.

Luxury Scotland’s literary links comprises 31 books and, to mark the 25th Anniversary of Luxury Scotland, we have assembled a little library of these 31 books which we will give away to the person who answers the following in the most creative way.

COMPETITION QUESTION:
“If you could sit down with any Scots writer, past or present and discuss a book with them, who would it be, where would you like to have the discussion and what book would you like to discuss?”

Send your answer to me at jeremy@luxscot.co.uk.

Wishing you an enjoyable September.

Whatever you decide to do during September – have an enjoyable summer.

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


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Packed with new content, our latest  Brochure showcases our 31 members in style.

New photographs, an illustrious forward, our iconic map and articles on the North Coast 500 and the rise of Scotland’s artisan gin distilleries all provide a fresh overview of Scotland’s best hotels and luxury destinations.

To ensure you have instant access to this 25th anniversary edition we have created an online virtual brochure for you to enjoy at your leisure.

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Enjoy ‘A Dram Good Time!’ at Lochgreen House Hotel – Friday 29th September 2017

Our Malt Room at Lochgreen is the perfect setting to relax and sample Scotland’s finest whiskies. Join us on Friday 29th September 7pm for ‘A Dram Good Time’ and a journey of taste and true character of individual Whiskies. This is a Whisky Tasting plus 2 course dinner with an informative talk on the different types of whiskies by ‘The Jar’ Whisky Specialists of Troon.

Arrival 7pm – 1 Whisky on arrival followed by 5 Whisky tastings and talk on different types of Whiskies, two course dinner, followed by tea/coffee & petit fours.

Cost: £50 per person for Whisky Tasting and Dinner on Friday 29th September 7pm

Call now 01292 313343 to reserve your table.
(Please note – Full payment required at time of booking.)

For more info online: http://www.costley-hotels.co.uk/local/pages/events.php

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lochgreen whisky roomNOTE: Lochgreen Hotel is a stunning country house hotel with an award winning restaurant in Troon on the Ayrshire coast. The hotel overlooks Royal Troon Championship Golf Course. Awarded Five Stars by Visit Scotland, Lochgreen House Hotel is set in thirty acres of woodlands and beautifully manicured gardens.

The hotel has thirty two elegant, spacious bedrooms with luxurious bathrooms many with views overlooking Royal Troon Championship Golf Course.

 

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Sparkling Champagne Gourmet Evening at Lochgreen House Hotel – 15th Sept 2017

Become a Champagne Connoisseur by joining us for our Lochgreen Sparkling Champagne Gourmet Evening on Friday 15th September at 7pm.

With champagnes presented by our Restaurant Sommelier and a FIVE course tasting menu with FIVE accompanying sparkling Champagnes, this will be an extra special evening at Lochgreen’s award winning restaurant. We’ll be serving Canapes on arrival and an Amuse Bouche before dinner, followed by Starter – Intermediate – Main course – Dessert – all with matching Champagnes recommended by our Sommelier in the delightful surroundings of Lochgreen Restaurant. The champagnes served will also be available to purchase on the evening.

The cost for this fabulous evening is £55 per person and includes the 5 course tasting menu together with 5 specially selected sparkling Champagnes.

Call 01292 313343 to reserve your table or for more details.
(Please note – Full payment required at time of booking.)

Further details online at http://www.costley-hotels.co.uk/local/pages/events.php

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NOTE: Lochgreen Hotel is a beautiful country house hotel in Troon on the Ayrshire coast Overlooking Royal Troon Championship Golf Course. Awarded Five Stars by Visit Scotland, Lochgreen House Hotel is set in thirty acres of woodlands and beautifully manicured gardens.

The hotel has thirty two elegant, spacious bedrooms with luxurious bathrooms many with views overlooking Royal Troon Championship Golf Course.