Boat trips at Crinan on MV Sgarbh

Experience wonderful boat trips at Crinan on the MV Sgarbh on some of the finest cruising waters in the world, never mind just the west coast of Scotland.

MV SgarbhThe Sgarbh is a fully restored classic motor boat moored at Crinan right outside the hotel which overlooks the Crinan Canal, the gateway to the Atlantic and the islands.

The Sgarbh (gaelic for cormorant, the sea bird) was built in 1947 on the river Clyde in Glasgow as a herring fishing boat. She retired from fishing in 1953 and then was beautifully fitted out below for cruising.

She is built of teak, fully varnished and completely original, the last of her type. Weighing over 20 tons and at 40 foot long she is solid and safe.

Boat trips and more extensive charters can be tailored to suit your preferences with personalised itineraries. The boat is coded for up to 12 passengers during the day and 4 passengers for overnight charters. Fresh seafood and other local produce can be prepared by the hotel and served during your cruise.

Visit the Crinan Hotel website for more information and booking details – and perhaps take the opportunity to stay at the Crinan Hotel in May and June with our ever-popular early summer “three nights for the price of two” deal (applies to B&B rates on Sunday to Thursday nights only – limited availability).  You can book online here – Crinan Hotel bookings

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Luxury Scotland’s Literary Links with Contemporary Fiction

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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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ COMPETITION ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

 

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

 

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

lochgreen gourmet dinner

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.