News, awards and what's on

We don’t need a magazine mention or an avalanche of awards to tell us just how special Scotland is – but we’re so proud to see the recognition our marvellous country is receiving on the world stage.

This month’s news round-up starts with another glowing accolade for the capital: it’s been recognised as a leading cultural destination.

Also drawing global attention is The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, recently deemed worthy of recognition in US News and World Report’s Best Hotels ranking.

We’re serving up some culinary dispatches from Murrayshall Country Estate and the Isle of Eriska’s seasonal restaurant, The Deck. Plus, there’s a whisky festival in the works for Speyside and Little’s have made a significant investment in their fleet.

Here’s all the very latest…

It’s official: Edinburgh has cultural capital

We’re delighted to report that Scotland’s beautiful capital city continues to wow the world. Most recently, it’s been declared ‘Europe’s Leading Cultural City Destination 2024’ at the World Travel Awards, fending off competition from major global cities like Paris, Rome and Lisbon.

To see what all the fuss is about, why not plan a spring break to the capital? There’s a range of Luxury Scotland properties to choose from. Settle in to the oh-so-central Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa for a relaxing retreat. Or, for something wildly unique, set your sights on the luxurious floating hotel Fingal. Either way, culture’s a given.

Fast track to sustainability

Congratulations to the Belmond Royal Scotsman, who have recently received their EarthCheck certification. The organisation works closely with hospitality businesses to help engage their teams in more sustainable business practice.

This is a significant milestone for the iconic train tour, and a true badge of honour that shows their commitment to environmental and sustainable practices. Well done, team!

As good as gold

The Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa has been awarded a Gold Badge in the 2024 US News and World Report Best Hotels.

The ranking is determined by three key factors: reputation among travel professionals, guest reviews and hotel class ratings.

Congratulations to their hardworking team!

Little’s move up a gear

Luxury Scotland partners Little’s Chauffeur Drive have invested £1 million to expand their fleet of luxury vehicles.

The new additions will include 16 Mercedes V-Class people carriers, set to operate from the company’s bases in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The new vehicles will take the company’s total fleet to 50 cars, offering even more ways to be whisked around the Scottish sights in supreme, chauffeur-driven comfort. Lovely stuff.  

All hands on Deck

On 3rd April The Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island re-opened The Deck, their seasonal restaurant on the edge of the hotel’s private island oasis.

Here, guests can tuck into fresh and fabulous locally sourced flavours, from chilled langoustines to lamb rump. The backdrop? A dramatic panorama layering mountain peaks, calm waters and soul-stirring sunsets.

For warmer nights, guests can dine on the outdoor terrace, or simply cosy up and enjoy the front row seat to nature from inside the floor-to-ceiling windows. Delicious!

The Deck is open on Wednesday to Sunday evenings from 6pm until 10pm.

Book your table here.

The ingredients of a master

Craig Jackson, Head Chef at Murrayshall Country Estate, has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Master Chef of Great Britain’ by the Institute of Master Chefs.

The institute was founded in 1980 and serves as a forum for fostering culinary talent. To be eligible for the accolade, you must have held at least two AA Red Rosettes for a minimum of two years – so it’s no mean feat.

Huge congratulations to Craig – we can’t wait to see what you achieve next!

Whisky lovers – we’re looking at you!

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival kicks off near Inverness at the beginning of May – a must for fans of a dram.

Celebrating its 25th year, this five-day extravaganza will be pouring from 1st to 6th May 2024. Expect an array of special events on the side, all in celebration of the Speyside area's famed tipple. Tastings, distillery tours, live music and whisky dinners are all on the agenda.

To make the most of your time at the festival, we’d recommend combining the revelry with a bit of relaxation. The spectacular Douneside House in Aberdeenshire offers plenty of respite, with a swimming pool, sauna and steam room waiting to welcome those who've overindulged.