Romance on board The Royal Yacht Britannia

Whether to impress a loved one with a lavish proposal, or simply spoil someone special, The Royal Yacht Britannia, in Edinburgh, has to be the Ultimate Valentine’s experience.
The Queen’s former floating palace sailed a million miles around the world, entertaining kings and queens, presidents and celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.
Now available exclusively to one couple, an evening aboard the five-star Royal Yacht Britannia begins with a chauffeur-driven arrival at Britannia’s private quayside entrance. The couple will then be welcomed with a red carpet entrance and piped aboard The Yacht via the Royal Brow, the entrance previously reserved for The Queen.
Britannia’s Executive Chef Mark Alston will create an exquisite five course tasting menu, all made on board in the original Royal galleys, to be savoured while listening to a classical string duo, playing a selection of romantic music.  Vintage Champagnes and fine wines will be selected personally by Britannia’s Head Sommelier from the Moët & Hennessy collection, and the evening will come to a close with a spectacular private fireworks display across the water, lighting up the sky.
Britannia’s Ultimate Valentine’s experience, can be personalised to suit individual preferences, all making this an evening to remember forever.



To make a booking contact +44 (0)131 555 5566 or visit the Royal Yacht BRITANNIA‘s website

Welcome to Luxury Scotland’s February 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to this Luxury Scotland Newsletter for February 2016

I am delighted to announce that Crossbasket Castle has joined Luxury Scotland and becomes the latest member of the Luxury Scotland group of hotels. Situated at High Blantyre, approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Glasgow, Crossbasket Castle is a luxury Scottish venue available for exclusive use, with nine palatial bedrooms and banquet hall to seat 250 people. It is quite simply magnificent.

Guests at Crossbasket Castle will enjoy a truly historic experience. The origins of Crossbasket go back over 600 years. The oldest part of the Castle is the 15th Century Tower, built on a hill high above the river. Now known as the Honeymoon Tower, it is a fabulous, romantic 4-storey suite served by a sweeping spiral stone staircase.


The Castle is approached along a glorious driveway passing through exclusive garden grounds eventually revealing the breath-taking front entrance of this Scottish luxury castle. The castle grounds include a large stretch of woodland, extensive nature walks and a beautiful stretch of river featuring majestic waterfalls. The grounds hold a promise of privacy and tranquillity.

For the time being it is available on an exclusive use basis, but from 1st May, 2016, Crossbasket will open as a hotel managed by Inverlochy Castle Management International. The cuisine and menus will be overseen by Chef Albert Roux OBE and Michel Roux Jnr.

For further details see

It is tradition each year on St Valentine’s Day for people in many countries around the world to exchange gifts, cards and flowers with their special ‘valentine’. The tradition derives from Saint Valentine was a 3rd century Roman Saint associated with courtly love.


St Valentine is buried in Rome, but you do not have to go that far to pay your respects to him on 14th February. Simply pop along to your local florist, chocolatier or perhaps the Jaguar showroom and purchase a memento for your loved one.

Alternatively, you can study our ‘Romance is in the Air‘ article for innovative and romantic ideas and let Luxury Scotland inspire you to celebrate the occasion in style.

Whatever you do, enjoy February and, in addition to a romantic break at a Luxury Scotland hotel, the Jaguar option is probably the best option.


Jeremy Hawkings, Chief Executive, Luxury Scotland.

A Valentine’s Extravaganza at Gleneagles Hotel


This year in celebration of Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one to a really special evening.

Enjoy a fabulous dining experience accompanied by spectacular displays of some of the most beautiful pas de deux love duets, performed by international dancers from Ballet Theatre UK with musical interludes from Le Swing.

You will enjoy a canape and champagne reception followed by a 3 course dinner priced at £475 per room per night based on two sharing a Classic Room including Champagne and canape reception, dinner, all entertainment, breakfast and full use of the Club leisure facilities.


Britannia – Scotland’s best Visitor Attraction


The Royal Yacht Britannia has been Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction for each of the past ten years, as rated by the national Tourist Board, VisitScotland.

The iconic 5 star attraction achieved a record score of 96% in 2015, the highest mark ever awarded to a visitor attraction in Scotland, beating their own record, set in 2014. With 308,906 visitors in 2015, The Royal Yacht announced that year as her best since opening in 1999.

A total of almost 5 million people have visited The Queen’s former floating palace since it opened in Edinburgh in 1998. We are delighted to have this very special attraction as a member of Luxury Scotland.


Best Sausages – The House of Bruar


The House of Bruar have won for the second time, the prestigious Diamond trophy for the best pork sausage in this year’s Q Guild Smithfield Butchery Awards.

Their winner– The House of Bruar’s delicious honey roast pork sausages – are handmade using the finest free range Scottish pork by the master butcher Paul Higgins and his dedicated team. Their butchery was opened in 2010 and since then has gone from strength to strength,  proving itself to be one of the finest purveyors of local Scottish meats, boasting the best Morayshire lamb, pork and venison and specializing in 28 day matured Aberdeen Angus beef.

To order some of their fine meats, go to  or prepare an order directly with the Master Butcher on 01796 484 948.

The House of Bruar opened in 1995 and has become Scotland’s most prestigious country store. It is located 11 miles North of Pitlochry on the A9, which is the main route through Scotland and attracts over 1 million visitors each year as well as a thriving mail order business.


Vintage Rolls Royce Tours – Little’s


Our good friends at Little’s, who provide chauffeur drive services of the highest quality have been very busy recently.

They have been planning lots of exciting things for the year ahead including tailor-made vintage Rolls Royce tours of Scotland which sound very romantic.  In addition LIttle’s are expanding into more countries worldwide and offer chauffeur services for the many sporting events taking place this summer (Rio, anyone?).

Little’s will be posting regular updates on these and more developments on the Little’s Web site. To keep up to date you can follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter,Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest, where you will also find details of their impressive fleet and information on large events taking place in our key cities.


Gourmet Dining and Wine Tastings at Knockinaam


Knockinaam Lodge boasts three AA Rosettes for food and is located at its own discreet beach in the South West of Scotland.

The boutique, luxury hotel commands wonderful views over the Irish Sea and offers passionate partners a feast of fantasy on Valentines Weekend. A carefully designed Gourmet Break invites couples to enjoy a 90 minute cookery demonstration with Head Chef, Tony Pierce, a tutored wine tasting hosted by Ian Matthews from Corney & Barrow Wine Merchants,  followed by a gourmet seven course dinner with wine to complement each course, selected by Knockinaam owner, David Ibbotson.

The Valentines Gourmet Break is available 12th to 14th February. Prices from £790 per room for two people sharing for two nights include tea/coffee on arrival, full Scottish breakfasts, Gourmet dinners on both nights and pre-dinner champagne on Saturday night as well as two expert, 90 minute cookery sessions with the Head Chef of Knockinaam Lodge.

For more information on Knockinaam Lodge special breaks and the new Luxury Self-Catering at Shingle Lodge which will be available from March 2016, visit


Valentines Special Break – Airds Hotel


With rates from only £495 for two guests, for the 2 night stay, inclusive of:

  • Bottle of Champagne on arrival
  • A Romantic candlelit dinner each evening
  • Full Scottish breakfast on both mornings
  • Early morning tea/coffee delivered to your room
  • Complimentary newspaper

For more information on Airds Valentine Weekend Breaks call now on 01631 730236 or check Valentine Break Packages in Scotland on our website.

LATEST: Also 30% off Airds Spring & Summer Breaks.


A Rare Opportunity – Valentines Treat at Fasque Castle


A magical romantic evening awaits you at one of the Scotland’s most exclusive and breathtaking castles.

Indulge your Valentine in an exquisite romantic dinner complete with overnight stay at the castle which is normally only available for exclusive use. Enjoy a memorable evening complete with Champagne and Canapés followed by a gourmet 3 course meal.

Rates from £499 including VAT include room for two, dinner for two, breakfast for two and half a bottle of champagne during dinner.

To book email or visit for more.


Luxury Scotland 2016 Brochure


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

Rolls Royce tours of Scotland by Little’s Chauffeur Drive

Our good friends at Little’s, who provide chauffeur drive services of the highest quality around Scotland and the UK have been very busy recently.


They have been planning lots of exciting things for the year ahead including tailor-made vintage Rolls Royce tours of Scotland which sound very romantic.  In addition Little’s are expanding into more countries worldwide and offer chauffeur services for the many sporting events taking place this summer (Rio, anyone?).


Little’s will be posting regular updates on these and more developments on the Little’s Web site. To keep up to date you can follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter,Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest, where you will also find details of their impressive fleet and information on large events taking place in our key cities.






A few of Scotland’s Best Hotel Gyms

Many of our Luxury Scotland Hotels have exceptional gym facilities and equipment as well as personal training sessions for those wanting to push themselves to either make lifestyle changes or reach a better level of fitness.

The Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh

The gym at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh has an extensive range of the latest cardio and resistance equipment with integral entertainment.  The hotel’s Kinesis studios at One Spa offer a holistic approach to physical wellbeing with a range of programmes set in a stimulating environment, the studio introduces an exciting new way of working that encourages your body to move freely and naturally while working on the key elements of flexibility, strength and balance. All fitness classes  are run by a team of experienced instructors.  Click here to see the video



The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

The fitness suite at the Old Course Hotel is situated within the Kohler Waters Spa overlooking the 17th hole of the world-renowned Old Course. With state-of-the-art fitness facilities, keep fit with cardio equipment, resistance machines and free weights, the gym also offers a personalised programme, personal training and group fitness.




Trump Turnberry, Ayrshire

As a member of The Luxury Collection, Trump Turnberry embraces the Seven Pillars of Well-being®, a philosophy focused on restoring the essential elements of Nature, Harmony, Life Balance, Beauty, Aqua, Nutrition, and Vitality. Guided by this holistic approach, the hotel offers a comprehensive selection of programmes and spa breaks aimed at creating mind-body harmony.  See the video to get inspired!




Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire

Gleneagles has truly impressive fitness facilities including:

  • 22 metre family swimming pool offering a bubble pool and massage experience
  • Exclusive adult area featuring 18.5m length swimming pool and Jacuzzi
  • Alpine Onsen pool
  • Health suite consisting of differing heat and shower experiences
  • Spacious fitness suite supported by the Technogym Wellness System, fully refurbished in September 2014
  • Fitness Studio offering in excess of 30 classes per week
  • Running and cycling trails through the heart of the resort
  • 5 tennis courts
  • The PGA National Academy Course membership (our 9 hole golf course)
  • Playroom offering traditional play activities
  • The Zone offering fun games and computers

Fitness classes and available to guests and  club members as well as a several exciting events throughout the year. Members can enjoy:


  • 20% discount on The Spa by Espa treatments
  • Access to Espa Life for expert Wellness treatments
  • Complimentary use of The Playroom for junior members between 2 and 10 years old, maximum of 2 hours per day
  • Children under the age of 5 do not require a membership
  • Unlimited complimentary access to The PGA National Academy Course (our 9 hole golf course), please book in advance
  • Unlimited complimentary access of outdoor tennis facilities, please book in advance
  • Complimentary bike hire for 2 hours daily.  Charges will apply for any damage to bikes
  • Complimentary towels and amenities
  • Complimentary fitness classes from Tai Chi to Body Pump
  • Invitations to exclusive Club member social events
  • Gleneagles members benefits related to accommodation, retail discount and food and beverage (please see ‘Benefits to all members’ section)




If you need that extra push to get started, consider a break at one of the hotels, the fitness team will be able to advise you and give you the tools and inspiration you need to have a healthier lifestyle.





Spa Package: Lose the winter blues at the Old Course Hotel

Escape to a world of luxury this winter with our fabulous seasonal spa break.

  • A glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne on arrival
  • Selection of handcrafted canapés
  • 25 minute hydrating facial plus a 25 minute back of the body massage
  • A healthy two-course lunch at Kohler Waters Spa
  • Full use of the world-class Kohler Waters Spa facilities including access to the swimming pool, roof top hot tub and thermal suite with its hydrotherapy pool, sauna, Japanese salt steam room and relaxation suite
  • 25% discount* on additional spa treatments at Kohler Waters Spa

Sunday-Friday: £99.00 per person

Saturdays: £109.00 per person

A 10% therapist gratuity is included in the package price.

The package is available until 31st March 2016.

All subject to availability.

We recommend you arrive at least two hours before your first treatment to allow time for check-in, changing and relaxation to enhance your Escape This Autumn experience.

To book: please call +44 (0) 1334 468001 or email

* Please note, the discount does not apply to Saturday or Seasonal treatments.

Fall in love with St Andrews this valentine’s day at the Old Course Hotel

Valentines 2016

Don’t forget your toothbrush!

Our team of award-winning chefs has devoted themselves to creating a six course lovers’ feast that will stir passions, heat emotions and whip up your Valentine appetites! Our very own Jools is on the ivories for a night of fun and surprises.

The biggest surprise of all? One very lucky couple will be chosen to win a night at the hotel: and not just any night … that night.

Breaded oyster, oyster veloute, seaweed crystalline

Duck samosa, pineapple carpaccio, lime & chilli dressing

Pan-fried brill, asparagus, artichoke, lemongrass & basil foam

Main Course
Loin & braised shoulder of Scotch lamb, purple sprouting broccoli,
carrots, red wine jus

White chocolate and ginger mousse, rhubarb compote, ginger crumble,
rhubarb ripple ice cream

Coffee & whisky truffles

If you are the lucky winners, you’ll leave your fellow diners there and then to enjoy an overnight stay of unadulterated luxury – followed by a full Scottish breakfast the morning after. And that’s not all! Every couple dining with us on this package packed with passion will have their details entered into a competition to win a hamper bursting with Valentine’s goodies.

14th February only, 7.00pm

£75.00 per person

every lady receives a red rose

Book your table, pack a bag and don’t forget your toothbrush!

Call 01334 468181
or email

Please view our other valentine’s offerings

The Royal Yacht Britannia: Scotland’s Best Visitor Attraction for the past ten years

The Royal Yacht Britannia has officially been Scotland’s best visitor attraction for each of the last 10 years, as rated by national tourism organisation VisitScotland.

With 308,906 visitors in 2015, the Royal Yacht last week announced the year as its best since opening in 1999. Almost five million people from around the world have visited the Queen’s former floating palace since it opened in Edinburgh in 1998, they have achieved a record score of 96 per cent, the highest mark awarded to a visitor attraction in Scotland.

With 9,500 customer reviews, the yacht has held its position among TripAdvisor’s top three UK landmark attractions for two years’ running, taking the number one spot in 2014. It has also received TripAdvisor’s Award for Excellence for four years in a row.




For more information on The Royal Yacht Britannia visit

Great Ideas for Short Breaks and Vacations in Scotland

To enjoy Scotland at its best, you need a range of hotels and destinations which reflect warm Scottish hospitality and the last word in Luxury.

In our 2016 brochure you will find 30 of the finest luxury hotels in Scotland, world class golf and spa resorts, city hotels, country house hotels and castles. Take time to explore our Luxury Scotland web site and you will find great ideas for your vacation or short break in Scotland. Our archive of articles will give you inspiration for activities, itineraries and those special places.

In our News & Offers section you will find a host of promotions including super savings at Lochgreen House Hotel in Prestwick and Airds Hotel in Argyll, complimentary half-term kids activities at Gleneagles and ‘out of this world’ star gazing breaks at Knockinaam Lodge Hotel.

Whatever you are looking for in a vacation we are sure you will find it in Luxury Scotland.

Wishing you a very enjoyable 2016.

Jeremy Hawkings

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knock Knockinaam Lodge Hotel: Sparkling break in Dark Sky Scotland

other January Sale at Airds Hotel – 30% off