Luxury Scotland Newsletter – December 2016

As the year comes to a close it’s a time for celebration and reflection. At Luxury Scotland we go into 2017 celebrating 25 years as the online portal for Scotland’s finest hotels.

We can also reflect on the last twelve months as a time of real change an online innovation. This year our web site was enhanced with interactive maps, video clips and foreign language versions. All this helped attract increasing numbers of visitors from around the world looking for the best of Scottish accommodation.

December is an exciting and very colourful time in the Scottish calendar. The festive season builds to a climax with Christmas markets, wonderful festive lights in the towns and cities and superb firework displays at Hogmanay to mark the end of 2016 and to welcome in the New Year.

Our member hotels have a galaxy of special offers and festive treats in store. We have highlighted a selection of these below and many more will be posted on our New & Offers section during December.

Whatever you choose to do during the festivities, we wish you an enjoyable December.


Jeremy Hawkings, Chief Executive,
Luxury Scotland.

Crossbasket Castle launches a hunt for its first ever First-FooterCrossbasket-Castle-First-Foot

A nationwide search has been launched by Crossbasket Castle to find the luckiest person in Scotland to become the first-footer at Crossbasket Castle’s first ever Hogmanay celebration. Inspired by the well known Scots tradition, Crossbasket Castle is looking to find a tall, dark handsome stranger bearing gifts to bring in the New Year at midnight.

The castle is planning a magnificent event for its first ever Hogmanay party – a black tie event with magical entertainment, fireworks, pipe band and a festive feast set in a spectacular castle setting.

For more information about the event and the first-footer competition, visit


Twixmas 2016 at Airds Hotel in ArgyllTwixmas-at-Airds

Enjoy a sumptuous festive treat at Airds Hotel with a special 15% discount for Twixmas. Choose from a small superior room for the 27th and 28th December at just £298 per person, based on double occupancy or a superior room available for 3 nights, arriving on the 27th December at just £475 per person. Both rates are inclusive of dinner, full Scottish breakfast and VAT.

To learn more about us visit:


Epicurean, Edinburgh’s Hottest New Bar opens at G&V Royal Mile Hoteldis3

Epicurean is a Stylish New Bar in the heart of Edinburgh. Located on the ground floor of G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh, Epicurean has created a vibrant new social hub for Scotland’s bustling capital city.

With an upbeat vibe and an inviting atmosphere for city dwellers and guests alike, Epicurean will serve aromatic infusions and colourful cocktails using home grown flowers and herbs from the hotel’s EvoGro hydroponic.

The cocktail menu will take guests on a Scotsman’s journey of Botanical Europe.


Hogmanay & New Year at The Marcliffe in Aberdeenmarcliffe-offers

Celebrate Hogmanay and the New Year in style at the Marcliffe Hotel & Spa near Aberdeen. This glorious Aberdeen hotel has a well earned reputation for wonderful New Year and Hogmanay celebrations. A selection of two and three night packages are available starting at £475 per person for two nights B&B in executive room. The packages include a Gala Ball on Hogmanay, Steak Menu on New Year’s Day and A Fish & Seafood Menu on 2nd January.

To download Marcliffe’s festive brochure or make a booking visit


Christmas Cookery Demos at Lochgreen House Hotelcostley-lochgreen-festive

Get ready to impress your family and friends with top tips and ideas for fabulous, festive entertaining! On Friday 16th December at Lochgreen House Hotel, Executive Head Chef Iain Conway will showcase tips and techniques for festive cooking.

A cocktail masterclass, a tour of Lochgreen’s kitchen and a three course gourmet Christmas dinner with a glass of wine can be yours for £45 per person. DBB rates are also available at 230 for two guests. What a wonderful pre-Christmas present.

Call 01292 313343 to book or visit


Celebrate the 115th anniversary of Greywalls – 115 rooms for £115!greywalls-festive

Celebrate Greywalls Hotels history and heritage with this amazing £115 B&B offer. Designed by Edward Lutyens and located in East Lothian just 30 minutes south of Edinburgh, this is one of Scotland’s most cherished five-star country house hotels. Take advantage of this anniversary offer and enjoy the hotels famous gardens, exquisite food and delightful atmosphere

Call +44 (0) 1620 842144 or visit for details.


Festive Breaks at Gleneagles in Perthshiregleneagles-festive

Gleneagles will once again become a stunning winter wonderland this December when their festive programme comes to life, transforming this magnificent hotel into Scotland’s most magical home from home.

Guests can choose from shooting, falconry and hawking sessions, cocktail making, cheese and wine tasting, golf tuition and tennis coaching. Young ones and teenagers can enjoy treasure hunts, cookery classes, movie screenings, arts and crafts workshops, dancing and singing lessons, pony mornings and the appearance of Santa Claus himself on Christmas Eve.

For festive packages details visit or call Resort Sales on 0800 389 3737.


Christmas & New Year Celebrations at Trump TurnberryTrump-Turnberry-Festive

Enjoy the festive season in the warmth of Trump Turnberry, a Luxury Collection Resort. Take a refreshing stroll along Turnberry beach before returning to the warmth of Turnberry’s roaring log fires and raise a glass to the festivities in the newly renovated Grand Tea Lounge and Bar.

A range of exciting family activities, classes and workshops run throughout December. On Christmas Eve guests will have an opportunity to meet Santa’s reindeer! New Year’s Eve is celebrated in style at Trump Turnberry in the magnificent Donald J. Trump Ballroom. Dance the night away under dazzling chandeliers and enjoy a sumptuous magical evening with fireworks at midnight.

Explore everything you need to know for a memorable festive break at Trump Turnberry


A Christmas Experience on board Britanniabritannia-festive

For the ultimate Christmas Event consider the unobtrusive excellence aboard Britannia. This is the perfect setting for a memorable festive evening on board this famous luxury yacht where kings, queens, world leaders and celebrities once wined and dined.

The Britannia Christmas Experience includes a piper and red carpet treatment on arrival, a superb jazz trio and resident pianist playing the original grand piano once played by Princess Diana and Noel Coward. Guests will enjoy a sumptuous four course menus and canapes using only the finest Scottish produce.

For information or to make a booking, call Britannia’s Events Team on, or phone +44 (0)131 555 8800.


A Traditional Scottish Hogmanay at Kinloch HouseKinlochHouse

Enjoy a Scottish Hogmanay at Kinloch House where we welcome in the New Year in traditional style. Arrive on 30th of December and, after a relaxing afternoon, enjoy a candle lit dinner.

Our New Year’s Eve celebrations start with a gourmet dinner comprising six courses, canapes, coffee, petits fours and gift for each guest. After dinner a fiddler and accordionist will entertain and those who feel inclined can dance a few reels in the Conservatory. Champagne will be served at midnight when a piper will bring in the New Year. New Year’s is a relaxing affair with light lunch and a leisurely three course dinner in the evening. Two and three night packages from £700 per person based on two sharing.

Call Kinloch House on 01250 884237 to book or email:


A host of special offers are available on our Luxury Scotland News & Offer section including these exclusive festive packages from ICMI Hotels:


Greywalls Hotel and Chez Roux have a Christmas Package from £1150 for 2 nights or £1550 for 3 nights.
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Also at Greywalls, there is a New Year Package from £ 1000 for 2 nights or £1400 for 3 nights.
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At Inverlochy Castle, recently voted the finest hotel in Europe, there is a Christmas package from £2970 for 3 nights and a New Year package from £3750 for 3 nights
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The Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course in the Scottish Borders just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and Newcastle offers their 3 night Christmas package from £1275 and a 3 night luxury New Year celebration from £1375
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The romantic Crossbasket Castle at Blantyre, just minutes from Glasgow is fully booked for Christmas but you can enjoy their New Year Gala Ball at £110 per person