One or Two Night A La Carte Breaks at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa

The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa in Aberdeen has released special One or Two Night A La Carte Breaks available throughout 2017.

This offer is available from Thursday to Sundays and it includes Bed, Breakfast and A La Carte Dinner during your stay. No Set Menus are available, only the hotel’s exceptional A La Carte; quoting owner Mr Spencer himself:

“No Extras, No Service Charge Here!”

The view The Marcliffe Hotel’s exciting A La Carte Menu visit:


Accommodation rates:

Executive Rooms: Single £175 or Double £235 per night.

Deluxe Rooms: Single £195  or Double £255 per night.

Junior Suite: Single £225 or Double £295

If you stay the night before or after you only pay an extra £80 for bed and breakfast.


Menu Specials

  • Russian King Crab
  • Extra Large Langoustines
  • Wagyu Beef Steaks
  • Scotch Beef Chateaubri and Locally Landed Fish
  • Bisque, Scallops

Spa Specials

  • Body Wrap Treatments Massage
  • Facials
  • Maternity Treatments
  • Manicures, Pedicures
  • Sunless Tanning


The Marcliffe Hotel, Spa and Restaurant
North Deeside Road, Pitfodels, Aberdeen AB15 9YA
T: 01224 861000 E:


Tiny VIPs help mark Crossbasket Castle Hotel’s first anniversary

Extra special, small VIPs who have watched the fairytale-like transformation of a castle from their neighbouring nursery school helped to celebrate Crossbasket Castles first birthday this month.


Children from Crossbasket Nursery School joined staff at the castle to enjoy a slice of luxury, tucking into a birthday cake created by the castle’s award-winning pastry chef, David Simak.


Rob Baird, general manager, Crossbasket Castle, said: “It was so much fun to welcome in the local nursery children and staff, who brought a real sense of excitement to the celebrations – especially as they have watched our magical transformation over the past few years.


“We’ve enjoyed a fantastic first year and it’s great to be able to celebrate that with the community as well as with our guests. We have welcomed people from all over the world keen to see how Crossbasket has been restored to its former glory.”


Crossbasket Castle, near Glasgow, was purchased in 2011 by local businessman Steve Timoney and his wife Alison Reid-Timoney; the castle officially opened its doors in May 2016 following a multimillion pound renovation transforming the building from ruin.


Ashley Kane, Nursery Nurse at Crossbasket Nursery, said: “The children can see the castle from the nursery every day, so it was brilliant to bring them along to share in the celebrations. The children loved the balloons, cake and candles and had fun singing Happy Birthday to a castle!”


Having recently been named Castle Hotel of the Year at the Scottish Hotel Awards, Crossbasket has picked up two additional awards this month. It was named Romantic Restaurant of the Year and won the Wedding Venue Food Award at the inaugural Scottish Food Awards and Academy.


Rob added: “The industry awards and accolades the castle has collected over the course of the year is testament to the tireless work and dedication from all of the staff who make a visit to Crossbasket Castle a truly unique experience for our guests.”


Operated by the award-wining hotel management group Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI), the castle features nine rooms, including a four-storey bridal tower, a grand ballroom seating up to 250 people and a fine-dining restaurant from legendary chefs Albert and Michel Roux Jr.


Crossbasket Castle Birthday

Outstanding Culinary Experiences at Five Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Scotland

For many international visitors planning to visit Scotland for the first time, the words “Scottish cuisine” calls to mind a plate of haggis and oats. But that’s a dated stereotype, and today Scotland is a land of memorable dining experiences crafted by talented chefs who use the bounty of the local lands and waters in their creations. In fact, Scotland boasts 13 Michelin starred restaurants, five of which are located at members of the Luxury Scotland (previously Connoisseurs Scotland) family of luxury hotels.


Visitors wishing to take a culinary tour of Scotland will have the opportunity to cover some ground in this picturesque country, as the properties featuring Michelin star dining span the map. From the Boath House  in the charming coastal town of Nairn to Martin Wishart at Cameron House on the lush shores of Loch Lomond and Kinloch Lodge on the breathtaking Isle of Skye, many of these luxury dining experiences also come with epic views. In the capital city of Edinburgh, 21212 is a “restaurant with rooms” serving fine dining in a city-centric location, while nearby Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles—the only two Michelin star restaurant in Scotland—delights foodies and golf lovers alike.


The Latest News From These Outstanding Restaurants


Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles—Scotland’s only two Michelin star rated restaurant—recently added another culinary feather to add to its cap when it became the first Scottish restaurant (and one of only seven in the UK) to be inducted into Les Grande Tables du Monde, a collection of some of the most illustrious gastronomic restaurants in the world. Les Grande Tables du Monde, which was founded by a group of legendary Parisian chefs in 1954, brings together a select group of the most distinguished and celebrated restaurants around the globe, all of which boast long-standing two or three Michelin star ratings. “It is a phenomenal honor to be listed next to such highly renowned chefs as Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and my wonderful mentor, Michel Guerard,” said Chef Andrew Fairlie. “The founding ethos of Les Grande Tables du Monde totally chimes with our own: a deep respect for culinary traditions, a natural emphasis on the craft, and a focus on the art of hospitality.”


Food and nature come together at the Boath House in Nairn, where the distinguished restaurant boasts one Michelin star as well as four rosettes from AA. The menu regularly features an exciting variety of “wild foods” like foraged mushrooms and herbs, plucked fresh from nature’s larder and incorporated into the chef’s imaginative dishes. This only makes sense for a property that’s also lauded for its 22 acres of lawns, walled garden, orchard, wildflower meadow and vegetable and herb gardens. In an effort to better unite the culinary and natural elements, later this year the Boath House will open a rustic café located in the walled garden, which will offer a garden-to-plate menu with many ingredients sourced from the surrounding gardens. A wood-fired oven and a more casual dining environment will complete the rustic picture.


At Cameron House in Loch Lomond, the one Michelin starred Restaurant Martin Wishart has undergone a complete makeover. The elegant and stylish—but also relaxed and calming—environment was redesigned to put guests at ease and encourages them to be fully open to the fine dining experience offered at this upscale establishment. This spring, guests can opt for the six-course tasting menu featuring innovative dishes like citrus marinated royal sea bream with quinoa, avocado and ponzu and a saddle of Borders Roe deer with onion, bone marrow and long pepper sauce for £80, or go for the three-course lunch menu for just £32.


Feeding the “body and soul” is the mission at Kinloch Lodge, the historic, family-run inn located on the wildly beautiful Isle of Skye. The property’s remote coastal location is not only part of its charm, it’s also a source for the fresh seafood always present on the Michelin starred restaurant’s seasonal menu. Brazilian-Scottish Chef Director Marcello Tully offers creative dishes like sea bass and monkfish lime and coconut, and a house-cured salmon wrapped in seafood mousse. For guests who want a better view of how the alchemy of Chef Marcello’s food works, the Chef’s Table is a special ledge for dining up close with a sneak peek into the kitchen. Behind the privacy (and safety) of a glass wall, guests can watch the chefs prepare dinner, as well as be guided through the menu and experience by Chef Marcello himself.


Those wishing to have an epic culinary experience in Scotland’s capital should look no further than 21212, Edinburgh’s only Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms. The unique hotel and restaurant, which holds one Michelin star and four AA rosettes, is located in a Georgian townhouse in Edinburgh’s Royal Terrace and features commanding views to the Firth of Forth and beyond. And while the atmosphere is certainly incredible, the star of the show is the restaurant’s creative, French-inspired menu, which changes weekly to reflect the freshest seasonal ingredients. This spring, several packages make the journey to 21212 even more enticing. A mid-week offer, valid Tuesday to Thursday, includes luxury overnight accommodation and three course dinner for two for £275 ($345 US). An extended weekend package invites guests to stay Saturday night and get Sunday for only £75 ($94 US).




Members of Luxury Scotland include five of the world’s finest golf venues, three castles, one of which was voted to be the best hotel in Europe; city-center properties; country house hotels; exclusive-use properties; a range of world-class spas; an all-suite hotel; the ultimate luxury train, Belmond Royal Scotsman; and the only cruise ship in the world with a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen, Hebridean Princess. Five members boast Michelin-starred restaurants, including Gleneagles, which has the only two Michelin-starred restaurant in Scotland. Information about Luxury Scotland, its members, partners and special offers can be found at



New Easter Record For The Royal Yacht Britannia

The Royal Yacht Britannia announced today its busiest April ever, with an increase of 39% (10,573 visitors) on 2016. A massive increase which beats all previous records for Easter, since the Royal Yacht opened its doors to the public in 1998.


Bob Downie, Britannia’s Chief Executive said: “Our great staff did a magnificent job in what was an incredibly busy Easter, with some days on par with a busy July, which is astonishing and augers well for the year ahead. At the heart of this success is our unrivalled commitment to deliver great value for time, through providing exceptional visitor experiences, that in turn results in Britannia being the top attraction in Scotland on TripAdvisor”.


The positive trend in tourism is reflected across Edinburgh and the Lothians, with the majority of attractions recording excellent figures for Easter, due to the growing popularity of Edinburgh as a safe destination for a high quality and value for money break. This is also reinforced by the monthly growth in Edinburgh’s hotel occupancy levels, and airport passenger numbers, further helped by the pound’s poor exchange rate.


Visitors travel from across the world to visit Her Majesty the Queen’s former floating palace to follow in the footsteps of royalty and experience the highest standards of customer service. Britannia’s five decks are fully accessible and the complimentary audio tour is available in 30 languages, as well as British Sign Language.


Britannia has been officially Scotland’s Best Attraction for 11 years running, rated by VisitScotland, and is also now proud to be one of the country’s most accessible attractions.




For further information please contact Lynda Dalgleish, Head of Marketing at on 0131 555 8800 or 07747 477218.


Follow us on Facebook: The Royal Yacht BRITANNIA or Twitter: @Britanniayacht


Notes to Editors:


  1. The last twelve months has been a period of continuous growth for Britannia with 2016 ending on a grand total of 348,272 visitors which represented 12.7% growth on the previous year.


  1. Of the 14,551 reviews posted on TripAadvisor, to date, by visitors, 72.23% are ‘Excellent’. The highest ‘Excellent’ percentage rating of any large attraction in Scotland.


  1. In 2016, VisitScotland awarded The Royal Yacht Britannia a grading of 96% to become Scotland’s Best Attraction for the eleventh year in a row.
  2. The Royal Yacht has also been rated as one of Scotland’s most accessible attractions. There is full access to all 5 decks of the ship for wheelchairs and buggies, as well as free audio guides in 30 languages, available in Basic English, Children’s Tour, Braille and British Sign Language.


  1. An unforgettable attraction for visitors, as well as a prestigious evening events venue, Britannia is regarded as one of Edinburgh’s ‘must-see’ destinations. Britannia was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over one million miles around the world. Following The Yacht’s decommissioning in 1997, Britannia is now berthed in Edinburgh, where visitors can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. Highlights include the teak-paneled Sun Lounge and elegant State Dining Room, which contrast dramatically with the working side of the ship and the crew’s quarters.


  1. Recent developments have included the audio guide being available in British Sign Language, Braille and 30 languages, making it one of the most translated tours in the world.


  1. Britannia is owned by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust (Registered Charity No. SC028070). The Trust’s responsibility is to maintain and preserve Britannia in keeping with her former role and to display her to the public as a key part of British maritime history. The Trust is a wholly self-funding, not-for-profit, charitable organisation. Income generated from running the Royal Yacht as a visitor attraction and events venue goes towards preserving the yacht for future generations.


  1. Britannia is the official headquarters of the Association of Royal Yachtsmen. The ‘Yotties’, as they are affectionately known, will don their white overalls once again and be on board Britannia for their working week from 15-19 May. Visitors will be able to meet the Yotties and enjoy their tales of life aboard Britannia when the Yacht was in Royal Service.



Tee times on Muirfield Golf Course when you stay at Greywalls Hotel

We are delighted to share that The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers has kindly allocated us with a limited number of tee times on Muirfield Golf Course for 2017


These Tee Times are available as part of our 2 night Dinner, Bed and Breakfast Package at Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux.


There are only a few times remaining for this year. Please call us for details, for full terms and conditions click here.


Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux
Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, EH31 2EG
Telephone: 01620 842144




Join Greywalls Hotel’s First Floristry Course

Learn a new skill while having fun at the same time on our fantastic Floristry course at the luxurious Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux.
Each budding florist will be shown how to arrange flowers for a mixture of occasions and will even get to take the displays home to show to loved ones.

All tools and materials will be provided and the day will be finished off with a Delicious Prosecco afternoon tea.


Wednesday 12th July 2017
Basket Arrangement & Fireplace Display

11am – Tea & Coffee on Arrival
11.30 – Floristry Course with Guest Participation
14.00 – Prosecco Afternoon Tea


£65.00 per person
In conjunction with Save the Date Collective –


Greywalls Hotel & Chez Roux
Muirfield, Gullane, East Lothian, EH31 2EG
Telephone: 01620 842144