What an exciting year that was! Luxury Scotland 2017 Review

2017 Luxury Scotland Review

What an exciting year that was!

I have been looking back at all the exciting events and developments we enjoyed during Luxury Scotland’s 25th Anniversary year.

We were very privileged to announce the addition of three more of Scotland’s finest luxury properties to our portfolio:
Kinross House
Estate in Kinross-shire, Lews Castle on the Isle of Lewis and The Isle of Eriska Hotel & Spa.

We also welcomed a new commercial partner – the famous Dunnet Bay Distillery whose Rock Rose Gin and Holy Grass Vodka have received rave reviews from drinks experts and the cocktail generation.

Our existing members continued to enhance their guest experience with several new features. Glencoe House opened six new luxury suites and Belmond Royal Scotsman added a luxury spa to their on-board facilities. The Old Course Hotel enjoyed a wonderful reopening after a 3-month refurbishment and Gleneagles opened The American Bar and The Birnam Brasserie.


During the year our visitors enjoyed a number of sumptuous gourmet dining events featuring top chefs including Emily Roux at Greywalls, Marcello Tully at Kinloch Lodge and Michel Roux who graced Crossbasket Castle and then joined Andrew Fairlie at an event at Gleneagles.

At Lochgreen House in Ayrshire the Costley Kitchen Club was launched and new menus continued to wow diners at Restaurant Martin Wishart in Cameron House on Loch Lomond.

Following the success of our Ultimate Road Trip on the North Coast 500 itinerary, we added several more wonderful driving itineraries around Scotland for those visitors who, like me, have a passion for discovering the joys of driving in Scotland.

If sailing rocks your boat, look at our Sailing in Scotland page which highlights exciting opportunities for luxury charters just outside Edinburgh on the Firth of Forth and on Scotland’s west coast at Crinan.

To mark our 25th Anniversary, a special Connoisseurs Scotland Edition of the famous Monopoly game was produced and is now available for guests to enjoy in our Luxury Scotland hotels. Already considered a collectors’ item, we advise all Monopoly addicts to ‘like’ our Luxury Scotland Facebook page as several of these unique sets will be given away as prizes during December.

In conjunction with the Wigtown Book Festival we established a literary link with each of our luxury hotels and a specific book to which they have links. Our little library, Luxury Scotland’s Literary Links, comprising all these books has been won by Preston Street School in Edinburgh.

2018 promises to be another exciting year for Luxury Scotland. We already have some exciting announcements on our Special Offers page and on our Facebook page so please keep a look out for email newsletters.

Wishing you a very enjoyable 2018.

Jeremy and Chico

Jeremy Hawkings, Chief Executive,
Luxury Scotland.
E: jeremy@luxscot.co.uk






Spring Savings on Hebridean Princess


Springtime in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is an exciting and magical time as the landscapes burst into colour and new life emerges.  What better way to welcome the season of growth than to enjoy a voyage of discovery on Hebridean Princess.

We are delighted to offer the following hand-picked selection of spring cruises with the tantalising fares shown for visitors to the Luxury Scotland website.

To make you reservation and receive the special fares shown, please call Jonathan, Lisa, Louise, Stella or Abigail on 01756 704704 quoting ‘Luxury Scotland‘.

Argyll’s Secret Coast – 1 to 7 March 2018 – 6 nights 

Greenock – Great Cumbrae – Arran – Crarae – Strachur – Rothesay – Greenock

Join Hebridean Princess on her maiden voyage of 2018 as she uncovers some of the delights of Argyll’s secret coast, exploring Britain’s longest sea loch and some of the diverse islands which pepper the Firth of Clyde.

Inside Single SOLD OUT
Outside Single SOLD OUT
Inside Double SOLD OUT
Small Outisde Double from £2,900pp New Fare £2,475pp
Premium Outside Double £3,700pp New Fare £3,160pp
Balcony Double £3,000pp New Fare £3,160pp
Suite Double SOLD OUT

Heart of Argyll to Oban – 20 to 27 March 2018 – 7 nights

Greenock – Holy Loch – Sanda Island -Campbeltown – Islay – Crinan – Craobh Haven – Oban

Leaving Greenock, and heading around the Mull of Kintyre, we take this last opportunity to enjoy the Clyde islands in spring as we voyage to our home port of Oban and our first visit of the year to some of the southern Hebridean islands.

Inside Single SOLD OUT
Outside Single SOLD OUT
Inside Double SOLD OUT
Small Outside Double from £3,350pp New Fare £2,860pp
Premium Outside Double £4,800pp New Fare £4,100pp
Balcony Double from £4,800pp New Fare £4,100pp
Suite Double SOLD OUT

West Coast Wonders – 3 to 10 April 2018 – 7 nights

Oban – Rum – Kyle of Lochalsh – Ullapool – Isle Martin – Loch Ewe – Skye – Oban

Scotland’s Western Seaboard is unspoilt, wild and beautiful. Explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the comfort and elegance of Hebridean Princess as she discovers hidden Hebridean highlights, together with rugged mainland gems on a cruise of varied adventure.

Inside Single £3,750 New Fare £3,200

Outside Single SOLD OUT
Inside Double SOLD OUT
Small Outside Double £4,250pp New Fare £3,625pp
Premium Outside Double £5,450pp New Fare £4,650pp
Balcony Double from £5,450pp New Fare £4,650pp
Suite Double SOLD OUT


Springtime Surprise – 24 April to 1 May 2018 – 7 nights

Oban – Oban

Join Hebridean Princess on this Springtime Surprise cruise as Captain decides the itinerary on a daily basis, taking you to some of his favourite destinations. Although the itinerary is unknown you will be assured of our excellent service, exquisite cuisine and the understated elegance of Hebridean Princess.

Inside Single £4,950 New Fare £4,225
Outside Single SOLD OUT
Inside Double SOLD OUT
Small Outside Double £5,550pp New Fare £4,740pp
Premium Outside Double £7,200pp New Fare £6,150pp
Balcony Double  £7,200pp New Fare £6,150pp
Suite Double SOLD OUT

Hebridean Princess looks forward to 30th season

As the New Year dawns, here at Hebridean Island Cruises we are very much looking forward to celebrating the ‘Pearl Anniversary’ of Hebridean Princess as she embarks on her 30th cruising season.Naturally, our 30th anniversary season will not go unmarked and we will therefore be replicating itineraries from our inaugural year of 1989, along with cruises from our tenth season of 1998 and the twentieth season of 2008.

But our Pearl Anniversary celebrations are not just confined to cruises from seasons gone by. For the summer of 2018 our out-of-area cruises will witness Hebridean Princess venturing to the south coast of England, calling at Dublin and the Isles of Scilly en route. We are also voyaging to the Channel Islands, Northern France including Brittany and Normandy, and our maiden visit to Belgium. Furthermore, two cruises of the River Thames to the iconic Tower Bridge are additional highlights of our southern sojourn.

For the more energic, there will be four new Footloose walking itineraries, and for the first time in many years a dedicated cycling cruise to be accompanied by Olympic Cyclist, Chris Boardman.

To make you reservation and receive a 10% saving on the full published fares please call Jonathan, Lisa, Louise, Stella or Abigail on 01756 704704. They will be pleased to answer any queries you may have regarding the itineraries, travel options or life on board Hebridean Princess.

>> 2018 Cruise Calendar


FREE TICKETS to London cruise shows

During the early part of 2018 Hebridean Island Cruises will be attending some of the UK’s biggest cruise and travel shows.

Come along and meet our experienced team and have your questions answered face to face – we’d love to see you…

Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show

Olympia London, 1st – 4th February 2018

Come face to face with your next holiday or travel experience at the UK’s biggest travel show. Packed with hundreds of leading and independent tour operators, over 75 tourist boards from across the globe, cultural entertainment, world flavours, travel celebrities and more, Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show is the UK’s largest and longest-running travel event. Taking place at Olympia London, 1 – 4 February 2018, the Destinations Holiday and Travel Show is the essential event to indulge your passion for travelling.

With the largest choice of exhibitors anywhere in the UK and a huge variety of holiday and travel options on offer, the Destinations Show inspires you to discover new destinations and adventures from our expert exhibitors.

Plus, discover the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, a line-up of incredible talks, presentations and panel sessions from a host of leading travel writers and authors, whilst exotic cultures are brought to life through dance, performance and free food and drink tastings across four Experience The World stages.

Meet the Experts Theatres also provide over 50 hours of free travel advice from destination specialists. Covering an array of journeys to every continent, get inspired to discover and learn about exciting destinations across the globe.

Wherever your next journey leads, make sure it begins at the Destinations The Holiday and Travel Show, Olympia London.


London Cruise Show

Olympia London, 17th – 18th February 2018The Cruise Show returns to the Olympia, London on the 17th and 18th February and will celebrate the range of sights, sounds and wonders available to those willing to discover the world by ship!

The world has never been more accessible for those with the spirit of adventure. Packed full of information and inspiration, Cruise Show will bring together the best specialist operators and holiday providers all under one roof. In one weekend we cover everything from all-inclusive luxury getaways to small-ship cruises destined for remote locations, as well as your chance to meet like-minded travellers on organised group tours – whether you’re travelling with partner, family or friends!

As well as meeting with an excellent range of travel companies and taking advantage of their exclusive show-only offers, visitors are also invited to enjoy the show’s interactive features. Hear first-hand experience from celebrity speakers, explorers, journalists and tour operators in a choice of 3 theatres, bursting with travel ideas and practical advice that’s bound to inspire.