New Member / Stargazing & Spas
I am delighted to announce our newest Luxury Scotland member is The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links on Islay.
As one of Scotland’s finest links courses with stunning views out over the Atlantic, The Machrie is a 47 bedroom hotel with a modern take on Scottish design.
The hotel facilities include a Spa and Gym plus a 30-seat ‘Screening Room’ making The Machrie a perfect business and conference venue as well as the ideal choice for golfing groups and families.
Located on the Isle of Islay, on Scotland’s west coast, The Machrie can date its origins back to 1891 when Willie Campbell created the original classic links course. Today, with innovative design by D J Russell, the Machrie combines the thrill of a traditional, historic links course with the best of modern links design.
Golf at The Machrie offers an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all ages and abilities. As well as the stunning 18-hole Links, visitors can enjoy the Wee course offering six par-3 holes played from a multitude of tees, a covered driving range and short game area – and the glorious Hebrides putting course.
Launched in 2018, The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links has already collected many accolades and awards including 3 Regional Awards at the Scottish Hotel Awards, Highland and Islands Regional Event.
‘18’, The Machrie’s Restaurant, specialises in offering the finest of Scottish produce most of which is locally sourced. The ’18’ restaurant overlooks the 18th green with spectacular panoramic views over the course towards Laggan Bay. The Machrie Bar showcases an impressive collection of whiskies, most of which are from Islay’s eight distilleries.
The Machrie is easily accessible by road and car ferry or plane. Islay Airport is just 5 minutes by car and the Ferry Terminal at Port Ellen is just 10 minutes away. I do encourage you to put The Machrie on your ‘must visit’ list for 2019.
It may come as a surprise to many that Scotland has some of Europe’s best places for Stargazing. The top rated and darkest stargazing areas are in and around Galloway and Southern Ayrshire, Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park and certain areas along the west coast in Argyll. These are perfect areas for stargazing being so dark with very little light pollution.
As luck would have it, we have three Luxury Scotland hotels well known for stargazing. There is Torridon in the Highlands on the west coast, Glenapp Castle in Ayrshire and Knockinaam Lodge further south in Dumfries & Galloway. Crinan and Inverlochy Castle are also well placed for clear night skies and spectacular stargazing.
Winter, early Spring and late Autumn are the best times to enjoy stargazing and discover Scotland’s celestial treasure. During these times the nights are longer and it gets darker earlier and so stargazing can start all the sooner. While it’s possible to enjoy stargazing with nothing more than a good pair of binoculars, there are a number of Dark Sky Rangers throughout Scotland who offer guided exploration of the heavens.
The Torridon and Glenapp Castle both offer special packages including stargazing. Knockinaam has close links with an expert Dark Sky Ranger and can arrange a specialist event for families and groups. When you stay at Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye, you can visit Kinloch Forest which is a Designated Dark Sky Discovery Site. All activities are obviously weather dependent.
From celestial bodies we come down to earth and turn to mind, body and spirit with some innovative promotions from the Coach House Spa at Kinross House and a special 4 day workshop at Borthwick Castle.
Luxury Scotland offers a huge range of spas and health centres ranging from world class urban spas, golf and spa resorts as well as small specialist spas offering unique Scottish treatments using local organic products.
As we start the new year it is an ideal time to consider recharging and renewing mind and body – in readiness for the year ahead.
SELECTED OFFERS FROM LUXURY SCOTLAND HOTELS
STARGAZING EXPERIENCE AT THE TORRIDON
With some of the clearest skies in the Scottish Highlands, The Torridon Resort has launched an astronomy experience package.
Suitable for beginners, amateurs and aficionados, astronomer Stephen Mackintosh will share a wealth of knowledge about the night sky and take participants out on a stargazing excursion in the surrounding highlands.
STARGAZING EUROPE’S DARKEST SKIES at GLENAPP
Guests at Glenapp Castle can experience dramatic expansive skies from the comfort of Glenapp’s Victorian walled garden.
Enjoy the wonders of the night sky with this special stargazing offer. Luxury Accommodation, gourmet dinner and the stargazing experience guided by an expert dark sky ranger. On clear nights you could view the Milky Way stretching from one horizon to the other.
4 DAY WELLNESS RETREAT at BORTHWICK CASTLE
Borthwick Castle in collaboration with acclaimed nutritionist Amanda Hamilton, are holding a 4 day well-being retreat from 7th to 10th March.
This will be a rewarding and exceptional four day event set within the tranquil landscapes surrounding the castle and the perfect setting for focusing on mind and body.
KINROSS HOUSE ESTATE’S COACH HOUSE SPA– VALENTINE’S SPECIAL
Valentine’s Gift for Spa Lovers. Why not treat them to an amazing Spa Day!
During the whole of February, The Coach House Spa at Kinross House is offering a special Valentine’s Pamper Day for just £150 per couple! It includes use of our facilities (Hydrapool, Sauna and Relax Room), 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage each, 30 minute facial each, afternoon tea … and a glass of fizz.
FOUR NEW OFFERS FROM MICHELIN-STARRED 21212 RESTAURANT IN EDINBURGH
21212 Restaurant with Rooms, located in the heart of Edinburgh is set over four floors with light, spacious interiors and stunning views from the upper level rooms over the city to the Firth of Forth.
During February and March diners can choose from FOUR promotions including one and two night B&B stays as well as a wonderful Friday night offer including dinner and a glass of bubbly.
SEASONAL OFFERS from GLENEAGLES – 3 NIGHTS & 20% OFF
Each season brings its own special excitement to Gleneagles, from winter with the estate dusted in frost, through to spring and summer with rich colour and wildlife.
As well as Gleneagle’s ‘Wee Ones Go Free’ offer – book your stay for three nights or more and get 20% off the best available rate to help you make the most of your stay. Prices from £684 for three nights (January – March) and from £804 for three nights (April).
ROMANCE & VALENTINE SPECIALS at ONE DEVONSHIRE GARDENS in GLASGOW
Show the love to someone special with One Devonshire’s Valentine’s menu including champagne and three sumptuous courses for just £120 for two.
Why not make it a real night to remember with a sharing menu dinner, champagne and luxurious overnight accommodation with a full cooked breakfast to complete your stay.
STARGAZING, BEACHWALKS & EASTER BREAKS at KNOCKINAAM LODGE
Knockinaam, looking out over the Irish Sea, has a wonderful location for stargazers, With the beach right at the end of Knockinaam’s garden, the hotel is perfect for relaxing beach walks and enjoying the impressive sea views.
As well as special Winter offers, Easter Breaks are now available with ‘free’ accommodation for children.