Welcome to Luxury Scotland Newsletter – October 2015

As we approach autumn we are enjoying weather in Scotland that is normally associated with summer.

Early this week we had the most wonderful views of the lunar eclipse, yes, at 3.20 am in the morning. And the following day I experienced the most impressive sunset that I have ever seen in my life.

The sky seemed to be ablaze with colour and it stretched for miles and miles. With another ridge of high pressure sitting over Scotland this is indeed a good time to be out and about. There is much to see.

I am delighted to announce that three new members have joined Connoisseurs Scotland.

gvWe welcome G+V Royal Mile Hotel in Edinburgh, Lochgreen House Hotel in Troon and Fasque Castle, an  exclusive use property near Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire.

The G+V Royal Mile Hotel was formerly the Missoni but it has had a thorough Scottish rebranding.

It is ideally located on The Royal Mile in Edinburgh and the views from the hotel which overlook the city are magnificent. There are 136 bedrooms and the award winning Cucina Restaurant which  is very much the heart of the hotel. The G+V has a range of meeting rooms and as well as a spa.


fasFasque Castle is an impressive building both inside and out. Formerly the home of the Gladstone family, the castle with its 400 acres provides a magnificent venue for corporate events, private functions and weddings. The luxurious interiors can accommodate up to 150 people or more with a marquee.

lochgWith a spectacular coastal backdropLochgreen House Hotel sits within 30 acres of secluded landscaped gardens and is the perfect location from which to explore Ayrshire’s stunning coast line.

The haunts of Robert Burns, the legendary Culzean Castle, Scotland’s Dark Sky Observatory and the famed Trump Turnberry golf courses are all yours to explore and enjoy when you choose to stay in this wonderful country house hotel which has a wide variety of dining options including The Tapestry Restaurant which has three Red AA Rosettes.

Elsewhere in our thriving group of hotels there is much going on…

Our cycling tours have been well received and we are considering adding another one on the west coast. For more details go to www.the-carter-company.com 

britFor a private party with a difference, consider Britannia, one of the most iconic ships in the world and certainly one of the most beautiful. Imagine celebrating an event aboard Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace, where kings and queens, world leaders and celebrities have been entertained.

camThere will be golf on Halloween on the Carrick at Cameron House on Sunday 25th October. For just £37.50per person which includes food before and after with some excellent prizes, the format on the day will be better ball stableford.

To book your team please call 01389 727614 or emailgolfsales@cameronhouse.co.uk

glenAt Gleneagles there is a Kids Stay Free offer for a minimum of two nights between 11th and 15th October 2015.

This is a great holiday programme with low cost activities for the children which will offer Mum and Dad some time to relax.

Please book by telephone, calling Resort Sales on 0800 389 0019 to plan your stay.

greyGreywalls is currently offering a winter mid-week offer from Sunday to Thursday inclusive consisting of dinner from the daily menu, bed and breakfast in a Cottage double room at £179 per room per night or Large Double room £199 per room per night.

There is also a winter weekend offer from Friday to Sunday inclusive, this is a 2 night package of bed and breakfast with dinner from the daily menu on either the Friday or the Sunday night. Cottage double rooms are  £340 per room per two night stay or large double rooms, £390 per room per two night stay.

There is also a Joseph Perrier wine dinner on 6th November 2015 priced at £110 per person for four courses including canapes, coffee, petit fours and champagne with each course and a glass on arrival.

Please email enquiries@greywalls.co.uk to make a booking. Terms and conditions apply.

roxgolfThe Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course is offering a winter golf package of dinner, bed and breakfast and a round of golf, any day of the week from £110 per person.

On Sunday nights only, the price drops to £95 per person.

For more details emailhotel@roxburghe.net

At Knockinaam Lodge there is much excitement with the building of a little cottage very near the private beach. This new cottage will have two bedrooms, a living and a dining area, a kitchen and the most stunning views and will be available for bookings from early 2016.

kohThe Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa are suggesting that you visit the auld grey toon for a devilishly decadent night of luxury, a to die for three-course feast and tickets for the St Andrews Ghost Tour.

For men only… The Rain Man is the newest Kohler Waters Spa treatment designed exclusively for men. A warm Vichy shower experience combines hot stones with a full body exfoliation using the signature John Michael Kohler moisturiser.

For more details go to www.oldcoursehotel.co.uk

Wonderful news from Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa right in the city centre of Edinburgh. The hotel has been recognised as one of the top ten Sheratons in the world by Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Sheraton Grand is a new premier tier that celebrates exceptional Sheraton hotels and resorts for their enticing destinations, distinguished designs and excellence in service and guest experiences and the Edinburgh property is the only Sheraton hotel in Europe to be recognised.

torrThe Torridon are big fans of the North Coast 500, Scotland’s new scenic tourist route. They are also passionate advocates of green tourism. That is why Torridon have a new EV charger in front of the Torridon Inn, ready to serve the next generation of electric tourers.

The Torridon Walking Festival takes place on the first and second weekends in October and if you want to bag one of the Torridon Munros, want to disappear off the beaten track or you just want to explore The Torridon landscape then this is for you.

For more details go to www.mountainandseafestival.co.uk

Whatever you do in October, enjoy this wonderful weather!

Jeremy Hawkings
Chief Executive.