Scotland. Dramatically beautiful countryside, a strong heritage and exciting culture, the country is renowned for its traditions: the Highland Games, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Burns Night and Hogmanay all paint a picture of the country’s history. Scotland is forward thinking too; music festivals, a passion for food and many prestigious golf and sporting events make it a perfect stage on which the discerning event planner can set their scene.
From cosmopolitan Glasgow to the medieval architecture of Edinburgh, from Cairngorms National Park to the Granite City of Aberdeen the country is rich in contrast and culture. Scotland is very accessible, with easy access by road, rail and air and has a unique geography – only those who have ventured to the country will know how much time you need to set aside if you are traversing the Forth Bridge!
For when only something really special will do for your event or celebration, Scotland definitely has the wow factor. Our dedicated team based at the Scotland Hub in Fife have been providing venue expertise to the local client base since Conference Care launched into the Scottish Market in 2005, so we asked them to share with us some of their favourite Scottish Jewels…
Crossbasket is a stunning 17th century castle built on a hill overlooking Calder River. Following its purchase in 2011 it underwent an extensive authentic refurbishment programme transforming it into one of Scotland’s most luxurious hotel and event venues.
Steeped in history, Crossbasket has many unique period features, nine breath-taking en-suite bedrooms and a fairy-tale turret room. The castle grounds also include a large stretch of woodland, extensive nature walks and beautiful majestic waterfalls.
Gilmerton House is a handsome Grade A listed Georgian Mansion in the heart of East Lothian, around 22 miles from the centre of Edinburgh. Its four public rooms, comfortable lounges and breakout spaces make it a perfect choice for a cosy meeting or away day – from the Rococo panelled Music Room to the sunny terrace and croquet lawn, Gilmerton is an elegant and decadent venue.
For those extra VIP events there is space available to land helicopters within the grounds – something we image David Beckham would have taken advantage of when he filmed the advert as Ambassador for Haig Club Whisky! (Other brands of course are available!)
OK – so it’s another beautiful building in breath taking scenery, but then as the strapline on its website suggests, Fonab Castle really is ‘beyond the ordinary’. Nestled in the heart of Highland Perthshire, it is a truly unique five star hotel which hosts events for up to 150, making it slightly larger than some of the more bijoux venues.
Having been lovingly restored, drawing inspiration from its historic past and magnificent surroundings Fonab also boasts the odd contemporary twist making it appealing to those who want plenty of light and space.
Of Andy Murray fame, this isn’t so much of a hidden gem, but well worth a mention in our opinion.
The Victorian Perthshire mansion has been transformed since the tennis champion acquired the venue and it opened in Spring 2014; guests have had the chance to experience the sort of decadent lifestyle once enjoyed by the Lairds of Cromlix, redefined for the 21st Century. The hotel has its own Chapel, house loch, Chez Roux restaurant and gate lodge – a real five-star destination.
Last but not least we can’t leave out Dundas – one of Scotland’s most beautiful and historic castles which, unlike many hotels, can be used be exclusively should your budgets allow!
Currently the home of Sir Jack and Lady Stewart-Clark the castle is made up of three main buildings comprising the Auld Keep, the main House and The Pavilion – all of which combine to offer elegant spaces for entertaining. The hotel also offers a wide variety of activities; a nine hole golf course, an indoor squash court and speed boating on the near-by Firth of Forth to name a few.
Five stunning Scottish venues, and of course there are so many more we could have selected! If you would like more information about the venues we have mentioned or any others please do get in touch with the Scotland Team on firstname.lastname@example.org – that’s what they’re there for!