located on the
house itself is
groups can still
plan future visits
and use the State
the main house to host
dinners for up to 50 and the
State Dining Room for up to 16 guests.
Gosford House is set on 5,000 acres of
coast and parkland in East Lothian, and
for golfers is home to the highly touted golf
courses of Muirfield, Gullane and Crai-gielaw. The house hosts gala dinners for up
to 450 and barbecues for 1,200.
Though Scotland’s largest city of Glasgow
focuses more on contemporary arts and
culture, history and heritage are still within
reach for group experiences. The classical
Greek-style Holmwood House, a villa built
for mill owner James Couper in 1857-’ 58,
for example, can host groups.
Nearby, Ayrshire is home to the circa-1105
Blair Estate, and is set within 250 acres of
landscaped gardens, park and woodlands.
The estate can host private dinners.
Just half an hour from Glasgow are myriad golf courses and whiskey distilleries,
including the Glengoyne Distillery, which
can host group events.
There are 125-plus whiskey distilleries
in Scotland, many offering VIP whiskey
tastings straight out of the barrel.
“Attendees can also blend their own whiskey and can take it home, so you go home
with your own slice of Scottish history,”
Newly refurbished is the Scotch Malt
Whisky Society in Edinburgh, now focusing
on hosting corporate dinners and tastings.
More remote, the Talisker Distillery & Visitor Centre, the only distillery on the Isle of
Skye, is open to groups.
Groups can also host whiskey tastings at
the 850-acre Gleneagles, or other activities,
such as learning the art of falconry from a
falconer. The property is also offering an
Outlander group itinerary that showcases Scotland’s Highland scenery, and the
five-day Spectacular Scotland Incentive
program, which is jointly produced by the
Gleneagles Hotel and The Balmoral Hotel.
Other activities that tie into Scotland’s
heritage can be organized for groups, such
as participation in Highland games, which
traditionally are events to celebrate Scottish
and Celtic culture. Aspects of the games
include bagpipe playing and kilt wearing.
In the Future
Aside from its historic sites and venues,
Edinburgh is focusing on expanding and
upgrading its hotel options. Hilton Hotels
& Resorts reopened the refurbished Hilton
Edinburgh Carlton in August following
a $22 million renovation. The Sheraton
Grand Hotel and Spa, Edinburgh is home
to a new dedicated events space, with 14
function rooms. In the works for 2020,
plans call for the launch of a W in Edinburgh, according to Knight.
In Glasgow, recently opened hotel properties include Scotland’s first Hampton by
Hilton hotel, located in Glasgow’s city center,
while Motel One Group will open a new $28
million hotel in 2017 located next to Glasgow
Central Station. Also launching in 2017, Delta
Air Lines will begin the only nonstop flight
between New York-JFK and Glasgow.
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference
Centre in Glasgow recently added The SSE
Hydro, an arena with a capacity of 13,000,
to its venues.
Work is underway on the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, planning
a $440 million transformation, including
relocating to a site near Aberdeen International Airport. Facilities will include a
performance arena, hotels and restaurants,
and it will also boast outdoor green areas
and an on-site energy center, which will
make it the most sustainable building in
Europe when it opens in 2019.
Last year Gleneagles Arena opened
at Gleneagles, with the capacity to host
2,250 guests. Meanwhile, on the Ayrshire
coastline, the Trump Turnberry, a Luxury
Collection Resort, has a selection of
newly refurbished meeting rooms, and
last year the Trump Turnberry Clubhouse
also debuted. More upgrades in the
planning stages include new conference
and banquet facilities, a new spa and a
In Dundee, construction of the V&A
Museum of Design Dundee, the first ever
design museum to be built in the UK
outside London, is slated for completion
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