Hello’s Braveheart Meets Marilyn.

17 04 2014

Hello Scotland’s very own ‘Braveheart Bill’ had an uplifting experience recently when he was on our first ever sales mission in Paris; it’s clear from this image that he made his usual impact on the French! Bill’s ‘Marilyn Monroe Moment’ came on outside the iconic Moulin Rouge and added a bit of kilt-chic in this fashionable city. As you can see in this picture Bill’s best kept secret is still safe……..just!

Moulin Rouge Kilt Lift in Paris 2014

Bill is heading ‘across the pond’ to America in a couple of weeks time for a week of sales appointments with our friends there; we are pretty sure that Bill will make his usual splash when he arrives Stateside. Watch this space for a picture of  Bill laughing as his kilt is blown up by a blast of air from a subway vent in New York!

For uplifting ideas for your next incentive to Scotland, contact Hello Scotland today on inspireme@helloscotland.com





Andy Murray Serves an Ace at Cromlix.

16 04 2014

When Scotland’s tennis hero Andy Murray bought Cromlix a few years ago, there was an expectation that this handsome building would return to its bygone splendour. Like Andy’s top-class serve, we are not disappointed. This grand hotel is back to its former glory, which was once enjoyed by the Lairds of Cromlix… but with a raft of additional luxuries.

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Situated in breathtaking countryside just a few miles from Dunblane (Andy Murray’s home town), Cromlix is set in 34 acres of secluded woodlands and gardens and even includes its own chapel and house loch. Following a herculean refurbishment, this elegant Victorian Perthshire mansion has transformed into a luxury 15-bedroom with Gate Lodge, reminiscent of the era of grand country house living. Cromlix has been redefined for the 21st century by sumptuous surroundings and impeccable yet discreet service, just what an incentive group hopes for.

Chefs at Cromlix

Cromlix also offers endless possibilities for an incentive group’s dining options. Chez Roux Restaurant, overseen by legendary French chef Albert Roux and run by award-winning Executive Head Chef Darin Campbell is housed in an elegant conservatory overlooking the grounds and offers diners a ringside view of the chefs at work in the extensive open kitchen.

Billards Room at Cromlix

Throughout the hotel there numerous other opportunities for private dining including the intimacy of a small study seating up to 10.  Or perhaps the traditional atmosphere of the first-floor snooker room where a full-size snooker table ingeniously flips over from green baize to dining or boardroom table seating 20!

Whisky Room

Guests can also relax in the whisky room, the drawing room with its muted sofas and open fire – one of nine open fireplaces in the hotel – or in the stunning bar where the pale wash on the walls is a perfect foil for the exquisite hand-painted gold leaf peacock and blooms.

Bar at Cromlix

For the active minded, Cromlix offers on-site: a tennis court (in the Wimbledon colours of purple of green, of course!) with practice wall, fishing on the loch, archery, falconry, snooker, indoor and outdoor garden games and in-room spa treatments for any one who needs relaxation from all of that exertion. Incentive guests can also be tempted by fishing or shooting nearby and with Gleneagles just down the road, there is a choice of one or two world famous golf courses on the doorstep.

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For elegant and sophisticated ideas for your next incentive trip to Scotland, contact the knowledgeable and friendly Hello Scotland team today on inspireme@helloscotland.com





Friday Photo: Vintage Golf.

11 04 2014

This dapper chap is David Anderson who runs the Kingarrock Golf Course in the grounds of Hill of Tarvit near St Andrews; one of Scotland’s finest mansion houses. Kingarrock is a special course though as hickory clubs are order of the day, so golf the old fashioned way.

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All players at Kingarrock are provided with original hickory clubs, an old golf bag, together with balls and tees that represent the early 20th century golfing experience. Under the shadow of the National Trust for Scotland’s Hill of Tarvit, golf here re-establishes the thrill of the game of golf from 100 years ago rekindled in the most beautiful of Scottish settings.

After a round of golf, incentive guests can head to the house for a bar-b-que, afternoon tea, a light super or a full gala dinner; a fine end to fine day.

For traditional and quirky incentive ideas for your next group to Scotland, contact the Hello Scotland team on inspireme@helloscotland.com





Glaswegian Heart. German Head.

9 04 2014

Scotland is a popular destination for incentive groups from Germany who are attracted to our breathtaking scenery, dramatic history and heritage. Whisky is a well-known tipple to visitors to Scotland, but artisan beer is giving this national drink a run for its money. Perhaps discerning guests who arrive in Scotland from Germany wouldn’t imagine that Glasgow has lured one of their countrywomen to stay here to brew premium beers; of which we are very proud.

Petra Wetzel

Meet Petra Wetzel who is originally from Bamberg, the brewing town in Franconia nestled in Northern Bavaria, who started her quest for truly great Scottish beer with the launch of WEST Brewery in 2006. WEST brew all their beers in strict accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516, which Petra believes is simply the best way to make great beer. Since then WEST has been brewing the finest artisan lagers and wheat beers; now found across Scotland and the rest of the UK. Petra and WEST Brewery both have a Glaswegian Heart along with a Glasgow Head!

Templeton Building

The heart of WEST Brewery is perfectly at home in the iconic Templeton building that was once the site of the largest carpet manufacturers in the world (the Cunard fleet all carry Templeton carpets). Modelled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice, WEST boasts a beautiful beer hall, restaurant and beer garden all making for a stunning venue for incentive groups of any nationality. Incentive guests can enjoy lunch, dinner, a tour of the brewery or even beer tastings where fresh Scottish ingredients and German cuisine are matched with the tasty beers.

WEST interior

Scotland is certainly grateful for Petra and her team’s effort to bring us fine, delicious artisan beer. Have a peek at the impressive range of beers here.  For exciting and creative ideas for memorable incentives (if they do not drink too much beer!) contact us today on inspireme@helloscotland.com

WEST Brewery

Prost and Sláinte!





Friday Photo: Sky High Views.

4 04 2014

This stunning view of Edinburgh is from the Penthouse suite at the recently rebranded and refurbished DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh.The Penthouse boasts a stunning panoramic vista of Scotland’s capital and features an outdoor decking area too.

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Incentive guests can admire the view of Edinburgh’s historic skyline while enjoying lunch, dinner, champagne or cocktail reception. The Penthouse reinvents itself on the first Thursday of each month into The Sky Bar Edinburgh; this makes the pop-up bar an achingly stylish place to enjoy a drink with a view. The hotel is centrally located and the refurbishment also included the sophisticated Monboddo Bar, the award-winning Bread Street Brasserie and 138 bedrooms. It’s a great choice for incentive groups to enjoy. Have a peek at the shiny new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh here.

For rewarding and spectacular incentive ideas managed by our lively team, contact Hello Scotland today on inspireme@helloscotland.com





Great Scott!

2 04 2014

Many visitors to Edinburgh walk along Princes Street and wonder what the imposing Scott Monument represents. The towering monument was built to commemorate Scotland’s ‘other’ famous novelist, playwright and poet Sir Walter Scott.

Scott Monument, Edinburgh

Born in 1771, Walter Scott really was a legend in his own time; he was the first English language author to have global success with readers across Europe, Australia and North America. Scott was credited with inventing the historic novel with famous titles such as Rob Roy, Waverley, Ivanhoe, Lady of the Lake, The Heart of Midlothian and Lammermoor. Sir Walter Scott was the JK Rowling of his day!

Abbotsford

Scott spent his life collecting interesting and historical artifacts and so commissioned a house which could he could enjoy them from. The House at Abbotsford in the Scottish Borders took six years to build and was completed in 1824. Abbotsford was Sir Walter Scott’s most cherished possession and following a £12 million restoration project that took 5 years; the house is as Scott intended it to be. Her Majesty The Queen opened Abbotsford last June and has since won many plaudits and awards.

Dining at Abbotsford

Abbotsford  remains a place of wonder and pilgrimage, evoking the spirit of one of Scotland’s greatest sons. The fantastic news is that today The House at Abbotsford can be used for incentive groups. A grand dinner can be had for 16 lucky guests in the formal dining room, which features Scott’s most treasured views across the River Tweed. Up to 22 guests can dine at the majestic oak table in Scott’s private dining room surrounded by atmospheric portraits of his immediate family. This exquisite space was once Scotland’s most celebrated tables, entertaining the likes of William Wordsworth and Prince Leopold, latterly the King of Belgians. There are even bedrooms to hire in the Hope Scott Wing too.

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For meaningful incentive ideas, contact our creative team at Hello Scotland today on inspireme@helloscotland.com





Friday Photo: Under The Stars.

28 03 2014

Many incentive groups that come to Scotland feel like they want to be part of nature, but want quirky and comfortable accommodation too. For the smaller group, imagine how magical it would be stay in a French Roulotte with the stars glistening above?

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These six French roulottes (or caravans) have settled into their new home in the Scottish Borders and are enjoying life around the lochan (small loch) in the wildflower meadow.  Roulotte Retreat have created a beautiful circle of colourful roulottes, each unique and offering a stylish and utterly different place to enjoy time and space out from everyday life. There is even a cottage in the woodland garden next door that can be used for private dining. What else could an incentive group hope for?

For quirky ideas for your next incentive to Scotland, contact the Hello Scotland team today on inspireme@helloscotland.com








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