Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Scotch Whisky Trail

Executive summary by darmansjah

Speyside is home to over half of Scotland's Malt Whisky distilleries, not all of which are open to the public. The Malt Whisky Trail is a local marketing initiative (theme route) established to promote the region's Whisky heritage and encourage tourism.

Eight distilleries and a cooperage form the Malt Whisky Trail in Scotland's Speyside. This does not include all the distilleries in the area.

The trail itself is well-marked at the roadside at various points and the distilleries can be visited in any convenient order. Some are popular with coach parties, but others are more esoteric. A tour of Cragganmore for example requires prior booking via the Cardhu distillery visitors' centre.

There are many more Speyside distilleries not on the trail, and many allow visitors to tour the production areas. However, the trail makes a good starting point.

The Malt Whisky Trail:

The trail consists of the following Speyside Single Malt distilleries and a cooperage.

Dallas Dhu
Glen Grant
    Glen Moray
    The Glenlivet
    Speyside Cooperage

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Isle of Skye and Kinloch Lodge

Executive summary by darmansjah

“Luxury with great views”
If you seek a hotel off the beaten track, but luxurious, with great service, this is for you. Our room was on the first floor with windows on three sides, with excellent views over the loch. It had everything you would expect in a hotel room - comfortable bed, large storage space, large bathroom, with separate bath and shower. Breakfast...

“Don't miss it - fabulous and surprisingly accommodating for families”
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Kinloch Lodge. Arriving in our walking clothes just to check out the menu, Jim was so welcoming we decided just to stay and have lunch. Pre-lunch drinks and canapés in the wee bar with its open fire, then through to the restaurant. Jim and the team were so welcoming to the children and cooking...

“Romantic place with amazing kitchen”
We booked our hotel there just based on tripadvisor and on the website information and loved our stay. I don't agree with some of the comments regarding "not a luxury hotel" or the food or the slow service: 1) Consider that this is Luxury Lodge(not hotel, it never advertises with that) with a wonderful bathroom (I think room 7). But...

Just back from 3 nights on Skye, at the fabulous Kinloch Lodge. Not cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for. Our room was beautiful, with the biggest bathroom I have ever seen. Location is exquisite, staff are great - really friendly and chatty, food is delicious, open fires are always a treat, public rooms are lovely. I had...

“Hugely Disappointing Afternoon Tea”
Have been for afternoon tea at Gleneagles and Blythswood Hotel (Glasgow) so expectation relatively high but based on recommendations (as displayed at main entrance) decided to take my wife and 2 kids for afternoon tea - £19/head but based on price alone it should be good! Where do i start, on arriving at reception my first impression was not of...

“Loved, loved, loved!”
What a wonderful place to stay. Serene and beautiful postcard perfect surroundings, warm and helpful staff, excellent cuisine, great value for money. Came to the lodge at the end of a long drive and after a distillery tour at Talisker. Perfect way to end our day in the Highlands. Stayed in the suite with the enormous bathroom. Loved everything and...

“Very disappointing”
This is advertised as a luxury hotel and it certainly has luxury hotel prices hoiwever,the accommodation is certainly not luxurious and the dining room is not up to a Michelin star. The room we had (18) was too small to allow for a comfortable armchair never mind two and instead there were two upright chairs in opposite corners but no...

“Pricey but worth it”
We stayed two nights And were treated to wonderful five star type rooms. The property is beautiful with lake and hill views for photos and hiking. The food is world class With great taste and presentation also the staff was very friendly and informative about the menus and local highlights

“Dining fit for a king”
Wonderful gourmet dinner by their award winning chef, paired with excellent wines. Rates up there with one of the best meals I have experienced. The Lodge itself is very homey and comfortable with sitting rooms with toasty fires going and cozy sitting areas. The rooms are just adequate. Very nice location on the Isle of Skye.

My husband & I thought it would be worth the splurge to stay at Kinloch Lodge and we were not disappointed! From the seamless check in where we were greeted with a champagne welcoming, to the morning we had to leave it was faultless. The grounds and the wonderful views from every direction beg you to stay on another night!...

Charming, cosy and discreetly luxurious Kinloch Lodge is a hotel and restaurant like no other.  Kinloch is a truly unique place in a magical setting, nestled at the foot of Kinloch Hill on the tranquil shoreline of the sea-loch Na Dal in Sleat on the wildly romantic Isle of Skye.  Recognised internationally, Kinloch was cited as one of the world's top 25 small hotels in Conde Naste Traveller Magazine.

Kinloch Lodge is the highland home of Claire and Godfrey Macdonald, steeped in heritage and history, and exemplifying all the traditions of highland hospitality.  Kinloch is noted for its engaging, informal atmosphere and a welcome every bit as warm as the log fires ablaze in every hearth.

Marcello Tully, resident head-chef provides an exquisite daily changing menu, using the very best of local and seasonal produce in the restaurant.  Under the ever-watchful eye of the Macdonald ancestors, whose portraits line the walls, the restaurant provides a perfect setting for an intimate meal or a family get together.

While elegant drawing rooms provide a perfect setting for afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks and a nightcap.

Bedrooms, individually decorated in colours and textures chosen to reflect Skye's distinctive landscape, combine exceptional views with character and comfort.

It's somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday modern life.  Somewhere to unwind, relax and recharge, whilst enjoying food and hospitality.

The Macdonald's are the ultimate hosts, not only allowing their highland hideaway to become yours too, but making every effort to make your stay at Kinloch a memorable experience that will stay with you long after you leave.

Kinloch Lodge, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland IV43 8QY
T: 01471 833333    F: 01471 833277

Monday, November 23, 2015

Scottish Golf

Executive summary by darmansjah

Welcome to Scotland. The Home of Golf, where more than 550 golf courses populate the country from head to toe! Take a few minutes to have a look around the site and find all the information you need to plan your perfect golf break in Scotland.

Find information on Scottish golf courses, Scotland’s regional golf passes, golf events and up-to-date Scottish golf news. There are numerous videos of many of Scotland's best courses and also details of golf tour operators, accommodation information and itinerary suggestions to ensure you make the most of your trip.

When it comes to golf breaks, your first choice has to be Scotland. The Home of Golf!

Scotland is where golf took root. The ancient sport has flourished on Scottish soil for centuries and remains one of Scotland’s greatest attractions. There is no finer setting for a golf break than Scotland, The Home of Golf.

Golf originated on Scotland’s east coast - Aberdeenshire, the Kingdom of Fife, East Lothian - and in the south west around Prestwick. Clubhouses throughout Scotland are full of fascinating golf memorabilia recalling home grown legends like Old Tom Morris and James Braid, champion golfers turned course architects who were instrumental in making golf the great game that grips the world today.

Scotland is rightly renowned for its historic links courses. Illustrious Open venues like the Old Course at St Andrews, Royal Troon, Muirfield, Carnoustie and Turnberry never fail to inspire and amaze. These iconic courses continue to attract awestruck golfers from all corners of the globe.  

Countless other courses are worth exploring, for the sheer quality of golf on offer in Scotland is unrivalled. Elegant Gleneagles boasts three championship courses (the PGA Centenary Course is to host the Ryder Cup in 2016). Royal Dornoch in the Scottish Highlands is a timeless classic. Beautiful Blairgowrie in Perthshire is where Greg Norman picked up his first European Tour title. Dalmahoy near Edinburgh has had the pleasure of staging the Solheim Cup.

The choice is huge, but wherever you decide to play, your Scottish golf break is certain to be memorable.

Golf Scotland specialise in Scottish golf vacations, arranging many different types of bespoke golf tours. We organise made-to-measure Scottish golf vacations and golf-related tours of Scotland covering all kinds of requirements.

Every golfer should play in Scotland, the birthplace of the game. We use our expert knowledge of Scotland and Scottish golf to create Scottish golf vacations to suit all budgets and group sizes; as well as luxury golf tours (including VIP tours).

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