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Insider Experiences & Luxury Lodgings Across Scotland & Ireland

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 by Russell Murray

Fully customised end-to-end luxury experiences combining culture with a sense of adventure is very much our raison d’être today.

So when it comes to luxurious places to stay and those truly sought after insider experiences, we are spoilt for choice. Here are some of our favourites from both Scotland and Ireland to whet your clients appetite this holiday season:

“Wow” Experiences

Wilderness Fine Dinning:

Imagine your very own private fine dining experience on one of Scotland’s most remote west coast beaches overlooking Scotland’s wild Atlantic ocean surrounded by nothing but the stars and breaking waves for company… with our award winning mobile restaurant dining experience this is very much a reality for your clients in 2016 and can feature as a wonderful part a fully customised adventure holiday here in Scotland. With each menu tailor made by an award-winning chef and the restaurant coming complete with wood burning stove and catering for up to 24 people comfortably this really is the ultimate dining experience!

Skellig Michael:

12kms off the Kerry coast a jagged piece of black rock rises from the heaving Atlantic. Some 1700 years ago a group of hermetic monks came here seeking isolation and communion with nature. Today, you can catch a boat from the mainland to explore the island’s pinnacles (featured in recent Star Wars blockbuster, The Force Awakens!), walk the steps etched into the rock by the monks and watch the vast colony of puffins nesting in the cliffs.

Private Zodiac RIB Adventure:

Many people experience road trips around Scotland, but few have the privilege to experience the wonder of seeing Scotland from the sea!  What better way to experience Scotlands unspoilt and dramatic west coast. Meet your private vessel and friendly crew on the hotel jetty (only 10mins walk from reception!) and take to the water to explore some of the magical islands of the Inner Hebrides including Mull and Iona or indeed venturing further south to Jura and Islay home to Corryvreckan, the worlds 3rd largest natural whirlpool, and many of Scotlands famous malt whisky distilleries.

Seaweed Bath:

You’ve just spent the afternoon hiking in the Ox Mountains and you want to completely relax and rejuvenate before dinner. Seaweed baths have been a feature on Ireland’s west coast for over a hundred years. By literally immersing yourself in the local coastal flora you are treating your body to a natural, organic, deeply moisturising and therapeutic process. A simple, earthy pleasure that perfectly accompanies a day outdoors.

Luxury Accommodation

Ballynahinch Castle:
At various times home to the “Ferocious O’Flahertys”, an Indian Raj and and the pioneering animal rights activist “Humanity Dick”, Ballynahinch has had a colourful history. It’s position as an opulent hideaway amidst the wild beauty of Connemara has long made it a much-coveted property and an idyllic destination. The beautifully restored castle overlooks one of the best salmon waterways in Ireland, has a 450 acre private estate and is positioned to make the most out of the Twelve Bens Mountain Range and the unique Connemara coastline.

www.ballynahinch-castle.com

Tulchan Lodge:

Set on the banks of the River Spey right in the heart of the world famous whisky producing of Speyside, Tulchan Lodge offers the perfect retreat from which to experience the Scottish Highlands and all that it offers: Join your private, local ghillie for the day and learn first hand the art of salmon fishing on the River Spey- widely recognized as one of the worlds most prestigious salmon fishing locations! Alternatively meet your private outdoor guide for a days guided hiking or biking in the Cairngorms National Park, the UK’s largest nature reserve and a haven for wildlife as well as outdoor pursuits.

www.tulchan.com

Aldourie Castle:

On the shores of Loch Ness, lies the finest castle of them all. It’s no wonder that Nessie decided to set up home here, and if legend is true still remains here today.  Setting aside its breathtaking setting, this 17th century castle offers grandeur, exclusivity and luxury, which is truly ‘fit for a King or Queen’.  For complete downtime, we can arrange a spa day or you can curl up in front of a roaring log fire in the library and dive into one of the many historical books.

Stepping outside, there are so many experiences to be had, from fly-fishing, golfing and horse riding, to tasting the ‘Water of Life’ on a world-famous Malt Whisky Tour.  In fact why not make your own blend of adventure, by journeying to a distillery by canoe? Prefer to stay on land then, follow Robert the Bruce’s footsteps through the Great Glen.

www.aldouriecastle.co.uk

Gregan’s Castle: 

Gregan’s Castle is a hotel very much inseparable from its surroundings – the magical landscape of the Burren. It’s mullti-award winning restaurant draws from the Burren’s long heritage of organic lamb and fresh Atlantic seafood while it’s situation at the foot of Corkscrew Hill immerses guests in that other-worldy landscape that drew writer J.R.R Tolkien here again and again. Lovingly-attended gardens, open-fires, thoughtfully-chosen art and antique furniture combine in an accommodation of impeccable taste.

www.gregans.ie

As we hope you’ll now agree Scotland and Ireland are second to none when it comes to luxury accommodation and those insider experiences, so please do get in touch now if you have any clients who are looking for that ultimate adventure this season.

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Russell Murray

Born and raised in the Scottish Highlands I have always been passionate about all things outdoors actively pursuing white water kayaking, skiing and mountain biking in my spare time.

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