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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the shores of Loch Ness lies the finest castle of all. It’s no wonder Nessie decided to set up home here. Setting aside its breathtaking setting, this 17th century castle offers grandeur, exclusivity and luxury, which is truly fit for a King or Queen. Clients need downtime? We can arrange a spa day or simply build time into the trip to curl up in front of a roaring log fire in the majestic library.
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. Make your own blend of adventure by journeying to a distillery by canoe? Those preferring to stay on land can follow Robert the Bruce’s footsteps through the Great Glen.
Set on the banks of the River Spey right in the heart of the world-famous whisky producing region of Speyside, Tulchan Lodge offers the perfect retreat from which to experience the Scottish Highlands and all that it offers. Clients can join a private, local ghillie for the day and learn first hand the art of salmon fishing on the River Spey- widely recognised as one of the world’s most prestigious salmon fishing locations.
Alternatively meet a 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. More adventurous pursuits await such as hiking the peaks or trying mountain biking.
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.
Gregan’s Castle is a hotel very much inseparable from its surroundings – the magical lunar-like landscape of the Burren, blanketed in an incredible carpet wildflowers each spring. Its multi-award winning restaurant draws from the Burren’s long heritage of organic lamb and fresh Atlantic seafood while its location at the foot of Corkscrew Hill immerses guests in that other-worldly landscape that drew fantasy 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.
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