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Just more than Whisky?

Few countries make as strong impact as Scotland. A country with a history as turbulent as it is romantic. A land of sophisticated cities surrounded by the most breathtaking of landscapes.

A leading light worldwide in matters medical, financial, technological and entrepreneurial. A nation of Scots, for whom the warmth of friendship is second nature. All this is Scotland: different aspects blending seamlessly together with all the character, quality and warmth of a good whisky.

You want your high achievers to feel special. You want to give them the travel experience of a life time. You want them to be inspired, motivated and invigorated as well as rewarded. Scotland promises something entirely different from the norm - something they will never forget.

Scotland may in area be one of the world's smallest countries, but its capacity and ability to host the largest of events is second to none.
Conference centres, built specifically to hold hundreds or thousands are situated throughout Scotland. Universities and colleges lend more than dedicated meeting space to academic events, grand hotels and resorts can entertain exclusive use for delegates for whom time spent together is paramount.

There's more to Scotland's venues than you might first think. Scotland have castles, museums, distilleries, but where can you meet for business, champagne or private dinner. Meeting facilities, where hundreds convene during the day, transform into glittering gala settings in the time it takes delegate to change for dinner.
Your country house hotel becomes your boardroom and your office, keeping you on top of business at home as well as the event in hand. The choice and flexibility Scotland offers is limited only by the time you are able to stay.

We all have different ways to unwind and you will find Scotland has endless possibilities to offer. Arrive a few days early or stay a while longer to fit in that game of golf, that fishing trip, that whisky tasting
Experience the unspoilt majesty of island, lowland and highland Scotland with a sightseeing tour, or more closely, with hiking boots and maps
Savour the freshest Scottish produce, creatively presented in stylish restaurants and welcoming pubs. However you choose to enjoy yourself, you will fell the benefit.


Castle Balmoral WhiskyWhisky!

Water of Life!

Uisge beatha; The word - 'whisky' - derives from uisge, which is an abbreviation of uisge beatha, the Scots Gaelic for 'Water of Life'. It was first used in the 18th century. Prior to that writers referred to usquebaugh or aqua vitae (the Latin for 'Water of Life').

Tradition has it that the secrets of distilling came to Scotland from Ireland, and were introduced there by St. Patrick in the 400s A.D. He had travelled on the Continent and may possibly have learned about distilling there - although it is not at all certain whether anyone in Europe knew how to distil until 500 years later.

Medicinal purposes:
Distilling was first done in monasteries, to produce medicine. Irish records remark on this in the late 1100s, and the earliest Scottish record - in the Royal Exchequer Rolls of 1494 - is of the sale of 500 kg's of malt to one Friar John Corr 'wherewith to make aqua vitae'. In 1505 the Guild of Surgeon Barbers in Edinburgh was granted a monopoly in that town for the distillation of aqua vitae.

Easing the lives
Although a handful of 'industrial' distilleries sprang up during the 17th and 18th centuries malt whisky distilling was essentially a domestic activity until the 1820s. Just as most rural households brewed beer, so, especially in the Highlands, did they distil uisge beatha. Indeed, it was as essential to the rural economy - paid rents, used up surplus grain and provided cattle feed from spent grains - as it was to rural society, easing the hard lives of poor people in a chilly northern country.

Silent season
Even in our own times, malt whisky distilling was an extension of the farming year, part of the natural cycle of the seasons. The season began in August or September, when the barley had been taken in, and continued through the winter until late April. In May and June many distillery workers helped to cut peats for next season, but production ceased for the summer and maintenance work was done.

Did you know?
In the 19th century, distilleries were built in glens to make it hard for tax inspectors to find them, hence Glenfidich and Glenmorangie among others.


Highland cattle of ScotlandDid you know?

Quite interesting actually!

  • Loch Lomond is Britain's largest expanse of fresh water.
  • The thistle is associated with Scotland, but the bluebell is the country's official flower.
  • The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, carried a piece of Armstrong tartan with him.
  • The Falkirk Wheel is the world's first and only rotating boat lift.
  • Fettes school in Edinburgh includes Tony Blair and Ian Fleming among its alumni.
  • The BELL Telephone Company was founded in 1877 in the USA by Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922). He was born in Edinburgh at South Charlotte Street and moved to Boston, Mass in 1871 as Professor of Vocal Physiology at Boston University, devoting himself to the teaching of deaf mutes. This lead to experiments with acoustic devices, and so to telephonic transmissions
  • One of the principal founders of the massive auto industry in the USA was born in Scotland, at Arbroath on the east coast, and went to settle in Detroit Michigan while still a child. David Dunbar BUICK built his first car in 1903 and formed the Buick Motor Company which eventually became part of General Motors
  • Thomas Blake GLOVER (1838-1911) was born in Fraserburgh in the north east of Scotland. After working for a British trading company in China and Japan he branched out and developed coal mines, built the first dry dock in Japan and founded the ship building yard that eventually became The Mitsubishi Corporation of Japan. he is buried in Nagasaki. His family home in Aberdeen is now open to the public
  • From humble beginnings in Dunfermline, Andrew CARNEGIE (1835-1918) became one of the world's richest men. He emigrated to Pittsburgh in 1848 and through careful investment in oil, iron and steel made his vast fortune. He is best remembered through his philanthrophy, his benefactions totalled more than a staggering £70 millions. In 1901 he retired to Skibo Castle in Sutherland. The small cottage where he was born is now a museum
  • The Neolithic heartland of Orkney achieved World Heritage Site status in 1999, in common with Stonehenge and China's Great Wall
  • Eilean Donan Castle near Dornie, made famous by the film Highlander, is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland
  • Whales can be seen off the west coast of the Highlands, and the Moray Firth is home to the famous bottle-nose dolphins
  • Lochcarron of Scotland have made kilts for movie stars Samuel L Jackson and Ewan McGregor, as well as supplied fabrics to fashion designers Vivien Westwood, Ralph Lauren and Jean Paul Gaultier. The mill in Galashiels is open all year round.
  • Since 1861, every day (except on Sundays), the one o' clock gun has boomed out from Edinburgh Castle. It was originally intended as a time-check for sailors at Leith, the city's seaport
  • The Author JK Rowling wrote the first four Harry Potter books in Edinburgh


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