Friday 23 April 2010

Old Course British Open Availability in Perthshire

Ballathie House Hotel, one of the UK’s leading country houses situated in its own Perthshire estate on the edge of the River Tay. The House and Estate date back to the 17th Century and great care has been taken to retain the original beauty of the House, which gives Ballathie an air of classical elegance matched with a warm and welcoming ambience.

41 beautiful bedrooms each decorated to an individual style which includes 3 suites and one of the finest award wining restaurants in Scotland. The relaxed and charming character of Ballathie provides the perfect location for a luxurious stay home-from-home.

EatScotland has awarded Ballathie House with the Silver Award for high standards in Scottish dining. Ballathie has earned the Award in recognition of its creative dishes which combine the traditional Scottish cooking with a modern twist. The Perthshire Hotel which has earned a string of awards for its restaurant is also committed to sourcing quality local ingredients.

Updated British Open Availability:
14th July: 2 single rooms; 13 standard rooms; 6 master rooms; 2 suites; 1 Sportsman's Lodge room
15th July: 3 single rooms; 4 standard rooms; 6 master rooms; 1 suite; 5 Sportsman's Lodge rooms
16th July: 2 standard rooms; 6 master rooms; 1 suite; 2 Sportsman's Lodge rooms
17th July: 2 single rooms; 1 standard room; 6 master rooms; 1 suite
18th July: 3 single rooms; 5 standard rooms; 2 master rooms; 1 suite; 5 Sportsman's Lodge rooms

£140.00 single room
£280.00 standard room
£330.00 master room
£360.00 suite
£190.00 Sportsman's Lodge room
Inclusive of Dinner, Bed, Full Scottish Breakfast and VAT

To enquire and book please call Susan Reid on 0131 556 4020 or email

Saturday 10 April 2010

Pitlochry Festival Theatre is Worth a Visit

Been watching an old college friend on Facebook keeping us up to date with how his rehearsals are going for a play at Pitlochry Festival Theatre later this year so thought a wee intro to the place could be in order.

Pitlochry nestles in the heart of Scotland, amidst spectacular landscapes rich in wildlife. It’s the ideal place to relax, unwind and enjoy a well-earned break. And whatever the season - Autumn, Winter, Spring or Summer - there’s always entertainment with style at Piltochry Festvial Theatre.

The area abounds with quality accommodation of all sorts - how about trying The Birchwood Hotel in Ptilochry for instance?

The Spring programme is just getting under way and there 's a concert from Kate Rusby to look forward to, a D-Day talk,  a collection of songs, stories and anecdotes from the Home Front in Keep Smiling Through, as well as Active Arts workshops in subjects as diverse as watercolour painting and jewellery making and Theatre Masterclasses in Directing and Costume Design. And that’s far from all..!

The final of the Scottish Community Drama Association’s 78th National One Act Play Festival runs from 22nd to 24th April. The final will feature eight productions which have fought their way through twenty four District Festivals and four Divisional Festivals, and represents the very best of Scottish amateur drama.

And the end of Spring will be followed by another magical Summer Season of repertoire theatre, which in 2010 will open with the biggest bang yet: one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time, Cole Porter’s musical comedy masterpiece – Kiss Me, Kate!

Give it a visit next time you're heading up the A9 for a short break in the Central Highlands of Scotland

New "Signature Event" for St Andrews

Interesting press piece for those golfers with a little bit more to spend on their golf vacation top Scotland with news of a collaboration between Perry Golf and Leading Hotels of the World.

Signature Events are an integral part of Leading Golf, The Leading Hotels of the World’s recently announced travel planning and course booking service, which serves as a one-stop shop for discerning golf enthusiasts. Signature Events will cater to a global group of sophisticated, well-heeled travelers who want to play the world’s finest courses and enjoy unique experiences while staying at extraordinary, one-of-a-kind hotels. The first event is scheduled August 10 to14 at The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa in St. Andrews, Scotland. Located adjacent to the legendary 17th “Road Hole” of the world’s most famous course, the Old Course Hotel offers classically elegant and contemporary interiors and service in the finest traditions of Scottish hospitality.

Golfers also will have the opportunity to play Kingsbarns, the Duke’s Course and the Castle Course, each among Scotland’s most highly respected designs and easily accessible from St. Andrews. Non-golfers will enjoy exploring the town of St. Andrews, which takes its name from Scotland’s patron saint and offers a number of historic attractions, delectable dining and quaint shopping.

In between rounds of golf, the four-day itinerary includes wine tastings, a Champagne reception, lunches as well as two dinners. Tour cost for golfers is $4,995 and $3,295 for non-golfers (prices are per person, based on double occupancy).

The Gleneagles Hotel, set in the Perthshire countryside in the heart of Scotland, is the site of the second Signature Event, September 26 to 29. The resort hosted world leaders during the 2005 G8 Summit and is renowned for its luxurious accommodations, elegant restaurants and award-winning spa.

In addition to the PGA Centenary Course, a Nicklaus design that will host the 40th Ryder Cup in 2014, Signature Event golfers will play the King’s Course, a classic layout created by five-time Open Championship winner James Braid; and Kingsbarns, a modern interpretation of the best of Scottish links golf. Tour cost for golfers is $2,850 and $2,150 for non-golfers.

Through an association with golf and lifestyle tour operator PerryGolf, which helped create the Leading Golf program, guests of the Signature Event at Gleneagles may extend their stay to include the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales.

All tour costs are exclusive of airfare, meals and beverages other than those specified, caddie fees and gratuities.

For more golf information on Scotland visit Scotland's For Me