Friday, 10 February 2017

Castles and Kilts! Why Scotland is Ideal for (MICE) Corporate Events


A picture of Edinburgh castle at sunset in Edinburgh Scotland United Kingdom

Edinburgh castle at sunset in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


The spirit, landscape and sheer quantity of activities on offer make Scotland a great business destination. Whether you’re planning a meeting, incentive, corporate gathering, conference or event, the number of options make Scotland a unique and impressive destination for any MICE event.

Castles
Scotland has over 1,000 castles and they make a one-of-a-kind location for a magical event or an exclusive incentive. Our favourite castle experiences include themed royal evenings at Stirling Castle, a private reception at Edinburgh Castle and a product launch at Scone Palace (we know it’s not technically a castle but we love it). There are so many options from the updated and luxurious to the classic and gothic.  


A picture of the famous Swilcan bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course links in St Andrews, Scotland

The famous Swilcan bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course links in St Andrews, Scotland


Golf
The legacy of golf spans six centuries in Scotland so there is no better place to play a round of golf. After all, Scotland is the country that gave the game to the world.
There are over 550 fantastic courses to choose from. Our favourite places to play a round are St. Andrews, one of the oldest courses in the world and in Speyside for golfing in Malt Whisky country - after a game you can sample some malt at a distillery.


A picture of the Strathisla distillery the oldest and most picturesque distillery in the highlands of Scotland
Strathisla distillery, the oldest and most picturesque distillery in the highlands of Scotland

Whisky
Whisky is the closest thing to Scotland in a glass and there is so many whisky related activities (aside from drinking it) to do in Scotland. There is nothing like the sights, sounds and unmistakable aromas of a traditional Scottish distillery. Tours to discover the origins of Scotch Malt and of picturesque distilleries like the Strathisla are a must. Another great whisky option is a led whisky tasting at an event or coupled with a dinner at a castle.


A picture of an Owl in flight at a Falconry demonstration at Dunrobin Castle, Golspie in Scotland
Falconry at Dunrobin Castle, Golspie in Scotland


Falcons and Fishing
Scotland is famous for its ancient sports. We’ve been experts in Royal sports since the monarchy began hunting in the forests and fishing in the rivers of Scotland. Today, these sports have become exclusive experiences. At a falconry display, you can see the spectacular sight of a bird of prey hunting with the backdrop of a castle.
Scotland is also one of the world's top destinations for freshwater and sea angling. There is world-class fishing available across the country throughout the year.


A view of the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland with rolling hills in the background

Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland


The Great Outdoors
Another reason for a team event in Scotland is because it is the ultimate natural playground. With the Highlands on the doorstep, the spectacular mountains are ideal for hiking and exploring. But sometimes the best way to promote teamwork, fun and company values is with some outdoor activities. Scotland has many to choose from including canyoning, bungee jumping, survival skills and whitewater rafting. Expert instructors will cater for all abilities. These experiences will bring any team together.

A man dressed in a kilt lifting a Caber or large wooden pole during a Highland Games Caber Toss demonstration at Winton Castle Pencaitland, East Lothian, Scotland
A Highland Games Caber Toss demonstration at Winton Castle Pencaitland, East Lothian, Scotland


Highland Games
For an authentic Scottish atmosphere, you can create your own Highland Games clan gathering. Kilts will swirl, pipes will skirl and haggis will be hurled at your exclusive event. Staged in breathtaking scenery, with a castle or country house as a backdrop, this magical day gives a truly warm Scottish welcome.


A picture of Three young gentlemen walking and wearing a semi-dress sporran kilt outfit
Three young gentlemen wearing a semi-dress sporran kilt outfit


Kilts!
And, of course, we couldn’t forget Scotland’s national man skirt, the kilt. Any dinner can be made more interesting with a kilt dress code.


There are so many reasons to host a meeting, incentive, corporate gathering, conference or event in Scotland.

We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland!