A Trip to Remember – Exclusive Use Accommodations in Scotland 

20th December 2023

Celebrating one of life’s landmark moments with a uniquely crafted trip creates lasting memories for you and your loved ones. At Away from the Ordinary, we believe that one of the best ways to commemorate an occasion is with a stay in an exclusive-use property. Scotland has some of the most incredible accommodations in the world, which are perfect for groups who are looking for that extra special private experience. Enjoy having the place to yourself while being looked after by the attentive staff, feasting on exquisite dinners made by the very best private chefs, and exploring the area with your personal guide.

Organising celebratory trips is one of our favourite things to do here at Away from the Ordinary. Whatever the occasion, be it a milestone birthday, anniversary, honeymoon or simply a family get-together, we specialise in creating bespoke itineraries tailored to your specific desires. Exclusive-use properties offer that truly magical feeling of a home away from home. They make it just that little bit easier to focus on each other and your time together here in Scotland. 

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but we wanted to mention a few locations for inspiration for your next group trip to Scotland.

For Castle Lovers:

A castle stay in Scotland is on many people’s bucket list. With history and charm around every corner, it is no wonder Candacraig has such a worthy reputation as a wonderful castle to stay in. Nestled in Aberdeenshire’s scenic surroundings, its centuries-old architecture and stories offer visitors a chance to immerse themselves in its rich heritage.

Candacraig is the perfect place to stay for history lovers too. It is located next to many castles and palaces that can be explored during your stay. They also have ties to the Lonach Highlanders, who parade through the castle grounds each year during the local Highland Games.

For Design Lovers:

For appreciators of art, Dun Aluinn is a celebration of contemporary design and comfort in a luxury Scottish setting. It provides a refreshingly modern option for design lovers to enjoy the region of Perthshire. This beautiful area is full of characterful towns and villages just waiting to be explored. You will be looked after well during your stay and will be able to enjoy some incredible local food, with delicious catering from nearby Ballintaggart Farm.

For Whisky Lovers: 

Big occasions call for a good dram and, for a whisky lover, it is an essential feature of a trip to Scotland. Linn House is the Chivas Brothers’ exciting, newly opened whisky venue. This beautiful exclusive-use country home in Speyside provides a more immersive experience than previously imagined, where guests can explore fine, rare whiskies from the Chivas Brothers’ portfolio while indulging in the beautiful local region. Their in-house private chef provides delectable meals, bringing our country’s finest foods to your table, while you relax and enjoy all that Linn House has to offer.

For more inspiration about a whisky pilgrimage to Scotland, you can read this blog post.

For Golf Lovers:

If you are celebrating the birthday of a golf lover, you will find yourself in good hands at Gilmerton House. This Georgian mansion can be found in the heart of golfing country, with Muirfield, St. Andrews, Gullane and a whole collection of famous courses nearby. It makes the perfect base for a sporting retreat. 

Non-golfers fear not, there are many activities available near Gilmerton House to entertain the rest of the group. Situated in North Berwick, Gilmerton is just a short journey from Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh. The city is known for its vibrant culture and arts scene, as well as its beautiful cobblestone streets.

For Nature Lovers:

Glenfeshie Estate is perfect if you are looking for a little luxury in the heart of the Scottish wilderness. The Cairngorms National Park spans over 1,748 sq miles and is one of Scotland’s most beloved regions. Nestled deep in the forest, Glenfeshie provides sumptuous shelter. This fully catered exclusive-use retreat is a client favourite, and for good reason. It is the ideal place to come home to after a day of exploring the wild side of Scotland.

For NC500 Travellers:

While exploring the rugged North Coast, finding a place to retreat from the elements and unwind in comfort is a must. The House of the Northern Gate is exactly that place. It is a beautifully commanding building set atop the cliffs at Dunnet Head. Inside you will find plenty of comforting spaces to recuperate in style. It makes a peaceful base on the NC500.

For Lovers of Decadent Luxury:

Aldourie, sat upon the serene shores of Loch Ness, stands as a testament to historic grandeur and contemporary luxury. This remarkable estate boasts a rich heritage dating back centuries, impressive architecture, and breathtaking natural surroundings. Boasting opulent interiors and meticulously landscaped gardens, Aldourie offers guests a chance to immerse themselves in decadent luxury while embracing the mystique of Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands.

Newly Refurbished in 2023:

After an exquisite restoration project completed in the summer of this year, Dabton House is open for bookings. A historic countryside estate exuding elegance and tranquillity, Dabton House’s Georgian architecture and picturesque surroundings create a charming retreat, perfect for special gatherings. This beautiful exclusive-use property is located in the lush countryside of Dumfries and Galloway, a region of Scotland rich in history and culture.

If you are planning a group visit to Scotland, get in touch with Away from the Ordinary today to book the bespoke trip of your dreams. 

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