Scotland

Whisky glass   Highland cow

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Whatever your needs we guarantee that Scotland and our planning team will exceed all your expectations. We are the major force as a destination management company for Scotland. Specialising in meetings and incentives, we can assist with all arrangements for incentives, meetings, conferences and events. Our multilingual team will propose original and exciting programmes for your incentive groups, creating a fusion of traditional icons and modern style; history, golf, tartan, bagpipes and whisky, blend seamlessly with contemporary hotels and cuisine. Our clear-headed approach together with meticulous and strategic planning ensures a complete and flawless delivery of your incentive or conference. Our extensive local knowledge and close partnerships with suppliers guarantees your programme’s success.

Inspiring Moments: New Perspectives

Meetings:  Take over a private castle with one of the finest art collections in Scotland for your company meeting. Use the castles facilities for hard work and then enjoy the grounds for some traditional country pursuits, like  falconry, clay pigeon shooting and archery. Why not participate in a master class session on how to be a professional butler?

Incentive: After being picked up in a fleet of Land Rovers sit back and enjoy a Mountain Safari through spectacular scenery in a land steeped in history and heritage. Experience the thrill of exploring this amazing wilderness environment in a 4×4. Lunch in an atmospheric 16th century Highland castle before blending your own whisky at a distillery.

Conference: Host your conference at a world-class golfing resort and spa hotel. Enhance the conference with a Highland Games team building and a medieval gala dinner at the historic Stirling Castle.

Event: Host an event on the Royal Yacht Britannia, dress in a traditional Scottish kilt and dine where Royalty and heads of state from around the world have been entertained before you. As a finale, watch the Military Pipe band perform a beating retreat as fireworks light up the sky.

Scotland is one of the most beautiful and historically fascinating countries in the world, with each region boasting its own unique qualities. From the tranquil lowlands of Dumfries and Galloway to the breathtaking peaks of the Cairngorms in the Highlands. Often within a few hours travelling, you can experience a landscape that changes rapidly from gentle rolling hills to rugged coasts and dramatic, towering peaks. Scotland is the home of golf, and some of the world’s finest Open Championship courses. Sample a dram in some of Scotland’s celebrated whisky distilleries, or dine in some of its hauntingly beautiful castles. The capital, Edinburgh, is a world-class destination. A mix of urban amenities, rich culture and quality accommodation, the city is alive with restaurants, cafes, bars and superb shopping, together with many luxurious hotels.  Scotland’s second city, Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, home to the art nouveau architectural treasures of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and on the doorstep of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery.

Scotland boasts unforgettable and spectacular scenery, ancient castles and iconic distilleries. It is the perfect location for a conference or incentive programme. Choose from the finest locations to make your incentive a truly memorable and world class experience: a boardroom brainstorm at the 17th century Signet Library, a dinner at Stirling Castle , a round of golf on one of the world’s oldest and best courses, a Highland safari and private whisky tasting…whatever your client requires, we offer a fantastic variety of destinations and unique venues. The home of golf.  Scotland gave the Royal and Ancient game to the world 600 years ago and today there’s nowhere better to enjoy a round of golf. A friendly approach. Scottish hospitality is legendary; a small country with people who love to welcome visitors and are proud to show them what makes their country special. Choose from a wealth of venue and accommodation options. Whether you are looking for traditional and historic properties, or the latest in modern design, Scotland has it all.

A unique destination for an incentive trip. Combine a stay in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities with an active outdoor programme. Transfer times between locations are short and the scenery is spectacular. Edinburgh, city of culture. Scotland’s historic capital is one of the most enchanting, cosmopolitan and beautiful cities in Europe, with great restaurants and a fun nightlife.

  • When should I travel?
Scotland is generally colder than the rest of the UK, especially in the more northerly regions. The west tends to be wetter and warmer than the cool, dry east. In upland areas, snow is common in winter, and fog and mist may occur at any time of year. Springtime sees the Highlands wake from their barren winter slumber, and come alive with wild flowers and fresh green shoots; August sees a striking landscape dripping in purple Scottish heather; autumn brings a rush of gold and crimson leaves.

  • Is it safe to travel and are there places to avoid?
Scotland is generally a very safe country to visit. Like England and Wales, violent crime is a problem in some inner city areas, however, much of it occurs amongst hooligan-type, normally unarmed gangs, thus violent crime against tourists is rare. Petty crimes such as thefts and pickpocketing are lower than many other European countries, but vigilance at all times is required, especially in crowded areas. Crime rates vary greatly from urban to rural areas. You should approach clubs and bars at night with caution, especially around closing time when drink fueled violence occurs, the best thing to do is use common sense and avoid any fighting.

  • What money should I take?
The British currency is the pound sterling (GBP). ‘Quid’ is the slang term for pound.  Several Scottish banks issue their own bank¬≠notes. You shouldn’t have trouble changing them in shops etc immediately south of the Scotland–England border, but elsewhere it may be difficult. All UK banks will accept them, but foreign banks will not. Euros are accepted in Scotland only at some major tourist attractions and a few upmarket hotels – it’s always better to have sterling cash.

  • What language will they understand?
English is the official language but Gaelic is still spoken by some, mostly in the West and Highlands.

  • How about my health?
There are no specific health risks associated with travel to the UK and food and water can be considered safe. Emergency treatment is free to visitors, but charges are made for routine medical care. Visitors from South Africa are advised to take out good medical insurance.

  • Public Holidays

2012
01 January New Year's Day
02 January
06 April Good Friday
07 May Early May Bank Holiday
04 June Spring Bank Holiday
05 June Queen's Diamond Jubilee
06 August Summer Bank Holiday
30 November St Andrew's Day
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day

2013
01 January New Year's Day
02 January
29 March Good Friday
06 May Early May Bank Holiday
27 May Spring Bank Holiday
05 August Summer Bank Holiday
30 November St Andrew's Day
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day

  • Do I need a visa?
South African passport holders require a visa for entry into the United Kingdom.

  • Will I need any innoculations before I depart?
No innoculations are required for the United Kingdom.