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Monday, June 27, 2011

Scottish venues with a military past

Scottish venues with a military past


As the UK pledged its support for ArmedForces Day on 25 June 2011, here are some Scottish venues with a military connection that can offer a truly unique setting for any meeting or event.


National Museum of Flight, East Lothian


The Royal Airforce Station at East Fortune in East Lothian played a crucial role in both the First World War and Second World War. Throughout the Second World War, the Royal Airforce Station, East Fortune served as an operational training base.  Now privately owned, the National Museum of Flight houses over forty aviation icons including the world famous Concorde. The Concorde Experience provides a dramatic and prestigious backdrop for receptions and dinners for up to 650 people.  The museum also offers a great place for team building events with the added wow factor of visiting Concorde.


Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre, Inverness


Even 250 years after the Battle of Culloden, the site still retains its military heritage.  It was at Culloden, on 16 April 1746, that the Jacobite army fought to reclaim the throne of Britain from the Hanoverians for a Stuart king.  The battlefield itself is now restored to as close as possible as it was on that fateful day.  The Visitor Centre at Culloden is available to hire for smaller meetings for up to 80 people and for exclusive evening events for up to 150.  Tours of the battlefield can be arranged for delegates and the Centre also has an innovative exhibition featuring interactive characters involved in Culloden's events - helping guests follow Culloden's events in a more interesting way.


Blair Castle, Perthshire


Set in the heart of Highland Perthshire, Blair Castle has over 740 years of history.  It retains a distinct military connection as each year in May, the Castle holds the Atholl Gathering where there is a parade of the Castle’s private army, the Atholl Highlanders.   Blair Castle is a unique, historic setting for an event, with a variety of rooms and flexible spaces suitable for conference venues and meetings - from bold contemporary spaces to opulent historic interiors for up to 400 guests.


Discovery Point, Dundee


Sir Clements Markham harnessed Dundee’s long experience of constructing ships to construct the RRS Discovery, the ?rst vessel to be constructed speci?cally for scienti?c research.  The launch of RRS Discovery signalled the beginning of the heroic age of exploration. The majority of the crew and team members were seconded from the navy. The ship offers a truly unique venue for a corporate dinner with stunning views across the River Tay. The Verdant Works museum, Scotland’s last operational jute mill, also offers an attractive option for a meeting for up to 70 delegates and the Discovery Point Visitor Centre has various meeting rooms, which can cater for up to 100 people.

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