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Friday, May 06, 2011

Strathearn - meetings fit for royalty

As HM the Queen conferred the title of Earl and Countess of Strathearn on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for when they are in Scotland, the area will attract attention for tourists keen to meet in the Earldom with such romantic links. 


Strathearn literally means the valley of the River Earn and covers the region from Loch Earn, where the river rises, to Bridge of Earn where it enters the Tay Estuary.  A beautiful and mountainous region, yet under an hour’s drive from Edinburgh Airport, Strathearn is a great location for meetings and events.


Here is a round-up of some of the best of the region:


Crieff Hydro

Luxury hotel, Crieff Hydro, was the first Strathearn venue to toast the happy couple’s new title with champagne for all its guests on the morning of the Royal Wedding.  With everything on offer from large-scale conference and event spaces for up to 600 to meeting rooms and facilities for smaller meetings and 213 bedrooms and five star lodges, Crieff Hydro is the ideal location for meetings, teambuilding and events.  Famous for its outdoor activities including pony trekking, water sports, high ropes, off road safaris and new last year, the Segways challenge, Crieff Hydro teambuilding comes with adrenalin thrown in.  The hotel has recently undergone a £30 million refurbishment of its signature bedrooms and public spaces and also offers state of the art leisure facilities and a superb spa. 


Gleneagles Hotel

Gleneagles is one of the world’s most coveted resorts, where golf and outdoor activities go hand in hand with superb meeting and conference facilities, plus flexible space for gala dinners and large scale events.  Having hosted the most high profile events, including government summits and major golf tournaments, Gleneagles is well-equipped to manage any corporate event large or small.  Refurbishment in recent years has created a truly aspirational spa, superb meeting spaces and luxurious bedrooms.  Delegates have variously described the conference experience as “once in a lifetime”, “amazing” and of the “highest service standards and quality”, putting Gleneagles right at the top of the range of hotels in Scotland for meetings.  ‘Gleneagles will be the venue for the 40th Ryder Cup matches in 2014 and, as well as its three 18-hole championship golf courses, provides off-road driving, shooting, fishing, falconry, horse riding and the world’s first Gundog School.


Comrie Croft

Comrie Croft offers group experiences the chance to get away from it all with a real difference.  Teambuilding can extend to eco camping where the showers are powered by solar and windpower, or to staying in Kata tents which include a woodburning stove, oil lamps, comfortable cushions and sheepskins.  A meeting room with a view and teambuilding experiences such as kayaking, gorge walking or abseiling, organised locally, Comrie Croft brings teambuilding back to basics, but with comfort and reward thrown in.


Famous Grouse Experience


Home of the oldest distillery in Scotland at Glenturret, the Famous Grouse Experience creates meetings and events with a difference.  The venue has its own whisky and cook schools, which can teach delegates the art of tasting or cooking with a dram.  With facilities for up to 275 delegates which include an interactive state of the art tour and the history of the tumbling Glenturret Burn, original home of the illicit stills, the Famous Grouse Experience could be a great way to create an event while raising a glass to the new Earl and Countess of Strathearn.

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