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Friday, January 20, 2012

Heading north for the summer

With London 2012 fast approaching, many organisations are looking for venues outside the south east for this summer’s meetings and events. As Scotland gears up to welcome an influx of business tourism visitors, we look at five of the country’s most unusual venues.


Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh

Described as “Edinburgh’s Sistine Chapel”, Mansfield Traquair is a hidden gem in the city’s New Town that can cater for dinners up to 350 and theatre-style up to 600. The venue is particularly suited to creative events and gala dinners and is hosting over £1 million in events each year. 

Most recently, Mansfield Traquair hosted an Alice in Wonderland dinner with a Tim Burton feel, so trees became floral table decorations, while giant mushrooms and creative colour washes were employed to create a stunning backdrop. 


Tennents Brewery, Glasgow

Relatively new on the events scene is Tennents Brewery in Glasgow where the Tennents Training Academy and Cook School opened earlier this year. Created as a centre of excellence in entertaining and hospitality training, the Academy is a unique facility offering the opportunity to learn trade secrets from the country’s finest chefs, confectioners, mixologists and sommeliers.  Already the venue is proving popular for corporate events –small meetings, seminars and exclusive hire – and fun cocktail making and cooking events.


Ackergill Tower, Caithness

Perched on a cliff top on Scotland’s north coast, Ackergill Tower is the ultimate unique experience. Despite its remoteness, or perhaps because of it, the venue hosts between 50 and 60 events a year, and is the perfect photographic backdrop for product and car launches.

Corporate hospitality taking place over two or three days accounts for around a third of bookings. Ackergill has wifi throughout its 26 bedrooms, boardroom, breakout rooms and a stunning tree house meeting room, plus video-conferencing facilities.


Knockhill Racing Circuit, Fife

Knockhill is Scotland’s National Motorsports Centre which has seen growth in the corporate market through team building and driving experiences in recent years.  These are a great way for businesses and their staff or clients to interact in an informal way by mixing work and play. The in-house team excels at organising packages that keep people together with meeting rooms, high tech production and catering on site. 


Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

This is a visitor attraction that can offer an unparalleled opportunity for private dining surrounded by the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whiskies. With nearly 3,500 diverse and beautiful bottles spanning centuries, housed in a bespoke glass vault, a breathtaking, amber-lit experience is guaranteed.

The venue hosts, on average, 150 different events each year, mainly meetings and receptions, with the jewel in the events team’s crown being whisky tastings followed by dinner created by the award-winning chefs from the in-house Amber Restaurant.


For more information on what Scotland has to offer click here.

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