The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

Luxury Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland

Having recently visited The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, I wanted to share my thoughts.  The hotel is situated on lively Princes Street in the heart of Edinburgh – a truly excellent location.

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The Eriskay Whisky Galore Golf Club

Now officially registered with the Scottish Golf Union (SGU), Eriskay Whisky Galore Golf Club is once again trading after losing their own course 16 years ago.

The club’s history is really quite extraordinary; from the origination of the club’s name to the distance members have to travel to play the course.  It certainly shows the dedication and devotion that some players have to the game.

To read more on the story of the course, click here.

Andy Murray Acquires Former Cromlix House

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray has recently purchased the previously known Cromlix House Hotel which is located near Dunblane, Stirlingshire.  Murray plans to convert the Victorian mansion into a Five Star property with 15 rooms situated within the 50 acres of woodlands and gardens.  The hotel will be managed on Murray’s behalf by Inverlochy Castle Management International (ICMI).

The vast transformation is scheduled for completion by spring 2014, in advance of next year’s Ryder Cup (which will be held at Gleneagles, a short drive from Dunblane).

Of the purchase, Andy Murray stated, “I am pleased to have acquired Cromlix House and look forward to securing its future as a successful business.

By re-establishing Cromlix as a leading luxury hotel at the heart of Dunblane community we will be able to attract new visitors to the area, create a number of new jobs and focus on supporting other local businesses.  I’m pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in.”

The venue has been a popular choice for weddings in past years; Andy’s brother Jamie married his wife Alejandra Guterrez there in 2010.

The hotel will also feature a Chez Roux fine dining restaurant which will utilise locally sourced produce, another welcome venture to the area.

Western Gailes Clubhouse Development

The clubhouse at Western Gailes Golf Club is in the process of receiving a major facelift.  The new development will introduce a new club shop, bag drop area and upgraded course entrance and exit.  Furthermore the club plan to offer a gallery which will put on display articles relating to the Club’s history.  The anticipated date of completion for these renovations is May of this year.  It’s also worth noting that the lunch and snack menus will be re-vamped in April by the club’s new catering team.

More details of the changes at Western Gailes can be read on their new website here.

Wedgwood – A Modern Scottish Dining Experience

A recent weekend in Edinburgh allowed me the opportunity to sample the wares on offer at Wedgwood; one of Edinburgh’s fine dining restaurants.

Having opened five years ago, Chef and co-owner Paul Wedgwood has created an unpretentious atmosphere coupled with excellent (and inventive) dishes.  On their website they place emphasis on the fact that they do not “turn” tables, therefore diners are allowed to relax and enjoy their meal for as long as they wish without the feeling of being rushed.

Wedgwood is found in the Old Town on the Royal Mile; however it is far removed from the ‘touristy’ restaurants found in the area.  How about king scallops with cauliflower korma, pistachio and peanut dust for starters?  Followed by an equally unique creation of wild deer with haggis, herbed barley, pickled squash and truffled jus?  To add to the distinctive dining experience, be sure to order a side of wild foraged leaves when available – you won’t receive the usual side salad!

Tip – try to request a table which is on the street-level as the downstairs level doesn’t offer the any natural light.