Monthly Archives: July 2013

Planning the Perfect Hen Weekend In Inverness

A couple of weeks we posted a blog about the ideal stag weekend in Inverness. Well, now it’s the ladies turn! We all know how important it is to get your hen do just right, and here at The Kingsmills Hotel we have everything covered, allowing you to sit back and have a fantastic time with the girls. Whether you’re planning a glitzy night to remember or a weekend of luxurious pampering, we have everything you need for the perfect hen party, all under one roof.

 

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Our elegant Kingsclub Spa just oozes luxury. Offers an extensive range of treatments in a stunning Highland setting, it is the perfect place to pamper yourself in anticipation of the biggest day of your life. Our offerings include facial treatments, massages, reflexology, nails, tinting and waxing, as well as some great spa packages. Hen heaven! If you are throwing a large hen party, our Sooth Package, which includes refreshments, a half hour spa treatment, use of our leisure facilities, a spa platter lunch, and caters for up to 40 guests, would be perfect for you. Alternatively, our Serenity Package provides ultimate indulgence for up to 25 guests, and our top of the range Bliss Package can be used for up to 16 guests. Have a look at our detailed spa brochure for more information.

 

A visit to our on-site hairdressers, Aurora Hair Salon, is the perfect post-spa experience. You and the girls can sit back and let our expert team of hairdressers whip your tresses into the ultimate special do, offering styling suggestions for the big day, ensuring you all look your best.

 

If you fancy something a bit more active, why not pay a visit to our Leisure Club and pool. At The Kingsmills Hotel, our dedicated team of event planners can also help you to organise activities in Inverness and the surrounding area, ensuring your hen party is tailored exactly as you want it.

 

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Hen heaven at The Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness

Our elegantly understated private dining rooms are perfect for an exclusive girls only dinner, complete with a selection of world class wines specially selected by our Independent Master of Wines. If you’d prefer something less formal, why not opt for a sumptuous meal in one of our two on-site restaurants – the airy Conservatory Brasserie or our A La Carte Inglis Restaurant. Our welcoming Lounge and Bar area is perfect to indulge in some post-dinner cocktails!

 

What better way to end a day of indulgence than with a night in one of our new luxury hotel rooms. The epitome of style and comfort, you are guaranteed an excellent night’s sleep. With a choice of room types, we have something to suit every budget and style of celebration. Have a look at our room offerings here.

 

Give us a call on 01463 237166 to chat over your requirements and the options for your weekend – with The Kingsmills Hotel, you are guaranteed the dream hen party!

 

A Room with a View

The exciting new development project at The Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness is coming on a-pace!  This great summer weather has certainly helped to keep work moving forward and we can now get a really solid idea of what our new conference and events space, and our 38 new Luxury Bedrooms are going to look like!

 

We have even managed several site visits now with clients, who have been happy to put on a hard hat and steel toe capped shoes!  They have been delighted with progress and the vision of what we are creating.  For the team at The Kingsmills, it is these site visits that create the excitement – we are really getting a sense of how the space is going to work for our clients and it’s encouraging to see the diary filling up.

 

Our new dedicated air-conditioned events venue within the grounds will host 410 sqm of the newest, design-led meeting and events space – The Kingsmills Suite.  This makes us the largest conference venue in The Highlands, which can also offer car parking and a large number of bedrooms for business travellers - perfect for large-scale events in Scotland. For more details about our events facilities, please download our sparkly new events brochure here.

 

luxury hotel rooms, luxurious hotel rooms, inverness hotel, scottish highlands, scottish events venueWe are also adding 38 beautiful bedrooms above The Kingsmills Suite. We are entitling these rooms ‘Luxury’, and they truly epitomise Luxury in its finest form: spacious and extravagant, offering king-sized beds, sumptuous duvets and cottons. And it doesn’t stop there, with en-suite bathrooms boasting separate bath and walk-in shower as well as fluffy towels to engulf you.  And boy!  What a view!  This photograph taken earlier today shows you the view from our new Luxury rooms.  You can see out over the fairways of the neighbouring Inverness Golf Club and further on to the hills and out to Loch Ness – idyllic!

August Bank Holiday Family Fun in The Scottish Highlands

Here at The Kingsmills Hotel in The Highlands of Scotland, we are continuing to enjoy the lazy hazy days of summer. And the forecasters (who we all know are never wrong about such things) tell us the sun will keep shining throughout August…here’s hoping!

 

There really is so much going on in The Highlands to keep you and your family entertained over the summer, with a wealth of activities for children on our doorstep. It really is a breath-taking part of Scotland in which to enjoy a family break over the August bank holiday weekend.

 

Discover Explore is a great online and offline game in which you and your family can become explorers.  You will discover hidden and extraordinary historical stories in and around the magical Great Glen.  You will uncover 400 million years of stories through a series of daring missions.  Click here to find out how you can take part.  There are so many iconic locations taking part in Discover Explore but you can equally visit them in your own leisurely time.

 

Culloden Battlefield is now restored to as close as it was on the fateful day when the two sides marched on it.  It takes on a whole new meaning with the exciting award-winning visitor centre now open.  Come and find out why this battle, which lasted only one hour, changed the way of life in The Highlands forever.

 

Merkinch Nature Reserve is a hidden gem in the heart of Inverness.  An area full of wildlife with roe deer, herons, cormorants, weasels and many colourful creatures, it will be a day well spent!

 

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The spectacular Plodda Falls

Equally, Plodda Falls is the highest and most spectacular waterfall in the area at over 40 metres high.  Set within beautiful walks and trails you will enjoy both the scenery and the wonders of nature. Take a picnic and enjoy an unforgettable family day out.

 

For more active pursuits, Experience 4×4 offers off road and all terrain vehicle trails.  Hilarity from start to finish and suitable for kids too!  Sharing in this family adventure is sure to result in lots of laughter – both from nerves and the fun!

 

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Landmark Forest Adventure Park – great fun for all the family!

 

A firm favourite in The Highlands is a day at Landmark Forest Adventure Park, with its many great attractions and family friendly activities – some not for the faint-hearted! Water rides, high rope trails, sky diving and a maze is just some of the feats you will endure!

 

The Kingsmills Hotel has some amazing deals on over the August bank holiday, making sure that you make the most of the family break.  Why not take a look at our Family Breaks offer, in which kids stay free! This includes 2 night’s accommodation in one of Kingsmills Hotel’s beautiful family rooms, breakfast for the whole family each morning, complimentary use of our leisure club AND entry tickets to Landmark Forest Adventure Park for 2 adults and 2 children. Alternatively, book at least 7 days in advance to take advantage of our Summer Saver offer, saving a minimum of 10%.

 

Whichever option you choose, you are guaranteed an unforgettable August bank holiday weekend in The Highlands of Scotland.

 

Planning the Perfect Stag Weekend in Inverness

More often than not, these days the stereotypical stag weekend tends to involve groups of rowdy lads jumping on a plane to Prague and trekking through the city in morph-suits drinking their body weight in beer! Here at The Kingsmills Hotel and Kingsclub & Spa, Inverness, we offer more traditional and cheaper stag weekend options in beautiful Scotland, designed for the more sophisticated gentleman.

 

Our stag packages include activities such as mountain climbing, distillery tours and sailing, whilst our leisure club is the ideal place to unwind. We offer fantastic room rates in a wide selection of beautiful bedrooms, all with full access to The Kingsmill Hotel’s excellent facilities.

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If golf is your game, Inverness offers an incredible selection of idyllic courses, whilst the surrounding scenic Highlands offer exciting golfing challenges in some of the world’s loveliest and most diverse landscapes. The Kingsmills Hotel is proud to have special partnerships with some of the best Scottish golf courses, offering a selection of fantastic golf breaks at courses including Castle Stuart Championship Golf Course, Royal Dornoch Golf Club, The Nairn Golf Club, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club and Inverness Golf Club. Have a look at our golf packages here.

 

Whatever you are looking for from your stag weekend, our dedicated team of golf specialists can work with you to create a tailor-made golfing weekend in Scotland. We can organise tee times on multiple courses throughout your weekend, and will cover off practical planning elements such as sorting transportation, meaning that all you have to worry about is not being out-done by the Father-of-the-Bride in the golfing stakes!

 

scotch whisky, luxury hotel inverness, stag weekend scotland, malt whiskyAfter all that time spent outdoors, you will be ready for some of the very finest Scottish cuisine. Look no further than our selection of on-site restaurants, including the elegant Inglis Restaurants, and the airy Conservatory Brasserie. We also offer exquisite private dining rooms for group dining, which are perfect for stag celebrations. Why not wash down all that delicious grub with a night-cap of the finest Scotch whisky – we can even arrange a whisky tasting as part of your evening.

 

 

The choice is yours – this is your stag weekend. Give us a call on 01462 257 100 to get the ball rolling…

The Show Must Go On!

Working in an environment that is based around an ethos of outstanding service, providing world class guest experiences and going the extra mile means that The Kingsmills Hotel staff sometimes have to get creative…

 

That creativity can be about developing a really fun (albeit slightly off the wall!) Girls Slumber Party Package and other innovative special offers, or creating a truly indulgent spa experience.  Have a look at our spa treatment menu here if you’re in the mood for some pampering! Recently, however we took the concept of creativity quite literally to help one of our guests out of a potentially sticky spot…

 

The Kingsmills Hotel recently hosted a group of actors who were filming a period drama at a nearby stately home, and it was great for staff and guests to see the colourful characters around the hotel.  One of the actors was understandably alarmed to realise that she had arranged to have her costume laundered, unaware that the laundry would be closed on the Sunday – the day of filming!

 

Thankfully our Operations Manager, Sandra, understands fully two important concepts which are ingrained in each and every staff member here at The Kingsmills Hotel:

 

  1. Always go above and beyond to create a great guest experience, and
  2. The Show must go on!

 

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Recognising the guest’s alarm, our Operations Manager asked ‘What does your costume look like?’  Thankfully this particular guest wasn’t playing aristocracy and didn’t require puffy sleeves in opulent fabrics or elaborate bodices adorned with jewels!  Grateful to learn that the actress’ character came from the other end of the social hierarchy, and needed only a long black skirt with black cape and cream coloured ruffled collar, Sandra set to work to make a replacement.  It’s amazing what banqueting covers and a ‘can do’ attitude can create! So, with Sandra’s help, the cast pulled off an amazing performance, the show, indeed, did go on as planned.

Kingsmills Hotel – making your Highland wedding dreams come true

Dreaming of the perfect romantic Scottish Highland wedding but got no idea where to start? Look no further than Kingsmills Hotel Inverness. Located in four sprawling acres of beautiful landscaped grounds just five minutes from central Inverness, Kingsmills Hotel is a stunning restored 18th century building oozing traditional charm.

 

Our varied selection of reception rooms gives you the space and flexibility to tailor your wedding reception exactly as you like. The classic 18th century architecture of the original exterior is echoed in many of our exquisite wedding function rooms, which combine Celtic grace with a uniquely modern elegance, creating the perfect backdrop for your all-important wedding photos. Whatever your individual wedding reception ideas, the understated elegance of each venue creates a perfect canvas for you to personalise your day and express your own tastes and style.

 

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The timelessly elegant Burns Room.

Our largest wedding reception venue is The Burns Room, which epitomises the tradition and luxury at the heart of The Kingsmills Hotel experience. Offering stylish dining for up to 80 guests, The Burns Room is laden with original features and boasts beautiful natural light.

 

If you are planning a more intimate wedding celebration, we have a selection of three smaller wedding reception rooms for you to choose from. The Torgorm Room is a lovely cosy setting for smaller weddings of up to 24 or 40 guests. You can seat 24 guests at a traditionally elegant single table, or alternatively seat 40 guests around 4 round tables. The recently refurbished MacLeod Room, boasting original architectural features is an understated and elegant choice, seating up to 24 guests. The smallest of our wedding venues, The Adams Room, is also one of the most charming, featuring a traditional open log fire, original features and seating for up to 22 guests.

 

The Kingsmills Gardens provide one of the most sensational and romantic backdrops for any Scottish wedding. Catering for up to 100 guests, the gardens provide a fairytale wedding setting, offering you a choice of sheltered areas for both your ceremony and your reception, meaning that there is no need to worry about our unpredictable Scottish weather affecting your big day!

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The Kingsmills Gardens make the perfect fairytale wedding setting.

 

You can view our full wedding brochure, containing menu options, a suggested wedding timeline, details of special wedding extras in our Kingsclub Spa as well as a list of the top wedding suppliers in the Invernessshire area here.

 

Simply tell us your requirements and vision for the day, and your dedicated Kingsmills Hotel wedding co-ordinator will discuss our wedding packages options, taking care of all the details. Give us a call on 01463 257 102 to get the ball rolling – your dream Highland wedding is yours for the taking with the Kingsmills Hotel!