Monthly Archives: August 2013

Three Surprising Wedding Cake Trends

When it comes to selecting your wedding cake, traditionally it has been a toss-up between choosing royal icing or buttercream, chocolate cake or traditional fruit cake, cute cupcakes or a multi-tiered showstopper. But have you ever considered pork or Stilton? Here at The Kingsmills Hotel, we can open your eyes to the wonderful world of alternative wedding cakes…

It seems that grooms – who, let’s face it, are often excluded from many wedding decisions – are starting to find their own voice, and push back against the girliness of the whole affair. Over the last couple of years, more savoury, ‘macho’ alternatives have started to emerge in the form of pork pies, Guinness cake (yes really!) and giant masterpieces constructed solely of blocks of cheese. What is going on?

A delicious wedding cake trend

Guinness Cake – bring ‘the black stuff’ to your big day

According to The Fine Cheese Company, purveyors of every type of cheese wedding cake imaginable for over 10 years, grooms are becoming increasingly interested in the details of a wedding purely on the basis that they are starting to put their hands in their pockets to fund their weddings themselves. Furthermore, cheese goes so much better with wine at the evening reception! The Fine Cheese Company claims that their multi-tiered cheese creations look every bit as elegant as a traditional wedding cake, whilst also being more substantial and doing a better job of filling up hungry wedding guests.

Savoury wedding cakes

The Hannah Cheese Wedding Cake

It is more challenging to make a pork pie look elegant, but Lincolnshire pork pie makers Adams & Harlow seem to have nailed it. They have conjured up a five-tiered extravaganza, consisting of pork and chicken pies, each hand-crimped around the edges and decorated with ribbons and flowers. I’m sure you will agree that the end result is actually rather aesthetically pleasing.

Surprising wedding cake trends

Adams & Harlow pork pie wedding cake

 

Whatever kind of wedding cake strikes your fancy, one thing is for sure: you are no longer restricted to the traditional fruit cake, and have free reign to use your imagination and make it a focal point of your wedding celebration. If you are a bride or groom to be, and are looking for a stunning wedding venue in Scotland – make sure you take a look at Kingsmills Hotel for the perfect Highland Wedding!

Highland Adventures around Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

If you are looking for a destination that will give you thrills and chills, or if you prefer more peaceful pastimes, all set in an area of abundant beauty, then the Highlands of Scotland is most certainly worth a look.

Photo taken by Visit Scotland

Photo by Visit Scotland

As Ernest Hemingway says “anyone can be a fisherman in May” – well, we would go one step further and say anyone can be a fisherman in the Highlands!  Particularly on the Spey;   the jewel amongst Scotland’s finest salmon rivers.  From its source, it descends 1000ft, some 107 miles.  This descent creates a great flow all season which makes for some very exciting fishing with high expectations on every cast.  A river as vast and powerful as the Spey produces the Hulk Hogan of salmon!

If walking is your activity of choice then the Great Glen Way will lead you through some of the most staggeringly beautiful and dramatic scenery.  By lochs and rivers, your effort will be rewarded with visual splendour at every turn.  And of course if you are a Munro Bagger, then the highlands has plenty to offer.  But don’t be mislead that they are all a test of endurance; some have accessible routes with the focus being on the majestic panoramic views rather than the sweat and toil!

The Cairngorm Mountain range has enjoyed spectacular snow and snow activities over the past few years.  For the nay-sayers who think Scotland doesn’t offer real snow sports, visit this impressive national park and take another look.  The variety of terrain in this area is a big attraction for skiers and snow boarders of all capabilities.

And in the summer months these same mountains are a draw for mountain bikers.  Now mountain biking could never be considered a sport for the faint of heart, but the bonus after the hard work, is some of the longest single track descents in the UK.

Some might say that your opinion on hunting and shooting depends on which end of the gun you are at!  The Highlands of Scotland are famous the world over for their country sports and for the professional way in which the land is managed and conservation is practiced.  The sports take place on estates with professional gamekeepers and are located throughout the Highlands.

And let’s not forget the water based activities; the Great Glen Canoe trail is the first of its kind in Scotland and will take you over 60 miles following the Caledonian Canal from Corpach to Inverness.  Paddling and amazing scenery sounds the perfect way to pass 5 days!

Whichever adventure you decide on, you can be sure that the Highlands will deliver on a grand and majestic scale and Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness will be the perfect place to rest your head after your Highland Adventure! To view all Kingsmills Hotel’s Special Offers please visit the official website here.

Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2013

The finalists have been announced for the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2013.  As the current holder of the award for Best Hotel of the Year, we remember all too clearly the nerves and tension around the hotel on the run up to the big night.  Can you imagine how we feel this year, having been short listed for not one, but three awards! As I reach for the Bach Rescue Remedy, let me tell you which categories we have been nominated in; Once again we have been nominated in the Best Hotel of the Year Category, and that is not a mantle we will give up easily.  If it is possible to care for our guests with even greater dedication and passion, then we will do it! Our Managing Director, Tony Story has been nominated in the Entrepreneur of the Year category.  Tony has taken the hotel to new heights since the acquisition in 2007.  He has led a programme of refurbishment, the development of the Kingsclub and Spa in 2010 and the current development of the Kingsmills Suite Conference Centre.  In addition to all of this we have just received planning permission for 12 lodges within the grounds of The Kingsmills Hotel.  And finally our Restaurant and Bar Supervisor, Angus MacLeod, has been nominated for the Young Ambassador of the Year title. The Awards are announced on 4th October so wish us luck.  Must go and plant some lucky white heather!

highlands and islands tourism awards

Autumn Weddings at The Kingsmills Hotel

Autumn, the Season of Colour, is a truly magical time to hold your traditional Scottish wedding. Crisp orange sun-gilded leaves, acorns crunching underfoot, crab apples and the delicious waft of freshly baked pumpkin pie – what could be more romantic?

The Kingsmills Hotel, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, boasts four acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in an elegantly restored 18th century building – perfect for luxury weddings in Scotland all year round. Our garden weddings are notorious for their magical fairytale atmosphere, with our grounds forming the perfect tranquil back drop for those all-important wedding snaps.

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In Scotland however, we would be foolish not to take the notoriously inclement weather into consideration when planning a wedding. Outdoor weddings can be a risk – Autumn doesn’t seem quite so romantic when you’re trudging through soggy leaves with your dress hitched up to your knees. You will be relieved to hear that we offer a variety of sheltered areas for both your ceremony and your reception, ensuring that your day runs smoothly whatever the weather. Alternatively, a fantastic way to bring the outdoors to your big day without the need for umbrellas and wellies is to host your wedding reception in one of our tasteful indoor reception rooms overlooking the grounds. Each of our five function rooms has a different understated personality, meaning that they make a brilliant foundation for your personal tastes on the big day.

The Kingsmills Hotel’s dedicated wedding co-ordinators take pride in creating a personalised, tailored service, and truly get to know each bride in person to ensure those special touches of luxury. If you’re planning your dream Scottish wedding, this is undoubtedly one of the most appealing wedding venues in Scotland. Check out the our wedding brochure (http://www.kingsmillshotel.com/planner/food-and-beverage) for inspirational wedding ideas or give us a call on 01463 257 102 to speak to an expert and get the ball rolling.