Riding the Waves of the Ryder Cup

Ryder Cup Day at Kingsmills Hotel


Have you got any idea as to where you might be on Sunday September 28th? You might already have a very good idea and possibly even have booked it, but just in case you haven’t—and of course in case you have, we are going to reveal your own secret—we can tell you where you should be coming to spend the day. How about watching the Final Round of the 2014 Ryder Cup tournament in the comfort of a warm cosy room on a large screen TV with a bubbly and canapé reception from 12.30pm onwards?


And there’s more…

Ok, so that is not all. For the bargain price of £100 per person, you get a Sunday lunch in our gastronomically delightful restaurant along with some exquisite wines to accompany the meal. You also get to contemplate our specialist cheese platter and have a glass of port afterward. As if that was not enough, you can also make the most of the inclusive bar that will be available in Kingsmills Hotel until 6pm—or until the final putt is sunk. You can be a part of the excitement and watch the building tension as the two teams fight it out to the bitter—yet fun and sporting—end.

We are also running a fabulous Facebook Competition for our lucky winner to win this whole day for free! To get involved and have a chance to win, visit our Facebook Page today before the competition ends!


Where’s this all happening?

Oh, right, you want to know where, don’t you…ok, well it is supposed to be a well-kept secret but who are we to argue with the crowds who want to come and watch the Ryder Cup with us? It is our 4-star accommodation and spa resort, the Kingsmills Hotel, in Inverness. Come and join us for a riveting day of golfing history and watch the 2014 Ryder Cup between the European team and the American team. Last time the Europeans won it, so they will be defending the cup this time against a very determined American side, at the home of the Ryder Cup, Gleneagles. Get in on the action at Kingsmills Hotel – to book your space now call our Sales team on 01463 257100 to avoid disappointment!

The Kingsmills Hotel Welcomes the Ryder Cup

On Jan 15th 2013 Paul McGinley was named as the Captain of the Ryder Cup European team for 2014. He brings with him the expertise and experience of a player who has yet to lose any of his Ryder Cup matches, either playing or assisting.  The run-up to the qualification process starts at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales between 29th August and 1st September, 2013, for the Welsh Open.10440817_10152534195192433_7011653404153595129_n

Qualification Process


The Europeans qualification process is reasonably confusing but here’s an idea of how it works. Firstly, each player will qualify with 1 point toward their qualification score for every win they earn in ‘Race to Dubai’ tournaments held between the Wales Open and the Italian Open. The top four players will qualify. After that—if you are not already confused—the top 5 players not in the list above will be taken from the official rankings of the OWGR—Official World Golf Ranking—table, including events from the Wales Open to the Italian Open of 2014. Then—whew, almost there—we have the 3 Captain’s picks. These are kind of wild card pick which Paul McGinley will announce on the 2nd September, 2014, based on the results of the Italian Open and the Deutsche Bank Championship.  The process for the United States team is similar in point system but based on a different set of tournaments.


Welcome Home to Gleneagles


The Ryder Cup is coming home, for the first time in something like 90 years, well, 93 years, actually, but who’s counting? Oh, yes, we are, here at the Kingsmills, simply because we are extremely proud that Scotland not only gets to host, but also in a year when Europe are the defending champions. Therefore a win would be a double whammy for the Europeans to celebrate.

A Patio overlooking Inverness Golf Course

Once the teams are announced we will have a better idea of who is playing, but until the results of the qualifying tourney’s are announced we can only suppose, hope and wish for the best players to bring it home to Scotland.

North Hop is Brewing up the Perfect Festival

Inverness has a brand new festival and boy, are you going to love it! You get to taste craft beers, artisan gins, some extremely creative cocktails and all that, accompanied by some home cooked Scottish food and some great live music.  This festival so shiny new that their website isn’t even functional yet, but when it is you will see the entire Eden Court line-up of everything happening. The festival will be on 29th and 30th August 2014 and it is hoped that it will be the start of something big.

A New festival for a New Audience

At the Kingsmills Hotel we are getting extremely excited because we will be hosting many of the guests who are arriving just for the festival, as well as many other guests who have already booked with us and will be here for it. Don’t forget to ask us about tickets for the North Hop Festival when you check in.

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The new festival has been designed with beer lovers in mind and for those who appreciate live music. We can’t disclose too much at this time because it is all very hush-hush, but having contacted the organisers we can reveal a few snippets that we are privy to.  There is going be a main beer hall where all the attending breweries will be situated. The idea is to provide a social setting with benches and seating available, much like a casual pub. There will also be a cocktail lounge where people can test out specialist gins, cocktails, and refreshing soft drinks.

You will also get to enjoy some free acoustic music, courtesy of our ‘yet to be disclosed line-up’ and some pretty tasty food choices, including street food and snacks. The festival is all geared around the entire inside and outside of the Eden Court area, so feel free to wander and explore.

Aims and Goals

The festival is aimed at 18+ and therefore it is not a good idea to bring minors. The organizers want to introduce craft beers and other new drinks to the public and get a general feel of Scottish life and culture, bringing it to everyone to enjoy.

Brewery Line-up

There will be 10 breweries that have confirmed their presence, and they can be revealed, exclusively here: Windswept Brewing Co., Loch Ness Brewery, BrewDog, Eden Brewery, Thistly Cross Cider, William Bros Brewing Co. and Fallen Brewing Co. Cromarty Brewing Co., WEST, and Inveralmond Brewery.

 North Hop Festival

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!

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.

Castle Stuart Experience at Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

The Highlands recently played host to Scotland Means Business and welcomed guests to experience the best of Highland Hospitality.

Scotland is renowned for hospitality………….and within Scotland, the Highlands stands head and shoulders above the rest……………and within the Highlands, The Kingsmills Hotel leads the way on true hospitality.  One of the guests taking part in Scotland Means Business can testify to this!

Our weary traveller enjoyed the comfort of our super king-sized beds just a little too much and over-slept.  He was expected to play early at the beautiful Castle Stuart Links Course, but unable to rouse him from his slumbers, the coach and the rest of the party left without him.

When our General Manager, Craig Ewan, heard of this he phoned ahead to the golf course to ask them to hold the tee-time, woke our sleepy guest and personally drove him to the course – complete with flask of coffee and bacon rolls in the car.holding a conference at kingsmills hotel inverness

Our guest was very appreciative of the gesture as playing Castle Stuart was a highlight of the trip for him, but he was even more impressed when he was invited to leave his luggage behind, we would pack it up and have it transported onto the next destination on his itinerary!  Needless to say, The Highlands has another convert!

If you are looking to book a business trip away – and like the sound of our fantastic customer service here at Kingsmills Hotel please contact our Events team on 01463 257102 to discuss holding your event at the Kingsmills Hotel or download the new Events brochure here.



A Disney Wedding at Kingsmills Hotel– Craig to the Rescue!

Here at the Kingsmills Hotel there is never a dull moment! And on Good Friday this year, we had a very interesting phone call from one of our guests on their way to stay at the hotel, and it makes for an excellent story!


Miss Degroot and Mr Eastman, a couple from the USA, were travelling around Scotland on the Adventure by Disney Tour, which is based loosely on the latest Disney Pixar  film ‘Brave’, which is set in and around the highlands of Scotland.  The Adventure by Disney tour, gives guests the chance to “walk amongst lush landscapes where ancient stone castles rise from the mist, heralding a proud heritage that served as the inspiration and backdrop for the Disney•Pixar animated film Brave. Our Scotland adventure puts you in the footsteps of royalty, loyal clans and quite possibly a mythical sea creature.” 


Kingsmills Hotel have been hosting guests from around the world, that watched Disney Pixar's Brave, and have went on a journey to Scotland to experience the land that inspired the film!
Kingsmills Hotel have been hosting guests from around the world, that watched Disney Pixar’s Brave, and have went on to journey around Scotland to experience the land that inspired the film!

The Disney tour highlights Scottish landmarks such as the following:



Prior to this once in a lifetime trip Mr Eastman had proposed and Miss Degroot happily said “YES”! They went on to coincide their trip with their nuptials and planned that on the last stop of their tour, the two would marry in Edinburgh Castle. How romantic! However, when the couple were on their way to stay with us at the Kingsmills Hotel, the story took a turn for the worst and we received a call on the Friday afternoon from the Isle of Lewis;  the bride had been informed that her wedding dress, that was meant to be delivered to their hotel in Edinburgh (from the Far East) ready for the Big Day, would not arrive until the following week, when they were due back in US, and  the wedding was taking place 48 hours from the bad news being delivered!!


Tensions were running high and our General Manager, Craig Ewan, took matters into his own hands and arranged for local bridal shop,  “Dress 2 Impress” on Castle street in Inverness which is owned by Iona Peace, to remain open through Friday evening so that on arrival in Inverness the bride could choose and have a fitting for a replacement dress.  In the end, Miss Degroot was able to find a replacement gown last minute, the couple were able to enjoy the rest of their stay at the Kingsmill Hotel and their stopover in Inverness. They then continued onto Edinburgh where the wedding took place without further hitch! The happy couple and Disney were surprised and immensely grateful for all our efforts. The couple thanked us greatly and we also received a thank-you letter from the Operations Director of Adventures by Disney. And everyone lived Happily Ever After!



The Early Bird Catches the Worm – Festive Celebrations at Kingsmills Hotel

Here at Kingsmills Hotel, it is never too early to plan traditional Scottish Christmas celebrations. So save yourself the last minute panic, and feast your eyes on our festive brochure for details of our brilliant selection of festive lunches and dinners, party nights, Christmas gift vouchers and pre-party pampering packages.

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Celebrate the festive season at Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness

Join us for a sumptuous Christmas lunch between 1st and 24th December and be treated to a tantalising festive feast prepared by our experienced and creative team of chefs. 3 courses cost just £13.95. Parties of 9 or less please call 01463 257124 for information and to book. For parties of 10 or more we will require full pre-payment 14 days in advance, to book please call our Christmas co-ordinator on 01463 257102.


We are also hosting a great selection of festive events. Following the sell-out success of Christmas 2012, our All Inclusive Party Package is back by popular demand. For a fixed price of £65 per person, you will receive a welcome glass of bubbly, then a 3 course festive feast including drinks, followed by a disco to dance off all that indulgent cuisine. Our Bring a Party to a Party nights, featuring a 3 course meal then a disco by ‘The Entertainment Experience’ are also making a comeback, so browse our brochure and decide which option takes your fancy.


When the dancing stops, we are offering guests who attend any of our party nights luxury accommodation at Kingsmills Hotel from just £30 per person, based on bed and breakfast and two people sharing twin or double accommodation. Call 01463 257100 to make your reservation today!


We are also hosting Michael Bublé Tribute Evenings on Saturday 30th November and Saturday 7th December, at which you can sit back and soak up that festive atmosphere accompanied by the dulcet tones of King of Swing, Jason Porter. Last year these nights sold like hot cakes, so we recommend you get in there quickly to avoid disappointment. To book call 01463 257 102.


As always, we will be serving up our traditional Christmas Day Lunch (with a surprise visit from a plump beardy man in a red suit for the kids!), and giving you the opportunity to prolong that festive feeling with a relaxing Boxing Day Lunch. Have a look at our festive brochure for menus and bookings details, and prepare to enjoy a wonderfully relaxing Christmas in Inverness.


You can then see in the New Year in true Highland style at our Residential Hogmanay Gathering. Full details can be found in our festive brochure. Alternatively, you can treat yourself to the ultimate luxury festive break in one of our Kingsclub rooms and enjoy a quiet Hogmanay of understated Scottish luxury. Either way, here at Kingsmills, we guarantee your Hogmanay in Scotland will go off with a bang!


To prepare you for all this revelry, our spa team offers an indulgent range of treatments and packages. So have a look at our spa brochure, channel that inner A-lister and get set to dazzle this festive season!


We look forward to welcoming you to join in the celebrations with us!

A Royal Guest: Kingsmills Hotel Welcomes Princess Megan

The staff at Kingsmills Hotel are delighted to play host to the beautiful and inspirational Megan Gillon on a regular basis. We always love having Megan to stay at our hotel in Inverness, and were touched by the beautiful message we received from her mother, Kirsty Gillon, after her most recent stay with us:


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Kingsmills Hotel is delighted to count the beautiful Megan Gillon amongst one of our regular guests. Megan: you are a wee soldier!

Hi, my daughter and I stay with you regularly (as she visits Raigmore Hospital a lot!). When we stayed last time (10th April for 2 nights) you kindly gave us a complimentary upgrade to the Kingsclub and a beautiful room with a balcony overlooking the golf course. We just want to say a massive thank you to all the staff because they treated Megan like a princess! She’s in a wheelchair and has a few confidence issues but you made her usual hospital visit into a real treat! She has not smiled that much in a while and I can’t thank the Kingsclub and Leisure centre staff enough for making her feel like royalty. The dining room staff were just as wonderful in dealing with her food allergies! You really made a difference to my wee angel! We’re coming back to stay at the Kingsmills on Sunday 12th for a night as we have Raigmore again on Monday and she’s really looking forward to it. Thank you again!!


We are thrilled that Megan enjoyed her complimentary upgrade to Kingsclub, and appreciated the lovely balcony views over our neighbouring Scottish golf course. Our restaurant staff have a real family dining ethos, catering to all palates and dietary requirements with a fine selection of Scottish cuisine, and I am so pleased that Megan enjoyed eating in our hotel restaurant too.


It was a pleasure welcoming you back again last night Princess Megan, and we hope to see you again soon for some more royal treatment!