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Vintage Chic Meets Modern Sleek at Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow

Dec 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

First opened in 1883 next to Glasgow’s main train station, its doors leading straight to the concourse, Grand Central Hotel is known as the city’s “Grand Old Lady.” Closed for over a decade, then re-opened four years ago after an 18-month renovation, it exudes a sense of history. Even the reception desks, resembling vintage train ticket counters complete with old-style table lamps, make you feel as if you’re caught in a time warp.

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Hotel du Vin Offers a Tree-Lined Victorian Setting in Glasgow's Fashionable West End

Dec 1, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Five honey-colored Victorian townhouses joined at the hip, make up the 49-room Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow’s leafy West End suburb. As I arrived, a complimentary whisky awaited me in a cozy sitting room opposite twin reception desks, a precursor to the hotel’s proud display of more than one hundred varieties of the traditional drink in its aptly called Whisky Room.

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Indigo Hotel Glasgow: A Landmark Building Transformed Into a Modern Gem

Nov 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Fashioned out of a landmark 19th century building, Indigo Hotel is a boutique luxury property conveniently positioned in the heart of Glasgow, a five-minute walk from central train station. Once housing the city’s first electric power station built in 1892, architects and interior designers at Ica deserve strong praise for their conversion efforts, which have created a nine-story contemporary hotel while preserving the listed building’s 1920’s plasterwork and ceramics.

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Where to Go, What to Eat and Which Shows to See While in Glasgow, Scotland

Nov 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Glasgow, Scotland not only offers a rich vein of culture, shopping delight and diverse cuisine, but also an architectural fantasy. It’s a Victorian city with a 21st century attitude, all reflected in eclectic buildings, diverse theatrical and musical venues, and innovative restaurants and cafés. Here are five ways to enhance your enjoyment of a visit to Scotland’s largest and revitalized city.

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10 Reasons to Celebrate Scotland During New York Tartan Week

Apr 4, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

During Tartan Week, the five million Americans who claim Scotish ancestry—and all the others who just really like golf, Edinburgh literature and/or Scotch whisky—will be honoring the rainy, peaty homeland. It’s nowhere near as widely celebrated as St. Paddy’s Day, but New York City will have a parade (because NYC always has a parade) on Saturday April 5. Here are 10 excellent reasons to celebrate Scotland and its influence on the U.S.

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Tee Off at 7 of the World’s Best Golf Courses

Sep 26, 2013  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

With lush terrains and rocky coastlines, one could easily travel from California to Australia on tour to visit the world's best golf courses. Any true golfer probably already has a personal list of dream spots, whether it's a course right around the corner or halfway around the world; but these are our seven picks for the best in the world.... Read More

Tamdhu Whisky Comes Back to Life in Speyside Scotland

May 22, 2013  |   Contributor: Noah Joseph

Scotland's glens, hills and islands are pocked with distilleries and while most are hard at work producing whisky, not all of them are active. Once-active distilleries like Banff, Rosebank and Port Ellen are what insiders classify as "silent stills." It's not every day that a silent still comes back to life, but that is precisely what has happened with the re-inauguration of Tamdhu.... Read More

5 Luxury Golf Packages Over $5,000

Apr 18, 2013  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

Spring has sprung, warm weather has arrived, and golf fanatics migrated south to Augusta, Georgia for the start of the first majors tournament of the year, The Masters. Unfortunately, you didn’t get to go because your boss said you have to stay and finish those TPS reports (what a tyrant!). And while it would’ve been exciting to see that green jacket grace the shoulders of the first Australian winner, going on your own extravagant golf getaway is by far a better way to spend your hard earned vacation time. To help inspire this much deserve respite, here are five exceptional golf experiences from around the world that might even make Tiger a bit jealous.... Read More

The Bonham Boutique Hotel in Edinburgh | Victorian Elegance With a Contemporary Touch

Nov 27, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Location of The Bonham in Edinburgh offers the best of both worlds—nestled in the middle of a line of sturdy Victorian homes on a quiet street, yet an easy 10-minute walk from the western edge of Princes Street and the busy traffic, shops, museums and art galleries therein.... Read More

The Glasshouse, Edinburgh | An Architectural Marriage of Past & Present

Nov 13, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Strolling along Leith Walk towards Princes Street, I was surprised to see a line of photographers taking pictures of the hotel where I was staying, The Glasshouse in Edinburgh. Thinking they were paparazzi, I wondered what celebrity was staying there. Then, drawing nearer, I realized what image they were capturing: The façade.... Read More

Luxury Living at the Cradle and Crown of Golf | St Andrews' Hamilton Grand

Oct 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Ray Pearson

Our tour to view progress in transforming former Hamilton Hall into the magnificent Hamilton Grand was scheduled for the afternoon. In preparation, with my fix of morning coffee satisfied, I joined June Riches and a small band of explorers on Links Crescent in St. Andrews, Scotland. Riches leads medieval walking excursions around the historic town. “We’ll walk through about 12 centuries in an hour,” was her promise. I needed to gain a sense of time, place, and perspective before learning about Hamilton Grand, located at golf’s cradle and crown.... Read More

Bear Grylls Can Help 10 People Survive the Scottish Highlands and the U.S. Election

Oct 3, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

With the U.S. election fast approaching and politicians invading homes with snide remarks about their competitor’s incompetency or meanness, it is likely that many of you will be running away to the wilderness, trying to escape the constant barrage. Before you do that though, you may want to learn the basics of survival from someone who knows what he’s doing. Bear Grylls, "Man vs. Wild" star is probably the most qualified person I can think of and lucky for you, he has started his very own survival academy.... Read More

First Guerlain Spa in UK to Open at The Caledonian Hotel Edinburgh

Sep 12, 2012  |   Contributor: Tara Imperatore  |  1 Comment

Guerlain, a long-time leader in fragrance, skin care and makeup, has set up luxury spas in some of the biggest cities around the world, including Paris, Tokyo and New York City; soon, the first Guerlain Spa in the UK will debut inside the historic The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh.... Read More

Exploring Urban and Rural Hotels and Attractions in Northwest Scotland

Aug 23, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Want to enjoy both a rural and an urban experience while on the northwest coast of Scotland? Then a few days at the luxury Inverness City Suites, followed by a few at Ramnee Hotel up the coast may be just the ticket. Owned by the Dinnes family, the first accommodation is located in the heart of Inverness, an expanding cultural city just ten minutes from the intriguing Loch Ness; the second is just beyond the village of Forres, further west along the Moray coast.... Read More

Two Luxury Hotels on Scotland's Isle of Skye | Toravaig & Duisdale

Aug 6, 2012  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With a wealth of experience gained from many years working in the hospitality industry, husband-and-wife team, Anne Gracie and Captain Ken Gunn, have opened not one but two luxury hotels—Toravaig House Hotel and Duisdale House Hotel—on the evocative Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland.... Read More

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