A Guide to Hosting Your Corporate Event in Scotland
Scotland, with its rugged highlands, deep lochs, and vibrant cultural history, is a stunning destination for your corporate event. Famous for its traditional dress, tartan, bagpipes, ceilidhs, golf, The Kelpies, and of course the Loch Ness Monster, Scotland is a truly unique destination with a compelling history that spans across 8,000 years.
Getting to Scotland couldn’t be easier; its main airports received frequent scheduled flights from the rest of the UK as well as non-stop services from North America and Europe. When you reach your Scottish destination, the country’s extensive road and rail network making getting from A to B child’s play. You can find out more about Scotland’s transport links here: https://www.visitscotland.com/travel/getting-to-scotland/
Lavish stately homes, fine castles, ancient fortresses, and mysterious standing stones pepper Scotland’s landscapes alongside its seven modern cities: Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling. Scotland has plenty of choice when it comes to choosing a venue for your corporate event or business meeting. Whether you’re looking for a city experience or more urban location, Scotland can offer both modern convention centres and historical manors in both settings.
Venues in Scotland
Scotland has a wealth of gorgeous venues set in even more beautiful surrounds, from Inverness, to Aberdeen, to St Andrews, to Edinburgh, to Loch Goil. We’ve picked out a few of our favourites to share with you:
Situated on the southern shores of Loch Ness, just a short drive from Inverness, Aldourie Castle is an exclusive corporate venue with beautiful surrounds. Perfect for company events, meetings, car launches, and corporate away days, Aldourie Castle can be booked for the day, overnight, or an entire week.
Stunning inside and out, when booked Aldourie Castle also comes with 500 acres of Estate that is perfect for outdoor team building activities which can extend to helicopter flights, balloon rides, and Nessie-hunting boat trips!
Luxury in the Scottish highlands, this stunning exclusive hire only castle is the perfect setting for your corporate event in Scotland.
Archer Field House
Oozing elegance and luxury in a rustic rural setting, this venue is just a short 30 minute drive away from all the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh.
Whether a car launch, fashion show, charity fundraiser, exclusive corporate occasion, or incentive trip Archer Field House is the perfect setting for your business event. Situated in a beautiful estate overlooking the Firth of Forth, it can offer a 15 bedroom mansion house, 9 3-4 bedroom lodges, and 12 1 bedroom suites at the Pavilions, (in addition to the Marine Villa, Boathouse, and Cottage all suitable for smaller gatherings). Archer Field House has plenty of space for delegates.
Golfers will also be pleased to know that they can access two Archerfield courses and the ones at Fidra Links and Direlton Links.
The Signet Library
The Signet Library is a unique conference venue in the heart of Edinburgh’s old town. It offers plenty of character, with historical architecture and elegant period features, as well as all the modern facilities you’d expect of a first-class business venue.
Four flexible rooms offer over 1000 sqm of event space, and can be transformed into a range of configurations for banquets, theatres, receptions, classrooms, and boardrooms. Steeped in heritage, this one of a kind venue will inspire guests with soaring ceilings and classical Georgian architecture.
Just a 90 minute drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, and Aberdeen, Blair Castle sits in Highland Perthshire and is one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses.
With architectural roots that date as far back as 1269, Castle Blair has been added to and reinvented over the years, meaning it can offer a range of spaces with an eclectic range of styles – from contemporary, to Georgian, to Victorian. The State Dinging room, added in 1530 and reconfigured in the 1740s has a baroque feel and can cater to up to 140 guests. The Ballroom is magnificently Victorian, offering grandeur the spacious dance floor can hold up to 400 guests. The Library boasts a modern glass front overlooking the manicured lawns and surrounding hills, whilst The Banvie Hall is perfect for small informal meetings and can be accessed via a secret door!
Fairmont St Andrews
Voted ‘Best Large Hotel of the Year 2015’ at the Scottish Golf Tourism Awards, Fairmont St Andrews is a luxury 520 acre, 5 star hotel with beautiful cliff top views of the town and North Sea. Boasting two championship gold courses, 209 indulgent guestrooms, spa facilities, and delectable eateries, Fairmont St Andrews also has over 15,000 sq ft of flexible meeting space - including the impressive 6,179 sq ft Robert Burns Ballroom! Just 65 minutes from Edinburgh by car, and ten minutes by road from the rail station which sees arrivals from London, St Andrews is well connected.
Offering everything a modern business meeting, product launch, or conference could need – the memorable setting, first class amenities, and latest audio-visual technology, Fairmont St Andrews is a great choice of venue for your business event in Scotland.
Things to do in Scotland
Vast swathes of woodland and lush farmland, rolling hills, and deep glens nestled at the feet of towering mountains, glittering lochs, and miles of golden beaches, this is what Scotland has to offer; one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world. Whether hiking, walking, biking, driving, or the Scottish islands via boat this is a landscape just waiting to be discovered.
Nestled within Scotland’s natural beauty is a wealth of things to do: from exploring ancient castles, and the country’s famous whisky distilleries, to shopping in the cities, and visiting town markets and fairs, to playing a round of gold or two. If you’re heading to Scotland in August, you’ll arrive in time for the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival – the largest arts festival in the world. There is something to cater to all interests.
There are also a range of tours available, that are perfect for incentive trips. You and your team can soak up some history on a castle trail or Victorian heritage trail, hop from distillery to distillery on a malt whisky trail, or take a day to sightsee around anyone of Scotland’s exciting cities.
Entertainment in Scotland
Of course you’ll need to some entertainment to accompany your event, whether to keep delegates engaged during a conference, or get them in the party mood after dinner!
Here are our favourite local picks:
Keep it traditional with one of our original Scottish entertainment options.
Our bagpipe players and ceilidh bands will add an authentic taste of Scottish heritage to perfectly compliment your event setting. A traditional Scottish bagpipe player can set the tone as guests arrive at your venue of choice and provide background music at a drinks reception. For later in the evening, world-renowned bag pipe group The Red Hot Chilli Pipers can provide a phenomenal show featuring their signature ‘Bagrock’ style and sound. Having performed around the world cementing their reputation as the best bagpipe show around, they offer a genuinely unique and exclusive experience.
Alternatively, one of our lively ceilidh bands will have no problem getting your guests on the dancefloor! Ceilidh Band Scotland offers something a little different with a modern style of ceilidh music, the sounds of the fiddle layering in perfect harmony with their scratch DJ.
After dinner entertainment that won’t fail to impress.
As seen on Sky 1’s hit TV show ‘Got to Dance’, and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, this group offer shows performed by professional dancers of the highest calibre. Jaw-dropping choreography, incredible costumes, and high-energy soundtracks make for an utterly breathtaking performance. Also incorporating a dramatic illusion into one of their routines, there is no end to their talent and creativity.
Bring your team together with Team Building Scotland.
Whether you would like a tour, a multi-activity day of events, or choice of adventure activities, we can deliver. Including 4x5 driving, archery, falconry, clay shooting, canoeing and sea kayaking, and a survival programme we can create packages that have been tailor-made to fit in with your venue, schedule, and group size. Experience Scotland like its never been experienced before.
You’re now ready to start planning your corporate event in Scotland! We can help you create the perfect package, with venue and activity suggestions, and a full roster of Scottish entertainment that is guaranteed to impress call us on 01626 572072.