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Spotlight on: National Museum of Scotland 22nd September 2017

Each month, the Unique Venues of Edinburgh Spotlight section introduces a member of staff from one of the many fantastic venues across the city. This month the spotlight is on Elaine, Head of Sales and Marketing at the National Museum of Scotland Hospitality and Events. She has worked for the Museum now for more than 7 years and has a wealth of experience selling events in luxury venues.

She understands the fine balance required in planning successful events with her clients in a unique venue, which is first and foremost a visitor attraction. We asked Elaine to describe working in such a vibrant and interesting venue: “We are proud to offer such a unique and special venue for events and it is fabulous to be able to work with our clients to transform the Museum, a true national treasure, into a stunning evening venue”.

To find out more information about events at the National Museum of Scotland, please visit the website or get in touch with the hospitality team via email or call on 0131 247 4113


Dundas Castle launches Outlander experience 20th September 2017

To mark the premiere of Season Three of Outlander, Luxury Edinburgh residence, Dundas Castle, is opening its doors to Claire and Jamie fans with the launch of the Outlander Experience.

From 10 September, guests can follow in the footsteps of their favourite characters, while living like a true Laird and Lady in an authentic 18th century Scottish castle. Using the Castle as their residential base, ‘outlanders’ can visit the places which inspired the best-selling novels, as well as filming locations for the TV series.

Working with Private Concierge Scotland, the team at Dundas Castle will create a bespoke package to suit individual needs, helping guests to create their perfect Outlander themed adventure, with dinners, excursions and entertainment.

Over a two day itinerary, the package includes visits to see many of the Outlander locations across Scotland, with travel options of bus, car or even luxury helicopter tours. Taking in impressive sites such as Doune Castle – which acts as Castle Leoch in the TV series; Glencorse Old Kirk, where Jamie and Claire tie the knot; and Linlithgow Palace which is used as Wentworth Prison; fans will gain a fascinating insight into where the series is filmed, as well as an appreciation of the breathtaking Scottish landscape described in the books.

To add to the feel of the stay, the package can also incorporate grand dinners in the Castle’s medieval stag chamber, whisky tastings, traditional ceilidhs, clan battles, Scottish pipers and a dramatic ‘Beating of the Retreat’ to act as a grand finale to the experience.

Just a 15 minute drive from Edinburgh Airport, Dundas Castle is a piece of Scottish baronial splendour with 17 bedrooms, a 600 year old keep and extensive luxury and comfort.   The Castle, still the home of owner, Sir Jack Stewart Clark and his wife, Lady Lydia, is available on an exclusive use basis and is the ideal location for a special weekend of romance, history and discovery. Guests are given complete private use of the Castle and immediate grounds, allowing for a real home from home feel.

Prices start from £5,930 ($7,606) per night including VAT for private hire with all bedrooms, with the guided tours starting at £6,000 ($7,687) for a luxury coach, £20,000 ($25,632) for a fleet of luxury Range Rovers, £22,000 ($28,186) for self drive Supercars, or for the ultimate in luxury travel, £40,000 ($51,2850) for a helicopter tour for up to 19 people.

Dundas Castle is a spectacular five star venue, featuring turrets, impressive staircases, sumptuous bedrooms and roaring fires.  Popular for weddings and corporate getaways, as well as family parties and group events, the Castle features its own romantic boat house, a private squash court and the spreading lawns and woods of the Estate. For more information about the Castle and Estate please visit the website.

Ask the Expert: Dynamic Earth 14th September 2017

Edinburgh’s iconic Christmas Party venue, Dynamic Earth, has appointed Claire Bolt as their 2017 Christmas Coordinator. Claire brings a wealth of experience to the role, with specific expertise in client account management and events, with previous employers including Scoot and Flow Hospitality Training. We decided to ask this festive expert what was on her wishlist for a perfect Christmas:

  1. Favourite Christmas song? Has to be Fairy Tale of New York!
  2. Christmas Cake or Mince Pie? Picking the icing of Christmas cake. I’m not a fan of fruit cake!
  3. Favourite Christmas Film? Elf. I love to snuggle on the sofa with my two children and watch it with a mulled wine in hand.
  4. Best Christmas night out? I came to Dynamic Earth for Christmas night out with my previous work colleagues about four years ago and absolutely loved it! It’s a great night out for all members of the team – there’s something for everyone.
  5. Who would you like to meet under the mistletoe? Santa of course!

For 10 special evenings in December, as night falls, Dynamic Earth is transformed into a glamorous and visually stunning party venue. Groups of all sizes will experience a festive spectacular with first class catering, friendly service and a vibrant attitude. Dinner is served on the main Stratosphere area where this year’s theme, the ‘Aurora Borealis’ will be brought to life.

For more information please get in touch with Claire via email or give her a call on 0131 523 1292

Edinburgh Cultural Venues Appoints Programme Development Manager 14th August 2017

The City of Edinburgh Council’s cultural venues collective has appointed James Bruce as programme development manager. The position covers city landmarks the Assembly Rooms, Ross Bandstand, Church Hill Theatre, and the Usher Hall.

The role will focus on the curation of top events across four of the capital’s most high profile venues, with the diverse portfolio catering for a broad range of performances, with capacity for ten to 2,300 attendees.

James brings more than 10 years of experience in the music entertainment sector, having helped deliver over 250 events per year in his previous role as senior promoter at PCL Presents.

Having previously held roles at London-based artist-ticketing platform CrowdSurge/Songkick and Coca-Cola during the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations, James has led major label album releases, worldwide arena tour announcements and the production of 55,000 capacity concerts.

Currently furthering his education with a FutureLearn course in Digital Economy at The Open University, James joins the team at a crucial time as the Assembly Rooms celebrates its 230th anniversary and another year at the heart of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Karl Chapman, service manager of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Cultural Venues, comments: “James will help us to develop fantastic concerts and events across a colourful range of music genres. He has a proven track record of delivering innovative, successful events and understands what it takes to work with and for a diverse range of artists, promoters, tour managers and agents.  We are delighted to have him on board and excited for the months and years ahead.”

To find out more information about events, conferences, and exhibitions at the Assembly Rooms, please visit the website.



Spotlight on: Scotch Malt Whisky Society 27th July 2017

Meet Anthony Delcros from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. It’s no surprise that he’s pursued a life in the hospitality industry after being raised in his parents’ restaurant on the west coast of Ireland. Now he’s busy creating a selection of whisky-inspired cocktails at the Society’s Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar at 28 Queen Street.

After studying catering in the south of France Anthony worked in the bar industry, before landing his dream job in Edinburgh with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Anthony says that there’s so much variety in the society’s single cask whiskies and flavour profiles that when creating a cocktail list for the Kaleidoscope Bar, he was surrounded by inspiration. The ever changing selection of bottlings means he is always thinking about ways to create intriguing cocktails with a whisky twist.

Why not pop into the Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar at 28 Queen Street, EH2 1JX, Edinburgh.

For more information please visit the Society’s website or call on 0131 555 2266

High Five for the Assembly Rooms 26th July 2017

2017 marks 230 years of Assembly Rooms but also five years since the extensive refurbishment that restored its elegant Georgian architecture and sparkling chandeliers.

It has since gone from strength to strength thanks to its new-found versatility, welcoming everything from conferences, award ceremonies and industry showcases including Doosan Global Business Forum, Engage, Invest, Exploit (EIE) showcase and Pride of Edinburgh Awards, to filming for STV’s 2015 Election leaders’ debate and X Factor judge’s auditions, Edinburgh Festival performances and even Chris Hoy’s Freedom of the City ceremony held in our Music Hall.

Shona Clelland, Cultural Venues Development Manager at the CEC, comments: “The refurbishment was intended to breathe new life into Assembly Rooms, preserving its unique history while ensuring it met the demands of modern events. Five years on, the investment is paying dividends and we’re welcoming a diverse and growing client base.”

To find out more about spectacular multi-purpose event venue, please visit the website.