A destination as historic as Scotland is bound to have venerable venues around every corner. Here are three standouts that Meetings Focus enjoyed on a recent trip across the pond.
Towering over the surrounding countryside, Stirling Castle, which dates to the 12th century, is a magnificent setting for everything from gala dinners and luncheons to theme nights. Situated between Edinburgh and Glasgow above the charming town of the same name, the castle boasts Scotland’s largest medieval banquet hall, hosting up to 300 people, and Great Hall Vaults that are ideal for smaller meetings. The castle’s gardens set a lovely stage for receptions.
Attendees can feel like kings and queens for a day on the Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh. With Britannia-crested invitations sent to attendees before the event and champagne served the moment they step onboard, it’s easy to imagine how the good life must have been on this former yacht of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family. The Royal Deck is an impressive spot for a reception of up to 380, and roughly 176 guests can be accommodated for dinner in the State Apartments.
The Assembly Rooms Edinburgh, which originally opened in 1787 and recently underwent a major restoration, is a group favorite. Elegant chandeliers, antique mirrors and ornate plasterwork provided the backdrop for our gala dinner here, and we were treated to a traditional haggis ceremony and Scottish dancing. The venue has several function rooms, some of which can host up to 700 people.