Alisa Craig is an extinct volcanic plug in the Irish Sea, 10 miles off the Scottish coast. This uninhabited island, colloquially known as "Paddy's Milestone" was given the nickname because it is situated about halfway between Glasgow and Belfast (as the crow flies). Ailsa Craig is renowned as the source of the majority of curling stones currently in use across the world. The quarry yields blue hone granite, which is used to make stones for the sport of curling. Blue hone is very dense and nonporous form of granite, which prevents moisture from penetrating and pitting the carved stones as they lie on the ice. Alisa Craig

© Turnberry Resort, Scotland

Ailsa Craig is currently owned by the Scottish peer Archibald Angus Charles Kennedy, the 8th Marquess of Ailsa and is up for sale for £1.5 million. The 220 acre site boasts a ruined castle, a small cottage, a lighthouse, a granite quarry and 36,000 breeding pairs of gannets. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds looks after the colony, which it describes as a "bustling seabird city, with puffins, black guillemots, razorbills and peregrines some of the special residents".

Turnberry

© Turnberry Resort, Scotland

However, incentive groups who like this view can head to the resort of Turnberry, which has incredible views across the Irish Sea to Ailsa Craig and the Island of Arran.  Turnberry opened in 1906 and was the world’s first golf resort and has kept its pedigree ever since.  The Five Red Star resort underwent a multi-million pound renovation programme prior to hosting the 2009 Open Championship, which was on the legendary Ailsa golf course.  Today, an incentive group can expect sophisticated luxury in a classic Edwardian tradition with a choice of dining experiences including the elegant Grand Tea Lounge….. a fitting spot for afternoon tea with a view. Add to this 149 bedrooms, restaurants, bars, stunning private dining spaces and opulent spa, the resort is suited to intimate incentives as well as the larger groups. Oh, did we mention the exhilarating outdoor activities at ‘Turnbebrry Adventures’ including quad safari, water zorbing, GPS treasure hunts, horse-riding and off-road driving.

Castle from the shore.

© National Trust for Scotland

There are plenty of options within the resort for gala dinners however Culzean Castle (pronounced Cull-ane) is a spectacular option of off-site entertaining.  Since the 1400s this building has organically grown into the neoclassical mansion that you see clinging to the cliffs today. This is a building that reveals its historical past in every turret and room and remains one of the grandest and iconic houses in Scotland.

For motivating ideas for your next incentive to Scotland contact our project management team on inspireme@helloscotland.com

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