Scotland is an awesome incentive destination (we're only a little bias), but here are six reasons why it's going to be even more awesome in 2017.
1. Arrive via some great new flight routes
With the expansion of some key Scottish airports you can now fly to Scotland for your incentive trip from even more locations.
Some exciting new flight routes/additional services from Glasgow International Airport, Edinburgh International Airport and Prestwick Airport will be introduced in 2017. These include; Munich, Bergen, New York, Lisbon, Valencia, Zadar (Croatia), Palanga (Lithuania), Barcelona, Milan and Warsaw.
2. Create lasting memories
There is no better place to get immersed in history, heritage and culture than Scotland, which is why 2017 will be a celebrated as ‘Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology’. Here at Hello Scotland we LOVE to use our heritage as a way to evoke emotion and create lasting memories, through unique activities, characters and experiences that will thrill incentive participants.
Here's an incentive programme case study that shows how: CASE STUDY: Reward. Motivate. Build Relationships
3. Enjoy the culture
This year is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Rob Roy - a historic piece of fiction by legendary writer Sir Walter Scott, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as ‘the best novel of the greatest of all novelists’. Here's how you can bring some of the Rob Roy spirit to your client's Scottish incentive trip:
- Have your incentive gala dinner in the stunning Signet Library, Edinburgh - home to the ‘Writers of the Signet’, of which Walter Scott was a member
- Step back in time to 18th Century Scotland and feel what it was like to be a highlander in Rob Roy's era with a special Highland Games for the incentive group. A battle of the clans, competing in challenges of strength, agility and team spirit
- Stay on the banks of Loch Lomond and breath in the dramatic beauty of the setting as described in Scott's book. Your group can experience the luxury version, staying at the 5* Cameron House Hotel
- Indulge in a Rob Roy cocktail as your welcome drink. Sweet Vermouth, Scottish Whisky, Angostura Bitters with a lemon twist. Severed 'straight up' or 'on the rocks'!
4. See some sporting legends
Edinburgh’s BT Murrayfield Stadium will host the finals of both the European Rugby Challenge Cup and Champions Cup in May. It’s one of Europe’s most prestigious sporting weekends and the perfect additional to a program for sporting fanatics.
5. Travel to Hogwarts
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book, where a young Harry and friends took their inaugural journey on the Hogwarts Express for their first term at wizard school. Your group can experience this magical journey on Scotland’s Jacobite Steam Train, travelling over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter Series, and exploring some of Scotland’s most magnificent scenery at the same time.
6. Get your geek on
Due to open in May 2017, the Queensferry Crossing could make an exceptionally interest visit for incentive groups in the engineering or construction industries. Why? The 1.7 mile (2.7km) structure is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world, that’s why! It’s also the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. Plus there’s the bonus of visiting the nearby Forth Rail Bridge. Now a World Heritage Site, the bridge has been in operation since 1890 and was Britain’s first all-steel bridge.
Check out one of our other educational-style trips: A sustainability trip to Scotland