Two nights of pure luxury and choice in the Scottish countryside, to reward top automotive dealers throughout Germany.
Our client incentivised it’s dealers across Germany by promising the top performers they would be rewarded with a fantastic short break for them and their partners to enjoy.
They approached Hello to provide them will 5* options in Scotland, that would offer their group a well deserved break from the hustle & bustle of their everyone day lives, whilst giving them a flexible program that they could personalise to their own individual wishes.
Site visits were a must
In the run up to this special incentive trip, our clients wanted to choose for themselves the location, venue, activities and menus that their group would experiences. Bill & Elaine welcomed them on 3 separate occasions, first to choose the location and after much debate between east and west coast, they chose the greater Glasgow area.
The second visit was filled with program and venue choices cumulating in the decision to select Cameron House as the venue and a host of activities that are possible in its surrounding area. Finally, the third site visit was a tasting of the exquisite menus the guests would enjoy throughout their stay.
The group of about 60 arrived into Glasgow International Airport, where they were met by their German speaking guides who lead them to the luxury coaches that would take them the short journey to Cameron House, on the shores of Loch Lomond.
On arrival to the hotel, the guests, strolled past the welcome signs in reception to the exclusive Great Scots Bar, where they could relax and enjoy high tea and Scottish Tapas whilst choosing their own personal activities for the weekend.
After a refreshing cup of tea and a few cakes, guests where able to check in and were guided to their rooms where they each found a personalised welcome letter and goodies from their employer! In the evening, guests made their way to the Boat House, which was exclusive to them for the full evening.
Guests started the evening sipping on a selection of cocktails whilst a BBQ feast - that included Buccleuch Estate Beef Burgers, grilled west coast prawns, grilled caramelised bananas and a mouthwatering selection of starters and desserts - was being cooked for them on the outside decking. Throughout dinner, guests were entertained with a mixture of DJ music and live entertainment from jazz singer Paul Pashley and his band, “The Kings of Swing”.
Later in evening guest were invited to a delectable ‘chocolate & whisky’ tasting in the bar area, and if that wasn’t enough, a ‘cheese stall’ filled with giant round cheeses was erected in the Boat House so guests could sample the many flavours throughout the evening.
For those who fancied something a little sweeter to party with, expert mixologists made on- demand Singapore Slings, Marguerites, Mojitos, Cosmopolitans and served wines and beers for the less adventurous. As a memento of the evening, guests were invited out to the Loch-side to light sky lanterns and watch as they drifted off, high in the sky, across the water. Then, it was back to party time!
Day two activities
After a hearty breakfast buffet in the exclusive Great Scot Bar, guests were directed to the variety of coaches that would take them to their chosen activities.
- A guided day trip to Edinburgh, then lunch at Loch Fyne
- Fly fishing lesson, river fishing and lunch at a local pub (one of the guests caught a giant trout which the chef then cooked for lunch!)
- Scottish field sports including: Falconry, Archery, Clay Pigeons, Rugby Clinic and cricket, followed by a picnic in the garden
- A guided day trip to Glasgow, with lunch at the cosy restaurant
- Golfing and lunch at a near by golf course
A gala night to remember
Guests arrived back to Cameron House in the afternoon, with some time to relax and get their glad- rags on for the evening ahead.
Shortly before their departure to Stirling Castle for a grand gala dinner and awards ceremony, the gents were summonsed to the Morning Room for the Gentlemen's Meeting, where Bill introduces the men of the group to the art of kilt wearing and whisky drinking! Meanwhile the ladies enjoyed a more civil occasion at their sash fitting in the Library, sipping sparkling wine and nibbling on chocolate dipped strawberries.
The ladies giggled and shrieked as they were re-united with their now kilted men, ready to depart for Stirling Castle! To keep spirits high and set the scene for an evening in a historic Scottish Castle, guides regaled them with tales of the past throughout the journey to Stirling.
On arrival at the Castle, guests had a relaxing drink and delicate canapés in the Queen Ann Gardens before wandered up the cobble pathway where pipers and drummers welcomed them into the Chapel for their awards ceremony. Following the excitement of the ceremony, guests were treated to some beautiful traditional Scottish music as a lone female fiddler guided them into the magnificent Great Hall.
The dining tables in the Great Hall were decorated exquisitely with bespoke tablecloths, fine tableware, flowers and dramatic candelabra that enhanced the grandeur of the room. The group se]led down to enjoy a superb three course meal, prepared with locally sourced produce and top quality ingredients, whilst the DJ played some easy listening tunes in the background, before cranking it up for party time!
The evening was brought to a close with a heart-pounding Beat Retreat on the Esplanade at the gates of the castle.
Departure day... but not without some fun first!
After a long lie in, an exclusive breakfast in the Boat House was waiting for guests the following morning, which rolled into a brunch menu with an incredible number of dishes to choose from.
For those who weren’t feeling to delicate from the night before, a selection of adrenaline pumping water sports were waiting for any keen takers. Speedboats, zap cats, kayaks, canoes and rib boats for the speed demons, then rowing boats and sailing dinghies for a slower pace!
If the guests wanted to keep their feet firmly of the ground, they could tee off on the golf course for a quick round on the 9 hole, before boarding the coaches for the transfer back to the airport.