At the beginning of March, Miss London Concierge were invited on a very special FAM trip to St Andrews in Scotland by our friends at Calliope Collective and The Old Course St Andrews. 

Our agency, along with seven other event professionals boarded a plane to Dundee to begin a three-day familiarisation trip, to experience the different options available for corporate group events in this stunning part of world.

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Day 1 at The Old Course St Andrews

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The group touched down in Dundee Airport after a very comfortable and quick 2 hour flight from London Heathrow. Thanks to Logan Air we all travelled in style from London Heathrow (cuppa & caramel wafer later) and landed on the banks of the Tay in Dundee.

We were met at the airport by  Luxe Scot,  a luxury travel company that offers a bespoke experience for transfers and travel.  What better way to explore the grandeur of Scotland that with your very own personal travel experience.  So much more than the VIP treatment! 

After a short 30-minute journey, we arrived at The Old Course St Andrews, a prestigious AA five star resort that overlooks the famous Old Course and west sands beach in St Andrews.  

The Old Course Hotel is recognised as one of Europe’s leading luxury resorts.  Standing alongside the 17th hole of the Old Course, one of the most iconic course in the world and boasting magnificent views of the course and West Sands Beach.  The The Old Course St Andrews is also home to the award -winning Kohler Spa and many outstanding dining options, making it the perfect escape for both golfers and non-golfers. 

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After checking into our lovely executive rooms that overlooked the golf course, the group sat down to a private lunch in the in the boardroom with champagne, before attending an interactive presentation from their partners. David & Tracy from Luxe presented their fleet of luxury transport, PLC Live showcased the very best in AV technology for conference and events, Guy & Jamie (fresh out the sea) presented the Blown Away actives while playing mini golf and Helena & Jerry from Team Challenge showcased some of there very best team building activities in the business. 

This was such a refreshing change to a standard presentation, as we got to immerse ourselves in the activities.  We absolutely loved the mini golf course set up in their ball room, a great indoor or outdoor activity for groups. 

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Next up was a private tour of the hotel and the meeting spaces. The Old Course St Andrews is the perfect place to plan your next meeting, conference or event.  With six different spaces available, ranging from a boardroom for 18, a ballroom for 200 seated and the Hall of Champions seating up to 450, the hotel has a space to suit a rage of requirements. 

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After some free time to relax in our rooms (and swoon over the gorgeous gifts we were kindly given) we met for pre-dinner drinks in the library before sampling dinner in the Swlican Loft .

The Swilcan Loft restaurant and bar features floor-to-ceiling windows and uninterrupted views of the Old Course golf course, West Sands Beach and the iconic Hamilton Grand building. It is located on the fourth floor of The Old Course St Andrews, Golf Resort & Spa and serves an eclectic international menu created with locally sourced Scottish produce. Swilcan Loft is the perfect place for those looking for an indulgent lunch or dinner with a great selection of wines and innovative cocktails. 

After a quick nightcap in the Road Hole Bar and a chat about our plans for day 2, we headed to our rooms (the turn down service was a lovely touch) for a semi early nights sleep.  

Day 2 at The Old Course St Andrews

We started day two with a group breakfast in the Road Hole restaurant.  The porridge was the best I have tasted!  

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At the front of the hotel, Jo and the fantastic team from Teasses Estate were waiting to take us for a morning of Clay Pigeon shooting & falconry.   After a short 20 minute drive, we were greeted by a bagpiper and walked up to the reception of the estate.  What an amazing and magical experience.  This is such a special way to greet guests and really immerse them in the history of Teasses. 

We then changed into appropriate Scottish shooting attire which really got us in the mood, before meeting the legendary Kenny for a lesson in how to hit those featherless birds we call Clays.  This was followed by an incredible lunch in the lodge, with tails from Kenny and a couple of drams from his private collection.  I think I might be a converted Whisky enthusiast 😊 

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Old Course hotel St Andrews golf corporate events away days venues

The afternoon was spent at Kingsbarns Distillery, learning about the brewing process, and tasting some rather strong malts, followed by Spa treatments in the Kohler Water Spa to unwind and relax.

In the evening, we were treated to a sample menu in the boardroom by the hotel’s Executive Head Chef, oysters followed by asparagus, crab, beef and a baileys desert caped off a fantastic evening.

Day 3 at The Old Course St Andrews

Day three was challenging weather wise, however a quick visit to The Duke’s was followed by a super walking tour of St. Andrews by the wonderful Val documenting St. Andrews past and present, followed by lunch at Hams Hame and some shopping. One more luxury transfer from Luxe Scot back to Dundee and return trip with Logan Air back to London concluded a jam packed few days in Scotland. 

A huge thank you to our hosts Dan Whitelock for your exceptional Hospitality.  The Old Course St Andrews is a fantastic destination for groups & incentive trips and we are excited to showcase this options to our clients. 

Planning your next meeting, event or incentive trip?  Get in touch with the Miss London Concierge team today on info@misslondonconcierge.co.uk or by clicking the link below and explore our extensive portfolio of destinations.