Gift a Getaway this year and help to support local business in what has been an incredibly tough year for everyone.  Gifting a Getaway will create lasting memories. After all, memories can’t be stored at the back of the cupboard, Great Aunt Jean can’t knit you a memory, and you can’t be given the same memories year after year!

So whether you gift a voucher for a staycation, a locally inspired hamper, a Scottish Gin experience or something that is just that little bit kinder to the environment, we have a list to ginspire your Christmas shopping, (Perhaps you’ll find something to put on your own Christmas list too!)

There’s even a customisable Ginspired Scotland Voucher. Create your own unique gift with our printable Christmas Card. Download and print it, then the rest is up to you…apart from the Scottish Gin part, that’s an absolute must!

Maryculter House, near Aberdeen

Maryculter House is one of the most famous and historic hotels in Aberdeen located on the banks of the River Dee and overlooking the Golf Course of Peterculter. Why not buy a voucher so the lucky person can pick from many of their activity packages that they have available. Or try the new ‘WINTER WARMER PACKAGE’ in partnership with Native Sister.  Book a Stay for dinner, bed, and breakfast, and when you retire to your room, you will receive a Native Sister gift box including two pairs of Tom Lane bed socks and a lavender pillow spray. You will also be able to customise your own night-cap, with all the ingredients for a Bailey’s hot chocolate and a hot toddy supplied at your bedside. Gift vouchers available by phone or email and can be emailed directly to you.

Cook School Scotland, online

The Cook School Scotland has had to diversify over the last few difficult months and now provides the very popular virtual cooking classes from home.  There are a variety of classes from Premium Cook School to Kids Cook School.  These are an online, interactive, and fun session where you can mingle with other guests while preparing and enjoying the menu for the evening. Prior to the class, a box will be delivered to your home with all the ingredients you will need along with instructions on what equipment you will need and how to join us on the evening.  What a great Christmas present for the budding chef in your family.  For more information click here.

Duchally Country Estate, Perthshire

Duchally Country Estate in the beautiful Perthshire is the perfect escape.  The multi-award winning hotel and luxurious lodge resort of enjoys 27 acres of private parkland and gardens. Home to the juniper bushes used in the making of Gatehouse Gin.  Launched in 2019, Gatehouse Gin is a joint venture between CLC Duchally Country Estate and Tony Reeman-Clark, founder of Strathearn Distillery.  Why not book a ‘Gin Break’ or gift a voucher to someone special and make their 2020 something to smile about?  Click here for details.

Pixel Spirits, Ballachulish, near Fort William

The gift of going back to school! Gin School that is. Pixel Spirits is a craft distillery set in the grounds of Loch Leven Hotel in the Scottish Highlands.  The Gin School experience is suitable to individuals, couples or small groups interested in gin distilling. Whether a connoisseur or just wish to know more or experience and learn something new! Live virtual Gin School experiences are also now available for groups.  A perfect gift for a safe Christmas Party or a virtual gathering with friends & family!  Monetary gift vouchers available. Click here for more details.

Highland Safaris, Aberfeldy, Tayside

Highland Safaris and Red Deer Centre has an amazing amount on offer for all the family. From exhilarating Land Rover Safaris, scenic boat trips of Loch Tay, the popular Red Deer Centre, walking and Biking activities and Perthshire’s only Gold and Gem Panning Centre, what’s not to like!  Book an activity of buy a gift voucher for the adventurers in your family.  Click here for more details.

Loch Melfort Hotel, near Oban

Loch Melfort Hotel is a unique retreat, set in 17 acres of gardens and beach on the romantic coast of Argyll in the Scottish Highlands.   Although closed until 29th Jan 2021, why not make the most of their ‘Winter Warmer Breaks’ available in the month of February.  Loch Melfort Hotel is offering a fully flexible Winter Warmer rate to hopefully give peace of mind when booking. Should you need to cancel you can do so with no fees up until 10am the day you are due to arrive. Enjoy a delicious a la carte dinner in our restaurant (or in your room if you prefer) and taste a selection of the finest Scottish produce, including seafood and steak.

Caithness Chocolates, online

Caithness Chocolates, Handmade in the Highlands offer a ‘Make Your Own Chocolate Truffle Kit’. A perfect secret Santa or stocking filler for those tricky to buy people on your list. The kit comes with all the main ingredients, instructions and the box comes with cardboard dividers and ribbon, in case you would like to gift your creations.  Gift it or have a go yourself at being a chocolatier for the afternoon.

The Factor’s House B&B, Cromarty

The Factor’s House B&B is a luxury B&B Accommodation in the Highlands and listed in the Top Picks for Scotland in the 2018 Michelin Guide.  Stay at this luxury B&B and simply get away from it all. Set within private grounds overlooking the Cromarty Firth, you are just a short walk to the beach, quaint shops, bars and eating places. With a 20% discount during November – January 2021 we think a winter break is in order.

Kinloch Lodge Hotel, Isle of Skye

Kinloch Lodge Hotel has unique offers not to be missed.  Why not check out their Sunday Lunch Sleepovers. Or you may prefer the Digital Detox Tweet Retreat. Watch the receptionist lock away your mobile phone – and other digital devices – essential for making the most of the tech-free-pleasures of this new Digital Detox Break. The two-night break includes lots of ‘old-school’ activities like painting and puzzling, to keep your mind occupied. Plus plenty or pampering and relaxation to help you unwind. The weekday special on offer is the Forage, Feast and Distil your own Gin. You will select botanicals that will form the base of your bespoke tipple in a hands-on gin making school, hosted by Skye’s very own expert spirit makers at the Isle of Skye Distillers.  For booking details click here.

The Torridon, Wester Ross

The Torridon, set in the backdrop of the Torridon mountains looking down beautiful Loch Torridon and across its own 58 acre estate. Renowned as a very special oasis of luxury, the hotels 13 beautifully appointed bedrooms offer top notch comfort for a winter or springtime break in this most elegant setting. Mix it up by selecting from the fine dining menu at ‘1887 Restaurant’, or the more informal experience of Bo & Muc.  There are even dog friendly rooms and a self-catering boat house for a longer stay.  We recommend an Arcturus Gin Afternoon Tea, followed by an overnight stay to really relax.  Gift Vouchers are also available and are valid for 12 months, to give maximum flexibility to your gift plans.

Culloden House Hotel, Inverness

Culloden House Hotel is a luxury hotel situated in nearly 40 acres of private gardens and woodlands. Soak up the tranquility and majesty of the grounds. Check out their winter special offers such as the ‘Culloden House Winter Retreat’. Relax in front of the roaring fire with complimentary Afternoon Tea whilst you wind down in time for your amazing 30-minute massage in the comfort of your own room. If you want a bit of adventure try the ‘Culloden House Highland Voyage’. Available from October-March where you can enjoy visiting the historic site of Culloden Battlefield and its fantastic Centre, enjoying the breathtaking scenery of Loch Ness onboard the Jacobite Queen. With entry to the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle, this package has everything you need to truly experience the Highlands of Scotland.

The Dowans Hotel, Aberlour, Speyside

A family run boutique Scottish hotel on Speyside. Overlooking the village of Aberlour in the heart of the Malt Whisky Trail. The Dowans Hotel really has it all, luxury rooms, a roaring fire, cocktails, a whisky bar, fine dining all while enjoying a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. At the heart of Speyside there is plenty of opportunity to get out and see the beauty of Speyside whatever the season.

Until March 31st 2021, there are a range of specials on offer:-

DBB rate @ £205 for a Deluxe King room (upgrades are available)

A curated led gin tasting @ £25 per person with 3 Speyside gins, their recommended ‘serve’ and an arrival Gin based cocktail (normally £30) – has to be arranged in advance.

Club for B&B, discounted snowboard hire, discounted transport to and from the Lecht or Aviemore and an après ski treat on return from the slopes each day @ £300 per room (upgrades are available)

MacAli Hotel Group Inverness, Nairn, & Lossiemouth

The MacAli Group Scotland operate a number of Hotels, Serviced Accommodation, Restaurants and Take Away Outlets in Northern Scotland including the Golf View Hotel & MacIntosh Restaurant, Lossiemouth, West End Hotel & Restaurant Nairn, Firth Hotel & Restaurant Lossiemouth, and the Crown Court Town House Hotel & Bar in Inverness. All the hotels boast attention to detail and value for money and they’ve all been recently refurbished and finished to a high standard. Have a look at their superb offer valid until April 2021. 1 night dinner (2 courses), bed and breakfast for two people £99.  2 nights (same basis) £139 all with a 48 hour cancellation policy. A great Christmas Getaway Gift idea at a great price.

For all your Getaway Transport needs across the north and east of Scotland. contact DM Executive Travel.

For all bookings mentioning ‘Ginspired Gift a Getaway’, they will offer a 10% discount on rates! Choose from Executive Cars, Range Rovers or Mercedes V Class transfers.

Tor-Na-Coille Hotel & Restaurant, Banchory

Tor na coille Hotel is a privately owned Victorian Country House Hotel located in the village of Banchory on Royal Deeside. Set in acres of wooded grounds, this magnificent granite building enjoys an elevated position offering panoramic views of the surrounding hillside. The property has undergone a full refurbishment bringing it up to a quality 4 star hotel as recognised by Visit Scotland. Buy gift vouchers (valid for 6 months) and check out their latest offers or simply treat yourself to a wee well deserved staycation.

Kildrummy Inn, Strathdon

A traditional inn focusing on excellent food showcasing the best of the rich and diverse Scottish larder. A family owned and run establishment situated at the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, offering a mixture of affordable luxury and comfortable tranquillity. Beautiful countryside views from every bedroom, roaring log fires and deep sofas in our lounge combined with spectacular scenery to explore and enjoy. The location makes Kildrummy Inn an excellent base for touring this beautiful part of the Grampian Mountains & beyond, a great escape for anyone wanting to get away from it all! Gift Vouchers are available (valid for 6 months). Why not treat your friends and meet them there for dinner and overnight?

The Douglas Hotel, Isle of Arran

The Douglas Hotel is the focal point for the village and an ideal base for the discerning traveller. Offering a personalised level of service in luxury and comfort, the knowledgeable Douglas Hotel staff will ensure access to the huge variety of activities available on Arran, whether they be sporting, cultural or historical. Super friendly and already multi award winning, no expense has been spared in creating the unique feel of ‘home away from home’ whilst adding a touch of modern luxury. Although temporarily closed until the 11th December, The Douglas Hotel will remain open for takeaway and why not plan for the future with a voucher or their or take a look at their winter package. starting at £109 per ROOM per night – Midweek (Sun-Thur) £139 per ROOM per night – Weekend (Fri / Sat)

The Saplinbrae Hotel, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire’s Saplinbrae Hotel has long been known for it’s glorious food and a warm welcome but have you heard of their super gorgeous ‘Catch Up Package’? Two people can share a luxury room, complete with a welcome bottle of prosecco or wine, then have a Scottish gin cocktail & canapes before a three course dinner with wine pairings. All for £200/£220! Your popularity ratings would be sky high if you gifted this one!