‘No gift is too small to give or too simple to receive, if it is wrapped in thoughtfulness, and tied up with love.’
If you’re lucky, you’ll have someone in your life who means more to you than you do to yourself. Someone who allows you to be you, and despite that, loves you anyway!
Sometimes, letting them know how much they mean to you gets forgotten. So this Christmas Ginspired Scotland has it all wrapped up, and is lending you a helping hand to select the perfect package for every type of special someone:
(Unless your special someone has four legs and fur. In which case we understand they do a great range of stretchy animals complete with strange internal noises, at your local pet shop).
Scan the QR code to to access to Ginspired Gift Promise to send to your loved ones this Christmas.
(Just hover your camera over the QR code and the elves will magically create a web link for you to click on. You’re then free to email or share it with your special someone/s)
So, is your best beloved one of these?
Appreciates the arts, music and culture, as well as some very classy Scottish gins?
If so, we recommend a couple of nights at the elegant Crescent House in Edinburgh. Add a relaxed perusal of The National Gallery or the Portrait Gallery, perhaps hosted by the hotel’s own artist owner. Top off the day with a tour or two. Check out Edinburgh’s finest Gin distilleries, say Pickering’s and Holyrood Distillery.
The Russian Ballet are performing Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet in early March at The Playhouse. You could dance your way into your loved one’s heart on tippy toes!
If you like to plan ahead, Edinburgh’s Jazz Festival takes place in July 2022. Held at a range of venues across the city. Would that blow your trumpet?
Sprinkles the extra frisson of thrill as their ‘life seasoning’ of choice? Probably loves the zestier Scottish Gins too.
Ideal for them would be a stay at the Shepherd’s Hut at Inshriach. In the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, this is off grid living at it’s purest.
The beautifully pure Inshriach Gin is also produced on the estate. Kinrara, Cairngorm, Byron’s and Daffy’s Gins are not far away either.
From here, there’s hiking and skiing in the hills. White water rafting, gorge walking, abseiling, paddle boarding, wild swimming, in the Lochs, and so much more for your brave soulmate to indulge (or plunge) into.
For you, there’s a woodfired sauna on site. Some lovely gentle walks, loads of fabulous gins, and a very comfortable bed to snooze in.
The Shepherds Hut from £74 per night
Needs a regular dose of Vitamin Sea to get those endorphins flowing like a spring tide?
Scotland’s west coast and islands are pools of perfect refreshment. Here, both saltwater and juniper based liquids combine, for maximum sensory satisfaction.
We tend to swim towards North Uist’s Downpour Gin, which as luck would have it, is poured at nearby Langass Lodge hotel. So while you feast on local seafood, your dooker of choice can frolic in the wild Atlantic beside endless pristine sandy beaches.
The beautiful island of Mull is well known for it’s wild life and wild scenery. The island’s favourite spirits are produced at Tobermory Gin and Whitetail Gin distilleries, and there’s nothing tame about either one!
Stunning seascapes at Calgary Bay and Bunessan. These match any views your Mermaid or Merman might yearn for, and it’s just as beautiful summer or winter. So whether it comes in a glass, or an ocean, start loving that clear refreshing Scottish liquid.
Colonsay is a tiny island but is HUGE in Scottish Gin! Home to TWO fabulous gins, and even a ‘Gin Lovers Retreat’, it really does punch above its weight. Discover Wild Island Gin and Colonsay Gin, while exploring the island itself. Kiloran Bay is not to be missed, and of course as an island outpost, the ferry trip alone will be a thrill for your briny babelicious to enjoy.
Think fresh flowers on the breakfast tray, stolen moments strolling through a fragrant garden down to the shore, tempting dishes to share and delight in, and learning something new together?
We’re dreaming of Kinloch Lodge on the unspeakably romantic Isle of Skye. Cuddling a Gin School experience together with Misty Isle Distillers in nearby Portree.
Whether surrounded by snow capped mountains, ice crystalled rockpools, and roaring peat fires, or endless summer days, walks on coral sand beaches and nibbling on wild strawberries, what can beat this, summer or winter?
If you want to show your special someone just how much they mean to you, this Skye will not limit you one bit.
Kinloch Lodge & Gin School, 3 nts DBB & your own gin from £720 pp
Not necessarily male, this tough cookie likes a challenge and the chance to prove their worth (often on Instagram). You quite often stand in awe as you witness their bravado, although sometimes you might sit down.
Encourage their inner Viking by setting up a voyage of discovery to new lands and horizons. Ensure you’ll always have someone to unscrew the tightest lids and remove the spiders from the bathroom.
Raise your game and your spyglass and point to the ancient Norse territories of Orkney and Shetland. Home to giant standing stones, legendary runic engravings, Viking palaces and fantastic Scottish gins. There is nothing to stop you pillaging a few to bring back to home turf.
Kirkjuvagr Gin even has a Norse name (say kurk-ya-var to impress someone). While Seaglass Gin and Shetland Reel Gin are easier to pronounce but no less delicious to drink.
If you have time, take the ferry to truly immerse yourselves in the seafaring experience. You can sit on deck and pretend to row if you wish, but it may get a wee bit draughty out there. The ferry from Aberdeen leaves at G&tea time, and arrives in Orkney just before midnight.
Spend a few days exploring all the history, landscape and wildlife of these fascinating islands, before re-embarking (no swords required, just a boarding card) for the overnight voyage to Shetland. From Lerwick on Shetland’s mainland, it’s a further two short ‘cruises’ to Yell (we dare you not to), and onwards to Unst. This is where Shetland Reel Gin is hewn from the landscape. Seek out the replica Viking Long ship and Homestead, try the gin in it’s northern outpost, and let them feel every inch the Warrior Crusader they really are.
Northlink Ferries from Aberdeen to Kirkwall from £260 return for a car & 2 passengers to Orkney, or add £170 to continue to Lerwick, Shetland
This preferred pal is not prepared to be pigeon holed. Open to anything, the only thing out of the question is predictability.
While we’d love them to be a pure gin enthusiast like us, they choose to keep their options open, and we rather love them for that. So, let’s deliver something they’ll love too, in any combination they could possibly wish for.
Ginspiration tells us that Scotland’s north east corner offers everything you need for this challenge. So, that’s where we’re sending you. Combine visits to Ginneries, Whisky Distilleries, and Breweries. Stay in gorgeous hotels, eat the finest local food, and admire the stunning land and seascapes, in an area often overlooked by mainstream tourism. Elgin’s Avva Gin takes it’s design inspiration from the glorious medieval Elgin Cathedral, while Eight Lands Gin is created in the shadow of the mighty Ben Rinnes, the tallest peak in these parts. So from city to mountains, along the route of the River Spey, we keep them guessing….
The Ginspired North East
It’s not just gin too, Avva creates some wonderful liqueurs and Eight Lands Vodka is also rather delightful (although clearly we prefer the gin). Just down the road is Caorunn Gin, and further towards the coast is Roehill Springs Gin, so you really are spoilt for choice and variety around here.
Whisky Distilleries abound, and one of the newest to open it’s doors to visitors is at Glenallachie, near Aberlour. A variety of different tour styles here hold something for everyone, even those who secretly prefer Scottish Gin (shush).
Newly re-designed visitor centres at Glenlivet and Cardhu Distilleries really are world class and unmatched anywhere. We recommend booking in for at least one while you’re here, and surprise your other half with an new twist on a traditional experience.
Lossiemouth is home to the Windswept Brewery, who’s little bar will tempt you with samples of its finest ales, alongside pizza and tapas if required.
Local Guides & Luxury Hotels
There’s a whole range of libations on this list, so we’d suggest booking a lovely local host, who can steer you to all of these locations and drive you safely back to your bed for the night. More in Moray, DM Executive or Moray Firth Tours are all excellent, and have a range of vehicles to suit your needs.
And for accommodation, well again, lots of choices. The luxurious Dowans Hotel in Aberlour puts you within walking distance of both Glenallachie and Aberlour Distilleries. There are a variety of camping options in Speyside if an alfresco experience appeals. Or in Lossiemouth Posiedons Inn and The Firth Hotel are both good and throw in sea views from many rooms. Elgin has The Mansefield Hotel and The Laichmoray Hotel, both of which stock a wide range of Scottish gins so you can continue the education of your travelling companion from the comfort of a bar stool.
Dowans Hotel doubles from £190 B&B, Poseidons Inn Doubles from £60 B&B & The Firth Hotel doubles from £59.99 B&B
These locations and many more are to be found on the Gincyclopedia.
This Christmas why not promise to plan an adventure in Scotland, with that someone special. Experience somewhere new, be in awe of the Scottish landscape, and be truly Ginspired by Scotland.
Or Simply Scan the QR Code
👆Click on the link and email or share the Digital Gift Promise with your someone special.💓
Plan it as a surprise or plan it together while tucking into the leftover turkey.
If you’re in luck, and follow Ginspired’s advice, you might get something in return. After all, life is the gift of nature, love is the gift of life, but a KISS is the gift of love. Get ready to pucker up…..