As Scottish businesses get set to benefit from the upcoming Spirit of Speyside whisky festival, Speyside hotels are busy getting ready to host thousands of visitors.
Speyside will again play host to the famous Spirit of Speyside whisky festival. Taking place each spring, the festival is a five-day event which this year falls on 3-7 May 2018. This first weekend of May sees an influx of visitors to the area all looking for somewhere to stay. The highly-rated Culdearn House offers festival goers an ideal base in the heart of the whisky region.
About the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival, 3-7 May 2108
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival has been hosting whisky enthusiasts since 1999. It takes place at venues all over Speyside in the north-east of Scotland during the first weekend of May each year. Almost 500 events will deliver distillery tours, tastings, talks and many other whisky-related happenings. Visitors come from across the world and some popular events are already sold out. In fact, 85 events sold out in first 24 hours of sale last year.
Economic benefit of the Festival to the region
Last year £99,000 worth of tickets were sold in the first 60 minute alone.
The economic benefit to the region is expected to top the huge value of the Festival to local businesses in previous years. Hotels, restaurants, transport and others are expected to feel the impact of visitors flocking to the whisky experience in May. Businesses across Speyside reaped the rewards of the £2.1 million spent by visitors at the 2014 Festival when 27,227 visits to the different events were made by eager overseas, UK and Scottish visitors.
Historical treat from a ‘hidden gem’ – Culdearn House offers ideal accommodation for festival-goers
Culdearn House is a member of the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival and highlighted in its pick of fantastic places to stay during the busy festival season. Regularly featuring in prestigious ‘top 10 hotel’ lists in the national press, Culdearn House is a small, privately owned country hotel in Granton-on-Spey, near Aviemore and is itself on the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail. Chiming with the whisky festival, the hotel has its own special selection of fine malts and some rare single barrel casks which are often complex and differ significantly from the more readily available “classic malts”.
Dating from 1860 and once the home of Lord Seafield’s family, the hotel contributes to the rich experience which the area has to offer. However, festival-goers will have to hurry to book one its six luxury en-suite bedrooms and experience its elegant fine dining.
Culdearn House owners William and Sonia Marshall said: We always look forward to this unique Festival and meeting its wonderful visitors – we just love showing-off the region and giving tips to our guests. We’re especially passionate about ‘Uisge Beatha’ – the Water of Life, otherwise known as whisky!”
Some interesting facts:
· 100% of Festival visitors rated accommodation in the area as ‘very good’ or ‘good’. (Independent economic impact assessment by Bellerby Economics.)
· Culdearn House regularly features in the ‘top 10 hotel lists’ by the Independent, The Telegraph and many other, for walkers, for whisky lovers, for fishing, outdoors pursuits and more.
· At the last count, Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival visitors came from over 37 countries – including Europe, USA, Venezuela, Korea and Japan!
Release ID: 317429