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Issue 40 - In brief...

Scotland Magazine Issue 40
August 2008


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In brief...

Controversial plans to redevelop part of Edinburgh’s historic High Street at Canongate have been given the green light. The new complex will include a fivestar luxury hotel and conference centre, an office complex and 200 homes. Some buildings on Canongate will be retained at the insistence of the planning authorities and the overall height of a passageway that goes through those buildings will be reduced and finished in natural stone. The £300 million project will transform that part of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Ardanaiseig hotel, set on the shores of Loch Awe, has launched a new ‘Caught a Pounder’ challenge, tempting adventurous guests to catch what they eat.

The hotel already offers guests the ‘hook and cook’ package, by which they catch a fish from their own boat on the Loch which is then served up for supper.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will be hosting a unique charity event this Halloween at Stirling Castle.

There are only 250 tickets for this exclusive event of entertainment and fine dining, guests will also have the chance to meet Gordon Ramsay in person.

“It will be spectacular, the Halloween event of the year,” said the star of Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. “And will help raise vital funds for the Scottish Spina Bifida Association, of which I am patron.” For tickets, priced at £500 per head, call tel: +44 (0)1236 749 505 or log onto Taychreggan hotel, situated on the beautiful banks of Loch Awe near Oban, has undergone a major refurbishment to reveal the 300 year old drover inn’s roots.

Exposed sections of original wall and period correct pieces were restored helping to retain Taychreggan’s classic Highland feel, with upgrades to match Taychreggan’s unique and spectacular setting.

A new restaurant brand is being launched throughout the UK with 105 new restaurants including the Phoenix Park in Paisley.

Table Table offers different styles of dining spaces to give more choice to customers.

In the space of one restaurant you will find everything from intimate dining areas for romantic dinners to party areas in separate rooms for large groups.

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