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Ardanaiseig hotel

Just back from a great press trip, which I would recommend to anyone who likes fine food and spectacular scenery.

Ardanaiseig hotel is a Scottish Baronial Mansion on the banks of Loch Awe in Argyle, on the way we saw some great scenery with the first falls of snow on the mountains.

We arrived to a warm welcome and a rousing speech by Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism who congratulated the Hotel on another award. In addition to receiving a third AA rosette and Inspector’s Choice status it has also been voted best Leisure Hotel in Scotland and 3rd best leisure hotel in the UK, as well as 61st best travel experience on planet earth by readers of Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.

Followed by a champagne buffet lunch which did not disappoint, the monkfish in a lime and chilli dressing was fantastic, but what stood out for me were the homemade chutneys.

After lunch a walk round the 100 acre estate is recommend, but no pressure to cover the full 100 acres! You see great views of Loch Awe and the surrounding mountains after just a few minutes walking.

The rooms are nice and comfortable  with a lovely warm feeling – the super king size bed  was just perfect after a long walk…….

Dinner was a 5-course taster menu, again this was done to perfection, served by friendly and knowledgeable staff.

A great experience, which I hope to visit for longer in the future.



Black & White Ball 2010

For the 3rd year running I have been the official photographer for the Black & White Ball (Glasgow’s Carbon Neutral Ball) always a great night and this years was no exception!

Organised by a great team in Linsay and Amy to help raise money for the Prince’s Trust Scotland, this years Ball raised a fabulous £42,000, and thanks to Gillian who always makes my life so much easier on any shoot we do.

Host Darius Campbell a true professional who, along with Miss Earth Scotland (Cora Buchanan) went round every table to encourage guests to part with their hard earned.

Great entertainment, auctions, raffles, Darius singing 2 songs from his History of the Big Bands and The Prince’s Trust with Young Ambassador Nicole Muirhead sharing her experiences with a captivated audience always makes for some fantastic pictures.