Rural Breaks with Modern Style

21st Century stays which emphasise modernity.

Scotland is well known for its rich tradition in hospitality, but this doesn’t mean that all hotels are cut from the same cloth. This collection of hotels and B&Bs combine modern design with rural charm for a truly unforgettable experience.

The Colonsay Hotel

There’s something to be said for a building that has stood since 1750, however it speaks to the bravery and confidence of its owners that such an old place has been decorated with such a light modern touch. Whilst the rustic charm of this eighteenth century building has no doubt been kept in tact, modern contemporary doors and cool colours have opened up the space and made it a formidably relaxing place to stay.

Where? Isle of Colonsay How much? Rooms from £75 per night (including breakfast)

Mhor 84 Motel

To call Mhor 84 a ‘motel’ is somehow do it a disservice, despite the fact that this definition is factually accurate and also adopted by the establishment itself. There’s nothing seedy (or cheap!) about this roadside collection of understated buildings which comprises a modern Scandi-style restaurant/bar and a number of super-chic rooms. Highlights are the legendary breakfasts and the spectacular views from the pristine wood panelled rooms.

Where? Balquhidder, Lochearnhead How much? Rooms from £90 per night


Built in 1906, this grand old house might well be steeped in history but that doesn’t mean you’ll be drowning in twee doilies. Owners John and Sylvia have done a great job of maintaining the striking Austrian carpentry which makes this place so unique, whilst placing their own modern stamp on the place with a number of modern touches that make this peaceful 6 room retreat really something to write home about.

Where? Walkerburn, Scottish Borders How much? Rooms from £200 per night

Mint Croft

There’s rarely a spot on the Isle of Skye that doesn’t afford a stunning view of the jaw-dropping surroundings, but the Mint Croft’s commanding view is truly one to savour. Shaz and Ali run this modern take on the crofting tradition and their food, when not dug from their own land, is sourced from trusted artisan food producers all across Scotland. The rugged charm of their suite are carefully balanced with an ultra modern aesthetic that is instantly impressive.

Where? Isle of Skye How much? £200 per night (including breakfast and afternoon tea)


The mettle of phone addicts and workaholics alike will be tested at this 17th-century farmhouse turned Scandi-retreat whose owners (Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen and his wife) have designed with the help of designer Ruth Kramer. A maximum of 8 people a night stay in this melting pot of Scottish hospitality and contemporary Scandi-design, there’s no Wi-Fi or TV and you’ll be forced to talk to other guests as all meals are served at a communal table.

Where? Cairngorms National Park How much? £240 per night (including breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and dinner)


Scottish Business Events for 2018

Are you looking for some inspiration for your business?

Anyone can get a little creatively tapped out over the course of the year, which is why it’s a good idea to attend a business event from time to time.

It can be so easy to get completely absorbed by your business to the point where you forget that there’s a whole world of businessmen and women out there wrestling with the exact same issues! Before you start pulling your hair out over your current predicament and sending yourself into a world of worry, why not reach out for a little help?

Conferences and events are organised every year all across Scotland to give business owners the chance to learn vital skills and discover new ways to approach their work. Some events exist to impart specific skill sets on people, whereas others might simply offer the opportunity to meet like-minded business people.

Here’s a quick run down of just a few of the events left to go in 2018:

The Scottish Business Exhibition

Undoubtedly the biggest event on our agenda, the Scottish Business Exhibition is a Mecca for business owners of all calibres and offers a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about sales tactics, digital marketing and loads of other aspects to running a business. On top of workshops and 1-2-1 expert meetings you can take part in the 5k Pitch Challenge or attend a seminar led by an industry leading expert.

When? 21st-22nd November 2018 Where? SEC Glasgow How much? FREE

Build Your Own Business Website

In today’s current climate regardless of the sector that you work in all businesses should have an online presence. Whilst many small businesses often just settle for a Facebook page, this really isn’t enough. If the costs of hiring a web developer have you a little worried then don’t worry, because you have the opportunity to learn how to build your and manage your very own website! This completely free workshop takes you through how to create a website for your business.

When? 12th September 2018 from 9:30am-4:30pm Where? The Braes, Dunoon How much? FREE

Brexit: Explore scenarios and get your business ready

Have you considered how Brexit will effect your business? Scottish Development International present this free event led by Mike Josypenko, the Senior Director of Special Projects at the Institute of Export & International Trade. His talk will cover the potential consequences of Brexit on trade with the EU, as well as the wider implications that this will have on international trade. A company will also be on hand to explain how they are planning for Brexit so that you can leave best prepared to make your own action plan.

When? 18th September 2018 from 9:30am-12:30pm Where? Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, Dundee How much? FREE

Data Crunch Lunch: What Can Big Data Do For Conservation?

#hello digital present this unique chance to learn about how the application of big data could help us make a meaningful impact on our environment. Data Crunch Lunches are organised with the purpose of expanding business minds during lunch time, whilst also giving attendees a chance to eat pizza and get down to some casual networking. Interdisciplinary conservation scientist Francesca Mancini will be positing data taken from photo sharing sites such as Flickr alongside conservation statistics to inform her work on creating a sustainable plan for tourist development.

When? 17th October 2018 from 12-1:30pm Where? #hellodigital, An Lochran, Inverness How much? FREE