Rufflets Newsletter: December 2015
Despite achieving many accolades this year, Rufflets is looking forward to 2016. This year we focussed our refurbishment plans on the public areas throughout the hotel, creating a new lounge bar that incorporates the old Library with comfortable seating and a relaxed ambience to enjoy afternoon tea or sample the vast array of malt whiskies and gins on offer.
January 2016 will see the completion of a rolling refurbishment for bedrooms and bathrooms in the main house and our Terrace Restaurant will be refreshed with a new carpet and paintwork.
Chef Grant MacNicol has created a delicious a la carte menu for our Terrace Restaurant and looks to use only the best local food producers to help create dishes which highlight the fantastic ingredients found in Fife and Scotland. We can also boast “zero food miles” for the herbs, vegetables and soft fruits grown in our grounds and Chef and our gardener work together to supply the kitchen with a range of fresh produce all year round. This has been recognised by VisitScotland in 2015 who awarded ‘Taste our Best’ for use of Scotland’s’ Larder, presentation, quality and service standards.
Filming for Season 2 of the phenomenon that is Outlander has been taking place at Culross in Fife and other locations across Scotland and the suspense for the launch in Spring 2016 is nearly at fever pitch.
We can assist with offering an unforgettable Outlander Experience for your clients who will journey back in time to 1743 and follow in the footsteps of Claire and Jamie, exploring the land that inspired Diana Gabaldon’s books. A number of locations are within an hours drive of Rufflets and itineraries can include the locations featured as Cranesmuir, Black Jack Randall’s Stronghold and Castle MacRannock.
Fly Direct to Scotland
We are delighted that Delta have announced a new route from JFK to Edinburgh from May 2016, adding to the growing list of flights direct to Scotland, avoiding the major European airport hubs such as London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Air Transat and Air Canada Rouge will also be scheduling direct flights from Montréal and Toronto to Glasgow from Spring 2016.
The transfer time from Edinburgh Airport to Rufflets is only 1 hour, and 1 hour 45 minutes to Glasgow Airport. We can arrange transfers for your clients from either airport with our preferred partners at favourable rates.
There are many reasons for your clients to visit the beautiful town of St Andrews and the East Neuk of Fife and here are just some of the events taking place throughout 2016. For more information please visit www.festivalsinfife.co.uk.
StAnza Poetry Festival, 2nd – 6th March
Scotland’s International Poetry Festival features scores of events in atmospheric venues around the historic town of St Andrews. Further information is available on-line at www.stanzapoetry.org.
Crail Food Festival, 10th – 12th June
The Crail Food Festival showcases the wonderful Food and Drink available in Fife. Festival highlights include tastings, demos, food stalls, talks plus music events with food and food events with music!
Ceres Highland Games, 25th June
Ceres Games are the oldest free games in Scotland. The charter to hold the Games was given to the people of the village by Robert Bruce in 1314 in recognition of their support at the battle of Bannockburn.
East Neuk Festival, 25th June – 3rd July
This award-winning, critically-acclaimed festival offers great music and literature in beautiful, atmospheric and plain quirky places all over the beautiful East Neuk of Fife.
St Andrews Highland Games, 31st July
Excellent family fun day with traditional events.
Pittenweem Arts Festival, 6th – 14th August
This festival offers visitors a wealth of artistic talent in a wonderful East Neuk location. Throughout the picturesque fishing village, over 100 artists from all over Britain exhibit their work in dozens of temporary galleries located in halls, churches, garages, and the homes of hospitable local people!
Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, 6th – 9th October
Annual pro-am tournament sees celebrities and professional golfers team up to take on three of the best courses – the Old, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.