03 Sep Scotland’s Oldest Distillery has all the Ingredients for the Best Scottish Welcome
With the start of the Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight kicking off this weekend, Scotland’s oldest distillery has already proven that a dram, some tasty Scottish shortbread and bagpipes are the perfect ingredients for the #BestScottishWelcome ever.
A stunt team, organised by The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret, Scotland’s oldest distillery, descended on Edinburgh Airport last Friday armed with all of the quality ingredients to make visitors to the capital city feel welcome. The stunt has already gone viral online reaching over 65,000 people via social media shares on Facebook and Twitter.
Headed up by former Red Hot Chilli Pipers frontman Stuart Cassells, and supported by current Chilli Piper “Dougie the Piper”, a random selection of visitors from across the globe were greeted at Edinburgh Airport arrivals. The visitors were then piped to a waiting taxi by Dougie and treated to an in-taxi whisky and shortbread tasting experience before being dropped off at their final destination in Edinburgh.
Julia and Nikolas from Sweden were the first couple to get the ultimate Scottish welcome, prompting staff at the airport to enquire if they were famous.
Stuart Cassells, General Manager of The Famous Grouse Experience commented:
“We’ve been celebrating our continued five-star accreditation from VisitScotland and we felt it was worth marking it with something a little different. Amazingly there’s nothing on the internet about the best Scottish welcome so we thought it was about time there was. We were delighted that Julia and Nikolas were up for the experience, and our second couple was Wilfred and Helga from Germany who had flown into Scotland to visit the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Hopefully we’ve helped make their visits, and those of the other couples we greeted on the day, to Scotland as memorable as a visit can be.”
The Famous Grouse Experience team recorded the stunt on video and intends to release the definitive guide to the Best Scottish Welcome on YouTube later this month. Charlie Smith, marketing director with VisitScotland, even joined in the fun on Twitter suggesting they could meet him off the plane on Monday at 10.10am.
The Crieff-based distillery and current reigning Visitor Experience of the Year with the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions, The Famous Grouse Experience, has again been awarded five stars after a recent VisitScotland assessment which found Scotland’s oldest working distillery to be ‘exceptional’.
The five-star rating has been re-awarded after two years of investment at the traditional distillery, which prides itself on being the only place in Scotland to still produce malt whisky using the traditional hand mashing process. In 2014, a £250,000 refurbishment of key visitor areas was given the Royal seal of approval after it was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In early 2015, The Famous Grouse Experience achieved its prestigious WorldHost status, a globally recognised training programme for outstanding customer service.
“As one of the closest distilleries to Edinburgh, and the most visited distillery in Scotland, The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret in Crieff is a popular destination for travelers to the city and we hope that we have shown them today that Scotland loves them and they are most welcome.”
For more information on The Famous Grouse Experience visit www.thefamousgrouseexperience.com