Scots Wha Hae – whisky welcome is world-wide wonder - The Famous Grouse Experience
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Scots Wha Hae – whisky welcome is world-wide wonder

A video created by The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery has gone viral on social media with followers across the globe requesting a similar welcome, as well as sharing their intended travel dates and times, for when they are set to visit Scotland next.

The video features former Red Hot Chilli Pipers frontman, Stuart Cassells, now general manager of The Famous Grouse Experience in Crieff, accompanied by current Chill Piper, Dougie McCance. The two are filmed greeting travelers at Edinburgh Airport, piping them to an awaiting taxi, then entertaining them with whisky tastings, shortbread and a rousing rendition of The Proclaimers’ “I would walk 500 Miles” before dropping them off at their final destination.

Since being released on The Famous Grouse Experience’s facebook page on Friday, the video has clocked up over 57,000 views, reach over 180,000 people and been shared hundreds of times.

Kai Blakemore from Germany commented on the video:

“Please make me and my two friends a welcome like this. We’re traveling on the 13th of October from Germany and arriving at 12.55h at Edinburgh airport.”

Julia & Nikolas from Sweden were the first couple to get the #bestScottishwelcome, prompting staff at the airport to enquire if they were famous. Stuart Cassells, General Manager of The Famous Grouse Experience commented:

“This month 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 & Nikolas were up for the experience, and our second couple was Wilfred & 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 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.

Stuart commented:

“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.”

Tricia Fox
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