We booked New Years Eve 2012 as the idea of spending Hogmany in a Scottish castle was appealing. Was informed that there would be entertainment, buffet, midnight piper etc, extra charge £45 each. We had a room in the Stable block which was a good size and well presented and warm. The castle itself was cold and gloomy with a strong smell of parafin. The evening entertainment was held in a marquee but although we were told that it would commence at 7pm, then 7.30pm, then maybe 8pm...by 8.15pm the venue was empty and totally devoid of atmosphere. The staff were very amateur and not over friendly. One of them even suggested we should be wearing our thermals!! The bar consisted of only two tables and lots of chairs (the tables had presumably been removed to the function area). As there was no sign of a party atmosphere we chose to have a bottle of wine in our room. Not the New Years eve we had hoped for. Breakfast was ok but the dining room was cold, would have been cheerful if the open log fire had been lit especially on a dull damp morning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This magnificent Castle dates back to 1199 and offers great character and charm. The principal building has 16 en-suite Bedrooms along with the Reception Rooms and a fully functioning Chapel. The recently converted stable block has a further 10 en-suite Bedrooms. An ideal wedding venue complete with permanent marquee with a capacity of 250. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shieldhill Castle Hotel Biggar, Scotland