Bing Crosby used to sing a number called June in January.
The essential thrust of the song was that while the nights may be cold and the trees bare, Ol’ Bing was feeling pretty toasty because he was loved up.
Fall for today’s Big Deal on a two night mini-break in Carnoustie, Inverness or Inveraray and, even though you may be shaking winter’s snow from your boots, you can make like Bing and feel spring in your heart as you plan your getaway break.
This romantic Big Deal is for two people to enjoy a two night stay in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel; the Argyll Hotel in Inveraray or the Columba Hotel in Inverness.
Valid until the end of April, the offer includes a welcome drink on arrival; a set three course dinner on your first night and a full Scottish or continental breakfast each morning.
All you have to do is decide which hotel you would like to enjoy your mini-break at.
Argyll Hotel, Inveraray
Designed in 1750 by the famous Scottish architect John Adam, the Argyll Hotel is one of most historic hotels on the west coast of Scotland. It is in a lovely location on the shores of Loch Fyne and Shira, and offers 36 comfortable, en suite bedrooms along with traditional Highland hospitality.
The conservatory has great views over Loch Fyne and some of the rooms also have magnificent loch views. Freshly sourced and seasonal ingredients take pride of place on the menu while peaty malt whiskies are on offer in the Lounge or Argyll bar.
The Argyll Hotel is a great base for exploring the highlands and islands of western Scotland.
Carnoustie Golf Hotel, Angus
The four star Carnoustie Golf Hotel is situated next to the 1st tee and on the 18th green of the famous Carnoustie Golf Links Championship Course. While staying at the hotel, guests can follow in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest golfers and test themselves against several challenging courses in the area.
But it’s not all about the golf. Extensive spa and health facilities include a large heated swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool, steam room and for the more energetic a fully equipped gymnasium.
The food is also excellent. Specialising in locally sourced ingredients, the hotel’s Dalhousie restaurant has won an AA rosette for the quality of its cooking.
Outwith the hotel, Angus offers miles of idyllic beaches, untouched glens, rugged mountains and breath-taking scenery to explore.
The Columba Hotel, Inverness
The Columba Hotel, built in 1881, is in the heart of the highlands city of Inverness. There are 76 en suite bedrooms, many with enviable views of the River Ness and Inverness Castle. All the rooms have a hairdryer, hospitality tray and WiFi.
There are three restaurants at The Columba Hotel: Castle Restaurant, Victoria Restaurant and MacNab’s Bar and Bistro.
Well located for both whisky lovers and fans of the mountains, Inverness itself offers plenty of attractions. The city has a host of historic buildings, notably in the Old Town, as well as fascinating shops from the Victorian Market to the new award-winning Eastgate centre. There is a circular walk from the castle along the river and through the Ness Islands – you can watch anglers trying to catch Atlantic salmon – or try it yourself with a daily ticket. There are forest walks and views of the Moray Firth from Craig Phadrig, the hill that towers over the city.