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The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh launches The Caledonian Macnab Experience

The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, has announced the launch of the modern day Caledonian Macnab, where guests are encouraged to put on their tweed and take part in this famous Scottish sporting contest. Based on the Scottish novelist John Buchan’s famous 1920s novel, “John Macnab”, guests are challenged to complete three strenuous stages over the course of three days: catch a salmon, shoot a brace of grouse, and stalk a Red Deer, all amidst the beauty of the world renowned Scottish landscape, while returning each evening to Edinburgh’s luxurious Caledonian hotel.

As part of the Caledonian Macnab package, The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, will be offering four nights’ accommodation at the hotel, revolving around three action-packed days of fishing, shooting and stalking. Typically guests will arrive in Edinburgh one night ahead of the contest, and will be greeted at Edinburgh Airport by a chauffeur driven car before being whisked away to The Caledonian. Guests will then be shown to their spacious one bedroom suite with stunning views overlooking Edinburgh Castle before experiencing a delicious dinner with bespoke wine pairing at the sophisticated Galvin Brasserie de Luxe.

The following early morning, after a hearty breakfast, guests will be collected in their private chauffeur driven car to begin the first stage of their Caledonian Macnab experience. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Scottish highlands, the destinations and quarry for the Caledonian Macnab will change depending on the season.

The first stage of the Caledonian Macnab will begin with scenic salmon fishing. Guests will be taken onto the mighty River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, the most prolific salmon river in Europe, where they will be met by an experienced local ghillie. After being provided with a rod and tackle and other necessary equipment, guests will be assisted by the ghillie throughout the day while they attempt to catch a wild Scottish salmon. At the end of the day, if a fish is caught, and if the land owner permits it, the fish will be taken and prepared for dinner that evening back at The Caledonian in a private dining room, followed by a whisky tasting led by the hotel’s experienced Malt Whisky Ambassador.

On the penultimate day, a chauffeur will collect guests from The Caledonian early in the morning, and will take them to the airport. From here the Macnab hopefuls will be whisked away by private helicopter and head North in to the Southern Highlands, to be met by an experienced gamekeeper. Macnab participants will then be guided on how to look out for and stalk the magnificent Monarch of the Glen; a Red Deer stag. Following the stalk and the traditional gralloching process if a deer is shot, guests will be flown back to Edinburgh, and chauffeur driven to The Caledonian where they will close the evening with a stunning tasting menu paired with matching wines at The Pompadour by Galvin.

The final day of the Caledonian Macnab will see guests completing the last leg of this exciting challenge: shooting a brace of grouse. Within less than an hour, the Macnab party will be driven out of the city and into the fresh air on the high heather moors of the Lammermuir Hills in the Scottish Borders, where they will be met by an experienced gamekeeper. Equipped with a shotgun and assisted by the keeper and his dogs, the Macnab hopefuls will walk the moors to flush out the grouse and hopefully bag their brace. To conclude their day, guests will return to The Caledonian for a much-deserved cocktail or two in Peacock Alley, where they can reflect on their entire Macnab experience.  

With the assistance of Scottish sporting holiday specialists, River & Green, high-end chauffeur drive service, Little’s Chauffeur Drive, and boutique air charter consultancy, Execair, participants of the Caledonian Macnab can rely on The Caledonian to create a complete tailor-made package that runs seamlessly from start to finish, offering a truly unique and memorable Scottish experience for every guest.  

Please note that in Scotland, salmon fishing and hunting are not permitted on a Sunday. Due to conservation restrictions it may not be possible to retain a salmon, if caught.  

The Caledonian Macnab package will be available depending on the season, and quotations will be provided depending on the specific requests.

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