Airth Cas­tle Ho­tel & Spa

Cur­rently un­der­go­ing a multi-mil­lion pound makeover, No. 1 had to check it out...

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Steeped in his­tory, Airth Cas­tle Ho­tel & Spa dates back to the 14th cen­tury and was once owned by the fam­ily of Robert the Bruce. In­cred­i­bly, some his­tor­i­cal ac­counts sug­gest that Wil­liam Wal­lace him­self fought a bat­tle nearby in an at­tempt to res­cue his un­cle who was be­ing held cap­tive. Nes­tled on the out­skirts of Airth vil­lage, the cas­tle is now pos­si­bly less known for his­toric bat­tles and bet­ter recog­nised as one of Scot­land’s top wed­ding venues. In­deed, dur­ing our one night stay at Airth we en­coun­tered not one but two wed­dings. The ho­tel is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a £4mil­lion pound ren­o­va­tion which will see the ho­tel to­tally re­vamped to the high­est stan­dard. The rooms, event suites, restau­rant and spa are all ben­e­fit­ting from the huge in­vest­ment.

The cas­tle sits at the end of a wind­ing drive­way, while the ac­tual ho­tel it­self is in a sep­a­rate and rather pretty court­yard build­ing that also houses the restau­rant, spa, wed­ding and event suites. We were quickly checked in and then made our way to our room. Dec­o­rated in muted grey tones the over­all feel­ing of the room was one of con­tem­po­rary op­u­lence, ev­ery de­tail had been thought of, from the beau­ti­ful taps in the bath­room to the di­vine soft fur­nish­ings. It would be do­ing Airth a dis­ser­vice if we didn’t men­tion wed­dings and events as this is what the ho­tel is best known for. The venue is set up to cope per­fectly with par­ties of any size. And, as men­tioned, de­spite a size­able wed­ding be­ing in full swing in a sep­a­rate area of the ho­tel, we would have been none the wiser if we hadn’t spot­ted the wed­ding party get­ting pic­tures taken. We headed down to the restau­rant for a quick drink be­fore din­ner. The Grill Room is sit­u­ated within a huge glass pyra­mid, bright and mod­ern, with huge booths. The cock­tail list made for pleas­ant read­ing and our very help­ful bar­man was de­lighted to give us rec­om­men­da­tions. Af­ter in­dulging in our de­li­cious cock­tails we made our way through to the restau­rant. The menu was in­cred­i­ble and a lively de­bate en­sued about what we should order be­fore we de­cided on the black pud­ding with crispy poached egg ac­com­pa­nied by truf­fle bear­naise and the scal­lops with sticky Bour­bon pork jelly. My scal­lops dish was deca­dent and mor­eish. Onto the mains and we de­cided on steak and the truf­fle steak burger, which came with truf­fle aioli, goats cheese and oven roasted tomato. The steak was cooked to ab­so­lute per­fec­tion on the Span­ish grill and was so size­able I could only man­age half, mean­while the burger was de­clared a re­sound­ing suc­cess. By the time the dessert menu ar­rived I had ad­mit­ted de­feat how­ever my din­ing com­pan­ion couldn’t leave with­out ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the sticky tof­fee Alaska as rec­om­mended by our waiter, Calum. A brown sugar meringue with tof­fee sauce and vanilla pod ice-cream, it was in­dul­gent and deca­dent, a small taste left me vow­ing to re­turn for a full por­tion. Af­ter a lovely stay we con­cluded that the qual­ity of our meal was so high, Airth Cas­tle is def­i­nitely worth a visit for the food alone.

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