Get ahead of Santa

The Herald on Sunday - Sunday Herald Life - - TRAVEL FEATURE -

IF, like me, you’ve al­ready started to warn your kids about the per­ils of get­ting on Santa’s naughty list in a des­per­ate at­tempt to get them to be­have, then you will know that the fes­tive season is fast ap­proach­ing.

And if you are plan­ning on get­ting away for ei­ther Christ­mas or Hog­manay, it is important that you don’t leave it too late when con­sid­er­ing your op­tions, as many ho­tels are al­ready pub­li­cis­ing their Christ­mas and Hog­manay pack­ages.

If you don’t want to get left at home with the all the cook­ing, clean­ing, wash­ing up and gen­eral may­hem that comes with the season, then now is the time to be do­ing some­thing about it.

There are few places in the country that can pro­vide a more pic­turesque yule­tide scene than ru­ral Perthshire, and the stun­ning Vic­to­rian ar­chi­tec­ture of the Atholl Palace Hotel can offer the fairy­tale back­drop.

But there’s much more to Atholl Palace’s Christ­mas and Hog­manay pack­ages than the beauty of the sur­round­ings, with all the en­ter­tain­ment you would ever need to make sure that you are both merry and bright.

The three-night Christ­mas pack­age in­cludes whisky tast­ing, cock­tails, mulled wine, your Christ­mas lunch, mince pies, Box­ing Day brunch, jazz and of course, Christ­mas carols to set the at­mos­phere.

All of this comes in at just £499 per adult and £205 per child.

If you do like to spend Christ­mas at home though, then their Hog­manay es­cape is the per­fect way to see out the year with a bang.

With ceilidh danc­ing, a black-tie ball, a day trip, buck’s fizz brunch and of course, fire­works to wel­come 2017 in style, you’ll be hard-pushed to find a bet­ter way to bring in the bells.

A three-night fully in­clu­sive Hog­manay pack­age comes in at £750 per adult and £280 per child.

RE­LAX: Let the Atholl Palace Hotel sup­ply all the fes­tive food, drink and at­mos­phere.

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