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The beautiful art on the walls of Shieldhill Castle by Kirsten Harris Art

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase some of the stunning pieces created by Kirsten Harris. Kirsten has managed to enhance the beauty of the Castle by exhibiting her work throughout the Castle, The Oak Lounge, Alexander Lounge and Tinto View Restaurant. Come to Shieldhill Castle this weekend to view some of her work or even take a piece home with you. In light of working with Kirsten we thought to share with you a little more details about her passion and how she began working with Shieldhill Castle from Kirsten herself.

How long have you been creating art and what made you want to share it with the world?

I have been painting since a child and went to art school in the 80’s. However it wasn’t until about ten years later that I started selling my art after meeting a shaman and artist in Zimbabwe. He gave me two pieces of advice that transformed my work. The first was ‘finish every piece you start, even if it is not your best’ and secondly, ‘the life is in the eyes, if you get the eyes right you can do anything you like with the paint.’ Literally, within days I started selling my work and haven’t looked back. 

What makes you want to work with Shieldhill Castle and display your creations on the castle walls?

I like to take my art out of the gallery situation and find unusual places to exhibit. I was painting some large paintings and had the crazy thought one evening that it would be fun to find a castle to exhibit in. I then remembered that Shieldhill Castle which is local had recently been sold and decided to drive over and ask. (See Kirsten’s Blog for more details) Then Covid happened at the time Shieldhill was due to launch and everything was postponed. 

Lockdown gave me a chance to make work specifically for certain areas of the castle and I am delighted how right the work looks with the fabulous refurbishment that Shieldhill has undergone. Art specifically for interior design is an area that I would love to continue to explore. 

What are some of your favourite pieces you have on display at Shieldhill Castle and why?

In the Dining Room there is a large painting called ‘If Wishes Were Horses.’ The expression was first recorded in the seventeenth century by James Carmichael of neighbouring Carmichael Estate, just under Tinto Hill, which can be seen from the Dining Room window at Shieldhill. The painting hangs in the perfect historical setting and I love the recently exposed stone wall that it hangs on. 

The drawing room contains paintings made during lockdown. These are painted on reclaimed wood with chalk paint that I had leftover from painting furniture and framed in antique frames that I had collected over the years and had in my studio. The inspiration comes from Medieval tapestries and the stunning wood panelled room is the perfect setting for the paintings which give a contemporary twist but are in keeping with the age and style of the room. (See Kirsten’s Blog for more details)

In the stone flagged entrance hall I have displayed some pencil drawings. My favourite is ‘The Grey Lady of Shieldhill,’ (See Kirsten’s Blog for more details) a drawing which tells the sad story of the castle’s ghost. The halls ancient grey flagstones and graphite pencil are a perfect compliment. Another drawing tells the story in ‘On Tinto Top’ a local rhyme. 

The chance to hang my artwork in a fabulous setting is inspiring especially as much of my work is about the history of the area.  I am grateful to the family and Shieldhill Castle for their support. I really hope that visitors enjoy the artwork as part of their stay at this beautifully restored historic castle.

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Winter Wedding Package for £2000

Shieldhill Castle 25 person Winter Wedding package for £2000 is now available to book. (October 2021- March 2022)

Holding a smaller celebration also adds an element of warmth and comfort, especially while you escape the chilly temperatures to celebrate a very special day surrounded by loved ones. The beautiful manicured grounds at Shieldhill Castle are nothing short of picture perfect when covered by the soft, powdery snow glistening in the winter sunlight.

To book a private viewing for your intimate gathering please contact events@shieldhillcastle.com and start this journey into your next chapter with our dedicated team at Shieldhill Castle.

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The best fishing throughout Scotland with Alba


At Shieldhill Castle we are pleased to announce that we will be working closely with Alba, Luxury Fishing Holidays to help provide amazing memories when you enjoy some amazing local attractions while you stay at Shieldhill Castle. 

Alba Game Fishing was established in 2004, and are the only company to offer the best fishing throughout Scotland. With a team of 22 professional fishing guides and casting instructors, located in the Borders, Highlands, Speyside, Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire. 


Alba can organise fishing trips for guests on the River Clyde, Tweed and Annan and numerous trout lochs in the area. We offer salmon, trout and pike fishing as well as Grayling fishing all year.


Premium fishing equipment is provided with Alba. We are partnered with Sage, Orvis, Hardy and Patagonia and carry an extensive stock of current fishing tackle from these partners. This will save you the risk of carrying expensive gear to Scotland. We also carry Orvis and Patagonia breathable waders and boots in all sizes for men, women and children.


Transport is provided with Alba in luxury SUVs and for larger groups, Mercedes V Class.


To compliment each trip, Alba can provide gourmet river-side lunches or the option of professional photography using full-frame DSLR cameras and prime lenses. Guests would get memorable images of their fishing experiences shared on Dropbox. 

Your time is precious, and the Alba team understands the importance of creating lasting memories and absolute focus on customer service. 
Be the One that got Away!


To find out more on what Alba can offer you head to the Shieldhill Castle local attractions page and follow the link to their website. 

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Customer Reviews

We cannot go another day without recognising the amazing reviews we have had over the past few weeks since we have reopened.

“Stunning hotel, welcoming staff and great food on Saturday night. Thank you, we’ll be back very soon”

“We stayed in the lodges for 2 nights and it was absolutely amazing we will definitely been back, the place looks amazing, staff are friendly and welcoming & the lodges are perfect as well! The food is amazing too” 

“Our stay was faultless. The recently renovated Courtyard room was lovely, the food was excellent and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. Lovely surroundings and extremely dog friendly. Would highly recommend.”

“Had the best day yesterday……we walked from Symington to Shieldhill Castle AMAZING FOOD & SERVICE”

“Our party had a great day at the castle 🏰 yesterday. The staff went out of there way to make it a great day. Highly recommend having a wee day out to a lovely local venue.”

“We were in the log cabins which were very comfortable and the food was excellent, staff were first class. Pleasant surroundings clean room. Suitable for girls catch up. Courtyard picnic tables outside we were able to enjoy the prosecco outdoors. Adjoining rooms a bonus. Food good.”

Tag Shieldhill Castle next time you come to visit or leave a review on our trip advisor at https://bit.ly/34GY47y 

Thank you all again for the support and kind words, we look forward to opening doors this Thursday for another busy weekend of service 🏰

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Visit Scotland

Now is a  wonderful time to visit Scotland, with temperatures reaching around 13°C and beautiful flowers such as lillies and daffodils in full bloom. It’s nearing the start of summer at Shieldhill Castle and we are really glad that with the lifting of lockdown we will be able to spend this summer with you. Here are just a few of the things to see and do for the perfect  Scottish vacation at Shieldhill Castle with the ones you love. 

Perfect for families or couples, visit the Lanark Loch. 20 acre man-made loch with that is open for fishing, children’s activities, golf and more between May until September. The Inn on the Loch has a 9 hole pitch and putt course, boating pond with bumper boats, course fishing (permit only), children’s play area, trampolines, and a refreshment kiosk.

Or why not visit  the Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve, it stretches along both sides of the Clyde gorge, which provides a great variety of habitats full of wildlife to discover. It’s free to visit too! There are 3 different waterfalls to see along the Clyde Walkway, so make sure you bring your camera to take pictures of the stunning views. If you want to find out about the area and the animals that live there, pop in to the Visitor Centre, which is open daily and free to visit. There you can watch live footage of nesting peregrines in the Peregrine Experience, plus there are interactive games and toys, including wildlife crafts!

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National Receptionist Day Meet Jodie

Happy National Receptionists Day!

Great receptionists play an invaluable role in the lives of customers and the livelihood of businesses everywhere.

What better way to celebrate this, than to introduce you to Jodie Campbell, our receptionist at Shieldhill Castle. 

In our latest article Jodie reflects on her experience and what it means to be a world-class receptionist. After all, she is the first face you see and dedicates her time delivering exceptional customer service and support.

“Hi everyone, I am Jodie,

One of the main things i love about my job role is I’m the first point of contact for both visitors and enquiries. I organise the day to day goings on at the Castle and am the hub of all necessary information for guests and staff. This role is so rewarding as i get to see from all angels the joy and happiness Shieldhill Castle brings to staff, suppliers and customers. I really enjoy the fast paced working environment and meeting new people from a variety of backgrounds and from a variety different locations.

As a team, i hope we can help Shieldhill Castle flourish in 2021 and become a recognised, desirable and go-to venue for locals, couples looking to get married or those looking to celebrate their special occasions.”

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Officially Opening 20th May

It’s official…..we’re opening on Thursday 20th May!

Shieldhill Castle is the perfect location for your summer staycation, drinks in our beer garden in the Scottish sunshine, an a la carte dinner in our Tinto View Restaurant, lunch in our Market Bar or how about an afternoon tea in our Oak Lounge?

 We shall be open Thursday- Sunday for the following services: 

  • Lunches- 1200 to 1500
  • Dinner 1800 to 2100
  • Traditional Sunday Lunch – 1200 to 1500 
  • Afternoon Tea- 1400 to 1600
  • Weekend Brunch – 1000 to 1300 (Sat & Sun)
  • Our famous Steak Night – 1800 to 2100 (only available 1st Thursday of every month) 

We will be launching an online booking system in the coming weeks but in the meantime please contact reception@shieldhillcastle.com to book your overnight stay, restaurant reservations or for any general enquiries.


We also have our 2021-2023 diary open for weddings, corporate events, private dining, private parties and away days. So if you have missed a special birthday or occasion, or would like to book a team building event or host a private dinner with your staff,  then please contact our events team at events@shieldhillcastle.com

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‘Mini’ Beginnings

The Mini Cooper is arguably one of the most easily recognisable automobiles ever produced, which is why it is perfect for you to take a ride in for your special occasion. The original Mini started production in the late ‘50s and quickly became one of the best selling cars in Europe, and we are very glad to have our very original 90’s custom detailed Mini at the gates of Shieldhill Castle.

The original features that enthusiasts love about the classic Minis were kept throughout upgrading the details of the body. Mini collectors Rab and Colin Frame, owner of Shieldhill Castle, seen the potential in bringing a form of transportation for special occasions, events and weddings that no other local venue has. The history of this mini within the Frame family is one for the history books, and now having it at Shieldhill Castle has tied it up perfectly for Colin and his family in this next new exciting chapter.

People tend to say that “big things often have ‘mini’ beginnings”, so share in this journey with Shieldhill Castle by following where our Mini goes.

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Easter is here at Shieldhill Castle

The team a Shieldhill Castle would like to wish everyone an ‘eggcellent’ Easter weekend.

Can you spot the Easter eggs and bunnies in each of our newly renovated rooms? Speaking about rooms, why not bring some easter fun into your home, here are some top tips to do just that. 

The easiest way to bring some colour to the home is by bringing nature outside in, so why not  make your own beautiful flower arrangements, incorporating the easter lily, daffodil or tulip. Lillies naturally bloom at Easter time – it turns out this flower is full of symbolism as it is symbolic of love, hope, and purity. Daffodils, along with other spring bulbs, are symbolic of new life which are perfect to bring into the home. Tulips are often called the harbingers of spring, as they are some of the first flowers to bloom. The bright, multi-colored closed blooms of the tulips can resemble Easter eggs. 

For more top tips on how to incorporate seasonality into your lifestyle stay in touch with the Castle News that brings new blog posts every week.

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How to plan the ultimate engagement

Want to know how to pull off the perfect engagement in time for Valentine’s Day? 

 

It’s engagement season and  we are so excited for you. What a perfect way to start your new year off on a high note and leap into the new chapter as an engaged couple.

Even with Covid still hindering your “ideal” plans, we can help guide you into making this proposal perfect for you both! Let’s get to it then. 

 

  1. Choose the wedding band (the ring that is most likely to suit and fit your partner) 

 We are lucky to have the option of going to have some of the best jewellery stores in Edinburgh, Glasgow and across Scotland.Unless your proposal is spontaneous – which is a risky yet still a fun strategy – you should always have the ring to seal the deal at the time of popping the big question, otherwise, it’ll feel a bit like an anti-climax. If you’re worried about getting the ring right, just have a look at the sort of jewellery your partner usually wears and you should get a good idea of their taste. Don’t go for something just because it’s expensive or big, got for something that resembles your love for them in the way you have took your time to think about them whilst buying it. 



  1. It’s all about you two 

We do love are-make of classic movies, however your partner has probably seen the countless films with wedding proposals that show everything from skywriting, getting down on one knee on an exotic beach, romantic restaurants that are  overpriced. But ultimately, if none of these reflects you as a couple it will feel a bit…uncomfortable and cheesy??. If your other half hates attention for example, suddenly dropping to one knee in the middle of a restaurant will not go down as well as you may hope.So make sure your proposal suits both of you and listen out for key hints from your partner on what not to do. Think about what are the most important elements in your lives? Do you love dogs for example? Then go out a walk and visit a landmark with your partner or a spot you normally go to and let the dog guide you into this big moment!! Or don’t leave the house – home is where the heart is after all – and propose with your morning coffee. Or if your hotel lovers, head out for weekend away and ask the venue to help you, at Shieldhill Castle our team are here for you. It’s all about the two of you after all so don’t be swayed into a proposal that belongs to someone else or in a princess movie. 

 

  1. Don’t over-plan

 Fail to prepare, prepare to fail but don’t overdo it. Your proposal should still feel natural and if you over-engineer it, you’re at risk of making it sound a little fake and robotic. Have an idea of what you want to say, for sure, but don’t write down a CV of why you are fit for the role as fiancée.  Speak from the heart and everything else should fall into place.

 

  1. Choose how to capture it

 You will remember this moment for your whole life, but have a think about whether or not you want to capture it another way too. Do you want to hire a photographer or recruit your friends or family as cinematographers? Or you might just be able to hide your phone to capture the moment yourself. You will always have a memory of the moment but you may want to capture it and share the act in action rather than just the aftermath. 

 

  1. Finally!!!! Make sure you’ll get a “Yes”!

At the end of the day you choose how you’re going  to do it, at Shieldhill Castle we’d like to offer you our biggest congratulations for when the happy “Yes!” moment comes. And remember to contact our wedding team to find out more about a hosting your special day at Shieldhill Castle.

 

If we helped you get hitched, let us know by emailing marketing@shieldhillcastle.com to be featured in a story.