"The Atholl Palace is one of my favourite places where each year we meet up with good friends and have fun. It's the perfect place to stay in a perfect setting with lovely people looking after us. What more could a person want?"
Reflecting on a difficult year,weatherwise, we have had successes and failures this past year but if I had to pick one item I would say that the continuing progress we are making to tighten up on “Green Issues” in and around the hotel is very pleasing.
Although not strictly a gardening item the journey towards making the hotel as environmentally friendly as is possible, given the need to provide guests with the sort of experience they expect from a 4 star hotel, has been ongoing and extremely gratifying. From the change to mainly green cleaning products to monitoring waste,water,electricity and gas, to controlling portion size in the restaurant, to sourcing local products where possible....the list is almost endless. We are part of the Perthshire Green Resorts Group, a grouping of half a dozen large tourist businesses who meet from time to time and exchange ideas and discuss ways of making Highland Perthshire an area known for it’s “Green Tourism”. We are proud to be part of the group and do our best to keep updating and improving our performance.
Winter has arrived in time for the Christmas break but it’s not been all soft snow and blue skies. A ferocious storm passed through Scotland last week and we were fortunate not to have more damage, given the strength of the gusts. About half a dozen trees, or bits of trees, plus a flagpole perched atop the main building was the sum of the physical damage but we were also without power and heating for 48hrs which was testing,to say the least.As yet we haven’t had to buy in hard-wood this year for the fires. The combination of the big storm in May, which felled several large limes, and this recent blow has provided us with plenty of timber, so far, but it is beginning to dwindle so more will need to be sourced soon, not an easy task these days with the demand for logs from all the wood-burning stoves which have been installed.
But looking out of the window, as I write, Ben Vrackie is covered in pristine,white snow, the sky is blue and large numbers of migrant thrushes are flitting from tree to tree scolding each other and anything else that needs to be scolded. It looks and sounds magical and perfect for Christmas but the forecast is to get mild and wet so our white Christmas may, just, have come a week too early. We will see. Happy Christmas to you all and I hope all of us have a good 2012. Innes
Innes finished in 04:41:34 and came 1987 out of 4117 who completed the race. A fabulous achievement!
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