What’s been said. What’s been done. What’s gone on.

“Our students and staff loved the whole day, with gushing feedback about the stunning venue and how much fun they’d had. This was also the first day on our PhD programme for six new students who they said it was the best possible start to their time on the programme…
“Several students and guests actually took the time to email me afterwards to say thank you for the day, and one said: ‘We found it very helpful, impressive and enjoyable – so thank you for making it happen.”

Edinburgh Neuroscience, University of Edinburgh

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the activities they did – we took part in one each and no one had any complaints about their choices.
“Winton Castle is a beautiful place; it has a very relaxing atmosphere especially up at the walled gardens. We were there when the Wisteria was flowering, and it felt like a scene from the secret garden.”
The School of Engineering…, Heriot-Watt University
“The evening at Winton was the highlight of the whole trip, and took place just before going home to France. …Despite being an impressive Scottish Renaissance castle with masterpieces on the walls, Winton is a very homely and cosy place. The rooms are not stuffy and very much alive with the Ogilvy family’s memorabilia.
“You can easily imagine yourself living in the castle. Visitors sense Winton’s rich past and after spending the evening there, you feel that you are adding a little bit to its history.”
Claude Garnier-Brown, France Angleterre

“I just wanted to send an email to say, on behalf of Parity, a huge thank you to yourself, and to the Winton team for hosting us for our event this year. Our employees were blown away by the venue, as I’m sure you saw from all the selfies they were taking around the castle. The Piper welcoming off the coach was a lovely touch.

“The courses (and address to haggis) were delicious, thank you to the chef and kitchen. The murder mystery was brilliant and a great addition to the night- the actors were fantastic and I know some of our staff really put them under pressure with their interrogations! The wait and bar staff were also fantastic, and by the looks of things, they seemed to be enjoying themselves too which was lovely to see- I know some of our staff provided some entertainment! My CFO also noted that even at the end of the night, you were looking after us, by making sure the last of the coats made it onto the bus and not forgotten. So thank you for everything, it was the perfect evening to end our ‘away day’. If we didn’t like to do something different every year, I’m sure we would have no hesitation returning to Winton in the future.”

Charlotte Fereday, Parity

“What can I say about the venue it was truly tremendous, the food was delicious, the staff were delightful, the castle itself was inspiring never mind the grounds which were such a haven of tranquillity. Catherine, thank you for choosing and feeling this was the place for us to re-unite again, it certainly made a special day even more special”.

NHS Therapists

“The dinner at the castle was heavenly. Far beyond what we had expected. Hospitality from staff and owner, generous with drinks. Lovely quality food and a very very nice place. Absolutely magical.

“Thanks a lot for all your help!”

Mona Bain, Cashel Travel Client

“Many thanks for all your help leading up to the event, great job and thanks to the team. The event was successful and I can tell you our clients loved and enjoyed it. Many thanks to Sir Francis.”

Bukola Ajisafe, Lloyds Banking Group, London

“I just wanted to say thank you so much to you and your colleagues for putting on such a great afternoon for my colleagues and their clients. They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and said that after doing the Clays event for a few years, it was the best year yet! I guess it also helped that the weather was so glorious! (Phew!).”

Katie, Dunedin

“The dinner and overnight stay was used as a means for participants to get to know each other better in relaxed surroundings.

“The venue is easily accessed and the quality of hospitality has always been fantastic, with guests made to feel extremely welcome and the catering never disappointing.

“The castle’s ambience is very relaxed, with all the members of staff and family members being very hospitable and welcoming.

“In planning the event, Julie was, as always, extremely helpful as the point of contact.”

Edinburgh based Investment Managers

“An email to say a massive thanks to you and all your team for making our day a huge success. Cannot fault any of the experience at Winton Castle at all. The venue and the organisation of it, staff, food and Highland Games were all second to none. We all had a great day / evening. This training day was by far our very best to date. We even managed time for a quick tour around the castle with Bede. Everything was just exceptional.”

Melanie McDonald, Arum Systems, Edinburgh

“A line to say how much we enjoyed our day at Winton last week. Feedback from delegates mentioned that this was the best leaders awayday yet. The setting clearly inspires people and I have no doubt that this will be a location that we will use in future. My thanks to your amazing team – nothing was too much trouble for them.”

David Youles, EDF Energy, Torness Power Station

“Two weeks ago, the last of a happy bunch of Trailblazers attendees departed Scotland and it has been easy to gauge the impact of their trip to Scotland by the many positive messages by card, telephone call and email we have received. On behalf of all the Spectra team, we would like to thank you for your generous support and sponsorship of the Trailblazers event. Your professionalism and attention to detail shone through and was recognised by everyone who attended the events – both buyer and supplier, international & local alike.”

Mark & Graeme, Spectra (fam trip)

“Fabulous day as always. Everything was good. Tour very interesting too! Great Event!”

ELLP, East Lothian Council (conference)

“An excellent event and one we would use again when we have the opportunity… It couldn’t be any better. Great service provided.”

Mercedes Benz (Dealer event)

“Homely atmosphere within a grand setting. Flexible approach. Personal service. Thank you for a superb evening!”

C Bell, Aviagen (dinner)


Spectra (dinner)

“We had the perfect day, from the moment we arrived, everything in between, to us leaving. Stunning castle, stunning grounds, very attentive staff, amazing food, fun event. We were made to feel ‘at home’ the whole time. We could not fault Winton and the staff, and I would strongly recommend you to anyone.”

Susan, Bowleven

“Just to extend our SINCERE thank you to you & the whole team at Winton for a truly fabulous time by the Nokia group.”


“Winton Castle offered a unique combination of grandeur and homeliness that made us feel very special. I would especially like to thank Francis and Harry for being so welcoming and attentive. We felt at home and well looked after.”

EM Applications

“The buzz from the team is huge still today – there are lots of photos & a couple of video clips doing the rounds now internally already from Tuesday night – we had a brilliant time. Please extend our thanks also to Sir Francis Ogilvy – he made us very welcome in his beautiful home, and his guidance during the dancing was invaluable! We had a very memorable time – thanks to your team, as the activities & staff really made the experience. Your award this week is certainly very well deserved.”

Nadine Fountain, Nokia, Enterprise Solutions

“Congratulations on winning the World Travel Award again! Although the fact that you won does not surprise me that much as I think Winton House is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! Kind regards to Scotland from Germany.”

Jana Fuhrmann, Michael Vagedes GmbH, Hamburg

“We had such a good time with you and we enjoyed all parts of our stay at WINTON CASTLE. All of you, including the Lady who made the breakfast and the wonderful salmon dinner, her daughter who served us so well, your dancing college, and yourself, Robert and of course, Lady and Sir Francis G A Ogilvy made this stay to be something totally over normal. A warm thanks to all of you for a wonderful unique stay at WINTON CASTLE. We hope to see you all again. Regards from the land of the VIKING’s.”

Thomas Skarbrandt, FörsäkringsUtveckling AB, Stockholm

“Tracy and I both had a wonderful time at Winton House. The setting was lovely, the food delicious and the activities (under expert tuition) great fun. Seeing the Laird in full highland dress was the icing on the cake.”

Elaine Gordon, Head of Events, International Television, BBC Worldwide

“Such a relaxed atmosphere was provided and that enabled us to create exactly the meeting I wanted. We could not have wished for a better place and from a business point of view it was a huge success. The activities went down very well and we all came away recharged and motivated to succeed even more at our business.”

Alistair Beard, Business Unit Manager, Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd

“Every detail was just right: the food was great, the surroundings splendid and the location overwhelming.”

Ed Bezooijen, Regional Marketing Manager, Citrix Systems Benelux

“The organisation and hospitality were superb and you truly gave us a night we will not forget”

David Openshaw, CEO, ISS UK Ltd

“It was a fantastic night and I think none will forget the time we spent at Winton. And I must say, I’ll never forget the way I danced that night, as everything was spinning when I finished!”

Maria del Mar Garmendia, UNFEAC, Spain

“The majesty of Winton Castle, and the impeccable service we experienced, will provide us with a lifetime of wonderful memories.”

Mr & Mrs Nick Nagy, Vancouver