Two of Scotland’s most iconic family brands - Crieff Hydro Hotel and Mackie’s of Scotland - have come together to bring a Christmas experience like no other at the Perthshire Hotel this festive season.

With 2020 already topsy turvy, the duo of businesses are serving up a unique ice cream flavour as part of the Hotel’s Christmas celebrations to top off the year in style.

Visitors to the Hotel’s Glen’s Adventure Park will be able to have their favourite dinner all in one scoop with the creation of turkey and cranberry ice cream – perfect for the hardcore festive fanatics. For those not as brave, an indulgent new Gingerbread crumble flavour will also be given away.

Crieff Hydro has a full festive line up on offer this year – respecting of course, current CV19 guidelines.

Leading from the tennis courts with reindeers and the Vintage bus bar serving winter warmers including an exclusive Mackie’s Hot Chocolate made from its newest chocolate bar – orange.

The cinder path will be transformed into a Gruffalo Trail, where you can spot all the characters. There’s an interactive treasure hunt too, solve all the clues and you will end up at Glen’s Adventure Park. For a shorter walk, our woodland paths around the tennis courts will be illuminated by an archway of dazzling lights.

Visitors will be rewarded for following the trail with a mini bar of Mackie’s chocolate and can indulge in the festive ice cream created especially for the new partnership.

Richard Leckie, 6th generation of the Leckie family who own Crieff Hydro Hotel, is manager of Adventure Glen, he said: “This year has certainly been like no other so we are delighted to partner with Mackie’s, our ice cream partner, to bring a scoop of unique Christmas cheer to our visitors this year.

“Turkey and cranberry ice cream is something I have certainly never tried before and I am sure it will capture the imagination of our visitors this Christmas. It’s a great opportunity to bring something new to our festive season and who knows turkey ice cream could become an annual festive tradition.

“Similar to Crieff, Mackie’s is a multi-generational family brand, grown in Scotland and with strong family values at both of our hearts we are delighted to share this exciting partnership with our visitors this year.

“We look forward to seeing the reactions of our guests when they try it out.”

Karin Mackie, marketing director with Mackie’s of Scotland and one of three sibling owners, said: “This is a lovely opportunity to bring some much-needed Christmas cheer, combining some of life’s great simple pleasures, chocolate, ice cream and a walk in a beautiful setting.

“While the turkey and cranberry ice cream is unlikely to be hitting freezer aisles any time soon, we’d love to know what visitors think.”

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