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Tuankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh    commemorates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and is the final chance to see these glittering world heritage artifacts before they return to Egypt forever. Explore the life of King Tutankhamun and the story of the discovery that captivated the world through more than 150 authentic pieces from the tomb.

Saatchi Gallery,
Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road
London SW3 4RY

2 November 2019 – 3 May 2020

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Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel,  set in a garden-filled square in Glasgow’s city centre, combines the elegance of a stately 19th-century Georgian townhouse with the luxe modern amenities of a five-star property. It’s all topped off with exceptional service and a raved-about spa.

11 Blythswood Square,
Glasgow G2 4AD

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Seven Dials Market

Seven Dials Market, a converted cucumber and banana warehouse, is the latest “food hall” type opening in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, run by Kerb (a membership association of street food traders). The food hall’s bookshop is available for private dining for up to 40

Earlham Street
London WC2 9LX

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Grazing by Mark Greenaway

The five-star Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh has joined with local celebrated Edinburgh chef, Mark Greenaway, to open his new venture within the hotel.

Grazing by Mark Greenaway offer its clientele the opportunity to relax, unwind and of course, eat, at a leisurely pace within a space accessible to all. The menu, which reflects the laid back, ‘grazing’ concept, showcases a mix of traditional, modern and sharing plates, incorporating locally sourced ingredients and unique concept dishes created by Mark.

Rutland St,
Edinburgh EH1 2AB

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WakeUp Docklands

WakeUp Docklands, located in the sheltered waters of East London’s Royal Victoria Dock, offers a variety of water sports in a visually stunning  inner-city environment. Activities include cable wakeboarding, stand-up paddleboarding. paddleboard yogalates and hydrofoiling.  With Hawaiian-themed  Byrneys Beach Bar providing refreshments, it’s a great venue for a team-building day out!

1, Dock Road,
London, E16 1AG

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Balnakeilly House

Balnakeilly House, a listed 16th century Scottish mansion set in 2,000 acres in Perthshire, has opened as a new luxury exclusive use venue following extensive refurbishment.  Previously owned by the Stewart-Wilson family (descendants of the Wolf of Badenoch, son of King Robert II of Scotland) for almost 500 years, it is now under the new ownership of award-winning Danish property investor Dan Svenningsen.  It has 13 individually designed bedrooms which can comfortably accommodate up to 26 guests.

Near Moulin,
Pitlochry PH16 5JJ

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Dakota Manchester

Dakota Manchester  a distinctive new city-centre hotel “oozes glamour, from its imposing black building to dark and moody interiors. Embrace this glitzy vibe while sipping a drink in its chic bar, cocooned in a candlelit booth in the restaurant, or relaxing in a tasteful bedroom where attention has been paid to detail” (Telegraph)

29 Ducie Street
Manchester M1 2JL

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The Shore Loch Lomond

The Shore is an indulgent exclusive use venue located on Loch Lomond Shores just outside Glasgow. The event space provides a special backdrop, with floor to ceiling windows that immerse you in the glittering Loch Lomond scenery. With its modern glass design, The Shore is flooded with natural light and is a beautiful blank canvas that can be decorated to bring an event to life.

Loch Lomond Shores,
Ben Lomond Way,
Balloch G83 8QL

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Sauce by The Langham

Sauce by The Langham cookery school offers a wide range of classes, such as ‘Cooking The Books’ or a full day with Chef Michel Roux Jr. This is an exciting and delicious experience that can be tailored to suit a group’s requirement.

1c Portland Place
London W1B 1JA

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Belmond Cadogan Hotel

Oscar Wilde’s favoured bolt-hole, The Cadogan,  is set to relaunch early 2019 as the 5* Belmond Cadogan Hotel following a £multi-million transformation. With  54 rooms & suites, much lauded chef Adam Handling overseeing the restaurant and exclusive access to gated Cadogan Place Gardens,  the return of this old Sloane Street favourite is hotly anticipated.

75 Sloane St,
London SW1X 9SG

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The Clydeside Distillery

Glasgow’s stills are flowing again at the Clydeside Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery; the first dedicated Single Malt distillery in Glasgow for over 100 years. Come down to the Queen’s Dock and watch their craftsmen distill pure new make spirit by hand, the time-honoured way. Discover here the Dockside Story,  brimming with fascinating takes about Glasgow’s history in the heyday of the Queen’s Dock and the birth of the whisky industry.

The Old Pump House, Queen's Dock,
100 Stobcross Road,
Glasgow G3 8QQ

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Science Gallery London

King’s College London’s Science Gallery, located opposite the Shard in London Bridge,  was built on the former east wing of 18th Century Guys Hospital which was destroyed during bombing raids in WWII   The venue which opened last autumn has been described as a place where ‘art and science collide’ and features flexible indoor and outdoor spaces to host events for up to 500 guests.

Great Maze Pond,
London SE1 9GU

Schottland ist es eine aussergewöhnliche Destination für unsere Incentive Kunden und gerne werde ich mich bei ihnen für Schottland einsetzen und die Destination wärmstens empfehlen. Natürlich hat Spectra und Gillian tollen Job gemacht.Auf jeden Fall werden wir sie für zukünftige Reisen gerne berücksichtigen und wir freuen uns auf eine zukünftige Zusammenarbeit.  / Scotland is an exceptional destination for our incentive clients, and I will be happy to work with them for Scotland and warmly recommend the destination. Of course Spectra and Gillian did a great job. In any case, we will gladly consider you for future travel and we look forward to future cooperation.

German Agents’ Fam Trip – December 2019

Mark & Spectra in Scotland team –  We are pleased to present Spectra in Scotland with our 2019 Extraordinary Performance Award. Our internal and onsite evaluations have confirmed that your thought leadership, flexibility, responsiveness, excellence in operations by your staff and your partnership have exceeded expectations when compared to your peers throughout the industry. Your efforts, actions, and results enabled us to provide an unsurpassed experience for our client. Please accept this award for 2019, please display it proudly. Congratulations!

Motivation Excellence 2019 Extraordinary Performance Award

Susan and Anna –  Our attendees’ post-trip comments were overwhelmingly positive: “Scotland was a home run!”; “Best trip ever!”; “It was perfect!”.  Working alongside the Spectra in Scotland team was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my career – a lot of moving parts, a lot of detail and a heck of a lot of fun!  I can’t wait to do it again (and again, and again).

U.S. corporate group – October 2019

Mark, Pamela, Tracy & Sarah  – Your program operation for the London Conference was faultless – Spectra exceeded expectations and the tour guide was fantastic. All of the delegates provided overwhelming positive feedback to the program!  Spectra are the best DMC the client has worked with!

Australian medical conference – October 2019

Susan and Anna – The [Spectra in Scotland] team were absolutely indispensable in not only helping me put together a program and executing to plan, but ensuring that components of the program – from the activities to the venues to the gifting – were creative and thoughtful and, together, created a most wonderful experience and lasting impression of Scotland!

U.S. corporate group – October 2019

Mark  –  I have had very positive feedback regarding the tour and Sarah. In all honesty the best feedback I have ever had on a post tour. Thanks go to you for making it work so well – I will definitely contact you again!

Australian medical group – October 2019

Caroline – I’ve had great feedback about the trip to London. Everything worked very well. The bike ride was the highlight and they had an amazing guide. My client said it was the best guided tour he had ever been on!

Multinational construction company – October 2019

Judi – These customers are some of our most strategic accounts so it is really important that all the logistics go as planned and everything looks perfect.  Thanks to you, Carol and your team, we were able to do that…For the Tower Bridge, everyone had an amazing experience so thank you for helping us secure that space. Everything was on point and it was excellent. Thanks again and hopefully we will work together soon in another project.

Multinational technology company, October 2019

Giulia –  Everything on the tour worked out – the group really felt very well looked after. Again I wanted to thank everyone of you – you did a marvelous job!

Austrian media company, October 2019

Jarmila – Thank you so much!  We got a lot of great feedback and after we got a good attendance, it’s a success in my book.  You and your team were fantastic.

US Banking Sector client, September 2019

Susan & Anna – this is exactly how we think a DMC should work – absolute perfection from your end!  I just told everyone at our office that your way of working together with us on service, documents, cost-sheets, running-sheets etc. are the way to aim for!

Swedish corporate group, September 2019

Gary met every need we had and exceeded expectations for every request.  He always gave me all of his attention and truly helped make our golf program much more special than it would have ever been without him.  I am so thankful for his and Spectra’s access to the area, his time and his expertise in helping to plan and execute what is a once-in-a-lifetime golfing experience for many”


U.S. Business Leaders,  August 2019

Mark, absolutely wonderful working with you, you’re a great ambassador for Scotland, and Edinburgh is truly a special place.  Wonderful people to work with, too!

US Insurance Company, July 2019

Jarmila –  Thank you and your colleagues for making a very successful meeting and great program for our large group in London. Thanks for being there with me and my client 100% during the hectic days, checking program, suppliers and all involved. A wonderful cooperation with you, great guides and chauffeurs. The client is over thrilled … You did an outstanding job and you are a great partner , THANK YOU !

Danish Finance Sector Group, May 2019

Gillian, Anna and Gary: our events in Scotland were spotless and a huge success, this was thanks to your exceptional team, who was always there ready to help. My client was beyond satisfied and the guests were amazed by the stunning venues and wonders of Edinburgh, as well as the hospitality of its people.

Spanish Incentive House – June 2019

I cannot sing your praises higher – Both Pamela and Caroline were BEYOND AMAZING!

US biotechnology company – April 2019

Hi Miriam  – I just contacted the client to hear about the tour (to Edinburgh and Aberdeen). They are VERY satisfied with everything!  Thank you for a perfect arrangement and a very good cooperation throughout! I can recommend you to all our staff!

Danish public sector group, March 2019

Hi Gary & Gillian –thank you for helping me to plan a wonderful event. I loved the fact that the team got to experience a little bit of everything Scotland.. Highland games, falconry, drumming, piping, whisky tasting and tea and scones. The team had an amazing time!

US corporate client, March 2019

Dear Alan, I would like to thank you a million times for the great inspirational trip we had to London last week! It has certainly put London on top of mind again! The venues were amazing and surprising! Abbey Road Studios was an unforgettable experience, as it was promised to be. I truly hope to find a client to share this experience. Many thanks again and applause for you and your dedicated team!

Dutch Travel Marketing Company, February 2019

Pamela, I would like to thank you, your team and Spectra for your excellent assistance with two very important back to back events in January. Given the extremely short timeline to execute these two events, you did so with extreme professionalism, accuracy and creativity.  There were millions of changes and you didn’t miss a beat!  I enjoyed partnering with Spectra and found the experience to be pleasant and excellent.  I look forward to working with you on upcoming programs in the UK.

Multi-National Corporate Client, January 2019

Hannah – Our meeting in London was a huge success largely because of you and your team. From transportation to décor at the venue – truly first class. We are not the easiest client but Spectra made us feel at ease from day one and it carried through the event – THANK YOU!”

US corporate client, November 2018

Mark’s thoughtful and solutions oriented approach to problems and challenges, his knowledge of the travel options in Scotland and experience with American incentive programs makes him a perfect fit for one of our most important programs

 US Incentive House, August 2018

Anna, this was really a very successful program in Aberdeen  you suggested to the group. Thank you so much for all help with all the details and changes on the way. You did a great job!

Norwegian Group, April 2018

Tracy  –  Please extend our thanks to all involved… The whole program, from start to finish, was spectacular and the client could not fault anything… I know that this program was challenging in many ways, so the fact that everything came together so seamlessly is a true testament to how fantastic you all are!

Australian automotive client, July 2018

Gary – thanks for your OUTSTANDING assistance. You were at all times personable, professional and willing to always go above and beyond in making this a memorable trip. I will always recommend to my friends that they too should seek out Spectra for any assistance in travelling to Scotland

US Barristers, April 2018

Pamela – Personal thanks to you for being ahead of the game on all aspects of the program – you were always there to be sure coaches were set, meals ready, and last-minute changes were taken care of.  I do hope I have another opportunity to sell London – I’ll be in touch with Spectra immediately.  Many thanks to all who were involved with making this program such a huge success!

US incentive agency, May 2018

Gary – We  cannot adequately express our gratitude for your tour guide/driver. His knowledge of history, the sites that we needed to see, and the little things that would make our [Scottish Highlands] trip special was amazing.  Thank you for your selection of hotels and planning our trip with so little direction.  It was a trip of a lifetime!!!

US Lawyers, April 2018

Alan, just a short message to extend our gratitude to the Spectra crew for a fam trip well organized. There is nothing more to be said than it was truly a Magical Mystery Tour.  It was great fun, nice to spend time with you and very useful to see what Manchester and Liverpool is all about.

Norwegian Corporate MICE Agency, January 2018

Paul – I LOVE your team in Edinburgh!  The banter between Mark, Susan and myself  is precious and fun.  I only wish I could work with you guys 100% of the time.  You have a WONDERFUL team/company and it is really a pleasure to work with anyone from Spectra

US Insurance Company, April 2018

Pamela – thank you for all of your hard work, updates, photos and willingness to do whatever needed (punch holes in cards, find a fish bowl, get the video running on loop, etc.). I sincerely appreciate you make our events team and the company look good!

US corporate client, October 2017

Paul  – We’re proud to honor Spectra as an Inspirational Partner. Their high standards and attention to detail help us to deliver the excellent service our clients deserve. We look forward to continuing our partnership.

Global performance improvement agency, September 2017