When planning stag weekends, Scotland may not be the first place you think of. If you have already been there for a mate's stag party, however, it is hard to imagine a better location!
The stag and hen weekend is as much a part of wedding planning as the cake, the flowers and even the dress! This is the part of the wedding that all of your mischievous friends can take control of, and can make sure that your last bachelor party is a memorable one.
Although there may be the fear of parachute jumps, strippers of questionable gender and getting tied to the occasional lamppost, stag parties offer the husband-to-be a unique opportunity to let his hair down. After months of wedding planning, for many brides and husbands-to-be, the stag and hen parties are a welcome release.
There are so many stag party options available that it can be difficult to know which one to go for. Whilst a night on the town will almost certainly be part of your plans, increasingly, more and more people are demanding more than just a drink and a hangover for their last party as a free man.
In response to this trend, in recent years, many companies have sprung up, offering a range of activities from go-karting, quad biking and off-roading, to canoeing, kayaking and bungee jumping. Weird and wonderful preferences can be catered for nowadays, however, the single most important consideration is still the setting for the event.
For stag weekends Scotland has a lot to offer in terms of location. It is difficult to comprehend a more stunning backdrop for a stag party, regardless of what activity you choose to participate in.
In the south, the bustling metropolis of Glasgow lies in wait, with its trendy bars, internationally renowned theatres and legendary shopping districts. Just to the east is Edinburgh, an equally enticing yet thoroughly different experience to the bright lights of Glasgow, offering cultural heritage, historical significance and fabulous architecture.
Head north, and you get a sense of what 'real' Scotland is all about. Just to the north of Glasgow, the landscape starts to change. Before long, rolling hills have turned into breathtaking mountain landscapes, concealing vast yet beautiful valleys and lochs. For rough and ready outdoor activities, Scotland truly must be paradise.
I went on a stag weekend in Scotland a few months ago. Being Scottish by lineage, the groom-to-be did not hesistate for one moment when he was asked where he wanted to have his stag party. He chose a small hotel on the shores of Loch Leven, and promptly advised his friends to book a long weekend off work.
When we arrived, the first thing that struck me was the spectacle of it all. I had wondered why he had chosen a location so far into the Highlands, but Loch Leven was truly beautiful. Needless to say, we had a fabulous weekend, and one which was talked about for weeks after the event.
For stag weekends, Scotland offers many options.