SWD’s alternative guide to stag parties without a strip club in sight
Drinking your own body weight in Goldshlager before blacking out in a strip club not your idea of fun? PJ O’Reilly’s got some ideas for a stag that won’t leave your memory, liver or wallet in tatters¦
Take a few classic 1950s race cars for a ride around the many B roads and twisty bends of the Scottish countryside.
Forth Sevens rents out Catherham-7 two-seater sports cars based on the classic Lotus design complete with wet weather gear, laminated route guides and two-way radios for between-car banter with your mates.
Hire includes all insurance and breakdown cover and 120 miles’ drive time!
Prices are from £215 – £225 per two people sharing a car with discounts for multiple day rental.
HEY, RELAX GUY
Lads. Listen. It’s 2017 and the secret’s out: indulging in a pamper sesh isn’t just for hen parties. Crieff Hydro Hotel in Perthshire will take care of you and up to 14 mates (more will require arrangements by phone) with a relaxing afternoon or full day in their luxurious spa and restaurant facilities.
Indulge your party with a two-course lunch and express facial (behave!) followed by afternoon tea for £69 per person, or go all out with lunch, choice of a range of treatments and two-course dinner with cocktails in the hotel’s Piccolo restaurant for £109 each.
REAL LIFE COMPUTER GAMES!
You and your pals are legit pro gamers when it comes to Mario Kart and the latest fiest person shooters, yeah? well, why not see how good you are in real life?
Xtreme Karting based in Edinburgh and Falkirk specialise in packages for stags.
A karting Grand Prix with briefing, practice, heats, top driver showdown and podium presentation will set you back £35 per person.
For an extra £10 per person you can try some tactical combat as your party is split into opposing teams, facing off across six missions with state-of-the-art infrared weapons on a specially designed arena.
It’s time to see what all those years of playing Call of Duty have done for your killer instinct.
Nothing says “I’m ready for a life of responsibility and commitment” better than flinging yourself off a bridge with a rope around you ankles.
Bungee jumping is one of the most exhilarating adrenaline-packed experiences out there and Highland Fling Bungee offers you and your party the chance to take a dive off the picturesque Garry Bridge in Perthshire.
Packages include two nights’ accommodation, minibus service, bungee jump and a choice of one other activity from white water rafting, canyoning, quad bikes or clay pigeon shooting for £179 per head.
Why risk venturing out to a casino to lose all you money, or get iced by local mobsters because you forgot the rules of 21, when the casino can come to you?
Manta Ray Events provides Texas hold-em based on eight players per table for £30 per head or roulette and blackjack for £20 per head based on a party of 25.
All packages come with professional male or female croupiers, three hours of gaming, fun money and champagne.
TEST YOUR STRENGTH
Nothing screams SCOTLAND!!! like putting on a kilt and throwing a large piece of tree into the air, narrowly avoiding crushing one of your dearest friends.
Go Bananas offers an amazing Mini Highland Games experience so that you and your fellow stags can see who’s the toughest across a rage of traditional Highland pursuits such as tossing the caber, throwing hammer, tyre flip, tug o war and eh… sumo wrestling.
A prize-giving ceremony is included and kilts are not compulsory (although they do make your legs look great).
Prices from £36 per head.
TAKE A DRAM
If you’re more Don Draper than Danny Dyer, booze like the classy gent you are at The Craigellachie.
Sitting in the heart of Speyside amid 50 of the region’s single malt distilleries, this cooler-than-cool hotel (which has 26 individually decorated bedrooms) is home to the famous Quaich Whisky Bar, which has one of the largest whisky collections in the world.
Take a journey through the different eras of whisky with Quaich Bar manager Lyndsey Grey, who can arrange a tasting to suit everyone’s individual palate (from £45 a head) and can even organise a tour of a local distillery.
Head to the ground floor of the hotel and you’ll find the Copper Dog Pub, which has open fires, exposed brickwork, an extensive cocktail and whisky list, a menu packed with fresh local produce and live music at the weekend to get the party started.
Fancy something, well, fancier? Parties of up to 22 people can sit down to a private banquet in a room adjoining the Quaich Whisky Bar (from £45 a head for a three-course dinner).
Hotel rooms start from £165.
Good to know…
The Craigellachie is also perfectly placed for outdoor pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting, off-road driving and canoeing!