Two Scottish family brands - Crieff Hydro Hotel and Mackie’s of Scotland - have come together to create a new festive experience this Christmas.

The two businesses are serving up a unique flavour – turkey and cranberry ice cream – as part of the hotel’s Christmas celebrations.

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.

For those not as brave, an indulgent new gingerbread crumble flavour will also be available.

Crieff Hydro has a full festive line up on offer this year – while keeping to the current Covid-19 guidelines.

Visitors can look forward to hot drinks, including Mackie’s hot chocolate – made from the firm’s new chocolate orange bar – served from the vintage bus bar.

The hotel’s cinder path will be transformed into a Gruffalo Trail, where big and small kids alike can spot all the characters.

There will also be an interactive treasure hunt too – solve all the clues and you will end up at Glen’s Adventure Park.

For a shorter walk, the 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, manager of Adventure Glenat Crieff Hydro 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 at Mackie’s of Scotland added: “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!”

For more information on the ice cream and events at Crieff Hydro, follow both social media pages.

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