In the past St Andrews was always a place I visited to play golf and why not, it is the home of golf after all with its incredible links courses presenting so many challenges. What I also love about the place is the narrow, cobbled little streets leading to quaint little pubs for drowning your sorrows after several wayward tee-shots during the day! Most recently however I visited St Andrews for a different reason. It was to check out the newly refurbished The Saint Bar & Kitchen, the ideal place to see what culinary delights this picturesque Scottish seaside town has to offer.
For the gent of today, it is hugely important to have some excellent go to, versatile accessories that will really spruce up any outfit. One of the most used has to be the good old belt and a particular style which looks fantastic with summer ensemble is the woven variety. There is a lot of choice out there at the moment however if I was to pick a personal favourite on The Gentleman Select, it would be the Smartweave from Arcade Belts.
This month I attended my first ever horse racing event at the exhilarating and historic Musselburgh racecourse, home of the newly titled Edinburgh Gin Scottish Sprint Cup. To get myself properly prepared and looking sharp for the big day, I was lucky enough to have the assistance of Walker Slater, a brand rich in heritage with styles and outfits in abundance. My choice was a representation of just how fantastic their outfits are and very much fitting for The Gentleman Select.
Sound and music is a massive part of our daily lives. Whether it’s at home, in the car or gym, more often not we can always be found listening to our favourite tunes. Of course its hugely important that sound is also delivered perfectly, something of which, I’am happy to say, one such Glasgow brand is doing exactly that. RHA. Recently on The Gentleman Select, I took the new RHA MA650 Wireless – Bluetooth Headphones on a trip abroad, using them both at the beach and gym to see what they were all about.
There is nothing better than staying in a hotel which is packed full to the brim with style and character. Since 1881 the building which has now become The Principal Hotel on George St, Edinburgh, has been welcoming guests into its delightful surroundings. It is made up of five listed Georgian townhouses in what is a truly stunning location in the capital’s city centre. Fast forward from those wealthy citizens who entered many years ago and I recently found myself lucky enough to be a guest at the hotel, spending an overnight where I experienced its charm and elegant ambiance to the full.
Horse racing or The Sport of Kings as it is also known, offers an incredible day out. Whether it be a little flutter on your favourite stallion or a glass of champagne and some delicious food, there is something for everybody. Excitingly the five star visitor attraction of Musselburgh Racecourse and its richest and most acclaimed race is back with its own headline raceday. The highly anticipated £100,000 Edinburgh Gin Scottish Sprint Cup.
It is something of a rarity to come across a brand which is directly inspired by the Scottish highlands, a place that for me is very much close to home. FIDIR is the name of one such clothing company. Designed to “capture our love for this special corner of the world” it is a brand I couldn’t wait to explore further and try on some of their key pieces.
Earlier in the month I mentioned of my excitement at adding another great feature to The Gentleman Select website in the form of the first travel and hotel review. Delightfully I have been on more travels, this time experiencing the hospitality and delights of an astounding boutique hotel in the heart of Edinburgh the details of which I couldn’t wait to get started writing about. The establishment I speak of is the Radisson Collection on the Royal Mile.
As a self confessed petrol head, there is nothing more exciting than getting up close and personal with a car that really sets your pulse racing. Whats better still is testing that car on the wide open roads of picturesque Scotland, experiencing every twist and turn of the worlds best selling two seater sports car’s natural surroundings. A few weekends past I was lucky enough to do exactly this when I took the brand new Mazda MX-5 on a tour up through the Scottish highlands, and on the way, stopping off at the visually stunning Glen Etive, backdrop for the James Bond movie Skyfall.
As whisky tasting experiences go, there aren’t many where you find yourself climbing a 20ft wall of sheer ice, followed by quaffing a delicious dram from a glass fashioned out of ice, within a room entirely constructed from ice. A lot of ice in there I know however this was exactly what I done last month with Tomatin whisky, exploring the final two elements of their incredible Five Virtues collection, Metal and Water.