Easter Special Offer

Easter is a fantastic time to meet up with family and friends so why not book a weekend away in either Glasgow, Birmingham or Aberdeen?

Our mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom family friendly apartments are ideal for any family size.

Book 2 nights arriving on Friday 18th April 2014 and we will give your Sunday the 20th April 2014 free*.

Click on the city names below to book.

*To receive the free night, bookings must be for a minimum of 3 nights and must arrive on Friday 18th April 2014.  Offer is subject to availability.  Offer is based on the promotional rates below only.

                                                Birmingham           Glasgow            Aberdeen

   1 bed (sleeps 2)                     £ 97.50                 £112.50              £ 90.00
    2 bed (sleeps 4)                     £165.00                £180.00              £165.00
    2 bed deluxe (6)                     £210.00                £225.00              £180.00
    3 bed (sleeps 6)                           –                       £412.50                      -

Rates include VAT and are the per night rates for Friday 18th April and Saturday 19th April 2014.  Both nights are required to be booked to receive the free Sunday night offer.

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Spotlight On Glasgow

Eating & drinking

Glasgow is packed full of excellent restaurants to suit every budget, and if you want to sample the very best, head to The Ubiquitous Chip – a multi award-winning restaurant with a menu inspired by Scotland’s natural larder.

And of course, you can’t visit Glasgow without a tour of a local distillery. At the Glengoyne Distillery, the whisky is distilled slower than any other single malt Scotch whisky, giving it a subtle, complex flavour. True whisky lovers will love The Masterclass – the most in depth and comprehensive distillery tour in Scotland.

Top attractions 

The trendy locals aren’t the only reason Glasgow is known as Scotland’s style capital. Even the buildings here are stylish, and they have Glasgow’s most famous son – architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh – to thank for that. A trip to the Glasgow School of Art for a glimpse of his famous Art Nouveau style is a must.

The city is also home to over 20 museums and art galleries, including the award-winning Burrell Collection, the huge Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery and the Riverside Museum, a radical space designed by Zaha Hadid for the city’s transport heritage.

Arts & culture 

Wherever you are, you won’t be far from the arts and culture highlights that earned Glasgow the European City of Culture title. You’ll find Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work dotted all over the city, but architecture fans will also love The Lighthouse, Scotland’s national centre for design and architecture.

And if you’re looking for an unforgettable performance, you’re in luck. Glasgow is the home of both the Scottish Opera and the Scottish Ballet, so there really is no better place to indulge your inner culture vulture.

Music & nightlife 

The music scene in Glasgow is red hot, and if you want to spot the next big thing, get in line at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. It’s here that Oasis were famously spotted and signed in 1993, and the venue supported the likes of Radiohead, Florence & The Machine, and Biffy Clyro from the start of their careers.

But if bonding with the locals over a pint is more your scene, head to Glasgow’s upmarket West End, where you’ll find everything from traditional pubs to clubs and bars.

For families 

It’s not just grown-ups who get to have all the fun in Glasgow, there’s plenty to keep the little ones happy too. If they’re into science, they’ll love the Glasgow Science Centre, home to hundreds of hands-on exhibits, interactive workshops, a Science Show Theatre and Scotland’s biggest IMAX cinema.


Football is an important part of Glasgow’s history. The first ever international football match was held here, and it’s home to Scotland’s largest football stadiums: Hampden Park, Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium. The Scottish Football Museum at Hampden Park is a must-see for any football fan. Discover the story of Scottish football and explore the 2,500 plus exhibits that make up the most impressive collection of football memorabilia in the world.


Shoppers beware: a shopping spree in Glasgow may lead to excess baggage on the return flight. Glasgow is second only to London as Britain’s most important shopping city, and the place to be if you want to shop till you drop is the Style Mile. There’s something to suit every budget here, from popular high street shops to fancy designer outlets and independent boutiques selling lesser-known labels.

Hidden Gems 

Take in some local culture over lunch at the Oran Mor pub in Glasgow’s West End. A Play, a Pie and a Pint is a ground-breaking theatre programme showing lunchtime plays by some of the UK’s best-known writers and new and exciting theatrical voices. As you may have guessed, you get a drink and a pie with your theatre ticket.

Glasgow Science Centre and IMAX 

Glasgow Science Centre is a visitor attraction located on the south bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. It is a purpose-built science centre composed of three principal buildings which are the Science Mall, an IMAX cinema and the Glasgow Tower. The Scottish tourist board, Visit Scotland, awarded Glasgow Science Centre, located in the Clyde Waterfront Regeneration area, a five star rating in the visitor attraction category. 

The Science Mall is a titanium-clad crescent shape structure. In architectural terms it represents the canted hull of a ship, a reference to the adjacent ‘canting basin’, where vessels were brought to have the marine growth removed from their hulls. The building houses three floors of over 250 science-learning exhibits, themed around three concepts, being ‘explore and discover’, ‘science in action’ and ‘science and you’. As is usual for science centres, the exhibits aim to encourage interaction, and can be used or played with as part of the informal learning experience the centre aims to deliver. Visitors can access a Science Show Theatre and the Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium. The planetarium contains a Zeiss optical-mechanical projector that projects images of the night sky onto a 15m diameter dome. 

The IMAX cinema was the first IMAX cinema to be built in Scotland. The single auditorium seats 370 in front of a rectangular screen measuring 82 feet by 62 feet (25 m by 18.9 m) and has the capability to show 3D films as well as standard 2D films in IMAX format. 


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum houses one of Europe’s great art collections. It is amongst the top three free-to-enter visitor attractions in Scotland and one of the most visited museums in the United Kingdom outside of London. 


Blair Drummond Safari Park 

Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park and experience one of the best value for money days out Scotland has to offer. From the Wildlife Animal Reserves to the Adventure Playground and many more attractions, there is plenty of fun and excitement for all the family. Wild Animal Reserves, Adventure Playground, Boat Trip around Chimp Island, Pets Farm, Lemur Land, Flying Fox, Giant Astraglide, Sea Lion Shows, Bird of Prey Centre & Displays & Pedal Boats. 


M&Ds – Scotlands Theme Park

Now recognised as Scotland’s Theme Park, M&D’s is unique in Scotland. With 5 terrifying white-knuckle rides, over 20 kids’ rides, 18 hole miniature golf, ‘glow in the dark’ indoor bowling, a massive indoor complex including a gigantic soft play area, bars and restaurants and My Pawfect Bear Factory. You can also discover AMAZONIA, Scotland’s only indoor tropical rainforest packed with exotic animals, birds and insects!


Willow Tea Rooms

Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1904, the Willow Tea Rooms in Sauchiehall Street, remains one of the city’s major attractions for both local and overseas visitors. See the Room De Luxe and Gallery and marvel at the many original features still on show today. The Tea Rooms are centrally located on Glasgow’s Style Mile and provide a mouth-watering range of traditional food and drinks. They also serve a range of daily specials at both Sauchiehall Street and Buchanan Street. In Anne’s Kitchen you will find a selection of their most popular dishes, including our famous Willow Meringues. Visit the gift shops and choose from a wide selection of Mackintosh and Glasgow products, many of which are designed in-house. The range includes jewellery, tote bags, scarves, candles, glassware, household products, gift sets, pens, compacts, pill boxes, mugs, cards and books … just some of the many items they have on sale.


House For An Art Lover 

The idea of House for an Art Lover was to create an elegant country retreat for a person of taste and culture. Mackintosh’s imaginary client was someone who enjoyed lavishly entertaining his guests in sophisticated surroundings and in great style. The exterior character of the building exhibits an absolutely original character unlike anything else known. In it we shall not find a trace of the conventional forms of architecture to which the artist, as far as his present intentions were concerned, was quite indifferent. These were the words with which the German Architect Hermann Muthesius hailed Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s competition entry to design a House for an Art Lover. The competition was run by the German Magazine “Zeitschrift Für Innendekoration” in the winter of 1900 and the brief was to design a grand house in a thoroughly modern style. The drawings which Mackintosh produced, although very detailed for a competition entry, were not intended as technical plans from which the house would be built. Work began on building the House in 1989. 


Botanic Gardens 

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, situated in the West End of the city, lies beside the River Kelvin. At any time of the year there are pleasant riverside walks, peaceful woodland copses and exotic tropical places to explore, just minutes from the heart of the city. Thomas Hopkirk, a distinguished Glasgow botanist, was the founder of the Botanic Gardens and with the support of a number of local dignitaries and the University of Glasgow the Gardens were set up in 1817. These days the gardens are maintained by The Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens. The Friends was established as a charitable organisation in the early 1990′s and formally their aim is
“the enhancement of education for the public benefit by supporting and furthering the activities of Glasgow Botanic Gardens as a centre for education, research and public amenity”. The Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens have a simple wish – that you enjoy the Gardens as much as they do. 



Glasgow is the perfect place to shop – as the UK’s largest and most successful shopping location outside the London’s West End, Glasgow is home to every fashion thrill, from niche to mainstream, from unique designer show spaces to flagship stores for every major British retailer. The Style Mile refers to the square mile in the very centre of Glasgow which houses the most extraordinary concentration of shops. Over 200 stores, many exclusive to the Style Mile are now open until 7pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (with most open until 8pm on a Thursday). 






University of Glasgow 

Discover Over 550 Years of History. Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. Originally located on High Street in the city centre near Glasgow Cathedral, in 1870 it moved to the stunning collection of buildings perched upon Gilmorehill today, where it continues to watch over the bustling city and picturesque tenements of Glasgow’s West End. The second largest example of Gothic Revival architecture in Britain (after the palace of Westminster) today the University of Glasgow is renowned not only as a site of remarkable intellectual, scientific and medical achievements, but also as an international tourist attraction, due to its collection of over 100 listed buildings. The walking tours last approximately one hour and will take you on a fascinating journey around some of the University’s most significant spots – from philosopher Thomas Reid’s tombstone and the atmospheric cloisters, to the very same staircase Lord Kelvin would take from his house to his laboratory. Discover the connections between James Watt, Adam Smith and Isabella Elder, whose names are all inscribed on the University’s Memorial Gates. The University of Glasgow dominates the artistic, literary and student-centered West End of Glasgow. With stunning views overlooking Kelvingrove Museum and Kelvingrove Park, the tour is an essential part of any visitor’s experience of Glasgow. 


The Riverside Museum

Riverside is home to some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, ship models, trams and locomotives. Interactive displays and the hugely popular historic Glasgow street scene bring the objects and stories to life. The multi-award winning Riverside Museum is home to over 3,000 objects that detail Glasgow’s rich past from its days as maritime powerhouse to a glimpse into daily Glasgow life in the early to mid 20th Century. ​Amongst the objects on display are everything from skateboards to locomotives, paintings to prams, velocipedes to voiturettes, vintage cars to a stormtrooper, there really is something to delight visitors of all ages.​ 


Spotlight On Aberdeen

Aberdeen or the “Granite City” is located in the North East of Scotland.  It is the oil capital of Europe which is one of the main attractions for business travellers to the city however there is also loads to do for those looking for a weekend break or “staycation”.  The Spires offer a mix of one and two bedroom apartments with the largest able to sleep up to 6 people.  They are ideal for groups of friends or family looking for some time away together.  If you like us on Facebook you will get access to some great discounts.  If you are visiting Aberdeen here are some suggestions of things to see and do:

Codonas Amusement Park is packed with rides and fun activities for both young and old.  From the terrifying Looping Star to the more sedate Apple Coaster there is something for everyone.  For a great view of the city our out to sea why not try the Aberdeen Eye?  Either highlights include the dodgems, 2 mini golf courses (1 inside and 1 outside), waltzers, haunted house and the log flumes.  Click on the link above for more details.codonas_040__custom__161

Union Square is Aberdeen’s newest shopping mall.  Shops include Hollister, Super Dry, next, Apple and many, many more.  There is also a multiplex cinema and a huge selection of restaurants including TGI Fridays, Nando’s, Frankie and Bennys, Pizza Hut, Yo Sushi and more.  Click on the link for more details.


Aberdeen Maritime Museum The City’s award-winning Maritime Museum tells the captivating story of the North Sea. View exciting exhibitions and displays of the North Boats, the offshore oil industry, shipbuilding and clipper ships. The Museum also has a fascinating programme of exhibitions and displays. New exhibitions include the Aberdeen Harbour Gallery and computer interactives on Aberdeen – everything from fishing techniques to how to “park” your ship in the harbour. Admission is free.

maritime museum

Duthie Park is a park of 44 acres which was donated to the city by Miss Duthie in 1880 and opened to the public in 1883.  The park has many artefacts including a bandstand, fountains, ponds, and statues. Within the park is the Winter Gardens, which were rebuilt in 1970. These house many exotic plants including the largest collection of cacti in Britain. This is a park for all the family, with activities from boating in the ponds to cricket on the lawns.  The park has cricket on the lawns, bands in the park in summer, and the ponds are to be refurbished if the City receives heritage lottery funding.  There are two children’s play areas, a cafe with toilets and toilets within the Winter Gardens.  Duthie Park is also home to the David Welch Winter Gardens.

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Carthes Castle has fairytale-like turrets, gargoyles of fantastic design and the ancient Horn of Leys given in 1323 by Robert the Bruce are just a few of the features of this historic castle.  The Crathes gardens and estate are ideal for a family day out. A delight at any time of year, the famous gardens feature great yew hedges and colourful double herbaceous borders.  Further afield, the 595-acre estate offers six separate trails to enjoy.

crathes castle

Go Ape Crathes Castle, enjoy their Epic Skateboard Zip Wire and Some Stunning Scenery near Aberdeen.  A great day out if you’re looking for adventure activities near Aberdeen. Set in the grounds of historic Crathes Castle, they are proud to unveil their new skateboard zip wires.  The classic and original Go Ape adventure experience could be what your and you’re friends are after if you’re looking for things to do in Aberdeenshire. They’ll brief you for safety before you fly down zip wires, jump off Tarzan Swings and sample our fun high ropes crossings whilst enjoying some of Scotland’s most breathtaking woodland.  A stones throw from Aberdeen, live life more adventurously in beautiful surroundings.

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Deeside Activity Park is based on Royal Deeside in the historic county of Aberdeenshire.  They offer a range of outdoor and corporate team building activities and events. Only 45 minutes from the centre of Aberdeen they offer activities ranging from quad biking round their mud-splattered course and kart racing on their asphalt racing circuit, to hitting the bullseye on their fully automatic archery range and breaking a clay at their clay shooting facility. In addition, they also offer 4×4 offroad driving, paintball, and rifle target shooting amongst others. Check out their activities section for a full listing, they would advise giving them a call to double check availability for activities.


Dunnottar Castle Visit Dunnottar Castle for an unforgettable experience. A dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a truly stunning setting. As you wander around the extensive buildings – from the keep through the barracks, lodgings, stables and storehouses to the less-ruinous chapel and drawing room – you will discover the importance of Dunnottar, an impregnable Castle that holds many rich secrets of Scotland’s colourful past.  William Wallace, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose and the future King Charles II, all graced the Castle with their presence. Most famously though, it was at Dunnottar Castle that a small garrison held out against the might of Cromwell’s army for eight months and saved the Scottish Crown Jewels, the ‘Honours of Scotland’, from destruction. Crown, sceptre and sword now take pride of place in Edinburgh Castle.  A darker chapter in the history of Dunnottar is that of the ‘Whig’s Vault’. The gruesome story of the imprisonment in 1685 of a group of Covenanters who refused to acknowledge the King’s supremacy in spiritual matters.  The Castle was the home of the Earls Marischal once one of the most powerful families in the land.  The last Earl was convicted of treason for his part in the Jacobite rising of 1715, and as a result his estates, including Dunnottar, were seized by the government.  The buildings were thereafter much neglected until 1925 when the 1st Viscountess Cowdray embarked on a systematic repair of the Castle.  The Castle was officially made open to visitors thereafter. Our facilities include a restaurant, a farm shop, corporate conference suite, huge indoor activities arena and 3 luxury holiday cottages.  We’re open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm, all year round.  Come along to Deeside Activity Park and try the best activities that Scotland can offer and the warmest welcome in Aberdeen and the shire!


Slains Castle is found on the rocky Aberdeen coastline near the town of Cruden Bay.  This atmospheric ruined castle was originally built to replace Old Slains Castle, situated about six miles south-west of the present site, after it was destroyed in 1594. New Slains Castle was erected in 1597 on the site of the former Bowness Castle.  It is often said that the Slains gave Bram Stoker the inspiration for Count Dracula’s castle while staying at nearby Cruden Bay in 1895.


Things to do this weekend in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Birmingham

Congratulations we have made it to the weekend again.  If you are stuck for something to do, why not check out these ideas:


Aberdeen Torcher Parade 2013 – Saturday 27th April 

Come along and watch Europe’s largest torch-lit parade wind itself through the City Centre.

With around 35 colourful floats, music and lots of fun, you have the opportunity to see the students of Aberdeen raising thousands of pounds for local charities and good causes.

Parade route is Marischal College – Schoolhill – Skene Street – Queens Cross – Albyn Place – Union Street and finishing at King Street.

For more information please visit www.ausa.org.uk


More Than a Game: How Scotland Shaped World Football Exhibition

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum – Saturday 27th April

 Explore the hidden history of Scottish football in a story 600 years in the making! From Shanghai to Sao Paulo, follow the pioneering players and dedicated fans who helped foster the modern game across the world.

Through team strips, memorabilia and original footage, find out more about the tanner ba’ street games that children around the world have played for​ decades. Marvel at the world-class performances witnessed by capacity crowds at Hampden Park. 

Through this fascinating exhibition, discover why football is Scotland’s national obsession – see team kit, trophies and rare items associated with the legends of Scottish football including James McFadden, Denis Law, Bill Shankly and Sir Alex Ferguson.

And don’t forget, under 16’s go free! 


Beyonce – The Mrs Carter Show World Tour

LG Arena – Friday 26th and Saturday 27th April

See the international superstar live on stage at the LG Arena in Birmingham.

Security, set-backs and smiles, London 2012.

The most important time of this year is nearly upon us. The Olympic Games opening cermony on the 27th of July will mark the beginning of the 30th Olympic Games, this year hosted in London. This is London’s third Olympic Games previously hosted in 1908 and 1948. Interestingly the Games have been cancelled on three occasions unfortunately due to the first and second World Wars in 1916, 1940 and 1944.

With over 175,000 people expected to pass through the Olympic Stadiums throughout the 17 day event security is the question on everyone’s lips. Over the past few days worries have been put forward about the state of security surrounding the Games. Unfortunately we live in a time where terrorism is at the forefront of everybody’s minds thus a high standard of security measures should be practised before, during and after the Games.

It was only two weeks ago when six men were arrested and held over a suspected terror plot in Stratford, East London over a mile away from the Olympic site. Although the terrorist plot was not linked to the Olympics and the threat was not thought to be imminent it was revealed however that the threat to the UK from International terrorism is currently rated substantial, being the 3rd highest of 5 levels, this rating is set by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre based at MI5’s headquarters at Thames House in central London.

More strategies need to be put in place to develop a high level of security during the Olympic Games however this security should be at a high level all year around considering the terrifying statistic of the UK being at a constant threat from International terrorism.

In the last few days UK Border Agency has being under scrutiny for cutting staff too quickly and are now having to hire extra people to deal with the over flow of passengers entering the UK throughout the Olympic Games starting with the athletes which have started to arrive since Monday the 16th of July. More than 1,000 jobs were cut last year and since then performance has dropped and there is little evidence of strong leadership needed to resolve the problems. To deal with the quantity of passengers US security agents are to be based at Heathrow Airport and other UK airports for the duration of the Games. Private contractor G4S for the Olympics has already been under close examination   after extra soldiers and police officers had to be drafted in to fill the void left by G4S. This can’t be acceptable in the current society we live in. Airport security should always have the highest level of security and border control to avoid the threat of terrorism.

Unfortunately there isn’t just a problem with security prior to the Games. The M4 motorway had to be closed for a week due to damages. The motorway which runs through West London had to be closed between Junctions 2 and 3 after cracks were discovered on a viaduct, much to the frustration of commuters. The M4 is the main route from London to Heathrow Airport and the West of England, this motorway is expected to be the busiest routes throughout the Games because it links London and the Olympic Park in Stratford with the UK’s busiest airport Heathrow. However all is not lost engineers working on the cracks have successfully completed the ‘complex job’ and the motorway has reopened a week and a half before the opening ceremony, all is not lost.

Monday the 16th of July marked the beginning of athletes and officials arriving in London and making their way to the Olympic Villages 11 days before the opening ceremony. This has also began work in the labs, where over 6,ooo drugs tests will be conducted. Yesterday marked an historic day when Heathrow Airport welcomed a record breaking amount of passengers travelling through the UK’s busiest airport. 236,955 passengers were expected to travel through the airport on Monday the 16th of July which marks the beginning of the busy period for UK airports with both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games being held in London this year.

All that’s left for us to do is to sit back, relax, wave your national flag with pride and support your own nations competitors in what will surely be a very exciting and gripping 17 days.  And one can only hope that all the problems endured by London in the days leading up to the Games are all dealt with and it’s all plain sailing from here….

3 Reasons why we love holidays..

Summer is practically upon us which only means one thing….HOLIDAYS!!! The sweet smell of sea air, the warm sun on our backs, the endless supply of mojitos by the pool served to us by Antonio the friendly bartender….OK now were dreaming, but one thing is for sure holidays are a time to relax and get away from our busy working lives and take that well deserved break!! We love holidays here at The Spires especially when all year round were booking our wonderful customers in to one of our many apartments in Aberdeen, Glasgow or Birmingham. But it comes to this time of year when we want to book our own holiday because well we deserve it! Whether you intend to go home to your family for a few days, grab a last-minute city break deal or you’ve planned a week away where your guaranteed sun, sea, sand and sangria, you’re sure to be relaxed, stress free and refreshed to get back to work, well almost.

1. De-stress

Getting away for that well deserved break will relax you and allow you to de-stress from your hectic year of work. Holidays will help you to relax and your body and mind will be a lot more refreshed and ready to go back to work come the end of your holidays. Well that’s if you don’t decide to have a mental booze filled holiday and return even more puffy eyed than before. We’re all guilty of that! Laze by the pool, on the beach and get everything handed to you, and of course soak up that glorious sun. We’re all lacking in vitamin D here in the UK because lets face it 5 days of sun a year isn’t going to provide us with those all important vitamins to give us glowing and healthy skin.

2. Food and Drink

Depending on where you decide to go, holidays are generally the best time to sample the tastes and flavours of your chosen destination. Maybe you have spent the past year shedding the pounds to get into that fabulous polka dot bikini, but your on your holidays, it’s the unwritten rule, so eat, drink and be merry! Be sure to taste the local produce and sample food that you wouldn’t normally try, this will broaden your taste buds and you never know it could become a favourite dish, one to bring home and continue cooking yourself even!

3. FUN

Obviously we want to get away from our serious work life and indulge in some fun whilst on holidays! Water sports, cocktails, clubbing, shopping, and eating glorious meals each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner (don’t judge we’re on holidays) are all my idea of fun while away on my holidays. Whether your idea of fun is lying by the pool getting yourself a natural glow or you’d prefer to be diving into the depths of the ocean you can do what you want because it’s your holiday, the joys!!

So you’ve packed your summer clothes, the sun cream, and your new sun hat. All that’s left to do is getting to the airport on time and begin your relaxing break, be sure not to spend too much time in the airport bar, beginning your holiday by sprinting through the airport won’t exactly have a calming effect on you. Don’t forget to switch off your work e-mails, the only reading you should be doing is John Irving’s latest novel by the pool.