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The Cottage: Inside The Quaich

A year of friendship, celebrations and some late nights along the way!

16th December 2019

It’s been an amazing year at The Quaich Project and I can’t believe all that’s happened over the past 12 months!!

Amongst all the hustle and bustle of the festive season, I often find myself reflecting on the year past and looking forward to the New Year. And what a year it has been! I’m determined to get super-organised in 2020, so we are agreeing all our action plans across the team at the start of January, to start the year as we plan to continue!

I can’t believe it was last January when I welcomed the first members of the new team to The Cottage  They didn’t have a chance to get their feet under the desks (quite literally!!) as it was full steam ahead in campaign planning mode!

(This photo is missing David, our Managing Director, and the two newest members of our Team, Gregg and Minsu – which reminds me I need to set a date in January for a new photo!!)

Being an avid Game of Thrones fan, I was delighted when Edinburgh-born actor Ian Glen agreed to narrate our animation to launch The Quaich Project. If you haven’t seen it – or indeed just want to watch it again- you can view it here.

Over the past year we have held 10 dinners in the Cottage for invited guests, numerous lunches and meetings. We’ve also had an amazing array of soups on Soup Mondays where each member of the team takes their turn to make soup– I think I can count on one hand the times we’ve had the same soup served.

There have been many highlights this year. One of my lasting memories was seeing KT Tunstall and Alan Cumming perform Caledonia at our Celebration of Scottish Culture event in New York. The song has always resonated very strongly with me – and seeing it performed by KT and Alan gave me goosebumps – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. I’m delighted to share it with you too.


From all of us at The Quaich Project, we wish you a wonderful festive season and look forward to sharing more updates & adventures from The Quaich Project and West Princes Street Gardens in 2020!