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Excursions & Reception

Guided tours & excursions
Date: Friday 18 September 2020
Time: 14:00 – 18:30 hrs.
Location: Busses for the tours will leave from the congress center.

Tour 1
Visit to Rosslyn Chapel & Gin Distillery & Botanical Garden Tour

Upon arrival at Rosslyn Chapel you will be greeted by a Rosslyn Chapel guide who will give an introductory talk and reveal the history of this beautiful chapel, the intricacies of the carvings displaying true master craftsmanship and discussing the links between Rosslyn Chapel and the worldwide bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code.

Everything happens on site and will be showcased during this gin garden and distillery tour. Beginning with the hand-picking and drying of our garden’s flowers through to distilling, bottling and labelling, everything happens on site and will be showcased during our new gin garden and distillery tour.

With over a thousand juniper bushes, complemented by 500 herbs and floral varieties such as scented lemon verbena, geraniums, irises and roses, the gin garden is the ultimate tribute to nature’s magic. Curated by our founder, renowned Scottish herbologist Hamish Martin, it encapsulates his boundless passion and knowledge.

Tour 2
Visit to the Stewart Brewery & Rosslyn Chapel Tour

Step inside the doors of Scotland’s Brewery of the Year (2018 & 2019) to discover the journey from brew to bottle.  Tour the production floors, learning about our brewing ingredients, equipment and philosophy. Receive tasters of beer along the way, with a wide selection we have the perfect brew for everyone.

Upon arrival at Rosslyn Chapel you will be greeted by a Rosslyn Chapel guide who will give an introductory talk and reveal the history of this beautiful chapel, the intricacies of the carvings displaying true master craftsmanship and discussing the links between Rosslyn Chapel and the worldwide bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code.

Tour 3
Visit to Edinbrugh Castle & St. Giles Catherdral 

Your Guide will take you along The Royal Mile sharing stories of the city and stop at key places of interest Some highlights include:

The Royal Mile - It is so called as it has the castle at the top of the mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom and is just over a mile long. You will head down the Royal Mile past places including St Giles Cathedral, Heart of Midlothian, Parliament Square and the Mercat Cross

St Giles’ Cathedral, the High Kirk of Edinburgh positioned at the heart of the Scottish capital. St Giles’ was founded in 1124, and in the 16th century became the focal point of the Scottish Reformation. The church is regarded as the Mother Church of World Presbyterianism and welcomes visitors from all corners of the globe. You will see the wonderful Cathedral and be able to take photos on your tour especially arranged for you.

St Giles’ is first and foremost a working church but also welcomes visitors to experience the history of the building. Today the church plays an important role in the cultural life of the city and nation, playing host to a wide variety of concerts, lectures, exhibitions and civic ceremonies.

Tour 4
Visit to The Palace of Holyroodhouse and guides tour of The Royal Mile

Explore the palace's close associations with some of Scotland’s most well-known historic figures such as Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and learn how today it is used by The Queen when carrying out official engagements in Scotland.

One of the most famous names associated with the Palace is that of Mary, Queen of Scots. Her Chambers at Holyroodhouse contain works connected to her life there, including an embroidery created by her during captivity under Elizabeth I. Here visitors can also see items linked to the Stuart line, including relics assembled by successive monarchs such as the Darnley Jewel and the personal dining tray made for Cardinal York, the brother of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Immerse yourself in some of Edinburgh’s highlights exploring the city and one of the best ways to do this is on foot. On the walk your guide will share stories of the city and stop at key places of interest Some highlights include:

The Royal Mile - It is so called as it has the castle at the top of the mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom and is just over a mile long. You could visit the middle sections which is home to St Giles Cathedral, Heart of Midlothian, Parliament Square and the Mercat Cross so there is a lot to see.

Tour 5
Walk up Arthurs Seat and visit the Underground Vaults of Edinburgh

Your guide will take you on a fabulous walk around Holyrood Park and up to Arthur’s Seat and see some stunning views of the city, the guides will walk them up and tell them the history.

Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. It is a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to The Palace of Holyroodhouse. The parks highest point is Arthurs Seat, an ancient volcano, and sits 251m above sea level giving excellent view of the city; it is also the site of a large and well preserved fort.  This is one of four hill forts dating from around 2000 years ago.

The largest system of underground caverns in Edinburgh. Built in the 18th century beneath South Bridge, we’re the only walking tour company with access.

Beneath the bustle of Edinburgh’s Old Town you’ll discover a dark, damp world unchanged since the 18th century. Your expert guide will lead you deep into the Blair Street Underground Vaults, and together you’ll explore their history – including how they became home to the city’s most destitute inhabitants. 

It’s a story rooted in Edinburgh’s Georgian past – grand feats of engineering, the expansion of the city, and those who were left behind in its darker corners.

Tour 6
Tour The Royal Mile & Visits Stewart Brewery

Immerse yourself in some of Edinburgh’s highlights exploring the city and one of the best ways to do this is on foot. On the walk your guide will share stories of the city and stop at key places of interest Some highlights include:

The Royal Mile - It is so called as it has the castle at the top of the mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom and is just over a mile long. You could visit the middle sections which is home to St Giles Cathedral, Heart of Midlothian, Parliament Square and the Mercat Cross so there is a lot to see.

Step inside the doors of Scotland’s Brewery of the Year (2018 & 2019) to discover the journey from brew to bottle.  Tour the production floors, learning about our brewing ingredients, equipment and philosophy. Receive tasters of beer along the way, with a wide selection we have the perfect brew for everyone.
 

Tour 7
Visit of Blair Street Underground Vaults &  Tour The Royal Mile

the largest system of underground caverns in Edinburgh. Built in the 18th century beneath South Bridge, we’re the only walking tour company with access.

Beneath the bustle of Edinburgh’s Old Town you’ll discover a dark, damp world unchanged since the 18th century. Your expert guide will lead you deep into the Blair Street Underground Vaults, and together you’ll explore their history – including how they became home to the city’s most destitute inhabitants. 

It’s a story rooted in Edinburgh’s Georgian past – grand feats of engineering, the expansion of the city, and those who were left behind in its darker corners.

Immerse yourself in some of Edinburgh’s highlights exploring the city and one of the best ways to do this is on foot. On the walk your guide will share stories of the city and stop at key places of interest Some highlights include:

The Royal Mile - It is so called as it has the castle at the top of the mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom and is just over a mile long. You could visit the middle sections which is home to St Giles Cathedral, Heart of Midlothian, Parliament Square and the Mercat Cross so there is a lot to see.




Reception with Whisky & Gin Tasting

Date: Friday 18 September 2020
Time: 18:30 – 22:00 hrs.
Location: Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies - University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Campus, EH25 9RG Midlothian, Scotland

After the guided tours are ended, busses will transport you to the Royal Dick Veterinary School of Studies, where you will have a real Whisky tasting experience. The Scotch Whisky Experience will have a selection of five single malt whiskey ready for you to taste. Before arrival you will receive a quick briefing so you know what to expect once inside. In addition to the whisky tasting we will also offer an introduction on how to nose and taste the whiskies, you will receive a gift bag and an aroma quiz at each of the tables, and a prize will be awarded to the best nose! If you don’t like whiskey, don’t worry since Gin evening drink will also be available this evening.