44 Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh -5* Overlooking Edinburgh Castle, the Sheraton Grand Hotel is just 200 metres from Lyceum Theatre Royal. A modern British menu is available in the vibrant One Square restaurant and bar. At the Spa guests can indulge in a variety of beauty treatments and massages. The Thermal Suite at offers heat experiences, a rock sauna and hammam. Princes Street is a 5-minute walk away. Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile is less than 10 minutes’ away. Location: Haymarket, Edinburgh No of rooms:269 Capacities:Sauna, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Bar, Room Service, Business Centre, Meeting facilities
55 Balmoral Hotel – 5* A luxury hotel in the true sense of the word, Rocco Forte Hotels' Balmoral, with its majestic clock tower, is a stylish five-star property in the very heart of Edinburgh. The Balmoral offers 188 opulent suites and stylish rooms with views towards Edinburgh Castle, the Old Town, or the hotel's internal courtyard. All the bedrooms were fully refurbished in the hotel's recent £7 million refurbishment programme. The refurbishment also included The Balmoral's signature conference and banqueting suite, the Sir Walter Scott Suite, as well as seven further conference and banqueting suites, Hadrian's Brasserie, number one restaurant and the hotel lobby. Location: New Town, Edinburgh Nb of rooms:188 Capacities:Sauna, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Bar, Room Service, Business Centre
66 Caledonian Waldorf Hotel, Edinburgh – 5* Situated on Princes Street, Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian luxury hotel has a modern leisure club and impressive views over Edinburgh Castle. George Street's bars, restaurants and shops are less than a 5-minute walk away. The spacious, 5-star rooms at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian each have a flat-screen TV with internet access. All rooms have a luxurious bathroom with designer toiletries and fluffy bathrobes. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian is set in a grand railway building, made from local sandstone. In Edinburgh’s West End, the hotel is next to Princes Street Gardens, and former guests include Nelson Mandela and Sean Connery. Location: Central Edinburgh No of rooms:241 Capacities: Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Bar, Room Service, Business Centre, Meeting facilities
88 Group Transfers/Transfers by coach Our coaches range from 16 seater Mercedes Sprinter (or similar) vehicles through to luxury full size coaches. Our fleet will give you the utmost flexibility to meet your transfer needs/to manage the most complex arrival and departure patterns. Fully qualified Blue Badge guides escort coaches on all transfers and sightseeing tours and complimentary bottled water can/will be offered at additional cost (DELETE AS APPROPRIATE). For airport arrival transfers, our vehicles are not permitted to wait at the terminal. Our guide would meet the guests and once everyone from the flight had arrived, we are then able to call the vehicle to the terminal coach park. This can add a little time to the transfer but it does allow guests time to change money, freshen up etc. Once all your travel plans are in place, we can recommend size of coach that would comfortably accommodate the groups. Pictured from top to bottom: 16 seat mini coach 29 seat midi coach 28 seat hospitality coach Luxury 16 seat coach Heathrow airport to xxxx - £545 for 3 hour hire* Deluxe 29 seat coach Heathrow Airport to xxxx - £525 each way Please note the 16 seat coach is based on a minimum of a three hour hire. Therefore there is scope to use this vehicle more than once depending on arrival times.
99 Edinburgh - Afternoon Edinburgh is an multi-award-winning, world-class tourist destination. A must- see cultural capital. From stunning skylines to sandy beaches, festivals to fireworks – the city has something for everyone, day and night. A modern day Jekyll and Hyde, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, split between the medieval Old Town and the Georgian splendour of the New Town. But Edinburgh isn't living in the past - it's a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, boasting an exceptional blend of contemporary pubs and bars, restaurants, specialist retailers and leading tourist attractions. Days can be spent exploring the city’s medieval alleyways and glorious architecture – not least the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, dramatically perched on an extinct volcano, high above the city centre. Nights out in Edinburgh provide an opportunity to discover what makes the city tick amidst the bustling bars, clubs and lively street scenes.
10 Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle is a world famous icon of Scotland and part of the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site. It was recently voted top UK Heritage Attraction in the British Travel Awards and is Scotland’s number one paid-for tourist attraction. This most famous of Scottish castles has a complex building history. The oldest part, St Margaret's Chapel, dates from the 12th century; the Great Hall was erected by James IV around 1510; the Half Moon Battery by the Regent Morton in the late 16th century; and the Scottish National War Memorial after the First World War The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland. Tour Highlights Scottish Crown Jewels- the oldest in Europe Views over Edinburgh St Margaret’s Chapel
12 Harvey Nichols 4 th Floor Restaurant - Dinner Enjoy a private dinner in the Forth Floor Restaurant, Brasserie and Bar, with spectacular views over Edinburgh. Head chef Stuart Muir provides contemporary Scottish food of the finest quality to complete the ultimate dining experience. With a panoramic view from the Castle to the Forth of Forth and a striking interior, this is an impressive location for dinner. The Restaurant features a modern menu using fine Scottish produce, outstanding service and a list of over 300 hand-picked wines. Drinks will be served in the lounge area and then dinner will be served in the main restaurant.
13 Fishers in the City A spacious and stylish space in the centre of Edinburgh - the epitome of a classic city centre eatery. Fishers in the City is set in an old converted warehouse on Thistle Street. The contemporary surroundings offer the perfect venue for a casual lunch or intimate night out. A firm favourite with locals and visitors to the city for over 10 years. With dark wood balustrades and a sociable bar, it’s a relaxed and polished establishment smart enough to keep old favourites rolling while working plenty that’s fresh, intriguing and seasonal into the monthly menu changes. Prime Scottish lobster and hand-dived Orkney scallops shine with a simple tarragon and chervil butter, while at the more modest end of the price spectrum are perennials such as plump fish-cakes and crunchy beer-battered haddock.
14 The Grain Store The Restaurant is tucked away on the upper floor of No 30 Victoria Street beneath the stone vaulting and archways of the original store rooms used by the warren of shops below. Today, its various alcoves and adjoining rooms provide an intimate setting for you to enjoy your meal. A stone's throw away from the castle, the unique atmosphere is further enhanced by the view over the picturesque sweep of Victoria Street and the historic West Bow. All the dishes are prepared 'a la main' - individually cooked to order with accompanying sauces prepared on the spot. They use only the best local produce: Scottish beef and lamb, market fresh fish and seafood, venison, game birds, forest picked wild mushrooms and the finest fresh fruits and vegetables in season.
16 Dundas Castle – Option 1 Dundas Castle is one of Scotland's most beautiful and historic castles and is an officially recognised 5 Star, ‘Exclusive Use’ venue. Built in 1818 by the renowned Scottish architect, William Burn, the Castle is now the stately home of Sir Jack and Lady Stewart-Clark. Secluded in the peaceful countryside of its own 1,000 acre estate, yet only a 25 minute drive from Edinburgh city centre and 10 minutes from Edinburgh Airport. Guests will be divided into clans which will rotate around the activities. Falconry Display With Dundas Castle as the backdrop, hawks owls and eagles will impress your guests with flying displays. This is an interactive experience where guests are also invited to hold these wonderful birds in a controlled situation. Archery With pleasant and expert instruction, participants will quickly master the ancient art of archery, thoroughly satisfying when you hit the bull! Whisky Tasting The team will be introduced to whisky tasting with an explanation of just some of the differences in the main whisky producing regions. Participants will taste for themselves the differences with a variety of malts and a fun tasting competition to conclude.
17 Dundas Castle Activities – Option 1 Kilt Folding Learn the art of dressing in the old style of kilt. The history and development through the ages of Scotland's highland dress is explained. Pipes & Drums Workshop A unique opportunity for your group to form a Pipe band! Expert instructors will lead the group providing background information on the relationship between the pipes and drums before everyone is given a drum to beat along to a classic tune. For those with enough puff – attempt to create a note on the pipes! Tour of the 15 th Century Auld Keep Take a guided tour of the orginal Dundas Castle, the Medieval Auld Keep. Learn about the history of the Castle dating back to 1416 and finish with the stunning 360 degree views from the roof. Guest can enjoy a BBQ lunch at Dundas Castle.
18 Highland Games at Gosford House – Option 2 This morning the group will transfer to Gosford House for a BBQ and a morning of activities. The home of the Earls of Wemyss, this extensive mansion, lies 30 minutes from Edinburgh. The house contains a remarkable art collection, primarily due to the 10th Earl, who was a passionate and genuine collector who ignored the current fashion and bought what he actually liked. The collection includes works by Botticelli, Murillo and Rubens. The grounds are extensive and can be used Highland Games. Highland games are traditional scottish games which take place throughout the summer. The group will be divided into clans which will rotate around a selection of traditional games. Watch a 15 minute demonstration by your instructors who will perform ‘highland’ activities. Now it’s your turn! It is fun to watch your colleagues try their skills on the ten traditional games with time to go back at the end to have another go if you like before lunch. The BBQ will be set up outside the house but guests can use the house for seating depending on the weather
20 Loch Fyne Seafood Restaurant – Dinner Option1 Surrounded by a lively fishing community, Loch Fyne Edinburgh offers an authentic dining experience, with views of the picturesque harbour. The rustic, character-filled fish market building dates back to the 1890s. Specialising in fresh oysters and shellfish, Loch Fyne restaurants present an abundance of delicious fish and seafood dishes. Favourites include the hot and cold shellfish platters, along with the Loch Fyne moules marinières, or seasonal specials like dressed Cromer crab and pan fried fillet of sea bass with artichoke. Loch Fyne has a vibrant kids menu, and there are succulent, grilled meat dishes for the carnivores. An elegant wine list beautifully complements the fish and shellfish favourites. All of the seafood at Loch Fyne restaurant is sustainably sourced, either from abundant wild stocks or responsible farming.
21 The Dome – Dinner Option 2 The Dome is a magnificent building, located in the heart of Edinburgh and which dates back over 200 years. The site of the Dome was originally the site of the Old Physicians Hall, built and designed by James Craig, the celebrated planner of Edinburgh’s New Town. At one time a former bank, the building has been tastefully restored to provide a stylish setting for dinners, meetings etc... As guests enter through the Corinthian Portico, they can savour the elegance, comfort and service that the Dome offers today. The building is a wondrous sight - with ornate ceilings, sculptured panels and wonderful stained glass windows.
23 Glamis Castle – Option 1 Glamis Castle has a fascinating and exciting history. It has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore since 1372, when King Robert II (the first of the Stuart Kings) of Scotland gave the castle to Sir John Lyon. On arrival they will enjoy a coffee/tea with the traditional Scottish shortbread at the Castle. Legends and myths have grown around the castle. King Malcolm II was said to have been murdered here in 1540 James V. There is said to be a secret room where a nobleman played cards with the devil himself. Glamis today look more like a French Chateau than a medieval fortress, because it was extensively restored in the 17 th and 18 th centuries. The original tower house remains at the centre of the castle today. It has, of course, close connections with the present Royal Family, being the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret was born here in 1930. Tour time: 4 hours
24 St Andrews City Tour – Option 1 St Andrews which is also the seat of Scotland’ oldest university. Highlights not to be missed include St Andrews cathedral, the castle and the beautiful beaches. The town has also developed a reputation for its shopping experience which include several independent shops and boutiques as well as a selection of charming cafes, bars and restaurants. The town has a very calm and old fashioned feel to it. Many of the original buildings have survived and almost the entire centre of the town consists of “listed” buildings. With many narrow alleyways linking the streets, there are numerous small tearooms & curiosity shops to expire.
25 Stirling Castle Visit – Option 2 Explore the beautiful historic city of Stirling in the heart of Scotland’s bustling central belt and learn about Scotland’s rich heritage. Stirling is Scotland's heritage capital, where the Wars of Independence were fought and won, where for three centuries monarchs ruled in regal splendour and where merchants and craftsmen plied their trade below the castle rock. Nowadays you can feel the sense of history and nationhood which is Stirling's trademark as you enter the spectacular castle perched high above the city. Within the castle walls discover the opulent royal apartments and costumed interpreters who bring the history of Stirling Castle to life. The compact heritage mile that links Stirling's Old Town with its bustling modern city centre boasts the finest concentration of historic buildings in Scotland. Beautifully preserved medieval and Renaissance churches and mansions cluster around the Old Town, flanked by cobbled streets, period street furniture and Victorian styled iron work. The 'Back Walk' is a scenic pathway around the Castle and Old Town that rivals the city walls of York or Chester. Tour Highlights The Great Hall Chapel Royal The Queen Anne Garden Discover the servants quarters and visit the kitchens and vaults Tour – max 4 hours
26 Glenturret Distillery – Visit and Lunch –Option 2 Visit Scotland''s oldest distillery and see the favourite whisky of the Scots. Glenturret is Scotland's oldest distillery and the spiritual home of The Famous Grouse Whisky. Your tour will take you on a journey round the working distillery, which was established in 1775 and where we still use many of the traditional methods of production. You will be introduced to The Glenturret Highland Single Malt, one of the key malts within The Famous Grouse. Then explore the world of The Famous Grouse, Scotland's favourite blended whisky. Take part in our BAFTA-award winning interactive show where you will soar across the landmarks of Scotland through the eyes of the grouse. Our shop has over 60 fantastic whiskies to choose from and a selection of gifts. After your tour enjoy coffee or lunch in The Glenturret Cafe where the food is handmade on site by our team of chefs who source only the best local produce. The well-stocked bar is the place to enjoy a wee dram or perhaps sample something new from our range of distillery-exclusive products. Lunch will take place at the distillery.
27 Cruise Loch Lomond – Option 3 Described by many as Queen of Scottish Lochs and 'Gateway to the Highlands', Loch Lomond measures 23 miles long and five miles wide, making it the single largest expanse of fresh water in Great Britain. Over 200 metres in depth, it's also Scotland’s third deepest Loch. But it's what happens on and around the water that perhaps makes the Loch most special. Wildlife, a mysterious floating island, stately homes, ruins - Loch Lomond has them all in abundance, all just waiting to be explored. This two hour round trip will take you past Cameron House Hotel and the world-renowned Loch Lomond Golf Course, continuing onwards through the narrows to the magnificent Ben Lomond and the historic village of Luss, before returning along the west shore to Balloch. The Silver Dolphin is quite simply the most luxurious passenger boat operating in Scotland. The newest addition to the Sweeney's Cruises fleet the Silver Dolphin was formerly a firm favourite on the River Thames where she was chartered by the likes of Sir Michael Caine, Sir Elton John, Alan Rickman and even the Prince of Wales. Warm teak panelling, thick-pile carpeting, nautical brass fittings give the Silver Dolphin the air of a bespoke private members club.
28 The Boat House at Cameron House - Lunch Cameron House Hotel stands on the peaceful southern shores of Loch Lomond, looking across its shimmering waters to the majestic hills beyond. Occupying over 100 acres of magnificent woodland, it provides and inspirational setting, yet is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Glasgow International Airport. Just a stone's throw away from the main hotel at Cameron House, avoiding the geese and ducks that play by the water’s edge, you enter the New England style Boat House restaurant. The Boat House features a Loch Fyne seafood menu as well as much more. Unstuffy, but elegant the place is a buzz with people s and captain’s from the nearby marina. The astonishing view is tempting, but the aromas from the wood burning oven creating the best pizza for miles, just swing it for you.
29 Glengoyne Distillery – Option 3 Glengoyne Distillery was established in 1833 in the Campsie Hills, 14 miles from the centre of Glasgow. Because of its location, the distillery only just qualifies as a Highland Malt Whisky, straddling the imaginary line from Dundee to Greenock, which separates the Highland from the Lowland malts. The distillery is owned by the Edrington Group, and produces a light-bodied malt, which is clean and fresh on the nose and palate. As well as the 10-year old, the distillery also produces a 17-year old, which is well worth a try. Take a tour of this picture’s distillery and discover the secrets to making Scotland’s national drink. There will of course be the opportunity to sample the whisky. Enhance the experience with a VIP tour or a master blender tour.
31 Edinburgh Ghost Tour The group will enjoy a ghost tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town and the hidden underground vaults. The tour takes you through the wynds and courtyards and the storyteller who is dressed in costume will tell you the tales of Edinburgh’s gruesome past. Witches, torture, body snatchers and ghosts are all part of this fascinating tour of Edinburgh. Recently uncovered, the historic haunted vaults beneath Edinburgh's South Bridge were abandoned and filled in for over two hundred years. The site of many supernatural phenomena over the past few years, the vaults are the perfect place for the telling of ghost stories! They are also ideal for describing the social history of Scotland's capital. See the workshops of 18thC tradesmen, the remains of the slum dwellings, an ancient vault where gold bullion was once stored, and find out why the vaults were abandoned! At the end of the evening, enjoy a whisky at one of the city’s traditional old pubs.
32 The Caves Enjoy a ghastly and gruesome themed dinner in the underground caves of Edinburgh. Dinner will never be the same again after this truly authentic ghostly dinner at the Edinburgh Underground Caves. The Caves encompasses a suite of five vaulted spaces, which can be adapted to suit groups from a select gathering of 25 to a vast party of 350. The romantic venues are steeped in colourful history, and every vaulted room that has been sympathetically restored to its former glory has a story to tell and a special place in Scotland’s past. Restored original wooden flooring, antique Chesterfields and original artefacts in the upstairs snug bar, old adverts from the 1700s and 1800s transformed into wallpaper, state of the art lighting and sound systems contrasted with atmospheric candles, are just some of the delights of The Caves. Massive arched ceilings soar above the main vault and its stage, overlooked by a spacious balcony. Glimpses of ancient house foundations entice visitors into the vault beyond. Upstairs, within the Georgian tenement which concealed the vaults for so many years, is a large function room with spectacular original fireplaces – truly a venue whose reputation for hospitality has become second to none.
33 Ghilie Dhu Ghillie Dhu, located centrally at Rutland Place, offers a fantastic space to consider for all manner of events. The venue finds its home in the shape of the former Berkeley casino, originally the St Thomas Episcopal Church, this Grade A listed building has been painstakingly restored and refurbished as an exuberant venue located across 3 levels. This includes a ground floor pub which serves traditional local Scottish faire, cask ales, locally brewed beers and an array of fine malts, open from early each morning till 3am with live entertainment /folk music 7 days. The first floor auditorium is a truly unique space with a decorative vaulted ceiling and period architectural features, it now benefits from a state of the art sound and lighting system, dedicated bar facility and stage area. The upstairs room will be exclusive for a dinner and evening entertainment.
35 Highland Safari Combine the experience of driving a Land Rover Defender through rugged terrain with a Mountain Safari making an unforgettable and fun encounter. Our personalised Combo Mountain Safaris offer guests the opportunity to marvel at scenery in a land steeped in history and to explore one of Europe’s last wildernesses. Our Perthshire Estate is the home of the Wild Red Deer, Red Grouse and Golden Eagle. In the company of knowledgeable kilted guides we have access to over 250,000 acres of private land to explore. This exclusive trail passes mountain lochans and ancient settlements travelling through forests and moors on private hill tracks. There will be plenty of opportunity to stop and admire the views so do not forget your camera! At a scenic outcrop sample a memorable ‘dram’ of whisky. Experience the challenge of 4 x 4 off road driving on a Combo Mountain Safari which also allows you to enjoy some of Scotland’s most awe-inspiring and breath-taking scenery. In the company of an instructor, learn the skills necessary to experience the exciting world of off-road driving.
36 Castle Menzies Lunch Magnificent 16th Century Castle Menzies has been lovingly restored and is a splendid example of a rugged fortress with significant banqueting facilities. Here, delight in succulent 5 star dining, prepared by Eileen Malon, their award winning chef. For large groups this unique venue has been selected because of its exclusive setting. Combine this with a variety of menu options which encompass some of Scotland’s finest cooking. You will be served lunch by Kilted Ghillies. Group Size is up to 24 pax. For 25 to 60 pax, a BBQ lunch is ideal with additional marquee cover. You can enhance the lunch experience with Falconry: experience this classic and ancient art. Described as the “Sport of Kings” this display will fill you with wonder and not only will there be a chance to touch these magnificent birds there is even a chance to try a hand at this amazing activity for yourselves! Clan Ambush – a group of wild highlanders will ambush the group during lunch and perform a clan battle. Quite an experience!
38 The Kilt outfit Dress like a true Scot for your gala evening. A kilt is a knee-length pleated garment typically worn by men. Originating in the Highlands area of northern Scotland, kilts resemble wrap-around skirts with overlapping aprons in the front and pleats in the back. They are typically made of wool and feature a tartan pattern. The tartan traditionally represented a family's lineage or clan, but today men choose tartans that appeal to them. The traditional kilt attire includes hosiery and other accessories necessary to achieve a Highlands look. The full kilt outfit includes: The Kilt Shirt Sporran Black jacket Socks Flashes Ghillie shoes.
39 The Royal Yacht Britannia – Option 1 For over forty years The Royal Yacht Britannia proudly served the British Royal Family and sailed over one million miles on nearly a thousand official visits. Entertaining on board Britannia is no different today from when she was on state duty welcoming royalty and world leaders. The same meticulous attention to detail is observed and the same high standards of service are rigorously followed. Add to this the finest cuisine freshly prepared by the Executive Chef in the Royal Galley and your guests are guaranteed to feel like. As the group walks along the red carpet, the sense of occasion builds. Britannia’s Pipe Major welcomes them aboard via the Royal Brow and into the State Apartments for a reception. Guided tours provide a unique insight into what life was like on board. As the call goes out for dinner, the grand mahogany doors are opened to reveal the magnificent State Dining Room, set with candelabra and flowers. After a sumptuous meal, you may choose to entertain your guests with a former admiral’s stories or a spectacular Beat the Retreat from a military band on the quayside.
40 Signet Library – Option 2 Situated in the very heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, close to St Giles Cathedral, The Signet Library belongs to the Writers to the Signet whose original task was to supervise the use of the royal seal. The library, begun in 1810 to a design by Robert Reid with principal interiors by William Stark, originally comprised a Lower Library for the Society and an Upper Library for the Faculty of Advocates. The entrance hall and stair were then reconstructed by William Playfair and again by William Burn thereby linking the two. Today the building lends itself as a magnificent setting for an evening function. Drinks receptions are held in the lower library then guests proceed up the stairway hung with handsome portraits, including two by Raeburn, into the Upper Library for dinner. This room with its cupola depicting Apollo and the Muses, poets, orators and philosophers has been described as the prettiest room in Europe. An elegant city centre venue with character and traditional style
41 Hopetoun House – Option 3 Hopetoun House has for hundreds of years been the ancestral home of the Marquess of Linlithgow and the Hope family. As a result of generations of service to the British Empire, this family house is full of mementoes from all over the world. It has lovely reception rooms with paintings of both Rembrandt and Rubens. Set in 100 acres of parkland it really is the ideal location for a spectacular gala evening. Welcomed by piper on arrival the group will have reception drinks and canapés in the State Apartments. Entertainment will be provided by a harpist in the Red Drawing Room.The piper will lead the way to the splendid Ballroom for tonight’s Gala Banquet which will be a 4 course dinner, including haggis, neeps and tatties. The Address to the Haggis is a traditional ceremony associated with Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. During dinner entertainment will be provided by a top Scottish Country Band, and during coffee, guests will be treated to a display of Highland Dancing by the Hopetoun House Dancers.As a special finale to the evening, a Beating Retreat can be arranged. This military tradition is performed by a full pipe band in regimental uniform. One of Edinburgh’s most impressive venues for a gala dinner for up to 300 pax.