Field Trips will be held on Saturday, 13 June 2020 and are a fantastic opportunity to explore Edinburgh and its surrounding areas.
All delegates are welcome to book a place through our main registration page.
Outlander Explorer – A One Day Tour with Highland Explorer Tours
Tour Times: 08.30 – 17.30
Attendance Fee: £45
Imagine walking in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire from the hit series Outlander, with a local Scottish Guide regaling all the gruesome history and stories that made this an epic hit. We take you on a journey to some of the most famous scenes from the hit series such as Midhope Castle the real-life Lallybroch, Doune Castle, the seat of Clan MacKenzie and Linlithgow Palace used as Wentworth Prison. Your guide will give you an insight into the history and stories of each location, making this the perfect trip for those looking for a quick Outlander fix.
There is an additional charge of £9 entry to Linlithgow Palace (Wentworth Prison) which can be paid on the day.
Food – No food & drink included, Stop for lunch in Culross for 90 min plenty of places to buy lunch or take packed lunch
*The following details will be passed to the Tour suppliers. Full Names, Date of Birth and Nationalities.
Edinburgh Walking Tour 1: Edinburgh Rocks: a walk through a billion years of Earth History
Tour Times: 09.30 – 11.30
Attendance Fee: £10
An easy walk around the city of Edinburgh, that starts with spectacular views across to Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags from Calton Hill, followed by a wend through a number of sites where rocks from across Scotland have been incorporated into monuments and buildings, including the Scottish Parliament and Our Dynamic Earth. The tour ends at the secluded Hutton Memorial Garden that lies close to the site of the home of the prominent Scottish geologist James Hutton. For more information, have look at the Edinburgh-rocks2017 handout.
Web link – hills of hame
Dawyck Botanic Garden & Rosslyn Chapel
Tour Times: 09.30 – 17:30
Attendance Fee: £40
One hour from Edinburgh, nestled in the picturesque Scottish Borders is Dawyck Botanic Garden. Enjoy a guided tour around Dawyck with free time to follow one of the self-guided tours, visit the shop or have lunch in the onsite cafe. On the return to Edinburgh, we will stop off at Rosslyn Chapel for tour learning about the Chapel history, the family’s story and highlight some of the key carvings. There will also be time to explore on your own or visit the shop and cafe.
Dawyck Botanic Garden Tour: One of the world’s finest arboretums with seasonal displays of exotic and native trees and plants that provide a breathtaking backdrop of colour. The walking tour will last up to 90 minutes highlighting some of the history of the garden and living collection which dates back over 360 years. Three families with an enthusiasm for collecting and growing exotic and native species created the backbone of this unique living collection prior to Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh taking over the Stewardship in 1978. Under the RBGE the garden and living collection has continued to grow and develop, Dawyck Botanic Garden was the first to have a Cryptogamic sanctuary and was also the first carbon-neutral botanic garden in the UK, not bad for 65 acres. Please note the garden has some hilly sections and some steps.
Rosslyn Chapel: Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 as a place of worship and services continue to be held here weekly. The Chapel has also been a popular destination for visitors for generations. By the late 18th-Century, it was starting to appear on itineraries and its profile greatly increased after the publication of Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, in 2003 and the subsequent film. Rosslyn Chapel Trust was established in 1995 to care for the Chapel and oversee its conservation and public access.
Food & Drink – Cafe at Dawyck and Rosslyn
Maid of the Forth & Inchcolm Island (Historic Scotland)
Tour Times: 13:00 – 18:00
Attendance Fee: £35
Enjoy a 90-minute sightseeing cruise, where you will cruise under all 3 Forth Bridges, The Forth Bridge, The Forth Road Bridge, and the Queensferry Crossing and head down to Inchcolm Island where you will spend a further 90 minutes ashore. A 45 minute guided walking tour by the ‘Black Canon’ will bring the history of the Abbey and the monks that used to live there to life. Then enjoy the tranquil beaches and soak in the amazing views.
Web link Maid of the Forth & Inchcolm Island
Edinburgh Walking Tour 2: Greyfriars Kirk & Pavement Palaeontology
Tour Times: 14.00 – 16:00
Attendance Fee: £10
Easy walk on the streets of Edinburgh to find fossils in the building stones and pavements. Some hilly sections For more detail, have a look at pavement-palaeontology_2016.
Included on the tour is a visit to Greyfriars Kirk – learn about the history of the Kirk, its place in Scottish history, how worship has developed there over the centuries and which famous figures were laid to rest in the Kirkyard.
Holyrood Distillery, Whisky & Gin, Tour & Tasting Tour 1
Tour Times: 14:00 – 15:30
Attendance Fee: £20
Holyrood Distillery, Whisky & Gin, Tour & Tasting Tour 2
Tour Times: 14:30 – 16:00
Attendance Fee: £20
Holyrood Distillery is the first single malt distillery in Edinburgh for almost 100 years. The distillery offers a full range of immersive visitor experiences. Visit the distillery for hands-on sensory experience, to explore the way gin and whisky are made and learn about the science behind the processes. Includes 3 spirit samples.
Web link Holyrood Distillery