80 guests/Parisian delegates/Edinburgh sightseeing/Surgeons Hall/High quality/Luxury/Conference/Royal Mile/Piper/Edinburgh Castle/Highland dress/Tribal band/Inverness/Loch Ness Dinner Cruise/Whisky distillery/Highland Games
It was a rainy Sunday morning in Scotland’s capital, as the first group of guests arrived into Edinburgh airport. However, this did not dampen the spirits of the Parisian’s, who were very excited about the days ahead. Guests were taken to the Radisson Blu Hotel on the famous Royal Mile and given a few minutes to check in to their rooms and freshen up after their journeys. They then headed out on an Edinburgh City Sight-seeing tour on an open top bus whilst we met the remaining guests from the airport and welcomed them to the city.
Once everyone had arrived in to Edinburgh, guests were greeted at Surgeons Hall for the start of their Finance Seminar. This began with a lovely bowl food buffet lunch and refreshments, before an afternoon meeting in Playfair Hall. Once this was over, guests were collected and transferred to the hotel. Awaiting them in each bedroom was a highland dress outfit – kilts for the men and a beautiful tartan sash and brooch for the ladies. A kilt fitter was on hand to assist, as most of the guests had never experienced the challenge of Highland dress before. They were very thankful for the assistance! Guests then gathered in reception where a professional photographer took some shots and the piper introduced himself before piping them, up The Royal Mile to the Castle. Although the weather was miserable, everyone was really happy to wander up the Royal Mile avoiding the puddles. The group even stopped at the Castle drawbridge for a photograph and took down their umbrellas for a moment!
After a welcome to the Castle and a pre-dinner drinks reception, guests were seated and given a 30minute whisky tasting. This was followed by a three course meal and drinks before an amazing Tribal Band entered the room and led guests to the courtyard for an exciting performance. Guests joined in with instruments and dancing and thoroughly enjoyed their evening.
The next day, everyone had an early start with the meeting continuing at Surgeons Hall. Whilst guests were in the seminar, their luggage was loaded on to three luxury VIP coaches along with packed lunches for the journey. Guests were met from the venue at lunch time and directed to the coaches, which then departed for Inverness.
After one short stop at the House of Bruar, the coaches arrived at the Inverness Hotels. As guests were staying in 5 different hotels, this was a logistical challenge but there were no issues and everyone arrived at their hotel with their luggage at the correct time! Later that evening, guests were taken to Loch Ness where they boarded a dinner Cruise for the evening. This included a champagne reception with Highland entertainment on-board. The weather held and they had a fabulous time before heading back to their hotels for a rest.
On the final morning of the trip, guests were collected from their hotels and taken to the whisky distillery which is located in Tain. After coffee and bacon rolls in The Old Filling Store, they were split in to four groups and taken for a tour of the distillery and museum. Meanwhile, a mini-highland games was being set up in the field next door, which was a hype of activity.
Everyone took part in the Highland Games and had an absolutely fantastic time, tossing the caber and throwing the wellie to name but a few activities. Sadly, the coaches arrived after an hour and a half to collect guests for their onward journeys. Most travelled to Aberdeen airport, with a few heading back to Edinburgh to enjoy a long weekend.
We thoroughly enjoyed working with the clients to organise this event and were delighted to hear how much guests had enjoyed their Scottish experience!