Field Trips will be held on Sunday 5th June 2022 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: 08.45 – 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.
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.
Maid of the Forth & Inchcolm Island
Coach from central Edinburgh pickup at 13.00, Boat leaves 14.00, coach back to central Edinburgh for 18.00
3 Hour trip on the water and Island
Numbers 16 –100
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. Tea and cake provided.
Web link Maid of the Forth & Inchcolm Island
Holyrood Distillery, Whisky & Gin, Tour & Tasting
Tour Times: 14:00 – 15:00
Attendance Fee: £20
Holyrood Distillery is the first single malt distillery in Edinburgh for almost 100 years.
Enjoy a guided flavour-forward experience, you will learn how gin and whisky are made, and about both the traditions and innovative new methods in craft distilling employed at Holyrood Distillery. Drinks and sampling throughout.
Web link Holyrood Distillery
Edinburgh Walking Tour 1: Plants and Habitats of Arthurs Seat with Greg Kenicer
Tour Times: 10:00 – 12:00
Attendance Fee: £10
Visit Arthur’s Seat – an incredible Carboniferous volcano in the heart of Edinburgh for a 1.5 to 2-hour tour of its unusually rich botanical diversity.
Learn what makes this landmark so suited to a wide variety of plants and find out about its natural and human heritage. Although we will not go to the summit, time will be available after to walk to the top for panoramic views (requires c. 1-2 hours additionally). A 4km walk on rough and boggy ground, with precipitous cliff edges and narrow gravel paths. Please dress for the weather and wear good, strong shoes or boots.
Edinburgh Walking Tour 2: 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
Edinburgh Walking Tour 3: 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.
A fun and light-hearted daytime walking tour of the Blair Street Underground Vaults – Edinburgh’s most haunted vaults, which Mercat Tours has exclusive access to. This spooky Edinburgh ghost tour is the ideal way to peek into the city’s ghostly past, and remember… things don’t only go bump in the night!
The true history of the Blair Street Underground Vaults is terrifying enough – so abandon thoughts of manufactured frights and make-believe. The skill is in the storytelling: these vaults witnessed the deeds of mischief-makers and murderers, vagrants, and torturers. It’s one of Edinburgh’s most haunted sites, where restless spirits still tread to this day.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Edinburgh in June!
Sankurie Pye, Local Organising Committee Chair