Edinburgh Skyline from Calton Hill

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Underground Edinburgh Itinerary

Allow your clients to explore some of the hidden gems in Edinburgh and the Lothians in this three day Underground Edinburgh itinerary.

Transport

Bus Walk

Days

3

Miles

66

Route

The Royal Mile, New Town, Old Town

Highlights

Stay at The Balmoral Hotel, a tour of Edinburgh, Mary King's Close activity, murder mystery game at The Hub and a Scottish gala dinner at the National Portrait Gallery

Areas Covered

Edinburgh

Day 1

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Underground Edinburgh

Your guests will arrive at Edinburgh Airport this morning, where they will be met by a local language speaking Blue Badge Guides who will escort the guests to their waiting coaches.
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The Balmoral Hotel clock tower and Edinburgh Castle seen from Calton Hill

The Balmoral Hotel

You will be transferred in a luxury coach to Edinburgh, to check in at the famous Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh's city centre, where a traditional Scottish Bagpiper will be there to welcome you. If you are lucky you may get the opportunity to stay in the J.K. Rowling Suite, the very suite where the famous author of Harry Potter books took up residence while writing "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". In elation at finishing the final book in the Harry Pottr series, the author signed a bust of Hermes (Greek God of travel) in the suite which remains to this day - now protected by a glass case. The signed bust reads: "JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in this room (552) on 11 Jan 2007."

Palms Court at The Balmoral Hotel

After check in head down to the decadent Palm Court, an Edinburgh institution that's as glittering as its glass dome and Venetian chandelier. The place to sample award-winning Afternoon Tea and a wide selection of loose leaf teas, coffee and pastries. Sip vintage champagne and try to spot the Calton Hill follies hidden on the wallpaper. A Clarsach provides the perfect accompaniment (a type of Scottish Harp).

A Tour of Edinburgh and Mary King's Close

After your refreshing afternoon tea experience, depart for an evening tour of Edinburgh, with a twist. You will learn about the underground city in your private tour of the Real Mary King's Close followed by a walking tour of the Royal Mile where your guide will point out the sites of witch hunts of the 16th Century. Redheads beware - you may be accused of being a witch!

Surgeons Quarter

Following the tour you will enjoy a drinks reception and dinner at Surgeons Quarter which houses one of the largest and most historic collection of surgical pathology material in the United Kingdom. Mr Barbour, a surgeon from 1853, will join you for dinner in Surgeons' Hall. He will regale you with stories, having just returned from his anatomy class, appropriately dressed. He reminisces about when he attended the Edinburgh Medical School and worked for the famous Alexander Monro. He talks about what Edinburgh was like at that time, the legendary tale of Dr Knox, Burke and Hare and their downfall. He even gives a demonstration on how an amputation was conducted then. Discover how anaesthesia was first tested by one of his closest friends.

Day 2

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Fun activities for team building

Today your guests will experience exhilarating team building activities on the outskirts of Edinburgh before returning to the city for a traditional Scottish gala evening. 
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Mini Highland games incentive activity for groups

Castle Treasure Hunt

This morning you will embark on an adventure of a lifetime - castle hunting! Armed with your castle hunting kit and a sense of adventure, each team will board their helicopters, yes helicopters, and along with their pilot will scour the countryside looking for castles. The team with the most photos of the castles will win!

Dundas Castle

All of this excitement will surely work up an appetite, so once the hunt is over you will land in the extensive grounds of Dundas Castle for lunch and the afternoon. After lunch you will get to show off your strength and stamina in your very own Mini Highland games, including caber tossing, tug-of-war and highland dancing. After the fun and games it's time for your luxury transfer back to The Balmoral

Murder Mystery at The Hub

This evening for dinner we are taking part in a murder mystery evening in The Hub at the top of the Royal Mile. A venue which combines classic Victorian architecture with stunning award-winning contemporary design. Enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful building as you unearth your sleuthing skills and find out "whodunit"!

Day 3

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A day to relax followed by a gala dinner

Today will be a day of leisure to allow you to recover from the last two action packed days. But don't think that you will get away with having nothing to do!
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The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

St Andrews Trip (Option One)

Just an hour outside the city, golf enthusiasts will be delighted to know that some of the world's best golf courses are accessible in Fife, the Home of Golf. Book a tee time at the Old Course in St. Andrews and take in the stunning views and a challenging yet rewarding game of fold. Have lunch at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, which has stunning views of the Old Course Itself. Non-golfers can either choose to visit St. Andrews and explore the picturesque town for a spot of shopping.

Edinburgh (Option Two)

Don't fancy a trip to St. Andrews? Explore this historic city at your leisure. The Balmoral Hotel is stated on Princes Street, Edinburgh's main shopping street, and close to George Street, a Mecca for designer shopping. The hotel is also situated within walking distance of the countless museums and art galleries, including the City Art Centre, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Scottish Academy. Or why not indulge yourself with some treatments at the Balmoral Spa.

A Scottish Gala Dinner at the National Portrait Gallery

Early evening a local kilt maker will arrive to dress the men in full Scottish kilts before transferring to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery for a Scottish gala dinner.

A drinks reception will take place in the Grant Gallery, where a gallery curator will be on hand to give you an introduction to the history of the gallery and many of the magnificent portraits which hang in it, presenting a visual history of Scotland through the portraits of Scots who created it. Guests will then be led up to the Ramsay Room where dinner will be served surrounded by the gallery's 18th Century masterpieces by Allan Ramsay. At the end of the evening you will be transported back to The Balmoral Hotel in a luxury coast.

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