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Companion/Guest Tours

For those wishing to take full advantage of traveling to Edinburgh, we have prepared for you our very own "Taste of Scotland - Excursions". We encourage you to take time and part take in some of these amazing, fantastic tours of Edinburgh and the surrounding area. It will leave you speechless!

The tours are only available on Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11 and we ask that you indicate your preference using the section on the conference registration form. Tours which don’t attract the minimum number of participants will be cancelled.

All tours will be operated by Andrew Burnet & Company Ltd.  For further information and to book your tours contact Andrew directly by email

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Morning Tours

Stirling Castle & Glenturret Distillery
** this is a full day tour **
A combined tour taking you to one of Scotland’s grandest castles in Stirling, associated with great figures from Scotland’s past, such as William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. The Castle tour will be followed by a short journey to Glenturret Distillery nestled in the Perthshire hills, where you will be given an in-depth tour of Scotland’s oldest working Distillery, and offered a whisky tasting at the Home of the Famous Grouse!...READ MORE
    Climb Edinburgh’s extinct volcano!
Arthur’s Seat is located in Holyrood Park, at the end of the Royal Mile and this large, grass covered hill is the remains of an extinct volcano that erupted 340 million years ago. Arthur’s Seat is the highest point of this extinct volcano and for those who are passionate about hiking, the summit offers dramatic, panoramic views of the city...READ MORE


The Harry Potter Trail
Grab a wand and join your robed guide to experience Harry Potter's magical Edinburgh on a guided visit to city locations featured in the films and used as inspiration for the novels. Join this fantastic Harry Potter tour and see where the magic all began!...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Afternoon Tours

    Vintage Red Bus City Centre -Sightseeing tour
Hop aboard this 1960’s classic Route Master bus for a guided tour of the key streets and buildings in both the New Town and The Old Town districts of Edinburgh...READ MORE

Private Guided Tour of The Palace of Holyroodhouse
Embark on a privately guided tour of Scotland’s official residence of HM The Queen which highlights both Holyrood’s dramatic past, and the Palace’s important role today. Standing at the end of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile, this fine palace is the home of Scottish royal history...READ MORE


Friday, May 11, 2018 – Morning Tours

History of St Andrews Walking Tour
** this is a full day tour **
St Andrews in The Kingdom of Fife is renowned for its solid connection with golf, impressive architecture, and fantastic array of restaurants, coffee houses and shops. Take a guided tour of this picturesque town


Friday, May 11, 2018 – Afternoon Tours

  Edinburgh city centre sightseeing walking tour with a visit to Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh is a compact city, and so it is easy to see the sights on foot, but a private walking tour provides a group with a greater insight into the history, culture and traditions of Scotland’s capital city while passing some of the city's famous sights. This tour will be hosted by a knowledgeable guide and will include a visit to Scotland’s most iconic landmark, Edinburgh Castle...

44 Scotland Street Tour
This tour is an insight into the locations, characters and stories featured in Alexander McCall Smiths' serial novel – ‘44 Scotland Street’. The book is an episodic novel by Alexander McCall Smith, the author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. The story was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper starting 26 January 2004, every weekday, for six months...READ MORE

Historical walking tour
Join a local historian on a historical walking tour around Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile. Learn about Edinburgh’s fascinating history, literature heroes, infamous criminals and battles that shaped the city into what it is today. The tour will take you into parts of Edinburgh that you did not know existed, off the tourist trail, including a visit to Edinburgh’s underground vaults...READ MORE


Saturday, May 12, 2018 - Afternoon Full Group Activity

  Three Bridges private sailing
Board the privately chartered Maid of the Forth vessel and depart on a sailing on the Firth of Forth with phenomenal views of the Forth Rail and Road Bridges as well as the spectacular Queensferry Crossing. The vessel will also pass Inchcolm Island, by far the most beautiful of all the islands in the Firth of Forth, with an abundance of wildlife, from the nosey grey seals to the comical little puffins...READ MORE