Optional Cultural Programme

£47 (£42 for concessions), including transport to and from Haddington

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Monday afternoon – Visit to Glenkinchie Distillery

Find out how malt whisky is made – and try some, too! No visit to Scotland would be complete without finding out about one of our most successful exports – whisky! So, with this in mind, we have organised a visit to Glenkinchie, our local East Lothian distillery, which produces a distinctive, smooth Lowland malt whisky. The visit includes a guided tour, a visit to the exhibition/model distillery and a complimentary tasting of the Glenkinchie single malt – and the ticket gives everyone a £3 voucher against the purchase of a bottle. The distillery has a 5-star tourist attraction rating from the Scottish Tourist Board. More here at http://www.discovering-distilleries.com/glenkinchie/. Even if you profess not to like whisky, Glenkinchie is very smooth and perhaps unlike others you have sampled, so it’s well worth a try!

Tuesday afternoon – Visit to Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle – the iconic Scottish tourist attraction!  The Castle dominates the Edinburgh skyline as it looks down over the centre of the city from its position on Castle Rock.  A visit to the Castle is an absolute “must”! It has witnessed many of the defining moments in Scotland’s history.  See the One O’Clock Gun, the National War Museum, St Margaret’s Chapel, Mons Meg, and so much more – including the best view of Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. You can find out more about the castle here – http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/ – our visit will include a complimentary guided tour from some experienced and most well-informed guides.  Afterwards, we plan to take in some Festival Fringe fun by strolling down the Royal Mile and seeing the plethora of street performers – expect the unexpected and you won’t be disappointed!

Thursday afternoon – Visit to Royal Yacht Britannia

And now for something completely genteel!  The Royal Yacht Britannia was the Royal Family’s own personal get-away-from-it-all home until it was decommisioned and berthed in Edinburgh. Follow in the footsteps of world leaders such as Sir Winston Churchill and Gandhi as you are welcomed aboard this floating piece of history.  We never tire of visiting Britannia – it’s a real touch of class without being opulent. Everything served on-board the ship is made on the ship – and it’s fantastic! This famous ship has been named the Number One attraction in the UK and has been consistently been judged Scotland’s best visitor attraction by our national tourism agency.  You can see more at http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/about-the-royal-yacht/.

Friday evening – Visit to After Hours event at National Museum of Scotland and optional Fringe dance performance!

The Last Hurrah dancers (that’s you!) have had a special invitation to take part in a Festival Fringe event that’s being held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.  The Museum was refurbished a couple of years ago and it’s a magnificent building. As part of the Festival Fringe, they’re holding some adult-only After Hours events – the one on Friday 8 August has a WWI theme, and so they would very much like to have a short 10-15 minute demo of the dances of the era, as part of the overall programme (there will be snippets of other Fringe shows and short performances throughout the evening). Afterwards, there’ll be the opportunity for some freestyle dancing – or just enjoying the museum!  Even if you’re not keen to show off your WWI dancing skills, you can still come along. The ticket includes free entry to the Ming: The Golden Empire exhibit, which is usually an extra charge.  So, you can be part of your very own Night At The Museum AND perform at the Edinburgh Fringe!  Here are a few more details about the Museum After Hours events – http://www.nms.ac.uk/our_museums/national_museum_of_scotland/whats_on/adults/museum_after_hours.aspx.