Shopping, eating, dancing and exploring Edinburgh - what's not to like about this social weekend away....
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Ok this is a break with the norm as we’re taking off the walking boots and donning the city threads for a festive weekend in epic Edinburgh.
There will be some ambling as we plan to visit historical sites such as the castle and Holyrood Palace along with the Christmas Market. As we’re staying in twin-bedded rooms in a hotel that is slap bang in the centre, we’re well placed to make the most of the city.
Saturday night will see us flinging caution to the wind as we’re going to a ceilidh, a Scottish version of a knees-up complete with meal and of course dancing.
Sunday will be a more sedate day after the evening’s shenanigans and you’ll find that Edinburgh is a great place for wandering and buying a few Christmas presents. Alternatively for those who want a ‘wake-up’ walk we’ll head towards the rocky crag of Arthur’s Seat for a couple of hours and soak up the great views from the top.
In a nutshell:
- Get in the festive spirit, Scottish-style, with dancing and a city made for wandering.
- Mull over Edinburgh’s heritage with a mulled wine or two at the Christmas market.
- Enjoy the banter that will undoubtedly spring up during the weekend.
- Friday 6th – Sunday 8th December 2019
You are most welcome to turn up any time at the hotel but we will meet you in the reception at 6pm for a welcome drink. We’ll then venture out into the bright lights of Edinburgh and dive into a local pub for dinner (please note, this meal isn’t included in the price of the weekend).
No doubt some of the group may well go onto other drinking establishments while others will pace themselves for the weekend ahead!
Today we find out just how much Edinburgh goes to town on Christmas. First though we go all cultured with a walk to some of the impressive historic gems such as the Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the end of the Royal Mile.
If people would like to go into the Palace (there is a small charge), they are welcome to do so and then join up with the rest of the group later in the day.
After a lunchtime stop that will probably include a festive tipple we visit the Christmas market. Alongside the market there’s plenty to keep people amused – don some skates and head to the ice rink or grab a seat on the big wheel for a lofty view of the city.
Alternatively you can get your fill of mulled wine and other festive delicacies while watching the mad antics of entertainers such as fire eaters and sword swallowers.
By late afternoon it’s time to regroup and freshen up back at the hotel before we head back out for the evening’s Big Night Out.
After a meal at the Ceilidh, it will be time to banish any thoughts of ‘I’ll just sit this one out’ as the music starts. We guarantee that even two left-footers who feel they can’t dance beyond a shuffle will suddenly find their dancing feet when they take to the floor for a Highland Fling or the Dashing White Sergeant as the evening rolls on.
We have a leisurely start and then there are options. Those wanting a little leg loosener can join us for a 2-3 hour walk which will take us to the top of Arthur’s Seat, the prominent rocky crag that provides excellent views across the city and beyond.
Alternatively shopaholics and those wanting to amble from coffee house to coffee house can do just that.
We then all meet up for a final lunch before making our way home.
Good to know:
This weekend includes:
- Two nights’ bed and breakfast in a city centre hotel
- Our host and guide
- Historical Walking Tour of Edinburgh
- The Saturday evening Ceilidh including meal and welcome drink.
This trip is perfect for solo travellers, just book a Shared Room and we will join you up with someone else from our trip, always on a same sex basis. All rooms on this trip are also twin en-suite rooms so you will only ever be with one other person.
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016