EXPERIENCES

MARY MEANDERS TOURS

Calling Outlander, Mary Queen of Scots and Scottish history fans! If you have found yourself caught in the adventure, legends, and romance of Scotland on TV and film, here’s your chance to experience the lush scenery and dramatic Scottish Castles for yourself. From magnificent stately homes, austere fortresses and breathtaking landscapes, discover them all in the company of our expert and entertaining guides. We will transport you back in time while travelling in comfort around Edinburgh, Linlithgow, Stirling and Fife. Make the tour your own. We provide the timetable, and you choose which attractions you want to see and where you want to eat.  Our motto is “Arrive a visitor, leave a friend”. Author Diana Gabaldon joined us on our Scottish Outlander Tour in March 2019 and is now a fan. Are you ready to join in the fun?   

MERCAT TOURS

History is a damn good story, what it needs is a damn good telling!’ We’re a family business and simply love sharing Edinburgh’s stories. We’re the original, largest, and first 5 star walking tour company in Scotland giving guaranteed quality. With a warm welcome and our award-winning storytelling and tour routes, we’ll help you explore and discover Edinburgh. Our expert guides offer a unique, memorable glimpse of our remarkable history. With guaranteed daily departures, year round we offer exclusive access to Blair Street Underground Vaults, Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse & National Museum of Scotland.

ARTIST DIANE BENN

Getting Arty at the Old Millhouse – Interested in art? Want to try? Want to improve? Local artist Diane Benn will be on hand to run a tailor-made class for you and your group. Choose from portraiture, still life landscape or figure drawing, developing skills in drawing, charcoal and paint. 

  • Landscaping: the Old Millhouse sits in beautifully wooded surroundings which will be perfect for sketching outdoors. 
  • Portraiture: working from the model (members of the group can take it in turns to sit) we will explore drawing and painting the face to achieve a convincing likeness. 
  • Still-life/flower painting: develop your skills of observing and recording inanimate objects over a day or number of days to really hone your abilities. 
  • Figure Drawing: working from the supplied model (clothed/unclothed), we will look at anatomy and how the body works in a defined ‘space’. 

Diane is a figurative artist, but can also lead classes in abstract art (developing themes) if required, and she is available on commission to create your bespoke painting.

EDINBURGH WHISKY ACADEMY

The Edinburgh Whisky Academy is Scotland’s first and only SQA-accredited centre of learning for whisky education. Our knowledge-based short course diplomas are aimed at serious whisky enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge as well as offering potentially career-enhancing qualifications for whisky industry workers, hospitality staff and spirits retailers. A much-needed independent authority on Scotch Whisky education, EWA’s unique position comes from its accreditation by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, ensuring rigour at every stage. Developed in partnership with notable whisky experts, specialists and academics, our course content and curriculum is engaging, challenging and of the highest standard.