Edinburgh: Music, Whisky & The Art of Glass

August 2020

With the Edinburgh Festival, the Royal Military Tattoo, whisky tastings, glass art, historical touring, and a three‐night stay in Inverness. The Balmoral Edinburgh; Glenmoriston Town House Hotel Inverness.

“Edinburgh, a charismatic city full of staircases and hills festooned with Georgian and neo-Classical buildings, is well-versed in incorporating the modern into the old. While it has always been an arts center and a cosmopolitan capital, the city is now turning its vibrant energy toward creating a new Scottish cuisine, a nearly uncountable number of craft beers, and design-forward buildings like the Scottish Parliament, which stands as the symbol of the new Scotland.” – New York Times

The Edinburgh International Festival is an unparalleled celebration of the performing arts. Inaugurated in 1946 by Sir Rudolf Bing of Met and Glyndebourne fame, the festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre for three weeks in August. We will attend at least four performances at the Festival, as well as a performance at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the world-famous Edinburgh Castle Esplanade.

You will also have the opportunity to take in events at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is the world’s largest arts festival (founded in 1947). We will include any events that we deem appropriate and that fit with our schedule.

Plenty of private local touring is included—the Royal Mile, High Street, Princes Street Gardens, Arthur’s Seat, St. Giles Kirk and Parliament House—as well as down time for exploring on your own. The main focus of our touring, however, will be focused on the art of glass. The history and many innovations associated with glass dates to Ancient Egypt. In Scottish history, glass has been treasured in many forms from church windows to jewellery. Scottish glass dates to the 7th century with a burgeoning industry beginning in 1610. Our tours will highlight this sparkling history of glass in the many breathtaking locations we will visit. Great care has been taken to preserve and restore Scottish glass windows and artifacts as highlighted on our Glasgow tour day. With world renowned glass schools at Edinburgh University and North Lands Creative, as well as organizations such as Craft Scotland and the Scottish Glass Society, Scotland produces exceptional contemporary art glass by high calibre artists. We will experience rare opportunities to view art installations and presentations by some of the world’s top glass artists. If you have an interest in art glass or have a curiosity for the science and history of the industry this series of tours will be a delight.

Of course, no trip to Scotland would be complete without a “wee dram”. We enjoy a whisky tasting and lunch at The Scotch Whisky Experience, a centre devoted to the history and development of the ambrosia, and we will also include whisky excursions for those wishing to partake. And for those wishing to golf on Scotland’s famous links courses, we will assist with making such arrangements.

A detailed itinerary will be on the site by June 2019. To register now, click here.