We’ve just seen the first edit of the videos from the ‘Taking of the Hill’ – which are fantastic! Whilst our great video guy puts the final touches to them here’s a quick run down of the rest of the incentive program that took place during the groups’ trip to Edinburgh…
John and Tom from Adrenaline arrived for a pre-con meeting with Bill and Claire, to run over the final details of the program logistics.
Later in the evening the client’s Regional leaders arrived for their own pre-event briefing, but first a good night sleep in the hotel, ready for the days ahead!
The Regional leaders were given a briefing of the program outline, some walk throughs and a complete outline of the crucial check-in system.
They were able to spent some of the afternoon at their own leisure in the city, before having dinner in an old Coaching Inn – thought to have had a license to serve alcohol since the 16th Century! It was also a location where some of the group would dine the following night.
The group arrived and were met at the airport and given their allocated clan badges and ‘clan coach’ for their transportation. Departure from Edinburgh Airport was staggered so that the private check-in at the hotel would run smoothly.
Here they were given their keys, and a ‘Welcome to Scotland’ information pack. The group were able to enjoy a few hours of leisure time in the city as they awaited the arrival of the final members of their team, who flew in later that afternoon.
Friday evening was spend dining at various locations around the city. Each clan enjoyed some traditional or contemporary Scottish dishes, then took in the evening sights and sounds of the Grassmarket area of the city.
Before the fun of the battle, there was some business to be done, so Saturday morning saw the group have breakfast and then a meeting in the hotel.
Then it was a leisurely lunch of their choice in the city, some time for shopping and preparations for the evening ahead.
Upon arriving at The Caves the groups where met by their long lost McGreon cousin, who helped they prepare for their battle (see the video here!).
They tucked into Scottish Tapas as they made costumes, targets and created chants for each clan.
The evening was finished with some great Scottish musicians to entertain the clans as they added the finishing touches to their battle preparations.
On the day of the battle the group feasted on a hearty breakfast before departing for the battle site at Dalmeny Estate – This is best explained by video – these are coming soon!
On Saturday evening the group was lead by a piper through the streets of Edinburgh (with the support of Edinburgh Council and the Police) to Mansfield Traquair for a gala dinner finale.
The group enjoyed the ‘ash ceremony’ – the finale of the Battle rituals, the ‘address to the haggis’ and a delicious 3-course dinner of spinach & watercress soup, simmered cushion of beef and a warm tart of pink ladies and roasted pine nuts.
Entertainment during the night included a Beat Retreat and an international dance band. The final surprise for an exhausted group was vintage transfers back to the hotel! The perfect ending to ‘a day to remember!’
Sadly, Monday morning saw the group have their final breakfast and depart from for the airport.
Coming up next – some great videos from ‘Taking of the Hill’ with commentary from Bill and John. Then, final comments from participants during the gala dinner.