If your planning an incentive trip to Edinburgh for your team or a client, Hello Scotland would like to tell you about the top 10 things we think you should include in your program…

A Visit to Calton Hill

Located in Edinburgh City centre, just east of the New Town, Calton Hill offers the best picturesque cityscape views across Edinburgh. This is a great spot to welcome your group to the city, or for a final farewell memory before they leave for the airport!

Edinburgh Castle

Towering dramatically over the city, the castle is the heart and soul of Edinburgh. Through it’s 100+ year history this remarkable fortress and former royal residence oozes romanticism and offers panoramic views of Edinburgh and the countryside beyond.

Discover Underground Edinburgh

Below the streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town, you can experience part of history by visiting one of the many underground streets, vaults and caves. Built in the late 18th century and initially used for storage and workspaces, many of these vaults were only discovered by accident in recent years. Their usage was short-lived, as the business moved out and the poorest people in the city moved in before they became know as ‘Edinburgh’s Slum’.

Re-discovered in the late 20th Century, you can choose to experience the underground world of Edinburgh in many ways, from guided tours, evening entertainment and even gala dinners. Your DMC should be able to advise you which is most suitable for your group.

Afternoon Tea

Making a comeback in recent years, many of Edinburgh’s top hotels, restaurants and even bars are offering the quintessentially British ‘afternoon tea’. The highlight of afternoon tea is fabulous scones with clotted cream and jam, or other cakes and pastries!

It’s a great way to break up your afternoon and relax. We like to enjoy afternoon tea in the Balmoral, before spending the rest of the afternoon shopping!

Leisure Time

As I’ve just mentioned, it’s great to offer groups some free time for shopping in the city. There are great places for souvenirs, high street shops and designer wear – something for every kind of shopper.

If you’re group aren’t the shopping kind, we suggest a stroll along Princess Gardens, or an adventure in the traditional pubs on Rose Street or the Royal Mile. Your group certainly won’t get bored and we find that they always enjoy that little bit of free time!

Dinner at the Dome

Dinner, lunch or drinks are all fantastic in this famous George Street restaurant. Formally a banking headquarters, this ornate Georgian restaurant offers elegant dining in opulent surroundings.

If your incentive group are visiting Scotland in December, you absolutely must visit the Dome to see their festive decorations!

Dessert at The Chocolate Lounge

Have a dine-around in Edinburgh's huge selection of restaurants and finish with dessert at Harvey Nichols Chocolate Lounge.

The Chocolate Lounge offers pure dessert indulgence in glamorous surroundings, perfect before a night our on trendy George Street! Think champagne fondues and rose petal chocolate drinks!

A City Tour

Your incentive group might only have a few days in Edinburgh, so to get the most from the visit and see the city, they must must must take a tour!

City tours don’t have to be on a tourism bus or even a familiar walking tour (yet this is a great way to see parts of Edinburgh!). Incentive groups should be able to learn and see the city in a way they’re not expecting!

For example, charter a vintage bus with your own personal guide, relax in the lap of luxury with a champagne taxi tour in Edinburgh’s iconic black cabs, or if you’ve got an active and competitive group, use interactive mobile phone technology to direct them around the city on missions and challenges (contact Hello Scotland for more info about this activity: inspireme@helloscotland.com)

These are just some of the ways your group can see Edinburgh, but for an extra special tour, you’ll need to ask your DMC for something more creative!

A Trip Out of the City

Edinburgh is a great city, but when you’ve travelled from overseas, it’s great to be able to see some more of Scotland whilst you’re here.

Edinburgh is blessed with being surrounded with beautiful countryside, from the rolling hills of the borders, to the scenic Forth valley leading to Fife and Perthshire – the gateway to the highlands.

There’s an abundance of activities that your incentive group can enjoy in the Scottish countryside and your DMC should be able to advise you on which is best for you group, for example, some might prefer a round of golf, a helicopter ride spotting Scotland’s Castles, or the more active might like a highland clan games or outdoor Scottish field sports – the options really are endless!

After a day out of Edinburgh, it’s great to come back to the bright lights of the city!

Traditional Scottish Grub

Scotland isn’t renowned for it’s food, but in recent years, top chefs and restaurants have battled the reputation and are turning Scotland into a ‘foodie destination’.

Perhaps this is why visitors are so pleasantly surprised by the quality of food they are presented with, but it stands to reason that somewhere which has access to some of the best local produce in Europe can serve up delicious meals!

On a trip to Edinburgh your group must have at least one traditional Scottish dinner to experience our local delights, like our famous Haggis. A ‘taste of Haggis’ can be part of a gala dinner, or for a more informal taster of Scottish food, try fish and chips in one of the many traditional Edinburgh pubs.

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