Financiers from four different regions in Germany came together in Scotland for two nights of culture, great food and fun in Edinburgh. The purpose of the trip? To reward them for reaching targets and to do a little team-building with the individual regions and then together as one large team.
There were a well-travelled group, with a mixture of males & females, including a sophisticated generations of youngsters; 25-35 year olds with an interest in culture. They were looking for a social, fun and active program, with cosy dining and cultural experiences.
A logistical challenge
The main challenge was coordinating the programme for three separate groups coming together as one. This meant three 4* hotels, three dinner/lunch options and itineraries. The group travelled at a peak time of year for visitors to Scotland so we had to ensure we got the right hotels and options held pretty quickly to secure the best program. Oh, and some of the group had already been to Scotland on a previous incentive trip so this one had to be even better!
The incentive trip
The group arrived late morning and were immersed straight into Scottish culture with a ‘fish and chips’ lunch in cosy pubs across Edinburgh. This was followed by an afternoon walking tour to see the city and learn a little about our history. But this was no ordinary tour, as along the way the groups stopped to sample Scottish food and drinks as they took in the city sights. They enjoyed local cheese, haggis balls, fudge and more…a real taste of Scotland!
The first evening’s dinner took place in three great restaurants on the city’s trendy George Street, where the group got to explore its many pubs and clubs –post dinner.
Next day, the entire group went to Gosford House, an 18th century country manor, for a Clan Games in the grounds. Clan Games (or Highland Games) is a great group activity, with a touch of team-building, but also a fun and challenging competition at the same time!
The group enjoyed a wide variety of traditional Scottish Clan Game activities throughout the day. A large buffet lunch was served inside the house – fuel for the last challenge – an all-encompassing tug of war, with lots of yelling, screaming and laughing of course!
The final evening began with the infamous Gents Meeting, where the men of the group receive their full Scottish attire – including a kilt - for the evening. Meanwhile, the ladies enjoyed a drinks reception, where they received elegant tartan sashes for the gala.
A piper and drummer arrived to march guests through the streets of Edinburgh, to a special venue… The Caves under Edinburgh city! Guests toasted their final night in the city, enjoying a three-course meal, followed by a Scottish folk band and then a DJ.