Nine BIWC members were among the 100+ attendees of this event. 17 Clubs were represented and there was a buzz in the air from the moment we arrived. The organisation and planning were really superb and the welcome from IWC Edinburgh was a very hearty one. Our hotel was conveniently situated in Princes Street, with tremendous views of the city. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of the most fascinating cities in Europe.
The Old Town in Edinburgh is a captivating warren of historical wonders. From Edinburgh Castle at the top of the Royal Mile, down to Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament at the bottom, the entire area is a World Heritage Site. The Old Town feels like you’ve been transported back in time with the centuries-old architecture that surrounds you. Even the Georgian grandeur of the New Town has a distinct historical character. Edinburgh has seen the Picts, the Romans, the Reformation and the Enlightenment, the Union of Scotland and England and the Jacobite rebellion.
A bus tour gave us a very good overview of the city. This was followed by a choice of in-depth tours which included Edinburgh Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse (the Queen’s official residence in Scotland), the National Gallery and a walking tour.
Our hosts had chosen exclusive venues for all our social events. One of our highlights included a visit to The Royal Scots Club where a welcome from a bag piper was followed by the “Haggis Ceremony” which revolves around drinking whisky, reciting incomprehensible Robert Burns poetry and eating a sheep stomach stuffed with oatmeal and sheep offal!
It was a very interesting weekend, and some lasting friendships with declarations to visit each other’s cities were made.
Robina, International Coordinator