Scottish Folklore, Art and Culture

Scotland is steeped in Folklore and History.  Despite becoming world leaders in education, literature, the sciences and philosophy, during the 1700s Scotland was actually one of the last countries in Europe to receive the written word creating a deep-routed tradition in storytelling.

During this trip to Edinburgh you will explore Scotland’s deep and creative past and experience the thriving community culture and ancient traditions which remain as strong today as they were thousands of years ago.

Scottish Folklore, Art and Culture

All our themes and activities are 100% flexible and can be mixed and matched to suit your group.

Day 1

  • Transport terminal pick-up by your dedicated CAS Trips tour guide
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Free time and Lunch
  • Walking tour – The dark side –  A spooky introduction to the darker side of Edinburgh’s history, with some spooky tales from the city’s eerie past to electrify the wonderful central location and an insight into the role of storytelling in Scottish society.
  • Reflections Challenge – An introduction to the CAS Trips Network and Reflections Centre with personal student and teacher logins, online itineraries and amazing group sharing capabilities.

Day 2  

  • Your CAS Trips tour guide hotel pick-up
  • Walking tour: Old Town – On foot we explore one of the best examples of a medieval Gothic town centre to be found anywhere in the world as we discover the breath-taking stories and legends that have shaped over 3000 years of Scottish history.
  • Lunch at Cafe Royal –  Truly Scottish cuisine in this venerated restaurant, serving the finest Scots Oysters since 1863
  • The Scottish Storytelling Centre – The ancient Scottish art of storytelling goes back centuries and has come to define the folklore, whit and ingenuity of this wonderfully rich culture. As one of the last nations in Europe to receive the written word, storytelling came to be an extremely valued and treasured aspect of Scottish community and we discover just how as master storytellers recount enchanting tales both old and new, before students are tasked with writing a story of their own, to be shared at the final day’s Ceilidh.
  • Lyceum Youth Theatre Company –  At the inspirational Royal Lyceum, students will enjoy a piece of original theatre from the Lyceum Youth Theatre Company, followed by an opportunity to meet and talk to the young performers and writers.
  • Evening Meal

Day 3 

  • Your CAS Trips guide hotel pick-up
  • Daytrip to Little Sparta – During this visit to the garden of the great writer, poet, gardener and artist Ian Hamilton Finlay, we will explore how messages and stories can be conveyed through art and even through the land.
  • Lunch
  • Edinburgh College of Art –  The Edinburgh College of Art is one of the most highly-respected art and design universities in United Kingdom. During this special visit, students will see the many young artists at work and feel the incredible creative energy within to get a taste of student life at this illustrious institution. Following this, a creative challenge will be set for the students themselves.
  • Evening Meal

Day 4

  • Your CAS Trips guide hotel pick-up
  • Grassmarket Community Project – The Grassmarket Centre is the source of countless initiatives for regenerating and supporting the community. A tour will show how old church seating is recycled into beautiful ornaments and sold on to support the project and the community, while the herb gardens of Greyfriars Graveyard represent centuries of community action and regeneration. We will see how the creative energy of the formerly disenfranchised has manifested itself through the support of the project and the safe haven it provides by meeting artists who have had their lives turned around thanks to it.
  • Lunch
  • CEILIDH –  We finish with an evening of traditional Scottish song and dance – expect no slow waltzing, the legendary ceilidh is a night of intense group dancing and social fun. For many hundreds of years this is how the people of Scotland gathered and enjoyed their community and the company of friends and family. After the dance, students will present to one another the stories which they have written using all the skill of a local barb.
  • Evening Meal

Day 5

  • Free time for souvenir shopping
  • Your CAS Trips tour guide and bus driver hotel pick-up and departure terminal drop off

*itineraries are illustrative and can be altered to your specific academic needs or time constraints.