Scotland the Green

The bonny land of Scotland is one of the least densely populated countries in Europe and has areas of extreme wilderness and outstanding natural beauty – from flowing salmon-filled freshwater rivers to uninhabited islands with crystal blue sea and rugged Highland mountains towering above the clouds – Scotland has it all.

But the country also has an unbreakable bond with environmentalism through local lad John Muir, the founding father of National Parks and pioneer of wildlife preservation and in this wonderful itinerary we discover how Scotland remains at the forefront of environmental action.

Scotland the Green

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: Edinburgh by night –  A fascinating introduction to the unique history and culture of Edinburgh’s UNESCO listed old town by night.
  • 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: Arthur’s seat – A ranger-lead tour to discover more about the birthplace of Geology and it’s father James Hutton. Here, at one of the world’s best-preserved dormant volcanoes, we will learn about the importance of Geology, what the earth can teach us, and why we should care about its preservation.
  • Lunch at Cafe Royal –  Truly Scottish cuisine in this venerated restaurant, serving the finest Scots Oysters since 1863
  • Dynamic Earth – At one of Europe’s leading scientific attraction, students will see the story of our earth unfold before their eyes through Dynamic Earth’s many interactive exhibits, and in the full dome cinema they will find themselves at the heart of the dramatic story of how the world was forged by the awesome forces of nature.
  • Carlton Hill sunset –  Not far from Arthur’s Seat, we will ascend the more humble Carlton Hill to watch the sun set and take in a spectacular view of the city by night as we visit the old observatory.
  • Evening Meal

Day 3 

  • Your CAS Trips guide hotel pick-up
  • Day Trip: The Hermitage Waterfalls at Blairgowrie – We visit the enchanting waterfalls of The Hermitage at Blairgowrie, exploring not only the area’s great history but taking in it’s unspoilt nature and wildlife through a simply spectacular woodland walk.
  • Lunch
  • Continued… –  Following lunch we will continue on a ranger-lead tour through the area’s countryside and network of rivers and streams to learn about the much-debated reintroduction of the beaver, and how the animal could play a vital role in the conservation and development of the country’s ecosystem.
  • Evening Meal

Day 4

  • Your CAS Trips guide hotel pick-up
  • Day Trip:  The Sea-Life Center, North Berwick – We visit the excellent Sea-Life Centre in the picturesque coastal town of North Berwick, not far from Edinburgh, to learn all about the creatures of Scotland’s waters and get up close and personal with a few of them. 
  • Lunch
  • Bass Rock –  A boat trip leaving from North Berwick will take the students on an adventure around Bass Rock – an incredible volcanic rock protruding from the sea which is home to the world’s largest colony of gannets.
  • 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.