International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
IVU logo 35th World Vegetarian Congress
'Food for all our futures'

Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
July 8-14, 2002
Hosted by

The Vegetarian Society
of the United Kingdom

POST CONFERENCE TOUR - Sunday 14th to Friday 19th July

Ref. PTC - this tour is now fully booked, please check for late cancellations

DAY 1 Sunday
Departing Edinburgh, you will travel north into scenic Perthshire for a visit to SCONE PALACE – ancient crowning place of Scottish Kings and home to the Earls of Mansfield. Continue north via the picturesque village of Dunkeld to Pitlochry for some time at leisure for lunch before travelling up through the Grampian Mountains to ROTHIEMURCHUS COUNTRY ESTATE where you can admire the Scottish wildlife. Finally you will arrive in Nairn on the north east coast for dinner and overnight at the Windsor Hotel, or similar.


DAY 2 Monday
Travel east, through the picturesque village of Forres to the FINDHORN FOUNDATION. The community was founded in 1962 with just a few members and now accommodates more than 400 people living in an ecological village. From here you will journey south into Speyside – a region famous for whisky and good food produce – where you will visit a WHISKY DISTILLERY for a guided tour followed by a “wee dram” before returning to Nairn for dinner and overnight.


DAY 3 Tuesday
From Nairn you will now travel west towards Inverness, stopping off en route to visit the CLAVA CAIRNS – a monumental burial ground with an important stone circle. You will be given a brief panoramic tour of Inverness before you are free to enjoy some time at leisure in the Capital of the Highlands. After lunch you will travel south along the banks of the mysterious LOCH NESS to Drumnadrochit where you will board a small vessel for a half hour cruise on Scotland’s most infamous loch. Alighting at URQUHART CASTLE, you will have the opportunity to explore the ruins of what was once one of Scotland’s largest castles and which offers wonderful views over the loch, before rejoining your coach and travelling south to Fort William for dinner and overnight.


DAY 4 Wednesday
A full day excursion to the ISLE OF SKYE – an enchanting island with craggy coasts and breathtaking panoramas. Journey through some rugged, yet beautiful countryside to Mallaig where you will embark a modern ferry for the 30 minute crossing to Armadale in the south of the island. From here you will travel north as far as the island’s capital, Portree, taking in the wonderful views to the Cuillin Hills en route. Return to the mainland via the Skye Bridge and pause for a photo-stop at Eilean Donan Castle before heading back to Fort William for dinner and overnight.


DAY 5 Thursday
Depart Fort William and journey through the majestic Glencoe Valley – scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692. Continue across Rannoch Moor towards the Trossachs town of Callander where you will have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs from one of the local woollen mills and enjoy some time at leisure for lunch. Continue south to the medieval town of Stirling where you will visit the imposing STIRLING CASTLE, which was featured in the epic film ‘Braveheart’, before returning back to Edinburgh and checking into the Rothesay Hotel, or similar. The last night of your tour will be on a bed and breakfast basis only, allowing you the opportunity to dine out in one of Edinburgh’s well established vegetarian restaurants. Return to your hotel for overnight.


Cost £310 to include breakfast and evening meals (except Thursday), accommodation in ensuite rooms, all coach costs with driver guide and all entrance and ferry/bridge costs.

Prices are based on double/twin rooms and there may be a supplement for single rooms. The Vegetarian Society can arrange to pair you up with another single if you would prefer this option. Please contact at address/ phone/ email on booking form. The tour costs are currently based on 20 people – if more than 30 attend it may be possible to return a discount to those booking

 

Of congress and castles...
some notes on the tour,
updated June 2001