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Edinburgh’s Charmed C-Wise… Again!

I was lucky to be invited on a FAM trip to Edinburgh by Edinburgh Convention Bureau.
After a 4 hour train journey with breakfast on board and beautiful view’s I arrived to the brand new Market Street hotel just a stone’s throw away from the station and we went straight to the Rooftop champagne bar! Because this is where the reception desk is… what a great welcome and a wonderful view of the city!

The 98-room hotel’s Scottish stone exterior hides a contemporary heart within. Minimalistic lines of contemporary furniture and bursts of traditional fabrics, such as tartan used in unexpected ways.

After a short show around of the hotel we went to the Signet Library for an afternoon tea with a Scottish twist.
Afternoon tea is served in a beautiful library. The building, with its Lower and Upper Libraries, was completed in 1822 in time for the celebrated visit to Edinburgh of King George IV, who described the Upper Library as “the finest drawing room in Europe”.

After the group was full the tour guide from Mercat Tour was waiting for us by Mercat Cross Monument where all important civic announcements were made for centuries. What a perfect meeting location for a start of a Ghost tour on Halloween! We went to Edinburgh’s most haunted vaults – and we were the only people with access. The Blair Street Underground Vaults witnessed the deeds of mischief-makers, murderers, vagrants, and tortures.
This was only the beginning as after this we went to another underground mystery – The Real Mary King’s Close – Edinburgh’s Only Preserved 17th Century Underground Street. Mary King’s daughter will enthral you with stories from times gone by.

In the evening we had a Welcome Dinner at the newly refurbished Scottish Cafe & Restaurant located in the Scottish National Gallery at The Mound in Edinburgh with views onto Princes Street Gardens. The owner of the restaurant Victor Contini greeted us at the entrance of the restaurant, told us the story of their family business and stayed for dinner. Scottish, design, autumn decorations, delicious Scottish food made with Italian ingredients.

My next morning started with a delicious Full Scottish breakfast on the rooftop followed by a short film about Edinburgh in a private cinema with velour red comfortable chairs at the freshly renovated The Scotsman Hotel and an all-day workshop with more than 20 new partners from Edinburgh.

This evening was very special as we went to Barnbougle Castle for a dinner Hosted by Lord Dalmeny!
Piper met us at the arrival and showed us the way to the castle. It appeared that the castle is standing on the bay all surrounded by the sea and stars.

I felt like I’m in a film. The doors have just opened into the Banqueting Hall at Barnbougle Castle to reveal a magnificent barrel-vaulted room, flooded by natural light from its arched windows.
Long elegant tables, festooned with tall, blousy floral arrangements and flickering candles, stretches the length of the hall. Lining the walls are gilt-framed ancestral portraits of the Primrose family (Earls of Rosebery), who have owned Barnbougle for almost 400 years.

After dinner we had a showground six libraries filled with literally thousands of books. There is only one bedroom in the castle on the top floor. From the window you can see the sea. Even the doors in the loos are cleverly disguised as bookcases!

Next morning full of energy we went for a sight inspection at the Assembly Rooms – a beautiful events venue originally solely a meeting place for social gatherings.

In the end of the visit an unusual surprise was prepared for us – Business yoga! What a great start of the day!

We then went for coffee to see the beautiful aparthotel Eden Locke. Modern, a designed aparthotel for those who want to challenge the status quo, and experience the unique and authentic.

The lunch was one of the most unusual ones I have ever had as it was served at Dynamic Earth – a five star visitor attraction in Edinburgh that tells the story of the planet Earth. Offering stunning views across Edinburgh’s picturesque cityscape and Royal Park, Dynamic Earth is perfectly situated as a contemporary venue with a unique heritage twist.

After a day under the rain and a visit to The Palace of Holyrood House a warm dinner at Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel was needed – a luxury 4 star hotel situated in the New Town. No stone has been left unturned with the amazing refurbishment, all bedrooms have been carefully designed, inspired by the golden age of travel. An excellent range of rooms are available, the Suites are truly amazing.
The BABA Restaurant and Bar is a lively, fun and fascinating experience, influenced by the flavours of the Levant, the menu offers a huge range of mezze.

Last breakfast on the rooftop with this beautiful view. Check-out and visit of The Royal Yacht Britannia – Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace for over 40 years.

It was really interesting to see how Royal Family lived on the boat and to hear all the stories about honeymoons and family holidays of the Royals.
Farewell lunch at beautiful The Bonham Hotel with impressive façade of a 19th-century trio of townhouses in a peaceful West End location. It mixes Victorian robber baron architecture with some colourful modern art and contemporary styling.

It was a fantastic and useful full-on trip to remember! Thank you to Edinburgh Convention bureau and all the suppliers who hosted us all for such a perfect organisation! I’m ready to return to London to impress our C-Wise clients. I have a feeling that I will be back very soon 😊

Author & Lucky Participant: Ruslana Nychay 

Project Manager @ C-WISE