Twenty four eager and willing boys in Years 6–8 spent the first part of the Easter holiday enjoying a vast array of experiences in Scotland.
The first day of activities was spent on a walking ‘Potter Trail’ seeing the sites of inspiration for JK Rowling’s series, followed by venturing underground through the Real Mary King’s Close. Taking advantage of the glorious weather, boys explored the Grassmarket, sampling local delicacies before taking to the ice in a session of Curling in the shadow of Murrayfields Stadium – great teamwork was on show throughout.
Sunday began with delicious sampling and creating at the Chocolatarium before roaming the Royal Mile to stock up on souvenirs. Boys then arrived at Edinburgh Castle, with the vast cannons being a particular highlight for many. The afternoon was spent at Our Dynamic Earth where boys experienced the big bang, felt an earthquake and a tropical storm before concluding with an inspiring visit to the Planetarium learning more about fascinating constellations.
A change of pace and scene ensued with a day spent in the coastal town of North Berwick. Armed with buckets, and enthusiasm, boys explored rockpools collecting a variety of creatures before returning them home. Keen to help the environment, the group then did a litter pick to remove plastics from the shoreline. The visit ended with a boat trip around Bass Rock, spotting seals, puffins, cormorants and many more species. In the evening, the boys and staff enjoyed 18 holes of crazy golf, with some impressive shots and near misses!
The final day of activities began with a trip to Edinburgh Zoo, with highlights including the pandas and penguins. Returning to the city centre, the group ventured to the Edinburgh Vaults underground with a gory stories tour with tales of stinking streets and ghostly goings-on! The trip concluded with a challenging hike up Arthur’s Seat, with boys persevering and supporting each other in their quest to enjoy stunning views across the city. Boys were excellent ambassadors throughout the trip, with good humour, keen interest and growing independence. The group returned weary but inspired from their adventures. Watch this space for the next UK based tour coming in Autumn 2022…
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