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Recent articles — Excursions

Principal’s Post - Stone stacking, whisky, and tours

It’s amazing what humans get up to in their spare time.  Playing a sport, learning a new language or walking in beautiful Scottish landscapes.  Some people even embrace what is around them by creating works of art from stacking stones in their spare time. The Scottish…

Tours Plus English, one of their English classes took place on the train to Glasgow.

Learning about camera usage from a professional photographer before going on a photography walking tour of Edinburgh's New Town. Part of the Tours Plus English touring course.

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Plus English tours and classes

Are you looking for different type of English course?  Do you want to visit Scotland and improve your English with more tourism and less classroom?   ECS Scotland is happy to announce a teaching partnership with Plus English.  Plus English offer touring English courses with an excellent…

Plus English. Tours around Edinburgh and Scotland + English.

Visit places in Scotland + English classes

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Summer excursions

All courses at ECS Scotland include one afternoon excursion per week Excursions are usually on a Wednesday afternoon.  We leave Charlotte Square at 1pm and return to Edinburgh at around 5pm, depending on traffic. The aim of the excursion is for you to practise your English outside…

Culross village

Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery

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Stirling Castle

Visit to Stirling Castle Stirling Castle has played an important part in Scottish history for hundreds of years.  The castle has been restored and refurbished and it is a popular visit with our students.  It takes approximately one hour to get to Stirling by minibus from…

Visit to Stirling Castle

The Union Jack flag flying at Stirling castle

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Museum of Flight

Visit to the Museum of Flight If you like anything and everything to do with flying, this is the excursion for you!  The Scottish National Museum of Flight is located about 45 minutes drive to the east of Edinburgh, at an airfield called East Fortune.  The airfield was…

You can go aboard Concord, take a seat or check out the cockpit.

If you always wanted to be a pilot, here's your chance...

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Falkland Palace and Real Tennis

Visit to Falkland Palace Falkland Palace is located in the picturesque village of Falkland. The palace is now run by the National Trust for Scotland and is open to the public for about 8 months a year, entrance fees help to maintain the building. Volunteer guides are available throughout the property…

Falkland Village

Falkland Palace gardens

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Holyrood Palace

Visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse The Palace of Holyroodhouse is a truely royal visit, the Palace is the Queen's official residence in Scotland.  If the Royal Family are visiting, the Palace is closed to the public. For further information and opening times, see here. It is…

Palace of Holyrood House as seen from Calton Hill

Holyrood Palace is located at the foot of the Royal Mile

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House of the Binns

Excursion to House of the Binns The House of the Binns is the only National Trust property for Scotland that is still home to the same family that built it all the hundreds of years ago. In 1944, Eleanor Dalyell, the present owner's mother, put the care of…

House of the Binns

Jane at the tower

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A visit to Glenkinchie Distillery

Glenkinchie Distillery Glenkinchie Distillery is also know as the home of “The Edinburgh Malt” is located in the rolling farmland of East Lothian and houses an excellent exhibition in the listed red brick buildings.  Your visit begins with an exhibition which is situated on the Old Malting…

An impressive model of the Distillery which explains the process of making whisky.

Tools used to cut peat and explanation of whisky making process.

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Visit to Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel is only 12 miles from the centre of Edinburgh. The visit starts at the information centre which has an exhibition about the history of the chapel, the carvings and the surrounding area.  In the chapel we received a talk by one of the guides who explained in more…

Rosslyn Chapel

Part of the ruined castle

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Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Believing in effigies - A visit to the Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh First of all I had tea under the eye of John Byrne in the new and comfortable café of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. At the beginning I thought it was Frank Zappa, because of the…

Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street (photo from VisitScotland)

Portrait Gallery cafe (photo from Mondoarc)

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