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Day 1-3 (Oct. 2-4): Crieff Hydro Hotel

Strathearn House • Ferntower Road • Crieff PH7 3LQ •

Located in a market town famous for whisky and its history of cattle droving, the Crieff Hydro Estate Hotel sits in the heart of the lush countryside of Strathearn Valley.

Day 3-7 (Oct. 4-8): The Dalmahoy Hotel

A71 • Kirknewtown EH27 8EB •

Edingburgh’s beautiful country estate is surrounded by rolling parklands, nature trails and towering woodlands. Only 7 miles from Edinburgh, it features views of Edinburgh Castle and Forth Bridges.


Our itinerary

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Arrivals
Arriving guests will be greeted by iE USA staff at  Edinburgh Airport. Early arrivals (arrival before 11 a.m.) will gather at baggage claim and walk together to the Hampton hotel at the airport. Arrivals after 11 a.m. will gather at the airport.

1:30 p.m.: Shuttle from airport/Hampton hotel at airport
Buses will pick up travelers and luggage at the airport and at the Hampton.

Note: Luggage will be brought directly to the hotel. Please pack all items you need before 5 p.m. that day in your carry-on. You should have received a luggage tag in the mail for your checked bag. This will help hotel staff deliver the correct bag to your room. If you have not received a luggage tag yet, please contact

2:20-3:40 p.m.: Lunch
On our way to the hotel, we will stop for a relaxed lunch with a view.

5-8 p.m.: Hotel check-in and time to relax and settle in
Your luggage will await you in your room. Take time to settle in and refresh before dinner.

8 p.m.: Dinner
Dinner at the hotel

starting 7:30 a.m.: Breakfast
Breakfast at hotel (Meikle restaurant)

9:30 a.m.-noon: Staff meeting
iE Team members from the U.S., Germany Spain and Switzerland meet. Non-iE guests do not need to attend. location: Ferntower Suite

12:30-1:45 p.m.: Lunch at the hotel (for iE team and guests, Meikle restaurant)

1:45-5 p.m.: Glenturret Distillery visit OR Foraging
Join the activity you signed up for. See personal itinerary for details:

  • 2 p.m.: Foraging
  • 2:40 p.m.: Distillery tour group 1
  • 3:40 p.m.: Distillery tour group 2

5-7 p.m.: Free time

7:15-9:30 p.m.: Dinner in town
We will enjoy dinner in an intimate, charming location nestled on the edge of the Scottish Highlands

after 10 p.m.: Nightcaps or bedtime

starting 7:30 a.m.: Breakfast
Breakfast at hotel (Meikle restaurant)

12-5 p.m.: Murthly castle experience with lunch and afternoon tea
We will embark on a trip to this rural castle that is Highland in nature. We will get to know some living and breathing history, enjoy lunch and have a mini afternoon tea hour.

5-8 p.m.: Free time

8-10 p.m.: BBQ dinner evening with Celtic entertainment
A lively dinner get-together with folk music in a relaxed setting awaits.

after 10 p.m.: Nightcaps or bedtime

starting 7:30 a.m.: Breakfast and check-out
Breakfast at hotel (Meikle restaurant)

9:30 a.m.: Departure from Crieff Hydro Estate

10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.: Bus tour of Edinburgh
On an iconic bus, we will discover the panoramic views of Edinburgh in style.

1-2 p.m.: Lunch in the city

2:30-4:30 p.m.: Tour of Edinburgh Castle
Local guides will take us on a tour of the historic Edinburgh Castle. With a long and rich history, Edinburgh Castle is the location of many exciting tales, and visitors making their way up Castle Hill walk in the footsteps of soldiers, kings and queens – and even the odd pirate or two.

5 p.m. Departure to hotel

5-7 p.m.: Check-in at Dalmahoy Hotel and free time

7:15-9:30 p.m.: Dinner at a local pub
Only a stone’s throw away from the city, we will enjoy dinner in a small village just west of Edinburgh.

after 10 p.m.: Nightcaps or bedtime

starting 7:30 a.m.: Breakfast
Pentland restaurant

9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Walk in Pentland Hills, simulated game shooting, golf clinic, OR round of golf
Join the activity you signed up for (see personal itinerary).

1-5 p.m.: Group activity excursion with lunch
Our expedition will lead us to Scotland’s East coast. After enjoying an iconic UK meal, we will get a little active and let the scenery inspire us to work as a team. Be sure to wear attire suited for the weather on the coast.

6-7:30 p.m.: Ghost walk OR free time
Your personal itinerary will include information about joining the ghost walk.

8-10 p.m.: Dinner in Edinburgh
Our group will reunite for a fabulous dinner in the heart of Edinburgh.

after 10:30 p.m.: Nightcaps or bedtime

starting 7:30 a.m.: Breakfast
Pentland restaurant

9:30 a.m.-noon: Group activity

On our last full day together, we will take a deep dive into Scottish history and culture in a fun and engaging way. Wear comfortable outdoor clothing.

12:30-2 p.m.: Lunch

2-5 p.m.: Free time
Shuttles from hotel to town will be available.

7:15-midnight: Scottish dinner party with music and entertainment
To celebrate all we have accomplished as a team, and to round out an enjoyable and fun week for all, we will end our trip with a Scottish dinner party with music and entertainment in a one-of-a-kind location.

starting 7:30 a.m.: Breakfast

8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.: Check-out and transfer to airport

FAQ’s & Helpful info

What do I need to prepare ahead of the trip?
  • Bring the correct travel documents. You do not need a visa to visit Scotland but please review your airline’s website/transit country info for any travel requirements.
  • Complete COVID test and submit test results (Note: You may take a rapid test, a PCR test, or an at-home COVID test while Facetiming your RD, who will record your test results. Your test should be conducted at the most 48 hours before departure or 72 hours before arrival in Scotland)
  • Print your personal itinerary (will be sent to you the week before departure)
  • Review the recommended packing list. Use the luggage tag provided by iE for your checked luggage.
  • Exchange currency.
  • Get travel insurance (optional).
  • Download WhatsApp and get a temporary international data plan for the duration of the stay.
Where do I go upon arrival in Edinburgh?

Arrivals before 11 a.m. on Sat, Oct. 2: Look for iE USA staff at baggage claim. We will gather as a group, leave the airport and walk to the Hampton at the airport. Guides will be at the airport arrival gate to assist.

Arrivals after 11 a.m. on Sat, Oct. 2: Look for iE USA staff at baggage claim. Your group will stay at the airport until our busses arrive. Guides will be at the airport to greet and direct you.

Our buses will leave the airport around 1:30 p.m., make a stop at the Hampton to pick up early arrivals. Luggage will be brought directly to the hotel, while the travel group will stop for lunch on the way to the hotel.

What is the dress code? What clothing items are recommended?

The weather in Scotland can be quite unpredictable. The best way to prepare is to pack a mix of warm-weather and cold-weather clothing that can be layered and removed/added as the weather changes. Rain is to be expected, so please bring a raincoat or parka with a hood. You do not need to bring an umbrella.

Please bring comfortable walking shoes. Scotland has terrain with hills, cobblestone streets and the ground may be wet at times. For example, to enter Edinburgh Castle, there will be a slight uphill walk. Some of our outdoor activities also call for comfortable shoes.

Most of our meals are in a relaxed, casual setting. A couple of our dinners are in a nicer location, so feel free to bring a set of “nice clothes” to wear for dinner those evenings. Semi-formal or formal attire is not needed.

What will the weather be like?

Weather can change quickly in Scotland. In October, please expect a mix of sunshine, wind and rain. Temperatures are fairly consistent with daily highs of 55°F and lows of 43°F.

We will send out a more detailed weather forecast the week before departure.

Do I need to bring British pound sterling (GBP) currency?

We advise that you exchange currency before you travel to Scotland. Credit cards are widely accepted but you might not be able to use them everywhere. Be aware of fees for using your credit card abroad. We recommend exchanging an appropriate amount based on what you would typically spend when on vacation.

Are meals and drinks included?

Hotel breakfasts as well as all lunches and dinners listed on our itinerary are included, along with water, soft drinks, beer and wine. If you would like to order a cocktail, spirits or hard liquor, please be prepared to pay for your drink unless stated otherwise at the venue.

The mini bar in your room is a private expense paid by the individual room occupants on check-out.

Will the bus have a toilet?


Are there special rules about smoking?

Cigarettes are expensive in Scotland, so consider buying cigarettes beforehand. Please note that smoking in enclosed public places is illegal in Scotland. Smoking must be done in designated areas outside of restaurants, venues and hotels, so please check before smoking. Vaping and e-cigarette rules are at the discretion of the venue/property you are on.

Who will I share a room with?

If you are a solo traveler, you will receive an email on Wednesday, September 28, with information about who you will be sharing a hotel room with.

Will we receive details about meeting times, locations, etc. ahead of time?

Yes, your personal itinerary will include most of those details. Our local guides also know the itinerary well and will be able to answer questions, or provide guidance.

How does transportation work during the trip?

Transportation to and from all activities on our itinerary will be provided. If you have opted for free time and do not want to use the provided transportation, please arrange your own transportation to the next venue on the agenda. Public transport and local taxis are common. Uber is available in larger cities like Edinburgh.

What should I know about Scotland?

Here are a few things to know about Scotland:

1. Scotland is its own country with a distinct culture, not to be confused with England.

2. Tipping is not mandatory in Scotland. It is not necessary to tip at the pub; it’s customary to tip 10% in restaurants.

3. Talking loudly in public is frowned upon.

4. Typically, there is no table service in pubs. You order food and drinks at the bar and pay for drinks when you order them.

5. Traffic in Scotland is lefthand. Be sure to check left when crossing the street.

6. Tap water is safe to drink.