SCHOOL TRIP TO STIRLING
THE GATEWAY TO THE HIGHLANDS
...impressive nature and very friendly people – that’s Scotland to us. In 2015 this important part of the United Kingdom almost separated from England and Wales. Stirling is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Important landmarks like the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Heritage Centre remind of the heroes of Scotland’s yesteryear. Many historical treasures, old rituals and modern lively cities can be discovered on a school trip to Stirling.
After you got to know London and the south of England a school trip to Scotland is a must. A study trip to Stirling, Edinburgh or Perth is recommendable to students from 15 years on. Topics and excursions can be prepared in advance in lessons.
Free Educational Visits are offered by »Historic Scotland« and allow school groups free entrance for many sights. Advanced booking is essential.
SENLAC'S TRAVEL GUIDE TO STIRLING
All building blocks, sights, attractions and helpful information for a successful school trip to Stirling can be found here.
Our host family organiser is Scottish. He has known his host families for years. The living standard in Scotland is slightly lower than in England hence the houses are slightly more simplistic. Ask your families to talk a little slower (they won’t mind) as the Scottish accent can be rather beautiful but strong.
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Departure in the morning to Amsterdam. Check in into the modern night liner of DFDS-Seaways. Dinner buffet on board.
YORKSHIRE: The journey to Stirling will take you through the most northern English county of England Yorkshire all the way to the 2000-year-old ruins of the Chester Roman fort. This fort was built as border protection to Scotland along Hadrian’s Wall and is one of the most important Roman memories of the British history.
STIRLING: In the afternoon you will arrive in Stirling and after checking in at your accommodation a Guided Walk can show you around the beautiful mediaeval oldtown. The atmosphere in this university town is international and very friendly.
STIRLING CASTLE: Stirling was the setting for the independence wars of Scotland – important landmarks such as the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Heritage Centre are reminders. Stirling Castle thrones on a large rock over what was once Scotland’s capitol and is under constant protection of the statue of the legendary King Robert the Bruce. Until 1685 this was the most majestic castle home to the Royal Scottish family. Bannockburn Heritage Centre presents thrilling interactive 3D-exhibitions explaining the battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
NATIONAL WALLACE MONUMENT: The National Wallace Monument honours Scottland’s freedom fighter – the view from the tower overlooks the battlefields and the unique Highlands.
EDINBURGH: Scotland’s capitol Edinburgh lies in the southern Highlands and offers plenty for everyone. Shopping, art, architecture, and the unique flair will make you fall in love with this city.
City tour: A Guided Walk will take you through this beautiful city which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. A Senlac town quiz can accompany you when you discover the windy alleys of the medieval old town below Castle Rock to Holyrood Palace, which is the Scottish home of the British Royal family.
ATTRACTIONS: Since the 7th century Edinburgh Castle has overlooked the city high on Castle Rock. The Scottish crown jewels can be seen here. The royal yacht »Britannia« lies in the harbour of this modern city. Students are to be found in many cafés and pubs and are never shy of a chat. A Scottish mile is longer than a regular mile. Did you know that? Maybe you fancy walking down the historic Royal Mile and can check it. A visit to the combined Royal Museum & Museum of Scotland near to the Royal Mile is highly recommended.
Into the romantic beauty of the Highlands and Scotland’s first national park. Drive through the Highlands with a stop in Callander, where the Bracklinn Falls roar and the national hero Rob Roy did good deeds. Rocky landscapes offer unique views. Hillsides stretch along wide valleys. During the ice age long lakes like Loch Katrin and Loch Lomond got formed. Maybe you will have time for a boat ride. A visit to Glenturret Whiskey Distillery offers an insight into this typical tipple of the Highlands.
HARRY POTTER CASTLE: After Windsor Castle Alnwick Castle is the second largest royal home in England. The medieval castle is also well known as being used in the Harry Potter movie franchise. An absolute must for Potter fans. In this garden the magic students had their first flying lessons on a broom. The magnificent gardens invite to a stroll. You can meet a real knight, try your hand at bow and arrow and enjoy displays of medieval shows.
NEWCASTLE: The historical university city of Newcastle counts as stronghold for science, economy and art and exhibits a moved history. Maybe there is enough time to climb to the top of the tower of Newcastle and glimpse a view over this city.
DEPARTURE: The ship starts your journey home in the evening towards Amsterdam.
Breakfast buffet on Bord. Arrival in Amsterdam in the morning and return to your hometown by the evening.