Our experiences

At Inspired by Scotland we believe that the impact of an event is in its personalization. We have chosen to create our own immersive experiences tailored to the client's expectations and the characteristics of our destination. These experiences give a unique aspect to the programme and allow the discovery of what we like to call True Scotland. Here are a few examples:

Team building: Scottish food challenge

Summary of the objectives:
The programme is a seminar for a major international caterer. Weary of traditional events, the client wants an experience specific to the destination, and experience that encourages challenge and encounters.

The Scottish Food Challenge is a team-building activity suitable for groups of 10 to 300 people. Divided into groups of 8 to 10, the participants are given a roadbook and set off to explore the city in order to meet passionate craftsmen and women. Each stop provides a challenge or a question and gives rise to a tasting. The meeting with a local allows the sharing of information on the culinary specificities of Scotland. The 3-hour activity can be done in a half-day, or can include a lunch with an option offering more copious tastings. It is also possible to include a gift for the participants during the stops.

Example of stops:

  • Meeting with a Haggis producer
  • Meeting with a fisherman
  • Meeting with a salmon farmer
  • Meeting with a Master Blender of whisky
  • Meeting with a Fudge manufacturer
  • Meeting with a chocolate maker
  • Meeting with a cheese maker

Immersive activity: Scottish heritage

Summary of objectives:
The programme is an incentive for a steering committee of 20 people. The client has chosen Scotland for its authenticity and history. The stay must offer experiences that the participants would not be able to have by themselves.

The Scottish Heritage experience will be in a kilt-making workshop in Edinburgh's Old Town. This two-hour meeting allows a total immersion in Scottish history and culture. Participants will trace the great and rich history of Scotland through the key dates of the emergence of the bagpipes, the kilt and tartan.
The experience is spread over three stages:

  • 1/ Bagpipe history and initiation

    The group meets one of the last bagpipe makers in Edinburgh. A visit to his workshop allows the group to assess the precision and expertise required in this craft. The bagpipe, an instrument with a military vocation, leads us to retrace the great hours of Scotland in its quest for independence. At the end, an opportunity is offered to volunteers to try to get a sound from this very special instrument.

  • 2/ History of the kilt and tartan

    It is the kiltmaker himself who welcomes participants into his workshop. He will outline the history of the kilt and tartan with a demonstration of how the kilt was originally worn in the Scottish Highlands. As the founder of Edinburgh's first handcrafted kilt-making school, this enthusiast will also give a contemporary vision of this iconic garment, which remains more than ever an important aspect of Scottish identity.
    This meeting could also be arranged as the occasion for taking measurements of the participants for their kilt for the last evening.

  • 3/ Whisky tasting

    During each part of this experience, a whisky tasting can be offered. An expert will offer a selection of rare whiskies.

Team building: Harry Potter

Summary of objectives:
The programme is an incentive for a group of 50 young salespeople. The whole programme must be focused on motivation, challenges and team-spirit.

Edinburgh was a great inspiration for JK Rowling, the famous author of Harry Potter. The team-building activity divides the participants into different houses: the famous "Gryffindor", "Slytherin", "Hufflepuff", and "Ravenclaw", each given a distinctive motif on a scarf or cape. The groups will work their way through the old town of Edinburgh, following live instructions from Teacher Dumbledore, who will lead them through a series of challenges:

  • Collecting plants for making a potion
  • Grave reading
  • Using your magic wand
  • The history of magic in the National Museum of Scotland
  • A surprise challenge at the Elephant House, the café where JK Rolling is said to have written the first volume of the saga
The activity concludes with a big Quidditch match in the park near the University of Edinburgh. This sport, straight out of the novel, is taken very seriously in Edinburgh. Under the guidance of players from the University of Edinburgh team, participants will run holding their brooms between their legs, striving to catch the famous 'Golden Snitch'.

Immersive activity / Dinner / Team building: Scottish festival

Summary of objectives:
The programme is a conference for a group of 150 people in the construction industry. The client wants an alternative to the traditional gala dinners, with an original and lively evening highlighting the unique characteristics of Scotland.

The Scottish Festival© is a project born from the DNA of Inspired by Scotland. Inspired by our public events, the idea is to bring together under one roof the "best of Scotland".
Organised in a place with ample accommodation (an old church, a farm, a castle, a gala venue), Inspired by Scotland makes use of its contacts with local producers, who will be invited to set up stands to present their products. They will include, for example, a salmon farmer, a haggis producer, a pie maker, a cheese maker, a distiller, a brewer of craft beers, a gin maker, etc.
Maintaining an informal atmosphere, long tables and barrels are set up in the heart of the location. Participants are encouraged to meet the producers by picking up their own tasting plates. A more classic formula with waiters / plates can also be offered as an option.
Participants will be invited to come onto the stage for an introduction to Scottish dances (Ceilidh), pipers and other musical groups.
The Scottish Festival© is also offered as a half-day activity or as a team-building activity with an experience such as meeting a kilt maker, an initiation to bagpipes, a traditional dance competition, or whisky tasting.

Immersive activity: Gastronomic tour

Summary of objectives:
The programme is an incentive intended to reward 30 chefs from around the world. The client wishes to highlight the diversity and quality of products in Scotland.

Departing from Edinburgh, the group heads for New Haven Harbour, where a boat is waiting. The group launches out first into the North Sea, then turns back to the coast of Fife. Fife is known as the "larder" of Scotland. It is an agricultural coastal region in which we find the beautiful town of St Andrews.
With two 17-seater minibuses, the group will set off to meet food producers from the region. The various stops will take the participants to a salmon smokehouse, a lobster fisherman, a cheese producer, a beef farmer, a whisky distillery and a gin distillery, etc.
Both half-day and full day formats include meetings with food producers, site visits, and extensive tastings that will form the group's lunch.
The return journey to Edinburgh can be made by train, which will offer magnificent views of the coast, as well as the Forth Bridge, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Immersive activity / Dinner activity: Murder mystery

Summary of objectives:
The programme is an incentive for 40 people in the Highlands region. The client wishes to provide their participants with memorable experiences that only Scotland can offer.

Participants arrive at a haunted castle, exclusively reserved for their dinner. The location is impressive, and the guests take a moment to get a photo of themselves with their kilts. A room opens and something seems to make the drinking glasses shake. A crime scene is revealed to the participants. At the same time, five actors have slipped into the group among the guests, and a master of ceremonies (a police officer) comes to announce this.
Participants are invited to sit at the table. Round tables of ten people to form five teams.
The police officer presents the facts and briefly questions the five suspects, allowing them to introduce themselves. Between each course (starter/main course/ dessert) the suspects move from table to table to be questioned. Depending on the location, it is also possible to set up the interrogation rooms in different areas of the house. Between the two interrogations, the police officer adds a few clues to the case. The evening ends with the identification of the murderer by each group.
This activity is also possible on a half-day format, with afternoon tea, for example.