Summary of the brief:
A company would like to show their appreciation to the 20 winners of an internal challenge. The participants must experience something totally out of the ordinary. The trip should be a unique experience that none of them could have had on their own. The participants should experience strong emotions.
DAY 1: Arrival in Glasgow - Discovery of the Trossachs area - Glamping
Guests land at Glasgow Airport and are greeted by five Land Rover Defenders. Head to the heights of Loch Lomond for an off-road driving session then lunch in a marquee with a stunning view of the loch. A meeting with a ranger and a master falconer will allow you to learn more about the natural park and the hunting techniques of the past.
The 4x4s then take the group back down to the lakeside where a seaplane will be waiting for an unforgettable flight over the area. A water landing reveals a camp set up for the group, with two-person sleeping tents and a marquee for dinner and breakfast. The change of scene is total, and comfort is guaranteed with high quality equipment and adapted sleeping arrangements. Fishing rods and berry-picking will provide dinner, and two survival-activity experts will help the group light a fire. The evening will end with a whisky-tasting under the stars.
DAY 2: Discover Glencoe - Private Cottage
In the early morning, after a campfire breakfast, three speed boats will be waiting for the group at the end of the pier. This is followed by two hours of thrills, and a surprise stop on an island where six Highlanders will come to simulate an attack. The programme continues in the fabulous Glencoe Valley. Lunch consists of a tasting of local seafood. The group is then picked up by hiking guides for an unforgettable trek and bike ride along waterfalls and scenery which will take their breath away. We take advantage of being in the area to meet a local beer brewer with whom we create our own beer for the occasion. A few bottles will be sent to us after our stay.
The group then moves to a cottage that has been reserved for their exclusive use. The view over the lake is superb and the place offers comforts worthy of a big hotel. Two craftsmen come for the occasion and offer a workshop on local handicrafts. A kilt-maker is also present to talk about his craft and the history of the kilt and tartan in Scotland. Some of the participants will simply prefer to relax in the jacuzzi in the garden.
A barbecue is served in the evening and a local band will come to lead the group into the night with traditional music.
DAY 3: Discover the Highlands region - Private Cottage
For the bravest, the morning will start with a canoe trip on the loch. This is the best way to reconnect with the fauna and flora.
All participants then set off for the Highlands. On the banks of the River Tummel ghillies (local fishing wardens) take over and teach the guests fly-fishing on one of the country's most popular salmon rivers. A clay-pigeon shooting experience is also offered. The winners of this challenge will be presented with a title deed at the evening meal. Before returning to the cottage, a stop at one of Scotland's oldest distilleries permits the discovery of the art of distillation.
At the cottage, three chefs will be waiting for the guests, to supervise the evening master class activity. Participants will be invited to revisit three great classics of Scottish cuisine for themselves.
At the end of the meal, a performance of "Beat the retreat" will take place in the cottage gardens.
DAY 4 : Departure from Edinburgh Airport
Zero-carbone programme and learning expeditions
(Combined London Edinburgh)
Summary of the brief:
A company seeks to reposition its business around an eco-responsible and solidarity-based approach. Since the United Kingdom offers an innovative vision in this area, the management wishes to organise a seminar for all 40 employees that should prove to be both inspiring and, of course, carbon neutral.
DAY 1: London - Discover the Kings Cross area
The group arrives in the heart of London, in the vibrant Kings Cross area. With luggage delivered directly to the hotel, the participants have the opportunity to discover this new-generation district through its urbanism and architecture. The nearby British Museum provides the occasion for an enriching visit before walking to the hotel. An aperitif in the form of an after-work drink is organised in one of the trendy restaurants in the district. There you will find a green wall and a map of locally-sourced products. Startupers who have developed companies in London with high environmental and societal value will speak on the theme of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) in the United Kingdom and interact with the participants.
DAY 2: Train to the Scottish Borders - Discovery of the Scottish Borders
From the Kings Cross area, the group will take the train for a 3½ hour trip along the British coast. Breakfast is served on board followed by some tastings of local produce. The group will leave the train at Berwick Upon Tweed, greeted by the sound of bagpipes. Who better than Jack, a lobster fisherman, to welcome our guests to a seafood lunch? Jack has developed a responsible way of fishing for lobster. He shares his experience with passion and character.
The route continues along the River Tweed and past many of the abbeys that mark Scotland's history. The group then stops at the Lochcarron tartan factory, which has been making tartan since 1892. The meeting with the teams will highlight the heritage and know-how that has been handed down from generation to generation to preserve the quality and authenticity of the brand. The issues of sustainable development in the textile industry will also be thoroughly discussed.
The group will set down their suitcases in a Victorian hotel in Peebles. A recently-opened gin school will allow everyone to have a go at distillation.
DAY 3: Edinburgh Green City
The group enters Glentress Forest, that we might call the lungs of the region. The participants will meet the ranger who manages the natural park. A Bushcraft experience aimed at reconnecting with nature will be laid on, led by two specialists in survival in hostile environments. The experience ends with a reforestation activity designed to offset the carbon footprint left by travelling by coach.
The group arrives in Edinburgh and settles into a hotel in the city centre, which will enable them to follow the rest of the programme on foot or by electric taxi. After lunch in a Slow Food certified restaurant, the group is offered a team-building experience conceived by the Inspired by Scotland team. The 'CSR Challenge' experience was designed to enable discovery of the city of Edinburgh under the theme of Solidarity and Responsibility. Equipped with a roadbook, each team will follow an itinerary that leads the participants to meet associations and companies that have developed an activity centred on these subjects. The meetings will provide the opportunity for the exchange of ideas, and each group is expected to develop an innovative and responsible concept linked to the company's activity. The participants will all regroup in the premises of a community organisation in Edinburgh.
The evening will be centred around the Scottish Festival©, which brings together a number of food producers from the region. In various booths, guests are offered the opportunity to taste salmon, haggis, homemade beer and whisky. A Celtic music group will come to enliven the evening.
DAY 4: Company meeting and departure
The last morning is devoted to a visit to a company active in the energy sector. Contacts will have been established several months previously, with Inspired by Scotland following the exact specifications of the client. The focus of the meeting is on the optimisation of energy resources in building renovation. After a warm welcome on the company's premises, the participants will be able to visit the production workshops and talk at length, with the help of interpreters.
Conference program - inspirational seminar
Summary of the brief:
A company invites its 150 members for its annual general meeting. As every year, the three-day stay is mainly composed of meetings. One important point is that the client does not want the participants to be confined to the hotel. The budget for the operation this year has been severely cut due to a year marked by a crisis in the sector. The objective is to rebuild the network around a participatory project that unites.
Scotland was selected for the time around March. The image evoked by the country corresponds to the business project, and the local partners offer particularly attractive prices, helping the budgetary aspect at this time.
DAY 1: Arrival in Edinburgh
The group flies to Edinburgh on a chartered flight. Three red double-decker buses await the participants for a tour of the little-known parts of Edinburgh. The buses make several stops, which include tastings, meetings and visits. The participants are installed in a hotel in the city centre of Edinburgh, so that the rest of the programme can be carried out on foot.
The first evening is held in a pub booked exclusively for the group, with a concert by a local rock band is laid on for the occasion. The classics of British music will be performed for the delectation of the participants.
DAY 2: General Assembly in an iconic building in the city
This building was constructed in 1858 to house the new theological school of the Free Church of Scotland. The auditorium which hosts the group's meeting was also the venue for the Scottish Parliament's debates between 1999 and 2004.
In order to provide food for thought for the participants, a series of local speakers are invited. The relationships developed by Inspired by Scotland provide valuable contacts. A round-table discussion with representatives from the industry sector will provide insight into the UK market. A French-speaking political blogger based in Edinburgh, accompanied by a French-speaking member of the Scottish Parliament, will share insights into the Scottish politics.
Dinner on the second night is at a restaurant specializing in Fish & Chips. Providing Fish & Chips for a group of 150 simultaneously is a service very few restaurants are able to deliver.
DAY 3: Sub-commissions in original locations and team-building activity
The group will be divided into sub-groups in order to hold workshops. The locations should be inspiring and linked to the destination. Participants go to a kilt-making workshop, an old church, a cellar in the catacombs of Edinburgh, a hall in Edinburgh Castle, etc.
At the end of the morning, the group transfers to an exclusively-booked residence located 40 minutes from the city centre. This splendid neo-classical style property is actually a castle built in 1800 to which the Earl of the period added a pink marble palace. Lunch served as a buffet permits the guests to make the most of the different spaces. Over coffee, participants will attend a falconry demonstration.
The afternoon will then be devoted to a series of indoor and outdoor team-building activities. Guests will be given the opportunity to take part in traditional Highland games in the gardens, a game of Cluedo in the different rooms of the castle, as well as a simulated auction, inspired by the numerous works of art in the property.
On returning to their rooms, the participants will have the surprise of finding their attire for the evening: kilts for the men (full dress) and a sash for the ladies (tartan stole). As the gala dinner venue is located five minutes' walk from the hotel, guests will be guided by the sound of the bagpipes with five bagpipers who will lead the group. Dinner will be served in the former Edinburgh Advocates' Library, an exceptional place which will remain engraved in the memory of the participants for a long time. The evening will end with an introduction to traditional Scottish dances (a Ceilidh).
DAY 4: Departure
The last morning will give the group the opportunity to visit Edinburgh Castle exclusively, before heading to Edinburgh Airport.