West Kent Medico-Chirurgical Society Trip to Edinburgh

17 - 20 May 2018
  • Medical & Professional Tours
+ Optional extension: Edinburgh Extension

About the tour

Scotland has been at the forefront of modern medicine since the 18th century and is still a leader in research and development. Join the West Kent Medico-Chirurgical Society on this fascinating tour of Edinburgh, looking at its long medical history alongside its stunning natural beauty and architecture. The tour introduces many top Scottish medical professionals who practised in Scotland and provides ample opportunity to enjoy this lovely city’s vivid culture and heritage.

Your tour leader

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Iris Barry

Iris Barry has more than 30 years' experience as a fully qualified professional Blue Badge Guide for Scotland and London. She lives in Strathmiglo, a small village in Fife, Scotland. Iris has guided many special interest tours in Great Britain for alumni groups and experts from the USA on topics ranging from medical history to British mystery writers. She has a long association with National Geographic Magazine as guest lecturer on expeditions throughout Scotland and as expedition leader in Cuba. Today she not only works as a free lance tourist guide but has built up a one-woman international consultancy business as a tourism development and training expert. Her work in this field has taken her to 20 countries including Mongolia, Borneo, Ukraine and Barbados. Educated at the Universities of Cambridge, London and Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland), her first career was as a professional field archaeologist.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 17 May (Thur) London / Edinburgh: If taking the train option take the train from King’s Cross. Arrive and transfer to The Bonham Hotel. Welcome dinner at The Royal College of Surgeons
  • 18 May (Fri) Edinburgh: Take a medical history of Edinburgh walking tour with specialist guide, Sheila Devlin-Thorpe. Lunch followed by a visit to the Scottish Parliament. Please note that if above a certain group size, we will have two groups, one taking part in the medical walking tour in the morning and the Parliament in the afternoon, switching over in the day.
  • 19 May (Sat) Edinburgh: Optional early morning walk to Arthur’s Seat. Talk: The Scottish Enlightenment. Lunch followed by a city tour by bus including a visit to Museum of Scotland, followed by geological overview of Edinburgh. Continue onto Edinburgh Castle and explore the famous site. Optional Scotch Whisky Society tasting and dinner in the evening
  • 20 May (Sun) Edinburgh: Visit Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith in the morning. Take the train back to London or extend for a night (see below) 

Edinburgh extension:

  • 20 May (Sun) Edinburgh – extension day: Visit Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith and check into Hotel du Vin and at leisure until your farewell dinner.
  • 21 May (Mon) Edinburgh / London: Take the train back to London after breakfast

Tour cost

Ground only cost is £717 per person sharing (excluding trains and transfers to Edinburgh)