DIY Treasure Hunt for Your Stag, Hen, Family, Birthday or Corporate Do in Edinburgh...
Mention Edinburgh and probably the first thing to spring to mind is the Castle with the Royal Mile stretching away down the hill or maybe the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now though, there is another event that could be just as memorable - the Edinburgh Treasure Hunt. So why not come and discover it for yourself with our self-managed Edinburgh stag and hen treasure hunt. History, culture, entertainment, shopping - its got the lot - plus a fantastic pub and club scene for the evening if that is your bag!
About Edinburgh ...
Edinburgh is a contemporary and vibrant city with its roots stretching back to a time before written history. But the seeds were sown long before that - 350 million years ago, things were very different - Edinburgh was actually the site of a volcano next to a sub-tropical sea! The remains of this volcano, was re-sculpted by Ice during the last Ice Age, providing the city with its unique atmosphere. The castle sits on a volcanic plug whilst the Royal Mile, leading down to Holyrood Palace, has been built on what was left of the slopes of the volcano. The rest of the volcano has been removed by the erosive power of the Ice. Nearby, the mass of Arthur's seat - yet another volcano - has become Holyrood Park, enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Around Arthur's seat you can get a real sense of the history of Edinburgh - Iron age hill forts and a medieval ruined chapel plus the Victorian development of lakes exist within the park, whilst at the same time you can look out over the modern city of Edinburgh. Edinburgh has a darker side, the body snatchers Burke and Hare were active here and as a result, some of the bigger cemeteries were equipped with watch towers. There are even organised tours to the cemeteries of Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Old Town ...
The geological term for the feature upon which Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile stand is a 'crag and tail'. The castle lies on the crag part whilst the old town was built along the tail. The city gates were located at the site of the World's End pub, part way down the Royal Mile. The pub is so called because anything outside of the city gates did not interest the locals and they saw their world as ending at the gates! The north side of Edinburgh Old Town was guarded by the nor' Loch, drained several centuries ago and converted to the Princes Street Park, through which the railway passes.
Edinburgh New Town ...
The area to the north of the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile has a very ordered look on a street map, that is because it was built as a 'New Town'. You will find squares, ovals and some very grand buildings, including neo-Roman. Calton Hill was developed as a public park.
The Edinburgh treasure hunt can be done entirely on foot or it can include a car section round Arthur's seat. Whatever your choice, you can be guaranteed of a great corporate entertainment or team building event.
So how do our Stag and Hen Party Treasure Hunts Work ...
Your treasure hunt comes as a pack
containing the clues for 4 teams and the other tasks (photo challenges,
scavenger list, word game) plus the answers of course. Extra sets are
available (extra cost) if you expect to have more than 4 teams. Please
contact us after ordering.
So you just need to supply the participants and cameras.
Twenty facts about Edinburgh ...
1. Edinburgh's population is almost 450,000. But that figure swells to well over 1 million during its famous arts festivals in August.
2. Each year, Edinburgh hosts the biggest New Year street party in the world. (The famous festival is best known as Edinburgh's Hogmanay).
3. JK Rowling, author of the famous Harry Potter books, allegedly wrote her first novel 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' in a café in Edinburgh.
4. Sean Connery grew up in Edinburgh and as a boy, delivered milk to Fettes School, where the fictitious character of James Bond was educated. (UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, was also educated at Fettes School in Edinburgh.)
5. The city's Scotch Whisky Experience is dedicated to the 300-year history of Scotch whisky and features sound effects and aromas! For the real thing visit Scotland's Southern most whisky distillery, Glenkinchie, thirty minutes drive from Edinburgh
6. Edinburgh University, one of the most famous universities in the world, was established in 1583.
7. Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city skyline, is the most popular visitor attraction in Scotland with over 1 million visitors each year.
8. The word 'caddie' originated from the men who were hired to carry pails of water up the tenement flats in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Golf caddies are thought to stem from Mary Queen of Scots who was educated in France and a keen golfer. Apparently, she christened the students who carried her clubs 'cadets' and, given the French pronunciation of the word, some people believe that this is how the modern meaning of the term developed.
9. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was born in Edinburgh. A statue of Sherlock Holmes is in Picardy Place celebrates the birthplace of Arthur Conan Doyle, and is the only statue of its kind in the UK.
10. In the Old Calton Burial Ground, in the centre of Edinburgh, there is a memorial to the Scottish soldiers who died in the American Civil War and a statue of Abraham Lincoln - the first one erected outside the USA.
11.The Royal Yacht Britannia served the Royal Family for forty four years and is the last in a long line of Royal Yachts. Its new permanent home is at Ocean Terminal in the historic port of Leith
12. Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, was born in Edinburgh. Bell, like his father, was an educator of the deaf. He went first to Canada and then to the United States, where in 1873 he was appointed a professor in the School of Oratory, Boston University.
13. Robert Louis Stevenson lived at 17 Heriot Row in the New Town. His poem 'Leary the Lamplighter' was written about the local lamplighter, who Stevenson could see from his window. Famous landmarks with RLS connections include the Jeckyll & Hyde pub, Deacon Brodie's Tavern and The Hawes Inn in South Queensferry which features in 'Kidnapped'.
14.While Princes Street Gardens, situated in the city centre, boasts the world's oldest floral clock, the Royal Botanic Garden contains Britain's tallest Palm House in The Glasshouse Experience.
15.The founder of America's National Parks, is commemorated at the John Muir House & Country Park, just outside Edinburgh
16.The Palace of Holyroodhouse is The Queen's official residence ion Scotland. They contain historic apartments where Mary, Queen of Scots, lived. Mary's death mask, meanwhile, is housed within Lennoxlove House, home of the Duke of Hamilton and just outside Edinburgh.
17.To follow in the footsteps of Scotland's literary heroes, visitors to the city can join in The Macallan Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour, which takes-in the famous and infamous pubs of Edinburgh's Old and New Towns. The tour finishes at Milne's Bar, originally a meeting place of the Scottish literati.
18.Some of the movies to have been filmed in Edinburgh and the surrounding district include 'The 39 Steps', 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie', 'Jude', and 'Mary Reilly'.
19.The story of 'Greyfriar's Bobby', the faithful Skye terrier, hails from Edinburgh, and the world famous statue to the little dog is located on George IV Bridge, opposite Greyfriar's Bobby pub. (A new film version of the story was filmed in Edinburgh in 2006)
20.Edinburgh, along with Bath, Rome and Venice, has been designated a World Heritage Site.
NEW TREASURE HUNTS
All hunts can be delivered as a smartphone treasure hunt if required. For some, we will need a bit of notice beforehand as they are not all yet prepared.