Explore Scotland through the Fall 2022 Events!

Laura Williamson Student Services Officer


August 2, 2022

We hope you are getting excited about your time in Scotland this Fall! We have put together a range of events for you that will get you properly immersed into Scottish culture and maybe trying some new experiences! There is something for everyone and we encourage you to take full advantage of this opportunity. Below is a first look at what you've got in store! 

Event registration opens August 1st at 12 noon (EST) in your Arcadia Passport.

Don’t forget, if an event is full you can add yourself to the waitlist to be notified automatically if more space becomes available.

Isle of arran weekend- 30th september - 2nd october

Who visits Scotland and does not see an island? We will make sure it's not you by taking you to Arran; one of Scotland's hidden gems and referred to as “Scotland in miniature”. Sailing across the Firth of Clyde you will have the chance to explore this beautiful highland island's jumble of hills, glens and seaside villages. Over the course of the weekend we’ll see all that Arran has to offer. You will also get to experience some of the local produce that the island is known for when we visit the Isle of Arran brewery, cheesemonger and Arran aromatics. Once back on the mainland on Sunday we’ll visit the Robert Burns Museum, seeing and hearing the Bard’s birthplace and poetry.

Price includes: Round trip travel by coach from Edinburgh- pick up in Glasgow, 2 nights accommodation - Lochranza Youth Hostel, 2x breakfasts, 2x dinner, 3x lunch, 

james iv qeen of the fight- wednesday 5th october

Scotland, 1504, seen fresh through the eyes of new arrivals Ellen and Anne, two Moorish ​ women who were expected to take their place at a royal court....but not this one. Both women now have to fight to find and keep a place in the dazzling, dangerous world of the Scottish Court of James IV. It’s a world where war is never far away, words of love and promises of peace are not what they seem and where poets might turn out to be more dangerous than any assassin. Blythe Duff (Taggart, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Daniel Cahill (All My Sons for Dundee Rep and River City for BBC) are returning to the James Plays following their roles in James I, II and III, and are joined by Danielle Jam (Them! For NTS, Molly and Mack for BBC) as Ellen, and Laura Lovemore (Queen of the New Year for BBC and Life is a Dream for The Lyceum) as Anne. Employing the same wit and theatricality of the first ​three James Plays, acclaimed playwright Rona Munro takes you back to a thrilling and uncharted period of Scottish history in this brand-new production. This is taking place in Edinburgh at the Festival Theatre

Price includes: 1 course Dinner & ticket to the theatre. 

firbush adventure weekend- 7th - 9th october

Join us for one of our most popular events– the Loch Tay Outdoor Activity Weekend- Firbush. This is an activity-filled weekend set in the southern Highlands; staying in a log cabin, opening your curtains to the rolling mountains and still waters of Loch Tay you will embark on an amazing weekend of hill-walking, kayaking, canoeing and mountain biking. Come rain, snow or sun you will get to experience the best outdoor activities that the Highlands has to offer. The neighbouring village of Killin offers quaint tea shops and pubs as well as the dramatic Falls of Dochart. If you are wanting a more leisurely exploration of the area, you are more than welcome to enjoy it in a less adrenaline-packed manner. On the Saturday evening, we will have a traditional Burns' Supper where you will get to try Haggis, Neeps and Tatties followed by a ceilidh and evening of music by a world-renowned local 'Piper. This really is a weekend not to be missed!

Price includes: Round trip travel by coach from Edinburgh and pick up from Stirling, two nights’ accommodation, all meals (Breakfast, lunch & dinner) and all activities with equipment hire (if you have your own, I would use that). 

essay writing skills- wedneday 12th october

If you feel like you might be struggling with your assignments then this workshop is for you! Many exchange students struggle with adapting to a different education system, but don’t worry our Edinburgh Centre has you covered! In this session you will learn crucial essay writing skills from a university tutor, such as how to reference, avoiding plagiarism, using evidence and structuring an argument. If you have any questions about essay writing please come along, we’re happy to help. For those students who can’t make this event the session will be recorded and posted on the Facebook page. 

Price includes: FREE

highlands weekend- 14th - 16th October

Come with us over the sea to Skye! This 3-day weekend trip will feature an incredible drive up through the spectacular Trossachs National Park and desolate Rannoch Moor to enter the Scottish Highlands, visiting Glencoe, Fort William and Eilean Donan Castle. We will journey to the famous isle of Skye where you will see the dramatic scenery such as, Kilt Rock and the Mealt Falls, and weather permitting an option to see the unusual and unique rock features such as the Old Man of Storr or the Fairy Glen - a delightful miniature Highland landscape and legendary home of the 'wee people'. Continue to Duntulm sea viewpoint to see some of the most dramatic sea cliffs in Scotland. You will also explore the island's capital, Portree, famous for its colourful harbour in the evening on Saturday night. Weather permitting a walk into the fairy pools and a visit to Dunvegan Castle. Driving back we will visit Loch Ness at Fort Augustus and a working sheepdog farm stopping at the Victorian holiday town of Pitlochry. 

Details may change due to weather. 

 Prices includes: Round trip travel by coach from Edinburgh, 2 nights accommodation - Inverness Youth Hostel & Portree Youth Hostel, 2x breakfasts, 2x dinner, 3x lunch, 

regional weekend- 28th - 29th october

Don’t miss an unforgettable weekend trip in the charming medieval capital city of Scotland with students from Arcadia England and Arcadia Ireland. Dare to try traditional Ceilidh dancing and visit a distillery of Scotland’s national drink Scotch, also known as the ‘water of life’ on a day trip on the Saturday. More information to follow. 

Price includes: buffet & ceilidh on Friday & full day trip in the highlands on Saturday. If your program is out of Edinburgh, hostel voucher is available. 

author talk- 30th october

Location: Edinburgh Center at 10.30am (Buccleuch Place) and Zoom

Anne Pettigrew, guest author and a former doctor (GP) in Greenock (near Glasgow) for 31 years has kindly agreed to give a talk to our students on her 2018 debut novel Not The Life Imagined

“A darkly humorous, thought-provoking story of Scottish medical students in the sixties, a time of changing social and sexual mores. None of the teenagers starting at Glasgow University in 1967 live the life they imagine. Beth Slater is shocked at how few female medical students there are and that some people, such as Conor Towmey, think they shouldn’t be there at all. Devastated by a close friend’s suicide, Beth uncovers a revealing diary and vows to find the person responsible for her death. Struggling with the pressure of exams while supporting friends through disasters, Beth charts the students’ changing, often stormy, relationships over two decades in a contemporary backdrop of Free Love, the Ibrox Football Disaster, the emergence of HIV and DNA forensics. In time, indiscretions surface with dire consequences for some. In Not the Life Imagined, retired medic Anne Pettigrew has written a tale of ambition and prejudice laced with sharp observations, irony and powerful perceptions that provide a humorous and compelling insight into the complex dynamics of the NHS fifty years ago.”

This novel, while untangling an intriguing and terrible mystery, engages with some difficult topics from suicide and rape to the challenges of accessing healthcare and the deep misogyny of certain institutional policies and individuals.  There are fairly explicit sexual scenes. There is also the use of language that some may find offensive. Our discussion at the author talk will include topics relating to health care and gender in Scotland including issues relating to rights and access to healthcare up to the present day where Scotland has just created the legal right to free period products.  

(Please note that all profits from the purchase of this book goes to Plan UK, a global children’s charity that works with youth growing up in some of the world’s poorest communities, making sure they have access to the education, health care, clean water and future opportunities they need to thrive.)

Price includes: FREE

Note, Students from the England & Ireland program will be at this event also. 

borders DAY TRIP- SATURDAY 5th november

For hundreds of years the Scottish Borders have marked the boundary between Scotland and England, and for this reason the region is rich with history, culture, and literature. From Walter Scott, to James Hogg, and John Buchan, the Borders has provided inspiration for great works of prose, poetry, and song. The day will begin with a visit to Rosslyn Chapel, a 15th century chapel featured in the 2006 film The Da Vinci Code. The Chapel is also associated with the Holy Grail and the Knights Templar. After this we will visit Melrose Abbey, a partially ruined monastery that is nearly 900 years old. Despite the best efforts of Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell the abbey still stands to this day, and provides a valuable insight into Scotland’s past. We will then move onto Innerleithen to visit Traquair House, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. Traquair is still owned by the Stuart family, Scotland’s former ruling dynasty, and later leaders of the Jacobite Rebellions. Traquair is full of secrets including a chapel, a priest hole, a maze and even a brewery! After lunch in the town of Melrose, we will be visiting Abbotsford House, the stately home of Scotland’s greatest novelist Sir Walter Scott. The house itself is full of history, and also boasts fantastic grounds including a walled garden. 

Price includes: Round trip travel by coach from Edinburgh, Entry to Rosslyn Chapel, Traquair House, Lunch in Melrose, Abbotsford House.

exam & revision skills- wednesday 23rd november

With the exam period fast approaching it might be worth brushing up on your revision skills so you can increase your chances of success. The Edinburgh Centre will be running two exam skills sessions in April where you will learn how to prepare for your exams. Remember preparation saves perspiration! This session will include everything from advice on planning your revision to what to expect on the day of the exam. For those students who can’t make this event the session will be recorded and posted on the Facebook page

Price includes: FREE

farewell ceilidh- thursday 1st december 

Ceilidh [kay-lee] is the Gaelic word for 'gathering' and involves Scottish country dancing to traditional folk music. Strip the Willow? Orcadian Reel? Flying Scotsman? Soon you’ll know what all of these mean, and be pretty good at them too. At our Fall Ceilidh we’ll provide a traditional buffet, followed by an evening of dancing. Please join us for this amazing night with a live band and dancers to help you learn some moves. Feel free to bring friends to the ceilidh! It will be held at The Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Price includes: FREE

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