Independent Schools Cultural Alliance - ISCA – Summer Programs in the UK

ISCA Scotland

26 December 2020 – 4 January 2021

ISCA Scotland will now run every-other year

Celebrate the New Year with old friends!

We are delighted to invite you to join us for Hogmanay 2021 in Scotland. Staying in the historic capital of Edinburgh, ISCA Scotland allows you to explore Scottish culture and history during the iconic festival of Hogmanay (New Year)! Only students who participated in ISCA 2018 and ISCA 2019 are invited to join us for this very special trip, so you will be able to reconnect with those who have experienced an ISCA Summer – whilst making new friends with students who may have been at the other campus or those who attended one year before or after you.

This will be our second year operating our ISCA Scotland programme and it will certainly be something special. If you thought the summer was good then wait until you experience Edinburgh at Hogmanay!

Explore Scottish History & Culture

Several events in Scottish history have had huge influence on the history and culture our students learnt about in England. Scotland is therefore a natural progression to allow the students to gain an even greater understanding of British history and culture.

On visiting Scotland for the first time in 1842, Queen Victoria wrote in her diary,

The view of Edinburgh from the road is quite enchanting: it is, as Albert said, fairy-like and what you would only imagine as a thing to dream of, or see in a picture.

Our students will experience this enchantment, visiting:

  • Edinburgh – Holyroodhouse, the Old Town, Castle, the New Town, Calton Hill
  • Loch Lomond
  • Highland village of Luss
  • Edinburgh Christmas Markets
  • St Andrews – Castle, Cathedral, West Sands Beach, Golf Courses
  • Arthur’s Seat
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Stirling – Castle, Battle of Bannockburn, The National Wallace Monument

Celebrate Hogmanay

We will take part in the world-famous Torchlight Procession in Edinburgh on 30 December. On 31 December students and teachers will dress up for a formal Hogmanay Gala Dinner, (don’t worry you don’t have to eat Haggis!), before taking part in a traditional Scottish Ceilidh dance – provided by a fantastic live Scottish band. As we approach midnight we will look to the sky for what is sure to be a magnificent firework display as we welcome in 2021!

Stay in the heart of Edinburgh

The Apex Haymarket Hotel is located in the quiet residential district of Haymarket, just a short walk away from Princes Street, the Old Town and Edinburgh Castle. All travel outside of Edinburgh will be on private buses and our furthest destination, Loch Lomond, is under two hours away.

With every student having a twin room with private bathroom, the Apex Hotel will give a more luxurious feel to the programme. ISCA has been allocated over half the rooms in this small hotel, all contained to two ‘ISCA Floors’, with boys and girls staying in separate areas of the hotel. Students will all share a twin bedroom with private bathroom and ISCA staff will be resident on the same corridor at a ratio of 1 teacher for every 4 students. This breaks down to 1 staff room for every 2 student rooms. In addition, the hotel has a 24/7 front desk and security team to ensure the safety of all residents. With such a low staff to student ratio we will be able to provide a high level of supervision and ensure that each of our students has a safe and secure stay in this very comfortable hotel.

Breakfast and dinner will be served in the hotel, with ISCA being granted sole use of the large function suite for the duration of our stay. For Hogmanay we will have a wonderful New Year’s Eve Gala dinner followed by Ceilidh dancing in our own private function room. In addition, the location of this hotel, just outside the centre of Edinburgh, puts us within easy reach of numerous evening activities. Students will have the chance to go on guided walks of Edinburgh’s Old Town, explore Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets or even do something more adventurous like ice skating, bowling or even try the brand-new trampoline centre!

Explore the itinerary Places we visit

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