Scotland, August 2019 with the Hatters

Date: 15th Sep 2019 Author: Joe

By Ellen, Ben, Tara and Caira

The journey to Scotland was an interesting one to say the least; during the 10-hour journey we entertained ourselves by playing a variety of music such as: WOAH to Sweet Caroline and singing non-stop the whole way! When we finally arrived at Craig’s campsite, we unpacked and relaxed after a long journey.

The next morning, we woke up after about 2 hours of sleep to go white water rafting in Pinkston water sports centre which ended with some memorable experiences to put it mildly.

Then we jumped into the bus for a couple of hours of the famous DINGLE TOURS! We explored the Banockburn battle site and Stirling bridge all for free courtesy of Dan Ingle himself. We went back to the campsite for some spag bowl and a campfire with some Scottish explorers where we learned some new songs including the classic BUNGALOW. Afterwards we all decided to scare ourselves by watching a film, then Dan and Brian really scared us by waiting for a quiet moment and slamming the windows from outside…

The next morning, we were up early to get on the tram into central Edinburgh for a hike around Arthur’s Seat. We then spent the rest of the day exploring the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Royal Mile. After a fun day we had a quick Harry Potter tour and a trip to Nando’s. The evening was spent taking a history tour about the 16th century streets of Edinburgh. After a late-night tram, accompanied with Dingle Christmas tunes, back to the campsite we decided to pull an all-nighter. It’s safe to say that the journey back was a lot quieter than the way there, much to the leader’s relief.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls