Drumming Out 2019

17th January 2019
20th January 2019
Iain McFarlane
15th December 2018
MacDonald Hotel Holyrood
81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU, United Kingdom

Drumming out Edinburgh

Online Bookings have now closed, please contact Iain McFarlane for late availability

The British Senate Drumming Out will be held in Edinburgh from the late afternoon on Thursday 17th January until Sunday 20th January 2019.

We will start on the Thursday afternoon with a meal and drink before going to Mary Kings Close. Mary King’s Close is hidden beneath the characteristic and lively streets of Edinburgh’s busy thoroughfare – the Royal Mile. Unlock the secrets of Edinburgh’s only preserved 17th century street, wander through a labyrinth of Old Town alleyways, avoid the cry of gardyloo and discover the stories of the people who lived, worked, and died here.

We start with a private tour of Holyrood Palace.  This special tour of Scotland’s official residence of The Queen highlights both Holyrood’s dramatic past and the Palace’s important role today. In the company of an expert guide, our group will enjoy a private tour of the State Apartments before the Palace opens to visitors for the day.  This private tour offers a unique opportunity to go behind the ropes in selected rooms. The West Drawing Room, used by members of the Royal Family as a private sitting room and not normally open to the public, is included in this tour.  It is among the most beautiful rooms in the palace and boasts one of the finest 17th-century plasterwork ceilings. After a light lunch we will visit the Scottish Parliament to see where Scotland’s devolved government meets. This modern building immediately across the road from Holyrood Palace provides a constrasting architectural style. The evening will see a Scottish  Ceilidh together a Scottish themed buffet.

The morning continues the Royal theme with a self-guided tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia which is moored in Leith harbour. Following this there will be a presentation lunch. For those Senators in the one size fits no one club there will be a Bumble Bee Club meeting back at the Drumming Out Hotel. Saturday evening will see the traditional Drumming Out of the 2018 Chairman and the installation of the Chairman for 2019. The weekend will end on the Sunday morning with a Senate Breakfast hosted by the 2019 Senate Chairman.

The Hotel for the whole weekend is the Macdonald Holyrood. This will be the venue for the Friday evening Ceilidh, Bumble Bee meeting, Saturday dinner and Sunday Senate Breakfast.
The agreed nightly rates are:-

£125 for Single Occupancy including Breakfast
£135 for Double Occupancy including Breakfast

To book please contact direct on :

From the UK: 0344 879 9000
From Overseas: +44 (0) 1506 815 163
quoting reference 37745480

Transport to Edinburgh is easy by aeroplane, train or car. The hotel is a short taxi ride or modest walk from Waverley Station, the main railway station in Edinburgh.

If anyone is seeking someone to share a room with please contact me and I will see what I can do though I cannot guarantee to find you a room partner.
To book please use the accompanying booking form, online booking will also be available shortly
Any questions please contact me