2020 Baden-Powell Council
Blair Atholl Contingent Touring Itinerary

Note: The 2020 Blair Atholl Jamborette has been canceled. As a result, our plans are on hold.
We will be meeting in April to discuss our options. 

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Date Morning Afternoon Evening Overnight
Monday July 13th  

United Airlines flight 110 - leave Newark (EWR) at 18:00

Tuesday July 14th
London
(East)
Arrive at London Heathrow (LHR) at 06:20
We'll have a cab company pick up our bags at Heathrow and take them to Dockland Scout Project, so we can hit the ground running. 

We'll start by riding the London Underground to the
Tower of London

Begun by William the Conqueror nearly a thousand years ago, the Tower of London has been a fortification, Royal residence, prison and place of execution. We'll take a tour with a Yeoman Warder (a/k/a "Beefeater"), and see the Crown Jewels. 

Walk across Tower Bridge

Yes, that's "Tower Bridge", not "London Bridge", even though it's the most iconic bridge in London. London Bridge is either long destroyed, moved to Arizona or upstream, depending on which one you're talking about. None of them are "falling down". 

HMS Belfast

We're booked for a visit to the HMS Belfast at 15:00. Now part of the Imperial War Museum, the cruiser HMS Belfast is the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. Explore all nine decks of HMS Belfast to discover what life was like on board for the crew at war and at sea. From the guns that fired some of the first shots on D-Day right down to the engine rooms 15ft below sea level, get up close to the inner workings of a warship and hear hundreds of powerful stories from those who worked on board.

Ride the London Eye

The London Eye is the world's tallest observation wheel. It's not a "Ferris wheel", where the passenger cars are free-swinging and spend time inside the structure on part of the trip. Rather, the school bus-sized cars of the London Eye are always on the outside of the wheel so you always get a great view of London during the half-hour of the ride. We'll view the "4D experience" on the shore of the Thames around at 20:00, then board the wheel to see London at twilight. 

Dockland Scout Project

We'll be staying for two nights on the Lord Amory, a boat moored in the City Canal at Docklands, which forms the center of the Dockland Scout Project.. 

Time and weather permitting, we might ride a Thames Clipper riverboat back to Dockland.

Dockland Scout Project

 

 

Wednesday July 15th
London
(Central)
Imperial War Museum

Located in the former Bethlehem Mental Hospital ("Bedlam"), the Imperial War Museum has exhibits on the British experience in World War One and later. From the moment you step into the world-famous atrium to the countless discoveries awaiting you in the award-winning galleries, IWM London is a place to experience the continuing influence of war on the world – an experience that is as compelling and thought-provoking as it is unforgettable.

Sherlock Holmes Museum at 221B Baker Street
(maybe - time permitting)
The world famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mr Holmes shared his rooms with his loyal friend and colleague Dr Watson. The house is protected by the government due to its "special architectural and historical interest" and the 1st floor study overlooking Baker Street is faithfully maintained for posterity, just as it was kept by Mrs Hudson in Victorian times.

Novelty Automation

A new London arcade of satirical home-made machines from the fertile mind of Tim Hunkin, the machine-maker and one of the presenters on the TV series
 The Secret Life of Machines

British Museum

The British Museum is one of the greatest museums of art and history in the world. We'll see the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone that enabled the first translations of Egyptian Hieroglyphics... and so much more. Their website lists a three-hour object trail covering the highlights, to give you a flavor of what's there.

We will have a guide from London Walks, who will meet us at the museum and take us around for a two-hour private tour. 

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

"All the World's a Stage", and this one is (nearly) where Shakespeare had the debuts of his new plays at his theatre. We have tickets purchased to take in a play as the Elizabethans did - as "groundlings", standing right next to the stage and the performers. 

The play being offered on July 15th is Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare's comedies. There's a very comprehensive Wikipedia article about the play, and you can read the entire play on MIT's website if you like. 

Dockland Scout Project
Thursday July 16th
London
(Westminster)
Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms


We're booked for a visit to the Cabinet War Rooms at 10:00

At the end of the Second World War, the Map Room was sealed up against future need, and forgotten. In the 1980's it was found, and opened as the Cabinet War Rooms, part of the Imperial War Museum. 

History was made in Churchill War Rooms – the underground nerve centre that allowed Britain’s leaders to plot the allied route to victory during the Second World War. Step back in time and walk the top secret corridors of the Cabinet War Rooms. Get up close to artefacts revealing Churchill’s personal and political journey in the interactive Churchill Museum, which uncovers the influences and pressures that shaped his life, leadership and legacy.

 

 

 

Walk around London, from the Westminster area up the Mall toward Trafalgar Square, and maybe onwards... who knows?

Big Ben/Houses of Parliament

Big Ben is the bell, not the tower - that's "Elizabeth Tower". 

Buckingham Palace

Where the Queen lives. She's unlikely to invite us in, so we'll just walk past.

No. 10 Downing St.

Where the Prime Minister lives and works. Downing Street is closed for security reasons, but we'll be able to peek through the bars in the gate to catch a glimpse of Number Ten. 

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, with its statue of the Duke of Wellington up on his pillar, reclining lions, statues and fountains, is the home to the National Gallery and thousands of tourists (with pigeons). St. Martin-in-the-fields, the church in this photo, was the prototype for all those New England churches with their stacked spires. 

Westminster Abbey

Time permitting, we may take a tour of Westminster Abbey, or we can take part in a free Evensong Service at 17:00 - A Scout is Reverent, after all. Also, the Evensong service is free - A Scout is Thrifty. 

In the evening, we'll walk around London for a while - it's one of the world's greatest walking cities. 

Harrods

Harrod's is the department store in London - if not in the world. Its more than 300 departments sell everything from fossils to fish, clothing to candy, paintings to pickles. If it exists, it's somewhere in Harrods. The Food Court alone is worth a visit, if only for a snack or to pick up a box of Harrods' Tea as a souvenir or gift for the folks. 

Maybe we'll swing by Picadilly Circus to see the iconic lighted signs. 

Caledonian Sleeper

As it gets dark. we'll get our bags from Dockland and proceed to London Euston Station to meet the Caledonian Sleeper train. We can board after 22:00, and the train leaves at 23:50. We'll have two-person compartments with bunk beds to sleep the night away, until we wake up in Edinburgh on Friday morning. 

Overnight on the Caledonian Sleeper Train
Friday, July 17th
Glencoe
Jacobite

Arrive at Edinburgh Waverly Station at 07:30
Pick up rental vehicles and drive to

Glencoe

(time permitting), visit Glencoe, the "Vale of Tears". This was the site of the famous 1692 massacre of MacDonalds by the forces of King William. The MacDonald chief delayed until the last minute to take an Oath of Allegiance to the King, and when he showed up in Fort William to take the oath he discovered that he could not do so there. By the time he took the oath at Inverary, the deadline had passed. The Earl of Stair sent a force of lowland Scots  (mostly members of the Campbell clan) to be housed by the MacDonalds in Glencoe. At a prearranged signal, the soldiers attacked their hosts, killing many and forcing many to flee into the winter harshness of the Glen.  

Drive to Fort William (lunch), then board the
Jacobite Steam Train

a/k/a The "Hogwarts Express", the Jacobite Steam train runs from Fort William to Mallaig along the beautiful scenery of the West Highland Line. Along the way, it crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct (above) - can you see Ron Weasley and Harry Potter in their flying Ford Anglia?

We have tickets purchased for the 14:30 departure. 

Dinner - fish and chips at the scenic fishing village and ferry port of Mallaig

Return to Fort William at 20:30 and drive to Oban.

Scout Hall in Oban
Saturday, July 18th
Highland Games to Arran
Loch Lomond Highland Games

We'll spend the morning at the Loch Lomond Highland Games in Moss o Balloch Park in Balloch at the southern end of Loch Lomond. There's nothing quite like a Highland Games in Scotland - the entire community takes part in games ranging from traditional Heavy Games like shotput, weight toss for height and distance, hammer toss and, of course caber, to dancing, bike and running races, piping and much more.

 

Take the ferry from Claonaig on the Kintyre Peninsula
to Lochranza on the Isle of Arran. The ferries leave at  15:05, 16:20 and 17:40 and take about 30 minutes. We'll aim for the earliest possible ferry

Machrie Moor Standing Stones

We'll start out by walking out onto the evocative Machrie Moor, to look at the Neolithic standing stones. This rich archaeological landscape includes stone circles, standing stones, burial cairns and cists, as well as hut circles and an extensive field system, all dating to between 3500 and 1500 BCE.

More links for the Isle of Arran
http://www.relevantsearch.co.uk/rs-arran.html

 https://www.visitarran.com/ 

https://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/areaarra/ 

Walk to The King's Cave

Evening would be a perfect time to take an after-dinner hike through the woods to the King's Cave on the shore of the Firth of Clyde. Historic King's Cave is one of several locations in which Robert the Bruce is said to have had his famed encounter with a spider. Of course, the whole spider story is generally considered to have been invented by Sir Walter Scott - but the cave, with its Norse graffiti and dramatic location, is still well worth a visit. 

Watch the sunset over Kintyre Peninsula from 
Blackwaterfoot
or Machrie Bay

Overnight at Corrie Hall in Sannox  
on the 
Isle of Arran
Sunday, July 19th
Isle of Arran
Lochranza Castle

Lochranza Castle enjoys a superb location on a spit of land projecting out into Loch Ranza from its south west side. The main block of the castle was divided in two, with the south end providing a single large room on each of three floors. The north end provided rather smaller rooms on its four levels. At first floor level the floor in the south end of the castle has long gone, but this would have been the castle's great hall, while the first floor of the north end was home to the kitchen. The third main element of the castle is its tower, attached to the west side of the south end and originally standing five storeys high.

Tour the Isle of Arran Distillery

Whisky is Scotland's National Drink (albeit one our Scouts can't partake in), and a tour of a whisky distillery is always fun. We have a tour booked for 10:00, first thing in the morning. 

Isle of Arran Heritage Museum

Originally the site of a small school, the present group of buildings were a croft and smiddy, and include a farmhouse, cottage, bothy, milk house, laundry, stable, coach house and harness room. The exhibits reflect the social history, archaeology and geology of the island.

Brodick Castle and Gardens

Teeming with history and surrounded by mountains, Brodick is every inch the quintessential island castle. The present building was fashioned in 1844, but the seat dates back centuries to when its strategic position overlooking the Firth of Clyde made Brodick a fortress to be reckoned with. The castle was the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and contains a fabulous collection of valuable artefacts.

Indoors, dark wood, heavy Victorian colours and sporting trophies hark back to an age of aristocratic leisure and luxury. After two years of extensive works, the castle has reopened with an exciting new visitor experience, focusing on the fascinating stories of the people who lived here, and with interactive activities to bring the building to life.

Time permitting, drive to south end of island to Kilmory

It's a short walk to the beach at Kilmory, past the chambered cairn at Torylinn.

Take the 16:40 ferry from Brodick to Ardrossan

Drive by the Kelpies

 

Overnight at the 88th Craigalmond Scout Hall
Edinburgh 
Monday, July 20th
Edinburgh

Ride the tram to Princes Street in the city centre, walk to 

Camera Obscura

An example of Victorian High-Tech, the Camera Obscura itself is an optical system which projects images of Edinburgh on a flat table, where our guide will take us on a tour of the city, swatting tourists along the way. The rest of the building houses exhibits of optical illusions and holograms. We're booked for a 9:30 start. 

After the Camera Obscura, it's a quick walk to:
Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Research undertaken in 2014 identified 26 sieges in its 1100-year-old history, giving it a claim to having been "the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world".

Note: Edinburgh Castle has implemented pre-booked timed tickets in order to limit crowding. However, our Scottish Heritage Passes will allow us to scan directly in without having to pre-book for a time. Depending on when we finish with the Camera Obscura, we may grab lunch first or go directly to the Castle. 

Lunch on or near the Royal Mile

Royal Mile

The Royal Mile leads from Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock down a volcanic ridge to Holyrood Palace at the lower end. We'll walk down the upper part of the Mile, at least, which is lined with gift shops where our Scouts can view and purchase all sorts of tourist stuff. 

National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum is really two museums in one. The galleries in the newer building present Scottish history in an essentially chronological arrangement, beginning at the lowest level with prehistory to the early medieval period, with later periods on the higher levels. The Victorian building contains four zones (each with numerous galleries), covering natural history, world cultures (including galleries on the South Pacific, East Asia, and Ancient Egypt), European art and design, and science & technology. The Grand Gallery contains a variety of large objects from the collections, with a display called the "Window on the World" rising through four storeys, or about 20 metres, containing over 800 objects reflecting the breadth of the collections. Beyond the Grand Gallery at ground level is the "Discoveries" gallery, with objects connected to "remarkable Scots ... in the fields of invention, exploration and adventure".

Ghost Walk

In the evening we will do Mercat Tours' Hidden and Haunted Treasure Hunt

We'll spend 30 minutes on a walking tour on the Royal Mile and its closes and wynds, then each patrol will have 30 minutes to solve some Treasure Hunt puzzles along the Mile. Then we'll head underground for a 30 minute tour of the Blair Street Underground Vaults. For the last 15 minutes the guide will take us into the Discovery Room from 21:00 to 21:15 to evaluate the answers from the Treasure Hunt.

Overnight
same as last night
Tuesday July 21st - ??
 
 
Wednesday, August 5th

We're booked to fly United Airlines flight 162, leaving from Glasgow (GLA) at 09:00, arriving at Newark Airport (EWR) at 11:35.
Chances are, given the cancelation of the Jamborette, that's going to change. 

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