Singing holiday in Scotland

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2022: 13 Apr
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
When planning and designing an experience we pay attention to the potential environmental impacts of the different elements:
Transport: We don't run our own group transport vehicles but combine public transport with the use of small local transport providers. For the itinerary of the singing holiday this means we'll be walking or travelling by public transport almost all of the time.

Waste minimization and energy saving: We don't keep office premises, but work from an office in our homes, where we minimise waste and plastic use as much as possible, print only what's absolutely necessary (using recycled cartridges and paper)and recycle as much as we can. When on tour we hand out reusable water bottles (if guests don't bring their own) and avoid plastic packaging in snacks and picnics we provide.

Our accommodation is Ten Hill Place hotel has been ranked Edinburgh's #1 Best Value Green Hotel by TripAdvisor. participating in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, an initiative driven by Visit Scotland, Scotland's national tourism body.

THP are constantly striving to achieve the highest standards possible to ensure they fulfill all their green commitments, and have held the Gold Award in Green Business Tourism since 2009.

Recent green adaptations include removing plastic water bottles from bedrooms and leaving Scottish wildflower seeds for guests to take away and plant, contributing positively to the ecosystem.

They have also recently started the Choose to Be Green scheme. Guests staying us for two nights or more can opt to hang a green hanger on their door, indicating they would like to forgo housekeeping for two nights and save cleaning resources. For each night the hotel donates 5 to Bowel Cancer UK.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

All our creative experiences support local artists and craft makers, as well as local galleries and venues. This also means we don't drive a hard bargain but pay fair prices. One particular focus of the singing holidays is that guests learn about Scottish culture and traditions, through stories told by local people, such as our singing tutor Robyn Stapleton and the guide for the music themed walking tour, Robin Dempsey.

Edinburgh and Scotland in general have a vibrant traditional music scene and there are so many stories to tell through song. However, singers and musicians tend to find it hard to get noticed beyond Scotland. Not only do guests get to experience the joy of singing and learn about Scottish heritage on our singing holidays, but the artists get opportunities to reach an international audience. Besides the artists, venues, museums, galleries and restaurants benefit from the trips.

Our accommodation Ten Hill Place is owned by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and all profits from the hotel go back into training surgeons worldwide. The space we are using for the singing workshops is also part of the so-called Surgeons Quarters.

Since 1505, when the Royal College of Surgeons was first founded they have been pushing the boundaries of surgical care and medical excellence for the benefit of everyone.

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