Sunpro Rewards Scotland Schedule & Activities

August 29-September 4, 2022

734,000 points per person

Edinburgh is Scotland’s greenest city, with 49.2% of the city being made up of parks and green spaces – including the manicured Princes Street Gardens, nestled just underneath the castle dominating the city center and the impressive Holyrood National Park containing the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat and offering stunning views of the city skyline.

Scotland’s high latitude means that although winter days are short, in summer there are very long daylight hours and extended twilight. Sunrise: 05:00am* I Sunset: 9.30pm (Twilight extended to 10:30pm)* Average times given.

Weather in Scotland is famously unpredictable, and we generally suggest dressing in layers and being prepared for anything! Temperatures in August/September average 66 °F but can often rise to 75 °F.

We will embrace Scottish traditions for the Farewell Evening with a full kilt outfit rental for all gentlemen, with matching tartan sashes for ladies.

Kilt fitters will take guests’ measurements on their first day in Edinburgh. Measurement takes under 1 minute. The kilts will be delivered to guests’ rooms at Gleneagles on the day of their Farewell evening.

Kilt outfits for gentlemen are complete outfits comprising of kilt, jacket, waistcoat, shirt, socks, shoes, and accessories. Sashes for ladies are provided with a brooch and are to be worn over a gown.

The Balmoral – Edinburgh, Scotland

August 29 – September 1

The Balmoral Hotel, originally built as the North British (Railway Station) Hotel, is a luxury hotel and landmark in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is located in the heart of the city at the east end of Princes Street, the main shopping street beneath the Edinburgh Castle rock, and the southern edge of the New Town.

The Gleneagles Resort – Auchterarder, Scotland

September 2 – 4

An iconic country estate set beneath the beautiful Ochil Hills, The Gleneagles Hotel has been a luxury destination for nearly a century. Located just one hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh airports and with its own railway station, Gleneagles offers the perfect retreat for those looking for relaxation, fun and adventure. Three championship courses have established the resort’s reputation as a golfer’s paradise but the hotel offers so much more than golf. 

Daily Schedule


Activity Descriptions

Monday, August 29

Day 1: Welcome to Edinburgh

Kilt fittings At The Balmoral – (approx. 2 minutes for fittings) rental of kilt for last evening’s farewell dinner at Stirling Castle.

Leisurely walking tours from the hotel on day of arrival with a knowledgeable guide will help to orientate guests, showing some of Edinburgh’s iconic sights.

Knowledgeable local guides will lead small groups on walking tours of the city center. The route will take guests on a gentle stroll including some of the city’s most famous sites, such as Calton Hill, offering spectacular views across the city and the Firth of Forth, and the Old Town of Edinburgh. The Royal Mile forms the backbone of the Old Town, characterized by high buildings, narrow closes, and inner courtyards. Instagramable viewpoints and amusing anecdotes on Edinburgh’s past will also be included.

Tuesday, August 30

Day 2: Highland Games at Winton Castle

Morning: Traditional Scottish Highland Games in the Walled Garden including caber tossing, wheat sheaf pitching, hay bale rolling, Winton dash, Winton ski challenge, and tug o’war.

Lunch: A delicious lunch using locally sourced ingredients will be served in the Castle’s Dining Room.

Afternoon: Following lunch, guests may enjoy a falconry display or a charming dog & duck herding display.

Evening: Dine Arounds Edinburgh – Exclusively Sunpro’s for the day, a historic stately home, Winton Castle. Guests will experience what it is like to live like a Laird in this Scottish Renaissance castle, with history dating back more than 500 years. The Castle is still very much lived in and is home to the Ogilvy family.  Enjoy all the fun and games of a traditional Highland Gathering with expert instructors, Scottish hospitality, and a whole lot of fun!


Wednesday, August 31

Day 3: VIP Private Pre-Opening Morning Tour of The Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle: is known as the ‘Jewel in Scotland’s Crown’ and stands like a noble sentry keeping watch over the city. Opened exclusively for a private pre- opening tour this is simply the best way to experience Edinburgh Castle.

This morning, all Sunpro guests can enjoy a private tour from 8:15 am including a viewing of the Scottish Crown Jewels whilst taking in the stunning skyline of Scotland’s Capital City. Optional activities departing from the Castle at approximately 11 am.


Thursday, September 1

Day 3: Optional Activities

Option 1: Royal Mile Walking Tour Including The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Guides will lead small groups of guests on walking tours of the upper half of the Royal Mile, known as the Lawnmarket. It is no wonder that Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and The Royal Mile is a particular highlight, stretching from the Castle all the way down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. It is the oldest part of the City and is characterised by high buildings, narrow closes and inner courtyards.

At the foot of the Royal Mile, guests will visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the Monarchs of Scotland for over 500 years. The palace has strong links to Mary, Queen of Scots, with some of the most dramatic points in her life occurring here.

Learn about the city’s history, architectural splendor, and museums, all pointed out by a guide as they explore the hidden treasures of this fascinating city.


Option 2: Rosslyn Chapel

Only 30 minutes from the city centre, Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 by Sir William St Clair, 3rd Prince of Orkney. The Chapel stands testament to the fascinating mind which conceived this extraordinary design. According to legend, the treasure of the fabled Knights Templar is stowed in a still-deeper vault whose entrance is sealed off by a stone wall.

Depending on whom you ask, that treasure could even be the Holy Grail. This legend was of course the premise for Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

Rosslyn Chapel is a conspiracy theorist’s playroom with walls and pillars adorned by symbols from Christianity, Nordic tradition, Judaism, and Masonic and even Egyptian influences throughout the elaborately carved stonework.


Option 3: Guided Cycling Tour

Guest set off on a guided bike tour of Edinburgh, with easy, medium, and more challenging routes options. Whether exploring the city centre, or Edinburgh’s excellent network of cycle paths, or taking a longer route to the north of the city along the coast, this is a lovely option for guests looking for a more active option.

Tours are offered with no more than 10 per guide, ensuring the best possible and experiences. Bikes and helmets provided, and there are a limited number of e-bikes available.


Option 4: Volcanic Nature Hike “Ramble”

Arthur’s Seat is Edinburgh’s highest hill, visible for miles around. The rocky slopes and cliffs of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags are part of Holyrood Park and provide a spectacular natural backdrop to the city.

An extinct volcano, its rocks give us some clues about what it was like in the past – there are sandstones formed in shallow seas and laid down by rivers, layers of volcanic ash created by many explosive eruptions of the ancient volcano, and lava flows representing quieter times.

Arthurs Seat and Holyrood Park hold a special place in the history of science. This is where James Hutton, the father of modern geology, first found evidence to support his theories about the workings of the Earth.

Enjoy a moderate hike to the summit of Arthur’s Seat with a specialist who will point out interesting geological features, fascinating historical detail, and draw guests’ attention to some of the native flora and fauna of the area.

And at the top, guests are treated to the very best view of the city of Edinburgh!


Option 5: Wildlife Catamaran Cruise

A must for any nature-lovers or keen photographers. Take a custom-built catamaran from North Berwick’s pretty harbour, only 40 minutes from Edinburgh, and journey out to Cragleith Island where guests can see Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills Kittiwakes, Cormorants and Shags, and if lucky, seals are also frequently spotted sleeping on the rocks.

Continue on to the Bass Rock which, from April each year, is home to the world’s largest colony of gannets and a healthy population of puffins at the peak of the nesting season. See the gannets swoop and dive into the water at incredible speed.

Journey back towards the coastline for extraordinary views of the ruins of Tantallon Castle perched atop the sea cliffs, which by some accounts is the origin of the legend of King Arthur’s Camelot.

Back on dry land, head to one of North Berwick’s excellent eateries for fish and chips. Note: Timing is dependent on weather conditions and tide timetables, approximately 5 hours.


Option 6: Golf in East Lothian

Boasting big-name Championship courses such as Muirfield, Gullane and North Berwick, these courses are within 45 minutes of Edinburgh – a golfer’s dream


Evening Dinner: The Royal Yacht Brittania: A Floating Palace

She was HM, The Queen’s home from home, sailing Royal Family for over 40 years and clocking in 1,000,000 miles around the world. Guests will enjoy a very special peek into the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. Gaining exclusive access to the Yacht, guests will board via the Royal Brow and begin their evening with a tour of the yacht, highlighting mementos from Britannia’s seafaring past.

A gala dinner, service on the Royal Yacht Britannia is impeccable and kept to the high standards demanded by The Queen when she was in residence here. A sumptuous dinner in the State Dining room.

Friday, September 2

Day 4: Activity

Private 4×4 Highland Adventure Ending at Gleneagles Hotel

This morning a fleet of 4×4 awaits you on the banks of the Loch Lomond to take you on a true adventure!

With charismatic kilted Adventure Guides, trained in off-road driving, climb aboard Land Rovers and journey through a land sculptured by the elements and steeped in history, culture, nature, and breath-taking views. Explore this stunning environment and engage with nature right in the Scottish wilderness.

Climb high onto one of the peaks overlooking Loch Lomond for mesmerizing views of this iconic Scottish National Park.

Lunch options include either a rustic hilltop picnic taking in the spectacular views, or a delicious seated lunch in an inn in the village of Luss.

The transfer time from Edinburgh to the starting point for the 4 x 4 adventure is 1 hour 30 minutes,

Friday’s tour ends with a transfer directly to the Gleneagles Resort directly in 4×4’s where you will stay for 2 nights.

Saturday, September 3

Day 5: Optional Activities

Option 1: Speciality Shopping at House of Bruar

Known as ‘The Harrods of the North’, The House of Bruar, just one hour from Gleneagles, has established an unsurpassed reputation for itself as the pre-eminent Scottish country clothing provider in the UK.

Traditional heritage Tweeds and fine woollen coats stand alongside the latest cutting-edge offerings from Barbour, Musto and Aigle.

The House of Bruar is also home to the widest selection of pure cashmere in the UK. Nowhere else will you find such a rich selection of premium materials in both traditional Scottish and excitingly contemporary styles.

Not to be missed is the delicatessen and food hall stocking hand-picked gourmet delights from all over Scotland and beyond.

Option 2: Glamis Castle & St Andrews

One of the prettiest castles in Scotland, Glamis Castle has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore since 1372, when King Robert II (the first of the Stuart Kings) of Scotland gave the castle to Sir John Lyon. More recently, it was the childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and Her Royal Highness, The Princess Margaret was born here in 1930.

Mysterious legends of Macbeth and the ghostly apparitions connected to the Castle make for a fascinating visit. Guests will enjoy an exclusive private tour followed by refreshments in the atmospheric Laird’s Chamber.

To follow, a short journey to St Andrews. Known the world over as the spiritual ‘Home of Golf’, St Andrews is a must-see when visiting Scotland. Aside from the rolling links courses, St Andrews offers a historic Castle and Cathedral dating from the 12th and 13th centuries respectively, Scotland’s oldest university and a bustling town with an eclectic collection of shops, restaurants, and cafes.

Option 3: Glasgow & Kelvingrove Art Gallery

Enjoy a panoramic tour of Glasgow by coach. Discover the history of the city from its early beginnings as a small provincial town to its emergence in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries as a major trading port through to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

With a booming cultural sector, Glasgow is renowned as a hub for artists and musicians, with the world-class prestigious School of Art having produced a number of art prize winners. The city also boasts a wonderful collection of art and artefacts in its numerous museums. Guides will regale guests with the history of this fascinating city and some of its most interesting inhabitants.

Spend the remainder of the day with a guided tour exploring two of Glasgow’s Galleries. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum opened in 1901 and is a firm favorite with local people and visitors. It houses in excess of 8,000 objects and holds the largest civic collections in the UK.

Highlights include fine works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Derian, Dali, Pissarro, and Turner hanging on the walls of the 22 galleries, which also includes a Mackintosh and Glasgow Style gallery.

Option 4: Golf

Scotland is a golfer’s paradise with a multitude of courses to choose from. Its distinctive geographical features originally made the game what it is today. The Links courses, which are so characteristic of Scotland, offer a challenge to the overseas visitor that is second to none.

For golf enthusiasts we can arrange tee times at some of the golf courses in and around St Andrews, including Championship courses such as Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, and St Andrews New, Castle and Jubilee Courses.

Saturday, September 3

Day 6

Gleneagles Onsite Activities

The Gleneagles Resort boasts a huge range of country pursuits and activities. There is never a shortage of things to do, however active or relaxing a day a guest wishes to have.

With an on-site Falconry School, Gundog Training School, Shooting Lodge, 4×4 Off-Road course, Fishing, Tennis, Horse riding, and an award-winning Spa.

The House of Bruar is also home to the widest selection of pure cashmere in the UK. Nowhere else will you find such a rich selection of premium materials in both traditional Scottish and excitingly contemporary styles.

Not to be missed is the delicatessen and food hall stocking hand-picked gourmet delights from all over Scotland and beyond.

Farewell Dinner at Stirling Castle

Time to show your professionally fitted full Kilt attire (rental) and Ladies with their Tartan Sash.

Scotland’s Greatest Castle, Stirling Castle towers over the surrounding countryside in the heart of “Braveheart” country, it is linked with Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace, and Robert the Bruce – just 25 minutes from Gleneagles.


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