A must for the Rugby Tourist. We've sent more Rugby Teams to Edinburgh than any other destination. No other city lends itself to tours of all ages like the Scottish Capital. If you've not been, here is your chance in 2020!
Exceptional Edinburgh sits atop our list as the #1 Rugby Tour destination in the UK. The city is as exciting as it is beautiful, and offers rugby groups of all ages highlight after highlight.
Edinburgh offers a range of exceptional clubs for your games, including some of the worlds oldest. The state-of-the-art Oriam, the training base for the Scotland National side opened in 2017 & offers a great venue to train with Scotland Internationalists.
For young and old alike, there are itinerary fillers galore. From visits to Edinburgh Gin & Glenkinchie Whisky Distillery to Stadium Tours at Murrayfield & your very own Highland Games contest at a Country Manor, there is something for everyone.
1. Tickets to watch Edinburgh in the Guinness PRO 12
2. Fixtures against some of the Oldest Rugby Clubs in the World
3. Your own Highland Games competition
4. Behind the Scenes Visit to Murrayfield Stadium
5. Guest Coaching Sessions with Scotland Internationalists at the National Team Base 'Oriam.'
Travelling to Edinburgh by Coach is simple. The city is just an hour North of the Border via the A1
Travel times by Coach are as follows:
Our new and exciting link with Virgin Trains East Coast has opened up Edinburgh as a destination to many. From Kings Cross, you can be in Edinburgh within 4-hours. With Hotels available within walking distance, the days of traffic-jams and late-arrivals are a thing of the past.
Safestay Edinburgh is located just off Edinburgh's Royal Mile in the heart of the Old Town. It's the perfect base to explore all that Edinburgh has to offer. The city's famed attractions, such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and Scott Monument are right on our doorstep. Our great location on Blackfriars Street means we are only minutes from Waverley Station which is right next to the airport bus stand and the city centre tram stop.
Just 10 minutes on foot from Waverley Railway Station and the bus station, Edinburgh Central Youth Hostel is within walking distance of Edinburgh's main attractions, including Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the National Museum of Scotland, Dynamic Earth and the Scottish Parliament. Our accommodation is a short walk from Edinburgh Playhouse and the Omni Centre
Day 1: The tour party of 45, including our 19 players, arrived at the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City West on Friday 20th April for the start of our Edinburgh tour. The sun was shining and some of the party went on a trip to see the Murrayfield Rugby Stadium and much to the boys excitement a trip to the club shop for some early tour purchases! Later on we went for a meal out in the city centre and had a fun evening. Day 2: On the Saturday morning we had a Scottish breakfast although not sure many of the boys braved the haggis! Then we went to Livingston RFC. They were the perfect hosts in a lovely setting to play rugby. They had a bbq going as well as coffees, teas etc for those in need of extra sustenance! We met up with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne who is the captain of Edinburgh RFC and plays for Scotland. He did a Q&A session with the boys and then ran a high intensity pre-match warm up session. The boys loved it especially our scrum halves as that’s the position he plays. Sadly we have a few lads carrying injuries including one who managed to break his wrist playing for his school team the day before tour! We were pleased that they still came on tour as it is such a good experience for the boys and it helps them to bond as a team. Unfortunately our playing squad was down to 15 (and some of those were carrying injuries) so we had no subs and it was going to be a bit of an uphill struggle against a fired up Livingston team. We seem to have developed a habit for not starting games well but getting better in the second half. We were well behind at half time but battled back in the second half. Final score Livingston 26 Keighley 12. If we had started better then who knows. After the game the Livingston coaches had set up some fun games for the teams such as teams of 3 who each had to eat a dry cracker, then down a can of irn bru and put the empty can on their head. First team to do it wins. We may have lost the match but we restored pride by winning all three games! Livingston RFC were fantastic hosts and we can’t thank them enough. Later that afternoon we went to the Hopetoun Estate to compete in a Mini Highland Games. We were split into 4 clans and had to compete in a range of events such as Welly Wanging, Tossing The Caber, Rolling the Haggis and culminated in a tough tug of war. Brilliant fun for all the parents, coaches and players despite a few aches and pains afterwards!! Saturday night we went in to Edinburgh for meal and then returned to the Hotel. We had booked a large meeting room and the coaches and managers ran a Kangaroo Court. This was a lot of fun - can’t go in too many details as what happens on tour stays on tour except to say that despite some brave defence all the accused were found guilty as charged and forfeits and punishments were administered to be carried out for the remainder of tour!! Again we had fabulous weather and it had been a perfect day! Day 3: On the Sunday we went to North Berwick RFC. Another lovely setting to play rugby although it was a lot cooler. Definitely a game of two halves. First half we were poor and trailed 31-0 at Half Time (although in fairness 2 late nights and a patched up team didn’t help our preparations). The second half though we played really well and restored some pride in the shirt. Final score North Berwick 41 Keighley 24. Everybody really enjoyed the tour and are keen to do another next season. The boys were brilliant on and off the pitch and have done all the coaches, parents and sponsors proud and have represented Keighley RUFC really well. Thanks to Jamie Dixon and the team at Sky High Sports for organising a brilliant tour.