Pan-Commonwealth Forum

9-12 September 2019

Edinburgh, Scotland

Visa and Tour information

Visa

It is the responsibility of individual participants to obtain any visa or transit papers needed to participate in the PCF9. All fees incurred in obtaining a visa are the responsibility of the delegate.

Delegates should plan their travel well in advance. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of PCF9 (9 – 12 September 2019) to enable entry to the United Kingdom.

If you require a visa, we advise you to obtain and submit an official Letter of Invitation from the conference organisers to help facilitate the visa process. Additional personal information will be required.

Please note that Letters of Invitation are only issued to registered and paid/approved delegates and can be requested during the PCF9 registration process. The letter will be produced approximately 2 weeks from receipt of request.

PCF conference organisers are not able to give advice regarding the visa applications and strongly recommend checking the UK Government website at:  https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/tourist-short-stay-visas

 

Tours

We are pleased to offer you 3 exciting tour options.

They are only available to conference delegates and partners/family and your conference registration reference number will be required to complete your booking.

Please register for the tours early to avoid disappointment.

Stirling Castle

National Wallace Monument

Loch Lomond National Park

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Edinburgh Castle and Ross Fountain

Princes Street Garden

BT Murrayfield Stadium Tour
Monday 9 September

The iconic home of Scottish Rugby and PCF9 Conference Venue!

A stadium tour of BT Murrayfield allows you to go behind the scenes and see the areas of the stadium that are not normally seen by the fans on a match day, including the Bill McLaren Press Gallery, Scotland dressing room and the players tunnel, culminating with a walk down the tunnel to pitch side.

This tour is being offered at a special conference delegate rate of £7 per person. Each tour is 30 minutes in duration.

To register your interest please click here and follow the instructions.

 

Full Day Coach Tour of the Magnificent Scottish Highlands
Friday 13 September

Full Day Coach Tour: 09:00 - 17:00 hrs

Meet your Coach and English-Speaking Guide, location to be confirmed.

Drive to Stirling (just under an hour) you will reach the city with its romantic castle. The Castle and Stirling are well worth visiting, as the castle has undergone some wonderful restoration and is one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. The castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag, which forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs, giving it a strong defensive position.

Nearby, there is also the National Wallace Monument and the Battle Bannockburn Visitor Centre which tell the battling stories of Wallace and Bruce.

Drive through dramatic scenery and typical highland villages such as Callander. Continuing through the Duke’s Pass is not for the fainthearted, however the journey delights with highland cottages, mirror like lochs and majestic scenery, before sweeping down into another town made famous by Victorian visitors in their quest to follow in the footsteps of Sir Walter Scott and his widely acclaimed ‘Lady of the Lake.’ Stop off and enjoy a detour to the stunning Loch Katrine, where you can enjoy an hour cruise on board the Sir Walter Scott before returning back to Edinburgh.

Price £115.00 per person, includes Coach, English Speaking Guide, entrance to Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre, 1-hour cruise on Loch Lomond and lunch.

Price is based on 45 persons. This limit is for both group safety and tour quality purposes.

Please wear suitable clothing and comfortable foot wear.

To register your interest please email: tours@conferencecare.com with your full name, company, preferred email address, contact phone number, invoice address and conference registration reference number. Please note registration for this tour will close on Friday 30 August 2019.

 

Edinburgh Walking Tour focusing on the Royal Mile
Friday 13 September

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Meet your guide at: Outside The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DX and learn about the official residence of the British Monarch in Scotland.

Visit the Scottish Parliament from the outside.

Continue down Canongate, visiting closes and gardens of this area en route – Dunbar Close, Whitehorse Close.

Pass John Knox House, Storytelling Centre and former Netherbow Town Gate.

Proceed by walking down Royal Mile, visiting various closes off Lawnmarket – Milnes Court, Writer’s Close.

Visit the Mercat Cross and City Chambers opposite Cross. Continue down Royal Mile, pause at Tron Church.

Proceed to Parliament Square. Visit St Giles Church. If very small group of 4–6 people, possible to visit Parliament Hall behind Parliament Square.

Coffee break – take the weight off your feet with a hot or cold drink.

Walk up to castle esplanade and visit the magnificent Edinburgh Castle. Allow approximately 90 minutes for visiting the castle, with 30 minutes orientation by the guide then 60 minutes free time to explore the entire castle.

The tours are on Friday 13 September 2019 and start at 09:00 and 13:00 and last approximately 4 hours in total.

Price is £38 per person, includes English Speaking Guide, entrance to Edinburgh Castle.

Price is based on 20 persons. This limit is for both group safety and tour quality purposes. Please note registration for this tour will close on Tuesday 10 September 2019.

To book click here:  Edinburgh Walking Tour Booking

Difficulty: Intermediate, the tour will be travel uphill towards the castle.

Access: Some cobbled streets, uneven pavement. Edinburgh Castle: Assisted wheelchair access.

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