Edinburgh, the stunning capital city of Scotland, has an abundance of fantastic attractions

Visit the 12th Century Edinburgh Castle perched atop an extinct volcano, the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Royal Botanic Garden or shopping in Edinburgh’s Old Town. Why not visit the Palace of Holyrood House? Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short reign. Today, the state apartments are used regularly by The Queen for state ceremonies and official entertaining.

The official City of Festivals, Edinburgh plays host to some of the world’s most famous events throughout the year and especially in August, with the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Edinburgh Military Tattoo all taking place. All attract numerous visitors and it’s no surprise as Edinburgh becomes a haven for lovers of music, ceremony, theatre and dance, comedy, art and amazing spectacles.

The neighbouring city of Glasgow has equally as much on offer from a cultural perspective. Famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city’s 18th–20th century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding, you will be dazzled by the fine buildings that populate the city, where the influence of Glasgow’s famous son, architect and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, are on display. Today this vibrant city is a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene.

Not to be overshadowed by the bright lights of Glasgow and Edinburgh, the borders offer some fascinating sights of historical significance. The impressive Floors Castle, the largest inhabited Castle in Scotland, home to the Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe and their family. The historic town of Jedburgh, Mary Queen of Scots’ House or Jedburgh Abbey, dating back to around 1138. The home of the Scottish historian and novelist, Sir Walter Scott, Abbotsford, is hailed as one of Scotland’s most fascinating places. Created almost 200 years ago, this great house was the culmination of Scott’s creative ambitions as a writer and the fount of his inspiration.

Jo and her team came up with a fantastic itinerary for our choir and planned everything to the last detail. We always felt we were in safe hands and that they were on the end of a phone to help us with anything we needed. We couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
Rosie SayersChairperson for Sing It Loud Community Choir
Brilliant tour, expertly organised. Kindness and compassion. Nothing was too much trouble. Colin, our driver, was a complete gem and so knowledgeable about the isle. Lovely hotel staff where nothing was too much trouble
Felicity CourageChoir Director, Courage Choir
Sound Escapes did a fantastic job on arrangements for our tour . Would thoroughly recommend Jo to any choir looking to travel . All feedback has been positive from everyone who travelled . The extra care at meeting us at the coach and check in to ensure things ran smoothly went above and beyond .
Don OakleyMalmesbury ChoirOxford 2023
You’ve been patient and kind all the way through this, Jo – especially with it being the first international tour I’ve done, and with all the unforeseen changes to the travel arrangements, so thank you to you and the team.
Sarah MonteithChoir DirectorResound ChoirParis 2023
One of the best tours we have ever undertaken – musically, socially and geographically. Would heartily recommend Sound Escapes to any group considering a tour.
Carole Lindsay-DouglasAmici SingersWeston-Super-Mare 2023
From cathedrals and abbeys, churches and stately homes, all steeped in centuries of history, some in Roman Towns others in quintessential English ‘picture postcard’ villages, every choir and musical ensemble should spend a tour exploring the United Kingdom and Ireland. Whatever part of the country you to choose to visit, by working with a knowledgeable team of people who know the regions inside out from both a tourism and musical perspective, you will be guaranteed the richest of touring experiences
Tim KnightBritish composer and Choral Director

In May 2020 we were due to tour the Stirling area in Scotland and due to the current coronavirus pandemic we took the difficult decision to call off the tour. I’d like to give our thanks and praise to Jo and her team for all the planning and preparation she had done to put the itinerary together – she was able to provide us with an excellent range of stunning concert venues, plus some great suggestions for our leisure time, and we look forward to working with her again soon.

Sally ColesSecretary, Cantamici
Fantastic tour in Bonnie Scotland, enjoyed by all who went, singing and non-singing. Brilliant organisation from Jo who really made it all look so easy.
Kate HymansTour organiser for Masterworks Chorale
Care and attention to detail of the highest degree. The planning with Jo Porter was detailed and meticulous, with nothing being missed, and although she was not involved in the accommodation arrangements, she nevertheless checked it out and acted as an intermediary.
Robin SpencerChoir Secretary, Phoenix Choir
As a Chorister, and eventually Head Chorister in our local church choir for eleven years, Jo was talented, dedicated and could always be relied on to work to the utmost of her undoubted abilities. I would expect that she would apply the same attributes to her professional life
P BuckmasterChoral Director