69th Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics

St. Andrews
19th August - 1st September 2012

Social Programme

Tuesday 21st August ~ SCHOOL CEILIDH

7.30 pm ~ University Hall

An evening of Scottish music and dancing — a traditional Scottish Ceilidh (pronounced “Kaylee”).   Music will be provided by a Ceilidh band and the dancing will be led by Ceilidh dancers.  There will be a demonstration of Scottish and Highland dancing, and afterwards we will be helping participants in the traditional dances of a Scottish Ceilidh.  There will be a cash bar provided.


Two timings are available:  leaving at 1.30pm and again at 3.00 pm from the Harbour. If you wish to join the Tour, be at the Harbour at one of the above times.



Departing 1.15 pm from University Hall.

A coach will take you from St Andrews to Edinburgh , to have a free afternoon at the famous International Edinburgh Arts Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The coach will set passengers down as near as possible to Princes Street, which is ideal both for shopping and sightseeing. An Edinburgh sightseeing map will be provided. From Princes Street it is only a short walk to the Scott Monument, Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
You can soak up the atmosphere during the Edinburgh International Arts Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and book yourself to one of the dozens of events that will be on show that day.
You may also just want to have a drink and/or dinner at one of Edinburgh ’s excellent pubs or restaurants.
The coach will depart from Edinburgh at approximately 11.00 p.m. and return directly to University Hall.


Departing 9.00 am from University Hall.

A full day coach excursion, beginning with a visit to the spectacular Dunnottar Castle . This formidable stronghold stands on an isolated crag 160 feet high, two miles south of Stonehaven. It was built between the 14th and 16th centuries, and is approached from the landward side by a narrow rocky gorge. In 1297 William Wallace stormed Dunnottar and is alleged to have burned to death the entire English Plantaganet garrison. Franco Zefferelli used Dunnottar as the location for his film Hamlet (1990). The castle is a popular place for visitors.
After lunch we will visit Glamis Castle which is the home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and has been a royal residence since 1732. The castle is the legendary setting for William Shakespeare's play Macbeth.

Sunday 26th August ~ EXCURSION:  A HIKE IN THE HILLS

Departing 9.00 am from University Hall

This is an alternative option to Dunnottar and Glamis.  Maximum group size will be ~20 people.  Places on a first-come first-served basis. 
Scotland hosts some very fine mountains and when the weather is fine (!) the views are splendid.
This trip will involve a hike up one of the hills at the very southern end of the Cairngorm plateau. The Plateau itself extends for some 30 square miles at around 900m, and at its northern end is one of Scotland's few skiing resorts.  The walk will be of about 3-4 hours duration and we will climb around 750 metres (2000 feet).  Naturally the hike will end with essential carbohydrate replacement in a pub. 

Those choosing to do this activity should be comfortable with hiking at the level of approx 10km  distance and a height gain of around 750 metres. This is Scotland, and the weather can easily turn bad, therefore it is essential to come prepared with:
  1.     A waterproof and windproof jacket, hat and gloves.
  2.     A warm underlayer (e.g fleece)
  3.     Hiking footwear suitable for moderate mountain paths.

Tuesday 28th August ~ WHISKY TALK & TASTING

7.30 pm  The Gateway Building, University of St Andrews

'We'll tak a cup 'o' kindness yet' - the story of Scotch whisky
Dr David Wishart, School of Management
Discover the flavours of Scotch malt whiskies at this talk and tasting by Dr. David Wishart, Honorary Fellow of the School of Management and author of Whisky Classified: Choosing Single Malts by Flavour. Dubbed the "Carl Linnæus" of whisky by fellow writer Charles Maclean, David Wishart was the first to categorise single malt whiskies by flavour.
His classification - an example of a taxonomy of malt whiskies - is fully endorsed by the Scotch Whisky Industry, which honoured David by designating him "Keeper of the Quaich" in 2006.
David will guide you through the history and romance of Scotch whisky, from the aqua vitae of the early monasteries, the alchemist's art of turning barley into liquid gold, and the hedonistic uisge beatha of remote Scottish crofts, to the taverns of the Royal Mile and hot toddies in Edinburgh's New Town.
Whisky is evoked in the poetry of Burns, in the travelogues of Stevenson, and in the art of Landseer and Wilkie.  London toasted with brandy in the Regency period, but when a tiny phylloxera beetle devastated Cognac in 1863 the upper classes turned to whisky and the famous "Scotch" brands were born.
Today, the flavour of malt whisky is more diverse than ever, due to the influence of variable peating, cask preparation, extended maturation, and special finishing. David describes his unique scientific method of classification by flavour based on sensory analysis and profiling, with a selection of fine single malt whiskies to taste.
He has chosen some well-known favourites for his tasting, plus a couple of malts that are harder to find. They span the "flavour spectrum", the complete range of flavours of single malt whiskies as described in David's book "Whisky Classified".  For tonight's tasting in Parliament Hall, he will be featuring Aberlour, Ardmore, Balvenie, Ben Nevis, Benromach, Bunnahabhain, Deanston, Edradour, Glencadam, Glenfarclas, Glenfiddich, Glengoyne, Glenlivet, Highland Park, Laphroaig, Ledaig, Loch Lomond, Macallan, Scapa, Smokehead, Strathisla, Tobermory, Tomatin, Tomintoul and Tullibardine single malt Scotch whiskies.
Further information at: www.whiskyclassified.com

Friday 31st August ~ SCHOOL BANQUET

7.00 pm  University Hall

A special evening to round-off the School — a short reception followed by a celebratory School Scottish Banquet — including the traditional address to the Haggis.


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