The 3rd and TY students, alongside Mr Mc Clearn, Ms. Duggan and Mr. Walsh, departed Portlaoise College at 9 o’clock Tuesday the 17th of February to venture to the airport for their 12 o’clock flight to Edinburgh, Scotland. After a smooth run in the airport and a quick flight overseas, the students and teachers landed in Edinburgh airport at approximately half 12.

After checking into their hotel, they were brought to the National Museum of Scotland where we viewed animal sculptures, different cultures of the world and even trains. One thing everyone really enjoyed though, was the view of the city on the terrace of the building.

After leaving the museum we visited the Edinburgh Dungeons where we examined their customer service and that how important it is to them that their customers have a thoroughly enjoyable experience The next morning, the students and teachers headed to Edinburgh Castle, to see the landmarks and things left behind in the castle. There were things such as jail cells, the great hall and you could go see the crown jewels. At Edinburgh we we learned how the Castle is marketed all over the world and that international tourists make up 90% of their customer base.

After everyone regrouped, they headed to Calton Hill where we witnessed breath taking views of the city. We continued to the Scottish Parliament and witnessed a debate about the state of hospitals in Scotland, something that is very relevant to Irish society today.

After the debate everyone headed back to the hotel to collect the bags and headed back to the airport to catch their flight back to Dublin.

Everyone on the trip thoroughly enjoyed the trip and have all said it is an experience they will never forget.

By Kerry Carroll Talbot