The weekend events will be held at different venues in central Edinburgh. Addresses, maps and transport details can be found in the individual sections below.
Radisson Blu Hotel
St Giles Suite, Radisson Blu Hotel
80 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TH
The Meal on Friday 26th April is in the St Giles Suite of the Radisson Blu hotel and is accessible from the main entrance on the High Street or from the car park accessed via Blackfriars Street.
Taxi ranks are shown on the map, or the hotel can call you one.
Local buses mostly don’t venture down the High Street but the nearest bus stops are marked on the map.
The Radisson Blu has a pay car park, which can also be used by members of the public. It is a multi-storey that has a direct lift and door to the hotel and can be accessed half way up Blackfriars street, accessed via the Cowgate.
John McIntyre Centre
John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh University
Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5AY
This is the venue for the meetings on Saturday 27th April and is part of the Pollock Halls campus of Edinburgh University. It is around 1-2 miles south of Princes Street and can be reached as follows. Routes in the campus are marked with red arrows on the map below.
From the shop side of Princes Street; take a bus to the Royal Commonwealth Pool on Dalkeith Road (arriving and return stops marked on the map). Lothian buses Nos 2, 14, 30 and 33 stop there.
A taxi from Princes Street should take around 5-10 minutes and cost around £10. For the return, there is a taxi rank opposite the main reception or a dedicated phone on the right as you enter the building which is a direct line to call for a taxi.
If you’re coming to Edinburgh from the South, take the A720; City of Edinburgh Bypass, then take the A7 Old Dalkeith Road exit at the Sheriffhall Roundabout going towards the City Centre. Continue straight for approximately 3 miles. Just past the Royal Commonwealth Pool at the lights, turn right onto Holyrood Park Road. Pollock Halls is the second turning on the right. There is limited on-site parking on a first-come-first-served basis.
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian, Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 2AB
This is the venue for our Gala Dinner on Saturday evening. It is very central and easy to get to, being on bus and tram routes. The main entrance is on the corner of Lothian Road and Rutland Street
The hotel lies at the West End, which is one of the main hubs for bus routes. The bus number depends on where you are arriving. The central bus map is included in this pack
The Caledonian lies between two tram stops: Princes street (near Hanover Street) and Shandwick Place. Both are around 250m to walk on the flat and take 5 minutes or so depending on how fast you walk.
There is a taxi rank across the street, although the hotel can also call a taxi as you leave at the end of the evening.
Craigmillar Castle and Falkland Palace
We are meeting the buses (“Hunters Coaches” in pale brown livery) which will take us on the trip on Sunday 28th April at Waterloo Place, near the roundabout indicated on the map below. Waterloo place is at the East End of Princes Street with ready access to buses, trams and Waverley Station.
This is the East End of Princes Street which is very well served by buses as it is a major hub.
This lies close to Waverly Station and the entrances are marked with red trains on the map. The Station lies in a hollow and most of the routes are not direct but the closest is downhill via Calton Road or the Waverley Steps (which also have escalators).
There are taxi ranks at Waverley station and they pass frequently enough to be hailed on Waterloo Place.
There are car parks at New Street and the Omni Centre on Leith Street. There is very limited on-street parking on Regent Road but would advise leaving extra time if planning this.