There will be registration and a basic reception on the Sunday night (2nd September) at the John McIntyre Conference Centre. It will also be possible to register on Monday morning (3rd September). There is also a plan to hold another reception, probably on the Monday evening, at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh (ROE) on Blackford Hill. There are constraints as to how many people the venue at the Royal Observatory can accommodate, and so it isn't possible for all to attend the reception at the ROE. We will provide more details about this event in due course. The conference dinner will be on the Wednesday evening in the Playfair Library.
We have also booked group visits to 2 popular Edinburgh attractions for the afternoon of Wednesday 5th September. There will be 2 buses to take the groups from Pollock Halls at 2.30pm into the City Centre; both tours start at 2.50pm. There will be no return transport after these events, so people will have to make their own way back to their accomodation, or directly to the conference dinner. We're also planning a walk up Arthur's Seat on Wednesday afternoon. This would leave from the Conference Centre and will not require any payment, or that you book in advance. Given time constraints, it is likely that it will only be possible to do one of these events.
To book a place on the Mary King's Close tour, or the Whisky tour , please follow the link below and book your place before 22nd August.
Real Mary King's Close - Cost £15.00
The Real Mary King’s Close is hidden beneath the characteristic and lively streets of Edinburgh’s busy thoroughfare – the Royal Mile.
Shrouded in myths and mysteries, the Close and its warren of streets, homes, and passageways offer a truly unique 5 star visitor experience. Unlock the secrets of Edinburgh’s only preserved 17thcentury street, wander through a labyrinth of Old Town alleyways, avoid the cry of gardyloo, and discover the stories of the people who lived, worked, and died here.
-Explore Edinburgh’s biggest underground experience.
-Learn authentic truths about the city’s dark past.
-Follow in the footsteps of former residents.
-Meet the Plague Doctor and relax in his outdoor courtyard.
The tour is a one hour long guided experience
The Real Mary King’s Close, High Street, 2 Warriston’s Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1PG
Whisky Tour - Cost £17.00
The Scotch Whisky Experience - A 50-minute guided tour plus a nosing and tasting of a Scotch whisky (or soft drink) in The World's Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky.
This tour includes:
-Whisky barrel ride through the production of Scotch whisky
-Introduction to the aromas in whisky
-A dram of Scotch whisky (Irn Bru for under 18s)
-Viewing of the World's largest collection of Scotch whisky
-Gift of crystal whisky tasting glass (adults and concessions only)
-Audio guide available (20 languages)
The Scotch Whisky Experience, The Royal Mile, 354 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE